Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Mouse Day

My desk is filled to overflowing with critters in all stages of development...they are everywhere...there is no more room to work...they are sitting on shelves, on the floor, in boxes, nooks and crannies. "Cranny" what a strange word now that I think of it!
cran·ny
ˈkranē/
noun
  1. A small, narrow space or opening. Synonyms - Chink, crack, crevice, split, fissure, rift, cleft, opening, gap, aperture, cavity, hole, hollow, niche, corner, nook, interstice.
Holy Cow...who woulda thought one little word could be so many things. Interesting tidbit for the day...onward and forward. 
I'm in a bit a panic cause I have signed up to be in our local Art Crawl this October...so I need to get lots of critters ready...it won't be a sale but rather a display of my work. This is something I've never done in all my years of creating. I am a bit nervous about getting enough pieces completed so that it will be fun, full and interesting. 
My back is hunched, my fingers are sore and I am in dire need of massage and a chiropractic adjustment. Meanwhile I will continue to work...I have whole herd of mice that need grooming.


Cheerios, Susan

Friday, August 12, 2016

Helloooo out thereeee...

Yup...its me...my last post was in February 2015. Its taken me a long time to get my act together...I am pleased to report that although I am a bit rusty in the creativity department...it seems that making stuff is like riding a bicycle...you never forget! 
Fuzz has again started flying...and all of my long forgotten characters are breathing a BIG sigh of relief..."Its a miracle" they have proclaimed..."We will no longer be naked and afraid...we will be painted and given new homes...Hip Hip Hooray!"
It feels pretty good to be stitchin and sewin and dreamin. I have avoided getting busy, avoided the work...but maybe...just maybe there was a benefit to all of this idleness. Some time to breath, to store up creative energy. Some time to reflect and ponder life and what it means to me. 
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old,
but on building the new"

Socrates

Stay Tuned...
Susan



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Busy Hands, Happy Heart

Another recently finished piece to share with you. Months ago I cross stitched a small piece with a couple of sweet birds on it...it was created with Valdani variegated floss in muted brown tones.
I wasn't sure what to do with this cross stitched piece so it sat in a basket for a long time till I pulled it out the other day. I fiddled with it here and there and this is what I ended up creating...a small pin-cushion with a cross stitching mouse perched on top. 
This sweet little guy will be available for adoption this coming Sunday, Feburary 8th at 3pm Pacific time in my Etsy Store. This will be a small sale with only three pieces.

Below are photos of the pieces that will be in this sale.


I hope you can come by and find a sweet friend to take home with you! Please email me with any questions you may have.

Hugs
Susan

Little Jasper says Hello to you all...kind of a strange photo of him as I had to touch up his eyes. He was chilled from his long rainy day walk so I wrapped him up in his favorite blanky to keep him warm : )



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

A Spring themed Pin~Keep.
Vintage China Egg Cup with hand~painted Roses in Red & Pink.
 A tiny wool pincushion for your Needles & Pins.
 And a wee mouse to keep you company as you stitch.
 I know a lot of you are enduring mighty bad weather right now so I thought I would try to cheer you with this Spring themed Pin~Keep. Have faith that better weather is around corner and that blue skies and soft breezes will soon be heading your way!  
This piece will be available for Adoption in my up and coming Etsy sale. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Also, I have to change the date of my sale to Sunday February 8th at 3pm Pacific Time.

Cheerios
Susan

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Blue Valentine

A nautical themed Sailor's Blue Valentine 
Pin-keep complete with cross stitched anchor. 
Perched on top...a little grey mouse in a wee woolly coat.
A little satin bow, a few rusty pins...a small string of old shell buttons...simple things from simpler times.
Hand crocheted trim around the edges. Stained and weathered fabric ticking, little stitches here and there...
Chase the Winter Blues away.

This piece and a few others will be available for adoption in my Etsy store on Sunday, February 1st at 3:30pm Pacific Time. If you should have any questions regarding this Valentine`s Day Pin-Keep please feel free to contact me.

Mice R Nice
Susan

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Seaside Studio


Happy New Year to everyone...I figured it was about time that I shared my new space with you. It's hard for me to believe but I have been working here for six months already!
Its just a tiny place, 9x10 feet...but it is ever so cozy and inviting. I admit it felt pretty weird to get up in the morning and get ready to go to work instead of just padding down the hall in my bare feet and PJ's to work in my home studio. Do I miss being able to work in my PJ's...sure, but it doesn't compare to the feeling I get when I arrive at my new space...my little piece of heaven away from home.
I love that I can spread those doors wide in spring, summer and fall and let the birdsong and breezes in...and enjoy the view of that big old Maple tree. I even have a cat who visits me and a resident squirrel who chats away in the branches by my door.
I had a local carpenter craft me some big old cedar shelves that go all the way to the ceiling...When I open up in the morning the scent of cedar greets me and cheers me. I love that I have so much space now to store my supplies. It was a wise move to get floor to ceiling shelves. 
I also like that I get lots of visitors...especially in the summer and fall when all the tourists are visiting. I have met so many wonderful people and have had some interesting chats about my work and studio space. 
It's been funny to watch people peer through my doorway, then they slowly come inside to look at all the curiosity's that line my shelves...I have been told that my studio makes them feel young again and I have heard them say..."It feels really good in here!" Good energy is a wonderful thing to share.
This space is still a work in progress and I have left lots of space on the walls to hang my hooked rugs and perhaps more shelves. As time moves along I know it will become even more magical, warm and inviting. 
For now I am content knowing that I have a sweet spot to share with all my wee friends...mice and rabbits; cats and bats...treasured books and glass jars filled with glitter.
Imagination and creativity...I let my mind wander to new places. To dream up new things, hands and heart to work.
I am thinking of what is to come this new year...all the things that I would like to do. Every morning when I arrive at my studio I take a little walk down to the ocean which is a short stroll away...and I stand at the end of the pier and gaze into the sun...and I look around at this beautiful place...and I am thankful!
Peace and well being...in a world so full of strife...look inward and know what is important...the little things around you, the everyday routines that make up our lives. They are important and special...treasure these times because that can go away in an instant. I live in a place of peace and beauty and I am grateful!
My wish for all of you is that you too find your sweet spot...your place of peace and beauty.
May this New Year bring you happiness and contentment and joy in family, friends and creative endeavors!

Cheerios
Susan
XOXO

Friday, November 21, 2014

Winter Sale Reminder

Just a little Winter Sale reminder for you. The following pieces will be available for adoption this Sunday in my Etsy store. Please email me with any questions.
Above is a teeny tiny mouse surrounded by woolly poinsettia leaves and cranberry's...sitting on a hand-stitched pincushion inserted into an old zinc canning jar lid.
Below is a black spotted Mr. Jingles Mouse on a hand-stitched pincushion.
 A sweet Mouse with red woolly scarf on a hand-stitched pincushion dusted with snowy glass glitter.
Winter Blues Mouse on a star shaped pincushion with white headed applique pins stuck into the sides...ready to use for your next applique project.
Another Winter Blues Mouse on a flower petal shaped pincushion with white headed applique pins stuck into the sides...ready to use for your next applique project.
I am feeling good and am already thinking ahead to the new year...plans and dreams to design new characters...ARE YA TIRED OF SEEING MY MICE? I really want to try my hand at some other critters like squirrels and such.
Till then...I will be taking a wee break to visit with family...my father will be here for the first time in over 3 years (so excited) so I am busy fluffing my nest and such. Mom I love you so much and wish you could be here to but I know circumstances and health don't allow this...I love you MOM - XOXO! I will come visit you soon!

Enjoy the season :)
Susan
 
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