Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Price requests for TDIPT Trio

I have received a few emails asking me what the individual prices are for my TDIPT Trio, as well as shipping costs.
Below is the price list for these three items.
Above are more detailed photos of the small rabbit which will be
available for adoption.
- Americana Mouse ~ $65.00 US plus $10.00 US for shipping.
- Black & white spotted rabbit holding a strawberry ~ $65.00 US plus $10.00
US for shipping.
- Small rabbit with blue & cream striped coat ~ $65.00 US plus $10.00
US for shipping.
I will ship to anywhere in the US or Canada.
Photos of the three items available for purchase are pictured below.
Remember that it is first come, first serve... If the item you like has sold I would be happy to create a custom order for you.
Thanks again. Susan

My TDIPT Trio - 3 New Critters Up For Adoption

I just completed my last addition for this months TDIPT Mercantile update. The photo above shows the three items that will be available for purchase come May 1st. Starting from the far left is my Americana Mouse then a spotted rabbit with strawberry pin~keep & last but not least, another wee rabbit dressed up in his wooley striped coat...complete with wee pockets & yellow bead buttons. I am very pleased at how they turned out & am excited to see them go to their new homes. Soooo.... if you are interested in adopting one of them, please feel free to pop by my TDIPT Mercantile page... I will have a more detailed description of all three of them.
I welcome all & any questions you may have...
drop me a line...I would love to hear from you!
Warmly, Susan

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

TDIPT mercantile month of May theme
TDIPT Mercantile will be chock full of your favorite Patriotic subjects...whether it's Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty or anything in between.....we'll have Red White and Blue galore, and just in time for all of the fun summer American Holidays!
Make sure you pop by for a visit!
TDIPT is updated with new items on 1st of each month.
Check out the wee mouse below...he is one of my May TDIPT Mercantile offerings.

Americana Mouse

For the month of May, TDIPT is having an Americana theme & this is the little guy I will have available for adoption. He is all dressed up with red needle~felted sheep's wool trousers... this is the fist time I have added needle~felted details... I like how it turned out & am pretty excited about applying this technique to future creations. His trousers also have teeny tiny pockets as well as hand stitched details. The round tuffet he is sitting on is sewn from wool & the star tuffet below it is made of of tea~stained red striped flannel. This little guy is hand painted...I have given him black glass bead eyes & he is holding a wee American paper flag attached to a metal stem. This piece is 5 1/2 inches tall from the bottom star tuffet to the top of his wee ears. The price for this piece is $65.00 US. I charge a flat rate fee of $10.00 for shipping to anywhere in the US or Canada, this price includes insurance. If you should have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, I would love to hear from you!

Have a sunshiny day! Warmly, Susan

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A bike that makes you feel good - in a lot of ways!

Yesterday I got my new bike...& one I feel pretty good about buying!Its the Africa Kona bike as pictured above.
Everytime two of these bikes are sold a third one gets donated to a community in Africa where they give the bikes to health care workers so that they can get out more & travel further to help those in need.
"BikeTown Africa began in 2006 with the delivery of 200 bicycles to health care workers in Botswana. A partnership between Bicycling Magazine, Rodale Press, Kona Bicycle Company and Bristol Myers Squibb, BikeTown Africa donates bicycles to health care workers, focusing on HIV/Aids, and then documents the way the bicycle changes their lives. The program grew in 2007 to include a donation of 150 bicycles in Katimo Mulilo on the Caprivi Strip in Namibia and 169 bicycles in Tambacounda, Senegal. The BikeTown Africa team assembles the bicycles in each location and does maintenance and repair workshops, providing tools and spares for mechanics in the area."
2009 Update On BikeTown
Global recession, un-employment rising, tightening of the belt.Those sorts of headlines don't usually foster up huge investment from companies into philanthropic activities, like bicycles for health care workers in rural Africa. Maybe there is different news up there in Canada-land, or it's so cold the global recession has stayed away. Actually after meeting the owner of Kona this year in Mozambique, I can assure you it's because Kona is a company that actually gives a damn. Kona's stand to support BikeTown Africa hasn't waivered this year. They have committed that by the end of 2009, instead of walking, another thousand health care workers will be cruising around on the Kona Africabikes.The second verse is going to be the same as the first. That is, we are going to do things pretty similar to last year. The partners are the same: Bicycling Magazine, Bristol Myers Squibb and Kona Bicycles. The bicycles will have slight modifications after the lessons we learned but are still the specially designed Kona Africabike. The health care workers will be part of Bristol Myers Squibb's - Secure the Future Foundation network.A large focus this year will be on formalizing the process of getting people involved in the builds. It's truly the best way to see the impact BikeTown Africa has on the ground. Working hand in hand with the recipient gives one a great sense of where the bicycle will end up and the effect it will have on the lives of the recipient. Those who participated last year are in constant contact with the project because, like all of us, it's gotten inside of them and it scratches at their hearts.Dates and locations are still being finalized but a bit of inside scoop is that we'll be heading to West (calling all French-speakers) and East (jambo rafiki) Africa, to countries that are quite rural and a bit more off the beaten track. The South African handover is going to take on a beast of its own but we are still working on exactly what that may be and are staying tight lipped.Are you keeping up to date?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Nostalgic Day...ramblings of the middle aged.

