A little while ago, on holiday, we came across a wishing well and explained to Miss Tot that if she threw a coin into the water she would be able to make a wish, and then if she was very lucky, it might just come true! Miss Tot likes a challenge and so she carefully took the shiny coin which I had offered to her, closed her eyes, held her breath and threw it into the water with a little splash. The hubby and I looked at each other and then asked her to reveal her special wish. She blinked with an excited grin and told us. She would like…. a unicorn.
We were in Centre Parcs at the time, and whilst Longleat Forest is famous for its abundant wildlife, we were fairly sure that unicorns were not an indigenous species. Not to fear though,
the onsite toy store “wish fairy” came up with the goods and provided an acceptable sort of unicorn which was received with hugs and named “Sparkles”. The unicorn obsession did not stop there though and our little miss has gradually become more and more fascinated by these magical creatures.
In the meantime a much loved bloggy friend – Tracey – bounced back into blogland following a little break, and introduced her fabulous new blog: Hooks and Dragons, along with her amazing new range of crocheted “softies”. I was smitten. There were dragons, zoo animals, beloved 70s rock icons and…. UNICORNS!
I got “chatting” to Tracey via her Facebook page and she helped me to work out who to order and in what size. Her prices include postage and packaging and in my opinion are very good value for money – especially when you consider the time, love and effort that goes into making each of these little cuties.
And so, I’d like to introduce you all to the newest member of our family…
Tracey had sent me little updates and photos as this little fella was being lovingly handmade to order, and so when he arrived, safely and securely by mail, I felt as though I already knew him. Once I had unwrapped him and settled him into his new home I of course had to name him. I didn’t fancy leaving it to Miss Tot as she would probably want to call him “Horny” or something equally as inappropriate. I called him Norbert.
Norbert was stroked, admired and photographed for a little while, before being carefully wrapped with a shiny bow and packed away to take on our holiday to Wales, during which time Miss Tot would celebrate her 4th birthday.
The day came. Miss Tot was so excited and her little eyes lit up when she opened her new forever friend. She did lose him momentarily to “Daddy Pig” who also found his soft colourful squishyness irresistible, but she managed to
wrestle him back out of her daddy’s paws reclaim him and they quickly became the very best of friends. Her first job was to promptly rename him “Rainbow”, which on reflection is perfectly appropriate, if just a little bit too cutesy for my liking. I have now therefore come to know him as “Not Norbert”.
Miss Tot and Not Norbert had a wonderful holiday together…
Miss Tot loves
Not Nobert Rainbow very much and we will make sure that he is very happy in his new forever home.
Each of Tracey’s softies are hand crocheted to order and can be personalised like this little elephant with a tiny red rose on his trunk…
If you feel that you could offer a loving home to one of Tracey’s beautiful softies (it will have to be a very loving home as they are made with such love that they are already accustomed to sheer adoration from birth and must continue to be looked after accordingly), please pop by her Facebook page, her blog or find her on twitter @MrsA1974 and check out some of her brilliant range.
Her Christmas order book is now open and booking up fast. She has just a few slots left to guarantee your very own softy in time for Santa so better to get your order in straight away so that you’re not disappointed.
Disclosure – This is not a collaborative post. I paid in full for our softie and I asked Tracey if I could write this post afterwards just because we all love Not Norbert so much and wanted to share a bit of blogger / unicorn love.