Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween





Happy Halloween  to everyone out there !

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dickie of "Hickory Dickory Dock" fame

Dickie is headed off to the UK.... he is a 7 inch mohair mouse - blue with a caramel brown backing
His "clock" is a wooden box with a clock face, hands and a steampunk variety of gears and a key...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mother Nature ?

It looks like Mother nature is encouraging me to work more on my bears and friends. It has rained everyday... sometimes just sprinkles but other times it pours, which it is doing again right now!!  I feel like I will be turning green with mildew anytime now!!
However the rain does make for great snuggle down and sew days!!  I will post a few pictures when I can get enough light through the windows into my "studio" to take reasonable pictures.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Getting ready

Even before we left for Ireland I began working of my bears and friends for the two online shows and one actual show I have scheduled.  I am headed for the Des Moines Doll and Bear show Saturday November 8th at the State Fairgrounds - 30th and University. Then the Teddies Worldwide online show November 21 through 23rd.  Then the Bright Star online show December 5 through 8th. They should keep me working like mad for the next few weeks!!
I must admit that even though many complain about stores having Christmas item on display ( stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's and JoAnn's) I like being able to find seasonal stuff when I am working ahead... like this past summer! AND some stuff doesn't get reordered. If I don't buy when I see something... it probably won't be there closer to the holiday.

Here is Liam... I do find time to be in-sync with the calendar!

This is Thomasina.... I was working on needle felting a pumpkin for her. But when I took it off the Styrofoam ball and was felting it even more, it morphed into a cloche hat... lol. I added a flower with leaves  from  wet felted sweaters. Her muzzle is also felted with a polymer resin sewn-on nose. Her black German glass eyes have Australian eyeliners.





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Back home... more later

Here's Paddy riding  on a Hop On/Hop Off double decker bus in Dublin ... he enjoyed visiting the Guinness Station where he learned all about brewing beer... visiting a sweet shop... making pots and pots of tea ( each hotel room comes with an electric kettle and supplies) ... going to Kilarney   - seeing  its lakes ,the National Park, Ross Castle, neat old downtown with loads of shops - then onto Ennis and the Old Ground Hotel and Ennis' wonderful cafe and bakery and shops  - then onto Doolin and a ferry out to the Aran Islands where we saw  the ruins of a monastery build around 800 ad  and a fort built even earlier.  He  received a kiss from an Aran Island sweater knitter ! Then it was back to Dublin...
where a very tired Paddy relaxed in a luxurious four poster bed in the Clontarf Castle Hotel  - a real castle built in about 1200 ad and added onto over the years. The newest part is the entry to this hotel!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bob, Paddy and I are enjoying our trip to Ireland!  Getting here was a story all to itself. Our first plane from Chicago  was first late and then deemed un-flyable due to hydrolic system problems. No other plane available until one from London arrived.... in four  hours.  When that one arrived it was reported to have door seals problems and the mechanics would have to go through a pressurization routine..... luckily for us it passed and we flew out about six hours late!  More later about our time in Dublin.........We spent a day and a half roaming all over Dublin either on foot or on a "hop on hop off "bus. We went to the Natural museum of history and saw the skeletons o HUGE giant Irish deer. We went to Guiness Storehouse...learned about beer and Bob learned to pour a perfect glass. We went to Trinity University saw the exhitibs in the old library.. including the Book of Kells which is a huge illustrated Four Gospels done about 1100 ad. We went to Marks and Spencers and Tesco...two stores I have always been curious about. By bedtime each night we were exhausted. Today we headed west and Bob leaned how to drive on the left
  Too bad he had to start by getting us out of Dublin! Tonight we are in Killarney ... 300 km away, highways are ok but little turny roads..narrow to boot and roundabouts are harrowing!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

who's going to Ireland with us?






Who's going to Ireland with Bob and me next week? Well... Paddy of course!  I think I will have fun taking pictures of him wherever we go ... Dublin, the Aran Islands, Kilarney etc.  Since fall is fast arriving, I made him a scarf and hat  and his own backpack  for his souvenirs ( not sure he'll find anything small enough!) . Paddy is only 4.5 inches tall so I will be able to fit him in anywhere in my luggage.