Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thursday Things

Here's a special-order "Sukeshi" doll made for a bear-lover. (Could you guess?)

Check out these cheeky bunnies nibbling on the daisies just outside my window. We've had rabbits in plague proportions in the last few years.........there are not quite so many now, because some of them are now in our freezer. And I don't feel bad about culling them, because they are an intoduced pest species here in Australia and they cause havoc where they get out of hand. Cooked right, they are delicious!

And finally, here is the finished picture of "The Hart, The Hare". I grunged up the paint a bit with walnut stain to tone down the brightness of it.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Hart, The Hare

"The hart he loves the high wood,
The hare she loves the hill.
The knight he loves his bright sword
And my lady loves her will."

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Misty Morning

When I got up this morning, the sun was rising behind trees through the mist - it looked absolutely beautiful and I tried to capture the moment. The picture does not really do it justice, but you get the idea. I have been busy this last week  - my grandsons passed through en route to visiting their father in the Kimberleys (remote North of Western Australia) - they stayed five days with their older sister joining them for the last day. I'd forgotten how much it takes to fill a 15 year-old boy! We did some fun stuff, including a picnic at Tamar Island - the girl in the picnic picture is their cousin and the dark-haired boy is her boyfriend.

On the work front, I'm busy completing some work to send for an exhibition in England - I need to get it in the mail this week. I'll post some pictures of it when it is complete.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Steppin' Out!

All done with socks and shoes..........

And a cute little bunny in a felted bag!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cold Feets!

Well, apart from socks and shoes, this little doll is done! I had fun with the colours - these are quite unusual ones for me to use, but I took my cues from the Japanese cotton print with rabbits - the colours for the felted hat and the cardigan are in the background of this print. I'm thinking of making her a little felted bag from the turquoise wool like the hat, and popping a tiny white needle-felted rabbit in it.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Oh No! Nekkid!

This is the little "green head" beginning to look quite acceptable and now I'll be spending the next few evenings getting her decently clothed. A couple of my readers asked how I attach the head to the body. This is one way: I hope it is clear enough in these pictures - just make two holes in the front and two holes in the back using an awl (give it your awl!) and attach using strong thread. Make sure you start and end it off very securely, otherwise your doll might suffer a terrible beheading! This little doll has disc-jointed hips and thread-jointed shoulders and needle-sculpted toes and knees. The wig is strawberry-blonde Tibetan lamb.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me

Yes, today is my birthday.......not that I make too much of a song and dance about it any more  (nah....just do a posting on my blog so the whole world knows!) having almost reached an age when people might start referring to me as "venerable" (well, possibly, but a very least "old"). But I did celebrate with a few friends around for a lovely lunch yesterday. I was up at 6 am to start cooking...........not quite sure how that works when you are the Birthday Girl, but the day was lots of fun and I really DO enjoy cooking.

 I quite like being an Older Person - I like to kid myself that it lends one a certain air of gravitas and that maybe one has acquired a little wisdom along the way.

Friday, September 2, 2011

A Special Little Something

Here's a special order "Sukeshi" doll made for a customer who is a cat-lover (could you have guessed?) She wanted cat ears, slanted eyes and some cats painted onto the doll - there are three, but one is almost invisible on the right. I also gave her a fishy feline fetish around her neck.
Hope it fits the bill!

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