Pepper from Pickle Crow, Ontario.

I am greatly inspired by many artists who create from their own home studios.  Many of them being creators of Waldorf inspired dolls.  I myself am a collector of these beautiful beings, made from all natural materials.  Over time I have found myself wanting to create simple looking dolls that remind me of the look of the dolls I collect and love so much.

I first created Hally:  hallycutest  She was the first of my doll creations.  I am quite taken with small wool knits and tiny detailed footware.  I love short hair and curls.  This is how Hally was born.  Hally stands 8″ tall and she has wire in her legs and arms.  She is also fully jointed.  Hally has moved to her new home now.

Onto introducing Pepper:  pepper1 pepper2When she was all ready… she told me her name and said she is from Pickle Crow, Ontario.  It’s a real town!  I looked it up!  It sounds like a whimsical place, just like Pepper.

She is an all wool doll, created entirely by needle felting.  She stands 9.5″.  Her arms and legs have wire inside and she’s fully jointed.  She has skinny limbs and a chubby belly 🙂  pepper3pepper4She has beautiful auburn teeswater curls.  pepper6pepper7Pepper can be posed.  Her clothes and boots come off.  pepper8Tied in her hair is a sweet piece of gauze cotton material that has hearts as a design.  pepper9I find myself to be a bit of a detail junkie.  pepper10The pink cowl was crocheted by Turtlekeeper Designs.  I have sewn a wooden button on to keep it closed around her.  The wool romper is knitted and I am uncertain who made it!  I purchased this romper from a friend who no longer needed it for her dolls.  Pepper is complete with brown leather lace up boots.  Wearing them ensures she can stand on her own. pepper11Pepper has a pink smile and rosey cheeks.  Her eyes are glass beads and she is complete with some freckles too!

There’s no telling how many dolls I will be creating.  I tend to do what my heart tells me.  Soon Pepper will be looking for a home 🙂  She will be found in my Etsy shop:  Click here to go to my Etsy shop

Some Spring Newbies! It’s all about balls. AND discount codes!

I’ve been busy as usual!  Something I’ve been trying to do is create more listings for my Etsy shop.  I’ve been having fun with balls lately!  (why, OH WHY does that always have to sound awkward).

Fun Fact:  Did you know that my Solar System is one of the most popular listings in my shop?!  sunearthedit2It’s a set of 9.  I carefully designed each piece to loosely replicate it’s true planet. I then firmly felt each set, and try to do each planet to scale in relation to the sun, which of course, is the biggest.  Such a neat learning tool, toy set… classroom aide.  I think these would look so cool made into a mobile as well.  I’ve never attempted it…but I wish somebody would!  solarsystem9 003  The Solar System sets are a made-to-order listing in my Etsy shop.  If you are seeing this and want to order one…I’ve decided to offer a coupon code for you to use, just for reading my blog here!  Use CODE:  SOLARSYSTEM10 at check out!  You will get 10% off.  click here to find the Solar System in my Etsy shop

One of the new listings is a Flower Jingle Ball.  flowerball4 Perfect for spring!  This is a toy and has also been wet felted for more durability.  The flower has 6 petals, all being different bright colours.  The flower also has a stem and leaf.  flowerball3 flowerball1The sizing is about the same as a tennis ball.  I’ve created this with all wool and put jingle bells inside.  If you would like to order one, use coupon CODE: FLOWERBALL10 and you will receive 10% off when you buy the listing!  click here to find the Flower Ball Listing in my Etsy shop  (it’s a made-to-order)

Another brand new listing is the Jewel Gnome!  rainbowgnome5He’s fun… I think that’s because I create him using art yarn.  If you know me, you know that I have an unreasonable addiction to art yarn.  I can’t quit it.  I’ve tried.  So instead of fighting my demons…I have embraced it by creating things USING said art yarns 😉  SO meet Jewel Gnome.  Another made-to-order listing.  This gnome is a rainbow gnome(troll person), and the colours are jewel tones.  I also wet felt this character and that includes his beard!  This makes him quite suitable as a toy.  He’s a detailed piece of work as I sculpt him entirely and then wet felt to perfection.   I want to create a listing for other gnomes too… such as a primary rainbow colour gnome, maybe some solid options too.  These guys are neat story props, pretend toys, nature table display. You know…they ARE neat for decor too!  The beards are made using a luxurious ivory teeswater lock.  rainbowgnome2Certain gnomes that I have met along my journey do prefer to be called ‘troll people’… so you might see me refer to them as that now and then.  These are each one of a kind, but look similar each time.  They are a made-to-order listing in my Etsy shop.  If you would like to order one, use coupon CODE:  JEWELGNOME10 and you will receive 10% off.  click here to find the Jewel Gnome listing in my Etsy shop

