Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sometimes Everything Just Goes Right

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing you did went right? Well, sometimes everything goes right too! Today has been like that for me.

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

Weekends

Weekends are usually my time to rest a bit, relax, and try to tie things up from the week. This weekend however I've been starting on new orders, organizing threads, playing facebook games (LOL), doing laundry, and several other things, instead of my usual finishing up of what was already in the works. I'm not sure if I'm ahead of the game or behind hehe.

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

New Beginnings

I was reminded recently by a wonderful person (my daughter) that a blog is supposed to be about people's thoughts and feelings and happenings in their lives, etc.....not just posts of a new creation made. So my New Year's Resolution is to begin again with this blog and try to make it more personal, more of an insight into me.

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

Winter Biscornu

Last year I fell in love with making these wonderful little embroidered pin cushions known as biscornus. The word biscornu is derived from a French adjective, meaning skewed, quirky, or irregular in shape. These little pin cushions fit that description well.

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

Valentine Kitty

A winter white kitten to cuddle and a red heart....What could be better for Valentine's day? The inspiration for Kuddles came from working on another kitten from my Scraggles pattern and a craving to tat something. I get these cravings every so often and they don't go away until I give in and just do it!

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

A Little Late Posting But...

This is a little penquin I made as the prize for a contest in Mini Teddy Hugs ( http://www.MiniTeddyHugs.com ).

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.