Perhaps you remember the extraordinarily long list of birthday plans for Tilly that I put together over a month ago? Here's a little progress report.
First project from the list to tackle: write a book featuring Tilly and Bella. Books are Tilly's favourite things, and though she could quite happily spend hours reading and rereading "We're Going on a Bear Hunt", her absolute favourite of favourites is a touchy-feely book of dogs. In fact, the dog book is so well loved that many poor doggies are now missing heads and legs, making it more of a who's-who of injured strays!
So, with a pile of felt the size and weight of Tilly in my cupboard, I thought I'd make her something with texture. Our home in felt. Tilly's tree and lavender bush in felt. A felt Bella, felt toys; her whole world in felt pages.
There will be flaps to lift -- beneath Bella's name is her favourite bone -- plus ears that waggle and a tongue that can lick the fingers of little readers. Felt is so accommodating! For extra texture, I'll be adding a bubble bath of buttons for ducky, a dangly string on the xylophone, and, no doubt, pom-poms somewhere and everywhere.
Many lovely hours of hand-stitching ahead, and hopefully, the fables of felt will be wrapped and ready by the end of June.