Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Twas brillig and the slithy toves...

did gyre and gimble in the wabe...

Minnie has a growing collection of toys in her cot and quite a few of them have been made by me. She has Miss Polly (from the first 'Softies'book), and multiple bunnies (from creating this little lass), an Owl and an Elephant (who escaped from the photo) just to name a few. As Minnie can sometimes be a little difficult to get to sleep (!), she was lucky enough to receive some of these softies as special night time gifts (or bribes depending on how you look at it).

One night when was carrying on a bit at bedtime she asked for mummy to make her a new toy - of course I said, what would you like? A Jabberwocky was the answer. Not another bunny or a cat or a doll or a bear. A Jabberwocky. Not a cute little squirrel or a dog. A great big scary creature that burbles in the tulgey wood and looses its head in a battle with the beamish boy.

'The Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carrol has been a favourite books in our house for sometime and Minnie has 2 great versions (this one and this one). Yes, it is a little gruesome for an under 3 year old but as we don't overly focus on the beheading, Minnie doesn't seem to get too troubled by it.

So the next day, between orders, I made the requested toy. I based it on the illustrations in this version of the book using only what I had on hand. I re purposed a few things for the Jabberworky - the hat is from a jumper I felted, the face and whiskers are vintage fabric, the body is from an old pair of PJ's, the tail is from a some quilt squares that never just much further than squares sewn together.

He is a little wonky and a more than a little odd. But the absolute best part of all of this is that Minnie loves him.

That evening Steve found Minnie in her room, sitting in the rocking chair 'reading' 'The Jabberwocky' to the Jabberwocky. Perfect.


E and T said...

Hi Rach

You could be onto something here, making children's favourite characters. Your Jabberwocky did the trick and I think he is just gorgeous. I am so glad that he makes Minnie happy and what a sight it must have been to see her reading her Jabbberwocky book to her very own Jabberwocky.

I hope the painting going on in your new house is going well. It's one of those jobs that brings such great rewards when it's all done. You sure do have the perfect helper in Minnie.

I was so saddened to hear that the doctors did not give you answers about your precious Alice.

You are not far from my thoughts and you and your family are in our prayers.

Lots of love

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Jaberwocky is awesome! That was one of my kids favourite books too. How wonderful to bring a story book character to life, and encourage a love of reading at the same time!!

Kate said...

Fantastic - what a wonderful toy. Love her whole collection.

Terry said...

Stella's new Jabberwocky is simply wonderful - who's a clever girl then?
Much love, Oody

Jo said...

You are so clever!

tiff said...

you are incredibly talented.
Oh how I wish I could do what you do.

potty mouth mama said...

He is completely fab - too clever.