we need wheels

Last Friday Oscar and I ditched his last playschool class and went for a walk downtown to the library and shops. It felt like we hadn’t been to the library in ages. Back when I started blogging it was Summer and Oscar was 8 months old. We’d walk down to the library in the stroller almost everyday and I’d check out piles of books on design and sewing and quilting and toymaking and I was overflowing with inspiration. Maybe Summer just does that to me because I’m feeling that way again. I’ve got so many ideas swimming around in my head already and our trip to the library tipped me over the edge. All other projects must stop while I make toys with wheels! I’d already been thinking I needed to make some stuffed muscle cars with wheels that actually rotate for Oscar to snuggle with, sort of like this Aronzo van. And then I found this book, American Antique Toys, 1830-1900 by Bernard Barenholtz at the library and cars have now been bumped as my new obsession with animals on wheels has taken over. I really want to make a little set of antique yet modern stuffed animals on button wheels. I’ve picked out some  fabric from the basement that may work. Now time to get working on patterns.

13 thoughts on “we need wheels

  1. molly says:

    lovely pictures hillary. i can’t wait to see what you do…i keep putting a pattern for a turtle on wheels in front of my husband’s nose–he’s a former carpenter. I told him i’d do the sewing if he’d do the woodworking. the pattern is adorable. i found it at the library in one of their old craft books, too.

  2. christina says:

    so how were you able to balance making things with a little one underfoot? I am at that point right now ms. A is 10.5 months and it is quite the balancing act. I remind myself that that once she is in preschool some hrs. per day things will really start to happen but that is a few years off…
    I do agree with the change in weather. I am quite inspired to do more things as the season changes.

  3. Emily says:

    oooooooh…(imagine wide-eyed expression of wonder)
    Thanks for those wheeled toysies, Hillary! What a happy-day-making set of images.
    xo,
    emily

  4. Courtney says:

    Very inspiring pics…now can you add a few more hours to the day, please? Come to think of it, you seem to have more hours in your day than I do.

  5. Alicia P. says:

    “Oh, the LIBRARY!” she said, longingly.
    Then you could sit in Scoville Park and read. Just make sure the old man who likes to sunbathe in his tighty-whiteys isn’t there. That guy freaked us right out. Nevermind. I ruined it, didn’t I.
    Let’s stick with just “Oh, the library.”

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