Buttons for eyes just didn't cut it for my project turtle. All through the night I labored over the question "Are simple buttons good enough for eyes?" I called my mother, a doll restoration expert (really, she's done repairs for museums). Her response .. come to my craft cabinet, I have eyes in the basement! And so I drove an hour each way in quest of turtle eyes. The eyes are really teddy bear eyes, but who's splitting hairs? (no pun intended). To mount the eyes, I ironed fusible interfacing to the backside of the black turtle head body and to fine white cotton cut into circles. The eyes are on shanks with locking nuts. Once I had it all figured out, it took only a few minutes. I think I burned up about 4 hours today on Turtle eyes. Tomorrow I'll sew the body together and be done. Maybe.
And the red rayon? My mother gave me fabric for the kimono pattern I bought yesterday. Warning.. don't tell your mother you've bought a pattern for a future project unless you REALLY expect to do it this year. Hey it's only April.