Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Isn't it funny that no matter how much you lose track of time, it doesn't lose track of you? I have been so absorbed in bunny making lately that I will look up at the clock after I've finished the last stitch on a bunny, and it will be five minutes past the time to pick up my son from school or well past midnight.
So, time has flown by while I have been happily stitching away, and, as my son reminded me this morning, it's only 12 days until Easter (his favorite holiday). My vision of filling the Easter baskets of the world with felted wool sweater bunnies will not come to pass. I guess there's always next year?
But I'm happy to report that all of the Crafting for Courage bunnies have been sewn up, with the last bunny hopping out the door this morning.
A boxful of bunnies is also on the way to Japan for Operation Bunny Drop. I hope they will bring a little comfort to children whose lives are still so unsettled by the recent crises. The lovely commenters on yesterday's post remind me that well-loved toys are rich vessels for childhood imaginings. They also continue to offer solace well after childhood has ended.
Joanie's (Nini Makes) hand-me-down giraffe has now been loved to tatters by two generations of children (see her comment on yesterday's post), so she understands the power of a plushie. Did you see the sweet "Bunny Droppings" she crafted for Operation Bunny Drop?
Joanie's free bunny patterns continue to inspire my sewing. I made another Sunny Bunny for a special little boy who is about to become a big brother. I haven't met him, but, knowing his beautiful aunt and grandmother and sweet father and uncle, I am sure he has a very big heart.
Tweed Bunny is made from a thrifted Jantzen wool skirt, and his scarf was rescued from my growing mountain of felted wool sweater bits. It's serendipity that the felted sweater has the same tweedy pattern running through it as the bunny.
This little lavender-filled bunny sachet was inspired by Joanie's Naughty Felt Bunny pattern. I fell in love the sweet, simple shape of the bunny, and the stories Joanie shared about Camille and Issy.
I hope you can see how Sonia's (Cozy Homemaking) pincushions and sachets also inspired me as well. Check out Sonia's Etsy shop and Spring Cleaning sale. Her hand-sewn items are beautifully and finely crafted and would make lovely spring gifts.
The sachet is going out as a thank you to a Crafting for Courage supporter and friend who generously added a little extra to her donation. Thank you, Monica!
I'll be taking a little break from blogging to tackle taxes and fall school registrations and to try to get over a case of bronchitis. (I love flowering season, but my body does not.)
I am seeing signs from my recent rambles through blog land that spring has begun to pop up even farther north now. Enjoy!
Local chatter from ZenCrafter at 11:49 AM