I still remember building my first puppet as if it were yesterday. Going home from another frustrating day at work and telling my wife how creatively I couldn't find anything that inspired me anymore. Over the years, I had tried everything from music to painting, juggling to balloon animals (and even dabbled in a little magic) but nothing was sparking my creativity. Then my wife said, "You like the Muppets, right? Why don't you try making your own?" That was an interesting idea. Even though I'd been watching shows like the Muppet Show, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock my whole life, I never thought of trying my hand at building my own puppets.
So after a quick Google search, I found a site called Project Puppet and bought a pattern. Then, after a quick trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics, I was off! Twenty dollars and a few hours later, Dougie, my first handmade puppet was born. He was a simple puppet - made with ping pong ball eyes and purple fleece that I found in the clearance rack - that I painfully hand-stitched (I will admit I went through quite a few bandages that day), but in the end, it was Dougie that sparked my creativity again.
It's been a few years and I still have him on my shelf, along with all the other puppets I've created. Even though he's seen better days, I still keep him around to remind me of the day that I started what I hope will be a long and inspiring career in the wonderful world of puppetry.
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