Friday, December 31, 2010
I also wanted to get back to working on the Etsy Boot Camp activities and finish them up....so one of my New Year's Resolutions is to spend a little time working on this each day until it's done. Today I started where I left off with Week 7.
I was too busy at the time with the holiday rush to do the Boot Camp activities, but now I'm trying to catch up. Some of these things no longer apply because they are geared for the holidays which have just past, but I'm going to go through them anyway and try to pick up what useful information I can. So here's my check list for Week 7:
[ X ] Read this week's blog post (very valuable links to info on upcoming themes!)
[ X ] Plan for Cyber Monday
[ X ] Get Back on Track Here
[ ] Post in Week 8's forum thread (not going to do this one because I'm so out of date
[ X ] Add a Badge to Your Blog
Thanks it for now...back to working on my website update. Tomorrow is picture taking day (if the light is right). Have a great New Years Day!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Here's the link to it - A Dickens Christmas
Friday, December 24, 2010
My daughter baked some holiday cookies the other day. They are delicious! And tonight I will sit and watch It's a Wonderful Life. I just wanted to take a quick moment out to wish you all
May the Magic of the Holidays be with You and Yours!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Yesterday I spent some time making up a spreadsheet to inventory my tatting threads! I have a page for DMC, a page for Lizbeth, a page for HDT (Hand Dyed Threads) and a page for Other. On each page I have a place to check which size thread I have, the thread number, name, color and in the case of Lizbeth threads, which threads they coordinate with.
Once I got the spread sheet set up I inventoried my tatting threads and already the effort has proved beneficial. I've been admiring a particular HDT in the maker's Etsy store and wanting to try it out. Well, during my inventory I discovered that I already had that colorway from them!
LOL now let's hope I can keep it updated!
Friday, December 17, 2010
A week or so ago I saw a pretty little snowflake and just had to try it. I love the design, it's Miranda's Angels in the Snow, which is sold at a minimal cost to help raise funds for a very worthy cause. Even though I love the design and it is called 'angels', for me it was a devil of a time to get it done. It took me a bit of practicing to get the self closing mock ring (SCMR) down, but my biggest problem was that I always worked on this late at night when I was tired. I would miscount and have to undo and redo, doing that caused me to un out of thread so I had multiple ends (where I had to cut and start again).
I had a picture in my head of some new threads done in this design so I used them but it didn't come out looking like what I'd imagined...not sure why, it just didn't. All in all, frustration mounted and tired eyes/brain malfunctioned to the point of calling this the 'motif from hell'. When I was done I didn't want to even look at it anymore...so I set it aside for about a week before taking pictures. Now I'm ok with it and still want to make more in this design. I'm still not to sure about the color combo that I used (which I thought would look good together, but seeing it now I'm not so sure). So here it is....
Motif # 8:
On a brighter note a friend told me about a snowflake design by Samantha Melnychuk with butterflies in it. I tried it and it worked up really quickly and came out very nice. I must have done something right because when I showed this one to my daughter she said "It looks like a snowflake"...she didn't notice the butterflies till I pointed them out to her though.
Motif # 9:
I'm not sure what I'll try for my next motif but I'll figure out something soon.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Then I set the two little centers aside and pulled out some beads. Faithfully counting twice since these were going to be earrings I put 50 beads on the thread (2 extras in case I'd miscounted). This sounds easy enough but it was a struggle for me because only about 1 out of 4 beads would let the needle pass through it so I really ended up having to go through about 200 or so beads just to get those 50. Whew, beads on the thread.
Next I started learning how to do the wrap stitch. I followed the directions and diagrams carefully and no matter what I did...it didn't work right. The directions and diagrams were right, it was ME that wasn't working right. I kept trying over and over and fiddled with it this way and that. I could see in the diagrams how it was supposed to be, but the threads in my hands just didn't want to cooperate. Finally something clicked...somehow the 'on' switch to my brain was flipped in the right position. I got the first wrap stitch done! YAY! More fiddling, more checking the diagram, and I finally got a 2nd one done...I was on a roll lol! I managed to get the first four of them done and by then I could see what I needed to do with my hands to make it work.
