"You know, he was always like a fish out of water around her...poor Lumpers, never mind, I says, plenty more fish in the sea, plenty more."

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lex's bunny and Reddit

A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail that my Child's Own Studio website had reached its bandwidth limit. Someone had posted www.childsown.com on reddit.com. I contacted my host server who looked into it, and we weren't sure if the traffic was due to the reddit effect or if someone or something had (mis)used my site as a portal. Anyway, my web host increased my bandwidth and my site was back up and running.

A customer who found me on reddit, sent me a drawing by his five year old daughter, Lex.

Along with the drawing, he sent a simple request. That the soft toy be her most beautiful creation, with eyes filled with peace, and that it would help encourage her to keep using her imagination and creativity. So, I did what I could!

Then he posted the bunny on reddit.com and I got another e-mail saying that my website's bandwidth limit was reached.

oh well...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sarah's slug

I hate slugs. Ugh. They wreak havoc in my garden, shredding my hostas and putting polka dot holes in my other plants. They're slimy too. Have you ever touched one? I once did, when I tried to put one on a fishing hook. Ewwwww!

But Sarah Cloke, age 11, knew what she was doing when she drew this slug.

So, even though I can't stand slugs, I really like this guy. He's so cute, I'd even cuddle him.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

how to train your dragon

At some point, I almost gave up on Toothless. I began working from a pattern by Katy A, but in the end, it didn't look quite right, so I unpicked the stitches, made some modifications, re-stitched it, found it still not right, unpicked more stitches, made some more modifications, and restitched it (all over the course of a few days), then made a couple of mistakes, and flung the wretched toy across the room. Then, I tidied up my sewing table and went to bed. The next day, a bright, sunny Sunday, while my family and friends went on a hike (a favourite activity of mine), I stayed in my studio and faced off with the dragon. This time, I stayed calm, and even whispered sweet words and promised it a fine fish if he came along nicely. In the end, he did.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Girl with a big heart

by Allison, age 4

This is a self portrait, and a very sweet one at that, with a big red heart and a big smile on her face. I made the doll with a little more hair than shown in the drawing, because I really wanted it to look like her (the artist).

Saturday, August 6, 2011

mouse and pig

So, I'm back from vacation, which everyone agreed had been a wonderful time! We saw a dinosaur dig, visited the Royal Tyrrell Museum, did a fair bit of hiking and saw quite a lot of wildlife, including a black bear that loped across the highway right in front of us.

And now, back to the sewing table!!! I have a number of soft toy orders that I must start.

Here is a pig and mouse that I took with me to work on in the cabin in the Rockies. A while ago, I did a giveaway for this blog, and one of these softies is the winner. So, this mother got two softies for the price of one.

by Victoria, age 10

by Elisabeth, age 7