Post by Michelle Kohanzo
Our last workshop as part of our Nod Makerie at Camp Wandawega event was stuffed animal making with Michelle Jewell – which was our most anticipated event of the weekend. Throughout the whole weekend, more and more kiddos were walking around camp with their own homemade stuffed animals and Everett was getting really antsy to make his own.
Finally it was time, and per usual, we weren’t going to create anything that was planned for us to create. We decided we would make a black wolf and name him Wolfie, and he had to be much bigger than the others. I had brought along an old t-shirt of Everett’s to dress Wolfie in – it’s a great t-shirt that says “If you can read this, make me a sandwich”.
We set about constructing Wolfie, which was super fun and much easier than I expected. Of course, Michelle has all sorts of tips and tricks and she’s just a joy – so I’m sure that had something to do with it.
Everett came around often to critique my craftsmanship and add elements – like a snaggletooth, until he finally gave him the seal of approval and ran off with his new friend. Wolfie is now Ev’s go to nighttime friend and such a sweet and adorable reminder of our wonderful trip to camp.
All photos provided by: THUSS + FARRELL
Michelle is the mother to four kids (yes, FOUR!), a gourmet cook and a retail junky. She’s painted her dining room countless times and changes rugs like most people change their bedsheets. When she’s not living and breathing retail, she’s weaving amazing works of art with her sister for Bourbon+Gin Weaving.