Thursday, December 29, 2011

Spun Cotton for a Wedding

Something new from me that I'll be adding to my creations in 2012 will be personalized wedding pieces made in the spun cotton.  

I've done many special request pieces for various collectors, however, this is my first attempt at a wedding piece.





In mid December I received a request to do a personalized  spun cotton ornament for a New Years Eve wedding from a customer who is very special to me.  She gave me some ideas as to the theme of the wedding, some lines from a song, the colors and that she has always loved the way I create my bunnies, so she suggested a pair of spotted hares.

My creative juices started flowing and I immediately started making a spun cotton basket.  With a basket I knew it could be displayed many different ways and be used not only as a hanging ornament but also I make my baskets so that they can stand on their own so it could also be used as a cake topper.
Next came the spotted bunnies and trying to keep a gentle hand on the shading so as to keep the cuteness factor ;-)

 My attention to details have gained me accolades from my customers and I have to  smile as I watch someone pick up a piece and discover first, the obvious, and then the subtle, then the smiles that come across their face.

I met with my customer yesterday to personally deliver this creation and we sat and chatted over a wonderful lunch. When I presented her my creation, I watched as she discovered the details and saw her smile grow across her face......that is priceless in my book!

For those who know of my work, you've seen that I always include a little phrase at the bottom of my Etsy listings, which states
(made with love and imagination)
I truly love what I do and I'm grateful to all who keep me inspired to push forward and stretch my creativity  and imagination.

My thanks to Kate for choosing me to create this special keepsake.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!


Wishing everyone joy for a Happy Holiday season!

I'm down to the wire putting final touches on my handmade creations for the family, wrapping all the packages,  preparing the menu for the feast and hopefully have some time to clean up the cobwebs and those pesky dust bunnies.

I can tell that my husband, Jim, is feeling much better today after his surgery as he has placed this yard decoration in our front yard!   Our "Skelly Ho-Ho" dashing with Blitzen!






Friday, December 9, 2011

Heartfelt Thanks!

Thank you so much to all who responded to my Spun Cotton ornament  collectors sale yesterday!  All of the ornaments except 2 have been packaged and shipped to their new homes!
My 2 remaining ornaments have now been listed in my Etsy Shop so if anyone is looking for something special and handmade this year stop by and take a look!

Come discover the beauty of spun cotton ornaments!  I've taken my research of the vintage spun cotton ornaments and have put my own unique "spin" on them. 

Find these now along with a couple others in the Etsy Shop


 "Dash Away, dash away" features and elegant Santa in white on his candy can car filled with sweet treats!
 "Fa-la-la" features a spun cotton sleigh with antiqued silver runners and an adorable snowman dressed in polka dots!  He's ready to go gliding thru the snow.

 Want to be in the know?
If you'd like to be added to my special collectors email list, just click on my contact button on the sidebar and drop me a line requesting to be added.

These represented my last update for 2011 as I need to take time making preparations for our family Christmas which is very important to me.....

however, my mind is always "spinning" and....

I'm already thinking about Valentines Day ornament designs ;-}  Keep a watchful eye or get on the list!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday in my Etsy Shop

If you haven't already done so, it's time to dig out that tree and unpack the ornaments and get into the holiday spirit!

I just listed some new spun cotton ornaments in my Etsy Shop, so stop on by and take a look before they go away!




You'll see that I've been working in the miniatures again with the "Wee Woodland" diorama and you'll have the opportunity to meet "The Narwhals" too!!!  Oh yes, we can't forget the very festive reindeer!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Pre-Thanksgiving Upload


This year think about supporting "Handmade in America"!!!

Save yourself the stress and hassle of mall shopping and check out Etsy as a source for your holiday gifts.  There's even a iPhone app that is really quite nice!  You can find it on iTunes by searching "Etsy".

Today I just listed 5 new spun cotton ornaments in my Etsy Shop!!!




I also have an announcement to make!

Some of you may have noticed that I didn't update my pages at SpookyTimeJingles for November as I've made the decision to end my time with that group and you will no longer find my creations at that location.

I'll be updating my Etsy shop regularly and I also have a customer email list that I send out with notices of my private sales.
  If you'd like to join my list, then just shoot me an email or send a message on facebook.  There's never an obligation to make a purchase and I never share your email address and I don't make you crazy by over filling your inbox ;-}

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween night and the WINNER is....

