The Animals Are Taking Over!

I have done nothing but sew all week and still have many more lined up to work on.  I keep three or four dolls in progress all the time but decided it was time to get some pictures to show you what I have finished.  Photo on 6-9-16 at 11.44 AM

This is Tom.  He comes from the story “The Polka Dots and the Jolly Swagman”  It is about Tom’s adventure one summer when he and his whole extended family spend their vacation in the Outback at the Camel Races.  I still have several more animals to make for this story but I am getting there.  Photo on 6-9-16 at 11.44 AM #2

This is the spirit dog of Kadaitcha, who is the native of Australia the boys met on their adventure.  He is all black with red eyes that glow in the dark.  Photo on 6-9-16 at 11.45 AM #2

This is Duck, the native boy who was their guide on the adventure and the Chinese shop keep who gave Tom the cursed stone that caused all kinds of strange things to happen.  Photo on 6-9-16 at 11.46 AM #2

This is Duck’s spirit animal that he names Goldy because of the golden spots on his back.  He is goanna, a native of Australia.  Each boy had to catch and tame an animal in order to get back home.  Photo on 6-9-16 at 11.46 AM #3

This is Squawk, a galah.  He is the spirit animal of the Swagman.  Of course in the story all of these animals are giants so that the people could ride on them.   Photo on 6-9-16 at 11.45 AM

There are several more animals for the Swagman story but I do work on other stories at the same time and this one is Briar Rabbit.  He is in the Story of Briar Rabbit and the Tar Baby.  I finally figured out how to make the tar baby and how to get Briar Rabbit to stick to him.  I still have to make Briar Fox and the tar baby.  Photo on 6-9-16 at 11.46 AM

As you may remember I made the three pigs for the story of the three little pigs, but when I got my new book I found different little pigs that I like better so I had to make them along with the wolf to blow their house down.  Photo on 6-9-16 at 11.45 AM #3

These are Floppsy, Moppsy, Cottontail and Peter form “The Story of Peter Rabbit”  I will use Briar Rabbit for the mother rabbit and I need to make a blue jacket for Peter before I read that story to the kids.

Patty has been teaching the kids “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”  They like the song and can sing it so she will bring them over here to show me how they sing the song and we will use the animals I have made to help us all remember the order of the animals in our song.  Each one will lead a verse and pick an animal on the shelf to line up for the song.  That should be fun!!  I am still working on a brown furry cat for Dyhanna.  She is drawing the pictures for The Rainbow Kitten and I am making her a cat to go with the story.  When I finish the can I need to make the bows, ribbons, shawls etc for all the colors she has in her pictures.  I also have a dingo cut out for the Swagman story, and a Koala for the same story.  I also have an elephant cut out just because I want one.  My mother made a grey elephant for my brother when he was born 86 years.  I played with it when I was little and one of my girls have it now, but I don’t remember which one took it.  It may be in pieces now.  I know my mother put a big patch on it when my sister was little and I had to patch it again when my girls played with it so I decided that was one of the animals I had to have even if I didn’t have a story for it.

Time to get back to sewing.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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