I just finished up this royal pair of giraffes. I really enjoyed making them. It is interesting how a sewn animal or doll takes on its own personality and look, no matter what your intentions on the outset. I was thinking along a circus theme as I began these. Then, the idea of making the little crowns came to me, and it was irresistible. As I was stitching on the first crown, my daughter waltzed into the room. "He needs a cape," she said, and waltzed away. I always trust Miriam, so a cape it was. They are made from wool, dupioni silk, linen, lace, and have braided yarn tails. The capes are fully lined, and the pink one is hand embroidered.
I came up with names for them this morning while helping my son get ready for school. Today is Adam's half birthday. Because he has a summer birthday, we decided that he could celebrate his birthday with his class today instead. (Bringing cupcakes to school and being the center of attention during snack time holds wide appeal when you are 6 and a half years old). As I was helping Adam with his shoes, we started talking about how a child's half birthday is his or her imaginary friend's REAL birthday (I made this up, but the kids thought it was great). Adam has two significant imaginary friends, Arlo and BeBe. Arlo was the name we had picked out to give to my daughter had she been born a boy. Adam came up with BeBe on his own.
So, I present to you King Arlo and Queen BeBe. They are kind and generous to all in their Kingdom. I'm curious to meet others who live in their Kingdom. I'd better get back to my sewing room and see if I can find them!
Have a nice weekend everyone. XO MARIBETH