Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happily Ever After...

Hello:)  Hope you're having a nice weekend!  I'm just so happy it's spring and to celebrate the season, I decided to make a wedding couple.  I've been wanting to do one for a while and finally got the chance to give it a go.  I think it might be a lovely idea for a cake topper!


Presenting the happy panda pair - Isabella and Percival.




For the blushing bride, I added a string of glass pearls to her neck and made her a tiny veil from a pale pink piece of netting to which I added flower beads.  Her cheeks have been lightly blushed with pencil crayon and her eyes are smudged with  pencil crayon and ink.













Percival wears a felt top hat with a sparkly band and matching bow tie.  I sewed green crystal glass beads to his chest and smudged his eyes too.
















Zoe Kitten was given the honour of being their flower girl.  She wears her favourite lavender ribbon around her neck and a pretty felt flower on her head.  The wedding party is now available in my shop.

 We're hoping to get our canoes out tomorrow and go for a row if the weather is nice.  Can't wait!!

Shelly
xo 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Scary Stufflings












These are the 'Scaries'.  Each one is completely hand sewn and made from woven wool felt.








Little Edna loves sharing a pot of tea with her big sister Ida who's been teaching her all the scariest tips and tricks of the trade. For now she takes great delight in hearing how best to scare the daylights out of unsuspecting humans.


She wears a hand-me-down necklace from big sister Ida and her hair is styled from needle felted wool roving. Please be sure that she remembers to brush her tooth - it's most important to keep it good and healthy for future bites....



Before she joined the 'Scaries', Dorcas was just a sweet little ragdoll, but that is not so anymore.  She now has a penchant for tickling any toes that are not covered with blankets and there's always a possibility that she might pinch those toes instead.

Dorcas has one tuft of hair remaining on her head.  I think the little girl who owned her before might have been a little rough with her.  I managed to fix her missing eye as best I could with a scrap of felt and a pretty bead.


Don't let Gertie's grin deceive you. She might look sweet and hugable, but she's not. And be careful where you pin her, she has a nasty habit of leaving tell-tale holes in anything she can get her teeth into...

She has one safety eye left. I'm not sure where the other one is, so I mended the hole with embroidery thread. Gertie wears a jaunty lavender bow at her neck and her favourite pearl buttons are sewn onto her chest.






These days you're likely to find Ida drinking tea and reading gothic romance novels. And though she's sweet and demure and seemingly innocent, don't be fooled. Those scary bumps and scratches you hear at night are most likely from her.

Ida never goes anywhere without looking her best. She wears her favourite pink dress with the button-up front (she's had it for years and takes pride it the fact that it still looks quite nice), and a dainty neck scarf.



 



Ned is a bit of a biter. As you can tell, he takes great pride in his chompers and is sure to brush and floss them three times a day. He likes the fact that they make short work of shredding things to pieces...
Ned is a firm believer in looking his best, no matter what he's biting, er, doing. He wears a tweed suit and a jaunty neck tie. Unfortunately he has lost an eye, but l've mended it with embroidery thread till it gets found.


These were so much fun to make, but they sure made a huge mess of my table!



Have a crafty week!


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Congratulations to the Winners!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the pattern giveaway!  I have taken the entries from both my blogs and added them together.  In total there were 73 names.  Since we had a bunch of kids over this afternoon, I got them each to pick a number from 1 to 73.  Here are the winners!


2 Evelyn - Raggamuffin pattern
11 Natalia - Anime pattern
12 Traci - Anime pattern
22 Mother Goose - Raggamuffin pattern
46 Lina - Anime pattern
66 Kirsten Soto - Anime pattern
54 Kimber - Raggamuffin pattern











Yay!!  Hope you all enjoy making them! 

Have a wonderful week:)
~Shelly

PS  Evelyn, Mother Goose and Kimber, please contact me with your email addresses as I did not find them on your blogs.  Thank you!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

All Cut Out and Ready to Sew

My day has been spent cutting, cutting and cutting some more!  First, I designed two new mohair animal patterns - a kitten and bunny that will be similar to Daisy May's style, and then I designed a new panda pattern and another bunny pattern similar to the Circus Stufflings which will be made with hand woven felt.  Also, a new little creature was born and another is waiting to be finished.  They are Scary Mini Stufflings and I'm not too sure if I like them yet!


A bunny, kitten and elephant.  Made from mohair and vintage floral fabrics.


The felties.  I'm leaning towards making a bridal pair with the pandas. 