Time to add a ring...I know how to do those! I was so happy I was grinning from ear to ear...I knew how to do the next part! Hurray! Oh wait we have to add the little center motif...no biggie, I can do that....done, ring done, more wrap stitches. I was really on a roll now...another ring, yay....don't forget to attach to the center...got it...ring done...more wraps....wait a moment...something was wrong. I looked at it again and checked it against the diagram. Crud! I'm not supposed to attach to the center motif at EVERY ring, only the bigger ones! Sigh...get scissors, snip snip...Let's start over.....
So starting again, I did the wraps (got them down by now!), the little ring with a bead, more wraps, next little ring, more wraps, big ring with beads (I did get nice tight tripple beads on the top picot if I do say so myself). More wra....wait...that first bead doesn't sit right...it's on one side of the ring not between the two rings. What did I do wrong? OHHH I see I put the bead on the wrong part of the thread when working the ring. I can easily do that right going forward...but how do I fixt that first one...sigh...snip snip...
Let's start over (AGAIN!)...take deep breath....I've got the pattern memorized by this point - who needs a diagram? This go round it works great! Wraps are done, rings and beads in right places. Crud, ran out of thread, slide beads off the tail of the thread, wind shuttle, put beads back on the thread...start in again. Joins to center motif in right places, I've got this! First one completed and looking good. Start up the 2nd one. Going just as well, got 4 sections completed, only one to go....glance at the diagram. @#*%! These are supposed to have the ** 6 ** ring center motif, not the 5 ring one....only one section to go on the 2nd one ...I'm NOT going to start these all over again. The first one looked fine with only 5 points to it....so I made the 2nd one with only 5 points as well.
A matching pair! They are technically wrong because they have 5 points instead of 6, but they are done. I added the earring findings (yes one of the wires broke while doing that so I had to get another one). Done! Finished! Complete!....need pictures.....pull out camera and this is what I ended up with. All in all considering how the learning session went I think they came out well, don't you?
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
All my life my spare time has been retreating to some form of needlework. Learning new things and techniques, practicing and fine tuning what I have learned until I'm personally satisfied with the quality of what I do. Whenever I've been upset by turmoil in my life I've always been able to retreat into a realm of peace by sitting and stitching, and forgetting the rest of the world's troubles.
I've learned and done other things, other crafts, and I always come back to needlework in some form or another. Throughout the years I've had people buying the items I made, or I made gifts for others that they could treasure and hand down as heirlooms to their families. When I was layed off from my job a few years back I was able to turn to my needlework and not only find solice but an outlet for my inner need to create, as well as to turn it into a business to help meet expenses.
I can work with fine sewing thread or big bulky yarn...it doesn't matter, as long as I'm working on needlework. I can make a little 2 inch bear or a 4x6 foot afghan....either way I am content on the inside because I'm creating with some form of needle and thread.
I LOVE NEEDLEWORK....it finally dawned on me in that moment of thought earlier today, that I really do love it! It's not something to fill my time, it's not a hobby, it's not a phase nor a passing fad...it's something I love to do! It's part of who I am....and I'm blessed to have been taught at such an early age so I could enjoy this love all my life.
Thank you Grandma Robinson, Thank you Mom, Thank you Grandma Mary and all the others throughout my life that have helped me learn and enjoy my passion.
To everyone else...share what you know, teach someone a skill, help someone learn....it just might turn out to be the passion of their life!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The tree design is the Tatted Christmas Tree by Be-Stitched. I added a tassel to the bottom of the 'trunk' to make it into a bookmark. This is a very easy 1 shuttle design and works up quickly. It would be good for a beginning tatter.
Motif # 5:
I'm looking forward to working on the next one! Tatting is so much fun once you get the basics of it down!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Two days ago my computer hard drive died a quick but inglorious death. One moment it was working, I glanced away from the monitor, and when I looked back I had the infamous 'blue screen of death'. The hard drive was to be no more.
I keep most of my files on an external hard drive so I didn't really lose alot of information. I still have all my pattern and business files for example. However, my email was on the main (now dead) harddrive so I lost all my emails that I'd saved and all the sites that I'd added to my favorites list etc.
My daughter came to my rescue with her laptop. We were able to quickly search online and found a really good deal for a new computer (smile). She went and picked it up for me yesterday and ever since I've been in the process of getting things set back up. My email is working correctly and I'm back online again. YAY!
It's great having a new computer, even though it was an unexpected and unplanned for expense. Please be patient with me while I relocate all my favorite sites.
On the creative front, I've finished a new doily and need to block it, and I completed another Lacey White Bookmark like in my previous post. I'm working on another bookmark and hope to spend the rest of my evening tonight working on it.
