Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A few new things...

Lots of new things to share this week. The hooked owl on the left is new. Had to take his photo with his buddy...I think they look best in groups. These will probably go to a local shop who asked for some colorful owls.

Here he is all by himself.

And the hooked robin finally got some legs, not to stand on because  he's a wall hanging type birdie.

And this funny fella has a beret from a neighbor that just fit perfectly...he still needs some wings but was ready for a quick photo today. The cool fabric is a decorator sample that I picked up at Art From Scrap.
They have baskets full of great samples for 25 cents each. I try and go every couple of weeks to see what's new. Last week I found some nice pieces of linen that I think may turn into rabbits.

I love the clothing from Gudrun Sjoden and every once in a while I order something just for fun. This winter I purchased 2 linen artist's tops that I wear all the time. Anyway they are having a contest online right now....it's using their products by recycling them somehow to make something different. I couldn't resist and made three things! I made the cat guy above using a Gudrun sweater and the collage on canvas below from a paper mailbag. The third thing I made is the journal cover using a plastic mailer. I fused the plastic to some grocery bags and then cut them out with pinking shears. I sewed them to a piece of indigo handmade paper from Anthropologie that I bought a year ago because it was so beautiful. I folded it over to make a fun cover for my Smash journal. 

Go to their website if you are interested and join in the fun! I could make about 5 more things but I better just stop here...I have rug hooking to do!


Here are the two chenille bunnies that finally got faces and are now in a shop waiting for new homes for Easter.

My copies of the newest "Stuffed" magazine arrived! So fun to see my article on the little house pin cushions in person. They did a great job. Somehow everything looks better in the magazine than here at home!  The houses in the photos are the ones that I took to Artfest last year and went home with the attendees on vendor night. I am still working on the few I have left...slowly but surely.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful and creative week!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Feels like Spring

It feels like Spring today! It's sunny and warm and we ate breakfast outside with a view of the Channel Islands and Pacific Ocean. I even bought some daffodils to brighten up the house.
Hooked up one more rabbit and have a squirrel almost finished. I found a great red angora sweater at the thrift store and went to work on some new little foxes. From just the sleeves I managed to get 8 heads sewn up and stuffed. Now for the fun part....picking out fun wool combinations for the bodies.

Here is what Rabbity looked like a few days ago. I like to hook the outside edge and then the markings and then fill in with different colors of wool. As you can see I had to change the mouth a bit and don't always go by my lines.

Two fun and colorful plates that I got from my husband for my birthday. These are designed by Nathalie Lete for Anthropologie. I will add these to my collection. I like to use them for holiday dinners and special occasions.