Sunday, February 18, 2007

Puppet Progress Report

Greetings from beautiful sunny Chicago! Woohoo!

I'm such a geek I have to tell you, I'm terribly excited about my first attempt at vacation blogging. Can you believe I'm blogging from the hotel? Isn't that just terribly exciting?! Ahem.

This is our second family mini-vacation to the windy city and a couple of synchronous things are going on here. First of all, it's President's Day weekend, which is apparantly the beginning of a whole week of fun for many schools, my kids just get a long weekend, as do I. (I get MLK day off too, which isn't that common in West Michigan but my company is based in Atlanta so, there you have it. But I digress.) Secondly, it was our previous visit and all the photo evidence therein that really started me thinking seriously about starting a blog. But it's the last thing that really convinces me that we were right last year when we decided to make this an annual tradition. We really liked our hotel last time, so it's no surprise that we made reservations here again, but get this, we even got the same room! I didn't even reserve them on the same website! Isn't that just bizarre? Well, were easily entertained so were thinking of reserving it for next year too! Yeah, were just that silly.

Anyway, I have great stories to tell you about our adventures in Chicagoland and how we started doing this in the first place and INCREDIBLE photo evidenced from the giant stainless steel kidney bean in Millenium Park, but I really felt that I owed you the following puppet progress, so, here you go.

Liz's dogs are small, so instead of the usual sock base, I started with a pair of old gloves.
Felt tubes give the legs structure. I then hot-glued the tubes onto the glove and covered the whole thing with fabric.

A white felt circle with pink felt toes finishes off the bottom of the legs nicely I think! In the background of this shot you can see some longer fur, that will go on next.

But I called in the big glue gun to help make the puppy head, and I LOVE the ears but I'm not sure how excited I am about the two-tube model for the head and muzzle. I'm thinking maybe a ball and tube model, so there may be a different head on this dog next time you see it.

So there you have it! What do you think, almost a dog?


Blogger Undecided said...

Some days back, I was told that Eli had called me. I think I was told on Sunday. I looked at the caller ID and asked what number he called from, and it was a cellphone number that he called from.

Was that Eli? 'Cause I thought he didn't have a cellphone.

2/21/2007 6:50 PM  
Blogger Christina Shaver said...

I'm so sorry I missed you in Chi-town!!!!! Sounds like you and the crew had a blast. Next time...

2/26/2007 11:49 AM  

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