This years yard decorations had to be scaled back a bit due to the snow and the ground being so wet.  Many trick or treaters look forward to our annual display and they come for a little scare all in good fun!  There are many who pause at the end of the walk,  which was lighted with luminaries this year, then bravely make the decision to "come forward" by the voice on a hidden microphone reassuring them and saying "don't be afraid"!  

Like the piped piper, our Halloween soundtrack and the addition of a new sub-woofer, draws them in like little zombies and they make their way to our house.


We did not disappoint and a good scare was had by all!  Our theme this year centered around the giant spider which hung above the door and the display which everyone favored were the little babies wrapped up in the webs.



Happy Halloween was had by all!! 
 Everyone who came left with their treat bags full and complimented that we have "the best house ever"!!!

AND now ....
the Winner of my Halloween spun cotton Treat giveaway
is.......
Jan Bush-Wood of Lucy's Baby!!!

CONGRATULATIONS JAN!!!

The Pumpkin Prince is all yours!!!


Thank you to all who entered your names in my little giveaway and be sure to keep an eye on this blog for more little treats!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Nature's TRICK & My TREAT - spun cotton giveaway


Seriously????






It's October 29th and it looks like mid-winter here in my part of the country!  My husband it headed outside to shovel the snow which is now several inches deep!



This is certainly Mother Nature's Halloween TRICK and in the spirit of giving, here's my little TREAT that will be dropped into one lucky person's treat bucket on Halloween Night!

My spun cotton ornament, the "Pumpkin Prince", could be dangling from your Halloween Tree, so be sure to leave a comment here on my blog, on my facebook page, on my Hive page, or you can even shoot me an email.  Each place you leave a comment counts as an additional entry!!!



HURRY!!! Get your entries in before 9pm (EST) on Halloween Night!!!  I'll be picking a winner using the random number generator  and will announce the winner here on my blog!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Halloween spun cotton ornaments!!!!


Come see what I've been spinning from the cotton!!!

Starting at MIDNIGHT (EST) tonight my page at SpookyTimeJingles will feature several new spun cotton ornaments hot off my cotton spinning fingers and also a very unique Spun Cotton Art Doll titled, "Night of the Raven", which is a must see!!!

Here's a little peek at my ornaments. Aren't they a Motley Crew!!!



Psssst.....
Also, I'll have 2 wool needle felted art dolls at blow out prices! Come check out my pages!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's time to think "HALLOWEEN"




My fingers have been busy and now my Etsy Shop is looking like Halloween!!!!

Here's a little peek at some of the goodies you'll find if you hurry!



and much more.....so go find some treats!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My New Halloween "Woolies"

These new characters will be ready for the September 13th update on my SpookyTimeJingles page! Come by and catch one!

This weekend some of the SpookytimeJingles artists will be exhibiting at the 2nd STJ Soiree, however, I'm not a participating seller this year.
My work will be available on my STJ pages and also my Etsy Shop is being updated with new Halloween items in the coming week.

I'm hoping to be able to stop by the STJ Soiree and say hello to everyone and I hope that some of you will too! They've worked for months in preparation for this show and their creativity will not disappoint!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

I'm serving up Halloween!!!


At the stroke of midnight tonight, the witches will be flying and you'll hear them cackle as the dashing pumpkin men dance in the moonlight!!!

My newest creations will be unveiled on my Halloween page!


The Krampus won't be appearing tonight as he was snagged by a collector when I posted my "work in progress" picture on Facebook before he was even finished!!!
Rest assured all you who love the Krampus as I'll be doing more in the coming months....so keep an eye on me ;-}

Monday, August 8, 2011

Inspiration from a Vegetable Oddity


Every year we always look for the surprise of finding the oddity from the vegetable garden.
Today, while picking the veggies, I came across this little one. It's a single cherry tomato that mutated into three. I'm calling them "The Conjoined Triplets" and I've once again found inspiration in nature as I've got an idea for a new spun cotton ornament!





Thursday, July 21, 2011

Polka Dots & Striped Pantaloons


Be on the lookout for these three "Wee Witches" to hop on their brooms and fly to the moon!
You'll see them soon dressed in polka dots and striped pantaloons!





There will be three of these new spun cotton ornaments for Halloween and when these ladies are finished fussing about their outfits and hair, they will be available for purchase!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More spun cotton ornaments and a bonus offer!


At midnight (est) the very start of July 13, 2011 tic, tic, tic, tock!!!

It will be the 3rd anniversary of SpookyTimeJingles.com!!!

Here's a preview of my pieces for this update.



Hope you stop by and select a favorite piece or two!

