I made some more progress on my Wonder Bunnies and one Super Slug. They just need their capes now.
They are the last of the toys I had stuffed and waiting in the box on my ironing board. I have many bodies to stuff, and there is another avalanche of fabric starting in my workroom.
Henrietta has been keeping guard in there for me, while Juno has attempted to help me with my hand sewing.
Juno tries to fit in the box with the toys I am working on, any way that she can. I’m not sure why she thought this headstand position would be practical.
Once she settles in, it doesn’t take her long to get into attack mode. There is a thin line for her between helping and attacking me. First, she has to choose which part of me she would most like to bite.
If thread or embroidery floss is involved, the choice is easy.
The trick is to try to look sort of innocent, and then lunge.
She took the whole box with the Wonder Bunnies in it with her for this particular advance. This is the point where I usually remove the toys from the box, and let her have it to herself.
Oliver Bunny thinks she is crazy. I am still keeping them separated. Sooner or later she has to calm down. Right? Maybe? I hope so.
A lot seems to be going on lately, and I haven’t been able to catch up with my toy making as much as I would like. There have been a lot of doctor visits to go to, and my dad will be needing bypass surgery on his heart soon, for three blockages. He is likely going to have a long recovery period, when he can’t drive or work, and he’ll have some other limitations. There will be a lot to do, and I hope everything will go well all the way around.
I have been having chest pain myself, for the past month and a half, probably from stress, and have to go to the cardiologist soon. I will be the only one here who can drive, and I am worried about that too. I’m not sure what I will do if I need to have tests done that require a ride. I’m trying not to think about everything at once.
Trouble, from next door, has offered to sit ready at, or under, my car, in case I need him, but I don’t think his paws will reach the foot pedals.
His brother, Scooter, has offered to help me clean up any dishes I need washed, especially if they have cat food on them. He comes over to the back door to offer this service regularly. He asked to take care of a nectarine pit and then some lettuce for me the other night. He was very sincere about it. Cats are so helpful.
Oliver Bunny got some new toys and a new piece of bunny furniture.
Our friend, Becky, from Triangle Rabbits, hosted a bunny toy-making workshop. Becky makes lots of very nice, and creative bunny toys. She is planning on setting up an Etsy shop later this summer. Handmade bunny toys and accessories are available at the groups’ events, like the upcoming BunFest. Information on events is available on their website.
Oliver is playing with his “busy box”, which I made at the workshop. Becky’s are more impressive, but Oliver appreciated my effort.
Oliver can be a bit possessive and wasn’t sure Josephine should be looking at his toys,
but he still appreciates pets more than toys.
Becky and I ended up trading toys. She picked up an IKEA doll bed for me when she was at the store, and she adopted a Hug Me Bunny for her rabbit’s birthday. Below is a photo she took of Samantha with her pink birthday bunny. My Hug Me Bunnies are in my toy shop, hugmeslug.com. I am busy trying to restock my creatures, and so, if anyone is looking for a Hug Me Bunny, feel free to ask me. I have lots of partly-done toys and many colors of fleece.
I have been enjoying friends’ super adorable photos of their bunnies resting on their doll beds. Becky even has one with a bunny-themed custom-made mattress for Samantha, with a pink bunny cotton print fabric on one side, and fleece on the other, shown below.
I may have to make one of those for Oliver. This bunny fabric is made by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. It was designed by Ann Kelle, and is part of her Urban Zoologie line. It comes in “Pink” (shown), “Blush”, and also in a multi-color range, called “Spring”. You can find it online by searching for “Urban Zoologie Bunnies“.
Oliver and Bertie helped me assemble the bed. The cats were jealous. It was easy to put together. When we were done, I excitedly waited for Oliver to use it. And he did. Only instead of hopping on top of it, he thought it was fun to hop under it! Haha.
Those are his little bunny buns sticking out in the photo. Well, I thought it was fun to crawl under the bed when I was little too.
At least one of my Wonder Bunny fleece bunnies, which I am working on finishing next, grew an unusual tail, as you can see here.
Juno has been using her super powers to help us in any way she sees fit. Here she is helping cut a piece of cording with her teeth. I use that to center my details on my toys. I didn’t really need it to be trimmed, or at least I didn’t know I needed it to be trimmed.
I traded Juno her elephant rattle for the toys I was sewing. It is a good thing she takes naps.
She is growing up, and was 4 pounds at her vet visit today. She was only 14 ounces when Cheryl first found her. She is doing very well, and has started to have more frequent bursts of sweetness. She purrs, and gives head bumps and kisses. She still ends up biting us, but thank goodness she is calming down and learning to be nice.
Now, if she can learn to behave around the bunny, I will be even happier. She doesn’t yet understand why throwing up her paws and pouncing on everyone isn’t always taken in the spirit of fun in which it was intended.
I have been finishing up fleece bunny stuffed animal art toys. I posted these three in my toy shop so far.
This pink Hug Me Bunny found a home already, but her mauve and soft light orange bunny friends are, at the moment, still available.
They have my new custom-printed two-tone eyes. I attached their eyes and hearts with embroidery floss, using a blanket stitch.
I hand embroidered their smiles and noses too.
Each one comes with a hang tag that can be personalized with a name and a message.
I finished my first Hug Me Slug with the new eyes as well. She is a very soft light pink fleece.
Just like the bunnies, she comes with a tag that can be personalized.