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Christmas Orders for 2018 are Out!

WE DID IT!

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All of the orders for Christmas 2018 are done and out of the studio.  Thanks to my team: Meagan, Lynn, Lindsey, Amber and Rachel for all the hard work in making sure all the memories got out in time to make it to their destinations before Christmas.

Besides the 100 plus bears we made, we had quilts, Christmas tree skirts, tree topper angels, christening ensembles, pillows, memory flowers . . . quite a variety of heirloom gifts to make this year.

So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

What to do with a Wedding Dress

wd-conversionsI frequently have people call and ask what I can do for them with their wedding dress.  Although FGC offers several options, they tend to be all over this web site so I created a new sub-page under Heirloom Gifts called “What to do with a Wedding Dress” that gives links to all of the different items through the web site that can be made from wedding dress fabrics/materials.

I am planning to expand our Wedding Dress Conversions services this year to include a selection of purses, some additional Christening accessories and Communion accessories and a couple more Bridal gift options as well so check in every now and then.

Stuffed Menagerie

BuschN animals01webNancy Busch wanted something a little different from her mink fur coats.  She wanted a Monkey, a Pony and a Dog–so that is what we made!

People often ask about the patterns I use and, with my bears, it is complicated because the patterns are an amalgamation of several patterns that I combined and then, those patterns have morphed over the past 16 years as I adapted them to work with every kind of material thrown my way :)  However, I don’t get to do different animals that often in an average year so I usually use an existing pattern.

BuschN monkey01webThis was the first time I’ve used this monkey pattern.  I normally like to use the monkey pattern from the book Adventures in Toy-Making by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith (published in 1976).  It is a fun pattern and I like the look.  However, there was a pattern in another book I have Sew Soft and Cuddly Animals by Donna Childers (published in 1978) that has had me intrigued for some time so I decided to give it a try.  It is a more difficult pattern, but I do like that the features are more defined.  The face, ears, foot and hand pads are made of doe suede.  It had the right texture to go with this fur.

 

BuschN pony01webThis pony pattern is also found in Sew Soft and Cuddly Animals.  It is my favorite for thicker fabrics or fur usually.  There is another really good pony pattern in the book Easy-to-Make Stuffed Animals & All the Trimmings by Jodie Davis (published in 1992) but the legs are somewhat thin so they don’t work as well with thick fur or fabrics.  For this pony, I chose to add some of my own contrast black mink on the hooves and found some died black fox for the main and tail.  To help him stand, I did sink small dowel rods wrapped in poly fiber fill into each of his legs

 

BuschN dog01webFor the dog, I have a lot of different dog patterns to choose from–including a variety of breeds–however, I keep coming back to McCall’s Crafts Pattern #M6620.  I’ve used this pattern many times and really like it for a basic dog even though it has a couple of different breeds represented.  It isn’t a particularly easy pattern, but the finished dog usually actually looks like a dog :)

Soft and Squishy Non-Jointed Bears Now Available

nj fur andfabric02We now offer soft, squishy, non-jointed Memory Bears!

By popular request, I’ve developed a non-jointed memory bear pattern for those who want a softer and more “squishy” bear to hug.  These happy, huggable bears are intended to bring comfort, joy and good memories.

Our signature bear has jointed arms and legs. Joints allow you to move the arms and legs up and down and allows you to position a bear. They also allow the placement of the legs so that the bear can sit on its own. However, to accomodate the joints, we have to stuff the bears firmly so, although they are cuddly, they aren’t soft and “squishy” cuddly.

By creating a non-jointed bear, we don’t have to stuff it so firmly so we can make a much softer bear. Our non-jointed bear is not only great for hugging, it is going to be a bit more durable for younger children to play with and much more cuddly to crawl into bed with and hug at night. On top of that, we are able to offer it at a lower price than our jointed bears.

We are currently only offering one size. Our 16″ non-jointed fabric bear is $75 each and our fur-based non-jointed bear is $95 each. Shipping is additional.

Click here to find out more about our fabric non-jointed bears or

Click here to find out more about our fur non-jointed bears

August Special

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Augusts is the month for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100!  If you’ve been thinking of getting a special item made, NOW is the time to get your order in!

August is, traditionally, our slowest month of the year, once August is over, we will be headed into our Holiday rush.  So, I decided to encourage people to get their orders in early this year by offering free shipping on any order over $100 that comes in between now and August 31st.  So, now is the best time to get that project you’ve been wanting done ordered.

Just print off this coupon image OR you can simply cross out the shipping cost on the order form and write in “Free” or “Special Offer” or anything that lets me know that you are taking advantage of this special August offer.

May Special on Fur Memory Bears

We’re having a special through May on our Fur Memory Bear service.  There is FREE SHIPPING for any fur bear ordered between now and May 31st.  Just print off this coupon image and include it with your order.  OR, you can simply cross out the shipping on the order form and put in “May Special”.  This is a limited time offer so act now!

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Remembering Joseph Proulx

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I mentioned earlier this year that my Father passed away in January. After his memorial service, I took some of his clothing home with me with the intention of making a couple of memory bears for my two sisters.

It took quite a while to get them done, but they are finished. My father had bright orange/red hair and a bushy mustache. When I was done with the bears, it seemed like there was still something missing. My husband reminded me that I have an old badge maker so I printed pictures of my Dad and made badges to put on the bears.

The Right Materials for the Right Look

CiafoloK01web2Getting a christening outfit from a wedding dress sometimes takes compromises. Every now and then, the wedding dress we receive doesn’t quite work with the overall style that the person who sent it has in mind. When Keri sent us her wedding dress, she sent it along with a number of images she found on our site (and a few others :)) of christening gowns she really liked. The thing all of the gowns had in common was that they were light and flowy with translucent fabrics. Keri’s wedding dress was beautiful, but it was made of heavy satin with lovely bead work and there wasn’t anything really light and translucent on it. So, when we sent her our thumbnail sketch, we sketched the closest to what we could get in her fabrics and also sketched a concept that would require us to provide some lacey fabric to give the outfit the kind of look she was after. The bodice and all the under fabrics come from Keri’s dress, the only addition was the lace mesh that we used over the skirt and for the sleeves.

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