Wednesday, December 28, 2011
it doesn't seem quite fair... but our Christmas elves passed on the plague to their visiting uncle, grandfather and myself. So plans we had to go "out and about" with said uncle have had to be put on hold.
We all felt well enough today to whip up a batch of Robb's famous spaghetti sauce! We then invited the elves and their parents for dinner ... big success ! Our 5 year old grandson bit down on a piece of spicey sausage which led to a never still little boy running around telling everyone, " Mama Mia that's a speecy, spicey meatsie meatball" at the top of his lungs! But dinner was fun though the still sick adults in this house were ready for some quiet time when the elves left!!
By the way... the elves have really enjoyed my Christmas sewing projects.... but the skinny grandson will have to have the elastic tightened. His pj's just won't stay up!!
Monday, December 26, 2011
My etsy shop is having a Boxing Day sale from today through New Year's Eve.... here's your chance to get 10% off. No extra for shipping if you live in the US!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
As you can see, we've been quite busy around here. The tree is up, my Annalee's in place and, the lights outside are on! The woodworking tools have been making loads of noise in my husband's garage workshop and my sewing machine has been whirring away like made.... not making bears or bear friends but Christmas pj's, twirly skirts, cooking aprons etc. I don't think my grandkids read my blog so I am safe posting a picture of some of my completed things!
We are having the kids and grandkids over Friday night for dessert and coffee or hot cocoa. We'll have a chance to talk without the excitement of presents....
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas ( or if you celebrate another holiday, hope that one is wonderful too!) !
Saturday, December 10, 2011
How shall I wrap them?
Friday, December 9, 2011
My sewing machine has been whirring with the sounds of Christmas pj's and presents! I have finished 4 sets of pj's and a present for my son ( shh it's a secret!) . I can tell that the grandchildren are growing since now it takes 2 yds for Dominic's and 4 yds for Lili's ! Thank you JoAnne's for your Black Friday $1.49 sale on flannel!!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
We are back home and trying to get things organized for our second Thanksgiving on Saturday. This time it's with the Kansas City group!
I did manage to get a few things made ...here are three of them... There are a few more, but they aren't quite finished.... yet!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Whilest the men did their stuff I worked on some bears.... but forgot the cord to download pictures to our laptop! So I will have to post them on BearPile and etsy ( and this blog) when we get home!
The men went to their chosen store for Black Friday ( I styed home waiting for a new bed delivery) and when they returned I went to JoAnne's Fabric store.... I seen Christmas pj's in my future!
How many of you were out shopping?
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
When the doorbell rang today I had no reason to expect a surprise box from my son.... but I did. He sent this wonderful autumnal dried flower wreath! I've hung it on the door to the closet in my entry way ... for the time being. I will use it for a centerpiece on my dining room table when I finished making memory bears from a 1950's wedding dress. Currently the table is covered with satin, lace and netting! Thanks, Robb!!!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
We've been visiting our son down in Tulsa. He had some vacation time and a list of house projects for us .... new lights, new bathroom fan/light, bush pruning and so on. Knowing that my husband and son would be gaming on the XBox at night, I took my bearmaking supplies along. Loren is one I finished while they played.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Kansas City Bill Boyd Memorial Teddy Bear Jubilee is over for 2011....I enjoyed it ( as usual) even if I didn't get to spend as much time there. Bob and I mixed a stone carving 3-day workshop with the 3-day teddy bear convention! I found myself wishing I could clone myself because I wanted to be at both things at the same time! Didn't happen!
Molly, my elephant in the kimono, won a first place ribbon for"under 6 inches dressed" in the Jubilee competition!!
As for stone carving.... my limestone piece isn't finished. I worked on it all Friday becoming more and more frustrated. Then I learned on Sunday that I had picked one of the hardest shapes to carve.... and felt much much better. There isn't much carving left... though I will still have loads of sanding to work on! I will post a picture then!
