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Folksy Friday

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Now that I have found a little time to attend to my online shops I have discovered there is such a thing as Folksy Friday. You choose a topic, go window shopping on Folksy.com and share the finds you like best on your blog.

Here goes. For my first Folksy Friday I am going to see how many quirky types of bear there are out there in the handmade world.

Thread bear

https://folksy.com/items/6803821-Thread-bear these little bears just shout out that they need love!

Blackwork bear

https://folksy.com/items/4403034-Blackwork-bear Love that this bear maker uses daring colours, fabrics, and style.

Arcturina - The Bear Girl Felt Doll

https://folksy.com/items/5284011-Arcturina-The-Bear-Girl-Felt-Doll Not my cup of tea but definitely thinking out the box

OOAK An Earnest Bear by Tabbyclouds "Brienne" ( Mohair Artist Collector Teddy )

https://folksy.com/items/6670216-OOAK-An-Earnest-Bear-by-Tabbyclouds-Brienne-Mohair-Artist-Collector-Teddy- Just SO cute, but if cute is not your thing she does a very imaginative Zombie bear

SUMMER. Ted with Attitude Individually created Art Ted  With Bee earrings OOAK

https://folksy.com/items/6875369-SUMMER-Ted-with-Attitude-Individually-created-Art-Ted-With-Bee-earrings-OOAK Nothing wrong with a bit of attitude

Well, took a wee while to find these. Not many crafters steering off the safe and normal path at the moment it would seem. Have enjoyed this. Not promising to do it every week but now and then could be fun

 

 

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New Venture

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

IMG_20141103_174916At a Christmas craft fair last year I discovered a charming and whacky business called Hellygog. In 2 days of freezing cold in a garden centre we chatted a fair bit.

A few weeks back I was contacted by Jude of Hellygogs. She and her husband were opening a shop at Logie Steading visitor centre (IV36 2QN) near Forres. A well established centre offering shopping, eating, heritage centre and riverside walks, this was a favourite with us to take the parents to when they were up visiting. It therefore was an inviting prospect for me to participate.

Jude was hand picking items from the crafters and artists she has met over the years. She had fallen in love with a crochet dragon doll I had on my stall last year. So much so that she eventually bought it.

She asked if I could possibly provide some crochet dolls and some bears. While pondering what fabrics to use for the bears I received an email from Johnstons of Elgin to say that they had placed bundles of end pieces of fabric in the shop for sale. As we were going to Elgin anyway that day I persuaded husband to go round that way. One touch of the cashmere bundles and I knew the bears for Hellygog just had to be made in cashmere, it’s so soft and tactile.20150526_194022

So, 4 completed bears and 4 dolls later and we take a trip through to Logie Steading. What a wonderful place Jude has created at Hellygog. Although the crafters rent a space she has mixed everything up so that everywhere you look in the shop there is a feast of creation to view. Even on the third time round the shop you are noticing things that you didn’t pick out on the first two walks round. I really do wish her all the best with this shop. If you ever find yourself on the Forres to Carrbridge road please pop in. In fact if you are up this way on holiday it would make a good day out doing the walk, take a picnic, browse the shops in the steading.

A Trio of Bears

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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Last year friends of ours were going out to the U.S.A. to see their son married. They were also meeting extended members of daughter-in-laws family. Knowing there were 3 wee girls to meet they asked if I could make 3 bears the same but in different tartans. As you can see in the first picture they were a little unsure what sort of creatures they were. They soon worked out that they were Scottish bears though.

Had forgotten to add these pictures (parental approval gained) till I was asked to make another bear for the soon to arrive first child of the best friend of last years groom. It’s always lovely to see pictures of the bears new homes.