Friday, July 11, 2008

Another Livvie kitty!

Thank you so much for all of your kind words to my last post! It really does mean a lot to have the support of so many friends during this whole process. I went to see my grandfather today, and he was awake only for the time that he was eating lunch. As little time as that was, it did give time for Liv to give him a quick kiss and hug. His eyes always dance when he sees her.

Yesterday we took a break from all of that and just had a day around the house. We watched some TV, went to the pool (in between rainstorms), and Little Liv also designed another stuffed cat. Same drill as before, starting with the concept drawing and and choosing the fabrics, me cutting and sewing, her stuffing. I think a little Etsy shop is in her future, whatdya think?

This one is a gift for some dear friends who just had their first baby. I told Liv that it needed to be a smaller kitty so that a little baby could hold it. Liv decided his name should be Goo-goo Gah-gah, since that is the word that babies say.
Here she is drawing it out. Notice the little dolly sitting next to her in the booster seat. Please DON'T notice the little bits of food still all over the dining room table. Apparently we don't believe in wiping down tables at our house.

This guy is probably 7 inches tall if you include his legs. At his widest (his face) he's probably 3 inches wide. His body is probably around 1 1/2 inches - 2 inches wide.

Lemme tell you, that narrow little torso made for some difficulty when trying to sandwich the tail, the legs, and the arms all between these two very narrow layers. I ended up breaking my own appendage/hole rule and had to put the turning hole at one of the arms. I did this so that I could leave one of them off until it had been seamed and turned. Then, after stuffing, I added the second arm and stitched the arm on and the hole shut.

See the little flower on his chest? Liv drew a big flower there in her concept piece, so I cut one out of felt and appliqued a little circle right in the center. (First time I ever did hand-applique, too. Yay!!) And that narrow little torso also proved difficulty here. The flower was too wide to attach to the torso before it was stitched and turned. (If I had, the edges of the flower would have been caught in the side seams.) So, I had the sheer pleasure of handstitching it down through denim on a curved surface with a hook-like head getting in the way of my hands.

Oh and here's a picture of his little backside, with a tail. It kinda looks like he's humping the blanket, but I couldn't figure out how else to photo him.


ScrapbookDBA said...

I love the kitty!!!!

Olivia is such a wonderful designer and you are such a wonderful seamstress! I see a mother/daughter duo in the future .. Olivia-Anne Designs perhaps! *wink*

She is such a precious gift .. and I know you enjoy her every single day!


diamondmeenuh said...

Liv is quite the little designer! Love the kitty! I also like the picture of her deep in thought over her drawing. You can tell she's concentrating really, really hard.

Janna said...

Adorable! She should have her own Etsy shop!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

Olivia is one fabulous designer - yes I do think her very own etsy shop is needed!!

Olivia Pot Pie :-)

Denise Felton said...

I love GGGG so hard! I want a Livvie pet. Give her an Etsy shop and let her pay her own way to college! And I think Henny just named it for you. "Olivia Pot Pie" makes me do the happy dance.

joanie said...

I love it! Great fabrics too. Keep drawing Liv :)

ElegantSnobbery said...

Love the kitty! What a kick, having a 4 year old designer! That is just fantastic. I would totally buy from Olivia Pot Pie