Now that The Jubilee and the bear show down in Grapevine, Tx. are over , I have started putting bears in my etsy shop again! Here is the link! By the way... sales at the two shows were good!!
Monday, September 19, 2011
After a great bear show in Grapevine, Tx. on the 11th I have been working hard to "restock"! A nice problem, but I have another show, the Kansas City Bill Boyd Memorial Jubilee on the 24th ! I took a picture of my latest sitting waiting for their hang tags! I have a purple elephant and a Halloween ghost in the works!
Monday, September 12, 2011
For other bearmakers... the promoters are already at work on next years' show. It will be Sunday October 28th.... same place, the Grapevive, Tx. Community Center!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
By the way, Nancy's workmanship is supreme... wonderful smocking, all finished seams etc.! I always keep my eyes open for hankies for Nancy to work her magic on! This one also came from Livingston, TN.
Jennie's going to Texas but not to Grapevine!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S Main Street
Grapevine, Texas 76051
Sunday, September 11, 2011
11 - 4 pm
Can't wait to see all my Texas Bear Artists Guild friends!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thanks to all that participated!!
Friday, August 5, 2011
I hit the 300 "favorites" on etsy.com last night!!! So here is my giveaway....one of my needle felted pumpkins. He was made from hand-dyed wool roving with German glass eyes and a wire curlique . He measures 2.25 inches in diameter and 3 inches tall.
What YOU need to do to be entered:
comment on this blog with a way for me to reach you.
This giveaway is NOT restricted to US mailing addresses. I will ship overseas by USPS International First Class.
This giveaway will close on AUGUST 26 th and I will email the winner and announce it on this blog.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
What is there to do when the temperatures hit 111 degrees? Well... I've been sewing and reading. Bob and I lug shopping bags full of books home from the library and sit and read for hours at a time!
But I also sew.... hand sew little bears. This is Tommy and his friend Chaps. I found the basket and the (plain) puppy on the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby. The puppy was too plain so he has been enhanced with coptic markers. You can find them both on BearPile
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I was trying to dye some white mohair black and this dark mauve gray was the result.... since it wasn't black enough for the skunk I was working on, I put it aside . Yesterday I came across the piece in my stash and decided to put it to use... Joey is the result.
Joey just fits in the palm of my hand!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Mr. Cowabunga dude ( my grandson) celebrated his fifth birthday last night with cupcakes ( his choice)... he doesn't "like" cake. Mom made them with help from Dominic, his sister Lili and his friend Carson. Luckily the recipe called for three eggs! They were great..delicious!
Happy birthday Dominic !
Friday, June 17, 2011
George is ready to celebrate Independence Day... the Fourth of July ! Fireworks will be going off!
George was made from a scraggy gray mohair with a blue backing. He has Ultrasuede paw pads, black German glass eyes backed with white Ultrasuede, and a perle cotton nose. George is stuffed with polyester fiberfill and weighted with steel shot . His head is cotter pin and hardboard disc jointed... the rest is string jointed.
George is wearing a sparkly red top hat and flag ribbon. He comes with sparkly stars set into a vintage wooden thread spool.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I can only say that Parker does! I just happened across this little ice cream cone next to the check out counter at Michael's! It was just the right size for the bear I was working on.... who turned into Parker!
Parker is on BearPile now and probably will also be posted in my etsy shop ( Glass Dragon Bears Etc).
ps... Parker reminds me of Corduroy ... the bear in the book with green pants who is missing a button.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I have a few more bears/friends in the works... if no one has more work for us!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Back home for one days rest and then to our daughter's to paint her kitchen and office, make screens for windows that didn't have them, hang shelves and finally put everything we'd moved back!!
So for us this hasn't been Memorial Day Weekend... but Labor Day Month!!
That's why the blog has been silent and no little bears or friends have been posted....
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
It really is delightful to log onto etsy and find one of your items is in a treasury! Today's treasury member is Genny and you can see the treasury here.
