Saturday, December 27, 2008

New design

Well I have started a new design in a bear. This one is geared to the very small child. The only pieces on it are the plastic locking eyes and the plastic locking joints. Everything else is fur. This is my first attempt and his name is Fuzzy Feet. I then knit it a red scarf. This is all in a nice soft fur.

Enjoy and let me know what you think. I have posted it on my website for sale. I am going to sell it for just $24.95 because I am using pieces of fur left over from other bears.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas

Here we are only a few days left until Christmas. Where has this year gone? I find that the older I get the faster the years go. We have already received all our Christmas gifts this year. We bought ourselves a new sofa and chair for the living room. The old one was 10 years old and had seen its better days. Then with some of the profits from my sales we bought a Wii. We haven't really got into playing it yet as we are having trouble getting the handheld to stay on the screen. And we do want to buy more than one game. Then our kids went together and bought us a new 32" HDTV for the bedroom with a built in DVD player. This is wonderful because working with all the surround sound system in the living room with the big screen is a pain. Plus we can lay in bed and watch whatever we want.

As for my season with craft shows and website sales, I have done pretty good. I only do a couple of shows and the website is only a year old so for me, what I did was great. The money helped us but new roofing on the house and added more cement to our patio area in the front of the house. This next year we need to get more landscraping so that will be our goal with sales profits.
This picture is of the mink bear that I made and I used it on our Christmas cards this year. Enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas season.
If you would like I have reduced some of the pricing on my website. I did this so that more people could afford my work in this hard economy times. I hope you will take a look.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mink Bear

I just finished working up a mink bear made from an old fur coat. I am taking my hat off to all the people who work this type of fur all the time. I haven't made a bear from an old coat in about 15 years and it was frustration to say the least. I think I will stick to my faux furs from now on. Here is is the results in a 14 inch bear.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I have been MIA for weeks!

I have been working a mixed craft/commercial outside show for 17 days, which will end tomorrow. Boy am I tired!!!!! Sales are down from last year but I still did pretty good. The wind was extremely strong for most of the first 8 days but this past week has been good. The traffic is slow and there is a lot of down time but I have made it through.

I will try to get some of my newest bears put on my blog this next week. My house needs to be cleaned first as nothing has been done in 3 weeks.

See you all next week.

Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Where has this month gone?

Here it is almost the end of October and I don't know where this month has gone. It is still hot here-in the 90's every day-and I wonder where our fall weather is. I have been working on products for the only craft show I am doing this year. It is a 10 day show at AVI Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. It is only 5 miles from my house so travel time is short. It is outside and the wind can get bad here so will have to really tie the canopy down.

I have been making bears and hope that this is the year of every one buying bears. That is what I started with 30 years ago and had sort of got away from them for a while but started with them again this year. Back to my roots, I guess I can say. I have a new design on this 14 inch bear and have made several in different types of faux fur. This one is for Halloween and I hope you enjoy him.

Happy Halloween.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What I have been doing in crafting this week

I have been trying to design a new bunny and this is the result so far. His neck is still too long but he is made. He is of a light grey faux fur with white fur upper ears. He of course is child safe with plastic black eyes and a pink nose. I put a satin collar and a red/green/gold tie on him. I have him listed on my website for only $15.00 as it still isn't what I am looking for in a bunny. This will at least pay for my materials and it will make a great toy for some child. He is 15 inches tall not counting the ears.
I will be adding more fur bunnies after I redesign them. I hope that you will enjoy him and give him a new home.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Grandpa Jones

I have a new design in my teddy bears. This one I call Grandpa Jones because he has a mustache and wears glasses. I have a passion for teddy bears and I love designing something new all the time.

I design teddy bears that are child safe because I feel teddy bears should be handled and hugged. Everyone needs a hug. I use only locking eyes and noses on my bears and all the joints are plastic so that if the bear gets wet or needs to be washed he won't be damaged. The fur is a synthetic fur and this can even be brushed and it won't hurt it, in fact it looks better when it is brushed.

Yesterday I put Grandpa Jones on eBay auction and this is the first time that I did this and I am hoping that you will take a look.

Everyone have a great day!


