I know those are not words that all of us like hearing. But long before Game of Thrones was ever thought of, Keith used to tease me because I used that phrase frequently this time of year as I purchased extra essentials and prepared for the long, cold days ahead when we may not be able to get to the store. Being prepared is important and coming from Chicago, I was no stranger to sudden snow squalls which left the area crippled for sometimes several days. Now living in rural Nova Scotia, I feel that it is even more important to prepare myself for the colder months ahead, and that means stocking up on some things and bringing out our cold weather clothing.
With that in mind, I thought of making some cute accessories for my little chicks that I created earlier this week. As I mentioned in the previous post, I plan on using these new little critters as models for some of my painting projects. I want to give each one a personality and place them in situations and "adventures" that will be fun and entertaining to not only you all, but also myself. After all – isn't having fun in this life something that we should treasure? I certainly think so! And if we can bring smiles to others along the way – all the better!
The other day I showed you photos of my new critters. I created them from a needle felting kit that I purchased from Sarafina Fiber Art, which I found while surfing the web. Sara Renzulli offers wonderful kits and tutorials and supplies for making a wide array of darling creatures using natural wool fibers. While I have always loved this art form, I never saw such a comprehensive place to not only learn, but purchase supplies. I watched a couple of Sara's videos on YouTube and I knew immediately that I was hooked and it would be my next adventure in creating. My plan is to not only create some of the critters via kits, but also design my own and use them for 'subjects' for some of my painting projects. I mentioned earlier that I need a 'subject' to paint (well – I feel better with one anyway) and I plan on making some critters to dress up and put into different situations to use as my subjects. How fun is that?
My first two chicks came out nice, and I was very happy with them. My head was spinning though as the ideas flooded in. What a wonderful new chapter to my designing and painting life this will be – as well as woodworking! I decided to name my chicks Nugget and Peep. Nugget is the yellow chick – named by my neighbor Lee. I decided Nugget would be female as well. Peep would be the white chick and a male. I think it will be fun to play with them and put them in lots of fun situations.
Meet "Peep" and "Nugget":
Oh what fun we will have!
The first thing that came to mind after naming them was that "Winter is Coming". I thought that it would be appropriate for them would be to get them ready for the season. The first order of business would be snow shoes. After all, their little feet would sink right into the snow I would imagine! I didn't want any "frozen Nuggets"! So I made them each a pair of little snow shoes on the scroll saw. I laced them with some pure wool yarn that I had and I added the tie-ons with the raffia that came from their kit.
The next order of business was their head gear. Since they don't have any hair to speak of, I didn't want their little chick ears getting cold. So I made Peep a cute touque with ear flaps:
. . . and Nugget some woolen ear muffs:
All these were done with needle felting wool fibers.
I also made Nugget a matching scarf, because she can be subject to catching colds. Peep (being a man) refused to allow me to make him a scarf, saying he NEVER gets sick! (I hope not – I would think he would be a CRANKY patient!)
I think that they both look quite fetching in their little outfits, don't you?
I think it is going to be the beginning of a lot of fun adventures!
I hope you enjoy meeting them and I thank you all for your kind words of encouragement so far. I also want to thank Sara for bringing such a wonderful form of creativity to us all! She really inspires us and makes things fun and easy!
I am running late today (Google and Picasa were acting up!) so I had better sign off. Before I go, I want my painting followers to know I posted a new FREE painting pattern on our site. I call these snowmen "Just Two Flakes" and the pattern is up for you to download and enjoy for free!
It is right here on my Free Patterns and Resources page, as well as the sample pattern of the scroll sawn sleigh ornaments for those of you who scroll saw to enjoy. I hope to keep ALL of you very, very busy this winter.
It is Monday and that is my favorite day of the week! A great day to plan and enjoy a whole new week ahead.(Remember – Winter is coming!) I wish you all have a wonderful day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"