Friday, October 19, 2018

Amy's Heart

 My latest custom made piece was created for Amy, she requested a Hanging Heart Pin-Keep in teals and blues.
I started with my choice of fabrics...French General blue striped and solid color fabric, beige cross stitch fabric and the stitching was created with Valdani variegated floss. 
The finished hearts and cross stitching were both aged and sanded to perfection...people freak out when I tell them I sand my cross stitching! Sanding gives it a well worn and soft appearance...try it...be brave my friends...experimenting is fun. 
I am still working on getting through my list of commissions...it has been slow and I apologize to those folks who are still waiting for their pieces to be made. It has been a real balancing act these few months trying to develop our property and get all the garden beds built and things planted. It is a 4.5 acre property and I have a to do list a mile long.
It is October here in Gibsons British Columbia...it doesn't feel like it and it doesn't look like it either. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt the other day...unusually warm and sunny...I'm not complaining! 
So as the saying goes..."Make Hay while the Sun Shines". So I have been busy planting trees, winter veg, berries, garlic and putting everything to sleep for the winter.
Time to harvest and fill my pantry with good things to eat. I tried my hand at making some cranberry ferment for the first time and also Cranberry Conserves. Next on my to do list is Pumpkin Pickle and canned Cranberry Salsa to go with our Xmas Turkey.
Time to hunker down...go through the cook books and make good things we can enjoy through the long winter months. 
PS...do you folks still enjoy this blog? I haven't been to active in here and am wondering if there is still interest in perusing my Mouse Droppings Blog?
Any feedback would be appreciated!

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Cheerios, Susan

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Forget Me Not

 Look who hopped by my garden...a wee bunny surrounded by Forget Me Not Flowers.
 This little guy is a custom creation for a client of mine. She requested a rabbit perched on a Rusty Donut Cutter Pin Cushion in colors of pale blue, cream and grey.
 I spent a few hours hand stitching tiny Forget Me Not Flowers onto Not Forgotten Farm's aged cross stitch linen. I used Valdani's variegated floss to stitch the flowers and regular floss for the leaves.
If you want to make your own rusty Donut Cutters you can go to your local cooking store to pick up a few...take them home and toss them into a solution of Vinegar, Salt and a little Water...it is stinky so place the container outside for a few days. Take the cutters out to air dry and they will continue to rust further. I then sand them them. As a finishing touch I apply clear shoe polish and buff them till they shine. 

Cheerios
Susan

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Show and Tell

For the last few years Donna Of Brynwood Needleworks has been putting in requests for me to create a new piece for her. One that would incorporate her love of Oak Trees...Ya see she kinda has an Oak Tree fetish, oak leaf fetish...Acorn fetish...anything Oak she will want, love and covet...did I mention she really likes squirrels...course squirrels and Oaks just kinda go together. Donna and squirrels...both nutty for Oaks.
I told her that I've never made a squirrel...never designed a pattern for one...always wanted to, but never got around to it...I finally took the plunge and did...and it was fun...and I am ever so happy with how he turned out!
See the eggcup...it has Oak branches painted on it...yup...that's Donna's treasured egg cup...she mailed it to me so I could use it as a stand for my very first squirrel. Thank you Donna for trusting me with it! I am thrilled that I finally got to make you a piece that incorporates your love of Oak trees and squirrels. 

Have a nutty kinda day!

Susan


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Peter Rabbit Up for Adoption

 
 I decided to welcome in Spring by creating a Peter Rabbit Pin-Keep.
He has a wee woolly blue coat with teeny tiny Pearl buttons...and little stitched pockets.
He is perched on his rusty Donut Cutter Pin-cushion which I have adorned with a few pins and vintage Milliner flowers.
The bottom of the Donut cutter Pin-Keep features a distressed page from a Beatrix Potter Book...I glittered the edges to add a little touch of magic. 
Peter's adoption fee is Sold $285.00 US which includes shipping and insurance to anywhere is the United States or Canada.

Payment by PayPal only please.

