Witch’s Cat Fight

September 27, 2008

Witch’s Cat did not even have his tail sewed on before my girl wanted him to fight Teal Cat(!). So poker tail added she grasped him and launched her Witch’s Cat into a cat fight with her Teal Cat. They were evenly matched in size and surprisingly in temperament too. Who do you think won? I don’t know either! (Think it was Teal Cat, being the eldest?) Let me ask the director and get back to you


Slug friends

September 25, 2008

I don’t know where my whole romance with slugs came from except my guilt over occasionally and accidentally stepping on a stray one in the dark. SQUELCH! Argh! [Must stop anthropomorphising.] Or maybe it’s because snails get so much adorable exposure in children’s books and even while gardeners have all sorts of methods to eliminate them from the veggie patch they are still thought to be cute with their houses on their backs.

But what about slugs? They are vulnerable, people! No shell to escape into, see? All they can do is curl up. Well, that just makes them easier for birds to swallow! So between one thing and another – not least my subtle admiration for the giant leopard slugs – ooo! I am always delighted when someone orders a veritable puddle – [yes, that is I believe, the official term for a group of slugs (isn’t it awful? makes one think they’ve been salted – argh again!) I prefer “slither of slugs” which I just made up] – in fact, so delighted I tend to make an interloper gift slug for that person.

Just yesterday a lovely lady in the Southern Hemisphere ordered a slither of slugs so this is the surprise that she will find in her package. Isn’t she sweet? She turned out to be one of the loveliest ever. Now back to my Goulish Ghost Slugs for Halloween. Am making a veritiable giant slither of them to go in the goody bag giveaway Made in The Shade is offering to the first thirty people in the door on Saturday 25 October, which is, of course, just a few days before Halloween.

Inspiring Yarns

September 24, 2008

A while ago I found a wonderful seller on ebay who used to be a knitwear pattern designer and has a massive stash of unusual yarns which she occasionally auctions off in small lots. I find these yarns so inspiring! The small stash I have of them at the moment is still in skeins, all different yarns and lengths. Pretty colors, wools, cottons, luxe chenilles – ooo!

yarn balls

yarn balls

So last night, while talking to M on the phone, I was also winding the skeins into balls. I find this very soothing and strangely therapeutic. Here’s a pic of some balls I did last night. What will they turn into? Cats? Ponies? Vests?

Made in the Shade

September 23, 2008

Me and my best gal, hereafter referred to, no doubt often, in this blog as “M”, are sharing a stand at Made in the Shade 25 October 2008 at The Lighthouse (which I keep calling ‘Lightspace’). She has Covetables at Etsy which is gorgeous – Cat and Pigster plushies and felted magical mermaids and fairies (my favorites).

our sled dog agrees

September 22, 2008

Purist Toy Adventures

September 22, 2008

I turn around and there is a sweet scene of a toy tiger talking to a knit slug or a beautiful bride waltzing with a giant wooden bear. The scenes my girl creates in her imaginative play are so ADORABLE and so strangely surprising – sometimes enlightening and always creative that I have started a Photo Gallery of candid moments to share with others. There is absolutely no staging or styling of shots by me.*

Oh dear - Purple Snail is clearly identified in the line-up, but what did she do?

Oh dear - Purple Snail is clearly identified in the line-up, but what did she do?

The scenes show how beautiful and inspiring imaginative play can be for children – and those who cherish them.

Petal Slug's victory parade with two puppies, Troll girl and sheep cheering her on

I see all the time how a featureless creature has a wider variety of adventures than toys with fixed expressions.

* However, I have also included a hilarious photo essay of Donkey’s Hawaiian Vacation a customer sent me – thanks SilveryA!

New outfit for dolly

September 22, 2008

vintage M&S scarf becomes glam dress!

vintage M&S scarf becomes pretty, glam dress!

I thought I was being a bit ambitious when I spotted a really pretty vintage scarf in a charity shop the other day and suggested to my girl that i make a dress out of it for one of her dolls. (Huh?)

But today I stealed myself, didn’t think about it, got out the big, sharp scissors and cut into that fabric! It is really quite a liberating feeling to generate the joie de vivre and confidence you need to do something like this I think. And look how GORGEOUS it is – well, my girl thinks so anyway!

Not only that it took about half an hour to make! Talk about an instant make-over. (The dolly, naked, also came from a charity shop and had not a stitch to her name, ah!)