I finally received my issue in the post, and I'm in it :) Weeell, I should correct myself....my little Jellybelly Bear, Elf Edgar is :) I'm really happy to see him in print and thank Stephanie for putting together another fantastic article. I love being a soft sculpture artist :-)
Well my poor sweet boy ended up back in surgery this last week, he had only just finished with his first surgery to fix the right back legs 5 weeks ago, and suddenly he became lame in the left back leg. The poor thing had torn his cartilage and ligament around the knee to pieces. So we had to do the surgery that was planned for next year on the left leg, now! He has been recovering all week, with a very worried sleep deprived mummy :(
This time around he is less confident about walking, with two new legs! He will get there, I've seen improvement today, day 4, he can take a few steps on his own...but I hope he is well enough for Christmas!
Hasn't the last part of the year flown by! Well it has for me! I was quite ill in October, November saw stressful times as my little dog Pippin had to have surgery one of his back legs. The vet discovered that he had slipped kneecaps on both rear legs, along with a lot of arthritis in his hips and bone spurs, bowed tibias....oh boy, he was in pain but I was a mess with the thought of him needing surgery. Thank goodness he came through just fine, and is now recovering nicely. He will have his other leg fixed next year, I think we both need time to recover!
I also started on my insulin pump, its been a huge adjustment and a lot of work, but I'm going well with it and I already notice a difference in my diabetes control and how well I feel. It is much easier than all of those injections I've been having for close to 17 years! I'm looking forward to a better life with it.
So, have I had any time to create! Not really! I have finished one custom order which I am really pleased with, a kitty fairy called Solstice, I'm considering more fairy dogs and cats now of course, very inspiring working from someone else's ideas at times :)
And, I almost forgot! I had pre-made a little Elf Bear called Edgar months ago to be featured in Teddy Bear Review. And, so, here he is! He has been waiting for the season for a very long time! He is available to adopt now, if you would like to email me, I can send him off to you as quick as can be, hopefully in time for Christmas! Edgar is 3.5 inches tall, he is made from Sassy Plush in shades of green. Edgar is fully cotter pin jointed, and he has black glass eyes and a embroidered and highly glossed nose. He is ready and waiting to enjoy Christmas and also to bring joy to your house throughout the year!
Edgar has been adopted and is going to live in the USA
Not to forget, I have not remembered to show you my Halloween bears in amongst the kerfuffle of the last months! I have photos below...Little Hagatha, and Jake are still available for adoption, if you are interested, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Jake is a Werewolf! He's not as spooky as he seems and promises he will not bite you, even on a full moon :) He is 4 inches tall, made from mohair and is fully cotter pin jointed. Glass eyes, shiny embroidered nose and delightful fangs, roar!! $150 plus postage costs
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hagatha is just under 3 inches tall, she is made from Sassy Plush in pink, she is fully cotter pin jointed, has glass eyes, a Swarovski crystal belly button, and is fully attired in Halloween witch costume. She is a good little witch though, she has her cauldron and her knack for spells, she will bring a little magic into your life no matter what time of year!
Gregor the Gargoyle
Vladimir the Vamp
Well, here comes the end of my very long blog post! I hope you've stayed with me and not nodded off ;) I'm glad to be regaining some normality back into my life, its the catching up that is always difficult. I do hope you have a good time as you shop and decorate for the season, wishing you and yours the very best of times :)
Well, it's that time of year again, get ready for one month of Spooktacular Fun as The Halloween Artists Studio Tour beings on the 1st of October!! Come and see the many and varied artists offerings, find me on your journey and see my latest three new spooky creations all up for immediate adoption!
Our very lovely hostess Karen Waschinski from Scratching at the Window is kind enough to organise and publish this show every year, and she does it all for the bats! So please join in with her spirit of generosity and donate to Bat Conservation International www.batcon.org
Well, I wish I had as many to be able to tip toe through, but I'm super excited to see my first tulips! Aren't they pretty :) The air is so fresh and scented with all the spring blooms, its really hard to feel anything but happy in this sort of weather, happy spring!
It is the first day of Spring here in Australia, and as I was wandering around the garden, I found this little girl in our peach tree! She was there to celebrate the beginning of spring, and after sprinkling her magic around our garden, she asked if she could be adopted out to another family in need of some springy fairy dust!
