Thursday, February 14, 2013

Friendship Muse

As mentioned previously, I enjoy making special one of a kind gifts. This is "friendship muse" which was made of course for a close friend of mine. 
Friendship muse is wearing the latests style fascinator (an antique button) atop of her wind-blown tresses. Her face is painted with inktense pencils on material that is used for stiffening material in garments.
Initially I had found a free pattern online for a similar type cloth doll but as with free items there can be a catch, such as the item turning out to not even vaguely looking like the item its supposed to. Anyhow after getting half way through the first doll I realized it was all wrong, so I set down with pencil and paper and drafted my own design. Much more fun. Also this muse needed to stand up and embrace life, no laying around for her.

Today I was looking at fabric bird patterns in a library book and set about to copy a few, but alas my mind never sleeps tending to cause dismay following others patterns as I look at them and see too many unnecessary steps and set about redrawing. I guess I never have been one to draw within the lines, follow rules or patterns set by others, preferring instead to make my own way.
Have a wonderful weekend, hugs!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Gift given, joy received.

Every year we take in the Nativities display. This year I entered one I made.
I heard it received many wonderful comments which I was glad of as it was a gift for Daniel and his wife. Daniel gets his students to make interesting Nativities and I decided to give it a go. It took me about a year to find all the pieces that would fit into the tiny frame.

 I was going to post the write-up about it but have decided to let viewers decipher it in their own way.

 Last year I commissioned owl hats for our grandson and son. Well I didn't want daughter-in-law left out so decided to teach myself how to crochet and after many days watching and following along youtube videos I made four different hats, though one was real ugly and was taken apart. After days of making, deconstructing and making again I got to the point of less mistakes and at that point I felt skilled enough to make the special hat and this is it. As the boys hats are similar for change I made loopy eyelashes and gave it fun ear tassels. I must say the sharing of info on youtube is wonderful.

 I like to make one of a kind special gifts for loved ones. Though I designed this fella myself I realized once made that this softie reminds me of Mercer Meyer characters from books I read my children years ago.
 I found the plain denim back boring and didn't know how or what to do rather than leave it plain. My husband suggested "give him a backpack" and voila, it worked; together we make a great team. The pack has just enough space to tuck in a matchbox car.
 Of course a hand stitched felt heart embellishment topped off the character, isn't he cute. I heard our grandson packed it around for a few hours when he opened his parcel which brings joy to my heart.

On the sad side though I made a special designer gift for a special girl and it got lost in the post, seems they said it was delivered though the intended never received it, argh it has caused so much stress, tears and disappointment for me that I dread to post anything of importance again.
I really pray for the parcel to be found and delivered to the rightful recipient asap.

I pray for blessings, hugs!