This guy took over 5 days and nights to create, about 30 hours in total. I wasn't sleeping much anyway, I was fighting a terrible battle with diarrhea in my tiny baby squirrels and didn't dare go to bed for fear of not waking up and giving them fluids and food on time. So I kept my hands busy.
Here is my opossum, and it looks so real that my husband took a step back when he saw it sitting on the table.
When I posted these pictures on Facebook the response was overwhelming. I must have fielded over 300 comments by now with well over 600 "likes", and the pictures are still being shared. Of course my friends on FB are all animal lovers and/or wildlife rehabilitators, and several have asked me if they can buy one. Sigh, when will I get back to paper crafting? My hourly wage would probably be in the whopping 20 cent range, so I am not sure if I want to commit to this. Creating has to remain fun for me.
This opossum is not small. It measures 11 inches from nose tip to butt and 16 inches nose tip to tail tip. That is the size of a juvenile real life opossum.
A friend decided that it can't be that nobody else makes opossums and started an in-depth internet search. He came up with one 7" tall felted opossum sold on Etsy.com for $75 that is wired and wears a dress and a rather rudimentary knit pattern that sells for $4.95. I knew that up front even without looking, I simply do not have any competition when it comes to my designs.
While this is not paper craft, I hope you like my possie and look forward to your feedback.