Thursday, 19 May 2011

Head over Heels.......







.............in ❤❤with................






 Betsy and Frank 








I have never really thought about wanting to make any crochet toy/animals before........but I came across this book whilst browsing Amazon a few weeks ago, and it caught my eye.

Image from Amazon



I couldn't resist giving it a go. The book is lovely. It's quirky. It's me. This book gives these cats such a personality! They have an abundance of character which was what drew me to them.



I made Betsy first, as a test run and loved her so much immediately. Trouble was, the Bears love her as much, if not more!!!!! She did look really lonely though..........so along came Frank to keep her company.

Betsy came with us on our hols. She enjoyed playing with Baby Bear. She played Hide and seek.......


and got a bit stroppy when the game was over and she wanted to play more!!!


She enjoyed lazing in the afternoon sun............


And when it all got a bit much, she was found in the shade watching the fish and getting hungry!


Betsy is definitely the more outgoing........she loves adventure............

It is Frank........
The younger brother, who is the quiet one. He just likes his Strawberry!

They are happy to know that some more of their friends will be on their way soon to say hello and make playtimes REALLY FUN!!!!!!!

'So....what shall we do now?'

'Ahhhhhhh good choice!!!!!!!!'

'Okay Betsy....enough lounging I want to play....come on.....get up!!!!!!'

"My turn to count....."

"Look harder........."

"You went off and left me, I was up there for ages........"




'Don't leave me....play with me some more?'

'Love you Brother....'

'Love you big sis'......'

Forever Friends

Time for bed...


Night Night........



It was good for the Bears to play with them as I saw what worked and what needed adjusting to make them better. I am amazed how much Baby Bear has taken to them. There has always been an array of soft toys in the house (I have a real soft spot for Jelly Cat), but the Bears have never really bothered with them. Frank and Betsy seem to go everywhere with Baby Bear, it's really rather cute! I am really glad that they are getting used and loved. I just am so in love with these guys myself, will have to make another one just for me! Even the eldest Bear has asked for one to be made for him and he's 11! That made me laugh, but I loved that he wanted one, so one will be made up in the colour of his choice! 

I think I could quite easily become addicted to making these.............



xxx






59 comments:

  1. Awww these are really sweet, loved all the pics :)

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  2. Awww what a lovely picture story!

    They are definately cute. Have to say I have made a few crochet cuties for my girls and still they want more! lol Its nice that they love them so though. I didnt think I would enjoy making softies in crochet but I do although i have to concentrate on them as they just go round and round......

    Gorgeous images as ever look forward to seeing more friends soon!


    MBB x

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  3. OMG! I adore these! they are so cute, love the photos they made me laugh, thank you :)

    I love Jellycat too, have a few ;)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  4. These are so sweet, you should make this into a book...I would buy it for sure :-) x x x x x x

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  5. So cute Vanessa, and I love your photo story very clever! I love the look of crocheted softies, it is one of the main reasons I wanted to learn to crochet, no wonder your children want one each, I want one too!!Haha. Have a great week! Julie :)

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  6. How utterly adorable! Now that's another book on my wishlist!!!! xx

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  7. They are just too cute! My Max would love them! I may have to get that book myself! Were they easy to do?

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  8. OMG these are adorable!!!!!!

    Victoria xx

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  9. How do you do it all?????????? Sheesh, you are dynamite. I've had the easiest morning ever since Mini arrived and i've managed a measly 4 granny squares for his cot blanket! I've not even unstacked the dishdosh.

    I love those poses you've set the bears up in. Frank always a little morose which makes the scene much sweeter.

    How's yer head today?

    Leisure...now there's a nother funny word for you! Say it in a smarmy voice. Come on Mr H, Put your Leisure Helmet on we're off for frangipane and halibut pie at Helmut's house!!!!!" Weeeeee heeeee heeeee.

    xxx

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  10. your pics are so wonderful, your little amenikos look so real ^_^
    i have been wanting to make these for ages, but never dared. did you used cotton yarn ?
    your blog is such a wonderful place to visit.
    have a wonderful day ♥
    monique

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  11. So adorable.....thanks for the sweet smile today. xoxo

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  12. The story of Frank and Betsy is just SOOOOO cute! I am now in a happy, happy place!! Cx

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  13. How gorgeous are betsy and frank, just perfect in all their body lanuage and expressions. My Aice has a jellycat Hippo called Rose that she can move about into different positions depending on her mood :0) Thanks for sharing the adventures of B and F xox

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  14. Nice family :) They are really cute! Photos are great! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. They are so beautiful. You did a great job.

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  16. What a cute pair - I love the expressions you've got on their faces.
    Another crochet project to add to my growing list!
    Gorgeous x

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  17. They're brilliant! I can see how much fun you've all had with them, and it reminds me of when mine were little and one of them brought Naughty Bertie, the nursery school teddy, for a week-long stay and we had to write up the diary. We found him doing all sorts of shocking things like climbing the Christmas tree, eating the children's chocolate... I loved seeing my kids' faces when they came into the room to find him being naughty again! Good times :) You should make a Naughty Bertie!
    Jane x

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  18. These are absolutely wonderful, and I love the way they are so positionable that their personalities shine. Well done!

