Every autumn for the past five years, I've been creating and selling woodland themed fingerless gloves (aka wrist warmers). I never tire of finding interesting color combinations and debuting new designs.
Each tree is hand cut and prepared for applique. I choose to use
fleece to applique, rather than felt (which some people like because it's
easier). Sewing fleece over stretchy fleece, is tricky but ends in a
more organic style AND is much softer and flexible to wear.
When you put your hands together, the two gloves form a tree.
One Leaf Tree is my signature design. It represents the last leaf on the tree in the fall and the first leaf on the tree in the spring. It symbolizes patience, optimism and our connection to nature.
Gnome ornaments bring their woodland cheer for the holidays. Holidays in September? Yep, this is the time of year my stores and boutiques are putting in their wholesale orders for gnomes and wrist warmers. :-) It's both fun AND efficient to make a big batch at once, now I'm stocked up.
I used my gocco to transform my original gnomes drawings into a silk screen. To print an image, I coat the squeegee with printing paint, and draw it smoothly across the screen. One at a time. They dry over night, I hand paint the hats red, and heat set with my iron. Then the gnomes are ready to be stitched and stuffed for ornaments....... or.........
This year, the gnomes have found their way onto my wrist warmers. Soft, fleecy, washable, fingerless gloves to walk the dog, wear to school, type, knit, work your phone, or play music in.
Meet our new friends? They are wee little girl guinea pigs. Have you ever had a guinea pig? They are so cute and sweet and funny. We love all their noises.
I grew up with rabbits as pets, and had wonderful pet rats as an adult. I'd say that qualifies me as being a "pet rodent lover". My 9 year old and I have been interested in guinea pigs and did our research. Two weeks ago, we ended up choosing these two sweeties.
The white one is Snowy.
This is Autumn. She's a bit bossy with Snowy. They are still shy and new to living with our family, but they come running when we show up with vegetables several times a day. We love them so much already.