Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Piggy-pie goes to auction




 Here is the third ami I made for the auction. She's as simple as simple can be.

The pattern comes from the Lion Brand Yarn website, but I've made a few tweeks to get it the way I like it. I also added a few felt touches because I really like the way the felt looks on some pieces.

There are two itty bitty black circles on the nose and a cute little felt rose above the tail. Piggy-Pie is the first to sport my felt heart on her rear. I think that's what I'll do for my "tag".

I just love the curly tail!

Next up: the Cousin Series continues! Chapters 5 - 7

~S

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Malcolm (in the middle)



I'm sorry I've been quiet for so long.

This is Malcolm. He's the second toy I made for the auction. (Leilani being the first)
The dots are felt circles. He was just a little boring without a little something special.

I still don't know who won these little cuties...
I need to find that out...hmmm

Anyway, I have one more to share from the auction, then I have some more in the "Cousin" series. My niece Britney has some pretty cute amis and I just happen to have pictures of them.

I got a request today from my cousin Jennifer. Her daughter Renae has a thing for camels...
This calls for some research. We exchanged our favorite "camel" stories. It's funny how they both are Christmas stories. Her family reads "Humphrey" and mine reads "The Last Straw". Now we'll read both! Cute!

I'm looking forward to this request! I'll be sure to post a picture of the results in the future.

~ S

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Promise to Melia




This one's for Melia! My little Hawaiian girl!

I created this little cutie for an auction to raise money for the young women in my ward. I actually made 3 of them. They'll be up next.

Once I finished sewing all 8 legs on and poking the eyes in, I felt she, well "it" at that time, wasn't quite finished. No eyelashes, no flowers, no pink cheeks, she was just an "it". Boy or girl? I asked my kids. Praxton said boy...(of course). Skylar said girl...(of course). Sage said she wanted to see both, so I tried. The minute I sewed on the mouth, I knew she was a she. Sorry Sage!

The flowers are little tiny pieces of felt, just snipped with the tiniest pair of scissors. I also have a HUGE bucket of beads from all those past projects so I found complementary colors and added them for the centers. I just love how she turned out!

Of course, I had the hardest time giving her away! Actually I wanted to mail her to Melia, in Hawaii. (so far away...(tear) ) She would love this little cutie! But, she was promised to someone else and we keep our promises around these here parts! =)

Melia Leilani, meet Leilani! She loves you and doesn't even know you yet! I hope to send you one soon!  xoxoxoxoxo Little Hawaiian Girl!

~ S

PS - The pattern for "Leilani" is found in this book. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Cousin Series - Chapter 4


Chapter 4: Everett

Everett is the fourth child in our little Boise, ID family. He is also the LAST, according to his mother!

Everett gave her a run for her money when he decided to come. He was coming quick, so quick in fact that she didn't have time to get the epidural going. (you know, past 8 centimeters you are in the hands of God) I think she tapped into the power of the earth and of heaven, and of all women-kind, found the strength, endured the unspeakable pain and fatigue, and pushed! Thank goodness she did because now we have Everett. Way to go Mom A!

Everett is a quiet, gentle boy. He, like his brother Soren, was born far away in the the lovely land of Idaho, so I haven't had much time with him. However, I have spent a weekend. It speaks volumes. Everett loves his mama. He wanted to be with her all the time. Even when he was supposed to be sleeping, much to Mom's chagrin. Not always a consistent sleeper, he wears a little thin on the virtues of babies everywhere. But, makes up for it by the love he shows to his mom and dad. I haven't seen him for almost a year now and I'm sure he's working out just fine.

This little bear is a miniature version of this pattern. I used a sport weight yarn and an E-4 hook which gives him his petite body frame. I had also been incorporating felt into some other amis around that time and thought he could use a little something else, hence the star on his belly. I used yellow embroidery thread to sew the applique on. It seems to give it that heirloom toy feel. I also like how the "pooh-bear" face came out. This is the old "pooh-bear" face, not the newer Disney version. Argh, he's so cute!

Again, Everett, I would love to make you your own choice sooner or later. How about this?

Or this?? ---------------->                                

~S