Sunday, 11 April 2021

Cat...

Just completed this commission - it's a surprise for someone who has had a very rough year and I am hoping it will do the business and cheer them up.  Drawn using Derwent Drawing Pencils and Coloursoft Pencils on pastel paper.

I am now free for the first time in months to paint what I want to paint...now to find some inspiration!
 

Monday, 5 April 2021

Booties Too...

Another pair of these - after showing the first pair, I got an order for some more.  I'm not planning on going into production though, fun as they are to make!  I'll make the occasional pair if anyone wants them but not a regular thing.
 

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Boots & Budgies...

Last week we had a new patio door fitted - which meant I had to clear out that corner of the sitting room - which meant I discovered a pile of craft magazines that had been hidden under a side table - and on the cover of one of them was a picture of these cuties with a pattern inside - so of course I had to make them!  They are tiny, about 8 cm long - hopefully will fit the new granddaughter!
The previous week we had a sad few days when we had to have our budgie put to sleep as he had a large tumour on the side of his face and was not well at all.  He wasn't very old, about 4, but I think as we had bought him from a garden centre he probably did not have the best start in life which contributed to his health problems.  It was horribly quiet in the house without him so I set about looking for a new feathered companion.  Turns out that due to recent legislation plus Covid, finding baby budgies is a lot harder than I thought!  However, we tracked down a shop that had 6 little budgies coming in last weekend so we made the drive (down to the coast!) and picked one up - I had to reserve one as apparently there had been about 100 enquiries!  So meet JoJo, a seven week old little chap/chappess who is settling in slowly but surely.  I am hoping this one will also be a bit less frightened of handling than his precedessor as he has had a gentler start to his life.
 

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Crochet Baby...

I did not realise when I ordered several balls of baby wool in order to knit a few things for my granddaughter just how far one ball of it would go.  Having given the baby two jumpers, a hat, a pair of socks, and a blanket, I thought that was probably enough for now, especially as my sister appears to have gone on a knitting marathon and made twice that amount of small clothes. But I was left with quite a lot of yarn - so decided to crochet another blanket anyway as we have another baby in the family due in the summer. I've also knitted another small jumper...and there is STILL yarn left over!  I've run out of enthusiasm now - the leftover yarn can be put away for another day!
 

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Bear 610...

This was a sweet little commission I had, completed yesterday, as a gift for someone who has been badly affected by catching Covid19 and is still very poorly months on.  This is bear 610 who lives at Katmai National Park in Alaska, and has quite a story of survival.  She was seen often on the live web cams in the far distance as an abandoned yearling cub.  Somehow she managed to survive on her own to adulthood, but what makes it even more amazing is that when she was finally seen closer, she has the most enormous dent above her right hip (you can see the mark in the painting) from what must have been a horrendous injury.  She survived this too - she could have died from blood loss, shock, starvation, predation, and yet is still with us.  Quite the metaphor...

This was painted in watercolour on paper.  I have to say, the reflection took twice as long to paint as the actual bear!

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Ringo...

Just finished this little guy - he's a replica of a real lurcher.
He was quite difficult to find the yarns for - firstly because no yarn shops are open and I had to order on line and hope that what I got would suffice, as I had nothing suitable in my stash.
And secondly, because he is one of those shaggy lurchers who aren't one particular colour.
So I ended up using two light brown yarns together in order to get the sizing, and then sewing in a soft cream eyelash yarn to get his fluffy bits - oh, and a different eyelash yarn altogether for his darker ears.

Hopefully his new owner will think it looks like their real dog!

In other news, I spent yesterday morning cuddling my new granddaughter...
 

Friday, 26 February 2021

Knitting & Sewing...

Since completing a two month job a couple of weeks ago, I am back to the little commissions that were outstanding from last year.  This little knitted dog is a replica of a real dog and has gone to live in Spain.  I have another knitted lurcher in the pipeline.
These bears are replicas of bear 425 Holly and her cub as seen on the Explore.org live cams.
I finally made the cub this week and they have already been snapped up and will be making their way to Alaska.  I now have orders for more...

So with painting commissions as well, looks like I am going to be busy!