Thursday, September 24, 2009

Andy & his Corn, a New Little Gray Squirrel

Well I just finished this little guy. His listing will start tonight and is a ten day listing. I've got a lot things happening this weekend and thought it might work out better if I just went ahead with a ten day tonight. Hopefully I'll get to go to Michael's. I haven't been to one in over two years. it's just too impossible to get to without a car. But we're taking some friends to the train station and we'll get to borrow their car. So here's little Andy and his ear of corn. he stands just 3 1/2 inches tall and is weighted with steel shot. His ear of corn is not removable. I hope you like him.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A New Little Mousie in a Shoe

When I was a kid, the winters in Illinois would get so cold that the mice would hide in your shoes and slippers at night. You always had to shake out your shoes before you dare stick a toe in to avoid a surprise. My Dad once told me that they were checking to see if the shoes the elves made were in need of mending. I found this ceramic baby shoe when I was in town on Saturday and just couldn't resist making a little mouse to fit into it. So here's Little Benjamin and his shoe. His auction starts tonight at 6:45 PM PDT.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Happy First Day Of Fall!

I had some fun over the weekend. I went to the Ridgecrest Pow Wow. It's kind of on the small side as Pow Wows go. But it was nice to hear the drums and see the dancers. I also got to buy a few things for some new works. I was so happy to see the vendor who I bought beads and artifical sinew from last year. I also bought some very tiny hair pipe bone beads to make choker for one of my bears. I plan on giving Honey boo bear another look. I always enjoy pow wows. I'm kind of new to this area so I didn't know many of the people there. But it was still very welcoming.

I'm so excited that Fall is finally here. Soon the wheather will begin to chill a bit. We still have nearly 80 degree wheather well into October. It sure beats the over 100 degrees. I'll be out hiking in the afternoon instead of sitting at the mini-mart drinking soda.

I just finished two new pieces and have them listed on eBay. Their auctions started last night. One is a little piggy that I named Isaac for his amazing discovery about gravity and apples. Plus he figured out why they call this season Fall. Things are always falling from the trees. I needle felted his apples and hand dyed them using Koolaid.

The other piece is a little black kitten that I named after a black cat that I knew when I was young. His name was Black Magic. The elder lady who owned him said he had 13 lives. She used to dress up as witch on Halloween. She always gave the best treats, Popcorn balls (still warm) and cupcakes.

I hope you enjoy my new works. Please click here to view their auctions.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Little Opossum and a Sleepy Chipmunk

I have two new ones on eBay now. They started on Sunday at 6:45 PM PDT and are 7 day listings. Hopefully, I'll get back to my old Sunday listing schedule. As I promised starting this Fall, I would dropped the reserve pricing. But things seem very slow on eBay right now. I'm worried about starting the bidding at my old $9.95. So for now until things pick up again the starting bids will be at least $95.00.

The opossum's name is Filbert. He, like my other possums, was inspired by the little ones that nested in my Christmas ornaments in my basement. My little guys were born in the Summer and by Fall they were getting to look more like adults and most left to start their own families. But Filbert stuck around. When I put out the kid's jack-o-lanterns, he could be seen very often perched on top of one. I made him to look like baby Filbert because he was just so adorable when he was small.

The little chipmunk is named Peanut. He kind of reminded me of a little peanut and of course that's their favorite treat. He's made from a variety of wools. I have him curled so you can lay him in a couple of positions for different looks. I also created a little nest of fall leaves using the nuno felting technique that I learned from Chrissy. I've added a few of my own twists to that technique. I use two pieces of bubblewrap. I slightly wet the first one with very hot soapy water. Then I lay my wool down. Then the piece of tulle or silk on top of that. More wool next and I sprinkle some more soapy water. Next I lay the second piece of bublewrap on top of that. I gently move the piece back and forth, just a little. Then I roll it back and forth. Next, I slam the whole thing against the counter (that's the really fun part). Finally I shock the piece in a bath of ice cold water and leave it to dry. After it has dried somewhat I iron it with my steam iron on the wool setting, Finally each leaf was hand dyed and embroidered.

20% from the sale of both of these pieces will be donated to Sarvey Wildlife Care Center. Fall and Spring are particularly busy times for wildlife rescues and I'm sure they can use the cash. Next week the donations will go to Old Dog Haven. They have over 170 senior pups in their care right now!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Spooky and the Scary Spider, Plus Pegasus

It seems I'm on a Halloween kick. My latest work is a cute little mouse in his ghost costume. He has a Halloween cupcake and treat bag. There is also a felted scary spider that has designs on Spooky's loot. I designed little Spooky holding his tail as if to keep it away from the icky spider.

My next piece is Pegasus, the mythic flying horse. He stands 9 inches tall rearing on his hind feet. Both of my felties start tonight on eBay at 6:45 PM PDT. They are both 7 day auctions with a reserve price of $145.00. I hope you enjoy them both!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Honey Boo Bear

Here's my latest piece. She's weighted with steel shot and has Apoxy Sculpt claws. Her costume was needle felted and hand sewn and is removable. Her little pumpkin is hollow and was completely needle felted. I hope you enjoy her. She was quite a bit of work and took me longer than I expected. Her fur was hand mixed from several different types of wool. Her auction starts tonight at 6:45 PM PDT.

Honey's Reserve price is $145.00 and her Buy it Now price is $275.00