I'd hoped to have everything ready before Easter, but these days I have to be kind to myself and understand not everything will be just the way I'd wanted... ahhh, one of the many life lessons taught by my children. Time is short in the studio these days, but I'm always happy to carve out a little work time to slow down and make a few bears like these. Stuffing with excelsior and sewing their small pieces take time. These activities allow me space to sit and think. It's quiet in the studio when I work like this- and it's a very welcome change up. I wouldn't give up the work I'm doing with the POLKA DOT CLUB for anything- I love this new project, but there are times when it's nice to be slow and let the work come into fruition without knowing just what I'll be making today... let the creativity flow.
It's finally warming up, and frankly It's hard to trust it, I know. I
never thought it was going to happen again given our winter, but it
seems like I might just be able to leave the house without 15 layers in
the near future. Fingers crossed I'm right...so let's celebrate. We all
deserve it after the winter we've endured.
SPRING IS ON IT'S WAY! and with it comes Easter Baskets, green grass, tulips. I'm working on a few one of a kind and limited edition rabbits and bears for the shop which I hope to post before too long, but for now let's talk Rabbits.
LINEN RABBITS made by JENNIFER:
The POLKA DOT CLUB Cuddling Rabbit and Rolypoly Rabbit are new in the studio and frankly I'm so smitten with them. My daughter sleeps with her Cuddling Rabbit every night and each time it comes out of the washer and dryer it just looks better- more loved- more right. The Rolypoly rabbit is brand new and is just right for rolling or plunking into a basket surrounded by chocolate eggs.
ERNEST THE RABBIT PATTERN:
As always I'm excited to have people try working with mohair themselves. It's challenging but rewarding as no other material is quite the same. My Ernest the Rabbit pattern is fit for all skill levels and the instructions are altogether complete. In the 3 years I've been sharing my patterns I've offered help to everyone- and not had one question. I knew they were thorough but really?! Get Sewing Everyone. Easter is just around the bend.
This morning was a battle, not because everyone was crazy or especially difficult, but because I was overwhelmed by the messes my children had made ALL OVER THE HOUSE (sorry for shouting just then).
Don’t get my wrong, I do not live in one of those spotless houses
that is spare, white, or nearly vacant. I live is a big, cozy, pattern
filled place that serves every member of our family- quite often it’s a
mess because of it. We all have projects, and games, and books, and
papers, and well- messes everywhere but today it got the better of me
from the get go. I asked, I asked again, I shouted, and then I looked
around again. Yeah, it’s a mess, but everyone was engaged in some kind
of imaginative game or fun. There was evidence everywhere. Now, what’s so bad about that? I asked myself.
I make a lot of toys for my kids so I’m complicit in all of this.
Yeah, sometimes they add to the mess, but they often create play and
open up some sort of imaginative interaction that is created by my
children alone. They’re tossed, kicked, or danced with. Other times they
So this morning I gave in. The battle is over for now. I’m sure it
will be waged again and again- Me against the Mess. But for now I’m just
going with it. I’ll make another coffee, and watch them play- Go
forth little ones, make a mess…. but hey, could you pick that up before
you’re start a new project. … please. I’ll help! Who can pick up the
most blocks first?! …