Greta – not your average Panda (don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

A rather daring creation for me… but there is a back story to how miss Greta came to be.  greta1She might look like your average woolly panda, but indeed she isn’t.  True…she’s all wool.  True… she’s a nice handful at 6″ tall.   Adorable brown marble eyes she does have indeed.  greta2She has floppy legs that help her sit on her own and stand with assistance.  She’s a cuddle bug.  greta3It all started with me mentioning a certain toy to my 3 year old…maybe you have heard of them or seen them, they are called “Puppy Surprise” or “Kitty Surprise”.  Plush animals that have a hollow belly and they close shut using velcro.  Each animal comes with babies inside and you don’t know how many you get until after you’ve purchased the toy.  My little son LOVES plush dogs and cats.  I told him about this puppy surprise toy and he was wild with excitement at the concept of this toy.  I hadn’t expected this level of interest from him.  He started discussing this toy with his siblings even.  I personally am not a huge fan of the look of the toy, but that’s my own personal preference.  I admit, I did look for the toy… I knew my son would play with it for hours.  I wasn’t able to find it ANYWHERE in my area.  I started to become slightly obsessed trying to find this item and had to step back and give my head a wee shake 😉  It was decided that I would try to make my own version of this toy.  Panda it was. greta11There were a couple of things in mind when creating my own version 1)  I preferred to make a wild animal instead of a domestic animal just simply due to the fact that I don’t want to promote breeding (I am a rescue pet person) 2) I wanted the birthing part of this to be more anatomically correct  I chose Panda because I love them and also, they normally only have one cub at a time.

Ok, here we go.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  I’ve been greeted with several reactions while introducing Greta to folks.  It’s completely understandable if birthing toys aren’t your thing. Greta makes me giggle. greta4Baby Panda is tucked up inside mommy, she has a completely hollow torso.  The bottom is closed by a draw string wool cord.  When closed, the cord tucks up inside  Greta.  greta5Push Greta! PUSH! greta6I see a baby!! greta7A wee Panda!  wow!  Good job Greta 😉  greta8Panda cubs are born pink with some very light fur only.  This cub of Greta’s has it’s eyes closed.  greta7greta9There you have it! What do you think?

When I showed my little boy my Greta, he was interested but said “Nah, I want puppy surprise”.  0.O  (oh dear me).

Well…then I guess miss Greta needs a home!

Greta is all wool, made using core wool, white roving and black roving.  Her arms are floppy and attached using cotton floss.  Her legs are attached using black wool yarn, are floppy in manner and jointed.  Her black wool ears are sewn on.  She has brown eyes that are marble.  Her bottom is a wool draw string and it opens and closes. Panda cub comes in and out(ouch, poor Greta!).  Panda cub is only 1″ long and made using light pink toned wool.  He is 5 way jointed.  His eyes are closed and his nose and mouth are grey.

Click here to go to my Etsy shop where you will find Greta

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