My personal extra special bonus this month is a sweet deal for sure!
Purchase 2 or more items on either of my pages (Marie Patterson Studio) and the shipping is FREE!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pitter Patter Paws



The sound of little pitter patter paws and tiny meows can be heard coming from our home! Two weeks ago, we adopted not one but two adorable little kitten boys!

On one of the frequent visits to our local Pet Smart, I discovered these two little faces peering out at me from behind bars.
Now....I ask you....would you be able to resist these two? It took all of two seconds to win me over!

So we busted them out of jail and brought them into our home!


We announced to the neighborhood with balloons ;-})




We've given them the names of "Bandit" and "Nitro". We call them "brothers from different mothers" as they get along with each other so well.









Jim taking a break from gardening and having a little "catnap" with the boys!


Monday, May 23, 2011

Forever in our Hearts


Sadly, in the early morning hours of this past Sunday we said goodbye to our Squire. His life of 19 years was filled with spirited adventures and we have volumes to write about his antics that I'm sure any cat lover would love to read and maybe even be a best seller.

Today our house seemed so empty and quiet without him as he was known to be sure we would wake by 6 a.m. each day with his howling bengal voice. Having morning coffee without him snuggled in the arms of my infamous pink robe, working in my studio and not seeing him napping in his doll bed, it's all just so strange as this is the first time in our 33 years of married life that we've not had a cat in the house.

We had decided that Squire's final resting spot should be under our lace cap viburnum as this was his favorite place to hid when he was outside. This bush actually was re-named by our daughters and has always been known to us as the "ambush" because Squire would be hidden inside just waiting for a little critter to scurry past.

I know that our future will include another little fur face and it will be just a matter of time when one walks into our lives.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hoots,Witches, Kandy Kangaroos and Zombies


With Blogger having some trouble on Thursday, I never did get my latest post published which introduced my brand spanking new spun cotton items!

So here they are and you'll find them on my page at SpookytimeJingles!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Zombies are on the Move!!!



Rising from the Bone Yard.....dancing to "Thriller"....these Wee Zombies are coming to get you!


So if you're into zombies.....


They will all be "in the house" on May 13 at midnight when SpookytimeJingles updates!!!

Find them on my Halloween Page!!!




Tuesday, April 26, 2011

With thoughts of Mother's Day

I've been up to more research and discovery of the spun cotton ornaments!!!


With Mother's Day just around the corner, I've created some ornaments to celebrate the joy of motherhood!
Rather than go into a long description here on my blog, I hope that you'll come to my auctions and read about these 4 new sweet ornaments and hopefully something will catch your eye to give as a gift or keep for yourself!

You better hurry as these auctions will end on Thursday, April 28th!!!


**be sure to add me to your Favorite Sellers List ;-} **

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Look to the Moon!

Look to the moon tonight! This old grey hag is swinging on the moon! Come see her tonight when SpookytimeJingles updates at midnight (est) tonight!!!

This is one of my new needle felts that will be on my Halloween page. I also have a spun cotton ornament for Halloween and a wee teeny tiny needle felted gnome with polka dots for Christmas or all year long!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Last Easter pieces up for grabs!


There's still time to grab one of my Easter pieces on ebay! I listed these 3 adorable spun cotton pieces and the auctions will end on Thursday 4/14!!! Get in on the bidding!

"Wee Three Ducklings"
My previous blog post had these 3 ducklings shown in a little video to show all sides!!!

"Pop-Pop and Little Hop"


and three Bunnies in Tutus!!!


These are great for Easter decorations, but also could be displayed all year long!

My ebay ID is - MariePattersonStudio

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Wee Three Ducklings"



This new spun cotton art doll/ornament is 3 sided and since it was hard to show that feature in a photograph, I made this little video clip.

These "Wee Three Ducklings" love to party!


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just like a Bunny in a Canoe

After my first adventure in that giant Ebay ocean, I'm feeling like I've advanced from doing the doggy paddle to now getting into a canoe and ready to hit the waters once again!

Of course I made some mistakes with my first listings and hopefully I'm on the right course now and I've just listed 2 brand new spun cotton ornaments AND got my ebay ID updated to my business name. You'll find me listed as "MariePattersonStudio"!!! (my old ID was "pattersmarie", so if you had me in your "saved sellers" (hope so) then you'll have to re-save my new ID)

As my blog readers, here's your first look at these new pieces. Click on the names to take you to the auction!

