Obviously, I couldn't just post a picture of it last week, I wanted to keep it under wraps until the birthday girl had seen it. And usually it's my rule that the recipient must see the gift before the intarwebs at large. Tho' sometimes, if you see me in real life, I'll show you a sneak preview pic on my phone. I had trouble keeping quiet about this one, I was so proud of the results.
I will have to give a thank you shout out to my friend Homes, who not only pushed me away from a skull necklace and toward pearls (much more Mimi) he also recommended a tutu.
Without further hubbub, I give you - Miss Penelope Jean, the pink hippo or pippo.
Here she is, on the guest bed, chilling with Lenore, giving you a good view of her sparkly pink eyes and the huge fluff that is her tutu. I love how one ear lies down and one stands up, she demanded to be that way no matter how much I argued that her ears should both do the same thing. It gives her pizazz.
Showing off her pearls.
And with her new person, I believe they will be a good match. Mimi seems quite happy.
Usually, I don't name my creations, I allow the recipient to do that. But Penelope whispered her name to me while I was sewing her together. But maybe she'll whisper a different name to Mimi and her name will change.
Except for the buttons that I used for her eyes and nostrils, and a little bit of fleece for the tail, everything that went into this project came from my craft stash. Some of this fabric I'd been hoarding for years waiting for just the right project to come along. It did.
I won't promise to be diligent with this journal. I am a known slacker and am entirely too old to change. However, I'm going to make an effort here to keep up with this thing a little better. There are so many beautiful things out there and I'd love to be able to perhaps inspire some one person as I myself have been inspired by so many.
I thought I'd start by posting a preview of a project that I'm about to start on. It's a birthday gift for a friend and from the color selections (and the fact that her birthday is next week) it won't be difficult to guess who this is for. But this is before any cutting has taken place. I don't want to give too much away.
I recently bought my grandmother's Viking Rose sewing machine. This will be my first project on the machine. I hope it and I can come to terms enough to sew something relatively simple. I have another sewn project in mind for another January birthday. Otherwise, I'll have to come up with a completely new idea.