19 March, 2010

An Overdue Thanks

Back in August I won a copy of Bend the Rules with Fabric from the author and designer herself, Amy Karol. It was quite a treat really.  I continually pull it out and plan some ideas in my head.  I even went so far as to buy some fabric paint for a specific home decor project, but Hubby vetoed the addition of stamps on the curtains. But Hubby's been away a lot lately.

No, I didn't go ahead and stamp the curtains, but I did make what is known as a Daddy Doll in this house.  You see, the Monster fully recognizes that Daddy is away and come bedtime she gets upset. Personally, I think it is more her knack for melodrama than actually being upset, but who am I to argue with a crying three year old? Then I remembered a specific project from the book.

With a little help from a good friend at work and her Photoshop skills (I have none) and a drawing of Daddy that The Monster herself made I turned this:

into this:

To be honest, it isn't the best example of what the concept is. We had a major printing error where the head, inexplicably, printed itself about 3 inches from the body.  But the printable fabric is expensive so I had to figure out a way to make it work.  How very Tim Gunn of me. So I cut out the shape, without making Hubby look a little too male, and hand appliqued it on. Hubby picked the fabrics, it was his doll after all. And I rescued the filling from an old, unused pillow. It isn't quite the same effect as the original concept, but the end result is the same - less crying at bedtime when Daddy was away.

21 comments:

corinnea said...

Too cute!

HipHome said...

What a sweet idea and even sweeter photo of your little one with her daddy pillow. I absolutely love it. So sorry your hubby has to travel so much. I can't stand when mine is away from home.
Have a great weekend!!

live a colorful life said...

Great idea. Also really like her pillowcase...

~Michelle~ said...

That's pretty awesome! Good thinking :)

Heather said...

THat is so adorable!

Lesly said...

Fantastic idea and great execution - I love "Dad's" body - what a hunk!

Lisa said...

LOL! This is so cute! What a clever idea.

Elizabeth said...

Cute! I just made a few of they guys too. Not in the likeness of your husband, though, because that would be a little bit weird.

Anonymous said...

Very sweet. It is hard to distinguish between drama and real feelings-good call to error on the side of grace. What a great mommy.

Lee said...

beautiful, wish I had one when my youngest was little.

CitricSugar said...

So cute! I'm going to have to give that one a try. Though I'm more likely to put animal heads on people bodies.... :-)

Sew It UP! said...

Ahh poor baby! Great idea though to make a daddy doll. It would be cool if you would make one of each of you guys.

KatieQ said...

Pure genius! I used to love watching my children sleep when they were little. It's not quite the same now that they are 21 and 24. I also love the crochet blanket on the bed.

Ann said...

Awwwww... great idea!

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jacquie said...

love this.

sulu-design said...

Awesome. Love that you wrote "...without making hubby a little too male..."

Vals Quilting said...

Hey Cheryl, what a great idea, looks like it worked hopefully it will work for a while :) Nice thinking and way to be so creative!!
Not quite to scale lol but doesn't look like she's complaining hey. sew cute!!
Valerie
http://www.pastimesonline.ca/vals-quilting/

amandajean said...

ha! too funny!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

so sweet!

Samantha said...

That is simply wonderful- and you did Make it Work- Tim would be so proud!