Off to go find some of my favorite blogs again....
Thursday, December 9, 2010
To keep track of them, I need to number them. So I've edited my previous post to add Motif #s. I don't think I'll have any problem getting to 25, but I want to be sure. I also don't believe the same design should count more than once so for me it's a 25 Different Motif Challenge!
I've already lined up a few designs that I want to work on next. They will have to wait until I've done another Lacey Tatted Bookmark in White (Motif # 3) though because the one I showed below has sold and I want to make a replacement for it for my website and Etsy shop.
Off to do a bit more tatting before I head to bed....
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Good luck and Safe Journey as you serve our country in foriegn lands.
When my new threads were ordered I was accidentally shipped the wrong order. I was told to keep the one ball of thread and book (which turned out to be a tatting book with several designs in it I like!). The thread was a dark green and went perfectly with a deep red that I had ordered on my order. I got bold and pulled out some beads too....here is my very first tatted bookmark with beads. The pattern is called Stumpy and was designed by Kersti Anear.
Motif # 1:
The next one is one I did is a braid design by Jane Eborall. I think the varigated Lizbeth thread works up great with this design. I did it in several colors but here are a few examples:
Motif # 2:
I also had a couple on hand that I hadn't taken pictures of. I made them a while back and don't remember where I found the designs.
Motif # 3:
Motif # 4:
Friday, November 26, 2010
I didn't feel like messing with a bunch of beads on the hat so I just made a ruffly brim and added a bow. I took the same thread as I used for the hat and made up a soft winter scarf to go with it. The bear is made from punch thread and is a very pale cream color.
My daughter walked in the room just as I put the finishing touches on her and with one quick glance decided her name was Frostie.
Speaking of threads....the thread I got in the order that was shipped to me by mistake....it went perfectly with one that I had ordered (my order arrived the next day). These are size 20 tatting threads (I got some size 80 as well). I've been on a tatting frenzy the past few days and have made up several bookmarks....one using the freebie thread which came out GREAT! As soon as they all finish blocking I'll get some pictures and share them.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
A few days ago I finished up a couple of new bears. One, Barnaby is already out for sale, the other I have pictures done but haven't posted her anywhere yet.
Here's little Barnaby. I tried a new style for the head. My daughter and I both like it quite alot so I will be making a few more in this style I'm sure!
More pictures of him can be seen by clicking HERE.
I'm still running a bit behind on my Boot Camp activities. I haven't found the time this week (due to all of the above) to spend any time on it. I'm hoping to catch up this coming week because Week 8 To Do list has already come out. I really want to complete all of the Boot Camp stuff because it's all been very informative and helpful!
That's it for now. I will be back in a few days with another update!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
This week is all about Blogging and Marketing Plans. Just by going through some of the reading material I already can see ways I can make my blog a bit more interesting and more informative. And I'm getting tips for using social marketing tools better as well. I haven't done the 'reach out' part yet. That one is going to take some background reading and research so will take a bit of time.
I'm about to start on the Marketing Plan section. This is something I know I need to do, so I'm sure this part of the "homework" will be very interesting!
This Week's Checklist:
[ X ] Read this week's blog post
[ X ] Develop a marketing plan
[ ] Reach out to a blogger
[ X ] Post in Week 7's forum thread
As always I will be updating this checklist and adding my comments as I complete the activities.
Edited to show some progress made. I fnished the Marketing Plan exercise. Now I need to do some researching and find a blogger to 'reach out to'.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
~ Chelsea ~
A OOAK Micro Miniature Thread Crochet Bear standing at 2 inches tall !
by Mary Robinson of Peachtree Cottage
It's turning cold in my part of the world and little Chelsea can't wait for it to snow so she can go out and build a snowman! Chelsea stands at barely 2 inches tall and is crocheted from acrylic threads. She comes wearing a removable white hoodie which is accented with tiny little pink beads. Her facial expression has been embroidered and slightly shaded to give it extra depth. Her name is Chelsea (pronounced "Ch-L-see) which means 'snow bunny' in beareze. She will arrive in a clear display box with a signed picture Certificate of Authenticity.
