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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Donuts, Flowers, Ribbons, and Curls

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This past week I have been busy making a stacker toy of stuffed donuts for my granddaughter, Reagan. The sweetest little girl on earth if I may say so myself, and I finished it today. I was inspired by the stacker toys that babies love to play with and also Heather Bailey's stacker inspired me.   Here is a basic idea of what I did:



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First thing I did was cut out a pattern for the donuts out of pattern paper and my fabric and interfacing.



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I burned myself frequently with the iron.



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I made a lot of little snips.



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I sewed together little gussets like this.



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And hand-stitched them into my donuts, sticking myself regularly with straight pins.



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I decorated outer gussets with pretty ribbon.



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and I stitched over pins even though I know I'm not supposed to do that if I want my machine needle to last more than a few hours.



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I stitched and folded, clipped and scolded, and then I stuffed it heartily with cotton.



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Then I started all over again, but this time the circle is smaller and so is my patience.  But, I decided to have some fun, so I added funny ribbon knots to this circle.



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And I embroidered Reagan's name onto the outer gusset, because Reagan is special and I want her to know that.



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When I was done with the first 2 donuts, I was so proud of myself that I wanted to play with them too.



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But I had work to do.  So, I cut some ribbon...



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Folded them in half and pinned them to the 3rd donut.



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I sewed them on, reinforcing them with back and forth stitching so that Reagan won't be able to pull them out with her teeth.  Kids like to do that you know.



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I can now say, with a grand degree of confidence, that I am a pro at making donuts - just not in the kitchen, ...



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and that nothing makes me bite my bottom lip and stick out my tongue more than this.



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And this ...



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And this.  Do I look like I know what I'm doing?



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I suppose so, because I ended up with this ...



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and this cute little stacker.  Pretty cute ay?



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Then I made this little sucker.



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Of course, my life and Reagan's stacker was not yet complete - not without a flower somewhere.  We gotta have a flower!!  So I made these little flower petals, sewed them together and stitched them to the smallest and last little donut ...



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until I had this little beauty.  My life was now complete.  Well, almost.  I still had a pole to assemble otherwise you can be sure that donuts would be all over Reagan's nursery.



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So I made a pole.



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And I stuck it in the large donut and smiled because it reminded me of Pinocchio with a big nose.



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Of course, I added all the other donuts I had made and I admired my creation, because ...



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nothing on earth is more important to me than the little things that make my children and my grandchildren smile and shriek with joy.  Because, well - that's easy! ...



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There's no better feeling in the world than this - that smile - those bright, happy eyes - that button nose, and those pinchable cheeks.

I love you Reagan.

Love, Grandma

 

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