Sunday, May 27, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
My new friend, Vika, sent some wonderful photos when Bella arrived at her new home in Russia! The journey took quite awhile, but Bella arrived safe and sound - AND - her little tea cup and saucer made it too!
Monday, May 14, 2012
The face is the most important part of the bear to be sure! That can take quite a while - until the little one looks back at me with the love I've put into him.
Because I started out making big bears, I never realized all little bears aren't jointed just like the big ones. I've learned that some "string joint" the bears rather than using cotter pin joints. I just make the little ones the same way that I made the big 'uns! The smaller they are, the fiddlier they are to get all the hardware into to make their little arms and legs work properly. All of my bears with straight legs stand nicely by themselves. This is an engineering exercise using mat board in the soles and enough weight from steel pellets in the feet so that they stand easily.
The little arms are wired before they are added on using these little discs and washers to make them move easily. After the wire is put in, polyfil surrounds the wired arm giving it a nice form.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
RP: Where's all that glitter coming from??
P. S. If you haven't seen me mention it before, you can have lots of fun with an ap called Pixlr-omatic! AND it's free! You can add lighting effects and cool frames to your pictures. AND there's a website as well if you don't have a phone that uses such aps: http://pixlr.com/o-matic/ or use the photo editor or add retro photo effects at pixlr.com . Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Well, don't you know - as soon as she got her wings, miss Beary Fairy (name yet to be determined) wanted to go out and play in my newly planted flower boxes on the deck! The top photo was done for a
magazine ad, so it was a little more "posed" and the flower is silk.
But then it was on to the real flowers! She flitted from mini petunia to marigold!
If you'd like to make one of the little fairy hats, check back soon and I'll tell you how. You'll need some crochet thread, a tiny hook, and a couple of tiny flowers.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Though spread around the country, the Griffin kitty clan keep us all entertained ! Happy May all!!!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The online show with Teddies Worldwide in July is for "friends" of Teddy so I'm sure you'll be seeing some very interesting pieces in that show. With all our family kitties I think it's about time that I added some, don't you? I plan some whiskers, too, so you'll just have to check back to see how my kitties progress!!
Thanks so much to all who took part in my first ever lottery. I am thrilled to announce that Diana will be leaving soon for her new home in England. Thanks so much Peter and Cynthia!! With so many positive comments, I feel sure I'll offer another bear or friend in a lottery soon!