I would love for you to meet my Story Book Teddy Bears. They are two sisters. They are in charge of all the stories that are being written at this very moment by people all over the world. Of course, that would be too much work for just one little bear. So they divide this enormous job between the two of them.
She takes care of the stories between the sunrise and sunset.
Her little sister then takes over while she rests a little.
I designed my little story book teddy bear quilt patterns on request, just before Christmas. I couldn’t resist making them afterwards.
As I finished making one of them, the thought of the other one suddenly occurred to me. I suppose such is the way of story book bears.
Stories can be told in so many ways. I love to tell stories through paintings.
I picked up these three paints – Quinacridone Gold, Moon Glow and Indanthrone Blue. I love the name Moon Glow.
Here is a sketch I finished in December. I really wanted to paint this picture, and I also really wanted to use those colours. Not a perfect match, but it was fun to use some unusual colours for the painting.
I see myself walking toward the viaduct despite the stormy sky.
We all have the power to weave a little tale of our own. The little bears are muses, giving us a little nudge now and then. If you want to make a story bear, the 10″ pattern is available on my Etsy shop.
We are surely and steadily heading into winter, but there are still signs of Autumn in my corner of the world. Fogs enfold the surrounding landscapes during the cold nights, while days are quite often wet. There are also a lot of golden yellow and ruby-red leaves hanging on to a few trees. I picked up one of those leaves and it made its way into my sketchbook earlier in the month.
I also got sent photos of a couple of autumnal finishes made from my patterns. The creators were very kind to give me permission to show them here.
This was a special order pattern. Melanie sent me a picture of her husband’s racecar and wished to make a quilted wall hanging as a gift for him. I used that picture to draw up a paper piecing pattern. This is the finished wall hanging made by her.
I also got a request from a customer for a 5.0″ teddy bear paper piecing pattern. She was going to make little Christmas Tree ornaments with the blocks. Due to the small size, I made a custom simplified pattern for her. Then I went on to modify it to make a 10.0″ block. I am hoping to join in the One Monthly Goal for January and finish making this little one.
I am a regular visitor of the Fabric Frenzy Friday linky party hosted byFort Worth Studio and they have been wonderful to feature my patterns before. This week they featured my last set of Lego Harry Potter patterns. I was very happy about that.
Harry Potter Giveaway
Congratulations to spierssusan, the giveaway winner of the Harry Potter linky party! Since it’s holiday season, I will email the rest of you who linked up your blocks for a little giveaway of my patterns.
I also set up my Lego Village for the holidays. I usually set it up such that there are many activities involving the minifigs. A few of my friends asked me to post photos, so here they are –
The whole village – I cut the photo into three sections so it would fit here
Below are a few close-up snapshots –
A child playing with an astronaut and a robot
Christmas trees and refreshments for sale here as well
Snow play area. A little one got stuck in the snow (red pants and shoes, on the right)
Plenty of food and drinks to go around
Musicians and carollers
Having a go at archery, one can even dress up in a medieval armour, if fancy strikes
At the centre they are enacting a scene from a story –
Good wizards are fighting the evil Green Wizard and the Green Witch
The Red Princess is there with her army…
…and so is the Blue Princess
The photographer is there to capture it all.
The little Christmas Tree has plenty of presents
That wraps up my Lego Village of 2016. I like to think the little minifigs are having a wonderful time.
A few years ago, we decided to forgo buying presents for each other and spend the money on charitable donations instead. We donate food, books and money to various organisations.
Some months ago, I joined Twitter and found #TwitterArtExhibit. Artists donate their work which is then sold to raise money for a local charity. This is my painting for the event that will be held in April 2017. I am very honoured and excited to be able to join this wonderful organisation. If you paint, draw or create, there is still plenty of time to register and send them a card.
This will by my last post until after the Holidays. I wish you all healthy and happy holidays and a wonderful time!