MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Another wee giftie


I'm sure many of you will remember me pointing you towards a wonderful You Tube video of a grandma reading a book called 'Wonky Donkey' to her grandson (if you haven't seen it, just google it!).  Anyway, I ordered a copy of the book for our #2 grandson for Christmas because it's just too funny to pass up.  Lucky me, I stumbled across a really cute crocheted donkey pattern so, being the doting grandmother I am, I simply HAD to make one to go along with the book.  (what else can a grandmother do?)

Because the wonky donkey in the book has 'issues' I thought it was fitting that my first attempt at his head resulted in this...

oops!





The second attempt was MUCH better!

The book is 'The Wonky Donkey' by Craig Smith.



The pattern is by Gaelle Quemener of  Du Reve A La Creations and can be found HERE.  












- THIS is what looks to be an excellent method of calculating how to make a sweater in any weight of yarn and in any size.  

- THESE are rather cute little snowmen.

- There are a whole lot of watercolor tutorials HERE

- THIS is a rather interesting take on making snowflakes - cloth, not paper!

- There are lots of Christmas quilt patterns HERE

- For the Dr. Who fans out there, check out the patterns HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE  and HERE

- And not to leave the Harry Potter fans out, how about THISTHIS, THIS, or THESE

- And for the Star Wars fans - check out THIS, THISTHIS, and  THIS

- And what's a list like this without some Lego?  HEREHERE (link goes to PDF), and HERE

- And finally, just for the sheer fun of it....check THIS out (and think of the cross stitch possibilities!)

Today your quote is from Maya Angelou...  "We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike"




17 comments:

  1. I love your wonky donkey, Mary Anne. You have given him such sweet personality. I love the books by Craig Smith, they make me smile. I met Craig Smith once when my girls and I went to a book fair where authors and illustrators all around the world were visiting. My eldest daughter was the lucky recipient of an illustration by Craig, which he did whilst we were standing there and of course he signed it. A huge picture if I recall. We are a bookish family and my eldest daughter still recalls this day as to being one of the best days of her childhood. Craig Smiths drawing lived on her walls for many years. I might add that I too consider it to be one of the highlights of my life. We met so many authors and illustrators, and the girls chatted to each one. It truly was the best day, buying books and getting each one signed by the authors. Of course we went home with many, many books....which is always a most wonderful thing.

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  2. What a great idea! I remember seeing that video online - very funny. Your little crocheted donkey is so cute. Thanks for sharing this - "Poppa" was asked to make a bookcase for our grandson's playroom for a Christmas present and this will be a great book to add to it.

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  3. The Wonky Donkey was on television the other day. Its hilarious the way Granny laughs. A real cheer upper video for the holidays

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    1. I really hope she's getting some royalties for single-handedly making that previously out-of-print book a best seller!

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  4. I certainly hope there will be a video of you reading The Wonky Donkey to a grand! The Scottish grandma is hysterically funny. And the baby's fine with sitting but not much into reading yet. He's patiently letting her have her laugh out.

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  5. What a fun Christmas present!
    A good book and a snugly donkey.
    You're on a roll now.

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  6. You are the best grandma! He’s going to love this!

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  7. Okay, that is the cutest donkey ever! I agree with Shirlee, you are the best grandma {{smiles}}

    Hugs to you!

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  8. At some point, you have to stop!! Stop showing all the gorgeous patterns we can do, that is!! GRIN! I saved a couple of the links for my ' some day when I get time' list. Cute donkey and what does a grandma do . . . have fun making.

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  9. Okay... I came in here yesterday to read your blog post and I went to watch the Wonky Donkey video. I was laughing so hard, DH had to come and see what was so funny. I started the video over and he laughed all the way through it, too. And then I forgot to come back in here and say Thank you for sharing that. Your donkey looks adorable, Mary Anne. It will be a great addition to the book!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the video - Jack and I have laughed so hard we've cried every single time we've watched it. We need more Wonky Donkey readers in this world these days!

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  10. Your donkey is so cool. He is perfect. We love the Wonky Donkey. We spent one summer listening to it over and over again with the children in the families we holiday with. So funny. His books are such fun!!

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  11. Such a cute donkey! Was that the video of the grandma cracking up while reading? I laughed right along with her! Unforgettable! Anyway, you’re such a great grandma!

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  12. Ahh yes the wonky donkey grandma what a laugh - love your gorgeous donkey, made me smile all over again!
    Have a great day.
    Wren x

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    1. I have to admit every time I look at that donkey I smile too - and I still laugh hysterically every time I watch that grandma video, despite having seen it several times over.

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  13. OMGoodness, he's adorable! Another reason I really need to learn how to crochet!

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