Number 6 in the series

Okay so I finally got to finishing the 6th doll in my series on character dolls. This one has taken me longer than I thought. Couldn't come up with a good theme for her but seeing my last one was spring I decided that this could be summer. So then it was finding just the right fabric for her and I found this cute yellow print fabric that just said summer. After that it was easy and I finished her in two days. Now getting her photographed was another thing. I just couldn't get it right and there is still a shadow on her but this will have to do right now until the light is better.

She is not on my website yet as I am also having problems getting anything new added to my site. I have hollered help to my webmaster and I am hoping he can get it fixed today.

Everone have a wonderful day and I hope you will visit my website and see all the critters that I have made.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Finally got doll number 5 finished today

Well I am a little slow but I did get doll number 5 done today. This one I call Spring Maiden. After making the doll, I used a new yarn I found that is two toned tan and it makes for great looking hair. The first thing I made was a hat. On my first attempt to design this hat it worked. Then it was on to the outfit and that worked the first time too. Yea, for me as it usually takes a couple of attempts. The felt shoes did take me a couple of tries. Then it was just finding the right colors of ribbon to finish her and some flowers in her hand and there I had my Spring Maiden.
I hope that you like her and she is for sale on my website along with all the others that I have made. I have a couple of more that I want to make but haven't decided just what they will be. It will probably come to me in the night as to what they should look like.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Well I got my 4th doll finished today.

I feel good today as I finished the 4th doll in my character doll series. This is the cowgirl I talked about the other day. This one caused some problems in that I had a design for a peasant blouse in my head as I ended up having to take it apart several times to get it to look right. The skirt was easy and I had this adorable cowboy print that made it the doll look western. I then designed some boots for her. That turned out not as hard as I thought it would be. I did not put heels on the boots because the foot is flat and the doll would not be able to stand if I did that. The cowboy hat I had in my stash of supplies and I think it set off the doll well.

This week as been a busy week with my also making a blue and white bear for a friend that has a new grandson on the way. I hope you will check out my website and see all the animals and dolls that I have been busy making.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

These are the three dolls that I have finished.

It's Tuesday

Here it is Tuesday night already and I really never got much done today. I intended to finish a new doll I am working on. I have been redesigning this doll now for the last two weeks. I finally got a pattern for the doll its self right and now I have to do some more work on outfits.

I made the first doll and the picture doesn't look too bad but the doll its self is not up to my standards. I like the clothes I made for it though. The second doll came out a little better and I did get some plastic joints in it so I feel better about the design and wear and tear that a little girl will have on the doll. I tried a different design with the hair and outfit and it is still not what I was looking for.

The third attempt at the doll I think was the best of the lot and I like the faux fur I used for the hair. The outfit came out nice and will work for a little girl to play with. I am now on to the fourth doll and that is the one that I did not get finished today. The doll is done except for the hair and it has turned out well and I think will be the finish design. I know that each doll will look a little different as I make one at a time and the sewing and sculpting of the face never is the same. I think I will do this one in a cowgirl outfit. Just have to go through my stash of fabric and decide what I want to use.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Today is the first day of my blog.

This is my first time at doing a blog and so that everyone can get to know me and my creations I am just introduction myself today.

I have been sewing since I was a child and so I sew. Over the years I have made just about everything that you can think of making. About 30 years ago, I decided that I wanted to make some teddy bears. First I only made them and gave them to friends and co-workers and then people said they would buy them so I started to do art and craft shows. This turned into quite a business for me. Every weekend we would travel the western states and sell at craft shows. I would work my regular job and come home and sew, travel on the weekends and it went on and on like that for years. When my hubby lost his job, downsizing they called it, we decided to sell our house and buy a travel trailer and do shows full time. We did this for only 2 years when we got so burnt out that we went back to regular jobs. We didn't do shows for several years or did I make bears. Then, of course, the bug got me and I started to want to do shows again so we did a few a year. We had to stop doing the shows for a while as our jobs were too demanding to be able to be gone.

We retired almost 5 years ago and decided to do a few local shows and I was up and running again with a business. Last year after my hubby got quite ill, I started a website as our house was being overrun by stuffed animals. I still do a couple of shows a year but am hoping that the website will give me a good income.

I do hope that you will check out my website and bookmark it for future reference. I not only design and make teddy bears but soft dolls, rabbits, mice, dogs, hand puppets and a few more odds of ends of things. Whatever I dream up and make, I put on the website.