Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Esme loves Mousebear and Crafting 365, day one

It's obvious she loves him.
He's been through the wash twice in two days she loves him so much.

You haven't been dreaming it, Rhiannon, I'm posting and crafting 'like mad.' I've joined Crafting 365 on Flickr. They've challenged to craft (and blog/flickr about it) 365 days straight. I think I'm up for that. Officially today is 'Day One.' although I've been at it for about a week really.

Today I've written the instructions for the giraffe pattern. Now I have to cut out the copied pattern pieces and make another one - to make sure I didn't leave anything out and the pieces in the pattern are all correctly proportioned.

Giraffe toy instructions written!

I think I need a nap now.


Rhiannon said...

Good Luck!! 365 days is a lot of crafting. I'd end up cheating and doubling up on some days. It should be fun to see what you come up with each day.

Happy crafting!

Jennifer said...

Yay for well loved toys! Good night, 365 days of crafting! That is truly a feat.

Vleeptron Dude said...

Hi Hi Hi Esme! What beautiful hand-made toys you have! I'm envious!

And Hi Hi Hi Dame RheLyn! Just an itty-bitty PizzaQ to occupy your leisure time:

Hmmmm listen this same situation has hit me with my nephew and niece-in-law and their newborns, so I'll afflict you and Esme with it too.

Soon Esme will be old enough to take her role in the oldest and most beautiful tradition in the world: Bedtime Stories.

May I recommend you snoop around in a particular English translation of The Grimm Brothers stories, "The Juniper Tree," with the most gorgeous artwork that Maurice Sendak *ever* did.

A few stories are translated by the poet Randall Jarrell, but most are by a woman, Lore Segal, who was born in Austria but skeedaddled here during the Bad Times. It's just a beautiful collection.

There's big controversy today over these ancient stories. Some people feel they're too scary for today's kids.

But others (moi, for one) believe they're a precious heritage that has belonged to children for 10,000 years, and are terribly important to the way children learn to cope with their world and grow into loving adults -- who tell the same wonderful stories to their little kids.

Anyway I just sent the book to my nephew and niece-in-law and I thought of you and Esme. Let me know your thoughts!

Vleeptron Dude said...

Oh, here's a sample, "The Poor Miller's Boy and the Little Cat," I think it's my absolute favorite story: