I've been playing around with the idea for an alligator plush in my head ever since Kinsey and I went to South Carolina a few months ago. Kinsey really wanted to see a "real life" alligator in the wild and we were almost finished with our trip and had yet to see one. We even headed to one of the state parks that I had seen some at during a prior visit or two, but none were to be found.
We were visiting my grandparents and went out to dinner at the Chestnut Hill Restaurant that was right on a small lake and known to be a place to see gators. (If you go here, get the homemade chips! Mmmm!) We had a window table and saw all kinds of turtles swimming right by us. This was nice enough, but Kinsey wanted to see a gator. The staff periodically throws bread out in the water to attract the alligators and during our visit one was hiding out right below the restaurant deck's not wanting to come out. My grandfather being the wonderful and helpful host of the "bed and breakfast" we were staying at and wanting to make his guests happy, made sure that Kinsey would get his wish. Sure enough, the alligator appeared right in front of where we were eating and hung out for a while. Mission accomplished! Kinsey now believes that there are alligators in South Carolina.
The great thing about this gator (and completely unintentional when I designed it) is that it's legs can support the body so it stands up on its own. It's wonderful to have sitting around and fun for playing! I have a few other alligators I made with different fabrics, but this is probably my favorite. I love the bright green color and how it looks against the yellow back spikes. These are now available in my shop and will be available at the Summerfair show this Saturday.