Featured!!

I have been featured with my mushrooms by Lori of Beneath the Rowan Tree on her Waldorf Tuesday segment!

This is very exciting to me as I'm already a huge fan of Lori's creations for many years.

All the silks that I use in my pictures or as decorations on markets are from her.

Go and check out her beautiful website and the post!

I have a bunch of mushrooms and other fall items listed in my Etsy shop right now and you can also see other items I have made for fall and Nature tables here

If you would like to order items or have questions, please feel free to email me 


Done

It has taken longer then I had hoped for , but now I can finally show you my finished sewing room . I'm so happy with my cozy creative space. The move gave me a chance to organize all my supply ,something I wanted to do for a loong time. It's just so much easier to be productive when you know what you have and where it is. That doesn't mean that it won't get messy. Messy is part of the artistic process. When I work it often looks like something exploded in my creative space, but afterwards it is cleaned up before I start a new project.

This little room will also double as guest room for my boys (who I miss a lot  !!) and family and friends as long as they aren't claustrophobic .  LOL 

So here now pictures of my kingdom! Light was not great, but you get the idea :)

Please click on the pictures to see a bigger version.

 


Full circle....

Many years ago when I was setting up my business I was looking for a business name that would have some relation to Canada. 

I came up with Polar Bear Creations (as you know) and my very talented sister-in-law drew the logo for me

So now we live in the North West Territories /north of 60 and guess what our licence plates are ?

Jup a polar bear!!!!  How cool is that?  

As if I had planned it .... I love it!!   :)

 

Work on the Creative Space

Once again I have a creative space above ground.  No longer in the basement in a partially separated corner, but in a room upstairs in our new home. A room just to myself!

I'm such a lucky woman! It's not huge or even big like all those beautiful craft rooms you see on Pinterest, but I will make it work for me.

Want to see what it looked like when the movers had finished the unload?

The room was so full it took me half a day just to be able to get boxes out of the way and to move the futon to the window.

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A day later it looked already a lot more like my room 

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Now I'm at the point where I'm organizing all my fabric.

A few years back I rolled most of it on comic book backs so that it can stand nicely side by side in a book shelf. It's easy to see what you have that way and easy to access. The only problem is you can't fit as much fabric in a shelf as you would when you fold and stack it. Since I have limited space I decided to take them off the comic book backs and fold and stack them instead

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It looks nice like this, doesn't it?

And this is what it looks like when it's folded and stacked . I like it too . 

I still have all the fabrics from the other picture to fold, sort by color and stack. I can't wait to see the whole room when it's done and get back to creating. 

It has been a while and I miss it so much......

The Big Move

It has been very quiet around here but I had no time to sit and write .

We just finished our big move across the country and slowly our new place becomes a home again. We drove about 5000 km /3106 miles with 2 vehicles one teenager and our dog.

I love driving and seeing the country this way. Canada has so many different landscapes to offer and so many cool things to see.

So here some pictures of our trip out West and way up North of 60.

If you click on the picture you can see them bigger and most say where it is too .  :)

Some new felted items to show

It has been a busy few weeks for me .

Sorting through some fabrics to start with, going out of town for a few day and since this week was my last week at my day job, I was also working on some felted gifts for the lovely ladies I worked with

Now I can show you what it was that I made.  

My first butterflies!

They measure about 5x5 inches 

One in pink tones......

....one in orange tones.

I added tread to the back so that they can be hung but they

could also just sit somewhere on a shelf or in a bowl.

I want to make more of them for sure and in different sizes and styles.

Not sure when I will get to do that with the move getting closer, but it's already noted in my idea book for when I have more time again..  :)

 

De-stash Time!

De-stash time is upon me !

With our upcoming move across the country and the dwindling hope of equal or even more space in our new home, my thinking is constantly on all my supply and how it will fit . We won't buy a house in Yellowknife since the prices up there are way too high for what you get for it and so renting is our only solution it seems. One problem is that houses don't have basements and often no garage either. In Florida we did not have a basement but we had 2500 square feet of living space plus a big garage. The  Base house we are in right now is small but has at least a basement . My sewing area is down there right now.

It's a bit scary really when you don't know yet if it will all fit.

We are going house hunting in a couple of weeks and that will clear up some uncertainties either way. I will use the time until then to go through all my supply and thin out what I don't use or need.  

As you can see I have a LOT of stuff , but if you are creative, you also know that you never quiet have enough either. I do so many different things and need different supplies for them.

However there are things stashed away that I can part with I'm sure.  :)

The plan is to go through it this week and maybe next and list things or make a folder on my facebook page with items/fabric I de-stash .

Stay tuned for updates and pictures

Wish me luck that I can get it done and may the force  be with me.......

 

A new pocket doll

A little while back I made a custom grandma pocket doll.

