A week ago I found myself with a tin full of animals (did you see my post of Hjorton and Crumble?), a heart that fell in love and did not want to let them go, and no gift for my nephew. With only a week and a half left for Christmas I started seriously panicking
. Not only because of the time pressure, but because I did not have the slightest clue of what else I could do. So we sat down to brainstorm with Mr. AP.
We started discussing what toy would be the best. And as we thought about it the more we wanted something that would help with the hand and eye coordination, with him learning his colors, shapes and textures. And somehow, when all these things were said out loud I suddenly had the perfect idea: fishing! I saw before my eyes little felt fish and a toy fishing rod. The fish part seemed easy enough, but I had my doubts about the rod.
I gathered some ideas, grabbed my pencil and started sketching. I would not say that each and every one is true to its original color or shape, but hey, at least they are quite colorful! And these are the little beauties once finished.
After I had the fish out of the way I concentrated on the fishing rod. I searched around a bit and I found a tutorial that seemed like something I would be able to do. I made a quick trip to the local hardware store, bought the necessary supplies and surprised a couple of salespeople along the way (You are doing what exactly!??). Yesterday I raided my dad’s workshop and power tools in hand I set out to tackle this task. It took me a couple of hours (primarily because I could not find a drill bit that is 1,5 cm wide), but with a little creativity I did manage to do it!
I am so happy with the finished result! I keep looking at both the fish and the rod and I have to pinch myself, because sometimes I don’t believe I did these. It will not be easy to let them go either, but I figure, if I go over to my brother’s and play with my nephew, I’ll be able to fish a bit. Just helping the little one, of course!
Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you who celebrate Christmas, a very happy holiday!