If you happen to click my shop and see that a listing is missing…don’t panic!  Leave that to MEEEE!!! Just kidding … it just means that I’m currently working on that listing for someone else and I renew each sold listing as soon as I’m done and able to start a new order!  This is how I properly keep track of my work schedule and keep myself from getting overwhelmed.  It helps keep me in check… keep my brain sorted… keep my list in shape… leave my brain unscrambled…well you get the point.  I’m just a one woman show working hard in my corner of dining room zoned into netflix and a glass of ice tea 😀

If you happen to have any neat ideas that you would love to see me try for the shop, please by all means share!  leave me a comment… email… visit me on FB… whatever you prefer … I’m game to try!  Bye for now… I need to grocery shop dang it.

What is going on with these bears in costume!?

We meet again!  Another Saturday night and another exciting sit down in front of my computer! haha!

I just got back from New Orleans, we had such a fun time!  It was an International Roofing Conference for my husband, but he was able to come on many adventures with me as well while there.  I was able to start another bear when away and she’s actually finished now too.  These little bears have demanded costumes lately after they are done being made!  They insist on getting out some fabrics and crazy things to make up little outfits for themselves, that can come on and off.  What the HECK!  The mess they make while doing so is only half the battle…. trying to figure out what they are trying to be once dressed up, is another story too.  BUT…they make my heart melt. They make my stomach flip from the cute.  They can pull off these crazy things.  Meet Deb.  Humour her and pretend you know exactly what she’s trying to be… I’m still figuring it out myself:  dotsbearincapandmask2<- silk mask.  Denim cape.  Blue shorts.  Wonder Bear?  Super Bear?  I’m not entirely sure but she’s cuddly cute.  dotsbearincapandmask3dotsbearincapandmask6dotsbearincapandmask5See what I mean??

Let’s talk about the bears in bunny drag.  Have you met Molly & Luci yet?  luciandmollysittingsidewaysThese two are wool bears that wear bunny costumes.  When they were done being felted, they thought that in order to be perfect for Easter baskets, perhaps they could dress up like bunnies!  I’m quite impressed with their costume making ability.  luciandmollybackview  Both are Pocket Bear sized and have bunny ears and bunny tails…their costumes come off entirely.  These girls will be looking for homes at The Northern Collective sale on March 3rd and the sale starts at 9pm EST.  click here to visit The Northern Collective store on Hyena Cart

I guess the costumes are kind of a natural progression in my creative journey.  The bears and their personalities just make me giggle.  To see them dressed in little costumes gives a whole new element of attraction.  I love that the costumes are simple and put together the way they are.  I want the costumes to appear as though the bears made them all by themselves.

I really do think a bear with an entire costume wardrobe might be in order.  I look at tiny things and gain major inspiration.  For example, today I found a little perfect acorn in my house and OF COURSE, the top is going to be a fantastic hat for a bear!  Turtlekeeper Designs is sending me the most adorable little knits to help with this journey.  I keep my eye out for anything whimsical and fun. Simple and cute really.

More Molly & Luci:  molly2sissy3goofybunnybearsfor TNCsissyandmolly

Oh hey!  Did you know a have a little Special Edition Bear available on Etsy right now?  His name is Miguel and he’s so irresistible.  Miguel is made using the softest white roving and pink wool I dyed here at home.  He is also wearing a blue hat and blue sweater vest.  They are made using some delicate gauze fabric that I dyed a light blue and sewed a bit to turn them into this!  Little Miguel is fully jointed and just waiting for a home 🙂  foretsymiguel3 foretsymiguel4click here to see him in my Etsy store

Saturday Night Stories. BeeBear Style.

Hi!  What else would I be doing late on a Saturday night?  Of COURSE I’m here catching up on my blog 😉

I want to tell you about a custom I did recently.  The fabulous gal said I can share with you all.  I have some pictures and the story behind why she asked me to create for her.  I LOVE this. It’s an unreal feeling knowing that when you create, it actually can touch the soul of someone living hundreds of miles away.  Now THAT is awesome.

