Thursday, June 23, 2016
Summer Is A Circus...Up-cycled Stuffed Animals!
A Circus Without Animals...Inconceivable!
And a circus without an elephant is just tragic!
I have only attended a Ringling Brothers Circus once in my life. It was magical! The elephants were by far my favorite part. Their dignity and majesty were awe-inspiring. It makes me sad that they will no longer be a part of the circus. To me they are the "Big Top." I have collected more images of elephants than of any other circus symbol. They will always be a part of everything I love about a circus. I recently redecorated my grandchildren's play room into a Dumbo Circus theme. It's still a work-in-progress, but I plan to share pictures sometime soon.
Sweet Ellie...Circus Elephant!
I found Ellie at a cute little shop in Salt Lake City called "Retro Betty."
There was a basket of pre-loved vintage stuffed animals that day.
I bought an Easter bunny as well.
I always intended for Ellie to be a Valentine circus animal...so I chose red and aqua for her colors. I love those colors for Valentine projects. But she will fit in with all my circus creations. It was fun making her a cute clown collar and a party hat. I can't help myself when it comes to party hats. So many of my characters seem to have one. It's the fastest way to feel festive! I also made her a fancy box for her matinee performances.
Ellie's Fancy Box!
Ellie's Clown Parade Baton.
Made from odds and ends and bits and bobs.
She's ready for the 1:00 p.m. show!
I love old stuffed animals on wheels. I would love a collection of Steiff animals, but they are so expensive...especially the vintage ones. I saw this funny old wheeled bear at Flea-o-logy in my friend Paula's booth. I was in love! I had to chase George down and beg for some extra cash...I had already exceeded my flea market allowance...lol!
He needed a little work. I used some painted beads to replace the missing hubcaps and hold the wheels on. I'm not sure I like these...I may change them later. I made Wheeler a collar from a scrap of vintage fabric I have had forever. The aqua polka dot matches the beads. I didn't want to glue on his party hat, so it ties under his chin. He is so stinkin' cute!
Thanks for letting me share my new Circus Friends!