A gentleman caller

Stanley, The Gentleman Caller

Stanley, The Gentleman Caller

My mom will be very surprised to find out that she has a secret admirer.  Apparently, his name is Stanley.  He showed up at my door this morning, professing his love for her, telling me of his adulation for all the amazing refurbishing work she’s doing.  You, unlike Stanley, may not know that my mom is super talented at repairing and restoring old/worn-out/broken furniture…she’s a wizard!  One fine day, I am going to get with her and take some before and after pictures of what she’s applied her skills to, and then you will all be her admirers, just like Stanley.

Now, Stanley happened to share his deep, dark secret with me this morning…it was just that kind of bare-bones-confession that happens when someone is crazy in love.  When Stanley woke up, before getting ready for the day, he looked like this:

Stanley before...you may have knowing him as the little drummer boy.

Stanley before…you may have knowing him as the little drummer boy.

Oh, you just don’t know his trials and tribulations.  Years of wearing that dumb hat rubbed off his hair to the point of no return.  Of course, Stanley is a glass-half-full kind of guy, he just says: ‘Thank goodness it wasn’t a helmet, otherwise I wouldn’t have any hair left at all.’  But, his true sadness is that the poor guy is made out of wood.  His hero, he admitted, is Pinocchio…because Pinocchio got to be a real boy in the end.  And while Stanley would love to be real, he says it would be great if the Blue Fairy would turn him into a real man instead.  Because that’s what my mom deserves.

I am taking him over to meet my mom later today, so wish him luck.  Although, he really is a gentleman, so luck might not have anything to do with it!

He's a little nervous, but he'll do fine.

He’s a little nervous, but he’ll do fine.








Ta-da!  Here is a little soft toy narwhal that I made out of wool felt for my nephew.  I made it by adjusting a pattern found here: http://whileshenaps.typepad.com/whileshenaps/2012/11/free-christmas-sewing-pattern-pickle-ornament.html (She has the BEST blog, especially her how to make your own soft toy posts.  They are very clear…I can’ wait for her new book!)

I just added the flippers, the side fins, the tusk and changed the eyeball placement, and voila! a pickle becomes a narwhal!

Narwhal left

I am pretty excited about this guy, although not as excited as my nephew, who has a deep seated love for obscure animals…especially when I make them into soft toys for him!  He really is an appreciative guy, and that is something I love about him!  He always gets so happy when I show him something new I’ve done…I wish everybody was so easily pleased!