Monday, January 19, 2015

Dandy Lion Wins a TOBY!!

I'm thrilled to let you know that my Dandy Lion has won an Industry's Choice TOBY award in the category of miniature friends! His head and tail are made from that wonderful Tissval fur fabric. He stands nicely alone at a whopping 4 inches under that swell top hat!! Thanks to Teddy Bear and Friends magazine for these awards which mean so much to all of us bear (and friends) makers. Voting for the Public's Choice Awards will be later in the year.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Let's Make This Puffy Flower Pin Cushion!

Little Marc Andre sits atop this pin cushion I designed last night while watching Downton Abbey! 
So how about trying one?
Here we go!!
I've used that beautiful Noro yarn which is probably DK weight and a size 4 crochet hook.

Make a magic loop and then 12 double crochets in that loop. That would be 12 triple crochets if you use Brittish terms!

Close up the magic circle and make one double crochet, one chain, and one double crochet in each of the 12 stitches in round one.
In the next round, double crochet in the first stitch, double crochet in the second stitch, and two double crochet in the third around.
Make two rounds of single crochet in each stitch - which forms a lip on the flower center.
In the next rounds, decrease by doing two single crochets together until you have just a few stitches left on the hook. This can be worked in a spiral instead of rows. It's the underside of the puff!

Stuff the little cushion with some of the yarn you've used until it's as plump as you like.

Now let's make the outside of the flower!
Another magic loop and 12 double crochets in it just like we did on the middle bit.

The second round has two double crochets in each stitch of the first round.
The third round is double crochet, double crochet, 2 double crochet around.
The fourth round has 5 double crochets in each stitch which begins that ruffley effect.
In the 5th round chain 3 and single crochet in each stitch of the previous round. Then, do the same for round 6, this time, doing the single crochet in the chain 3 space of the previous round.
Pull the yarn through the final stitch and weave the end into the stitches.

The center cushion fits into the ruffley bit.
Use a tapestry needle to attach the two parts.

And now you can put a little friend on your new little cushion! Of course, you can always use it as a pin cushion, too! 

As I made this up as I went along, I'm fairly sure that the pattern doesn't exist anywhere else. Please feel free to copy the pattern, make items from it, sell them, give them away, or do whatever you like!!
I'll try something else when the next episode airs!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Beginnings

The new year brings wonderful opportunities if we just keep our eyes ready to see!

Thinking of all the new bears and bunnies and other friends in store for the year, I couldn't pass the yarn store on a recent trip to Virginia Beach without checking what might work for some flower pincushions for those born in the Spring to sit upon! The colors in the Noro yarn I selected are luscious and I think I may just have some fur to match for their outfits!
Check back and we'll make a pincushion sit-upon together!

As I'm from Florida, I'm ready for Soring right after Christmas! Though it will be 70 degrees here in southern Virginia today, I expect we have a lot of cold to get through before we see Soring flowers! Let's just imagine them in our hearts! And crochet one or two!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Around the House

I hope your Christmas was full of everything wonderful! 

Around our house, every day is exciting with lots of Kitty adventures, new bears being born and hugs and cuddles galore!

Above, wee Katrina helps me compute next to boxes waiting to be filled with Christmas goodies!

The front door has its holiday finery on!

The window ledge behind my kitchen
sink is filled with wonderful miniature animals.

A new little polar bear is completed to be part of a holiday decoration exchange with my good friends.

Rocky enjoys life in the light of the tree.

Christmas gifts are relished! My beautiful bunny hand knit by Kim is a joy!

Ichabod poses for me to try out my new iPhone camera!

Dear friends Susan and Bill send flowers for my birthday!

And there are plenty of cat naps to enjoy after all the fun!

Happy New Year from my home to yours!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Christmas!

Just looking through files and found this Christmas photo made several years ago when I was making big-er bears. Now they are all smaller than wee Dibley who is sitting high on the Christmas box. I think creativity takes us in different directions when we let it. Can't wait to see what happens next!! I have a couple of photos of what are Christmas gifts this year that I'll put up after they are received - so I won't spoil surprises ..... just in case someone is watching!!

The Happiest of Holidays to all!! with much Love - thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Beautiful knitting!

Kim has just finished this beautiful shawl. I think her photograph is wonderful! She used branches of a recently bare sweet gum tree to hold her work. Vanessa, soon to be recipient of this lovely wrap, will be thrilled, I'll bet! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teddy Bear Toss

This time of year, hockey teams sometime have what's called a "Teddy Toss" where fans attending the game toss teddy bears onto the ice. The toys are then collected and given to children in the community for Christmas. Well, the Florida Everblades did that tradition one better! They wore teddy bear Jerseys and socks which were auctioned off after the game to raise money for charity.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Show Coming Up!

I've been accepted to participate in this "All Bear" show. March will be here before we know it!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Joy

It's the magical time of the year - I happened upon this beautiful scene - Rocky by the light of the Christmas tree.

Wishing you special moments of joy!