Sunday, February 21, 2010

OOAK Amigurumi Penguin - Iced Tea

I think of Iced Tea.... Yes, have some... lol :) Just my humor, forgive me ;)

At work our "mascot" is a penguin. A few months ago I won a customer service award and it was an etched glass penguin that sits on a base and lights up. Well, a coworker of mine who comes in and does filing every morning noticed the piece and started to tell me about her daughter loving penguins, how she would get one of those for her in a heart beat basically. Which started getting my mind on Etsy - I know there are many artists there and someone I'm sure does etched glass.

Of course my brain going through channels the next came upon ME making a penguin.

You may or may not notice that I primarily have bears in my shop. You might wonder, why primarily bears? I picked them because I thought they were classic and the pattern is fun and they are adorable. For me its an undertaking to make a pattern from scratch even when I know in my heart of hearts I can create or replicate an idea just with my hook and the right color thread. But honestly, it can be an overwhelming task to me. The sheer time and attention I want to give it I must, especially if it's my creation. There is no "settling" here.

I thought of the chick in my store and realized I could use that as the illustration of what I could make for her daughter. I pitched the idea to her in an email. As my coworker went onto do her filing I told her I sent her and email about penguins and laughed cause I was both nervous she might not be interested and excited 'cause she just might be! :) LOL She said "thank you".

Within the next hour she got back to me and said that she wanted one. I was of course tickled pink and she was all about getting the money to me asap. lol Which is funny to me because I like to wait until I know I've made 100% what they wanted before I get the money.

Onto the weekend!

Yesterday and today I was busy making my coworkers penguin and then writing up and taking down exactly what I wanted my penguin to look like. Please see the pictures:) The one with eyes like the new chick on the block: is the one for my coworker.

Thank you for reading :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Studio - to be or not to be?

Well hello :)

I figured it was high time I update anyone who read the prior post about my studio - just how things are coming!

As of now - the possibility of doing away with the "room" is actually an option that depending on how the floor plan works out - may be a very nice addition to the house.

After my first post about the room I began thinking about a floor plan, colors, storage, etc... I realized as much as a room for all my wonderful things is, well wonderful I'm not so sure for my creating style that it would serve a purpose for me beyond a storage room. I say that because I do not craft without a tv or the presence of someone else. I take my crafty things with me various places (like on road trips :D) but never has it been to have a "me, alone time". Some may need or want this room (and by all means should have one! :)) but my times of inspiration too are not often in the moment of me looking at the yarn or whatever media I am working with. No, my inspiration comes when I'm out and about... so if you do not see any further posts about a studio, you will know why. :)

My yarn has it's "decorative" place(s) in my living room and when guests come I do pick up the coffee table that is usually adorned with needles, buttons, yarns, patterns, beads, etc. I think the baskets of yarn add an element to the house of coziness and (so far) the mister (^.^) has not said otherwise either. ( I will add some pics of the living room once I get home,, eh-hem after I've picked up a bit :D ).

You might be asking now - "But Dawn, what will come of the room then if you aren't going to make it your own?" Well my dear friends :) part of this realization that a craft room doesn't quite suit me, the hubby and I were talking about making our bedroom bigger. The wall next to the closet is actually a chimney and if we were to connect the rooms, we could convert the blocked off chimney to a fireplace and the area I might have had - into a library with a cozy chair to sit in and have tea, read a book, etc! WE would also connect the bathroom to this room as well. In daydreaming about making a bigger bedroom with an attached bathroom and fireplace I found I really came alive, even more so than the idea of my own studio. LOL And just as when I fell in love with my husband... I "just knew" this idea suited me best!

When this dream will come to fruition I do not know.. we have to get a blue print of the house, find out where the supporting beams are and if our dream can even be made possible.

For now, the room still needs to be painted and the ceiling scrapped clean of the residual pieces of wall paper.

As always, I'll keep you posted! Even if it's sometimes after the fact ;) Thank you for reading! :D
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