Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Sticks and Strings" model....

Miss Bella in her new hat! A Christmas gift from her Mom, a super salesperson I met online....
Bella's Mom was an "agent" for me in her hometown, and many items, (Santa plates, and hats), were sent to her because she advertised these at her workplace! Thanks, Jenn....and Bella!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Almost ready....

to shut down the workshop until the new year. Some orders are still filtering in, but should not take too long, unlike the list that was facing me last week! This is the point in the year at which I run out of things...or misplace them....or forgot to order them....etc. Each of the figures that I make requires that I sew and paint heads and hands. Of course....I ran out of the prepared ones. That is a delay of two days. Because I had one figure left to make, it caused my eye to wander to some of the figures that I had removed from the collection for various reasons...a process done a few times of year to make sure that the figures meet the quality control! In a very "Dexter" like move, the hands were removed from one of the figures to apply to another. A bit creepy, but "saved the day". Reminds me of making macrame owls "back in the day" and using guinea hen feathers to apply to the finished piece. No guinea hen feathers to be found in any supply store in this whole city....but happened to notice some on a guinea hen at the local animal farm during a visit with my young child....and no, I was not that desperate. No guinea hens were harmed in the making of said macrame owl!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

"Sister Delta Hand"...the tree topper!

This tree-topper was the result of a special order placed at the "One of a Kind" show. The buyer wished to have a non-traditional (make that "nun-traditional") tree topper to grace the decorated tree in his home. Card games are the norm for the entertaining in his home, and this "sister" will sit atop the tree, and with her hidden hand of cards, is "in the game" as well.
Fun assignment! Also, food for thought for next year's line....adding "Nun of the Above", the angel nun, done up as a tree topper!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday prep!

Back from the "One of a Kind" show in Toronto, (a five-day stint...most vendors do an 11 day stretch! I admire them for their fortitude!) and happy to say that the "sisters" were warmly received. Thanks to Cathy, who helped throughout the five day show plus set-up, and to Karen, who came for a few days of the sale. Thanks to them, visitors to the show were introduced to the "sisters", because an explanation of the concept ("sisters" sharing "habits"), plus pointing out the "punny" names, required more than one person at the booth!
There was a wonderful array of items for purchase at the show, and I did try to restrain my spending. Managed to find some unique, handmade gifts....always so appreciated!
Although my own house requires "decking", it will be about a week before I surface from the work that was waiting for me upon my return. The "sisters" have been popular on the websites, and hat orders still are coming in. Add to that some gifts that I wanted to make for my own friends and family. Not complaining, though! It will all "happen" as it usually does! Notice...not a word about preparing Christmas feasts or baking holiday treats....something has to "go" and it may as well be the kitchen tasks! :)