I’m still crafting, I swear!

Sheesh. I haven’t been home since April. I am still at my parents helping them with their house. Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t have any time for crochet or tatting. The lack of craft time was seriously affecting my mood. I really find a zen place when I am making things.
Luckily, I had a great excuse to try something new!  While searching for the perfect father’s day gift for my better half, I ran across a website called http://projectpuppet.com.  It’s a great place for anyone interested in making puppets. You do have to pay for the patterns, but I justified the price after seeing my little one react to the two I have made.
I bought two patterns, the glorified sock puppet and the pinhead pattern. If you have basic sewing skills you will have your puppet body finished in about an hour. I was happy to find that with about 20 dollars in supplies (got to have those 50% off coupons!) I can make about 4 puppets.
I was very excited to make my first puppet. It is an adorable version of my husband. I used the pinhead pattern because he has an oval shaped face.

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It cracks me up. In real life, he stands out in any crowd with this big red beard and eyebrows, so the puppet it pretty spot on. He really enjoyed getting an unusual gift.
I used an orange boa for the hair and kept the eyes simple, using some safety eyes I already had.
The next day, I started on a puppet number two. I was itching to see how the glorified sock puppet pattern would look.

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Aside from a hot glue accident on one of her eyes, she was a super easy project. The hot glue has given her a permanent tear.

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This is her before I added her arms. I used some scraps of eyelash yarn for her hair, it looks great. I like how easily this pattern can be made into different animals.
My little one loves the “puppies.”  She hugs and kisses them more than kisses me. I find it funny that she asks for me to put on a show for her, but is terrified to put her hand in there herself. I guess she doesn’t know what she will find in there.
I am going to make the next puppet and not hot glue the facial features down. Instead, I will put velcro on the backs so that my little one can play with different eye and nose combinations.

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