Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I have been working on a series of little animals and just finished Mr. Mole. I had to check out Wikipedia to see just what moles did or didn't have... no tails, non visible ears, large digging feet....
Here is my finished mole.... Mr/ Mole is 6" tall, jointed and made with hand-dyed mohair.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Here is the link to vote for him!
I tried cutting and pasting the email I received from BHG but it wouldn't fit on my blog! I tried all sorts of things... but no luck!
Noel would love your vote!!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
We are home again! Our Thanksgiving visit to our son's home in Tulsa was great ( except for being rear ended at a traffic light! Everyone, including the cars, are fine!) We had lots of "tasks" to do... wall paper removal, gutter repairs, bookcase assembly - you get the idea.... which we accomplished!
Of course I took down little bags of bear parts for tv time sewing and managed to finish FairieBear and Tommy with his hobby horse (SOLD)! There are some other things that are WIPs!
My son and I ventured again into the world of home canning... we are beginning to feel comfortable with the process and have promised each other to do it again when he comes here for Christmas! I may try some things without him for Christmas gifts!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
By the way I'm also working on a charcoal gray mole....
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I was commissioned to design and make a small squirrel... I spent one night dreaming about the project! The next day I put my dream onto plastic for pattern pieces and then made the squirrel. There were changes along the way, but Sammi turned out pretty much how I visualized him. Though if I make another, I'll probably make more changes! I am especially pleased with his tail which is wired and pose - able!
Sammi is 6.75" tall and jointed arms, legs and head.... weighted to counterbalance his tail and can stand with a little help! Currently he is in a resin log and carries needle felted acorns with real acorn caps.
Now she wants a SKUNK... time for dreams again!?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I am stuck to whispering... Bob hasn't said whether he's enjoying the quiet or not! Tried my needles at another Santa.... changed the head proportions and gave him less of a "hanker" nose. It has been fun! I took pictures and here are the three I liked best. Not having great luck getting really good clear ones.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I have been battling the creeping crud all week as friends on Facebook will already know. Luckily I can work in my recliner!!
Last week I dyed a lot of roving... tones of brown, pink and green. Yesterday I started work on a Santa ornament... This is only the second time I have tried a person rather than an animal. I really enjoyed adding rounded cheeks, eyelids, his beard and mustache. He ended up being 4" long by 3" wide... Ithink I will try a smaller version next!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I've been playing around on Photoshop... yes, again. This time I wanted to make some magnetic cards. You know... the kind everyone has on their refrigerator. My son bought me a box of peel and stick "Make a magnet" business cards during one of our many trips to Home depot while visiting him in Tulsa. And here is what I came up with...
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Non-voters CANNOT complain about our country's direction!
Monday, November 1, 2010
There must be something about colder weather that makes me provide bears with warm sweaters! Isn't their fur enough? It seems not... so here is Kerry with his warm wet felted wool hoodie with white minkie plush trim!
Kerry has a needle felted muzzle... with eyelids, an open mouth and nose. Good thing he's got his sweater or his nose would have turned red from the cold!! Kerry is 8" tall.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I have been making more mice... they each come out a little different. A customer wanted an angel mouse,,, and the one with the wings is the result. I wonder whether she'll like her? (She did!!!)
Don't forget to sign up for my Frosty giveaway... it ends the 24th when we get back from the Chicagoland show!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thanks to all I now have 200 "hearts me-s" on etsy! And I have a giveaway for you. I will close this on October 24th when I get back from the Chicagoland Teddy Bear Show. All you have to do is leave me a comment and make sure I have a way of reaching you by email. I will mail internationally as well !
So here he is...... my first ornament of 2010 ( finished on 10/10/10 !?) Frosty was needle felted from wool roving. He has black onyx bead eyes, faceted black beads for his mouth and a polymer resin nose and pipe.... both of which are sewn on. He is wearing a holly leaf embellished felt hat and wool plaid scarf.
think ... think... think what should it be?
