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

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 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 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!


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 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 :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cranberry Dream

A wee woolly Christmas mouse to help
celebrate the season.
Wool felt Poinsettia leaves and luscious red Cranberry beads add a festive touch. A distressed Merry Christmas tag hangs off the back.
The linen pincushion with hand-stitched details sits in a vintage zinc canning jar lid. On the underside of the lid is antique sheet music dusted with glass glitter.
This wee woolly Christmas mouse plus the ones pictured below will be put up for adoption on Sunday, November 23rd at 3pm Pacific time in my Etsy store.
A couple of little grey mice on wool felt pincushions...both pincushions have applique pins pushed into the sides...ready to use for your next applique project.
Pearl buttons on the bottom.
Mr. Jingles above with his little rusty bell wand and a sweet little mouse below...walking in a Winter Wonderland.

Please contact me if you should have any questions regarding these pieces...I would love to hear from you!

Wishing you a warm cozy day!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wrong Date for Winter Sale

I made a mistake...I am attending a class on the date I picked to have my Winter Sale.
I have deleted my Art Show and Sale post, I hope to pick a new date soon.
Hugs Susan

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone...


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mr. Bo Jingles

Meet Mr.Bo Jingles...
Mr. Jingles likes to jingle and jangle his little bell whenever he gets hungry...and he gets hungry a lot!
He scampers around here...he scampers around there...Jingle jingle jingle...give me some cheese please!
I told him he is getting as fat and as round as his little cushion...and little Mr. Jingles just stares up at me with his sweetest smile...waiting.
 Who could refuse...not I!

Have a Mice Day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sold Out...Thank-You!

It was fun and it was fast...holy moly you folks amaze me with your continuing support of my artwork. 
We are celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving today...and I am counting my blessings as we speak!
Thank-You, Thank-you to all who purchased a piece and my apologies to those who came but were not successful.

Next sale to take place in early December...HO HO HO...back to work I go!

Hugs Susan

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Art Show and Sale Reminder

All these pieces will be up for 
Adoption This Sunday

Let the Fun Begin!
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