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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Good Night Gorilla Ornament on: December 16, 2008 05:27:11 AM
Every year for my daughter we're making sure she has an ornament to remember something about her from the year - something she was interested in or did.  This year she loves gorillas, and all the gorilla ornaments we could find were either breakable or scary looking.  This is what I made - it is felt, and hand stitched.  The face and hands are grey - I couldn't quite get the color right in the photo.  The eyes are white and black.

It it supposed to be similar to the gorilla in this awesome childrens' book:
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Vegetable Garden Floor Pillow on: December 05, 2008 03:48:29 AM
For the contest, I decided to make a gift for my 2 year old daughter.  It is a floor pillow that is a play garden!  There are four rows of fruits and veggies: strawberries, lettuce, pumpkins and carrots.  All the veggies can be "harvested" either by digging them out of their pocket or unfastening their button. 

The pillow itself is about 30 inches square and 4 inches tall.  It's made of courdoroy to mimic garden rows.  And it's really soft!

Here are all the veggies fresh out of the field.  They are made of felt, and took a lot of hand sewing - more than I imagined before I began.  I made all the patterns for the pieces myself - I used a lot of image searches to look at the real thing and do my best to mimic it in felt.  The lettuce has a leaf with a button hole, the strawberries and pumpkins have some yarn tied off to make a button hole, and the carrots slide into pockets on the pillow.

Here is what the garden pillow looks like when all the veggies are gone:

And because it's so big, and we're travelling for the holidays, my daughter got to enjoy her present early - and proceeded to jump on the garden and pull some carrots (and lettuce).

Hope you like it - this is my first project post to craftster.  I just recently found the craftster website and this contest has been great motivation to get my creative juices flowing - I had a great time creating the pillow.  I hope that my daughter will harvest her own pretend veggies and cook with them in her own pretend kitchen.  Then we can lounge together on the big cozy pillow and read some good books.
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