I'm probably the only one who will get excited about this, but I've tweaked the sock dog process a bit and have finally found a good way to make the arms more floppy. Big Cy is the first to have this fabulous new feature.
Ok, so it's kinda hard to tell from the photo, but believe me, when you pick this guy up and his arms flop over your hands, it's totally adorable. One small step for sock dogs, one giant leap for--uh--I'm not sure.
Anyway, in addition to tinkering with the rocket science that is sock animals, I've been working on another antique doll. I say this with trepidation...I know some of you are going to think I'm a crazy doll lady with 500 cats. But it's just not true. I only have two cats.
Here she is before and after:
I tried to be as respectful as possible to her original design. I hate it when I see antique toys that have been plastered with paint, or simple dolls that have been repainted to look like a, er, street walker. They're out there--believe me. OK, I'm off to play with my cats and drink some earl grey tea in my shawl now.
There's a fabulous new etsian out there, and I wanted to share her work with you! Marianne is a French-Canadian artist and recently opened Les Belles Bettes where you can find these charming and truly unique little finger puppets.
Lutin de Noel (Christmas Goblin)--it was love at first sight, and he's on his way to our house now!
I've just been tagged by mare, an extraordinary crafter and someone with more patience and talent for knitting than I could ever hope for.
Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you. 2. Post the rules on your blog. 3. Write six random things about yourself. 4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. 5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
So here are the random things about me:
1. Yoga makes me mad. Every time I go to a class, I don't end up feeling great or happy--I get really frustrated and I usually experience some kind of physical pain.
2. I'm the oldest of three kids, which explains a LOT. My brother is 2 years younger and runs his own car biz out in Bozeman, MT. My sister is 7 years younger and just had her first baby. (It's a girl! YAY!)
Old photo! L-R: Molly (the baby), Ryan, me.
3. All of my favorite bands are British. And most of my favorite actors/tv shows/films. And my car. I should just move there, already.
4. My first crush as a kid was Alfalfa from Our Gang. Swell!
5. My favorite children's book illustrator is Gyo Fujikawa. My mom bought several of her books for me when I was little, and I kept them all. Her drawings are absolutely gorgeous and it's easy to lose yourself in the world she created.
6. My favorite thing to do right now (aside from making sock dogs) is sitting in the sunny kitchen in the morning with my 21 month old and coloring with her. Nothing like it.
Rafferty is one lucky sock dog. Not only was he adopted by a great family, but he's living it up in England. He was a sweet 16 birthday present for a very talented young lady, who happens to be a sock dog artist herself! She said that she was "chuffed to bits" with Raff (which means very happy in Brit-speak).
Here are a few photos of the new friends, enjoying their trip into the city.
Riding the Tube (check out her t-shirt--it says "If I ran the zoo, I'd let the animals go". LOVE it.
And waiting for The Lion King to begin:
Calling for more biscuits (and tea):
Don't you just love that girl (and her mom)? How sweet was that to take Raff around and send photos? I've had so much fun seeing their adventures.
If you've adopted an Original Sock Dog and would like to share some of your creative photos, please send them in! I've sent sock dogs all around the globe--to New Zealand, Germany, Australia, France and of course across the USA, so I know there are some great photos out there somewhere! And I'd just love to see them and post them on the blog. (E-mail pix to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The artist is 8 year old Sangmo, a Tibetan refugee who I've been sponsoring for the past 5 years. Sangmo's mom makes and sells baby clothes to help pay for her daughter's schooling. The family is small--just Sangmo, her mom and grandmother.
I learned about her and her family through my friend Caryn, who is involved with a small group of caring individuals called Jamtse Tsokpa (prounounced Jom-say So-pah). Stephanie, the woman who formed the group, is also an artist and a teacher here in Kansas City. She takes frequent trips to India, where the refugees live, and purchases handmade jewelry, bags, clothing and more and brings the wonderful stash of goodies back here to the US. The profits from the sales go back to the refugees and their families, and the sales also help make more people aware of the refugees' situation and their need for American sponsors. The next sale is coming up the first weekend of December--if you live here in KC and would like more info, just let me know and I'll get it to you!
Thanks to my Dogs in Bad Sweaters note cards, I met a really wonderful artist on etsy. Angela, whose etsy shop is aandboriginals, makes the cutest custom dog sweaters--not like the sad looking things on my cards.
Take a look:
A very chic pooch, no? Angela has been crocheting for over 35 years and making the dog sweaters for 9 years.
Unfortunately, my two hairy beasts aren't the kind of dogs that need sweaters. But at this time of year, the little guys and dogs like greyhounds with very sparse coats do need some extra warmth. And what better place to get something stylish and well made than in Angela's shop?
Luckily, she has a good sense of humor about my cards, ordered a set--and framed it!
I think Atlas was an actor in a past life. What a ham.
I know he looks totally pit-iful here, but it was right after I gave him a piece of grilled chicken and a solid 10 minutes of tummy rubs. But he did want me to let you know that he is so very, very lonely and wants a good home so much!
Sadie with her favorite toy. She loves to be chased with a toy in her mouth. Such a funny girl.
Fancy has been at the shelter for a very long time. She's such a big teddy bear. I'm embarrassed to say that this was the first time I've taken her out in the yard. I was a little intimidated by her size (which is mostly fur, I think). I was so surprised at how sweet she is! I plan to spend some time with her every week from now on. Hopefully she'll find her home soon.
Curtis came into the shelter with cherry eye and entropion. Thanks to the Gabriel Fund, he's had surgery and as you can see, is doing much better now!
Awww! Don't you just want to squish that face?
Curtis and Gizmo are roomies now that Annie has been adopted--they seem to like each other, no? (Don't worry--it's not what you think!)