I wanted to do my mother's mouse ornament, but just wasn't feeling it the day I looked through my patterns. I had joked with Ouida that when I ran out of mouse patterns, I was going to move on to the bear patterns and just replace their heads. Annnnd . . . that's what I did. According to Carolyn DeAngelis, this is actually the "Beary X-mas Special Bear with X-mas Tree." I don't know what to call it now. "Beary X-mas Special Bear with X-mas Tree and Mouse Head from Claude Pattern" really doesn't have much of a ring to it. Here's the Claude ornament I made her a few years ago:
It was pretty easy to swipe his head and put it on the bear pattern, which gave me this:
And now I'm looking at these pictures and seeing the obvious omission that I hadn't noticed until this very second: THIS MOUSE HAS NO TAIL!
I did want to take a moment to talk about hanger placement. Sometimes, a finished ornament is very symmetrical and it's obvious where to tack the hanger to the back so it hangs straight. Then you have ones like this. When I get an ornament finished, I always stick a straight pin through where I think the center is like this:
Then I hold the pin between my thumb and middle finger and let it hang loose:
That'll show me how it would hang if I tacked the hanger there. In this case, we're leaning a little to the right. Move the pin and try again:
Now we're too far to the left. One more try:
When you look through your patterns, don't forget to imagine what they'd look like with a different head. It's easy to switch genders, turn bears into mice, people into animals, etc. This really opens up a lot of possibilities for stretching your pattern collection and making more personalized ornaments for your friends and family!