I've mentioned on countless occasions that Iris' favorite toys are actually her books. I can't help but buy her new ones all the time because not only am I exhausted of reading the same ones over and over, but she simply glows from the inside out when presented with a new book. About three months ago, at Kohl's, I spotted this book called Lullaby Moon. It's about a mama (or papa) and baby mouse coming home after a day of playing, and getting ready for bed. The illustrations are soft and warm with a lyrical story. Iris took to the characters immediately. Especially - no surprise - the kitty.
See the little kitty stuffed animal tucked into bed with the baby mouse? Iris would squeal and point this kitty out every time we read this story. It got to the point that she would disrupt my reading and just flip all the way to the last two pages. I knew I wouldn't find a stuffed animal of this character anywhere online, so I decided to make one myself.
He took me around twelve hours to design, sew and embroider.
Everything was done entirely by hand; I've never used a sewing machine in my life!
Iris absolutely adores him - he gets a lot of love. Making him inspired me to create some felt food for her as well. This is the first crafting I've done in years. I used to make jewelry, knit, work with clay and all sorts of things that I haven't touched in a long time. Now that I'm a stay at home mom, I'm really enjoying exploring my creativity again!