Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Craftiness and Cuteness

"Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness."
--Richard Bach, author

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! My own Christmas was filled with much craft and cute, both given and received. I worked my fingers to nubs stitching gifts for family and friends til the very last minute. However, it was more than worth it to see the delight on their faces when they opened their boxes. Not to mention they generously gifted me with many wonderful things in return!

Now that Christmas has passed I can finally reveal a few of the softie gifts I was excitedly working on.

Here's a more elaborate take on my usual owl. I was going for a Victorian era look. I love how distinguished and proper he looks. I had such fun making him that I'm thinking of doing more owls in costume like say . . . a Zorro owl, a pirate owl, or a roman owl in toga garb. Such possibilities!

Here's a new softie design of mine, which I'm calling a Wee Beastie. I was inspired by Max's wolf suit in the book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak as well as Mario's Tanooki Suit. Basically, instead of wolves in sheep's clothing, think kids in beastie clothing.

This little guy is the first I've made from the new pattern and I'm so pleased with how it came out. He looks so cheerful, smart, and ready to take on the world, don't you think?

A close-up of his face.

As for the things I received, I must have been very good this year or at least I've gotten better at hiding my shenanigans.

Look -- another Eveluche! How lucky am I?! This little fellow is called the Frozen Raccoon. That explains his sadly sweet expression. I just started to crochet and I cannot imagine making something so intricate. I counted at least 5 different yarns used to make him. He's quite a work of art. Every time I look at him I'm amazed all over again.

Don't be sad anymore, Frozen Raccoon. You're in Hawaii now, where it's nice and warm. We'll have to put that scarf away and get you a straw hat! Do you remember your fellow Canadian, Little Blue Bear? He'll give you the grand tour of your new home.

Look at this tiny sculpey charm modeled after one of my owls. It's only a centimeter tall. One must have such steady hands to paint something so lilliputian. I love it!

No, these are not bowling pins. They are wooden nesting dolls ready to be painted! What a unique canvas, don't you think? I have so many ideas for these . . . all which include bunnies of some sort. I cannot wait until I have the time to start working on them.

Thank you everyone for all the goodies and good wishes. Thank you for visiting me here, my own little corner of the universe. Most of all, thank you for making my holidays so happy, crafty and cute! Much aloha to you all!


zari - justZHM said...

you have such a "crafty and cute" blog...love it!

Linda said...

Hi Rima,

Oh my!!! I foresee another owl coming to join Molli and me. I absolutely love your Victorian wise owl. He is absolutely genius! Will you be making more of that style or is he limited edition?

Molli sends her love to you and Loovee.


Holly said...

Hiya! Wow it is nice to find other people from Hawaii, and your blog is so nicely put together! Thanks so much for your sweetie comments! Holly

the enchanted pumpkin said...

hi again, i love all your new creations! so adorable! and can't wait to see what you come up with for the nesting dolls

Rebecca said...

Oh my goodness I just adore your Victorian owl! With his little suit and monocle he is just beyond perfect.


Molli said...

Hi Rima and Loovee!

Mom would love for you to reserve a Victorian wise owl for her? Dad and I hope to buy her an owl and one of your ami bunnies for her for Valentine's Day. :)

If we ever make it to Hawaii, will you tell us about your favorite bubble tea places and Asian bakeries?

Take good care of Gachapin and feed him lots of real cupcakes! :)

Lots of love,

zari - justZHM said...

Hello! it's me again! ...i wanted to thank you for your visit to my blog, also for purchasing one of my cards, hope it gets there soon and you like it ;) - thanks ;)

-I also wanted to ask if you don't mind my adding you to my fav links, i'd love to!

-Happy New Year...my best wishes!

Anonymous said...

Mele Kalilimaka! Thankyou Rima for the lovely return comment on my blog, how have you managed not to share those wonderful cuties with us till now! must have been hard waiting, harder even than waiting to open the presents you recieved yourself! The frozen racoon is amazing so much work in it as you say, and a sweet friend for Mino now. Happy new year to you lots of love Kat

zari - justZHM said...

Oh...I'll be honoured to be in your list of favorites...I'm so glad you like my illos, i love your blog a lot too ;)

----- happy New Year!-----

hi-fi said...

can't wait to see your nesting dolls.

eveluche said...

Oooh! the Raccoon and the Little bear are reunited! They couldn't find a better place to live! Thank you so much Rima!

Your owl is absolutely fantastic, Bravo!