The green one with no feet and folded ears is the final version of the owl. I’m pretty excited that the pattern for this owl will be included in Softies, a book that will be published by Penguin Books and is due out in September of 2007. I am working on a second pattern, one for the lizard, to be included, too. If everyone naps this week I should be able to finish it. Let’s pray for some much needed New England snowfall so that I can run the tot around outside and wear her out.
On Friday, Mimi came over in the morning while Roxanne was at nursery school. She brought over a fat fairy and a tourist doll, along with her new valentine fabric postcards. Mimi’s work is so fine and she is so skilled. I asked for a satin stitch lesson and she sat at my desk and stitched eyes and a mouth on a little doll head I had taken down from the shelf of the damned (where soft toys that don’t work out go to die). Now I see how to make my satin stitch really filled in and really neat. Thank you, Mimi!
Besides this little lesson, we had such fun talking. One of the things we discussed was how to define exactly what it is we make. When we say we make "toys" or "dolls" people immediately think they are for children when, in actuality, the majority of people who buy our pieces are adults who buy them for themselves. But they aren’t "art dolls" and "art toys" sounds like a toy you would use to make art. So maybe "artist-made toys"? Hmmm… Anyone have any thoughts?
Mimi lent me some awesome books, including this Woman’s Day soft toys book. I would really recommend this one to anyone who is interested in getting started making toys. Great patterns and lots of them.
And finally, I want to send a huge thank you to Sarah who had so kindly offered to help me with my postcard and spent the weekend emailing back and forth with me. She took the rough draft I had made in Illustrator and fixed it all up in Photoshop and sent it back to me. Sarah – I just mailed a thank you package to you. This week I was so thankful to be part of the craft blog community. Here is what the finished card will look like. I should have a big stack of them in a week or so.
All of my current work will be for sale through my Etsy shop in the month of March.