Grrrrrr. And Aaaaargh. And Rawr.

It has not been a great day. Let me just tell you two things which should never be together. Sand. And Laptop.

Yessirree… fun and games in the Sugarlemon household this morning. The F-word may or may not have been used 😳

Anyway, we aren’t going to dwell on that now, are we? (Fear not – I talked Niamh into a nap, and spent that time taking the keyboard apart and judiciously applying the vacuum and canned air. All is well.)

Instead, I have an actual post-with-photographs lined up! For starters, here’s the pic I grabbed yesterday with the intention of joining Kirsty’s On My Desk meme. So here’s my ‘desk’. Aka the kitchen table. Let’s be generous and call it a ‘workspace’ shall we?

On my desk Jul 30

This is pretty much all leftover cruft from Monday and Tuesday craftiness. Do you see that little sketch of an idea just there? And the pattern pieces, and the scraps of fabric? And that really looong needle? Well, lookee here:

Leopold 01

Yay. I had an idea come to fruition for once! I’ve taken off the softy training-wheels. This here is Leopold – my very first ever original stuffed critter. I’ve had a couple of ideas rumbling around in my head for a while, and I finally decided to just go for it and see if I could make them work. You can see a bit more of how he’s constructed in this photo:

Leopold & Niamh

He’s basically four ‘2D’ components stitched together through the middle (hence that very long needle). After a bit of faffing around, I’m really happy with him. I’m really happy with the ribbon-tag mane.

Leopold 02

King of the jungle indeed. How convenient that our backyard is looking particularly jung-ular (!) at the moment 🙂

Leopold is off to Pip, hopefully tomorrow, for the Softies for Mirabel cause. Niamh is not totally on board with this idea, and I have a feeling I’m going to miss his friendly face as well. I think there may well be a Leopold Mk II in my near future. In fact, I was also considering a hand puppet version…

16 responses to “Grrrrrr. And Aaaaargh. And Rawr.

  1. Oh, isn’t he just too too cute??? Love him. Poor Niamh will need a replacement soon!!

  2. Well done Melanie,

    The lion looks great.
    I could tell you about the time Rory took to a laptop with a screwdriver, but I don’t exactly know the story. I was in hospital having Michaela. It was his little protest. Unfortunatley it was my Mother’s Laptop 😳

  3. The lion is absolutel gorgeous.

  4. The lion is adorable. Great work Mel!

    I can see why Niamh might not want him to leave.

  5. Your lion is just fabulous Melanie! I love the ribbon mane – very clever!

  6. Just fantastic Melanie!!! Love him!

  7. That is just the most gorgeous lion ever – so original and the mane is fantastic! You’re a very clever woman (and I think that you’ll be making more of these)

  8. Leopold is gorgeous, no wonder Niamh wants to keep him. Glad the day at the zoo went well. Joel was meant to go on the 19th of this month, but ‘someone’ has complained of the distance and about the kids having such a huge day, instead they are off to Gumbiya Park, much closer, but I think that the zoo would have been much better.

  9. That is SOOOO cute!!! Great job, Melanie!!!

  10. He is sooooo good. I love him!

  11. This is absolutely adorable!!! Love it! The ribbon mane is the best! I think there would have to be a Leopold II as well.

    Sorry about the computer/sand frustrations.

  12. He is just adorable! Love his ring body and his ribbon mane!

  13. Oh no! I hope your laptop will be ok.

    LOVE the lion! So cute!

  14. Oh … my … gosh! Leopold is SO CUTE! You did a fantastic job with him and to have designed that completely from scratch? You’re so talented! I hope that you end up making more.

  15. Oooh, that came out great!

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