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I had some big plans for this week- new dresses for the girls and fall cleaning. It was not to be. I've been battling a nasty cough this week. Seriously, I wouldn't wish this cough on my worst enemy from Jr High. So, I've spent a lot of time sitting on the couch, watching Phineas and Ferb for the kids and West Wing for myself and doing the bare minimum required to keep everyone dressed and fed. And working frantically on a completely unexpected project. Monday, Anna and I were watching Phineas and Ferb. Anna became obsessed with Ducky Momo.

We had to watch the episode twice. She talked about Ducky Momo all morning. She looked up at me with those big blue eyes and said "Mommy, can you make me a Ducky Momo?" Well, there's no way I can deny a request like that. I put her on the school bus at 11:30, put Sam in the car and headed to Walmart for yellow yarn. By the time she got off the bus at 3:20, I had a finished and stuffed body, complete with eyes, beak and tail. She was thrilled. The wings and the feet went on that night and by bedtime she was cuddling her very own Ducky Momo.

Well, while I was working on the duck, Ellery looks up at me with her big brown eyes and said "Mommy, you make me a platypus?" So, I made a platypus, too.

Ducky Momo and Perry the Platypus 

The platypus took longer. Mostly because I didn't ignore everything else while making it.

Ducky Momo and Perry the Platypus 
Ducky Momo and Perry the Platypus

The pattern I adapted to make both of them is here. They have been very well-loved already.


I guess the next question is "What do I make for Sam?"

And here's a little added bonus. I can't get this song out of me head! And now, neither can you.


Katie B. said…
Haha! We've been obsessed with the Platypus Controlling Me (what?) song too, and I've been looking for a Perry pattern for my son. Yours turned out so great!
balloongal said…
You are soooooooo awesome. I let the kids watch your links, now they're going around singing the songs.
Me said…
Those toys are freakin' adorable!

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