Hello & good morning...Just sipping on my morning coffee...thought I would share some more photos of the stuff I have collected over the years. This is the spare bedroom in our new apartment...we moved in here during the month of November...I mind is rather rusty! I picked up this cabinet over the summer...I am told by my husband & father that I paid way to much for was a real wreck when I brought it home...but I could see a jewel in the making. Needless to say my hubby & my father ate their words when they saw what I did with it. Its a pie safe cuboard from an old home in Saskatchewan & I just love it! I have filled it with my vintage collectibles & yes....more of the books I was going to cut up & use in my artwork...but, as time passes I am becoming more & more attached to them...These books bring me such joy! I look in them & see the scibbles & notations of children long grown up. I am such a nostalgic fool! I miss those days...I can remember roaming the back fields of home...thickets that look small today...but were giant forests back then. We built forts & ran dusty trails, chased by boys who tormented us with dead gophers caught in their traps. I was a bit of a tomboy...stealing puppies from neighbors & disappearing for hours on end till my parents sent out a search party. I remember so many things...summers at the lake, poison Ivy. My dad teaching me to ride my new bike in the vacant lot next door. Sunburns & roasted how time flys....
Have a nostaslgic day! warmly, Susan

Monday, April 20, 2009

Strawberry Fields Forever

Hello & good morning...been busy in my studio creating a small series of pin~keeps that are based around a strawberry theme...I will post photos of them as they are completed. This wee fella is the first...& I do believe he has a bit of a mischievous smile...maybe he knows he isn't supposed to be in my strawberry patch...He is a hand~painted wool felt rabbit that is 6 1/2 inches tall with glass bead eyes & chenille stem feet. His wee tuffet is sewn from cotton & wool felt with hand~stitched details.
I have a number of rabbits in various stages of completion...they are all staring at me from my shelf calling.....I have no arm....I need an ear....I can't see...Sooo... I better get back to work...Below are a few more photos for you to peruse.
Cheerio & have a great day!
Warmly, Susan

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hello...just got home from my vacation in Tucson... am feeling a little out of sorts....I sooo hate long flights. I made it into my studio today & actually managed to get some work done...I will be posting pics of my new pieces as I finish them. Short but sweet....I am poopied & off to hit the hay! Have a nice evening. Warmly, Susan

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter From Tucson

Just thought I would check in & wish you all a Happy Easter. I am still vacationing in Tucson & am going home this Monday. It has been a nice holiday for myself & my hubby....Hubs attended a conference & I spent the majority of my time touring around all the antique/thrift stores. It is a mixed media artist's paradise down here; some of the antique stores had booths loaded with every type of paper ephemera you could wish for. Stacks & stacks of old cabinet cards, vintage photos, maps, antique books, you name it they had it. Wish I would have brought another suitcase.

Today we are going downtown to do a walking tour of all these old mansions/houses which have been turned into art galleries...hoping for some fresh inspiration to take home & apply to my own artwork. Well I shall sign off for now & I will be back with lots of great Tucson photos to share with you.
Cheerio & Happy Easter!
Warmly, Susan

Friday, April 3, 2009

Spring Cleaning

House Cleaning Blues
by Ellen Bailey
I have the house cleaning blues
I look around and see so much to do
I look at the walls, the windows, and the floors
I see heaps of dust layered like boards
What I need is a good house cleaning crew
But where to get one, I haven't a clue
I asked for volunteers, but none would relent
Their community spirit, it seems had been spent
I could wish for an occasional hurricane
For me, that may not be such a bad thing
I could raise the windows and open the doors
And be done with these house cleaning chores
But hurricanes don't occur where I live
So its left up to me to clean this crib
I have devised a plan to get the job done
Since I can no longer depend on anyone
My plan is as simple as it can be
One that is not very taxing on me
My walking shoes I will lace up tight
And from this nightmare I will take flight

Spent all of yesterday spring cleaning...definately have spring nice to feel that sun see the snow melt...can't wait to smell the sap rising in all the trees...I love that smell...of young green leaves opening...Cottonwood trees have that unbelievable scent when they open their sticky buds...Ok... I must be day dreaming here...I was talking about spring cleaning & ended up babbling about make a long story short.
& so does a clean house!
Have a sunshiny day!
Be Happy

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