Actually, that's a lie - it really is.
This week we went to our favourite cafe for a nice milkshake, a shared bag of wotsits (shh, it's totally ok to feed the toddler wotsits) and some chilling out time whilst Jellybean ran around MADLY in the soft play, the huge range of Ikea goodies they sensibly filled the play area with, out the door to the sandpit and wendy house, the slide, then back inside to the roof - hanging swing thing, and the other children (OMG MUMMY, OTHER CHILDREN, IT'S LIKE DRUGS!)
Whilst he was running around like an ad-child for e-numbers I dragged over a giant floor cushion made out like a great big fleecy ladybird. I didn't take a picture of it - I wish I had. Inside, instead of a cushion it had some kind of air filled bag so when children plopped onto it - as a child is wont to do when faced with a giant floor cushion - they were sent, squeeking, bouncing right off in surprising directions. Hours of entertainment. Jellybean thought it was hilarious, even Midget Gem had a go, held securely by Momma, bouncing up and down. I pulled one very surprised strangers girl child out from under the table after she hit it with particularly vigorous force and launched directly under, landing by my feet with a look of total surprise on her face. I did that "Oh gosh, how funny, up we get, brush it off, there, we're fine, off we pop!" thing, all wide eyed and enthused, whilst she teetered between "laugh or cry" and her Mum - from the far side of the room - did slow motion running towards us (as we do in moments of "oh crap, offspring may be hurt!)
Anyway - I couldn't see any kind of identifying labels on this work of genius and sweet-but-baffled waitress had no idea - I suspected Ikea but couldn't see it on their website (though I only looked for a few minutes on my phone) so I wandered home via the fabric shop and Wilkos, and purchased some supples, came home and knocked together a not-that-impressive, miniature replica. I plan to make a big version when a; we move somewhere bigger and b; I can give it more than fifteen minutes of making time!
First, I took my fabrics - spotty fleece and fake fur - and cut squares bigger than the item I'd chosen as my 'inner'...
I wasn't sure what to use for the insides - I was wandering around Wilkos and in the toy aisle I spotted they had a half price sale - then I spotted a space hopper - perfect! I could half fill it and it would be a bouncy cushion - perfect!
I left it flat and lay my fabrics down to draw a rough line around it so I knew where to stitch...
You isn't the clearest picture - but there it is! I stitched it in a circle, left a gap to shove the space hopper inside, did so and left it so that the handles poked out as feeler thingies. (what are those called?!) then poked a foot pump tube inside and pumped it half full, and poked in the plug - then hand stitched the gap closed (I considered velcro - but the one in the cafe had velcro and Jellybean pulled it open and shoved a dozen toy cars inside - that would happen daily so I decided I'd rather hand wash it than have to DAILY empty things out!)
Then I presented it to Jellybean, and he was over the moon - magical!
He and Midget Gem are very attached to their ladybird - it's not the best copy I could have made, but it does what I wanted it to and the boys adore it - it's a great thing to plop Jellybean onto for story time, it's a great item to prop up Midget Gem on his front for looking around and tummy time.
All in all, great success! Phew! (though if anyone can tell me where the one in the cafe may have come from, I'll be very pleased to know!)