While we were on Vancouver Island for our holidays recently, we visited more than one craft/street/farmer's market in the towns and areas surrounding us. It's one of my favourite things to do while we are there and I look forward to it every year. This year while at the market in Qualicum Beach, my daughter saw a super cute puppy pillow and really wanted it. It was $20 and I looked at it and thought, I can totally make that and proceeded to tell her this. And every day since we have been back she has asked me if today is the day we are going to make her puppy pillow. At this point my stalling seemed to be getting a bit cruel, and so I decided that yes, today was indeed that day.
Frst we had to go to Michael's and get supplies, and I don't know about you, but I can never get out of there without spending at least $100.00. Then we had to drive the 45 minutes to my mom's place to borrow her sewing machine, and being as it is now 12:35 AM, I have poked myself innumerable times with a sewing needle, had to go and check Youtube for a bunch of tutorials on how to actually use my mother's sewing machine and I am finally done and just put everything away, all I can think of is, "Damn it woman, buy the bloody $20 pillow next time!"
Also, this is what the house of a non-crafter looks like when she decides to go against her nature for the day! Don't ask about the hammer...
And this is the hand that had to undo way too many stitches today, because... NON-crafter!!
And after many hours, this is the final (non-stuffed) product. I gotta say, despite it all, I am feeling quite proud of myself. Yes, the whole thing cost way more than the $20 bucks I would have spent at the market, and yes, it took me all of the day to actually finish the damn thing, but I can't wait to see the look on her face when she sees this little guy sitting on her bedside table waiting for her tomorrow morning!
Here is the tutorial I found for the puppy pillow from Lisa over at The Red Thread. And since I was kind of on a roll and found some old quarter pieces of fabric that I had tucked away in the laundry room, I busted out this guy too. Yeah, C's gonna be stoked too!
And now it is almost 1 AM. I have to be up in less than 6 hours and I believe that I have officially fulfilled my crafty-mama quota for this year! And to all you people who do this kind of thing for a living, I salute you! And I will never, ever again try to haggle with you over the cost of your products! Because if someone wanted to buy one of my pillows today, with the amount of time and effort and injury to my poor fingers that went into them, these babies would be $500 EACH!