At the school where I work some of the girls have started to collect cute little mice in matchboxes. They are very lucky little girls who have saved up hard and are now amassing quite a collection. I've been struck by how lovely it is to see older girls really playing with something, tucking the mice in, smoothing their blankets, arranging their tails for comfort, giving them little tea parties and so forth. Of course I have been paying lip service to good sense by pointing out that these little mice are really too precious to come to school but my heart hasn't really been in it.
Being a makey sort of person (and conscious that these little mice are a little on the expensive side, though beautifully made) I wondered whether I could create something similar for my own children and hunted for a pattern on etsy. It wasn't hard to find when you know where to look and before long I saw a pattern by another one of my nominations for Crochet Great, Lucy Ravenscar. If you want to see Lucy's patterns for sale then do have a look here. She makes great sci-fi crochet patterns as well as various gorgeous little creatures. Anyway, I found a little mouse pattern, downloaded it at a very reasonable cost and produced this...
Having made the little mouse and after searching in vain for a suitable tin / box it struck me that actually I was having a case of what my beloved calls "Is it like when your Mum makes MacDonalds?", harking back to our youth when both our mothers went through a stage of cooking a burger, putting it in a roll, serving it with chips and saying it was just like MacDonalds. The flaw in this was of course that although it may well have been delicious, it wasn't MacDonalds at all, it was something completely different. So, in the end off I went to a beautiful local toy shop and bought them a mouse in a box each, and they both love them. And the moral of the story is... I don't do morals, not for other people to live by anyway.
Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with all your news over the next few days, I bet I've missed a lot but it's done me good to have some time away from the computer! My head is so full of projects at the moment and I'm making some items to sell for charity which is consuming my time. I'm also considering opening a little etsy shop and wondering how feasible it would be to keep it stocked up and ready for action. Do any of you sell on etsy?
I hope you are finding some space for yourself this weekend.