Things are looking up! I had 2 job interviews this month and will be getting an offer next week!!!
I just finished The Very Hungry Caterpillar Softie. I will be giving it to my niece for her 2nd birthday and I can't wait to give it to her. I got the free tutorial from http://craftblog.com.au/2009/04/04/caterpillar-softie-tutorial/. The instructions are not very specific but it still turned out cute. I do suggest creating your own feet (maybe sew and stuff some black solid cotton) and making them a lot smaller than the pattern calls for. Thank you craftblog for the tutorial!