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don’t be a grumpy cloud

So we sometimes have cases of “the grumpies” in our house. When ordinarily cute and sweet tiny people find themselves in a grumpy mood. When it first started, i didn’t really know how to combat it – i tried lots of things – but one day, because hey, i’m an intrinsically silly person, I told Bunny to stop being a grumpy cloud because she was my happy sunshine. And then i threw all the socks in her sock drawer at her. We called them grumpy raindrops. And we literally pelted each other with socks until she was giggling.

That was about two years ago, and that’s how grumpy cloud was born. Since then, whenever our kids are grumpy we ask them if they’re grumpy clouds, and the game begins again. It’s gotten to the point where if Chris or I seem a bit off the kids will ask “are you a grumpy cloud?! DON’T BE A GRUMPY CLOUD!”. so awesome.

After a while i thought it would be fun to have a little reminder of our game. I love all the cloud cushions i’ve seen popping up all over, so i thought it was a perfect marriage! I quickly whipped together this little cloud out of some leftover fleece i had lying around, embroidered “don’t be a grumpy cloud” on the front” and then stuffed it!

It was instantly a family hit. Like i think i need to make another because sharing is an issue hehehe. These days instead of pelting my grumpy kids with socks, i chase them round the house with this pillow, and have a grumpy cloud pillow fight until everyone is giggling and happy, and my happy sunshines are back. Best accidental parenting solution ever :)

(Meanwhile, i asked Bunny to look grumpy so i could take a photo of her – and i totally love the progression, from good acting to “Oh i give up i can’t do it!” hehee. The second photo of her is what we call her “happy mad face” which is literally her trying her hardest to act mad when she is actually happy. It’s so silly and i love it!)

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Julie
8 years ago

That’s adorable! Making a mental note for when I have kids.

Rebecca
8 years ago

I’m giggling over here, thats great! I might steal it (when my non-existant babies are eventually born). Love the pillow!

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Tilly
8 years ago

Aw… so lovely to create something that has special meaning for your family. I bet this will become an heirloom x

dani @ the domestic darling

So cute Megan :) I love your cloud cushion and the story about the sock fight, I know my little B would just love that kind of craziness.

Ginger
8 years ago

This is so cute! What a fun sentiment and a fun make!

Kelly
8 years ago

Ha, that’s such a great idea! Bunny is certainly adorable :) We should be quite a bit more mature… but I sometimes have to “shake the gloomies out” of my husband, who has a tendency to become melancholy. Simple, silly little reminders to stop going down a negative path can really help!

Preethi
8 years ago

It’s a really cute cloud. Bunny has posed for you both as grumpy cloud and a happy sunshine beautifully. Sweet little story behind the cloud.

angie
8 years ago

that is so cute. lovely cloud that make you smile just by looking at it! Can i steal your idea for my grumpy little girl?

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Angie

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[…] David’s mom brought back some beautiful fabrics from France and I’ve been (metaphorically) sitting on them, trying to decide what the perfect project would be. It’s a little daunting, isn’t it, to find the perfect project for sentimental materials? Anyway turning it into a grumble bumble pillow felt like a perfect fit, and I love how it turned out. It makes me smile to think about hvaing this pillow down the line, and using it the way Megan Nielsen uses her grumpy cloud pillow* […]

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[…] David’s mom brought back some beautiful fabrics from France and I’ve been (metaphorically) sitting on them, trying to decide what the perfect project would be. It’s a little daunting, isn’t it, to find the perfect project for sentimental materials? Anyway turning it into a grumble bumble pillow felt like a perfect fit, and I love how it turned out. It makes me smile to think about hvaing this pillow down the line, and using it the way Megan Nielsen uses her grumpy cloud pillow* […]