Category Archives: Toymaking

Sirs Finn and Sir Robin

It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to make the little guys.  I actually
sort of enjoyed the process once I quit being super critical of every little thing.
I tried to make them look a little bit like their owners.  Sir Finn is Brower’s so
he has a little bit rounder smaller head and Sir Robin belongs to
Trapolin so his face is a bit thinner and longer.   I still need to make
some clothes for Robin but we have been busy doing some Spring
cleaning around here so that will wait until Monday.

The Cloaks are Done


I finished the cloaks.    I am glad to have them done well in advance of any Ren Faires that will occur in May but I still want to work on some little tunics, belts and pouches and like before then.   The cloaks are the hard part though, so I have plenty of time to work on the rest of it.   My stuff came from Weirs already, so I wanted to finish these up quickly so I can get to our Spring nature table stuff before I am utterly consumed by the project of putting two dolls together.

I know I have been more crafty than normal lately but it lends itself well to homeschooling.   I can sit and work on a project quietly while the girls work on their school stuff.   That way I am right there and available to help with questions but it doesn’t make them feel like I am sitting right on top of them.

The girls joined 4-H.  This was almost entirely due to the absolutely stellar leader they have.  She is a retired home economics teacher who volunteers all of her time to teaching her 4-H’ers to sew.  She has a serger, three sewing machines and every gizmo known to mankind but more importantly she will teach the girls to sew properly.

I sort of cobble things together as I go and take a lot of shortcuts so it is definitely not a good idea for me to be the only one teaching them.    They had their first lesson with her today.  She seems like a very nice lady.