Sunday, August 23, 2009

Weekend Project: Reminiscing

God gave us memories, that we might have roses in December.
--J.M. Barrie, Courage, 1922

Well, another weekend has gone by unaccompanied by the happy hum of a sewing machine in our household, so I must content myself with remembering past projects. If you are ever looking for something completely silly, pointless and delightfully fun to sew - preferably with a child - you might want to check out this book:

John Murphy provides detailed instructions to make a handful of these creatures, and the inspiration to make many, many more! Here is one of his creatures, Genevieve:

And here is "Star", the Genevieve-clone that my 12-year-old niece made:

Believe it or not, even my two nephews allowed themselves to be talked into making these creatures. My younger nephew, unintentionally displaying both the sweet side of his personality and the all-boy-aggression, named his creature "Sergeant Blue Eyes". ;)

Unfortunately, I didn't think to take pictures of theirs. But, here are the 3 that I made by myself - they stand watch over my sewing room and never let me take myself too seriously.

If you think you might be interested, check out the official website, Murphy's Original Stupid Creatures. (You'll note that John Murphy has added the disclaimer that no one under the age of 13 may purchase a stupid sock creature from his web site, in response to the new consumer protection law mandating rigorous safety testing on all products for children.)

I hope you had more than just happy sewing memories to keep you company over the weekend, and actually got some sewing done! :)


gwensews said...

Oh, those are wonderful creatures! My little grandsons would delight in them!