I'm really loving the inspiration and motivation that a contest infuses in each new project. I haven't enjoyed the on-line voting process of the last two that I entered. It always feels a bit awkward enlisting my family and friends to join in. This next contest has a professional panel of judges, and I'm looking forward to entering and then relaxing. My good friend Pat, over at ZenCrafting, discovered The Second Annual Softies Award at Softies Central. There happens to be a category for elephants...to honor the very first stuffed animal ever, an elephant. How could I not give it a try! You can enter as many items as you'd like...yippee! I will be posting more elephants throughout next week. This has been a great motivator to create inventory for my soon to open Etsy store. Here is an almost completed LuLu. She's made with recycled blue cotton velour from SewGreen and a favorite floral and stripe by Kitty Yoshida. Lulu is stuffed with an"earth friendly" alternative to polyfill, called Eco-Craft.