Email me to Purchase Peter

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Susan


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Custom Work List

 
Just a quick note to let you know that I am starting a Custom Work Request List
Serious Inquiries only please
Hope I am not getting myself into trouble with this LOL...but I thought I would give it a shot to see how it goes.
It will be a limited list of 12 people...one per month for a year...after that I will start a new list. 
It already has two people on it so if you are interested please email me with the following
What you would like...mouse, rabbit, squirrel etc.
- size
- color
- season
- pin-keep style

Prices will range between
$185.00 US for the smallest pieces on up to $300.00 US for the larger more complicated pieces that have lots of time consuming hand stitching.
- Do you require a price quote?
- Shipping quote?
I will ship to the following countries
Canada
USA
Australia
England
France
I won't be selling on Etsy that much so make sure you pop in here for a visit now and then to see what I am up to and check out my adoption events.
As an alternative I can add you to my email list so that you will receive my short newsletters regarding any upcoming sales of my work.
Happy Spring

I am looking forward to a year full of creative endeavors...
Cheerios
Susan

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Little Mouse Up for adoption

Happy Spring
He has been Adopted Thank you!
One teeny tiny little mouse up for adoption today. He measures 2 1/2 inches tall from the tip of his wee ears to the bottom of his fuzzy feet. I have given him a little red wool scarf to keep him warm on his journey to his new home.
He is perched on a pincushion fashioned from French General fabric...a red wool strawberry hangs off the side. 
Encircling the two pincushions are white headed quilting pins to use in your sewing projects. On the bottom of the cushion are two wool circles and an old shell button.

He is $SOLD which includes shipping to anywhere in the USA or Canada.

This is not a toy and is intended for the adult collector or children above the age of 12.

PayPal only Please.

Email me to purchase this Spring Mouse

Emails will be answered on a first come first served basis.

If you should have any questions please email me anytime.

Have a great day and many thanks for stopping by!

Cheerios, Susan

Saturday, January 27, 2018

I'm Back ; ) Happy New Year!


It's been a long while since I have posted...over a year I think. Lots has happened in this time...we built a new home and I have a new studio which I am just thrilled with.
and I am happy to say that I am back creating my critters. I posted a few photos of older work in this blog post just to refresh your memories...and mine. Always nice to to look on old work to help inspire new work.
 
  As a side note I will be posting Mouse Droppings updates on my Facebook page(link upper right of screen)...you are welcome to pop by there to see what I am up to. 
Email me to join my mailing list if you would like to be notified of up and coming sales.
So happy to be back!
Cheerios, Susan

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Blackbird Spring Pin-keep

For the longest time I have coveted those cross stitched pin-keep barrels that I have seen here and there online.So I took the plunge and decided to create one for myself.
I began my search for an old cross stitch pattern and came up with this one from my an old thrift store book called "Charted Folk Designs from Countries along the Danube" 
by Maria Foris - a Dover Needlework Book. 
The cross stitch linen was ordered from Lori of "NotForgotton Farm" Its her line of farmhouse linen that she ages and stains which saves me from doing it myself. The embroidery floss was dyed by my friend Lorraine who has an Etsy store from which she sell her hand dyed threads.
I have embellished the top edge of this pin-keep with Bullion knots...I think they add a nice decorative touch. I stuffed it with Lavender buds and now it scents the air nicely where ever it is placed. I really enjoyed making this piece and hope to do more in the future...maybe with a a wee critter on top.

Have a great day!
Susan

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mr. Strawberry

 Meet Mr. Strawberry Mouse.
 
a sneaky little mouse who left his house...
to raid Miss Tuttle's garden.... 
a strawberry here...a strawberry there...
they disappeared from everywhere...
Miss Tuttle was surely sore and swore and swore that it was the hare...who came in there to eat her precious berries...
So sneaky little mouse who left his house to raid Miss Tuttle's garden...
well he got away to enjoy the day...
and filled his little belly to bursting...
with Miss. Tuttle's berries.

Made Ya Smile
Susan

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hello

Happy New Year to everyone! 
Just wanted to let you know that I am now on Facebook. I will be posting photos of new pieces and details regarding up and coming sales of my work. 

I have been absent from here for some time due to family matters that needed my attention. On top of that it was a brutal winter health wise...bad bugs got the best of me on numerous occasions
there was lots of good things happening to
WE ARE BUILDING A NEW HOME! 
🏡😀
So it will be an exciting year...I will be keeping a diary of sorts here on blogger to document our home building adventures.

I am also back to work in my studio...its been some time since the fuzz has flown and I am happy to report that things are progressing well...I will be posting pics of new pieces very soon.

Hugs
Susan





Thursday, November 3, 2016

Up For Adoption this Sunday

Adopted
 I am happy to announce that these three critters will be looking for new homes.
All three of them will be put up for adoption in my Etsy shop this coming Sunday, November 6th at 3:30pm Pacific time.
Adopted
If you should have any questions please feel free to email me anytime.
 I was hoping to have more pieces ready for you but life has been very busy and stitching time has been limited.
 
Adopted
 I am working on some Winter themed pieces and I hope to have those completed by early December.

Cheerios, Susan

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