I have been ever busy in the toy bag department again. I knew I wanted to do a tree, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to put into it. My son wanted elves with pointy ears and cookies. Think Nabisco. I was leaning toward gnomes and animals. As it turns out, we both got a little something out of the deal. He got his elves, I got my animals. As always, all of the toys are perfectly sized for little fists. :) Thank you to everyone who put their two cents in when I asked for advice. It helped! I, actually, love the way the bag turned out. It's got a great deal of personality and whimsy....in my humble estimation.
I will post the pattern within the next week or so. Just have to clean up my scribbles and then get them on here. Until then, enjoy the pictures.
Gwinnet and Riven, the elves (complete with pointy ears!)
Seata, the unicorn
Seata, the unicorn
Vulpini, the fox
How did I come up with the blue jay and foxes names, you ask? I used foxes "tribe" and blue jay's "genus". I was a little worried that Pokemon might have beaten me to the name Vulpini for the fox. Their Vulpix, etc is a little fox based Pokemon. Thankfully, Vulpini (sounds like an Italian acrobat or magician, doesn't it? lol) is not used as a Pokemon character. Bluejay is loosely based on a bluejay. It's hard to get all of the beautiful and amazing intricacy of God into a 2" toy. Really hard. So, he's as close as I could get him. ;)
My son, ever the story weaver, will be coming up with a story to go along with this bag. He loved the names and personalities I gave the Barnyard Gang and thinks that every bag I create from now on needs to have the same treatment. He is busy enjoying a few weeks with family back in Wisconsin, so it will have to wait until his return. However, I am quite sure the story will be chock full of inspired ideas! Can't wait!