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Now that Marcus has a set of Angry Birds and Bad Pigs (and still wants more!), he decided he wanted bricks and stuff for the pigs to sit on or hide behind like in the game.
After a bit of thought, I decided the best thing to try was polystyrene blocks covered with fleece.
This was my practise one. It’s handstitched down on the edges (not exactly pretty, but not too intrusive either) and Marcus has tested it and approved it. I’ve told him I’ll slowly make him more. He’s also requested blue (ice) and grey (stone). I’ll see what I can do.
Dave bought a huge block of polystyrene on Trade Me (NZ equivalent of eBay) and is going to cut it into different sizes and I’ll slowly cover them.
I find it’s nice to have something to sew with my hands without constantly referring to a pattern, so I don’t mind doing this kind of thing for him.
Marcus has also wanted to have an Army Pig for quite a while. I was intimidated by the helmet, but oncm e I discovered that couldn’t be bought here in New Zealand anyway, I set myself the challenge to make one. Ideas have been turning in my brain ever since, but he has now been made and finished.
He’s a middle sized pig, made by reducing the big pig pattern to 75% on the printer. He does have ears tucked up inside his helmet, so he can lose his helmet and still be an intact pig 🙂 I think the helmet will get loose with time and use, but I can always make another one.
I made Marcus a new baby pig. He’s been asking for one for ages, but while I was doing the work on Emma’s quilt, I had to keep putting him off. Finally, I got one done for him. Since they both look the same and I have no idea which is which, here he is with both of them.
For anyone who didn’t know, I have been making Angry Birds and Bad Pigges for Marcus. Dave bought his his favourite at the time – the black Bomb Pig – and Marcus immediately wanted more.
Equally immediately, I found myself channelling my mother and told him he most definitely have them all, not at the price they were going for.
Then, in a combination of both my mother and myself, I offered to make him some more if I could find some patterns. It took a bit of searching but I finally found some great ideas at the Obsessively Stitching blog and used those to start making birds and pigs.
This is the full collection so far (except for the yellow egg, which has got lost somewhere). The two black Bomb Birds and the King Pig were purchased; everything else was made my me.
I think I’m expected to make another pig next; this one with a moustache. Oh, and some building blocks that the birds can knock over. That’s going to be the hardest challenge in my immediate future.
(I’ve categorised this post as “Completed Projects” but I expect it will never be truly completed for as long as Marcus feels he can ask me to make another one.)
My friend Jennie (Crafty Haven) has been posting on her crafty blog each day this year so far (I saw the posts in my feed reader and didn’t actually realise they were hers) and she’s inspired me to come over here and post something.
I’m not committing to crafting and blogging every day because that would become very stressful on days I’m not feeling well enough, but I’d certainly like to do better than I have been.
I’ve been popping my stitching progress photos up on Flickr (I will update my albums in the sidebar so there’s a link to all the relevant ones) but not posting them here. I shall do better!
I’ve already done some other crafting this year as well, making Marcus two more bad piggies from Angry Birds, so I shall add some photos of those too.
I don’t know if this quite counts as a resolution and I don’t know how I’ll do with it, but we’ll see what happens.
Since my last Angry Birds post, Marcus now has at least one of all the original birds. I promised I’d do three small blue ones, since that bird splits into three. I made the second one of those three today, which made me remember I hadn’t posted my most recent photo.
Dave also drove me over to Cushla’s Village Fabrics in Devonport to get the batting for my Irish Chain quilt. I’m dreaming of getting it all pinned over the next week so the floor is clear once the school holidays start, but we’ll see how it goes.
All in all and along with my 3 pages finish on QS Garnet, it’s been a good and crafty day for me.
Marcus is totally into Angry Birds right now. As soon as he learned there were plush toys, he immediately wanted one desperately. He managed to convince his dad that he really, really needed one, and a black bomb bird was ordered.
Of course, once it arrived, he equally desperately wanted more. I put my foot down at that point, not being willing to pay almost $20 a pop, plus postage. I did tell him that I’d have a look online and see if I can find some guide-lines to try to make him some more birds.
Very quickly, I found the wonderful blog, Obsessively Stitching, which has patterns for all the birds, the pigs (see the sidebar on the right) and a variety of other things as well (eventually, I’m also going to make him some bombs, since what boy doesn’t need some plush bombs to throw around?).
So here’s Marcus with his original black bird and a pig and red bird I made for him. Since then, I’ve also made a yellow bird and three eggs (two white and one golden as ordered). Being a silly mother, I’ve promised to also make the others, but not all at once. The current request is to make the long-beaked green bird next, and I’m pretty confident I can do that one.