Friday, November 13, 2015

Freshies (SNARP at Sew-n-Chat)

SNARP  (Stuffed Needy Animal Rescue Project) got personal last night, as bink finished repairing her childhood stuffed animals:  
BEFORE                                                             AFTER

The improvement to their feel (and smell) is more dramatic than to their appearance, 
with fresh puff replacing stinky, broken-down yellow foam.

bink washed them gently twice: 
first in Woolite, and then with liquid Ivory soap--I think the Ivory was most effective.

LEFT: bink with Snoopy---his body was so threadbare, she made him a sweater vest out of an Argyle sock (Thrift Store).
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I worked on a cashmere sweater (-dress)
 for a kangaroo (bink says she needs pearls now);

and I restuffed and sewed new eyes on a donkey, supposed to be Eeyore, but he's the wrong color--Eeyore is grey.

From Winnie the Pooh,  by A. A. Milne--Chapter IV: In which Eeyore loses a tail and Pooh  finds one 

THE Old Grey Donkey, Eeyore, stood by himself in a thistly corner of the  forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about  things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he  thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?"--and  sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about. So when  Winnie-the-Pooh came stumping along, Eeyore was very glad to be able to  stop thinking for a little, in order to say "How do you do?" in a gloomy  manner to him.
This donkey toy was just cheap crap: stuffed hard with sawdust, eyes and ears and  tail just glued on... 
and half-fallen off, when I found him.

He wasn't saleable at the Thrift-Store, and hardly worth rescuing, technically, but I liked him. 

Now he's soft and squishy. He's getting a bright scarf for winter too.
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Finally, here's Maura working on her Blackletter [Gothic] script.

She's not a fabric person, but after her seven-month apprenticeship with a professional calligrapher, she's swift with a pen.

When I eventually get a pile of stuffed animals ready to re-home, I hope she will calligraph their name/story-tags.

7 comments:

Zhoen said...

Oh, they look so much happier! And Eeyore sounds exactly like the original Eeyore, tail falling off and all. Will he get a ribbon for his tail one day? Bluing to improve his color? Doesn't matter, he's probably happier as he is now as well.


This week is all about stuffing, ain't it? Here too.

Fresca said...

ZHOEN: Oh, those inconvenient stinky stuffings... in living beings too.
I hope your kitty's stuffing is firming up.

The donkey is like Eeyore, isn't he?
The material was so cheap, his new stitches show, but that's like Eeyore too!
I think the original Eeyore only wore a ribbon on his tail for birthdays?
Perhaps he should come with a little satchel of accoutrements. :)

Fresca said...

Z: I added this, from Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne--Chapter IV: "In which Eeyore loses a tail and Pooh finds one:

"THE Old Grey Donkey, Eeyore, stood by himself in a thistly corner of the forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?"--and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about. So when Winnie-the-Pooh came stumping along, Eeyore was very glad to be able to stop thinking for a little, in order to say "How do you do?" in a gloomy manner to him."

Zhoen said...

Apparently Eeyore in non-rhotic accents sounds like a donkey bray, EE, yaw. Or Hee Haw. Those of us who pronounce the R don't catch the why of that name.

Pratchett called one of his countries Hersheba, thinking it a clever joke for Americans. But we pronounce it Her SHEE bah, not thinking it was how he said Hersey Bar.

Frex said...

Ha--yes--you get some of those in loan words in Japanese--you have to say them out loud, properly, to hear that they're borrowed from English.

bink said...

The kids all are looking so good now! You are the SNARP queen! Pinky got his eyes fixed today--so now he is good as gold! Thank you for giving me the courage to clean them up.

Fresca said...

BINK: You done good!