One of Cecilia's Christmas dresses featured a lovely smocked panel, replete with Santa Claus, a festive reindeer, and wrapped presents. After wearing it ONCE, I thought I would re-use the dress by removing the existing stitches and re-smocking a different design in the panel.
Daddy's Pediatrics Program hosts an annual Alumni Duck Dinner every spring, and I thought a mallard duck motif would be perfect for my first attempt at smocking. I checked out a few books from the Memphis Public Library on Smocking and Heirloom Sewing, and designed the plate from a combination of a few motifs I saw online. Here is the result (about 5 days' work):
I also crocheted a little amigurumi friend: Mallard von Duckenstein.