Thursday, March 2, 2017

Blackbird Spring Pin-keep

For the longest time I have coveted those cross stitched pin-keep barrels that I have seen here and there online.So I took the plunge and decided to create one for myself.
I began my search for an old cross stitch pattern and came up with this one from my an old thrift store book called "Charted Folk Designs from Countries along the Danube" 
by Maria Foris - a Dover Needlework Book. 
The cross stitch linen was ordered from Lori of "NotForgotton Farm" Its her line of farmhouse linen that she ages and stains which saves me from doing it myself. The embroidery floss was dyed by my friend Lorraine who has an Etsy store from which she sell her hand dyed threads.
I have embellished the top edge of this pin-keep with Bullion knots...I think they add a nice decorative touch. I stuffed it with Lavender buds and now it scents the air nicely where ever it is placed. I really enjoyed making this piece and hope to do more in the future...maybe with a a wee critter on top.

Have a great day!
Susan

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mr. Strawberry

 Meet Mr. Strawberry Mouse.
 
a sneaky little mouse who left his house...
to raid Miss Tuttle's garden.... 
a strawberry here...a strawberry there...
they disappeared from everywhere...
Miss Tuttle was surely sore and swore and swore that it was the hare...who came in there to eat her precious berries...
So sneaky little mouse who left his house to raid Miss Tuttle's garden...
well he got away to enjoy the day...
and filled his little belly to bursting...
with Miss. Tuttle's berries.

Made Ya Smile
Susan

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hello

Happy New Year to everyone! 
Just wanted to let you know that I am now on Facebook. I will be posting photos of new pieces and details regarding up and coming sales of my work. 

I have been absent from here for some time due to family matters that needed my attention. On top of that it was a brutal winter health wise...bad bugs got the best of me on numerous occasions
there was lots of good things happening to
WE ARE BUILDING A NEW HOME! 
🏡😀
So it will be an exciting year...I will be keeping a diary of sorts here on blogger to document our home building adventures.

I am also back to work in my studio...its been some time since the fuzz has flown and I am happy to report that things are progressing well...I will be posting pics of new pieces very soon.

Hugs
Susan





Thursday, November 3, 2016

Up For Adoption this Sunday

Adopted
 I am happy to announce that these three critters will be looking for new homes.
All three of them will be put up for adoption in my Etsy shop this coming Sunday, November 6th at 3:30pm Pacific time.
Adopted
If you should have any questions please feel free to email me anytime.
 I was hoping to have more pieces ready for you but life has been very busy and stitching time has been limited.
 
Adopted
 I am working on some Winter themed pieces and I hope to have those completed by early December.

Cheerios, Susan

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Art Crawl 2016

This past weekend the Sunshine Coast where I live put on it's annual Art Crawl...it is a wonderful event where you can tour up and down our coast and visit over a 140 local artist's studios, group shows and galleries. There's a funny saying around these parts that there must be something in the water here that makes people highly creative...as we have one of the highest populations of artists and crafts people in Canada. 
It was also a milestone weekend for me as this weekend was the first time ever that I have shown my Mouse Droppings art in a public place...and I have been creating my little characters for almost 14 years(has it been that long...WOW). 
My art probably would have stayed out of public view had it not been for Lynn(thanks Lynn), our local rug hooking teacher who kicked my butt and told me to get my *#%$@*! out there and show my stuff!





A lot of folks got pretty emotional while looking at my critters and hooked rugs...they sparked a lot of conversations about the past, even a few teary eyes as they remembered the good old days...but best of all as I huddled behind my rug hooking frame I could watch folks turn the corner and see my work for the first time...they stood there and their faces lite up with these huge grins...they would walk a little closer and soak in the details...picking them up,turning them around. It really made my heart swell and it really brought home that this is why I've been making these things for so long...simply...they make people happy!  
I do have to mention that I didn't have anything available for purchase...I decided to have a show and tell instead and I admit that I did this because I was really nervous of how folks would react to my work up here. I'm a hermit, and coming out the creative closet into a public space was a B I G deal for me, limiting my exposure by having less to see was my way of coping with a situation that made me feel uncomfortable.


Well I am pretty damn good at working myself into a nervous tizzy and I obviously completely misjudged folks and by the end of the week-end I was glowing and proud!   

and then I realized that...you know what...you don't need people's approval...you are already a good and worthy person...be strong, be proud, have faith in yourself and your abilities and good things will happen.
Thank you to everyone who came out to see me this week-end...and thanks everyone for your patience with this very L O N G post.

