Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse

Monday, December 9, 2013

Going....Going.... Gone!

I suppose it was inevitable. At some point, my magnum opus (magna opi?) was going to be purchased. And this weekend, it happened. At this very moment the bridal pair is on its way to their starter home in the Big Apple. I am sure you all join me in wishing them a lifetime of marital bliss. I am going to miss them! 

Here is what the buyer had to say:

"Omg yes I was so excited to find them. They remind me of my childhood. I remember my grandmother giving me one in yellow when I was young. I have been looking for these poodles and yours are the best I have seen. I loved them the second I saw them. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep them or give to my sister and her husband. I think she will also be reminded of our childhood and visiting my grandmother in Brooklyn when we were young. I'm excited to have them..."

I gave them a final photo shoot before packaging them. I don't want to forget a single detail! 

These two were so much fun to make. The pure absurdity of the project pleased me.

I had forgotten I'd even given the bride a blue garter! Can you see it?

The groom is a special favorite of mine.

Well, parting is such sweet sorrow and all that. It's time to buck up and start crocheting more toilet tissue poodle cozies. That's one thing I'm looking forward to doing when I close the Etsy shops next week. Meanwhile, these dogs were placed in this nifty bag and sent to their new owner:

Orders are still coming in, even this close to Christmas. A few big orders, like this one, but mostly small stuff. I shipped out nine packages today. 

Now, if your name is Kattie or Hunter, you need to stop reading right here. I mean, if your name is Kattie or Hunter and you are related to me, you need to stop reading right here. Otherwise a small surprise may be spoiled. 

Despite being kept hopping with the Etsy Christmas rush, I found some time over the weekend to play at making baby toys for my new granddaughter's first Christmas.

Baby toys are a terrific thing to make because you know babies won't care if the thing isn't done perfectly. These are definitely not perfect. But they ought to appeal to a baby, just the same. 
These are teething toys, made with crinkly cellophane inside and lots of fun textures to bite on. And the floppy doll has a squeaker inside as well. I've been very careful to construct these with sturdy materials for safety--the buttons are solidly attached with heavy cord; the apron, hat, and braids are stitched on and can't come loose. Anyway, this little girl has very conscientious parents. I know they won't let her play with the toys unsupervised. 

This is the opposite side of each toy:
It felt good to get creative again. If you're interested in making crinkle toys, here's a listing for the cellophane you'll need. Half a yard will make enough for several toys, and there are instructions included for how to use it. Not patterns for the toys, per se, but general instructions. Let your imagination run riot!

1/2 yard crinkle material, crinkle paper, crinkle supplies, blanket size crinkle,  great for making baby toys, crinkle for toys

My next project will be some more stuffed cats. I cut out pieces from an old wool sweater last night.

I'll keep you posted. 

Snow was predicted for today but so far we've been lucky. Just a few flakes filtered down. It can snow next week, but this week I've got too much to do! 

1 comment :

  1. Im not surprised those beautiful poodles sold :) and I look forward to seeing more of them :)

    I am also putting my shop on holiday for awhile I need a break and I need to re organize all my shop stuff and figure out a better system for things and let my husband take a break from running to the post office for me.
    I cant wait to see your next projects!!