So I'm back in NYC now after a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and birthday celebration (My grandfather turned 93 years old!) with my family in California. No crafting yet, but boy, do I have some great mail to share with you over the next few days!
First things first. Meet Acorn. Isn't he delicious? I just love his button eyes. I got him in a felt mascot/little stuffies swap that I signed up for on craftster. My swap partner, Peihan, makes the cutest little batik puppies. For our swap, she made me my very own green and purple-y batik puppy...but smaller (one of the conditions of the swap was for the stuffies to be between 6 and 8 inches tall).
I immediately took Acorn for a walk in Central Park, where he instantly started hunting for acorns...not an easy task in late fall, we found. Those squirrels sure are efficient! At the end, Acorn and I were still able to find a few little dusty acorns to add to his collection of seeds (he came with seeds for Forget-me-Nots and Baby's Breath).
Peihan also sent a cute card with a sweet illustration of a bee, inside of which she wrote a little bio for Acorn:
"This is Acorn, a puppy who loves playing in the woods. He likes anything green, espeically flowery plants. =) So he insisted on taking some seeds with him to his new home."
I'll take him to the woods someday, but for the time being, he'll have to make do with a humble little apartment and an occasional the trip to the park.
Here's the package I sent Peihan.
This is Bubba (short for Bubhaleighnitzer). I modeled him after Peihan's craftster avatar (pictured on the right), and gave him a little black messenger bag just for kicks. I used chenille yarn, so he's nice and cuddly. I had a lot of fun making him, and even more fun writing his bio.
In addition to the mint Hershey bar, I made some lime earrings for a little something extra. Here's a close-up of Bubba showing them off (in bad lighting, poo!).
I followed this tutorial, and just added a couple of beads to finish. The limes turned out a little bigger than what I would ideally want; if I were to make another pair of lime earrings, I'd probably use a smaller hook, like a 6 or an 8. But I'm still quite satisfied with the finished earrings, so it's all good.