Now, according to my research (thanks to Google Search) the usual collective name for a bunch of Wombats is a Mob of Wombats. Now, that may hold true for real wombats. Those who form part of the ColdhamCuddlies Family being somewhat creatures of my imagination - they began as Badger Heads for a possible Glove Puppet addition; then became their current offering - a Bed Adornment, Hot-Water Bottle Cover or Pyjama Case, depending on the use to which their Forever Friends wish to attach to them - are to be given a different designation. So.....
In my view, "Mob" does not provide the descriptive "je ne sais quois" quotient I am seeking for the Coldham Wombats, (currently listed as Winston in our shop at www Etsy.com/Shop/coldhamcuddlies/99230084). I have therefore decided that multiples of ColdhamCuddlies' Wombats will henceforth be described as a Wonderment of Wombats (hence the title of today's post). Unless, of course, you, my lovely Followers (who now number 252 and have been responsible for 9,199 views since the first post went out in March 2011) can come up with something better. Really look forward to hearing your views!
The subject matter for today's post is a description of the recent process of creating them, which resulted in a foursome Wonderment of Wombats produced as Christmas presents for some of our family's Little People. To my knowledge, none of the parents involved are Followers or readers of this blog, so I feel safe in showing you all how this bunch of tactile multi-purpose Toys came about so that the surprise element of Christmas opening can be preserved.
They are made using two different fabrics provided in a recent off cuts haul from our stuffing supplier, Fine Quality Feather Company based in Frome, Somerset. One has a stripey content to its plush fabric, the other is a similar colour, but more speckled and originally reminded me of the natural colouring of a Badger - an animal who has many supporters, and equally as many detractors, in the UK. As a toy, though, they can be very attractive and in the case of the ColdhamCuddlies provide a very tactile stuffed toy. Whenever one is displayed at a Craft Fair or Bazaar in the Heytesbury localtity, passers-by instintively put out a hand to stroke it and without exception comment on the softness of the fabric. I have to dissuade too many hands, though, as it's not conducive to cleanliness or long-term hygiene alas, and I'm not keen on attracting the wrong kind of attention from those unknown individuals collectively referred to these days as "Health & Safety"!
|A general view of the Wombat working area|
|One Wombat body and head|
Here is Wombat One complete and placed out of harms way on the chest of drawers in my bedroom.
|Wombat Two ready for action|
|The Final Foursome ready for Christmas.|