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Artful Bird Owl

How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a Tootsie Pop?

I made another Artful Bird. This one was on request for my son, Max. I finished it in time for his birthday, but it nearly did me in! I have a hard time reading directions sometimes…once I think I’ve “got” it, I tend not to notice contradictary info, and can get myself in all kinds of trouble. But I got a new seam ripper, and I persevered, and I finally did it. The most challenging part was getting him to balance! He’s quite large — about a foot tall. The wings were really fun to make. You can’t see it in the picture, but there are several different shades of charcoal gray.

So how does sewing relate to writing? Very closely! It took me a long time to realize that if I even *think* about redoing a seam, I should. It’s always a better result. The same thing is true about editing text. If there is a paragraph or sentence that gives me a little twinge when I read it, I should revisit it. A good sewing project involves planning, preparation, time, and the willingness to improvise and rework, even if it delays the finish. Just like writing.

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