I didn't mean to. Really I didn't.
Awhile back I found this really cute kit at Target to make a stuffed bunny. I filed it back in my brain as something to come back and get at some point to make for my godchild for her 1st birthday. As I should have anticipated, it was gone when I went back with no sign that it had ever even existed. Boo.
This caused me to embark on an impossible quest to find the kit online. I ended up finding a similar, but different, still very cute kit elsewhere online and went ahead and ordered it. On the picture were 3 very cute bunnies, each made of different materials so you could see how it could turn out differently depending on what you went with. I was unsure of what I wanted to get and looked at the overwhelming amount of fur options on the site. I ended up going with something that I thought would be fluffy and soft and very cute. Plus, it was one of the suggested combos for this particular pattern.
So I went with it.
And when I opened the package I was skeptical of it from the getgo. A) I didn't know it was going to come with pink eyes. B) I had no idea that it would be HAIRY rather than FUZZY.
But the designer of the pattern was very sweet and left me a little note in the package about how to manage all the hairiness with the promise that it makes "an adorable bunny!" So I figured, she's made a ton of these things . . . she would know! So I just went with it. I briefly pondered returning the fur and getting something different. I even pondered returning the eyes and getting a darker color.
But I did not.
And now I have a wookie.
My father-in-law saw it today and thought it was a dog.
I was so distressed with how it ended up looking, I posted about it on a message board I frequent to get some feedback from all the other DIY mamas on there. I wanted some honest feedback from people who don't love me so I would know if it was just too scary to give to a small child. Mostly they were supportive. Some thought it was a bit scary, but most of them thought it was cute even though you cannot tell in any way that it is supposed to be a bunny. One responder told me that I could corner the market on stuffed yetis since bunny dolls are a dime a dozen.
At their encouragement, I called my sister and directed her to the message thread to see if she thought it was too scary for my little niece. I really didn't want to do this, because it was supposed to be a surprise. But since there is a difference between a "good surprise" and a "bad surprise" I gave in. She looked at it, laughed, and told me she thought it looked like a muppet. Or a furry monster. Or something. Then she told me that it was fine and that I should give it to her anyway since you never know what kids are going to love or why.
I just hope it doesn't make the sweet child cry on her birthday.
P.S. Yes, I realize that Little Miss is hugging it in the picture above, but when I tried to turn her around to get a better picture of them together, she threw it to the ground and refused to pick it back up again! Over the last day or so she has gone from saying, "Ohh! Bunny!" and hugging it or carrying it around briefly to yelling, "NO!" at me if I try to suggest to her to pick it up. Poor bunny-wookie. You may never be loved, little friend.