A little shop news

It’s time to try to get things updated in blog land…so here’s a bit of the latest shop news for you all!

Last month’s PetsJubilee team challenge was to try a new medium of artwork, then send it in to The Creative Center , which helps cancer patients through the arts. Each piece will be used for their Got Art benefit event. If you want to donate your own original 4×6″ piece of artwork, there is still time before the deadline (Sept. 21, 2009.)  I’d been toying with the idea of “paper embroidery” for a little while, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out. I just started free-handing with my needle and thread, and here’s what came out…

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“Willamina” was sent off to New York last month to find a new home. I hope whoever receives her gets a little a smile out of her quirky sweetness, as I did! I enjoyed making Willamina so much that I decided to try making cards using some other designs. My first set is called “The Mysterious Mustache.”

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This was certainly outside my “normal” realm of designs, but it was fun nonetheless. I think I had just read an article at the Storque about Etsians “keeping it weird” and felt inspired to do my part! Granted, my mustaches (hee, hee) are not nearly as other-worldly or creepy as most of the strange stuff you might find around Etsy…but it was enough of a stretch for me at this point

My second set, which I listed just this morning, features the ever-popular songbird. I’ve been seeing little birdies cropping up everywhere these days (both in the virtual world and outside my window!), so I just had to make some of my own. Each bird was stitched with a different colored thread, although the colors are so pale, it’s almost hard to tell in the photos. Getting the detail in these was challenging, especially since I accidentally threw away my original sketch after the first bird was finished. Oops! I really love the Little Birds on Blue, and I hope you do, too!

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My next card set will feature an assortment of  brightly colored circus animals. I already have the elephant finished, but I’m not sure who else will be joining him yet. Any suggestions? 🙂

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