Snugglebumm back to life!

Spritely’s original look

So this wee Snugglebumm has been in my life for as long as I’ve been alive (1984!) and poor Spritely has been through the wars, becoming filthy and bald. I finally gave him a makeover and a new hairdo, the colour isn’t the same as his original hair but I think he suits it! Boy looks FANCY now!

I used a mix of dish soap, bicarb soda and warm water, scrubbed him with a soft toothbrush and cleaned off as much glue off as possible. Luckily the dirt lifted right off and most of the glue residue came up too.

I tried a few different ways to fit his new hair, from tracing a pattern onto a scrap fabric, which emphatically did not work, to trying to sharpie the outline of the head then pressing the fabric onto the wet ink. Also didn’t work. I ended up just pressing the centre of the hair onto the centre of the head, then pushing the edges in, cutting the excess, then glueing the edges down using E6000 and pushing it back into place. I had to go in very small spaces, slowly, since there wasn’t a flat straight line at any point! This took the longest time but was worth it.

I was worried I’d not like the difference in colour for his hair – but luckily it was a pretty perfect match to the darker blue of his brows, freckles, mouth, and heart! That was indeed a happy accident, and to be honest I think I actually prefer it to his original hair!

He now sits on my computer desk and I can’t stop smiling when I look at him. I’m so happy with the outcome!

Ok this isn’t my computer desk but the cat tower is right next to the window!

I have another 2 toy projects to work on, my Lucy rag doll needs A LOT of work and I’ve already started, so hopefully a post on that is coming soon. The other is just some cleaning up and potentially replacing some wool hair of my horse Bobbin (from The Land of Pleasant Dreams range). I’m excited to work on them!

What was your favourite childhood toy? Do you still have it?

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MCM ended up being a bit of a bust. I was too sore to do the cosplay thing, and I ended up only going on the Sunday and walking around on my crutch and on my own under a hat of shame.


It’s not the hat’s fault really, I just felt sorry for myself. Cue sad violin. The hat is fabulous.

Still, it was pretty inspiring. Even though I wasn’t the only one wandering around in my civvies, it was total carnival of different fandoms and genres, and everyone was just in it to celebrate! It was encouraging that even most of the traders were in similar spirit, dressing up and enthusiastic about their own passions. Everyone seemed to be in deep and joyful conversation, and I wish I’d made a drinking game for the amount of ‘free hugs’ signs I seen! Or maybe not – alcohol poisoning isn’t cute.

After a while, I realised I was starting to feel the strain of walking around and I was lucky enough to nab a front seat to the Sunday Masquerade. For those (like myself) who’ve never been to a show like this, a Masquerade is part talent show, part costume design critique. There was a panel of judges and although not everyone was entered to ‘compete’ (some just wanted to celebrate their costume) the audience went out of our collective minds for each person and group to go on stage. The littlest geeks went up in costume with proud parents for applause and cheers, then the teens braved the stage before the contest portion started. I can now die knowing I’ve watched Winifred Sanderson perform ‘I’ve Got A Spell on You’, as well as seeing two of the happiest guys I’ve ever seen take about a minute and a half getting up the 4 steps to the stage in an AT-AT costume, panto horse style. It was the most I’ve laughed in ages! Overall, the level of dedication and talent was completely mind-blowing and I walked stumbled back home with a reinvigorated attitude to making the time in my life to create.

Since then, I’ve performed my last burlesque show I can for about a year. It was bittersweet, and probably something I’ll talk about soon. What going to MCM did for me though, was encourage me to continue making my costumes (up to the last minute!) better for the show, even though it’ll be a long time before I can use them again. I finally made a tentacle skirt for Ursula that is worthy of the diva she is, and I rhinestoned practically everything I could for Harley Quinn. She may be criminally insane, but she likes her guns to be wicked sparkly! It helped to see so many people making these costumes for the joy of making and wearing them, not just to perform. Think about it – some of those cosplayers will have spent 100+ hours on a costume they only plan on wearing once, so I should dedicate at least that to something I’ll eventually wear again.

Now I’m just waiting on my ankle surgery to happen so I can get working on getting back to normal. In the meantime, I’ll be creating. I’ve got the excuse of Halloween coming up, and I’ve already started on that! I’ll hopefully write about the process soon. Want a sneak peek? Of course you do!


I’ll be working on it more today, check out my Instagram for updates!
Until next time,