Felties: Bunny Twins

Our little felt menagerie keeps growing. You’ll remember Bob and Rose; Li’l Fox and Baby Bear followed shortly after. They are now joined by the bunny twins, Kumo (Cloud) and Taiyou (Sun). I was relieved that K came up with such clever Japanese names – perhaps she sensed my imploring look and mental pleadings of “don’t name them bunny 1 and bunny 2 or white bunny and grey bunny”…

I am staying true to my Valentine’s theme and in case you’re wondering, they are bunny-cupid-babies. Or something like that. And apparently, none of the animals in our delightful imaginary urban forest have tails. An evolutionary trait that makes them a species of their own…Did you notice that the twins are one color on the front and another on the back?

Don’t let their practically saccharine cuteness fool you; they are rascals, these two. Always climbing high up into the trees, trying to play tricks on their fellow tail-less animal friends.

Taiyou (the white one) was born a couple of minutes before Kumo, and plays every bit of the older sister part. She hogs all the food they forage and poor Kumo is a little undernourished and smaller as a result. They were born on Valentine’s Day naturally.

I want you to know that I spent an embarrassingly long time trying to get those diapers right. There’s nothing that will make you feel more ridiculous than trying to repeatedly diaper a mini felt bunny. Seeing K’s thrilled face this morning was priceless though. She immediately started playing with them and has been making accessories (baby bottles, purses) and I’ve promised to feature them on this ole blog at some point.

Funnily enough, I’ve been asked by K’s school to speak at their career day as an artist. When they requested my presence, somehow I don’t think they were expecting that I spend my days making little felt animals and gluing beads to toothpicks for mock arrows…they should have asked Patty Grazini. Now, there’s an artist. She makes animals too, but her artistry is beyond anything I can hope to achieve. I saw her work at the fabulous Curtis Steiner store, which is truly a curiosity shoppe filled with unusual treasures. The intricacies of Patty Grazini’s paper sculptures are astounding. I love the themes she’s chosen (Victorian-era criminals represented as animals), and her work has a great sense of humor, an almost obsessive attention to detail and a charming yet haunting quality about them. I really enjoyed this video of her (I have no idea how to embed videos), and if you’re in the area and get the chance, it’s so worth it to see her phenomenal paper sculptures.

8 Thoughts on “Felties: Bunny Twins

  1. LOL, well I wish I got to spend my days making little felt animals and such! Even if it meant “trying to repeatedly diaper a mini felt bunny”. ;) hilarious! Very cool you get to go present at K’s school as an artist- which you most certainly are- yay for inspiring little people to be artists! Sounds like a blast.

    • :-) the worst was when my early efforts looked like a thong — I nearly gave up! I’m having imposter syndrome again, so I’m rather nervous about speaking at the school…

  2. Lucinda on January 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm said:

    And the felt family grows! Two adorable little additions, Sanae. Love it that K is so thrilled with them, and I am much impressed by her naming abilities! (does she speak Japanese?). Love it that the budding artist in her wants to make additional accessories – tell her your blog friends are eager to see them!
    Congrats on being invited to speak at her school – they know the real McCoy when they see it:)

  3. O sweetness!! They do have a rascally expression, and the picture with the bows and arrows behind their backs kinda says it all :)

  4. i think i just got hit by that arrow -
    totally in love with them!
    and beautiful photos, too

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