Follow up on the mittens: before they were delivered, the new owner saw them with her daughter online. They loved them before they even saw them, and they loved them more once they did. Thanks for the positive feedback! I already know of a few simple ways I'll proceed differently (nothing structural) to speed up the process of creating them as well.
Sidenote: I found a rolling cart in my neighbor's trash... It's in decent shape and just needs a quick repair to some of the molding. I plan to clean it up, put some hardware on, and use it for my new - and humongous - printer! I can't wait to get yet another furniture project underway!