New Little Spirits are now available in my Etsy shop for holiday delivery. You can even custom order, but only until December 12th! Order one with hair or without, in your choice of colors! For more information, visit my Etsy store.
Christmas Spirits are little elves that arrive in your home and help spread joy and cheer during the holiday season. Arrange them in a new place every morning with a little note for the children or grandchildren encouraging the spirit of the season. Your note can say: Let’s visit an elderly neighbor or relative today, Let’s read a favorite story together today, Let’s bake cookies for our mailman today–whatever you want!
Help spread kindness during the holiday season and teach the little ones to do the same! Heck, spread joy every day, make some elves that come every month instead of just during the holiday season!
This website has some other great ideas to share: http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/11/alternative-elf-on-shelf-tradition-kindness-elf-kindness-elves.html
I’ve put a kit together that is available in my Etsy store for the dolls pictured. More color choices will be offered soon! If you’d like a custom order kit with special colors, just contact me and we’ll figure it out!
Materials you’ll need to make your Christmas Spirits: (Or you can buy the kit!)
Wooden head, wire bendy dolls, 5 ½” tall
( I got mine at http://www.beardancecrafts.com/wood_figures.htm)
Wool felt in your choice of colors (a 9×12” sheet of each color will make both dolls)
Embroidery floss that matches the colors of your felt
Scrap of wool for scarf (1/2 x 9”)
Scraps of washed wool or wool felt for shoes (a 6×6” square per doll will do)
Small buttons and other trims
Sharp, small scissors
A bit of wool roving in your choice of colors
I’ve made this pattern with an unlimited number of dolls you can make for sale–Let’s spread the joy!
Christmas Spirits are little elves that arrive in your home and help spread joy and cheer during …
Always losing your iphone or ipod in your bag or purse? Those days are long gone with a cute little pouch that you can hook to the handle of your bag. The earbud buddy keeps your earbuds from from getting tangled or the wires broken, simply wrap your cord around the Yeti’s neck and snap his tongue down.
Case is made from Wool Felt. Yeti buddy is made from fuzzy felt with seed bead eyes and a cotton lining. Slip your phone into the case and clip onto your bag. Never have to search for your phone again!
All supplies are easily available at any craft store. Case and earbud buddy can be hand or a combination or hand and machine sewn. Yeti on case can be made with ears up or ears down.
Earbud buddy measures 7″ long by 4″ wide. Case is 3.27″ wide and 6.5″ long.
Limited numbers can be made for profit.
You can instantly download this pattern from Etsy or Patternmart.
Always losing your iphone or ipod in your bag or purse? Those days are long gone with a cute little …
Most of you know that I edit books for Spencer Hill Press. At the NESCBWI conference in May of 2013, I met this really cool writer when her manuscript was sent to me for a critique. I instantly fell in the love with the story, and after meeting Wendy, I fell in love with the author too. Check out this really awesome cover that artist Lisa Amowitz designed for Freaks of Nature!
Here’s what the story is about:
The global Ebola-X pandemic of 2022 lasted five months, two weeks and six days before a cure could be found. In its wake, it left a generation of psionic freaks who can turn a single thought into a weapon… or worse.
Fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams is one of those freaks, but instead of some awesome ability like telekinesis or telepathy, he talks to plants. In other words, Devon rates a big fat zero on the scale of cool psychic abilities. Days after escaping from his psionic detainment facility, the military intercepts him. Regaining consciousness, Devon finds himself restrained aboard a military airship headed toward lifetime incarceration or certain death.
Also aboard this one-way flight to doom are six other psions. One of them, a telepath named Bai Lee, claims to have the means to escape. All the others have to do is convince her that they’re worthy of freedom. This is not good news for Plant Boy. The last thing he wants to do is reveal his useless plant-talking prowess to this kill-you-with-a-thought crew. To complicate matters further, he’s crushing hard on Alya, the lovely healer.
Devon knows he must keep his wits about him if he’s going survive this wild ride. And that’s going to be a tricky thing to do around a determined telepath who seems to have a diabolical agenda all her own.
About my author:
Wendy Brotherlin is a screenwriter, music enthusiast and all around geek-goddess. She earned a Masters in Screenwriting at the University of Southern California and went on to write for children’s television including Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Today, she lives in Manchester, Maine with her husband and two little super-heroes-in-training. Freaks of Nature is her first novel.
I made these adorable bunnies from a baby quilt I found at a vintage/junk store in northern New Hampshire. They have rusty jingle bells for eyes and a scrap of homespun for their bow with an embroidered nose, ear and leg. Fill them with lavender for a cute sachet or toss them in a chair as decoration. You could even put a bell in them for a child, just make sure to embroider the eye if you make one for a kiddo.Download the primitive bunny pattern here. And if you like to make rabbits, be sure to check out these patterns!
Last fall I was approached about making a pattern for a character in George O’Connor’s comic BABY illustrated by Griffin Ess of course I said yes! If you aren’t familiar with this comic it is about a baby sea monster who
“stumbles onto the Jersey shore, chaos ensues. Local cryptozoologist, Dr. Trent Headley, sees the monster as his ticket to the fame and fortune he’s always craved. And Detective Frank Welker just tries to survive the day – his last day on the job before he retires.”
How could I say no to that??
So anyway, it was George’s sister who made this request, and after finding the perfect material I got to work. Here is a picture of BABY at the Boston Comicon with his illustrator behind him! You’ll be able to meet BABY at a comicon near you! He’s coming to New Hampshire this month at the Granite State Comicon!