Bear, Bells and a Dirty Little Secret

I am usually a neat person, and I like it when things are organized. I think everything should have a home. I actually have been known to become very annoyed when I'm looking for something and it has been carelessly moved from it's home. That being said.... when I find myself in a creative mood, I always seem to get 20 or 30 new ideas at the same time and, of course, I try to do all 20 or 30 projects at the same time.

Then this happens.

My husband has the good sense (bless his heart) NOT to mention the condition of my work table.

A friend asked me to make something for an 8 year old girl. She had recently found a very dear, old school friend (via the internet) and this friend has an 8 yr old daughter. My friend wanted to send her something from Alaska (which, by the way, is where I live). She said that she wanted to send one of my Moose Pins

but she wanted to send her something else also. Something cute but Alaska-ish.
I told her I would come up with something.
Well, I thought and I thought and the more I thought the more frustrated I got. (HEY, I'm turning into Dr. Seuss!)

I tried not to think about it for a week or so and then I came up with an idea in a dream, actually. I think an 8 year old girl would enjoy this little guy.

His paws are full of forget-me-nots (our state flower) and a puffin is perched on his toes.

He turned out just the way I imagined him. I like him.

I also finished a simple necklace and several sets of earrings that I am very pleased with. I got the idea for the design from a picture of a necklace made with paper. (I am pretty sure it was from one of my favorite blogs, but I was unsuccessful in my search. If you recognize a resemblance to a very pretty pink paper necklace, let me know so I can give the proper credit) I wanted to try alcohol inks and I thought this would be a good oportunity.

I especially like the way the earrings came out. A totally different look for each pair.

I think they look like little bells.


  1. Great worktable. It looks perfectly normal to me.


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