Chelsea is available in my Etsy Shop - http://www.etsy.com/listing/60669093
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This weeks homework sounds simple but it's really not. The reading was mostly about frame of mind/attitude which can get really 'deep' sometimes. The pricing exercise will be valuable to alot of people, but for me it confirmed that the method I use for my pricing is appropriate. Each pricing exercise I did was right in line with what my current prices are :-)
Here's my checklist:
[ X ] Revisit Your Prices
[ X ] Check out this Reading List
[ X ] Connect with Your Buddy
I'm hoping this kind of "Boot Camp' activity will continue in one form or another after the holidays.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Here's my status:
Etsy Holiday Boot Camp - Week 5:
[ X ] Check out 7 Lessons from Adam Braun
[ X ] Read Etsy's Guide to Photography
[ X ] Shoot Photos of Your New Work
[ X ] Check in with your Boot Camp Buddy
[ X ] Post in the Boot Camp Forum
The activity for the 7 Lessons from Adam Braun was to watch a presentation video. I have to admit that I found him dry and dull as a speaker which left me uninspired. However his 7 Lessons have value. This is what they are:
All I need now is to have a photo session and I'll have my 'homework' for this week done already! Yay!
Monday, October 18, 2010
This week's 'Homework" is to:
[X} Read this week's Boot Camp Article
[X] Etsy Sucess Keyword Exercise
[X] Update Your Profile
[X] Check in with your Boot Camp Buddy
[X] Post in the Boot Camp forum thread
[X] Extra Credit! Tips for Authentic Writing
Keywords are important so doing the Keyword Exercise will definitely be a helpful activity. Plus I've been needing to update my Profile....so I'm thinking this will be a good week of activities for me!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Etsy Boot Camp - Week 3 Checklist
[X] Read this week's Boot Camp article
[X] Fill in the Blank Exercise
[X] Six Success Secrets Exercise
- [X} Be Me - I already am me. I'm a quiet work in the background, don't make alot of noise, but get it done type. I'm not a corporate type. So, I work from home, making things quietly, working on things each day...and I'm content with what I do and who I am :-)
- [X} Trust Your Compass - I try to do this especially when I'm creating my little bears. I know that my mood shows up on their faces when I stitch them...so I check my internal compass and make sure I'm heading in the right (positive) direction before I start stitching a bear face. No frustrated, angry, sad, upset bears from me!
- [X} Embrace the Optimist - Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the day to day stresses, but I learrned a few years back that I just need to set the 'stress' feelings aside and just 'know' in my heart that everything will work out fine. I believe in the power of the Law of Attraction so I put out positive thoughts ... and good things happen.
- [X} Surround Yourself With Love - This is a tougher one for me. Because of my 'Be Me' I tend to close myself off and am not around alot of people. But I do have my daughter's support in what I do and she also believes in embracing the optimist/Law of Attraction outlook. I also connect with other supportive bear artists and did so by creating the Thread Artist Guild to give us all a place to grow, communicate and support each other.
- [X] Know What You Need and Get It - For me that's mainly getting the money each month to pay the bills, and somewhere down the road getting a newer car. Every time I make something and sell it I am progressing towards these goals. I also need peace and stability in my life....what I tend to call Calm Happiness. Being "OK" with me and content with who I am and what I'm doing helps me with that goal too.
- [X] Enjoy Where You Are - I know this might sound silly to some but a few years ago I read 2 books that changed my life. The first was "Conversations with God"...now I'm not saying I agree with everything in that book but it did help me to open up my eyes and look at things from different perspectives and to really appreciate who I was and what I had. The second was "The Secret"...which taught me about the Law of Attraction and how powerful it can be, as well as reinforcing the gratitude for what I already have. Putting all that together allows me to allow myself to be content. I can enjoy my day to day life taking each day at a time without all the stress and worry for the next day or the day after that. I spend a moment each day being grateful for THAT day, for the things I was able to do that day, for just being alive that day....well I think you get the drift.....Do I want more out of life...sure, everyone does, that's natural, but I'm "OK" with where I am and that feels good too.
[X] Check in with your Boot Camp Buddy
[X] Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Stock - Already have some items made that I need to take pictures of and working on new items as well.
[X] Post in the Boot Camp forum thread - I posted my Fill in the Blank Exercise there and made a positive affirmation post on the Facebook Boot Camp Fan Page.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
~ Jynx ~
5-Way Jointed and only 2 Inches Tall Standing !
