Before I begin this week's Flashback Friday, remember the fingerless gloves from last week's post? Well, Kasizzle wasn't joking when she said she still had hers - she has a photo on her blog to prove it - check it out!
A few weeks ago my son celebrated a birthday. I'm not sure how it happened but we were celebrating his 4th birthday and I turned around and it we were celebrating his 31st birthday.
The year he turned four was the year he received a three-foot tall stuffed Bugs Bunny toy, lovingly made by his mama.
I originally got the idea when a co-worker was selling the big stuffed rabbit for $25. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was ordering one from her. At the time it was a bit of a novelty! After all, this was 1980. It wasn't like you could run to a specialty store in a mall or order anything you heart desires online.
Well, $25 was out of this single mama's budget but I was sure I could make it myself - and for less money! I mean, how hard could it be to make a 42" stuffed rabbit?
I ended up locating the perfect color fabric at a J.C. Penney store in their fabric department (back when you could purchase fabric in department stores) - a grey velour. Shiny on one side, textured on the other with a slight stretch to it. Not at all what the pattern called for, but I was a single mom on a limited budget and I sure as heck couldn't afford faux fur! I worked on the rabbit every night after the kids went to bed and was so excited to give him to my son as a birthday gift.
He was thrilled with Bugs! But there was a problem. His older sister (by only a year) wanted one too, along with all of the neighborhood kids, and he wasn't about to share.