Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Decorating

Getting into the spirit of Christmas.

16" Belinda is made from fine German Kid mohair, Gentlly antiqued to look old. She has German glass eyes, double lined %100 wool felt paw pads, lightly waxed German pearl cotton nose, growler (tip her forward and back again for sound), excelsior stuffing (frimly packed), She is hand sewn with a high quality upholstery thread with machine reinforced seams. Belinda wears a handmade Victorian style cotton voile white dress that is gently aged with a lovely fabric bow at her waist.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Case of the Confused Clematis

Last week I was out in the garden after the snow melted to clean up a bit and noticed this confused clematis on a dead vine thinking it was spring in December. Here's to you little Clemantine and your will to live and flourish when your situation is less than perfect.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Teddies Worldwide Holiday Bear Show and SNEAKY PEEKY

I am pleased to announce that I wil be participating in the Teddies Worldwide Holiday Bear Show this weekend November 20-21,2010. This is your chance to aquire one of my handmade heirloom bears or ornament.

Boris Bottlington and Roy the Redcoat

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Jar Of Memories

Sometimes it seems like a daunting task to sit down and actually get some work done. I was wanting to make some kind of earth shattering statement for my first blog post. I thought and I thought... and thought some more. Alas the blog post never came to be. It didn't pop out of thin air like I had hoped. However, I think for the first few posts I will talk about things that inspire me. Things that evoke feelings. Take for instance this jar of buttons and such on my coffee table. "It's just a jar of buttons.", you say.

Let's take a closer look. To me it's so much more than that.

It's a jar full of the memories of someone I loved, mainly those of my grandmother's.

This collection of memories most likely started sometime in the 1930's. I can remember her putting a chair up to the china cupboard drawer so I could climb up and fish through the drawer. It kept me busy for what seemed forever. I would find all sorts of wonderful things. Old skeleton keys, buttons, diaper pins, thimbles and tiny little action figure men that belonged to someones toy.

These are the things she had kept throughout her lifetime of 90 years. She had been through so much in those years including adoption, tuberculosis, the "Dirty Thirties", marriage, World War 2, 4 children, widowed and many long term illnesses. For me, each little button and pin tells her story. Who's shirt did that come off of? One had to be thrifty in those days. You might need it later. So you see it's not just a jar of "stuff". It's a jar of love. Little bits and pieces of love added to over the years.
I now use this to put my pincushion on and sometimes if I find something worthy enough, I add my own memories to the jar.