Peach Blossom is just under 3 inches tall (2 and 3/4 inches to be precise) She is hand stitched and 5 way cotter pin jointed. She is made in a lovely peachy mini plush, with a frosted finish, so the general appearance is of a soft peach colour. She has glass eyes, handmade iridescent wings and a Swarovski crystal belly button. She comes with a Jellybelly Bears swing tag and tush tag.
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Here she is, Jemima!! At last she joins her brother Gnome in the big wide world. She loved sitting amongst the beautiful flowers today for her photo shoot. It was a gorgeous day today too, very springy :) http://www.bearpile.com/item/47676 Please visit her on Bear Pile for adoption details.
Well, my next challenge is to clean my desk! In order to start again and make more mess sewing some new designs, what shall I create this time......
Here is Jasper, first little Gnome to make it out of the Jellybelly Bears Studio! Gnomes are earth dwellers, and the gardening variety are there to help tend your garden, while you aren't looking of course ;) Jasper can't wait to be adopted into the big wide world and explore new plants and wildlife and make new friends.
Jasper is 3 inches tall, and can be yours for $140 AUD plus postage costs. If you are interested in adopting, here is a link for more information. http://www.bearpile.com/item/47546
Well here is some proof that I am actually a soft sculpture artist, and not only a gardener ;) These little guys are slowly coming together and will hopefully meet the world this weekend as Gnome bears. I adore gnomes, really, I can never choose between faeries, gnomes, elves.....dragons...I love them all, but I have a real earthly connection to gnomes, maybe because I love to garden so much!
So I can't wait to finish these little guys! I just love the colours too....mauve and a light lemon, so pretty, and it will be fun choosing coordinating colours for their clothes :) Well, back to work! Now we need to fill their bellies with stuffing, sew on their ears and make them some clothes and that special Gnome hat that no respectabable ;) Gnome would be seen without!
Here are a couple of piccies of David and Lisa...and the bears waiting with empty tummy's
So....anyone who knows me, knows how much I love my garden, and how depressing it was for me living in a hot climate and unable to grow all the cool climate plants.....so, now I am in a cool(er) climate I am bursting with delight at seeing my first crocus show its sunny little face :) Along with my mini Daffodils, Jetfire, and Tete a Tete. They are soo cute!! Quite different to jonquils I think. I'm waiting on my anemone's, freesia's and grape hyacinth in my front patch and the rest of the daffs and crocus to flower of course...I'm already planning more bulbs to buy for next years display, somehow I think I'll overdo it....you may just see my bright patch of colour when you look at Australia on google earth maps.....hehe
I loooove country life, sigh, bliss :)
Our lovely Miss Birch has a while to wait yet before she dresses in her swaying green frock for the summer....
I think she is lovely even still....
And my potted colour, keeping things cheery through the winter out in the back, as we work on the garden :)
Well, off for a hot cup of tea, as I listen to the pitter patter of rain on the roof and think some more about what to plant next in my garden, TTFN :)
Here in South East Australia, we are lucky enough to have two whale watching seasons....In the winter, down at Portland, we have nearly daily sightings of the Humpback Whale, and also Southern Right Whales. I've been a nature lover for as long as I can remember, so seeing these beautiful creatures up close is something I've been eager to do for a long time...So, down we headed for a day trip to Portland...and of course, this day the whales are shy!! Today there have been two sightings of groups of both whales! So, we'll just have to persevere and go down a few more times to try and catch a glimpse! Anyway, we had a nice trip down, and saw a lot of other scenery to make it worth the trip!
Southern Right Whale
Portland Bay's lighthouse, where many whales are spotted.
No, we saw no whales, but, we saw wind turbines! On our trip to Cape Nelson, we came across all of these! They are huge! And quite scary when they pop up on the side of the road, or seemingly in your path at the end of a windy road....it felt like we were in a computer game and had to make a counted out run for it to get to the other side lol
Pip was a happy traveller :)
Next stop on our way to Cape Nelson a pretty look out, look at that rock layering! Pretty beach with so many white waves! Up to Cape Bridgewater lookout and the Blowholes The Blowholes, Pip poses naturally :) The sea was beautiful here, so vast...
The Blowholes were spectacular! The way the waves swooshed about looked so pretty, so many colours of blue.....the rest of the sea was so calm and tranquil...
The clifftop walk....and the petrified forest! We were soo excited to think these were trees from millions of years ago....but, no.....read further and you will see our disappointment...
Still pretty cool though huh ;)
So...maybe next time we will find some whales....or maybe when I buy a super zoom lens.... ;)