Saturday, June 18, 2016

Swan a-Swimming sneak peek

First look at a completed wool felt Swan a-Swimming ornament, no. 7 in my Twelve Days series. I'm still working on the digital pattern and life is a bit hectic at the moment with Stuff That Is Not Crafting. I have to get through the STINC and then back to the pattern. But am hoping to release it soon! Thanks for being patient!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

swan sewing sailing along swimmingly

Hard at work on the Swan a-Swimming pattern for you! For those of you who like to buy the Twelve Days felt and floss bundles from Benzie Design, starting with this pattern (no. seven) I will be repeating the bundle colors. So these samples will be done in the same bundle colors as the the first pattern, Partridge & Pear.

Which leads me to my apology. I kind of dropped the ball for Goose a-Laying with the bundle colors. My samples ended up in a lot of the same colors as Partridge & Pear also because I failed to think that through. Soooo I think I will do a unique bundle for the Goose a-Laying in some different colors in the coming weeks. I'm sorry about that! I had color bundle apathy at the time. Do you ever get that?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Crow softie by Thing 2

You've already seen her softie version of Tom Servo. In the afterglow of that success she informed me she was going to make Crow next. I have to admit I secretly thought she was fighting a losing battle because Crow just seemed really awkward to duplicate as a softie. (For those of you who may be wondering, Crow and Tom Servo are robot characters on a show from the 90s called Mystery Science Theater 3000.)

Well, shut my mouth. She whipped this out from scratch from fleece, felt, and pipe cleaners. I think it's fantastic! So proud.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Early Bird/Night Owl Sample Sale!

Time to sell three of my prototype samples, shown above. These reversible pillow guys vary slightly from the proportions of the final pattern but they are still cute and flippable and need a nice home. Is it with you?

Etsy sale goes live Saturday, May 14th, at noon EST. Shipping within the USA only.

Here are front and back shots:

First we have Milo/Binkley with yarn poms. 
He varies from the final pattern with the length of his tail/beak and the angle of the early bird vest and pocket:

Then we have Rose/Violet with yarn poms. 
She varies from the final pattern with the length of her tail/beak:

And lastly we have Oscar/Felix with fuzzy poms. He varies slightly from the final pattern in the shape of his body, angle of his eyebrows, angle of vest and pocket, and length of his tail/beak. 

More details as to materials, care, etc... will be in the Etsy listings, which will be available on 5/14 at noon EST. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

hand stitched flora card

Card for my momma. It probably looks familiar because it's basically my Flora Needle Book cover pattern that I enlarged to 4 x 4.75 inches. It's made from wool felt and embroidery floss on card stock, with a flower in the place of the button that's usually on the needle book.

Closeup of the stitching. I pre-punched my holes with the needle. You kind of have to do that with paper. I punched them through the felt and paper from the top, then proceeded to embroider with a back stitch like usual. The key is to use BIG stitches.

In progress shot of the other card I made for my MIL. I didn't get a final photo of that one! Too last minute. That one had a few beads and sequins too. The process is pretty time consuming for a card, but it turns your card into a little work of art that is pretty gift on its own.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

birthday card for Lita

Simple card made from card stock, wool felt, and gel pen. Happy birthday to my sweet May-born sister!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tom Servo softie by Thing 2

When my 11 yr old told me she was working on a secret softie design, I assumed it would be a puppy or a unikitty or something like that. Nope. It was Tom Servo. Because she is retro cool that way.

Well, Tom Servo after a crash diet. He's pretty skinny. I love it. She's been watching some MST3K with her Dad and has really been digging it. She says she wants to buy some gold fleece to make Crow next. I'm not sure how she's going to pull that off, but I have every confidence.

My favorite part is his mouth. So proud.