(not counting the hat)
A Peachtree Cottage™ Micro Miniature Bear
by Mary Robinson - Peachtree Cottage ™ Bears
This year Jynx decided to dress up and go Trick or Treating for Halloween. Watch out for her though, she loves to pop up out of nowhere and hollar "BOO!" while waving her billowy arms costumed arms. Her name is Jynx(pronounced "Geenks") which means 'Trick or Treat' in beareze.
Jynx stands at only 2 inches tall which makes her a micro miniature bear. She is crocheted from acrylic threads and comes with her removable hat and Trick or Treat bag. Her facial expression has been embroidered and slightly shadded to give it extra depth. She will arrive in a clear display box with a signed picture certificate of authenticity.
Monday, October 4, 2010
[X] Read this week's Holiday Boot Camp article
[X] Make a list of your most popular items
[X] Brainstorm new work you'll offer this season
[X] Find your Boot Camp buddy
[X] Post in the Boot Camp forum
As you can see all of these have been done except for finding a Boot Camp Buddy. I've posted on the Boot Camp Facebook site so hopefully I will get a response to that soon. If all else fails I'll buddy up to my daughter for this but it would be nice to get outside input going forward.
My newest creation is done, just finished up the accessories today and plan to take pictures tomorrow so ... watch this space! lol
UPDATE: I got me a Boot Camp Buddy! It's Mary Catherine from Hide A Heart. Check out her Etsy Shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/HideaHeart She makes beautiful glass hearts!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
It's little Cornelious (pronounced "cor-Kneel-e-us") which means "candy corn" in beareze.
Cornelious is stitched from fine acrylic threads and made with hundreds of tiny stitches. His eyes are onyx beads and have shading to give him expression and added depth.
I listed him in my Etsy shop ( http://peachtreecottage.etsy.com/ ) and before I knew it he SOLD! He will be heading out to his new home in Australia tomorrow.
Thanks to my daughter, Jennifer of Bubble Bee Creations ( http://bubblebeecreations.etsy.com/ ) for her suggestion I make a bear like this!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Etsy Holiday Boot Camp Pledge: I, Mary Robinson of Peachtree Cottage, pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere.
In addition to the pledge one of the weekly assignements is to create a holiday mission statement. I might adjust it later but this is what I have for now:
To use my skills and knowledge to make creative, quality made artist collectable miniature teddy bears. Also to create beautiful as well as functional items for home, babies, doll enthusiasts, etc. which will enhance their lives and bring a smile to their faces at affordable prices.
In support of this mission statement, this holiday season I will:
- create holiday specific items
- add new items to my Etsy shop
- promote awareness of Artist Collectable Teddy Bears
- participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp
- have at least one 'special' or 'on sale' item in my Etsy shop at all times through the holidays
I will try to keep posting here about the activities involved and what I'm doing. It seems like it will be fun (even though it's also technically 'work').
Friday, June 4, 2010
Whew...this was a lot of work, much more than I had originally anticipated but I think it came out wonderfully and I'm very proud of it.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
That's my memory and my little Gerry is in honor of that little baby giraffe. Gerry was made for a "Day at the Zoo" challenge by the Thread Artist Guild (R)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I'm still working on the doll dress in my previous post. Had some problems with the panels on the skirt. There's 4 sections to each panel and 10 panels that fit together to make the skirt. Some of the sections didn't fit together right so I ended up having to remake a few of the parts. That's all worked out nicely now and I'm half way done putting the panels parts together. Then I can stitch the panels together than add the 30 roses I've already made (whew that's alot of roses). After that it's just making the adjustments to fit the waist and attach the lining and the skirt will be done. All the rest of the parts are made so once the skirt is finished it's just assembly, fitting, and accessorizing to have the whole outfit completed.
As soon as I can I also need to make a miniature animal that could be seen at a "Day at the Zoo" for a challenge by the Thread Artist Guild (R). I'm looking forward to this one :-)
I'm itching to make some more sewn bears too so expect more of those in the future.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I really enjoyed making her and might even make her a little brother or sister.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I've also sold another little one (Tacoa) and she's off to live in Australia....It's half way around the world and a long trip but she's on her way there now.
I've also been commissioned to create a vintage style Barbie size outfit. These are so much fun to work on. I've been to the store and gotten all the needed supplies. Now I'm happily stitching away on it. Here's a picture from the pattern of what it will look like.
The lace I'm using is a bit different so when mine is done it will be special in it's own right. I'll post a picture of it when it's all done!
