New challenge, new bearhouse! This time I "fell" for a dinner-tray. I still don't have a real bearhouse because I didn't draw one yet for my husband who will make it for me. Must start drawing one day but first I must find out what I want!
I started today with this bearhouse and after searching my cabinet I re-found decoration papers I bought last year. Hurray!
First I made wall-papers:
Somehow I don't feel like painting this wood. I think it will absorb very much and I don't want to work with paint on acryl basic for example. Not for my bearhouse. So, what I did was get a top-quality olive oil and I added it with a bigger brush. It dried very quick. It gives a smooth look to the furniture and it still has a light colour. I like that!
this picture shows the furniture with the olive-oil added. A slight difference!
|I added 2 candle-holders and am thinking about how to add candles; think I will make them from Fimo. Also I try to figure out if I want real lamps in the bear-house......or not!|
|Here I'm preparing a baby-room; added decoration|
|decorating the cradle; it has some viscose fabric inside and 2 bows and 2 heart-beads at the outside|
|from this little piece of quilting fabric I made a blanket|
|the cradle! with the blanket stuffed with polyester; ready to receive a baby!|
|there is a tiny bear in this closet! I bought it last year in the "worldshop" as we call it......a kind of fair trade|
|aww....like many pregnant women......a hand on the tummy...|
|hand not on the tummy.....|
|mama bear has a good balance!!!|
Mama bear is a proto-type but now she is finished I can't resist her and she may stay ofcourse! Who could dump a mama bear???!
The ears are made from woolfelt and I added Fray-check to make them stiff. The collar is made from woolfelt too and has a little baby-bear bead.
The nose is a piece of brown felt glued to the snout and it gives a soft look to the bear.
The footpaws have been stitched on and are from woolfelt too.
There is a rose stitched to the head.
There has been mini steelshot added to the feet and bottom.
Mama bear is 5-way disc-jointed with cotterpins.
The hand on the tummy: I added magnets, 1 in the hand and 2 (double) in the tummy because there is thick fabric underneath it. Would you believe that stupid me did a lot of trouble getting the magnet into the hand to find out it came out again with the steel tweezers? Of course it did! : - ))))))) ok, I admit, twice! : - )))))))
You can change the position from the magnets with a needle.
The total length, stretched out, is appr. 11 cm / 4,4 inches. Much better for your fingers to stitch and add the disc's!
Time to think about a comfortable chair for the lady! I'll see!!!!
Thanks again for your visit; the free pattern will be added one of these days!
Mama-bear needs a more comfortable chair but this house is so small and mama a little bit big so I decided to make a "chair" from pillows. I have these lovely squares for patchwork and made 3 little pillow from the fabric. In the middle of each pillow is a button from wood, on the front and on the back.
I think mama still needs a little pillow under her feet! let me think........and I'm also thinking about a baby-bear for the cradle.....think I have an idea!
|Mama needs something to put her feet on and I used these disc's and glued them together|
|I covered it with felt and gave it a little bow too; you can see the bow in another picture|
|a carpet!!! soft blue viscose. Mama made a pant for her baby! She used felt. I added a clothes-peg for her!|
|sssst.....! Mama is resting! She has her feet on the pouffe and there is a tiny cabinet on the wall now where she can put her stuff on.|
|Hi Mama! did I wake you up??? oh oh.....! Look, there is a little decoration on the wall...it is some pink lace (thank you Conni!) and a bead.....Oh?? it is family? OK!|
|Mama is knitting a pullover for her baby....think I must hurry with the house now and complete it!|
|designing a baby.....for these sizes.....all my courage dropped down into my shoes : ))))|
|for the first time I tried this method: sewing 2 layers in once without cutting both parts before sewing, for tiny designs...works!|
|small......the head is disc-jointed with 6 mm disc's...it keeps falling out of my fingers!|
|there it is! the blanket I made was too small once baby was inside the cradle so I decided to use lace and my little girl (cousin Mondi, aged almost 11) suggested to do it this way.....very nice!|
|I think it looks lovely|
|mama with the cradle AND the tummy...|
Wishing you a lovely day!
|mama-bear is very relaxed|
|the books don't look nice, there will be new ones!|
There has been a delay...I had a mri again last week and this week the result and it couldn't have been better! I won't bother you with details (except that I was SO scared......brrrrr.........) but the result has changed my life completely and I feel like I'm born again : )))))) I hardly can believe it at this moment! But....it is true!
I'm grateful! over-loaded with energy now it seems, so over-loaded that I get tired of myself I believe : ))))))
Time to go on with Papa-bear!!!! 2 legs done.....now just 2 arms to stitch and then I can join everything together. Looking forward to it!
Thanks for your visit and extra lovely greetings! Pink.
I'm stuffing Papa-bear.......did you ever realize HOW MUCH stuffing goes into a mini-bear???!!!!! Amazing!
|a bit of chaos don't you agree?! and I already DID trim the picture : )))))|
|yep! leg stuffed and stand alone! Hurray!|
|jointing a leg|
|and the last arm!|
|how exciting! still stand alone, no stuffing in the body yet! looks like Papa-bear is happy too : ))))|
|stuffing done! Papa AND I are very happy! now I must shape the stuffing a bit more. I always knead the stuffing when everything is done.....it works great for me!|
|sorry Papa! you need footpaws! Papa is laying there and not complaining! I can even see his smile! Looks like he is waving to you!|
Papa has ears already but they are drying. I made them from woolfelt and made them stronger with Fray-check. He has some embroidery too and has been shaded a little. He needs some accessories and it always takes some time before I can decide what to do!
When done, I will start with the guitar.......how exciting again!
Later! Hugs! Pink.
|a matchbox....I added some card-board and glued it into the box (more glue on my fingers than on the box I believe!)|
|hole for the guitar|
|card-board to cover the matchbox|
|piece of wood with threads|
|piece of a tree.....and I made one side flat|
|all jointed! the decorations are to honour my dear friends in Arizona!|
|now...is he bringing Mama a serenade?????|
|yes, I really think so! how sweet!!!!|
Bearhouse nr. 2 is ready! Could be, that one day, I will make another cradle for the "baby in the belly" but for now I'll leave it the way it is!
The last room I had to decorate is filled with little bells and a bigger heart and it shows how much I love making bears and that it has become my passion.
Thank you for following this project! xxx Pink