And last but not least, the Scaries!!  They're pretty small and could be made into brooches or hanging ornaments.  Don't know if I'll bother going any further with them though.

Please don't forget to enter the draw for the Pattern Giveaway if you haven't yet done so!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pattern Giveaway!!

Hello friends!  I've been working very hard this week on two new patterns and they're finally ready!  To celebrate, I am having a giveaway!  To enter, leave your name and the pattern you'd like to win and I'll draw the names of seven winners on Sunday, May 22.  These patterns will be available in my shop tomorrow.


These are the Anime Stufflings and include instructions for bears, kittens and bunnies:)


The Raggamuffins.  Pattern includes instructions to make the boys and girls and all their outfits:)

Best of luck to you all!
Hugs,
Shelly

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Like a Kid in a Candy Store...

Hello friends!  We've just returned from our trip to Vancouver Island where we spent a few days visiting my hubby's mom and stepdad in Parksville and then his dad and grandma who live in Victoria.  We began our trip by taking the ferry over to the island which takes about an hour and a half.  The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful as you leave the ferry docks in Horshoe Bay.

This shot doesn't really do it much justice as the weather has been so gloomy here, but you can see the marina and the tourist town of Horshoe Bay in the distance.












We couldn't resist popping into a sweet little vintage candy store in Parksville where we got some English fudge and chocolate buttons.  So yummy!

















I fell in love with the store front!















Look at all that candy!!  Did I tell you I have a sweet tooth??




The photo above was taken on our drive to Victoria.  We love to take the scenic route which winds around the southern most tip of the island.  If you have never been to Victoria, it's a definite 'Must See'!  The whole area is steeped in history and has a very quaint British atmosphere, complete with double-decker busses and horse drawn carriages.   We had a lovely time visiting and I feel relaxed and refreshed and ready for the new week!

Before we left for our trip, I managed to finish up the raggedys I've been working on.

From left to right:  Dandle, Dixie Doodle, Aidan and Anais.  Each was a delight to make, from their little shoes to their buttoned suspenders and tiny aprons.



These little dolls are all sold and are fortunate enough to be going to their new home as a group!  I will be working to make this pattern available as soon as possible.  The dolls themselves are easy to make and are entirely hand sewn as are the little felt shoes.  The outfits were machine sewn.

Anyone interested in a pattern giveaway once it's ready??  Will keep you all posted!
~Shelly
xo

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Raggedys

I made my first raggedy a couple of weeks ago and have been looking forward to making some more with eager anticipation!  Before I could begin, I had to order more felt and I thought I'd get some prim doll yarn for their hair too.  Today I finally got them all sewn up and they're ready to put together.  There will be a boy to match Anais and then I'll be making a boy and girl with the traditional red hair.  Here's a shot of their progress so far,


Anais is laying on the fabrics I plan to use for their clothing and isn't that lace beautiful??  Can't wait to use it!!


Ok, must admit that cutting out is NOT my favourite part - but unfortunately there's no way around not doing it!!  If only I had some little elves to come and do that part as well as all the sewing up, that way I could do all the fun stuff!!











These are the boy shoes.  I appliqued a strip of lighter felt down the centre and added black beads on either side.  Finished them off with little embroidered crosses as the laces.














So, that's as far as I've gotten for now.  I'm hoping to get them all done before Thursday as we are going to Vancouver Island for a few days to visit my hubby's family.

Hope all you moms had a very special Mother's Day!!
hugs,
Shelly
xo

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lilly and Madeleine

I'm having a super busy week trying to catch up with some custom orders that I've had for a while.  I had to mail order felt for doll bodies and yarn for hair and it seems that I've been waiting for them forever!  At least I got the felt, so I was able to cut out four dolls - two are made and I can cross them off my list.  Here are my two new Pixies - Lilly and Madeleine. 

 
Both are reserved and will be off to new homes very shortly.


Just a couple of work in progress shots.  They look so funny without hair!



















I've been having an urge to play with clay lately, so I started a little head on Sunday night.  It's still rough, but at least it's started.  I'm thinking of making it into a bust, but that could change as I see the personality come out.  As soon as I'm all caught up, I'm going to have a good clay day!!  Can't wait!!

Enjoy the remainder of the week:)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Daisy May

Sweet little Daisy May is finally finished and as promised, here are a couple of pics of her:


I finished her off with a beaded flower at the front of her ear,



and a sweet little silver charm attached to a lace collar about her neck.  She's off to Australia tomorrow, so I've got her get her packed up and ready to go.  Hope you like her:)

~Shelly
xo