Meet BeeBear(another one)…not THE BeeBear…but A BeeBear lol.  He also has a felted hive.  beebearforblog3beebearforblog

Here are some words Jill sent:

I am new to your art. But that bear brought back so many memories.May I tell you a story? When my kids were young, 11,10 and 8, we drove back to California and brought my niece back to Iowa for the summer. The ENTIRE way home, my son Samuel told us a story about a bear that befriended the honeybees. When i say the entire way home, it was literally.  beebearforblog5

driving through Arizona at 2:30 in the morning with 4 kids giggling and laughing in the back of my van. I would yell, in my best mom voice, “Go to sleep!” The other three would say, “Just one more chapter!!!” And Sam would launch into another chapter, and I have to admit, I was just as captivated as they were. My Son, Samuel Alexander, is the best storyteller I have ever met. He is now an adult and even now when I catch him on FB, telling stories, I tell him to go to bed. What do his siblings say? “C’mon Mom, one more chapter!” My son, Sam, is a trained actor, who is now engaged. He needs that bear! I am being so honest that when I saw the bear and the hive, I was transported back to when my babies where little.    beebearforblog4beebearforblog6beebearforblog7

Thank you for letting me create for you Jill!  It’s such an honour.  I hope you and Sam enjoy this little BeeBear! ~ alynn

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Stella & Joy ~ officially looking for homes :)

It’s time!   The two rascals are now ready for their homes and waiting to meet a new family.  outsideplaying  Both are in my Etsy shop now.  Sold separately.  Click here to find my Etsy shop

Today was a fun day!  Yesterday we experienced quite a snow storm, and it caught us off guard!  Stella & Joy didn’t know WHAT to think.  unexpectedblizzard I bundled them up in some beautiful woolens and out we went to introduce them to the snow.  As you can see, they were shivering little bears!  Today, they embraced this white stuff and we got bundled up again into some playful gear and the girls even made snow balls.  What a pair they are.

Have a great weekend woolly peeps!

Stella the Ham!

Stella is a special bear to introduce you to.  She is the first of this kind that I’ve ever put together.  stellablog1A friendly & happy soul, my Stella is.  She’s clever and loves accessories.  She likes everything whimsy and fun.  Stella isn’t fancy per say, but she’s ‘put together’ in her very own way.  stellablog2Stella is a tall girl where Wooly Topic bears are concerned – 9.5″ high.  Miss Whimsy is made entirely of wool and is sculpte using core wool… felting needles and then soft brown wool roving.  Stella is weighted in her torso with small pieces of art gravel. stellablog3Her eyes are black beads that have been sewn securely into place.  Her ears are wee and brown and also securely sewn and then felted to her head.  Stella’s head is string jointed and she can move it side to side.  Her big brown dorky nose is irresistible and her brown mouth has been embroidered with cotton floss.  She has some rose coloured cheeks and a rose tinted nose, I’ve blushed her face using red beeswax.  stellablog4Miss Stella is wearing a lovely necklace I made using candy coloured beads and two sterling silver beads, they are strung on pink cotton floss.  Around her waist she has a rolled cotton flower (made by Patty at Braidys Bobbys).  I’ve attached it to a silky ribbon and it’s tied around her waist.  It can come on and off.  Did you notice the denim bow on her ear?  It’s sewn by me and just tied on her ear as well, it can come on and off.  stellablog5Oh her rustic skirt! swoon!  I’ve been dying to use the materials I have here but guess what… this Wooly Momma cannot sew using a machine!  (yes, I NEEEED to learn!).  So I put together a raggy skirt using strips of cotton fabrics, blue denim, wool yarns, fancy ribbons.  The waist is elastic and the skirt can come on and off.  stellablog6I really am such a fan of this whimsy, crazy, rustic look… you will also notice the oval wooden button I attached to the side of the raggy skirt. That’s there entirely for looks 😉  stellablog7Miss Stella is a new venture for me because her arms and legs have wire felted right into the center.  This means her arms and legs can be completely posed!  Her little friend is named “Joy” and miss Stella loves to play peek-a-bear with Joy.  stellaphotobomb

Stella wears some neat kickers too… they are her play shoes.  I tried telling her that little girl bears usually don’t go climbing trees and splashing in mud puddles in their nice white Mary Janes…but she didn’t listen.  Her cute Mary Janes got a bit worn, but we’ve decided that they just add to her over all charm 🙂  stellashoesStella’s shoes come on and off, but for her to stand on her own, they will need to be on.  They snap close with a silver snap.  Her Mary Janes are white but myself and my 7 year old neighbour, Kylie, used some brown stain to ‘rough them up’ a bit.  So they have a brown tinge to ‘age’ them.  stellablog10stellablog11Joy is a Pocket Bear friend of Stella 🙂  She won’t come ‘with’ Stella, but I will be sure to have her for sale at the same time Stella is looking for a home, just in case someone wants to give them the same place to live.  stellablog12Stella can even stand on her silly head! ha!  stellablog13 ‘hi’ from Joy ❤

Miss Stella bear will be looking for a home on Friday Feb 13th, in my Etsy shop.  Joy will have a listing there too.  Keep an eye on the Facebook page to find out times 🙂  Click here to go to the Wooly Topic Etsy shop