Michelles Zoo

Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Today's Christmas contribution is from Michelle's Zoo.

One of my favorite things about Christmas when I was little was pulling out the stockings that my Grandmother hand made for us. All of her kids and grand kids had handmade stockings that she made out of felt and and sequins. By the time her great grandchildren (my kids and my nieces and nephews) came along she started making needlepoint-cross-stitch stockings. My grandmother taught me to needlepoint/cross-stitch when I was very young. I love doing all kinds of crafts, but needlepoint is probably my biggest love!!

I love giving homemade gifts. Christmas, birthdays, any excuse I can find. I started making stuffed animals in February 2010 when my niece had a baby girl. I made my first stuffed animal ever for her nursery, a pink giraffe with purple spots. Everyone in my family, my mother, especially my sister and her three kids (17, 19 and 23) love all the stuffed animals I make. Every time I make a new stuffed animal I send them pictures or post a pic to Facebook. I swear they are worse than little kids (especially my sister who happens to be 43 years old). I want it, I want one, I want that. Needless to say, there are not enough birthdays and holidays to meet their growing wish list. They definitely keep me in stitches!

Since I started making stuffed animals a year and a half ago, I have given over 50 away as gifts. I love making these adorable little stuffed animals!!! They thrill me to no end when they are finished and show up with their own little personalities. The only reason I sell them on Etsy is so that I have an excuse to keep making them. Every animal I have listed is ready to ship, which translates to my cozy living space being overrun by stuffed animals. Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way.




Michelle's Christmas in July sale is 20% off your entire purchase. Use coupon code CIJ20 at checkout.



5 comments:

Stephanie @ Toastie Studio said...

I love the funky friends patterns too! And you make such lovely toys with them! I wish I could find such lovely fabric/fleece as you use!!

myminimocs said...

what a great shop!!! love it

FruitsOFtheBLooM.etsy.com said...

Take a look at the listing ads for a special preview of the animal's "stories" they are so imaginative and fun! I love the wild color choices that Michelle's funky little zoo are created in--can't help but smile looking at these critters! ;o)

Michelle's Zoo said...

Thanks so much for the feature Lisa. Thanks everyone else for your comments!

Molly said...

Yay Michelle! You're one of my favorites for sure! Congrats on the feature!

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