oh… hello there, bloggy pants!

oh… hello there, bloggy pants!

….ramblings of a softie maker & doodle-er of sorts!


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Another bear in the works!

Someone is starting to emerge….

And someone is telling me it’s late and way past his bedtime!

So funny this studio partner of mine! He’s the sweetest laziest thing, but makes the worst late night studio companion. He makes it until about 10:30 and is ready to call it a night! He then proceeds to give me sad extremely tired faces until I give in and head to bed.
Anyway…I’ve been toying (no pun intended!) around with the idea of doing a few giveaways coming up soon. I’m thinking maybe some teeny tiny bears would be cute! So keep checking in with me for updates on that!

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New bear!

Whew! Today is flying by! I have a new bear completed…he’s a larger size than the last group I made, measuring in at approximately 10 inches tall. I made him a simple pom-pom “scarf” from some leftover wool yarn I had. I love making pom-poms. They come out so much nicer looking than the ones you buy-plus I’m able to use wool! As soon as I get a a few more made they’ll be available in my etsy shop!

Here’s a pic in better light:


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New art studio pics & a Happy 4th of July!

Here are the promised pics of the new(ish) studio my FIL and hubby worked so hard on! This room was once our garage that was too small for a car and thus wound up being a hiding spot for junk and trash. Since the conversion, it’s been our favorite hang out! I love the fact that the sliding glass doors open onto our deck and I can work on things while keeping an eye on miss E when she decides to play in her sandbox. It’s also proved to be a great room for her messy art projects & the huge chalkboard wall on the end is fun for all!




These pics are when it was first completed…it’s a bit more…um “lived in” now, but loved nonetheless! Now that the photo bomb is done, I hope everyone has a happy 4th of July! We’re laying low and just grilling some burgers, but we hope to catch the city’s fireworks this evening!

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My new studio partner!

In the midst of all the chaos and goings on since I last frequented this blog, I have acquired a nice new studio (thanks to my amazing husband and father-in-law!) & a new dog to add to our mix of crazy mutts! Tonight, Otto is my studio buddy-keeping my eyeballs open while I mindlessly stuff a new bear by shoving his toy into my arm every 5 seconds. It’s a good thing I’ve mastered stuffing a bear, watching the Colbert report, & play catch/tug with Otto simultaneously! Otto is our first Boxer and I can tell you I’ve fallen in love with the breed! He’s one of the best dogs I’ve ever had in just the short seven months he’s been with us. We all just love him to pieces!

Here he is just begging to go inside to go to bed…just look at that sad hard to resist face!


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Whew! It’s been awhile!

What have I been up to?? It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve updated this blog! Between health issues (which will be a post somewhere down the road!), raising a quite charmingly sassy three-almost four year old, switching over to a mostly whole foods based lifestyle (which means literally cooking and baking darn near everything!), adding yet another dog to our menagerie (& most recently a fish!), squeezing in making some of my odd little animals here & there & re-visiting a long lost love of tennis …& well there ya have it…a neglected blog. Once again, I’m going to try to keep this thing up to date! I’m keeping my fingers crossed anyway! Haha!
I’ve recently taken a break from needle felting and have been concentrating on working with the mohair as is. Here are a few bears I’ve completed:



I’m also currently working on a slightly larger one. I’ve never really made bears before, but after reading Christie’s Century of Teddy Bears I felt all nostalgic for my own childhood teddy bear and decided to try my hand at a few. I really like these little guys….they’re still funky (they remind me of “Brain” from Pinky and the Brain) but sweet and sad all at the same time.

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A new addition!

Well…we added another member to the family! It’s been 2 years since my beloved Boston Lenny passed and on a whim, we decided to adopt Frank! He just turned 10 months old today and he’s been with us for three weeks now. He seems to be fitting in rather well, considering he must have had a somewhat tough past. It took him until just this week to really warm up to me, despite his seemingly good (although scaredy cat) nature. He also just started feeling brave enough to venture throughout the whole house and is really starting to show his Boston personality! It’s so great to see him come out of his shell! We just love him to bits and we think ,despite our somewhat quick adoption..(no discussions…just go get that Boston!!:) that fate must have had a hand in it!


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Sailor 1911 Profit

Another little happy birthday gift (from my mom…thanks ma!) was a yellow Sailor 1911 profit with a medium nib along with a bottle of iroshizuku ink in yu-yake. I love the sailor (I have one in a fine nib also). It’s a nice smooth writer, but it does have a sweet spot that I seem to lose from time to time. Not sure if this could be fixed with a little fine tuning, but I’m too chicken shit to mess with it! I’m hoping after using it a bit it’ll change. The ink, although pricey, is wonderful! It’s a beautiful fall color and just right in time for pumpkin picking, leaves falling, & brisk evenings. It has great shading and a variety of subtle colors depending on which pen I use it with. Here’s the beginning of my journal entry for today to give you an idea….


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Noodler’s flex fountain pen

As I hunker down for a long upstate winter, I begin my yearly ritual of stockpiling pens and paper in anticipation of many months of journaling and doodling! I’ve acquired a pretty good birthday stash so far…& I’ll review everything in time, but my newest acquisition has left me in love! It’s Noodler’s flex fountain pen (in the color Arizona). It’s such a blast to doodle and draw with! I inked it up with Noodler’s bullet proof black ink and I have to say it has the feel of a dip pen without all the mess and is just really a ton of fun with minimal investment! I highly recommend it to anyone looking to experiment with a flex nib …or just to try a decent inexpensive fountain pen! I’ll definitely be looking to add a few more to my collection! I got mine (along with another Exacompta sketchbook (oh how I love thee!:) from Goulet Pens and they rock! Super customer service and fast shipping! It was my first purchase from them, but it won’t be my last!:) here’s a peek at a doodle I started for today’s journal entry:


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My new obsession (even though it’s rotten timing for new obsessions, but dang my feet have been hurting!) are Troentorp Bastad clogs! I bought these from an online retailer, but next pair will be directly from them as they have a multitude of fun colors to choose from! & let me tell you they are comfy! i wasn’t sure about a wooden footbed, but they are so so nice! I had to purchase two pair to really decide on the fit…and eventually opted for the larger ones in case i decide to wear them with socks when it gets cooler! so here’s to funky red clogs that certainly lifted my spirits (ah…. how some shopping will do that to ya!:) after a really crummy last few weeks!

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a note from 425sqftart….

i love to make odd little furry animals out of mohair & wool (among other numerous crafty projects!) Each piece is unique and one of a kind..painstakingly created over days! i do not normally do commission work, but hey if ya have any ideas throw 'em my way!



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