Teddy Bear Time

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yarn baby – teddy

how great is this little guy… I think I might love my octopus more, but still, this little guys is just soooo dang cute… and so easy to make… just like with the octopus, you use a loom…

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since I wanted the teddy bear to be small, I used my next to smallest loom… one that most people would use for socks … and then I tried it out with my smallest… one used for bows…

you wrap you yarn around the loom twice, pull the bottom loops over the top, push the remainder down, and wrap your yarn around again, and repeat… when you have a length that would equal your head and your body, then you cinch the yarn… you do this by taking your yarn needle and threading it though the loops (they will come off the pegs as you go) and on the last peg you pull it tight…

for a boy bear, I cinch the yarn tub inside out… so the bear is bald, but for a girl I go ahead and cinch it like it is as it comes off the loom.. and then add some knots and frayed strands for hair… and of course … use the needle to add some ears…

next you add some stuffing (less for the head, and more for the body) and then cinch the bottom and add a tail… now you just need to add some legs…

the legs are easy if you don’t mind them curling… you just use three of the pegs on your loom and loop left-to-right, not using the entire circle… once the leg is the desired length, use the needle to put a knot in the last loop so your work wont unravel, and then sow it onto your bear… and ta-da… you have your bear… I am thinking of adding some eyes and a mouth next time, but his little guy was destined for a house that would have a toddler and I didn’t what her eating the eyes…

good luck and happy wordage… tracey

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By the Sea

I want to learn how to do this … I was at Hobby Lobby (of course) with mom and she spotted this painting…

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this is just a close up of the children… I hope that if I study the brush strokes, I can figure something out… now most would take a class… HA… lets do it the hard way, I say… lol… it drives mom crazy, but I love to just grab a brush and go to work…

Mom loves going to the beach… it is her go-to vacations spot… if she has a chance to go out of town, her first thought always goes to the sea… I would prefer to go on walk-about… just jump in the car and drive… the most fun I ever had on a vacation, mom and I packed up our clothes and the dogs and slowly made our way from the East to our destination of San Francisco… all the little stops along the way, all the wonder full roadside rest areas were divine… I loved it and would do it again and again, if I could…

but first I would like to paint the sea for my mother… 😛