Anabell loved to play dress up with her cats. This time she decided to have a woodland costume party. The cats happily participated.
This year Anna insisted she wanted to be a bear. Her best friend is going to be a bunny so the obvious choice for Anna was a bear, right? I tried to talk her into being a fox, but relented when I realized it was her choice. I just so happened to have two different types of fur I’d bought back in Portland about 5 years ago. I can’t remember exactly what project I’d envisioned using such fur, but I had it and that was great for now! I’d been putting off making Anna’s bear costume because I’m not much of a seamstress. I can repair seams, sew buttons, I have a sewing machine, and know what a running stitch is, but this thick furry fabric was scaring me. Thankfully my mother simplified it. “Just double the fabric, lay Anna on top of it, and draw out a tunic, voila!” This was after we’d magically found a black bear hat at TJ Maxx yesterday. I felt more confident now that I didn’t have to sew a hood as well. /phew So, here’s Anna as the bear, a cute bear, not a scary bear, as she wanted.
Every now and then I like to try to recreate my paintings in real life. This time, however, I wasn’t going to bring the cats to the forest, so I used my daughter and her giant teddy bear. They enjoyed a nice little tea party in the forest.
So I was looking at the fox tea party painting and thought there needed to be another tea party. This time, there had to be cats, so why not Norwegian Forest cats? Oh, and then a bear. Because what happens when you have two Norwegian Forest cats, having tea in the forest, and a bear just happens to come along wearing a proper tea hat? She’s invited to join them, of course!