"Sometimes its the small things that take up the most room in your heart."
Winnie the Pooh

Cheerios, Susan

PS...sorry for the low quality cell phone photos

Monday, September 26, 2016

Playdate


Over a year ago I ordered some paper-clay to play with...it sat in my closet until I got the urge to do something with it.
I tell ya...it was like I was a kid again...
I loved it! I felt excited...rejuvenated!  
As artists we get into creative ruts...the secret was to just let go...be brave...play and go with the flow...

Happy :)
Susan




Friday, September 16, 2016

Harvest Moon

There is a chill in the air and the leaves have begun to change...WoW...how many times has that been written...kind of a corny much used sentence opener...but it's the truth non the less.
Fall Fairs are gearing up, farmer's markets are full to the brim with country produce...pumpkins and squash, crisp apples, sugar sweet plums... 
Tonight is a Harvest Moon...a full moon to help us celebrate the season...and if you are lucky...and you are out and about...you may glimpse the silhouettes of bats...flitting about.
And maybe, just maybe, you will see something else...a practice flight before the big night!

Enjoy our Harvest Moon
Susan


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Deleting my old Mailing list

Hello everyone I have decided to delete my old mailing list and I am starting a new one...so if you want to keep getting my newsletter could you please send me a note with the email address you want me to use.

Click on the JOIN MY EMAIL LIST button to your right 

My newsletters are usually short and will contain info regarding new pieces and any up and coming sales of my work.
 To celebrate the coming fall season I will be hosting a giveaway of an Autumn themed character as well as some other lovely things...stay tuned.
Oh yah...Jasper says hello and sends ya all sweet sloppy kisses!

P.S.
THANK-YOU!!!
TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR LOVELY COMMENTS
I so appreciate your coming by and taking the time to write me!!!

Cheerios, Susan

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Mouse Day

My desk is filled to overflowing with critters in all stages of development...they are everywhere...there is no more room to work...they are sitting on shelves, on the floor, in boxes, nooks and crannies. "Cranny" what a strange word now that I think of it!
cran·ny
ˈkranē/
noun
  1. A small, narrow space or opening. Synonyms - Chink, crack, crevice, split, fissure, rift, cleft, opening, gap, aperture, cavity, hole, hollow, niche, corner, nook, interstice.
Holy Cow...who woulda thought one little word could be so many things. Interesting tidbit for the day...onward and forward. 
I'm in a bit a panic cause I have signed up to be in our local Art Crawl this October...so I need to get lots of critters ready...it won't be a sale but rather a display of my work. This is something I've never done in all my years of creating these characters...I've shown my paintings and mixed media pieces but not my little characters..it will be fun to see what folks think. I have to say that I am a bit nervous about getting enough pieces completed so that it will be full and interesting...having to create a show is very motivating! 
With all this work my back is hunched, my fingers are sore and I am in dire need of massage and a chiropractic adjustment. Meanwhile I will continue to work...I have whole herd of mice that need grooming.


Cheerios, Susan

Friday, August 12, 2016

Helloooo out thereeee...

Yup...its me...my last post was in February 2015. Its taken me a long time to get my act together...I am pleased to report that although I am a bit rusty in the creativity department...it seems that making stuff is like riding a bicycle...you never forget! 
Fuzz has again started flying...and all of my long forgotten characters are breathing a BIG sigh of relief..."Its a miracle" they have proclaimed..."We will no longer be naked and afraid...we will be painted and given new homes...Hip Hip Hooray!"
It feels pretty good to be stitchin and sewin and dreamin. I have avoided getting busy, avoided the work...but maybe...just maybe there was a benefit to all of this idleness. Some time to breath, to store up creative energy. Some time to reflect and ponder life and what it means to me. 
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old,
but on building the new"

Socrates

Stay Tuned...
Susan



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Busy Hands, Happy Heart

Another recently finished piece to share with you. Months ago I cross stitched a small piece with a couple of sweet birds on it...it was created with Valdani variegated floss in muted brown tones.
I wasn't sure what to do with this cross stitched piece so it sat in a basket for a long time till I pulled it out the other day. I fiddled with it here and there and this is what I ended up creating...a small pin-cushion with a cross stitching mouse perched on top. 
This sweet little guy will be available for adoption this coming Sunday, Feburary 8th at 3pm Pacific time in my Etsy Store. This will be a small sale with only three pieces.

Below are photos of the pieces that will be in this sale.


I hope you can come by and find a sweet friend to take home with you! Please email me with any questions you may have.

Hugs
Susan

Little Jasper says Hello to you all...kind of a strange photo of him as I had to touch up his eyes. He was chilled from his long rainy day walk so I wrapped him up in his favorite blanky to keep him warm : )



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