Saturday, 7 November 2009

after the owls

i was faced with a quandry.

what can i possibly make now? i've done the owl thing, where on earth can i go from here?

last night i was sitting at the table eating beef stew, moaning to nick about my lack of inspiration, whinging about how i want to make stuff, i just don't know what.

i said 'i want to make something Christmassy'

he said 'how about a nativity'

'how about a nativity!' i said back as if it were my idea.

i raced into the sewing room, shut the door, put mistletoe and wine on my ipod and got to work.

ok so i haven't finished yet. by no means, still have animals and gifts from the wise men and the star etc to do yet, but recording my progress on here is so encouraging for me, and really spurs me on to do more.

so here's Mary
(i tried to give her that post-pregnancy bump to be more real)

here's Joseph
(looking a little like a young father christmas in this pic, but doesn't in real life)

and here they are together with Jesus

i've added nifty little buttons to the back,

so you can wind round some string and they can be hung on a tree or on your wall or to a...i don't know. it's up to the owner. i think we are going to hang ours on our tree (which i have persuaded nick to get in just over a week YIPPEE!).

so there you go. a little november nativity.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

twit twoooooo

i have had a little addiction of late. i think we all get them from time to time. mine is concerning owls.
it came from a very productive trip to a fabric shop and me sitting in my sewing room surrounded by beautiful felt, despairing cos i had all this material and couldn't think of one thing to make. i was doodling on some paper, on the verge of tears (ridiculous i know but little things can make me very emotional these days) and i drew an OWL. then i thought 'hang on', this might look a little bit sweet if it was made out of felt!

and so an owl was born.

after a little while, this descended into a whole clan of owls.

they are made purely from felt with buttons for eyes. the inside of their wings and their backs are the same colour as their tummies. you can see one of the guys showing off his wings here-

i actually had a real giggle taking photos of these owls. they make me laugh, and especially the one on the picture above at the far back right who's fallen over-that's Larry, he's a real joker!

here he is again in his natural habitat.

i like to think that if owls weren't massively strong and could rip your face off, i would have one as a pet.