This past New Years Day, I happened upon the wonderful Squirrel Picnic blog of the very talented Jennifer Olivarez and was absolutely blown away by the cuteness of not only her signature squirrels Hodge and Podge, but all of the rest of her crocheted amigurumi characters she created. Jennifer likes to be challenged to make new things, and a few months ago, she asked her readers for ideas to tackle over the summer. I know completely zilch about the sewing arts, but figured what the heck, and threw out a suggestion to create a replica of my beloved Rainbow Donkey character. Jennifer not only accepted the challenge, but she totally nailed it!!!!
This morning, she officially debuted the finished product of her latest Make It Challenge…. the magnificent Rainbow Donkey! Included in her post is a detailed step by step guide on how to make your own Rainbow Donkey, as well as some background I provided on everyone’s favorite donkicorn, and even a brief interview with yours truly!
Please, please, please click on the link here to read Jennifer’s Make It Challenge post on Rainbow Donkey before you read any farther in my post!!!!!!
As thrilled as I was to see one of my characters I created actually come to life, I was even more excited when I found out that Rainbow Donkey would be my gift!!! He arrived this past Wednesday and has literally been at my back since then watching over everything I do on my computer. Although my cat Ody might beg to differ since he has no taste and dislikes everyone but himself, Jennifer did an amazing job of capturing Rainbow Donkey’s colorfulness, cuteness, charisma, and even his clumsiness!
Like my sneaky possum Buster, Rainbow Donkey has become a trademark of my weekly comic strip, having appeared somewhere in every strip I have drawn this year either in real life form, art form, or even as an accessory. In some of those instances, he has appeared in stuffed animal form…. and now, thanks to Jennifer, he can appear as a stuffed animal in your own home! Your kids, grandkids, neighbors, friends, and even your enemies will absolutely adore gazing up him, as it is impossible not to crack a smile at Rainbow Donkey’s adorable yet awkward makeup!
A huge and sincere thank you to Jennifer for bringing the Rainbow Donkey to life, and even capturing this week’s Saturday Squirrel honor in the process! I will treasure my Rainbow Donkey forever, and it would be an absolute hoot if Rainbow Donkey took over the world thanks to the brilliant pattern for him Jennifer created and has shared on her blog today!
Have a great weekend everyone, and to my Mom and Dad out there…. happy 40th anniversary today!!!!