Even though the weather isn't as warm as one could wish for... it has been delightfully sunny. The herbs are planted as are the tomatoes and some flowers. The perennials such as iris are in full bloom and gorgeous as usual. When it comes to planting veggies, I could wish for more sunny spots but over the past 25plus years the trees have grown! When I google my address and look at the satellite view you can barely see the house! All tree tops! So I can't complain (much) because the trees keep the house cool and the deck shady; and during the hot hot days of Missouri's summer, cool shade is appreciated!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Fedex guy left my prize on the front steps today....Hooray!! I "participated" in a blog tour which celebrated the printing of this fantastic book and I won.
The author is Amy Adams and I enjoy reading her blog.
Thanks Amy for writing the book and for giving me a chance to win a copy!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Lily has headed out for Garland, Texas ... before I could even post her to my blog!! She was made from mohair that Alison McKee tie dyed ! Wonderful shades of red, orange and yellow. I used a dark pink Ultrasuede for her paw pads and inner ears.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Even though we have lots of outdoor tasks...... we have been power washing, scraping and painting our backdoor deck and the big deck ! We are almost done. We just have a second coat on the floors and hand rails to apply later today.... I can't stop making these little guys/girls. Somehow little pieces get sewn together in the evenings when the tv is on!
Meg is the latest.... she even has a little crocheted dress and matching hairband.
If the ground actually warms up enough, I will be adding annuals to my gardens! And tomatoes... basil.... peppers! I'd plant more, but in the 20plus years we've lived here, the trees have grown huge and we have SHADE. If I googlemap our house all I can see is the house roof and trees!
Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Molly is a 5" or so little jointed anime elephant... I have put her up on BearPile and will probably put her en etsy shortly.
It's a good thing that I have Molly and her friends to work on... the furnace is still running and it will be May 1 on Sunday! I may make a fire in the fireplace this afternoon and start on a bear!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I was doing a needle felting demo at a show the other day and wanted to make something that would intrigue the children that were watching.... the result is Patches. Surprisingly it was the adults who checked back every so often to check on my progress! I think that if I could have finished him, he would have found a new home.... but I hadn't brought enough brown wool with me!
Patches was needle felted from wool and alpaca roving with a jointed head, black onyx bead eyes and a needle felted doggie bone. He is about 4 inches tall plus the tail!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I called her "Spring" because her greens are so new leafy!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Herbie is in a third treasury!
And he sold at a show I was at today! His new owner had a table across the room and she said he watched her all day!
I've left him up on etsy because he is in three treasuries but put a note on the listing that he was sold and there would be another shortly! Never had something in so many treasuries at all once!!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
We've been down to Tulsa to visit our son... and to bring his cat home. "Jack the cat" was a visitor while our son was gone on business trips. Jack would rather stay with us than be in an empty house or at the vet's for a week! Jack was really happy to be home!
This year's chicks and eggs have been a lot of fun! Two went to Hawaii! I decided that another white egg was a little boring and decided to do a multicolor one. Is it one from one of those fancy breeds like MarthaS has? Or did someone dye it before Herbie hatched? I've posted HerbieFive on BearPile. How about a duckling next?
Friday, March 25, 2011
If you'd like to try making a batch... here is the link
My batch is in the fridge... I'm hoping some of the fat comes to the top for skimming. Then I can put it in jars... and then in the fridge! Great eating ahead!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
It's been a busy busy week... spring cleaning, painting, knitting , special orders and Herbie!!
Herbie "hatched" yesterday...he was made from a dense mohair with German glass eyes, a polymer resin beak , stuffed with polyester fiberfill and steel shot. Herbie's head is jointed but his wings don't move. I made his legs and feet by covering wire with polymer resin. Herbie's egg was wet felted over a large Easter egg and is edged with perle cotton in a blanket stitch.
Herbie is moving to Hawaii ( lucky bird) ... and for those that asked, the egg came first!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I'll post some pictures as the "project" looks like a sweater!
So bears, bunnies, mice and elephants ... and eggs... are on the back burner for awhile!