Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Sea Creatures

I could do a whole posting about how frustrating blogger is, but I will try to focus on the photos!
I made a whole batch of starfish over the weekend.  I tried them earlier in the year, but I couldn't get a pattern to work. Suddenly I had it figured out and made quite a few! Check them out in my shop here
Then I got inspired to sew up some shells.  There's a starfish, a clam with a felt pearl, a tiger cowrie, a mussel and a striped spiral.
These were fun to make.  You can view them in my etsy shop here :
I tried to make a few more this morning, but the inspiration was gone!

This bag for sea creatures is back in the shop after being absent for a while.  Sometimes it is hard to find the right materials when you're trying to use repurposed.  I finally found a thick wool blanket that was just right.  I think it is handwoven.
Here's a close up of the pearl inside the clam.  The clam and the mussel are lined in silk.
That's all for now. It's a mirale I got this posted.  Picasa has done away with their direct upload to blogger and I was a bit lost doing this posting!
Check out my other sea creatures in my shop here: sea animals

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Memories of Growing

When we renovated our kitchen, our growth chart got taken down and put away.  I found it while cleaning out  my studio space this winter.  My two children  painted it themselves over 10 years ago. My plan is to hang it somewhere in my workspace as a reminder of the fun times we had.
Anyone who came to the house was invited to add their height.  The shortest was Nicolas as a baby. His first measure was down in the grass on the chart. 
I had a home daycare for over 10 years and there were lots of kids growing up and wanting to be measured. It was a fun way for the children to see how much they'd grown and a great little activity.
Top of the chart , up by the sun and onto the wall above.....Calvin OUTGREW the growth chart when he was 16. He is now 6'7" tall. 
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