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.

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Greta – not your average Panda (don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

A rather daring creation for me… but there is a back story to how miss Greta came to be.  greta1She might look like your average woolly panda, but indeed she isn’t.  True…she’s all wool.  True… she’s a nice handful at 6″ tall.   Adorable brown marble eyes she does have indeed.  greta2She has floppy legs that help her sit on her own and stand with assistance.  She’s a cuddle bug.  greta3It all started with me mentioning a certain toy to my 3 year old…maybe you have heard of them or seen them, they are called “Puppy Surprise” or “Kitty Surprise”.  Plush animals that have a hollow belly and they close shut using velcro.  Each animal comes with babies inside and you don’t know how many you get until after you’ve purchased the toy.  My little son LOVES plush dogs and cats.  I told him about this puppy surprise toy and he was wild with excitement at the concept of this toy.  I hadn’t expected this level of interest from him.  He started discussing this toy with his siblings even.  I personally am not a huge fan of the look of the toy, but that’s my own personal preference.  I admit, I did look for the toy… I knew my son would play with it for hours.  I wasn’t able to find it ANYWHERE in my area.  I started to become slightly obsessed trying to find this item and had to step back and give my head a wee shake 😉  It was decided that I would try to make my own version of this toy.  Panda it was. greta11There were a couple of things in mind when creating my own version 1)  I preferred to make a wild animal instead of a domestic animal just simply due to the fact that I don’t want to promote breeding (I am a rescue pet person) 2) I wanted the birthing part of this to be more anatomically correct  I chose Panda because I love them and also, they normally only have one cub at a time.

Ok, here we go.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  I’ve been greeted with several reactions while introducing Greta to folks.  It’s completely understandable if birthing toys aren’t your thing. Greta makes me giggle. greta4Baby Panda is tucked up inside mommy, she has a completely hollow torso.  The bottom is closed by a draw string wool cord.  When closed, the cord tucks up inside  Greta.  greta5Push Greta! PUSH! greta6I see a baby!! greta7A wee Panda!  wow!  Good job Greta 😉  greta8Panda cubs are born pink with some very light fur only.  This cub of Greta’s has it’s eyes closed.  greta7greta9There you have it! What do you think?

When I showed my little boy my Greta, he was interested but said “Nah, I want puppy surprise”.  0.O  (oh dear me).

Well…then I guess miss Greta needs a home!

Greta is all wool, made using core wool, white roving and black roving.  Her arms are floppy and attached using cotton floss.  Her legs are attached using black wool yarn, are floppy in manner and jointed.  Her black wool ears are sewn on.  She has brown eyes that are marble.  Her bottom is a wool draw string and it opens and closes. Panda cub comes in and out(ouch, poor Greta!).  Panda cub is only 1″ long and made using light pink toned wool.  He is 5 way jointed.  His eyes are closed and his nose and mouth are grey.

Click here to go to my Etsy shop where you will find Greta

“Anki” ~ I didn’t know teddy bears could have cooler boots than me.

anki2  I’ve discovered a love of a certain kind of critter.  Ones with tiny shoes.  Little wee perfect mini sized shoes.  Anki’s shoes are brown leather boots with the tiniest perfect laces.  I just cannot resist this look.  Personally I cannot get over that perfect shoes are made so tiny!  The soles are not even 1″ long! esmebunny1 The navy blue Mary Janes belong to a bunny I made named Esme.  beatrice2The boots belong to a lamb named Bea.    anki1Shoes aren’t the only thing that make these critters special to me.  I’m rather enjoying the tiny skirts.  Anki is wearing one made by the fantastic Honey Lime Designs(Etsy, Facebook).  The skirt comes on and off, it has an elastic waist.   These shoe-wearing-wonders are detailed all over.  Miss Anki even has KNEES! (I will need to take a picture of them as I realize I didn’t today!)anki3Wooly Topic critters have unique personalities.  Two little girls who met Anki today at my house, think she looks sad.  I told them it’s because she is desperately waiting for a new home.  One should likely think before giving that answer to little girls who are looking longingly at a boot-and-skirt-wearing bear.  They mistook my attempt at humor as an invitation to keep her.  However, the smaller humans around me are getting used to being told they will need to add current creations to ‘their wish lists’ 😉  anki4Anki has her own teddy bear friend.  We call him “Will”.  Wee Will is just over 1 inch long.  He is fully jointed!  Will fits tucked under her chubby wool arm.   Her torso is weighted using decorative art gravel(small bead like pieces).  I love the weight of these critters.  A perfect handful.  Anki’s torso is made using hand dyed teeswater locks in bright pink, purple, yellow, green and orange.  It’s a mosaic combination.  anki6Anki’s limbs and head are jointed and move.  She sits and stands on her own.  Her ears and face are ivory wool felt.  She has embroidered features too.  Anki has felt pads on her front paws. anki7 Anki has brown bead eyes.  They feel like glass to me and they are so gorgeous!

Anki is pleased I introduced her to you.   She promises that she is not a grumpy soul.  Rather, she’s innocent and sweet.  Anki is caring and a good listener.

She will look for a home soon!  ❤