June 19, 2008

Blue Barking, the imaginary dog

This book is about a boy named Bertie who wants a dog, a blue dog, more than anything in the world. But he doesn't have one so he likes to pretend; patting it, walking it, even playing both sides of a game of fetch. Everything a dog wants, you could say. But one day, Bertie finds a real dog, and it's puppy love at first sight.

Blue modelling 1

It could have been the story of Blue. He's an imaginary dog, too, but he doesn't have a kid. And dogs, even the imaginary ones, need a person. So, as you probably can imagine, Blue is a little blue.

Blue modelling 5

Blue is a positive little fellow, always wagging his tail. He likes to, out of the blue, sneak up behind you and give you a big hug. He also likes to swim in crystal blue lakes and chew his little blue bone. Blue is everything a person could hope for, so let's hope he finds a home soon. And, if not, he could always pretend...

Blue modelling 2

June 12, 2008

Lucky Ducky Freebie

An original Nosey Nest Pattern.

© Copyright 2008 Nosey Nest. All rights reserved.
Please do not make money using this pattern.

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In this post a little duck made a hippo happy by telling him how wonderful he is. Every once in a while there is somebody who could use some kind words too to make him feel better. So here's a tutorial for making a lucky ducky with a tiny pouch which can hold a nice note for somebody who really needs it.

The ducky in the tutorial is named Dunley. He is in the shop with his friend Henri.

Materials needed
- Felt ( three different colors are used in this tute; yellow for the duck, orange for it's beak and wings, blue for the little pouch ).
- A little scrap of fabric or felt for the heart at the pouch.
- Little black beads for the eyes.
- Some stuffing.
- Optional : some beads for decoration.

Parts ( download PDF )
1. Side ( cut twice, yellow felt )
2. Belly ( cut once, yellow felt )
3. Beak ( cut twice, orange felt )
4. Wing ( cut twice, orange felt )
5. Pouch ( cut once, blue felt )
6. Heart ( cut once, the little scrap of fabric )

Enlarge to every size you wish.

- Cut out all parts. You don't have to include a seem.

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- Blanketstitch the two sides together from the top of the beak * to the tail *

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- Put the tummy in. Blanketstitch from tail* to beak ** and then from chest to tail. Don't forget to stuff the body before you close it.

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- Blanketstitch the two beak parts together from * to *

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- Blanketstitch the beak at lucky ducky's head.

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- Blanketstitch the little heart at the pouch and the pouch at the duck chest.
- Also blanketstitch the wings to the body. Leave the tips open.
- Sew on the black beads for the eyes.

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- You might want to decorate your ducky with some beads.

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- Your done ! Put a tiny note with some kind words in lucky ducky's pouch and give him to somebody who needs .....some kind words.

If you've made a lucky ducky with this pattern please add a picture to the Nosey Nest Tutorial Group at Flickr.

Have fun !

June 11, 2008

A blushful hippo and his friend

Henri modelling 1

Meet Henri, a hippo who blushes very easily. Not only when something makes him burp (quietly, of course) but also when he counts 1...2...4...3. Oops!

Once, when Henri was hiding behind some books on the bookshelf (because he didn't want anybody to see he was turning all red again) he found this old book, all covered in dust.

The book was about a hippo named Roosevelt who also has a tendency to blush. Luckily Roosevelt also had a little friend, a bird called Lombard, who reassured him that he was not a bashful hippo; but was instead hopeful, mindful, thoughtful, and wonderful. And with each new, kind word Roosevelt stood taller and prouder.

Of course when little Henri had finished reading this book, he also wanted a friend like Lombard. So he went to the duckpond and met Dunley, a nice little yellow duckling. Dunley was tired of being small and unimportant and was very happy to hear that Henry was looking for a friend. He made him self comfortable at Henri's head while whispering some kind words....

Henri modelling 5

Because there must be more souls in this world who would like to have or give a bird like Lombard and Dunley ( with room in his tiny pouch for a nice little note ), a tutorial for making one will be posted here tomorrow.

June 4, 2008

Little Longneck

Little Longneck

Little here is the first Nosey Nest member who is completely baby friendly ;
he has little felt eyes and buttons.
Little went to life with newborn Tim ! No doubt they will have lots of fun in the future.