Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Best wishes for lots of treats today!
We are enjoying our little Halloween
kitty named Ichabod - a little rescue pictured here with Kim. He will be going to join Jason and his kitties in his new home. Have fun today!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Panda at Sunset


It was getting dark this evening, but I wanted you to have a little peek at this new little panda made with my new viscose fabric.

Can you just feel how soft this little guy is?? Just love love love the new fabric!! He's just a tad over 4 inches tall.

He doesn't have a name yet.  I hope you'll be at the Hunt Valley show to see him!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Little Girl and Wonderful Fabric!

Hello! Do you know anyone who likes little girl bears with a pinky rose dress? If you do, would you please tell them I'll be at the Hunt Valley Teddy Bear show on November 9th!
Thank you!

......... Just look at this delightful viscose fabric I just received from Italy!!! Thanks Anna!
I have a little brown and white panda under construction and will post a photo soon. Should have enough time before the show for a few bears made from some of this luscious fabric. I'm enjoying working with viscose and was delighted to find this long curly kind. Couldn't wait to start a bear! Won't it make great bunnies too???!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Little Sweetie!

Just finished this wee tiny reindeer - well almost. Can't decide if he'll get antlers or if he's just a young reindeer in training!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fairy King Kitty

I've been looking for this photo that I created a few years ago for a Photoshop class. I couldn't remember what I had called the photo file, so it was hard to locate in my thousands of photos I have made over the years.
 I used baby Frodo as my subject. He's actually the kitty in the foreground as well as the Fairy King sitting on the dogwood blossom. You might recognize his wings from one of my butterfly bears. The crown was worn by a Mardi Gras Bunny and the flower bloomed outside the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News.

Just thought you might like to see the photo!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

More Fall Fiber Festival Fun!

Surely, the softest fibers at the festival came from this guy or others just like him. The alpaca provides the best for knitters and bear makers alike! There was was even some yarn which combined the alpaca fur with the hair of the angora hare - who's photo is below.

Those bringing participants for the sheep dog trials travel in style!
These doggies are watching the activities while waiting their turn! Their traveling vehicle is decked out with all the comforts of home!

These dogs are just magnificent to watch! They are so focused and enthusiastic about their job!

And another look at some of the animals who provide the fibers for knitting, crocheting, spinning, and needle felting as well as weaving, kumihimo, and embroidery.

Thanks so much guys!

We had a wonderful day in this glorious place! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Field Trip!!

Yesterday, Kim and I attended the Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials in Orange County, Virginia. Wow!! Did we have fun! We enjoyed seeing sheep, goats, alpacas, bunnies, and the wonderful sheep dogs as they worked. There were vendors from all over with gorgeous fiber, yarn, and tools, and demonstrations which included sheep shearing, spinning, kumihimo, and knitting with huge size 50 needles.

Hand dyed yarn from sheep, goats, and rabbits were luscious!

Seeing the animals was my favorite part of the trip!

These demonstrators kindly let me photograph them while they worked!

Prizes were awarded in many categories.

Hand made items were on offer from many vendors.

Could this be a "panda" sheep.... or was it a goat??

Sheep dog herding in the next posting!!!

If you are interested in attending the festival next year, here's the web site:

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Hello! I've just been born!
I'm going to Hunt Valley next month to find my Mom or Dad!
I've been promised a sweater knitted from this yarn! Isn't it beautiful! It came from an Etsy shop called Colour Adventures.
Check back and see my outfit as it comes along!

Moon Flower, Moon Flower....

Wasn't that a line in a song?? This is my first time growing the gorgeous Moon Flower - thanks to friend and very excellent potter, Lynne, who gave us a seedling earlier in the summer. As the name suggests, it blooms by the moonlight and one has to remember to look! After I saw some petals of a spent flower on the ground which would have been the morning after it's blooming, I began the night watch! Following an couple of unsuccessful night photography attempt with extended shutter speeds (never use the flash!) last night's offering to the moon came early as the sky was overcast. I must tell you, the fragrance is as heavenly as the brilliant bloom!  Thanks Lynne! and thanks to Nature's gift!