Somebunny To Love

Can anybunny find me – somebunny to love?

Over the years I have collected quite the stash of  fabric and yarn.  Last year I decided that I wasn’t going to buy anymore until I’ve put a sizable dent into the collection. I’ve been pretty good about it too. I’ve been able to make plenty of gifts essentially for free and they’ve been some of the better gifts that I’ve given. In my opinion anyways. The only additions that I’ve made have been in the form of accidentally shrunken sweaters and ripped jeans.
This bunny was made out of one of these shrunken wool sweaters, some flannel from my stash, and some reclaimed cashmere yarn from my old job, all three elements making him unbelievably soft. He is stuffed with wool batting which will retain heat making this guy perfect for cozy little cuddles.  He came together really quickly. Such a fun little project. The pattern came from Hazelnuts found via craft blog.  I also saw a post about this bunny forever ago on one of my favorite blogs terrallectualism, which I forgot about until after I had already given the little guy away, and came across the post again. It must have hopped around my brain until it was time for me to make my version. I love how things have a way of coming full circle on the internet. It’s like six degrees of separation for blogs.
Since the cashmere yarn is reclaimed (ie: unraveled sweater scraps) it has a bit of a kink to it, which added an extra element of yum to the tail.  Its my favorite part of the bunny.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Deneem the Dolpheen

I’ve turned into somewhat of an (eco) hoarder. My neighbor came to me asking for a vet recommendation. I have so many animals that he thought I worked for a vet. I told him that I don’t work at a vet office, but I’m one divorce away from being a cat lady. I just find it hard to say no to a stray or to throw away perfectly “good pieces” of fabric. Even if the perfectly good piece is part of a pair of ripped jeans. Don’t even ask me about the glass jar situation in my garage.

While skimming through pintrest one day, I came across a whale made out of denim and I knew I was on to something with my pile of ripped jeans. My stepdaughter LOVES dolphins and her birthday was coming up. I did a search for dolphin softie patterns and came upon this little cutie. I put it all together this is what I gave my stepdaughter. I have to say, when I see her carry it all over our house or schlep it back and forth between here and San Diego, I get a little smile on my face.

My favorite part of the whole project is the way the eyes came out. I used glass faceted beads backed with felt circles.