UPDATE: only 2 to go!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
He's big... about 4" in diameter and 4" to the tip of his scraggy mohair stem. He has clear German glass eyes, wool felt features and a wool felt leaf embroidered with perle cotton blanket stitching. .. a floral wire curlicue finishes things He's stuffed with fiberfill.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Each year I make a new version of Frosty the SnowBear... there has been a big hefty open mouth one... a needle felted one... a minibear... and so on. This year I made an anime one. Fosty is a little over 6 inches tall and was made from a lovely soft straight mohair with Ultrasuede paw pads, large black German glass eyes and a polymer resin carrot nose. I made the nose and embedded a wire loop into it so that it could be sewn on Frosty.
Frosty is stuffed with fiberfill, weighted with steel shot and jointed with cotter pins and hardboard discs. He is wearing a wool plaid scarf and felt top hat and carrying a broom.
He will be listed on etsy and BearPile soon...
Sunday, October 3, 2010
By the way I am edging closer and closer to 200 "hearts this shop" on etsy. I have been thinking of a giveaway as a celebration. So keep checking back! Maybe an ornament?
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
As you can see , it was a long weekend! But worth it... it was fun, saw lots of old friends, made new friends and won two ribbons! Some of my bears, elephants and mice were adopted!
Anastasia Beach Mouse was my version of the federally endangered mouse that lives on one of the islands off of St. Augustine, Fl.
Porter the Peanut loving Pachyderm went to a new home in Ohio!
One of my bunny rabbits has been included in an ArtFire collection! Take a look !
Monday, September 27, 2010
The Bill Boyd Memorial Teddy Bear Jubilee in KansasCity is over for another year and our visiting friends have packed up and headed back to Texas. The husband left me with a cd ( he was the Jubilee's official photographer) containing 345 pictures! The wife is a collector and she left with BAGS of bears!
I won two ribbons and will post pictures another time....
"Bears and Buds" the digital bear magazine has called for links to posted bears or friends for its new Holiday section... so I have posted DT on BearPile and sent "Bears & Buds" the link for the upcoming October issue. If you are "into" bears you might want to check "Bears & Buds" out... it's free!
He's all packed up and heading off to the UK tomorrow!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I found this neat resin tree stump on eBay... knowing a mouse just HAD to be peeking out! Phillipp was made to fit just inside with his little paws on the rim. He is needle felted and stands 4 inches from the bottom of his feet to nose tip!
The Bill BoydMemorial/KC Jubilee is this weekend. Do I save Phillipp for that or do I post him on Etsy and BearPile?
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Before I tell you about PeterPeter I want to crow a little about winning two (!!) things from the giveaway mentioned on the previous post!! Can't wait for them to arrive!!
So on to PeterPeter... look at the smirk! I didn't intend for him to have one, but these bears have
a mind of their own! PeterPeter loves pumpkins.... and wants everyone to know it!
He's been posted on etsy.com
Peter has arrived at his new home and is settling in... hopefully he's not making too many waves!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Porter has "run away" and joined the circus.... taking his peanuts along to keep the rumbly tummy at bay!
Porter is 5.25 inches tall... mohair, string and cotter pin jointed... and weighted with steel shot.
His altered candy box purse has circus paper. His ruffles are crepe paper...
He is listed on BearPile and etsy.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
If you are a Halloween lover like I am.... check out this blog and its giveaway! RetroRudolph is well worth a visit!
Aside from surfing the web I have been working on a few bears. The BillBoyd/ Kansas City Jubilee is just around the corner ( September 25th is the sales table date... out at the KCI Expo Center). It looks like Bob will be supplying transportation for the convention goers ...taking them from the Expo Center to the KC Toy and Miniature Museum.... a place well worth a visit anytime ! The tours will be on Friday Sept. 24th.
This is DT who is off to the North Pole.... and Edward and his honey pot.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Last year ( after HALLOWEEN) I found a package of small plastic pumpkins... older ones with a 1993 date on the package closure. So when I finished Harry I knew he had to have one of them plus some "candy" made from polymer resin.
