Wednesday, 23 February 2011


It's half term week so I have booked  today off work - no work until next Monday!  The kids are still in bed (lazy things!) so I'm making the most of it watching TV and sewing some teddy bears.  I've just had to have a little break so that I can join in with What's on your Workdesk Wednesday

The picture above is of the little ted I finished off last night.  He is sitting by some earrings that I bought 1/2 price in the sale, with the sole intention of breaking them to pieces to use as loads of individual charms.  We crafters have to be inventive!

Mine is not a work desk today, it is the floor (you'll see why at the end)!  I thought I'd let you have a look around my teddy bag... so in my bag of bits you can just about see - pliers, a bradawl and cotter pins (all of which would be more at home in a shed), thread, buttons, stuffing and a tub of BB air rifle steel shots.  Now, I have not taken up shooting - I use the pellets as weights when I am stuffing my teddies tums!

So, I am sitting on the floor, on the rug by the fireplace, with the bits spread around me: 

Here's my little box of tricks: Fiskars scissors (NO ONE can cut paper with them - they are for my fabric only - everyone in the house knows that if you touch Mom's sewing scissors you must run for your life!!!), hemostats (invaluable for life-saving operations and also teddy making!), teasel brush, mini pliers and strong threads.

Here's the ted I finished last night - he's made with some recycled fabric which has a lovely soft pile.  Also, quite different is a mohair head without eyes - I've just stitched this nose this morning.  Can you see the doll needles - they range from 3" to 7" and look quite lethal!

Close up of teddy with his earring charm necklace:

And, if you've managed to get to the end of this long post and are wondering why I am crafting on the floor well, here's the answer.  I need my daylight lamp in the crafty corner of the living room so need to be near a power socket.  I do have a lovely comfy seat behing me but I have a crafty companion with me today.  This is Monty - sitting in MY crafty seat and that look is saying "Don't you dare move me!". 

I know my place .... on the floor!

Thanks for looking and sharing my work space today!



Desirée-ScrapDees said...

whahaha it is fun reading this! And i have enough place to work, but always a lot of stuff, so that's why i have to work also on a very small place, with all the stuff around me (lol)

I love the teddy you've made, so cute!

Sue said...

Hi Amanda
aww what a gorgeous ickle teddy, enjoy ya week of, pretty kitty,have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x(18)

Sylvia x said... knows its place!!!!! love the teddy and great idea for the bargain earrings..clever girl why didn't i think of that!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful little Ted Amanda and nice to see all the tools of the trade so to speak. Great bargain buy on the earrings, can't quite imagine you wearing those!!

Brenda 103

jackiescrafts said...

Love your Teddy Amanda he's cute. Thanks for letting us look in your work bag

Hugs Jackie x

Nicki said...

Another little cutie - the two-tone fur is gorgeous.

Nicki, xx

Unknown said...

Ahhhhhh he is gorgeous x Love the charm too! Very frugal x Leigh x

Annie said...

Gorgeous little ted.
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Good luck.
A x

Nicky said...

Great post love hy you are sat on the floor! - Your teddy is so cute and love the idea of the earings as charms ~ thanks for sharing ~ Nicky no.4

okienurse said...

really cute Teddy! Love the work space. Thanks for sharing. Sorry I am so late getting by this week but life happens. Vickie #148