Saturday, November 28, 2015

My goal of 40 is met!

I promise this is the last of the fairies you have to endure. But on the plus side, I did meet my personal goal of making 40 of these this year. They went to the shop the other day and I’m busy now working on my last dolls for the year. Without further delay, here are the girls and a few close ups.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Shop the Neighbourhood

For my Canadian’s viewers, you may have noticed the ads from Yellow Pages promoting Shop the Neighbourhood. If you have or especially if you haven’t, follow this link to find out more. If the link comes up with Trending in Sidney BC, just change the city/town name just below that.

It’s a one day shop locally, November 28th, in support of our local merchants. Just insert your keywords etc. into the search bar and see what you might find in your own area.

I think it’s an really thoughtful promotion to help our local businesses, so if it’s of interest to you and I hope it is, click on the Shop button below. What a great way to revisit shops you might have forgotten about, new stores you didn’t realize where there or any other new experience.

Spend a day enjoying your local shops and what they have to offer. ;o)


Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Origins of Black Friday

There is a misguided belief that it has something to do with slavery… Totally false as you can see by going to and checking out this article. The actual meaning of Black Friday is really just as simple as this,

“Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit.

I found that information here, so if you’d like to learn more of the history of how Black Friday came to be, it’s quite interesting. Over time business owners realized it was a good opportunity to draw in throngs of customers and make some great sales.

Unfortunately today, it is so out of hand I’m embarrassed to be part of the human race. I’m sorry we’ve adopted it here in Canada, it’s just so crazy. This is not my idea of going shopping. Holy cow.

If you want to bring out the worst in people, just go to a shopping center and see for yourself. Watch the madness as people get trampled in the rush to get through the doors, watch those credit card balances max out, fights break out over some stupid thing they don’t really need. After that insanity subsides, what is left. Bills up the wazoo that will take you until next Black Friday to pay, if then.

I guess I just don’t get it.  At least I’m not alone in my thinking. I found this site and thought, thank goodness. A cooler head has prevailed. And as this person points out, you can get deals at local stores throughout the year and be wary of “those sale prices”. You may not really be getting the deal you think you are.  Your local businesses will give you deals for your continued patronage throughout  the year, and I think they need more help than the box stores after all. Our economy relies on our small business people to a great extent, so support them.

I’m not a party pooper really, but really and truly, who doesn’t like a good deal. Of course we do, but at this cost. I don’t like crowds at the best of times, and would never be caught up in this madness. For those who get a rush from going, I wish you well… keep safe, but for me, I’ll just stay away from all that and a very quiet and restful day not shopping. ;o)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

More and more fairies

Well I almost got the last of my ornaments done on time. However it’s okay because the tree at the shop is loaded with them, so the few fairies I have left to put together will make their arrival in a couple of days.

I made 10 Shabby Rose fairies at the beginning of the year thank goodness. Sunday night I all but finished up 17 more to take in yesterday to decorate the shop. By 10pm on Sunday, I had to go to bed with a vision of early wake up call to add the final touches to them.

Here are the pictures of the next batch. Each one is just so cute. Every time I make a new one it’s my favourite until the next one of course. In this picture, the yellow fairies is on of a few plus size ones.  ;o) If Project Runway can have a plus size designer win Season 14, I can make plus size fairies.

I used a knit fabric and carefully stuffed them, albeit not so much as the others. The knit does tend to stretch, but not bad if you keep an eye on it.


In this next picture, it’s the purple fairy at the bottom that owns the plus size body.


And here are a couple of close ups of two of my favourites, but don’t let the others know that… ;o~  With 13 more that just have the last bit of hair, headdress and bits needing to be attached, they will go to the shop in a few days. The last of the fairy pictures are coming very soon.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Orca Tree Toppers

A Christmas tree isn’t complete without a topper. This year I’ve just made two of them and can’t make more. Just not enough time. After this weekend, I still have three big dolls to make, so once those are done, so am I…

I found this very cute pattern for an Orca themed ornament. While trying to figure out what to do with the tree toppers, it came to me. What better way to bring our Canadian West Coast into Christmas, than to include the Orca in a tree topper. My original plan was to make these ornaments, but this worked out much better for this year anyway.

While I used the basic pattern from Cathy at Cheswick Company, for the bottom of the tree topper I did make up my own wording. On three of the panels, I’ve spread out the the words, A Merry West Coast Christmas. I made a wreath to go around the Orca’s neck and for an added touch of colour, the same kind of trim at the base of the topper.

On top is a Jumping Orca, reduced in size from the original pattern. I’ve made two colours of the topper. One navy blue and will show you the three panels, and one in a rustic red.



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