I'm working on a plan. A Christmas present plan. If it works, it could save me massive time and stress.
Okay, here's the deal: I'm designing a school girl (and possibly boy) pattern. Saved as a jpg I'll send it off to be printed by Spoonflower. Three wonderful cheers for Spoonflower. I'll whip together the front and backs patterns and presto! Little dolls wearing our school's uniform and ready to be given to teachers and students.
(I have not grown big ears and a tail. That is my assistant Pep helping me. If he tries to tell you he does all the design work around here, just smile and ignore him.) And then click here for other creative spaces with amazing ideas although perhaps not with sock monkies.
For the Coopersville Farm Museum art and photography contest. The theme is Michigan's bounty. Actually, graphic--computer generated illustration does not neatly fit into one of their categories so this may not be an official entry. We'll see what they say when I submit it tomorrow.
**** The fine folks at the Farm Museum loved the illustration and placed it in the "catch all" category. Yippee!*****
Christmas is coming whether the goose is on a diet or not. You know and I know it.
I have just finished my calculations. I estimate that I will need approximately 455,672,003 Christmas presents--give or take a few thousand. I'm not talking about gifts for family. I'm talking about tokens of appreciation for all those "others": the butcher, the baker, the burrito maker.
You know how it is. You go through life meeting people who then must be given a Christmas present. Just when you think you've got it sorted the taxidermist gives you 15 lbs of reindeer meat gift wrapped in a buffalo hide and then what do you do? You've got no more paper mache machetes to give--augh! That's why I'm making my list early and checking more than twice. I'm thinking the gift of choice this year will be notebooks with hand-embroidered covers--at least for teachers and preachers and friends. Which is why I'm getting started now and why My Creative Space features lots of floss.
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Cold winds. Grey days. Rain. And a 50% off sale at the fabric store. It all adds up to a bundle of new fleece which is being transformed into softies. Sorry the photo quality isn't great. My camera is being wonky; I'm not best pleased. Find other awesome creativity here.
Flaps Battingwood has taken up residence at our house. He is of the Battingwood Pest Control family, of course. The Battingwoods are graduates of the University of Kansas. Therefore, when they find pests: ants, beetles, spiders, etc. they relocate them to K-State. Flaps is my design made from fleece and felt--so quickly stitched that I think I'll need to make more of the Battingwood clan.
I got yet another project finished. Wahoo! I am on a roll which is sort of "pun"ny considering my latest finished work is a wreath.
I wrapped a metal wreath with fabric strips which I had sewn end to end. Then, I whip stitched my jumbo yo-yos together and tacked them to the wreath. Lastly, I created my Wreath Wren and added it to the centre. Easy peasy.
So welcome Fall. You're coming here anyway so we might as well be cheery about it.
I finished one of my projects! Here is my latest softie, a cat named Autumn Night. It's made from fleece and felt. My design. I think I'm going to tweak the face size for the next one. Onward and upward!
Hi! I'm Tracy, softie maker and mum. I love all things crafty--particularly amigurumi, embroidery and sewing. My four girls--adopted from India and Vietnam--are my delights. Come join me as I talk about living with deaf kids, attachment disorder, cleft lip-palate, adoption, parenting and mostly--trying to stay sane via making softies. (Warning--the softies talk back too.)