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  19. awwwwwww they are the sweeeeeeetest make in blog land ;0)x we collect jelly cat & moulin roty.
    but sophia's had her lola for about 3 years and she comes everywhere- id love a charlie but ive not seen one the same size just mini ones.
    sophia plays more with soft toys than dollys ;0)
    but my mum bought her a new family for her dolls house and she's got more into that...ive had her school induction day today to meet the head teacher and staff- its a really lovely school- top ranked in the area so i feel more happier now- felt like a lemon standing alone in the coffee break- all the other mums n dads seemed to know eachother...but anyhoo sophia will love the school thats the main thing ;0)x

    i love all the positions your teddys got into- was really sweet and funny- love them ;0)x

    happy weekend to you and the bears my lovely one xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  20. This was the cutest thing EVER! I love these precious poses in all the pictures. I literally felt like you were telling me a children's story :) Love it!

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  21. I'm in love too...What a sweet story you told through these adorable pictures...your the cutest!

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  22. Adorable little cuties! I am so much in love!
    Best wishes from Inken (Germany)

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  23. OHhow sweet I am getting addicted, too! so cuteeeee

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  24. Betsy and Frank are just adorable
    They must be exhausted, what a busy day they have had!
    J x

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  25. those cats with their crossed arms really made me chuckle - too funny!
    fee ♥

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  26. Awww, aren't they cute? I love the pic of Betsy looking in the fishpond!!

    S x

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  27. Your little crochet cats are adorable - and so is the picture story, very sweet!
    Helen x

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  28. This is such a fantastic post! They are so sweet and the pics made me smile for ages.
    x

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  29. Hilarious! Those little beasties are just brilliant.
    Emily x

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  30. I think you would make a very good author, children would love the adventures of Betty and Frank, made me smile!
    The cats are adorable, oh no, not another book I NEED to purchase!
    Carol xx

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  31. and it fell into my basket!
    Thank you so much for telling us about this book, I haven't crocheted any animals but I just couldn't resist these lovely cats.
    Carol xx

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  32. Just lovely! Oh I SO need to learn to crochet. Great Pics as always. Sarah xo

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  33. Vanessa, first I went ooh, then aah, then I laughed so much at the poses you made them do with your funny little captions, no wonder the elder bear wants one, I want one. Just delightful, love Linda x

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  34. oh they are simply gorgeous. i wish i could make them - truely truely lovely. x

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  35. aawww what a beautiful post brought a tear to my eye. I love Betsy and Frank to im 39 and i would love one to ;-)) so much love and joy has gone into these and your post shows that so well. Enjoy making the others, dee x

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  36. Oh my.....I was hanging on every picture! Truely an inspiration.....Hope you do more story's....It just made my day!

    Ali

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  37. Now these are cute! And I love your pictures.

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  38. Love love love!! Loved the little story, so funny and unique. And so darned cute without being too frilly. Think my niece would love a couple of these bears. Another project to add to the list for when I can finally crochet something other than a granny square!

    Nicki xx

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  39. Oh my goodness that was such a cute post, I can so see the captions fitting the poses. Loved it!!!

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  40. Oh Betsy and Frank are adorable! Love their funny expressions and cute little poses!
    A gorgeous and funny post Vanessa!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Rachel x

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  41. Brilliant - such characters!

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  42. What an absolutely gorgeous post! I am sitting here at a ridiculously early time on a Saturday morning (small person woke me up) - and your post has me laughing out loud. I absolutely adore Betsy in a huff then sunbathing!! Have a lovely week Vanessa.

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  43. It's all your fault! ;-) Read this post, went on to Amazon, clicked purchase, arrived today! I wonder if mine will turn out even remotely as good as yours?

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  44. Ha ha they are amazing and so cute. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Melanie x

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  45. Oh I think I am in love toooooo!!!!
    Fab photos!
    I have been really bad at keeping up with my commenting! I have dedicated the weekend to catching up! Now Sophie is sleeping so well I have a bit of free time in the evening!!! Yay!!!

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  46. Beautiful crochet and a fun story! I loved all of it. :)

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  47. çok güzeller..süper.çok beğendim ifadeler harika.ellerine sağlık..

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  48. That post made me laugh.... very funny! x

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  49. Fantastic, beautiful, adorable!

    Tintin

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  50. OMG, i want want want this book, i have two tiny grandchildren that would just squeel with joy if i made them these, thank you so much for sharing. Pixie

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  51. OH NOOOOOOO!!! I've just order the monster book and now I HAVE to get this one too!!! Can't wait to make some creatures!! Thank you for your lovely story which I ahhh-ed! my way through, they are just soooooooo cute. I wonder how long they take to knit?! Great to pop in - arrived here via several links that started out at crochet with raymond in NZ!!! have a happy sunday and I love your site xxxxxxx

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  52. These little guys really came alive with your post! Thank you for sharing!

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  53. Such cute little characters, clearly with personalities of their own! Love them! M x

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  54. Oh my I have no words for how cute these are. I love them so much off to look for the book now.

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  55. This is just too funny! :)) and so sweet!

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