"Carrot Canoe" - was inspired by experience in swimming that Ebay ocean for the first time and feeling like I was "up the creek without a paddle" ;-}


I just love Tuxedo Bunnies and I can't seem to get enough of them! This Easter Basket is very vintage looking and sweet as can be!

"Some Bunny to Love" - I'm going to tease you and make you come to the auction to read more about these two cuties ;-}

Hope you'll get a chance to come by and view, stalk,watch, and possibly bid on my auctions!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The "Marie" tree


One of my "uber sweet" customers who has been collecting ornaments from me has honored and surprised me by decorating one of her Easter trees this year exclusively with my creations and she calls it the "Marie Patterson" tree!

She took these pictures and gave her permission for me to share them on my blog with you.





In this picture below my tree is in great company with a smiling rabbit named Wendell by Laurie Hardin! What an awesome Easter vignette!


Her collection includes my work in spun cotton, needle felting and sculpted paper clay.
The "Wee Wabbit Wacers" in their wittle wace car were a favorite of mine ;-}


Thank you, thank you! This is the best feedback and customer appreciation I could ever receive!

Monday, March 21, 2011

I'll either sink or swim



It's another first for me as I've entered the vast sea of unchartered waters know to me as Ebay! I know I'll be fumbling for a bit as I figure this whole thing out but I just knew I had to give it a go and see how it works out for me.

Today I successfully listed my first 2 spun cotton ornaments!!! When you get a chance, please stop by and check it out!




OH!! I have to mention...I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on these pieces!!! You don't see that very much in the Ebay ocean!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Works in Progress- More Bunnies!!!


New spun cotton ornaments and a large spun cotton art doll!!!



My Mr. Grey Hare is a spun cotton art doll and was inspired by memories of a family easter basket which was brought out each year to be used for our annual egg hunt. It was decorated with frills and ruffles sewn in that beautiful peachy/pink tulle and ribbon and I've used that color palette in this piece. As you can see from this picture, I'm still sewing the ruffled collar and there will be painted eggs in around the bunny and he will hold that cute little bunny pick in his paw.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring like a bunny!!!


Spring forth like a bunny and be the first in line to grab one of my new creations! My new work will be available at the March 13th update on SpookytimeJingles!

Come see my pages for all new Halloween, Christmas and Easter!!!!




Remember! Our updates start at midnight as the clock ticks from March 12 into the 13th and continues all month long.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Where will you be?

At midnight TONIGHT??? At the start of 2/13/2011

Well you should be clicking on SpookyTimeJingles to see my latest works ;-}



Be there at midnight or sometime soon after and grab a little goodie for yourself or someone special.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside



great song by Built for the Sea


It really is cold outside here today! I just came back from my morning walk and when I heard this song come up in my playlist I always picture this great vintage cartoon playing from youtube.

Enjoy and stay warm today!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bunnies are hopping!!!

I've just finished these three new spun cotton ornaments and I'll be listing them in my Etsy Shop later today!

UPDATE: These are now all SOLD! I'm in the process of making more so please keep watching for the next update! Thank You!!!

I'm always trying to improve on my technique for these spun cotton ornaments and always open for suggestions. One suggestion was to try and make them a bit smaller so that they would be proportionate for a old german styled feather tree. So I set off to challenge myself and these are some of the results. Working small is not as easy as one might think and actually takes a great deal more time.

So hop on by my ETSY SHOP and see for yourself!
They will be listed later today so keep checking!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

First one for 2011!!!

January 13,2011!!!

Seems so weird to write that date!

I'll be updating my pages on the Spookytimejingles website on 1/13/2011 and here's your first look at what I've been busy creating! This month I decided to concentrate my efforts on my needle felting.



Stop by section on Spookytimejingles and read all about my new creations!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Needle Felting tip video

So when I decided to make this miniature doll, I wasn't thinking about the special challenges that something this small would bring about. I went to my toolbox in search of the tweezers to help with this one and I'm passing along this needle felting tip!



You'll find this finished witch on my Halloween page at the January 13,2011 update for the Spookytimejingles site

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Needle Felting

It's been quite awhile since you've heard from me, hey!!!
The holidays flew by without much grandeur as this year there were no decorations here at the Patterson's to accompany the Christmas festivities due to some much needed house renovations (there will be some pictures to share in a future post). However the constant sound of hammers and seemingly endless drywall dust has not totally kept me away from the studio table and I've managed to get some creative work accomplished.
A little while ago I had posted a work in progress picture of a couple of spring bunnies and now they are 5. I'm hoping to have some time tomorrow to list these in my Etsy Shop.