Harry was made from Alison McKee's tan NOS mohair with Ultrasuede paw pads, black German glass eyes and a perle cotton nose. He has an add-on lower lip.
The question is... is it too early to post Halloween bears?
Sunday, September 5, 2010
They'll be listed on etsy shortly....
The green and purplish one are heading off to Virginia. The other two have been posted on etsy.
By the way... I've been told an upturned trunk is "good luck"!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Genny was made from some interesting dense highly distressed mohair from Schulte! A "sort of" green with a brownish backing... very different! She has quite a tummy and big feet! Her dress is a pillow case style one...just like I make for my grand daughter.
Friday, August 20, 2010
This is Minkie.. I was looking at all the wool roving I have in preparation for a trip down to Tulsa to see our son (have to HAVE handiwork ready for those times when my husband and son do "guy" stuff) and just couldn't resist doing something. Minkie is the result.... He's hiding in a cute little Chinese Take out box.
Minkie is fuzzy. I made him from a roving of blended fibers - some long, some short etc. The result is a fuzzy mouse!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Another thing I like about ArtFire's collection set-up... it automatically informs the seller that you've added his/her item to your collection and provides a link!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I think the techies at etsy don't think the way I do...
I have listed "Lily the lilacpoint Siamese" using all my new shipping knowledge... the "reserve" one is gone, paid for and shipped!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
School has already started for my teacher/daughter... the kids start the 18th. Makes me wish for the "good ole days" when school started the Tuesday after Labor Day ( first Monday in September). The school buildings are HOT... not surprising since the temperatures have been flirting with almost 100's! I'm sure everyone would rather be swimming!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Hi everyone... here's an email I received. I signed up too!
I just wanted to tell you all about a free bear making class put on by EbearZ University. It starts today and you do have to register but it's FREE! I'm doing it just for fun and to perhaps pick up a few tips from Nancy. If you've never made a bear before but always wanted to learn how, sign up. You have a week to finish the first lessons. That would still give you time to gather supplies. I think it's fantastic of Nancy Tillberg to do this and wanted to make sure to pass the info along.
Here's a link! http://www.kranbearys.com/
Alison McKee ( eteddys)
Saturday, July 31, 2010
No I haven't imbibed too much.... this little pink elephant is called Belle and she resides in a pink cocktail glass ( tho' it's plastic!).
Belle is helping me in my break away from mice... she is a 5 inches tall, made from scraggy mohair with Ultrasuede paw pads and inner ears.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It was a week full of mice... mice in martini glasses munching on olives! So as a respite I pulled out some bear brown roving and made Brownie. Brownie is 6 inches tall from ear tip to sole bottom. He's string jointed and has black onyx bead eyes...
Brownie's arms are bent... the better to hold something, but I don't know what, yet!
HEADING FOR TEXAS...
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
All that is left are the olives! And it looks like he's ready to eat those too!
Wiley was made from alpaca fiber and pink wool roving with horsehair whiskers. ( What am I going to do when I run out of Loretta's horsehair?) This is my first try at felting alpaca ...and it felts differently. But I have loads, so I will have to learn!
ps... Wiley is up on BearPile and etsy.
Wiley is headed for Garland, TX.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Joey's little friend is called Fern... she a lovely green colored mohair. Fern will keep an eye on this wet felted wool pumpkin pincushion for you!
Fern is 5 inches tall and her pincushion was made from hand-dyed wool that has been wet felted. The leaves are wool felt edged with perle cotton embroidery.
Fern is on etsy .... abd will be on BearPile soon.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
My newest, Kerry, has a needle felted muzzle. If I am truthful, I will tell you my new pattern didn't quite come up to snuff. So I improvised.
Kerry was made from some of Alison McKee's wonderful pale pink mohair. It's lightly distressed. Kerry is 8inches tall and weighted with a little steel shot...
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I just finished Lily ( I have to remember to spell it with a "y" after all these years spelling my granddaughter's name LILI !) ... a little anime_style cat this time. Lili and Lily both love back mollie fish. Lily's was needle felted from wool roving...
Lily is up on BearPile