That's it for now...I'm off to stitch!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thus was born Chester the Jester
He's a traditionally sewn bear, only 3.75 inches tall standing and 2.75 inches sitting. He's made from back and white cashmere synthetic fur with tan for his head. His body has the traditional diamond pattern design that harlequins wear. He also has a jester hat, mask, and septre.
This is what Chester looks like under his mask
I'm very very happy with how Chester turned out and hope my customer is just as pleased.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Watch this space for pictures soon!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
So ... how do I do this? I keep thinking of various different ways to attempt the one difficult area. I've come up with several ideas and had one in particular that I was sure would work. So I tested it on a piece of scrap material...and....ugh...it didn't work at all. The fabric is synthetic not real fur and my idea involved shaving down some of the fur for parts of it. When I attempted this with a little electric razor tool I had previously bought for just this kind of thing....it *burned* the fabric. Well it didn't really burn it, more it melted it......so that idea is a no go.
Now I'm trying to come up with other alternative ways to accomplish the same technique. Next I will attempt to cut back the fur by hand in the desired areas. I will try a few different ways to do this to see if any work well, but as last resort I will trim down each bit of fur with sharp little scissors if I need to. If all this doesn't work then I will attempt sewing together bits of different fur to see if that will accomplish the look I'm trying for.
Luckily my customer is aware that I'm having to experiment some and is being patient. I'm working on all the other parts of the bear so when I get this one area done I will then be able to quickly complete it for him. As I said I love a challenge and really am delighted to be trying all this and hope it works out well. If it does I will be doing it again :-)
I know I know...all this *mystery* without saying exactly what it is I'm attempting to do. But I want the result to be a surprise. When it's all finished I will be posting a picture here. Til then I'm a bit occupied with "how do I do this"...lol
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Flitter & Flutter are little fairy bunnies which were commissioned by a customer and are what I've been working on lately. While the bunnies themselves are not all that difficult for me to make (since I love making bunnies), the wings however were a trial. The tiny thread (size 12 Finca) and hook (size 14) and the color changes were hard on my eyes and I could only work on them for short periods of time at a setting. The result when finished though came out wonderfully so it was all well worth the time and effort.
I have another commissioned bear I'll be working on next. A customer wants one similiar to my Quinn (the little harlequin bear) only wants it sewn not crocheted. I've ordered the supplies and will be starting on that as soon as they arrive. I'm looking forward to working on this one as it will be a challenge for me to incorporate the harlequin diamond pattern.
In the meantime while I wait for the supplies...I'm working on another doily, this one will be ecru and rose....I'll be posting a picture as soon as it's completed and blocked.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This is my 2nd sewn bear this year (2 out of 5, 3 more to go to meet my personal goal for traditionally sewn bears this year), and my 2nd sewn panda. She's 3.75 inches standing and 2.75 inches sitting. She is a deep plum color with white and has a tiny little heart with a plum color crystal dangling from it on a ribbon around her neck. She is also wearing a tiny tatted little butterfly on her ear, made in shaded pink silky thread (thread size about 100).
The little afghan she's sitting on comes with her but the flower is one of several my daughter and I found in the store the other day. They are all different colors and work quite nicely for photos.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The panda's name is Purppell and it has blue to purple shaded wings. It also holds a tiny tatted butterfly with another one on it's ear. The tatting was done with size 80 tatting thread. and the little panda is about 4 inches tall standing.
I also made another panda in a boisenberry/plum color. I'm trying to decide on accessories for it. I'll post a picture of that one too as soon as it's completed. I'm not sure yet if it will have wings or not.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I knew I had alot of work ahead of me for the day. Without an alarm clock going off I woke up a bit early. I still got plenty of sleep but without planning I also got those few extra minutes of work time.
Then when I sat at my computer to work on Mini Teddy Hugs (tm), my online miniature teddy bear magazine I thought it would take me all day to get the new issue done. But to my surprise, everything fell into place right away and after only 2.5 hours work the issue I was able to finish it up and it is ready to publish! This leaves me time to work on my orders! Yippie!
As far as the orders go I'm a bit ahead of the game on them too. I should be able to get 3 bears to the point of doing faces by tomorrow. Two are orders and one is going to be put up for sale. I have more work to do on them and their accessories after tomorrow but I'm about a day ahead of where I thought I'd be at this time in the process of making them.
