Saturday, February 18, 2012

Belated Valentine

Courtney wasn't here on Tuesday, because it was Valentine's Day and her daycare party was that day, which of course she didn't want to miss. We did a switcheroo and she came here yesterday instead. It worked out well for me, because being the last-minute person that I am, I didn't have her Valentine gift ready yet! Heheh.

Since I knew she'd get enough sweet treats from the parties at daycare and school, I wanted to give her something that wasn't candy. So I gave her breath mints instead!


Well, not exactly. I gave her a breath mints TIN.... one with a little surprise inside!

A bed! And it was occupied!


Yep, the bed contained a mouse (now named Squeaky). Squeaky has his very own teddy bear [now named Rainy (Raney?)].


(Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile may notice that the pillow even matches the ones I made for Courtney's daycare and for her dolls! She said: "Now I have 3 pillows... a large, a medium, and a small!")


I have to confess that the teddy bear wasn't finished by the time Courtney arrived on Thursday evening for her sleepover. That didn't matter... she was totally THRILLED with the bed and the mouse! I promised her there was one more part to the Valentine gift and that I would finish it after she went to bed so it would be ready for her in the morning. I wanted her to leave the mouse and tin out so I could take pics when I got it all done, but that was not to be... she insisted on sleeping with it. She promised the mouse could sleep in his bed so he wouldn't get all smooshed for the photo shoot the next day.

She didn't know what the extra part would be. She guessed maybe a house to put the bed in. Ha... not quite. But I think the teeny tiny teddy bear made her even happier than a house would have. Here she is first thing in the morning, still in her jammies, after having found the teddy waiting for her:


She LOVED them! She barely let them out of her hands all day long! Of course that made Grandma super happy, too. :)


I cannot take credit for designing any of it. Nope, it was a pattern I purchased from Larissa Holland of mmmcrafts (who also wrote the tutorial for the tooth fairy pillow I made). You can see her originals here, with links to purchase the pattern yourself if you want to make them for someone you love, too. It's a very well-written pattern, with lots of helpful tips for sewing something that tiny. I had fun making it! The only change I made was to add the hearts to the chests of the mouse and teddy bear, because of course they were Valentine gifts!

Linking up to Amylouwho's Sew & Tell:

16 comments:

Larissa said...

Hey, Candy! Wow, this totally made my day. What an absolute cutie your little granddaughter is and your mouse turned out so well. Love the hearts on the tummies! And the fact that the mouse pillow matches her own pillow. Score, Grandma! Thanks so much for the kind words about the pattern.

grace said...

Adorable!

Grandma G said...

Hey, Larissa! You made it easy... thank YOU! :)

Thanks, Grace! No doubt you'll be seeing Squeaky and Rainy in person soon. ;)

The Luedtke Family said...

Too stinkin' cute!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Becky!

The Luedtke Family said...

I actually ordered the pattern before I could convince myself those critters are too small for me to sew.

Before I convinced myself I will have to buy filling/stuffing, as I am out.

I purchased it hoping I have enough of the right fabric scraps.

Since Norah does not need to eat any more candy, each item will fit nicely in an Easter egg.

Today I happened to notice a chocolate Altoid box in my desk at work. It'll work!

Grandma G said...

WOOHOO!! Way to go, Becky! You can do it!!! :)))

Quilt Barn said...

Crazy Adorable!

Grandma G said...

Thank you! :)

Heather said...

That is SO adorable!! I was awwwwing the whole way through. What a sweet grandma you are. :o)

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Heather! Your comment brightened my day!

Aunt Spicy said...

this is so adorable! really, love the idea!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Aunt Spicy! (Nice name! ;) )

Geneviève Thiffault said...

Aww! This is such a sweet gift, I love it!

Grandma G said...

Thank you! :) You must be on your lunch hour! LOL

Geneviève Thiffault said...

Yup, it's lunchtime, also known as Internet-reading-time. :)