Today I mailed my first swap package! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of my box, as I was in too much of a hurry mailing it out... boo...
But! I'm so excited!! Louise from loulovesthis is my partner and I couldn't have picked a better person to participate with. She's a very talented soft doll maker and she designs and fashions the entire item by hand! Every stitch is hand sewn in a very neat, beautiful fashion. Each one is a work of art! You've got to check out her work! I feel very lucky to soon hold my very own "Lou Loves This" doll!
Ok, I'm not going to say anymore about it, I want it to be a surprise!
I'm definitely going to take pics of everything!
In my post about the Cutie Bear, I mentioned this Cutie Kitty.
She was made using the same base pattern as the bear. I changed the ears, the nose is different and of course, a tail! Her ears came out a little crooked but like all handmade items, I think it adds some charm :] I really loved how she turned out! Unlike the Cutie Bears, the Kitty doesn't have a hat or hood; at least not yet. I positioned the ears so a hat will fit but it was so cute without the hat that I decided to not make it one. If I were to make another one, I'd like to make it a light yellow kitty with a strawberry hood and a tiny strawberry basket! Wouldn't that be adorable!?
I didn't mention in the Cutie Bear post where I got my inspiration. Has anyone heard of WELOVESTITCHES?
Christy is the girl who makes these adorable plushies and I saw this bear on her Etsy, WELOVESTITCHES, and I wanted to try my hand at making an amigurumi version.
The crochet version is a bit different but the concept is close to the same. I love how cute they are, both the plushies and amigurumi versions!
What I liked most was the hoods and how the legs and body were one piece. I thought making each a basket or backpack would add a playful, imaginative side, so it's not a plush just for a shelf, but it's something you or a child can play with. I imagine him starting off on a sunny day to enjoy a picnic, carrying lunch in his basket :]
In other crafty news: I bought 3 patterns from Noialand! Eeek! Her dolls are super adorable!! I printed out the pattern pieces for the French Bakery Girl last night and I hope to make some progress on her soon. I'm very, VERY excited to make one of her dolls! I'll keep you posted with the latest on each one I finish.
I hope everyone has a great week and weekend!