first of all this is ayas design 100% and not mine. if it was mine it would probably be made in a plain natural fibre with accents of vintage floral fabric. and it would be a cat. not a dog. but this is ayas design not mine and therefore probably a lot more interesting. aya started by drawing this dog. she drew it a few times. then she named it and became obsessive about making it. ‘you mean cutting it out of paper?’ i asked her (her favourite pastime has been cutting paper and covering the floor in tiny pieces that take forever to pick up). ‘no. a stuffy’ was her response.
as if i had the time to make a stuffy. i was just getting over being sick plus i have a charlie who is going through an incredibly curious/ climbing/ tearing the house apart stage. and i have a mile long to do list. so i brushed it off. brushing things off is easy for parents to do partly because of that to do list (which isn’t always on paper, sometimes it’s on repeat in your head). but then she came home from school with instructions on how to build kibbles. an entire design with arrows and everything! and i couldn’t brush that off. it was so creative and inventive and i wanted her to know that she can design and draw something and have it come to life. plus i’m pretty sure she’s heard me say i can make almost anything (we can only make what we believe we can) so we got started.aya picked out the fabrics, buttons, strings, everything. i cut it out and sewed it and aya stuffed it.she was so bossy for parts of it i started to feel like her stuffy factory. i almost walked a few times. what would have taken me a couple of hours pre-kids ended up taking me two long days. loooong days and one night of hand sewing. but i finally finished it and she said kibbles was her favourite thing in the world and gave me the biggest hug in the world. but the best part was she learned she can design things. maybe even design whatever she wants. so it was well worth it.
as for kibbles she goes almost everywhere with aya now.