My bearhouse nr. 4 elephant box

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 Monday, August 25th 2014.

Hurray, there is a new little house in progress!

Last week I visited a fair-trade shop and found this cute little box:


This box....when I saw it, I HAD to have it! It is a bit bigger than my hand and it is made of.....
elephant poop. Elephant poop?????  Yes!

It comes from Sri Lanka; they assemble the elephant poop and dry it; then they cook ik together with a special plant - margosaleafs - which kills bacteries (phew!); the left-over straw and grass is mixed with used office-papers and everything gets mixed into pulp. Using salt they mix colours. Time to make paper now!

Good news too is that a part of the money is used to protect the elephants and also very good news is that over 100 people have work that way and get a fair payment.
One of the people in our fair-trade shop has visited the location in Sri-Lanka and has seen it with own eyes I've been told.

More good news!  the paper doesn't smell!!!!!

This box inspired me at once and this time I'm making a small ellie.
First thing I did was some decoration, inside only:

this is beautiful self-adhesive lace....GREAT!

I added a warm colour mini-fabric (velvet-look) and the lace

there is a hole......because it was a memo-paper box; I need that hole and will show you why in future!
For the ellie I used the free pattern for Dottie panda-phant  but made some changes...and I use a warm mini-fabric velvet-look fabric again (I LOVE this fabric!):

here you see me struggling  and checking if everything is ok.....the ellie is up-side down; body and part of the head

it is time to add the gusset but before I do so I use to turn the fabric of the trunk to the good side because, if I want to do this afterwards.....it is VERY hard....or even impossible without damaging the fabric.....
aww......little ellie!  5-way disc-jointed; I'm getting better in this!  Doesn't take me 1 hour anymore...but still a lot of time becasue I want to do it...neat! The Oral-wax-thread on the back-ground: I use this to close the neck and for adding the eyes.

ellie looks tired....or feeling strange in this new world.....empty...!

3 mm glass-eyes thread-jointed and with a piece of woolfelt
Time to stuff the ellie! Ellie will feel much better then!

If you like to see the progress......please come back!  Thanks for your visit!

Pink

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Wednesday 27th August 2014.

The elephant is ready. I went to the beadshop for a nice crown and I embroidered the paws. Ellie is a stand alone and appr. 9 cm / 3,5 inches (without the crown). The ears are made from woolfelt and still soft.  I added little buttons.

ellie has straw and it is strange but it stays where is is...eventhough it is loose....better! it can be removed then! Ellie has a litle friend....the Giraffe; it's from the same shop.


hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ready for a big hug.....or....ready to GIVE a big hug!!!!
I really really enjoyed making this one! 

Thank you for following!

Hugs, Pink

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