I really liked how the short curly hair looked so I made another doll with the same hair.

She does not have to be a grandma at all, but she could be . :)

This little one has something new as well.....

She is wearing a dress!

It can't be removed, but I think that's okay. 

I like how it looks! 

Makes the girls look more "girly"   

It's getting warmer , even up here,  but the wind can still be cold at times.

A scarf seemed like a good idea.

We don't know where she will travel to and it's better to be prepared, right?

 

You can find her in my Etsy shop

A Knight

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Meet my little knight!  

 

He is a proper knight  with chain mail, helmet and cape.

Not sure from where he is , but I think there are some Roman influences in his heritage.

However, I think he looks very smart.

The bag is made from cotton velour inside and out, has a loop with button so it

can be attached to a belt and draw strings to close it.

Big enough for the knight to be carried in or for some treasures.

 

Now I can see a little boy going on adventures with his 

brave friend the little knight.

What do you think?

SOLD

Started working on new Pocket Dolls

I had not really planned to make dolls right now, but then last night I just felt like making a few pocket dolls. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the market season starts this Saturday and I would have loved to be part of it again.With all that is going on with our up coming move there was just no way for me to make enough to sell. Still , it would have been nice to see what a second season would have been like after my first was so good . I had so many local customers that ordered after the market season ended as well. 

Maybe I have a chance to sell local in Yellowknife as well......

 

So here are the 3 pocket dolls I have been working on. For one of them I have something different planned. Something I have not done before.  

No, I won't say what!  I'll show it when I'm done.   ☺

I love being creative and able to do different things, go from felting to doll making, then to making critter and back to felting or whatever else I want to do.......

Quiet....

I know it has been quiet around here .

One reason is that I am working on some felted items I can't show you right now.

The other reason is that we just got our posting message and after waiting for maaany weeks finally know now for sure that we are,  once again, moving. I'm looking forward to see and live in another part of this beautiful country that I call home now for over 20 years. This time we are going North , all the way to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories 

Photo by www.thestar.com

Photo by www.thestar.com

The next weeks will be busy with sorting , house hunting and moving.. 

At the moment I have no idea what my new sewing space will look like in our new home  and I hope I will have enough room for everything. For now I make no plans for projects, what doesn't mean that I won't create anything. It just will be at a slow pace (yes, even slower then I've been already...LOL) I just don't want to stress myself out on this move.

I hope to have some pictures of something I'm working on for you soon.

There is still so much to do before we leave.....




Felting

( This is my first wet felted piece and ball)

 A few weeks ago I was able to go to the big city and meet a fellow doll maker

Monika from The Olive Sparrow

who taught me how to wet- and needle felt.

I had so much fun talking with her and learning from her.

She is truly a kindred spirit!

And here we are ! Monika and me!  ☺

 Since then I have started to needle felt some critters, like this Mr. Fox

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 A badger for my husband.

 And also a little sheep, that just got ready in time for Easter.

 

I really enjoy the process of needle felting and the artistic freedom I have.

There will be a lot more felting in my future for sure!!


It's bunny time....

This weekend I worked on this bunny girl.

She turned out soooo cute that I couldn't wait until she has all her clothes

to show some pictures of her.

She is sooo soft and cuddly and full of soft wool.

 

Look at that face!!!!!

Can you tell I'm in love?

Right now she is spending a lot of time with me and I will have to put some thought into if I want to keep her or let her go to a new home...

 
Hmmm.......We'll see

Bunny and owl


This custom pair is going on a big trip to the other side of the world.
They are going all the way to Australia. 


I love the color combination the customer choose for the bunny.
Since the eyes would be very dark and kind of hard to see on the dark brown
I thought it would be nice to have a lighter brown around them as a contrast.

I like it a lot. What do you think? 


The owl turned out very sweet as well.
 I like using some darker fabrics . They make the colors stand out more.

Custom Pirates and Ninja's

My latest custom order has been for little pirate sister and brothers and little ninja's. For this order the customer wanted bags with drawstrings so I came up with bags with the same pirate fabric, but different top edges so that the boys know which one belongs to them.  


 Little pocket pirates are just so much fun to make.


I can just imagine the adventures they will have together.


With the pirates I also made them these two ninja's


Gosh it has been a long time since I made ninja's.
Maybe I should make some more....... 


Little custom grandma pocket doll

This little pocket doll was a very special custom order. She is a grandma and hopefully she can help a little girl get over her big loss.
Dolls like that can be tricky. 
You want to get it right and so you put a lot of thought into it. I'm so honoured that I was able to create what the customer had in mind even without a visual. 

None of the hair types I used on pocket dolls before made sense for this oneuntil I thought of this curly mohair. It turned out just perfect.


The little jacket is made from a recycled wool sweater and has embroidered edges and a few French knots .

I have to say I'm just in love with this little doll !