Where've you been?

It's Christmas Eve.
Tomorrow I am headed to Brooklin, Maine, to spend the day with my daughter and her family. Brooklin is a tiny hamlet (population 824) on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Downeast Maine. It's the middle of nowhere. Gorgeous nowhere. We will exchange gifts and dine on pan-seared scallops and stuffed mushrooms filled with bacon and blue cheese. When evening falls, we will build a fire on the beach and watch the water lap the rocky shore. Maine Christmas :)

Before I go I wanted share some of what I've been up to for the past ten weeks.
The last post I published was on October 10 - a free Halloween pattern. Oh my. Where have I been? In my studio :)

I re-sized my polar bear pattern to accommodate a driftwood sleigh my daughter custom made for my gallery show at Archipelago in Rockland. Of course it then needed a jolly little driver! (photo above)

I've sewn lots of ornaments for shops and craft fairs and online orders:

Many of them I personalized for customers - like this one for River:

I made angel dolls with crazy hair and mittens:

I designed and created a large, one-of-a-kind wool felt soft sculpture as part of my installation at Archipelago's winter gallery show. The sleigh was quite the challenge (as it needed to support Santa and his toy bag on the runners) and is made from double-layered 3mm wool felt. My "reindeer" bears are a series of graduated sizes from my polar bear pattern. Modified, they are adorned with stitching and custom blankets. Santa, himself, is an adaptation of my santa doll pattern. He is poseable and rides comfortably in the sleigh. A giant toy sack and "BELIEVE" banner complete the back. Unfortunately I never took quality photos of this work - I figured I'd stop in the gallery one day and take them. But . . . it sold on the first day!!!!! Here is all I have - just to give you an idea. It measures 38" left to right!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!