Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Woof woof, woof woof

It's full steam ahead in the 'Handmade Christmas Present Department' over here at MBC Headquarters. On the finished list is Poppy and her Puppies for my dog-assessed niece.


My Poppy has 4 puppies, including twins. I thought my niece would think this was pretty special as her mum is a twin and she has twin cousins.


There is also lots of discussions with my niece at the moment about families and how they are all different.... just making sense of her changing world and the world around her (as we are all trying to do I guess!). So joining Poppy and her puppies is Mr Poppy.


This cute pattern is an Audrey & Maude design available from here and here. I made Mr Poppy at 100% and Poppy and the puppies at 90% of the original pattern. The pattern says to use felt for the ears, tail and legs but a lack of appropriate coloured felt and a need to get started and finished, resulted in machine sewn bits.


And a big thankyou to all the good wishes you guys sent me about getting back to work. It was ridiculous how nervous I was! This motherhood thing can do wonders for your self confidence in some areas, but it can take a battering in others. Anyway, I am happy to report that within a few minutes, it was like I had never left. I even wondered at one point if I had actually had children! So it all went well and it looks like I'll be doing some more work in the new year.

25 comments:

Pippi creates said...

Love your puppy family! They are just gorgeous! I can imagine your niece must love getting presents from you. Glad to hear your back to work went well. I just started back, and it feels like I never left too (both in a good and a bad way though). Goof luck with the rest of the present making.

Isis said...

glad you're happy to be back a work! dogs are looking very cute :)

yardage girl said...

Oooh, I have that pattern sitting in my pile of things to sew. You're look wonderful - love the blue fabrics and the Twins ;o)

One Flew Over said...

Super, super cute!

Sandrine said...

What a beautiful handmade pressie you made, I like the little twin idea!
I was wondering how you were going and now I know!:)I am sure you will be an adored teacher and hope you will enjoy being a working mummy:)

Tania said...

When you do 'gift', you do it in so much style.

Glad to hear teaching is just like riding a bike. Not that I noticed you stopped for any sort of break anyhoo!

Becky said...

I have this pattern and seeing this cute set really makes me want to pull it out. Maybe after the new year madness passes!

I missed your last post about going back to school but am very glad to hear it went well!

One pair of Hands said...

Lovely Puppies. I am once again in awe. Two little ones, back to work, and still you have time to make puppies for a lucky little niece. Supermum!

Karen said...

The puppies are adorable and no trouble when it comes to feeding and walking I am sure, the perfect pets to give.
Glad to hear the 'bike' worked and your day at school went well.

Thea said...

I love the canine family too. But Nikki, you are going too far with the back-at-work-it's-like-I-never-left thing. You do have 2 adorable twins.. they are NOT a figment of your imagination. x

Cath from chunkychooky said...

I am making a poppy doll and a mummy and daddy dog and puppies for Busy for her birthday in January. the pattern si am using is a little different but we are on the same wave length!!great minds think alike!

Gina said...

Oh, the cuteness! These are adorable Nikki, and once again you have added your own thoughtful and special take on things... you truly are a talented gift giver, as well as seamstress.

I'm thrilled that work was good last week. Look forward to hearing more about it...

CC said...

You made 6 dogs! You're a work horse. They look excellent - your niece is very lucky. And I love the twin puppies - so cute.

Christina Lowry said...

Ooooh, twin puppies!! Sweetest idea ever! Not to mention the other puppies are cute too. Glad the foray back into work was a success. The butterflies may have helped? They usually help me, I know I care if I am nervous!

Please give puppies a hug from Cohen!

:)

CurlyPops said...

Awww they're adorable!

trixi said...

Love the puppies,the twins are a really cute idea!! Your little dog assessed niece is very lucky indeed.

Karen Wilson said...

Glad to see I'm not the only one still madly making christmas presents!! Good luck with it all.

And those puppies are adorable.

Tanya said...

very impressive dog family and I love the twins. I have twin nieces. Are you a twin then?
I have a dedicated Christmas sewing day today...so I will just ahhh, get of the computer!!

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

I can hear the cacophony of many a child's voice "Good Morning Missus Cardigan".... Well done you!
You're always teaching someone even when unpaid... And we thank you. P

Jolie said...

Thrilled to hear it went so well!!! And the puppy family is just adorable...TG there isn't time for me to get a pattern shipped here or i'd be ridiculously tempted!!!

Leahdis said...

The the colour choice. I need to get cracking and make my Poppy some puppies. Im sure your niece will be thrilled.

handmaiden said...

Nikki, great pattern and present. wishing you a great 2010 and more time to craft!

manda said...

Your MBC present making is putting me to shame. How cute is that puppy family !
Manda :)

Treacle Beak said...

Oh Nik, they're just adorable, can't wait to see your eldest niece open her Christmas present from you this year. She'll be in raptures!

Happydacks said...

Great family of dogs Nikki, the twins a nice touch!!
I am so glad to hear you went well back at work...the world still exists (away from kids) just as we knew it! Amazing!
Isn’t it awful to feel that nervous, I think I could have chucked before my interview!! Chele x