And then, most important of all random, uncluttered displays of eye-catching objects that hint at personality and inspire curiosity.
I love so very many of my odd little objects.
In my silent hide and seek I find myself, in the quiet, speak to all the little bits of world that find their peace in simply being.
They listen well, ever patient in my rambling, never minding my senses and nonsenses and maniacal mental meanderings. Until, at last, my thoughts are spent.
And this gentle world cradles me close. In its solace I find strange comfort in being small, and knowing my small place in all that Is and will ever Be.
And I will not waste tears on puddles of milk.
This is a zebra named Reezba that I made for my oldest.
While being made almost entirely of cotton and wool, I would hardly call him "plush". His basic structure was made by wrapping a wire armature tightly with long strips fabric (mummy style), then stitching a white felt "skin" directly onto the wrappings. To give him texture, I raided my stash of embroidery floss and went to town winding him with a wide array of off-white tones, with blue and blue-gray stripes finishing off his stripes.
My favorite thing about him is his posability.
There is a giraffe in the works for her sister. Sadly, it has been in the works for over a month without actually being worked on. I hope to remedy this soon.
I've also been inspired by all the lovely felted wool playscapes available through Etsy and similar, as well as the topographical work of Crafterall (which might have something to do with the retro poppies which are displayed over my desk- a.k.a. the corner of creative chaos)
These two concepts have married and resulted in a new quilted appliqué playscape for my girls...
...which I believe will always be under construction. It's full of fun textures. Future phases of the project include trees, a cave, bushes, maybe a tent, and any number of other related items and ideas which haunt me when I lay sleepless in bed. I might actually make a few of these for my shop, as well, but it will have to wait until I get out from under the recent rush of Scavenger orders. Not that I'm complaining.
There's more.. always... but it will have to wait for another day.
One of these days, I'd really like to try posting a tutorial. :~)
While I love the pieces that result, it always seems a bit of a shame that few people ever get to see the original patterns involved.
I love color. :~)
First, felt piece sets:
The boards include one felt set each.
The three basic options are:
Creative Mischief abstract felt pieces (50+ abstract pieces, plus 4 faces)
Scribble felt letter pieces- Letters are made from "stroke" line pieces, and require assembly. One full alphabet set is included.
Juicy Jungle pieces. These include 20+ pieces made using Alexander Henry's Juicy Jungle fabric, includes at least three large animals.
Custom variations of these sets may be available upon special request.
And now for the custom options for Board and it's Case:
I'm happy to select a fabric based on your general preferences, or you may select your fabric personally.
The possibilities are pretty open. If you'd like to browse options, these are same of my favorite Etsy fabric sellers:
Feel free to link me to any listing that catches your fancy.
You also have the option of a custom embellishment on the exterior of the case- a simple felt appliqué picture, a specific animal image, or initials, perhaps? If you are feeling indecisive, I can play with the fabric and see what feels right.
If you do not specify an applique preference at the time of order, I will make one based on the style of the fabric.
New backdrop option:
I am now offering appliqued landscape backdrops as an option. Contact me for more details.
I've decided to use 8 1/2"x 11" frames by default, rather than 8x10. The little bit of extra play surface really makes a difference. Larger frames may be available upon special request.