Friday, May 2, 2008

Swap Mail

Nature Girl got swap mail yesterday. I signed up for Plush Swap 3 so she would get a plush in her favorite colors orange & pink. This cute little dolly arrived yesterday from Hope. Nature Girl was thrilled to get the package and see her surprise. She's still trying to come up with a name for her. I think she's sooo cute and I'd love to steal her for myself. Does that make me a bad mom?!

I had to create a plush for Becky, whose favorite colors were blue and white. She is a lover of birds and chickens so this chick is what I finally came up with. I think the the third time is a charm. The birds below were my first and second design attempts.

The white bird was first but attaching the tail was a problem. Then I moved on to the two blue chickens inspired by Swirlyarts Chicken Doorstop But the original was much better & I wasn't thrilled with my version. In the end I decided to send the blue swirly chicken and the chick above. Surprisingly creating a bird plush was much harder than I thought. Enough of regaling you with the plush swap.
For those of you still reading to the end of the post we had three black bears in our yard this evening. I missed it since I was walking the floor with a fussy baby. I have two of my sister's girls overnight. The baby is usually very happy but not tonight. Apparently no one has told her the sleep over rules ... no fussing just fun! Anyway our neighbors across the street saw a mother black bear with her two cubs in our front yard. When my husband drove in tonight the neighbors stopped to tell him. We live in a rural area so it's not a huge surprise. We've just never seen any. Three summers ago a neighbor saw a moose in our yard,. Yeah we missed that too!


Barb said...

I love the little blue bird. What a wonderful job you did! Now, moose and bears??? I think they may trump by dolphins and manatees!

Pattie said...

Oh, those little birds are just darling! What a fun idea.

We're going to Alaska this fall and I'm praying we se bears. We visited Yellowstone a few years ago and always just missed seeing them. Lots of moose, elk, deer, etc. - but not one Yogi Bear!

susan said...

oh wow, bears and moose!! i hope youre rural!!i like the middle chick and the one you sent, they are sweet! and more you

Melissa Goodsell said...

Your birds are just so lovely :)

The animals sound very exciting....we might see a stray kangaroo in the bush near us or a wombat...but your moose and bear sound much more interesting!

kerri said...

Those little birds are so sweet! I love the fabric. You did a great job on them.

How cute is the swap doll Nature Girl received?? The little braids? Ah, it's adorable.

Kelsey Smith said...

Love that! I always wanted to sew and that career started and ended in 8th grade Consumer Living when i attempted to make a pillow. haha

jovaliquilts said...

Bears and moose! What fun! I hear moose really aren't very nice, but they are so gnangly that I love to look at them. Have you read Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose (by Dr. Seuss) to Nature Girl yet? It was one of my favorites when I was a kid.

The plush toys look very cool -- what a wonderful exchange!

val said...

I love the birds (and the little doll too!) I've just started making a few stuffies and really enjoy them. We ought to have an apron and stuffie swap! :-)