Here in the Southern hemisphere it is the 27th of February — which means tomorrow contributions to February’s Month of Softies project are due in. I have failed to get my Alice ready so instead I have made a very odd white rabbit which was actually heavily based on my cat pattern. I really did run out of time. Amelia saw it and shouted “No no no! That’s not right! That’s a cat rabbit!” – even she picked me up for cheating. It was my first time working with synthetic fur and that stuff is awful. Drifts of white fluff are floating across every surface and a fair proportion of it seems to have found its way into my lungs.
I mentioned to my Mum the other day that if she happened to see some old woolen blankets in op-shops to grab them for me so that I can put them through the washing machine and felt them and use them for toys. Today she pulled out of a cupboard two huge old bright red woollen blankets – which will be absolutely perfect. Tomorrow will be my first foray into machine felting and I am quite excited. Perhaps the prickly pears will have some little apple cousins.

Speaking of cousins, my brother and his wife and their little boy James came to stay this weekend. I couldn’t help but head into this visit with a fair amount of trepidation as Amelia and James have never spent any more than five minutes together without Amelia attempting to bite, scratch, push or punch the poor wee lad. But this weekend they were both a dream. They have a shared love of Fish and Chips, Monsters Inc, Sandpit shenanigans and chasey. Amelia was the perfect little hostess and even picked him a flower while she was giving him a tour of the backyard. Big sighs all round and suddenly I am entertaining ideas of extended family beach-house holidays and so on for the future again. Thank goodness.

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  1. leetusdesigns@ozemail.com.au says:

    sigh….another month goes by with me not doing my month of softies project….any chance you could tell me Augusts theme now????? hehe..congrats to those disciplined enough to get it done!!! I always love what I see…

  2. I am with you there Claire, I have no project for Month of Softies. Just too much on my plate at the moment. I don’t have a clue what “machine felting” is. Could you please explain. Also, I am in the market for a new sewing machine, do you have any recommendations? Just the basic 8 stitches or so will do.
    Amelia found you out, isn’t amazing how frankly honest they can be? 🙂

  3. Hi Claire! I just want to say I absolutely love what you’ve done with A Month of Softies. It’s been a real inspiration and it’s given me a lot of ideas for my own craft projects. I will definitely be back to check out February’s submissions.

  4. Machine felting is a lot of fun, I’ve just bought a knitting machine that I’m planning to use to make huge big woolen squares so that I can felt them and then cut them up.

  5. There is a time in the third year of the child’s life where they become aware of other people’s feelings. It is absolutely beautiful to watch. Children begin to care about one another, want to give things, want to make other kids happy. When Zac was about 2 and a half we had a friend over who was 5. Zac and Paddy argued over which video to watch, Zac won (because we had watched Paddy’s video last time) and we watched his video but Paddy was obviously upset. A few minutes in Zac said ‘let’s watch Paddy’s video’. My heart expanded as I watched my little boy do something just to make someone else happy. It’s a turning point.
    I hope you have a lifetime of happy family holidays.

  6. PS I am dead keen to bid on a pear when they go up for auction!

  7. ccyytt@hotmail.com says:

    Febuary is just too short for a nice project. 😛

  8. bravelittletoastburns@yahoo.com says:

    Hiya Claire,I keep checking up on all your cute-as-can-be projects and submissions from others, and I’m wondering — are there any recommended links around for absolutely-no-experience sewers with miniature Singer machines and a vague memory of their best friends sewing their home ec projects for them in middle school?

    I’m dying to create a stuffy fluffly, but I’m a little overwhelmed.

  9. I wonder what Amelia will think of my cat rabbit 🙂