Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hot Frog



A couple of weeks ago, when I made a few wheatbags for a few birthdays, the (now) Four Sleeps Until He’s Six Kid came over all huffy and demanded to know: ‘When am I going to get stuff?’ I couldn’t argue. I hate to say it, but he does get the short end of the craft stick – you can’t go very wrong with a girly skirt and I have a fear of zips and crotches.

As this birthday looms large, I’m still guilt-ridden over his 4th birthday raw deal. We were forced to cancel his party and move a knocked-together celebration to Grandma’s house which I DIDN’T EVEN ATTEND because I was too busy with the huffing and puffing malarkey associated with the arrival of the third. Planning has never been a strong point.

In an effort to go at least part of the way to making it up to the little Mr, I have crafted him his own wheatbag. Or wheatfrog. Inspired by this dude:



With dinner included for extra six year old appeal.



Seemingly always ready with a cuddle, wheatfrog was also obliging when I suggested a test spin in the microwave:



He emerged toasty warm but dazed, confused and a little green around the gills.



Fabric by Amy Butler from Amitié, corduroy from the stash and wool felt for the detail bits.

41 comments:

Cath from chunkychooky said...

just gorgeous- i love the fly!!!

Nanette said...

Ack!
You're a genius.

Jessi said...

classic!!!

u make me laugh!

that fly is way too cute! Master 6 will love this! :)

x

Mel said...

Have I told you before how good you are for my pelvic floor muscles? All the stifling of kid-scaring laughter has to be doing something for me.

Firstly, love love love the frog picture! He is divine. Secondly the frog wheat bag is genius you crafty diva you! I love the before microwave and post microwave shots too ;)

Oh and gotta love a nearly six year old who digs a wheat bag for his birthday. I like his style.

Valerie said...

I love it! So cute!

CurlyPops said...

Ha ha he's perfect! Love the microwave zapped out shot.

Nikki Cardigan said...

How fantastic to use your boy's drawing as starting point, showing him the value you see in his artwork and ideas. Your wheatfrog is perfect, from the toes to the eyes to his snack.

On that plate, he looks good enough to eat, I mean cuddle!!

ick and ooo said...

I love him!
Cold snap here and I have been thinking of wheatbags - I have boys so frogs, robots are acceptable.

Christina Lowry said...

I thought it was toads you were supposed to put in the microwave, or is that the freezer? I can never remember...

Love Mr froggie! You are a wheatbag/sewing genius. :)

Bowlby said...

I love your wheatfrog! My little guy would love one of these too.

handmaiden said...

really cute and great for these cold nights

Bird Bath said...

that is superb...I love your sewn interpretation of that wonderful drawing. Very inspiring - we will have to have a go at some wheat bags this week too!

suzitee said...

Your frog is divine...even though frogs are my most feared thing :) I love how you've based his design on your son's drawing...too clever! Thank you for visiting me...your blog is very inspiring!

Christy said...

super adorable froggy! Your creations always make me smile. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, we're gonna have to invite one of his clan over as a mascot...

You're just too good for words T (and you almost got a typo that elevated you to god status...)

Congratulations on your 100 as well.

W

Leonie Guld said...

I LOVE IT! It made me smile ALOT!

redmag said...

That is fantastic!!I'd be happy to have my birthday cancelled if I got that as payback.

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

LOVE HIM. Too clever, I love that you took the design/inspiration from your son's art - he will think that using his design is pretty ace too I am sure. I reckon I'd look a bit like him if I were put in the microwave too! Peta

Loz and Dinny said...

genius ... pure unadulterated genius

One Flew Over said...

Gorgeous! Looks very cuddly indeed x

Tinniegirl said...

he's so fine.

Gina said...

Tania this is such a great design. I love the limbs! I love the gross fly detail. I love the triangular body. I'm putting in my order.
But... I'm afraid my love for your creation is *almost* eclipsed by my love for your son's froggy illustration. It's so perfect. Could you please embroider that onto a piece of fabric?!

Michelle said...

I love everything about him! Plus you made me laugh - always a good thing in my book.

Melanie said...

Wonderful! I love the fly so much :)
I unearthed my first ever 'softie' the other day - made for my firstborn, he was a blue and green frog with a bowtie. We decided he was rather roadkill-esque, so he was always called 'Squish'! I'm tempted to empty out his stuffing and fill him with wheat now.

Sandrine said...

This frog is absolutely GREAT!!What a great idea and talent to work from from your child drawing!It makes me laugh when squeezed up on a plate...no I don't want its legs!!!;)

Kylie said...

I love the frog! I'm sure he'll be over the moon :) K

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Just perfect Tania - love all the little details - the 3 D fly is the icing on the cake!

beck said...

Awww...too cute! How much personality can one frog have? If I go all huffy can you make me one too? Nah, seriously, I can't draw that well. Anyway, I think you are a wonderul mum & your little fella must be tickled pink (or should that be green?) Well done xox

clare's craftroom said...

Just fantastic !

LADY BEVERLY said...

There is nothing more that I can add except 'ditto' on all of the comments. Love the post microwave photo!

Yes, you are a truly talented crafter & mother!

Your children will have wonderful memories. I ran into the same thing 20 years ago when I was in your shoes - to be a stay at home Mom I did craft shows - dolls, toys, etc - my girls did the same - where is MINE!

Enjoy!!!!! Time flies! (even lands on hot frogs!)

Bev

Nikki said...

What a fab froggy fellow. All microwaved up and ready to go... gorgeous stuff.

Angus in Northcote said...

You've passed the hundred mark.

Please raise your bat to the grandstand and remind your husband that only Australians seem to reach the 100.

Madeline said...

That is just too stinkin' adorable for words!

woollywotnots said...

he's very cute! Love it!

Lexi @ PottyMouthMama said...

He is totes divine. You are so very, very clever. I bet he LOVES this froggy fellow. I love him too.

My Love is..... said...

I love this well done!!

Sarah-Jo said...

Love the frog but more so the fly that is a brillant gift for a 6yr old boy!

I have to agree with you girls are so much easier to craft for but this is very impressive!

Sonia said...

I know they are all saying it, but i have to say it too...I love froggie, I want one!! You are super clever and the choice of fabrics are superb!!!

smallgrapes said...

Awesome!!! I absolutely love it.

old_roses-memories said...

Thank you! It is so awsome and I had to sew it.
Many greetings from Germany

Tatjana

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