Usually I don’t post some of the more generic things that I make… Or often much of other peoples patterns. I don’t tend to like to use other peoples things as at times there have been people who have confused what I make from what I have made from a pattern. After telling them I used a pattern from someone else they tend to go ‘oh’ as if it is disapointing in some way, It has happened enough that I generally avoid doing so. Plus the fact that I can’t stand to make things other people have, not that there is anything wrong with the item or the people making it.. But I like what I do to have some sort of uniqueness that makes it MINE.
So where is this rant leading.. A few months ago when I was in the middle of looking for bear patterns to get an idea how they are made up.. the shapes and so on I came across a cute little folk art bear. Missy Ballance is the designer of the bear and has the free pattern up on her site. However, I deviated from the exact pattern and redrew mine, I gave him fox like ears and widened his neck and changed his arms and legs a bit. But the basis and it still looks enough like that that I will always know what the basis for it was.
Now the next part was I wanted to make him a little cardigan. I looked around the web for something that I liked and could modify simply enough to use as his cardigan.. But alas no such thing was to be found.. I winged it and the results are better and more rewarding than I could have expected. I will be posting this pattern in time but you will have to wait 😛
If you have ever been to Ikea you will have seen thier stuffed toys.. One night we were in there getting some new stuff.. Beer glasses, meat tenderizer, dish rack and venetian blinds.. you know the important things.. when my partner threw an Ikea polar bear into the trolley on the grounds he wanted to torment Cozzy (Costello , the kitty) with it. Which he did, for some reason however we kept calling it panda… the name has stuck and he is now named Mr Panda the Polar Bear. Now as with the other post I had to give him some personality and uniqueness, so I made him a scarf which is knitted in moss/seed st with 1 strand blue and one strand grey crochet acrylic *its actually very soft*.
Yesterdays and the day befores postcards..
As I am up to 69 of 77ish which are to go into this book I really need to start thinking more about how I want to do these.. a box seems like the best idea or do I want to move onto making it a more journal-ish project? I still love doing something each day in this manner. There is something about it that is a great release from everything else that is going on in the world.
Perhaps I want to make the subject of what I make a little more meaningful? I also would like to do some of the projects/explorations in the Quilting Arts, Cloth Paper Scissors, Art of Manipulating Fabric and so on magazines and books.. Perhaps just use a project in each as the basis of the postcard a day.. But then what to do with them.. Trade them? Store them? and what about the book side? I have really liked jotting down the ideas and thoughts so perhaps a book that acompanies it and then at the end of 9 cards print out a sheet of them and cut them out and paste them to the relevant page?
I need to hurry up and decide what I am going to do but I think that is pretty much a good idea.. Do the projects I want to from my collection of magazines/books, store them in a box for trade/sale and keep a book along with it which will be sort of a journal really.. That will mean a postcard and a page or two a day.. I want to get more into journaling again but I dont want to stop doing the postcards a day right now.. I suppose I will see how it goes and if it gets too much drop the postcards but keep journaling. Which I see as the more beneficial to me at the moment. Time will tell I am sure 😀