So everything is going just right and I'm in a really good mood. Hope it lasts the whole day!!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
While organizing my threads I decided to try my hand at tatting and found a design that I thought might work well for a little tatting practice. It's working out nicely and when done I'll try to remember to post a picture.
I also got started on a couple of customer orders that I think will be lots of fun to work on, then after those I have something new I want to try. So keep an eye out for upcoming creations!
Hope everyone had a good weekend!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Let me begin with a few words about why I make the creations I do...what motivates me if you will. Sometimes it's an order from a customer and in addition to making that customer's order I'll make another to go along with it. Sometimes it's opposites...like if I make a kitten then I think about making the opposite...a little puppy. On occasion I am looking around the internet and see something I think is pretty or interesting and want to try it...it doesn't even have to be a bear or other animal...it can be almost anything.
The little pin cushions I make started from a desire to cross stitch again after years of setting it all aside. I joined a couple of cross stitch groups on Yahoo to see what people were currently doing and from visiting their blogs found out about this cute little thing called a biscornu (french word for quirky shape) that people were making for pin cushions. Well I thought it's small, will work up quickly instead of the big long term projects I usually stitch, looks interesting and the ones I've seen are certainly pretty...I've just go to try this! From that I refound my love of cross stitch and am working on finishing the Angel of the Sea in memory of my mother (I started it when she had a stroke and she later died from a 2nd stroke). I'd barely gotten any done when she passed away and it was then that I put my stitching away. Now the Angel of the Sea is nearly completed after working on it on and off whenever I had spare time over the last year and I'm very happy I picked it up and worked on it again.
The inspiration for making my miniature bears (and other animals) came from my daughter too. She saw them online and asked me one day if it was something I could make cause she knew I loved to crochet. I won't go into the details in this post (maybe in another one) but I tried making one, loved doing it, one thing lead to another and now I've been making them since 2002, and I'm the head of the Thread Artist Guild (R) as well as progressing and being awarded the title of Master Artist with them. Making the crochet bears lead me to wanting to try sewn/mohair type ones so I've dabbled in that here and there and plan to work more in that arena this year.
Other things such as doilies, afghans, etc. I love to make because I love to crochet. My grandmother taught me how at the age of 7 and from there my mom, and my other grandmother expanded my knowledge to include all kinds of needlework like knitting, crewel embroidery, needlepoint, miniature work, etc. Then a dear friend helped me learn to Tat a few years ago and I enjoy that too!
So that's a general overview of what I make and why/how I got started. As this year continues I will be expanding this blog to include all these things along with the highlights and frustrations along the way.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
This one is done with a winter theme and includes Hardanger (cutwork), snowflakes, pine cones, and hearts. I really like how it turned out and it could be easily adapted to represent other seasons or themes.
The Hardarnger is done white on white. Between the hardanger hearts are white snowflakes with a pearl in the center of each. The pine and cones are done in winter Victorian colors of teal greens and brown. The small hearts are done in a dusty Victorian rose color and I've added a pearl at the corners with the hearts. The underside is stitched kloister blocks (basis of the hardanger) without the cutwork and has the pine/hearts also so that when sitting the pine/hearts can be seen all around.
I enjoy making these now and then as a break from my regular stuff :-)
Friday, January 15, 2010
This is Kuddles. Kuddles is a precious little white micro kitten wearing a red winter scarf and sitting on a shuttle tatted heart. She just barely measures at 2.0 inches tall which makes her a micro creation. Her name is Kuddles (pronounced "Cud-dles") which means "sweetheart" in Kittenese.
Kuddles is an artist kitten bear friend that stands at just barely 2.0 inches tall. She is made from acrylic threads, wears a perle cotton thread scarf and comes with a Shuttle Tatted Heart. She has onyx bead eyes with shading and extra details to give them added depth. She will arrive ready for display in an acrylic box along with an artist signed picture tag of authenticity.
She can be purchased from my Etsy shop - PeachtreeCottage.etsy.com
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
His name is Peter Penquin. Peter Penquin is a precious little white and gray baby penquin wearing a red winter hat and standing on a tatted snowflake. He just barely measures at 1.5 inches tall which makes him a micro creation. His name is Peter (pronounced "Pea-ter") which means "baby" in Penquinese.
For the coming year I plan to work on some more Tatting and Doilies as well as continuing to make my little bears and their friends. I hope to have one posted here soon.