Sunday, 8 December 2019

Here There Be Dragons...

 I was commissioned to crochet some fingerless mitts with dragon scales, and was given a couple of photos to work with.   I searched the net for a free pattern and found one that was sort of what I wanted, but upon starting it, realised it needed some tweaking.  The yarn I'd chosen was perfect but thinner than normal dk so I had to increase the stitches.
 Then I realised that having the scales all around the mitt would make it very bulky, so started yet again but incorporating a flat palm.
So after a couple of false starts, I finally had a pattern that worked.  I love how the yarn changes colour exactly with each row of scales - very much more luck than judgement!  I like these so much that as I ordered twice as much yarn as needed, I shall make another pair.

And that's the last of the Christmas commissions - I have a lot of other work waiting in the wings but I can afford to take my time over it and hopefully do my own thing for a couple of weeks.

Saturday, 7 December 2019


 This is my last piece of commissioned painting before Christmas - a wooden disc with a portrait of the bear Peanut on it.  This can be used for a Christmas tree ornament or hung up on view all the year round.  I deliberately made it un-Christmassy!  The disc is only about 2.5 inches across, so most of this had to be painted with the assistance of my magnifying lens headset.
This is the back of the disc, a watery pattern.  When the ornament is sent off to it's recipient, it will have a better hanging cord, not a piece of old string!  The string was used while the varnish was drying.

So while I have a few painting commissions waiting in the wings for after Christmas, it's time to take a bit of a break and re-charge my batteries while geting ready for Christmas and my impending 60th birthday.  60?  I never thought I'd make it past 40!

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Surprise, Surprise, Another Bear...

This is Peanut, bear 902, another Katmai bear.  This one is a little smaller than previous stuffed bears - simply because the real bear is a petite little sow too.

Currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

I think that might be the last stuffed bear until after Christmas - time for a well earned break!

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Baby Bear Bauble...

Painted yesterday with the aid of magnifying lens head set - no way could I paint this without help!  For sale in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Yet More Bears...

 I'm slowly getting through my commissions, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I have been sewing bear 128 Grazer this week - love her fluffy ears!  This one already has a home to go to, must be the quickest sale on Etsy I have ever had.
Finished the final box in a commission for 4 yesterday too - I love Otis but I'd really like a rest from painting him for a week or two!

Still to come?  I don't know, I'll have to check that list...

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Otis, Otis, Everywhere...

Two more Otis bears - my life is revolving around Otis at the moment!  One more trinket box to paint for now, and a few different toy bears to make.  Good job I like bears...

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Box Of Bears...

 I've been a bit busy of late - not only have I had to make 9 felt monkeys for an animation, I have also got an order for four of these painted boxes to fulfill by the end of the month.  Three complete, the last one nearly done.  I think I would be able to paint Otis the bear with my eyes shut now!
Lining the boxes has been a nightmare - the fabric I ordered came from Australia as it was simply perfect with it's salmon print.  However, nothing prepared me for finding out it was silky and stretchy and definitely did not want to be manhandled into a box.  I ended up using about 30 small clamps to hold the edges in place while the glue dried - worth the effort though.

Also sewing a number of stuffed bears, also Christmas commissions.  So with the glue and the fluff, it's a bit messy round here!