Sunday, June 01, 2008

Fun Monday - I Made it Myself!

That craftiest of bloggers, Karisma, wants us to share something we made with our own two little hands... She says:

Da Rules.....

Well there are not any really! But you know, we all know that you made your kids so lets NOT choose them this time. (After all you did not make them with your hands or feet did you?)

And for those of you who are freaking out because you make "everything" with your hands, how about you just choose a few of your favourites!)

Those of you who are freaking out because "You never make things with your hands". Get off your lazy butt and make something! You have four days.....now get to it! (You could always bake a cake!) The possibilities are endless!

Well, I do a lot with my hands. I write, I bake circus cakes, I do LOTS of home improvements - but I figure you might be tired of seeing my redone bathroom. And the other projects are just half-done and not very impressive.

I've always wanted to be a crafty sort of person. Lack of time is my greatest foe in this arena. So I have to go back in time to find something I made with my own hands. The one thing I made that I was most proud of I couldn't find. It's in a box in my house somewhere and I know I saw it recently because I was looking for something else. It's a doll that I made for my grandmother probably 20-25 years ago. I was still married to my first husband when I made it. But I haven't the energy to go looking through boxes to find her right now, so I will share some of my earliest efforts:


Made by ME

Both Cat and Myfanwy are a bit ratty now. They've both been loved and played with for a long time. Cat may have been my first effort ever at "sewing" something craft-like. Myfanwy is from Wales. Honestly, I can't remember if I made her or if my mother did and gave her to me. Judging from how even the embroidery stitches are, I would have to say that Mom made this one - now that I examine her a bit more closely. If I ever find grandma's doll, I'll show her to you - she really is quite beautiful and lived in my grandmother's entryway for many, many years.

UPDATE: My mother sent me this link that explains about the story behind Myfanwy. (Which also corrected my spelling of her name!!! Red-faced).
BBC - North East Wales Myths and legends - The myth of Myfanwy

Now, go visit Karisma and check out all the other hand-made items that other bloggers have made!

23 comments:

IamwhoIam said...

How cute, Kitty looks as if she has been held and love by more than one child. Well I hope all goes well with the operation.

karisma said...

Hey they are quite crafty! Well done! I would love to see that doll as well! Thanks for the hug, much appreciated. Zak is currently crying he now has a sore mouth, I beginning to think he needs to go back to bed. I sure hope he's not getting sick! He still has not done his math! Arghhh!

HoosierGirl5 said...

Wow! You've inspired me! I want to do something crafty now, too.

J.

Alison said...

those are very cute...I love them!!

Faye said...

I'm puzzled Sayre--what does Myvunwy mean? Welsh? And, are these soft sculpture critters? I can see why you're fond of them.

jientje said...

Those are great, and they have a lot of memories attached to them I'm sure!

Olive said...

Cat and Myvunwy are just darling and I bet have come to life on many ocassions.

Molly said...

Those are fun choices for this Fun Monday.

ChrisB said...

Ratty means these are much loved. They are great I especially like the expression on the cat's face!

Hootin' Anni said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, I LOVE these!!!!

Happy Fun Monday.

Joy T. said...

I love ratty, it means they have been well loved for many years :o) It gives them character I say. Great work!

susan said...

These are so sweet. I can't think of anything better than a well loved toy. It beats something in pristine condition any day of the week.

grace said...

I love those, they are cute, makes me want to make something like that for my kids

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

I'm saying "wow" a lot today but I am just so impressed with all you clever people!

storyteller said...

These are WONDERFUL … even as ‘well-loved’ as they are ;--)
My Fun Monday post is at Small Reflections.
Hugs and blessings,

Jo Beaufoix said...

Those are so lovely. I am in awe. I am not a sewing person so I really admire those who are. Fab.

Pamela said...

Myvunwy -- I would be interested in knowing the background on this character.

Cat is cute. Cute name, too. (:

Sauntering Soul said...

They are absolutely adorable! I've always wanted to learn how to sew.

hulagirlatheart said...

I LOVE these. These have such soul.

Heather said...

I collect rag dolls. These are beautiful! I would love to see your Grandma's doll!

Gattina said...

Now you have a leak of time but when you are retired like me you will be very happy about your talent because then you have more than enough time,lol !

Melanie said...

Ratty means they have been very loved and very happy!

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lisa marie said...

Such cute dolls. :) I used to really like to sew, just been too busy lately. I think it's pretty impressive that you still have them.