March 07, 2013

Leprechaun on a Ledge

You know the whole "Elf on a Shelf" thing that's been popular at Christmas time the last couple of years?  I thought the idea was so cute, but I never wanted to do it at Christmas.  There's already so much going on and I try really hard to teach my kids what Christmas is really about.  So, I started thinking.  St. Patrick's Day is kind of a weird holiday to me....and it could probably use a little something.

So instead of an Elf on a Shelf we're starting a new tradition around here.  I'm calling it our "Leprechaun on a Ledge."  I'm serious.  Besides, aren't leprechauns supposed to be mischievous?  Perfect.  It will do the same thing as the elf - get into trouble at night.  And the boys will have just as much fun finding him. and seeing what he's been up to.  I'm kind of excited about it.

Random Sidenote: In the picture above I drew his nose and mouth on in the photo editing software.  I didn't stitch it yet because I wasn't sure how I wanted it to look.

He's a risk taker already.

I made the doll myself, using the doll tutorial found HERE at Make It and Love It.  I've never made a doll before, but it was fun.  It's a great easy-to-follow tutorial.  Now I might need to make one for the baby.

I didn't want to make him a whole suit, so I went for shorts and suspenders.  The shorts are removable.

For the hair I used some yarn I had lying around.  I hot glued it on very carefully.  Baden picked out some gold buttons for him and he needed a bow tie as well.

The doll is kind of a fun size.

And anything stuffed is always a hit with Baden.  (Excuse the slight green smoothie 'stache below.)

So this little guy will start his mischief tonight.  One of these nights I'll have to sew him a hat, too.

And that's all for today.  Thanks for stopping by.


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