What a gorgeous week and weekend!
In addition to enjoying finally getting some yard work done (including a much needed raking of the front yard), I've also been working on a batch of some new stuffed toys.
Between the 4th and today I've been working on a batch of patternless colourful creatures (bears, monkeys, kitty, rabbit). I've been experimenting with different faces, including sewn on, stitched and hand painted. Mark seems to like the hand painted faces best of all. I'm torn myself. I find the face is the hardest part of the process. After all the work of cutting and sewing and patching and stuffing and hand stitching comes the face. All that work can be ruined if the face doesn't work out. It's a bit stressful and exciting all at the same time. I should probably draw them out first, but I enjoy the thrill of a little direct experimentation.
A few weeks back I ordered some gorgeous materials and scrap bits from Imagine Fabric. I was so excited when I got my packages and started sorting through them. They arrived soon and I've been staring at them since they arrived trying to figure out what to do. I started making some small card wallets with the scrap material and some repurposed bits I had around the house and then got into making some new toys. I have a batch of baby hoots that still need some eyes sewn on, but I'm a bit of a procrastinator sometimes and I wanted to experiment a bit with reattempting some old designs in my head. It was fun to play with colour and mixing patterns and shapes. Growing up I was never really a fan of the colour pink or teal, but I've come to really enjoy it as of late. This batch is primarily made up of purples/pinks, blues/teals and green.
Now that these little folks are done, it's time to get ready for an impromptu thanksgiving at our house = time to clean and cook. I'm a pretty thankful person, or at least I try to be. I'm not a big fan of the commercialized thanksgiving that ignores the realities of the colonization of North America by Europeans and the ongoing damage and abuses that came with it, but I am a fan of taking opportunities to be grateful for what we have. So thanks, be well and stay safe.
Maker of things. Lover of colour and texture and contrast. Thinker & creator. Daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend. Mighty woman.