Weekend update

The past couple of days, I’ve been debating whether to keep blogging or not because I don’t get a lot of visits and certainly not a lot of comments. But then, I asked myself, why exactly do I keep a blog? While it is nice to receive likes, comments and various feedback, that isn’t the main reason for my blogging. I blog to share my passions, my creations and a little bit about my life. Arts and crafts are my main passion in life but I do have others. Music, movies, my cats, and, actually, my job are all things I’m passionate about. For those who don’t know, I work as an educator in an elementary school. I’m not a teacher, I work before school, at lunch and after school with a group of pre-k and kindergarten students. This year, I have the added task to teach them fine motor skills twice a week. I’ve been doing a lot of research and preparing lots of material for those activities so I’ve decided that I will also share that work here amidst my own personal art. And maybe a few cat photos once in a while.

Today, though, I’m only sharing two things. A zentangle I drew yesterday and a soft toy owl I made today. The zentangle is in the shape of a leaf as I’m still being inspired by this season. The owl is actually stuffed with rice so that it can be heated in the microwave and become a hand warmer. It is stitched by hand because that is my favourite way to work with felt. I love making these little softies so I want to make more in all shapes and colours.

Anyway, thanks for visiting and I wish you a lovely week!

Dog toy

Since I already had my polyfill out, today I decided to try a no-sew toy for one of my mom’s dog. I used a piece of fleece found at a second-hand store and a “squeaky” plastic thing I found in my stash (from all the sewing stuff my godmother gave me years ago.)

I had to do a bit of sewing because my knots didn’t cover the inner curve at the top but other than that, it’s all knots. The dog loved it so much he already started breaking it! Oh no! That’s okay, I learned my lesson and will try another design for him.


I also continued doodling on the painted branch:


I guess I was in a zigzag mood today!

Thanks for visiting.

Return of the Kool Kreatures

It’s bee ages since I’ve sewn by hand and I miss it. I had a few felt creatures I had started a few years ago but for some reason, they were all in various stages of creation as seen in this “before” picture:


So I grabbed all four of them, some embroidery floss, my bag of polyfill and I got busy! I love to sew by hand while watching TV shows or a movie. Here are the new Kool Kreatures:


The cat and owls were my own designs while the bird was traced from a pattern (unknown source). I will be doing more of these in the hopes of, one day, selling them on Etsy or at a craft fair.

Thanks for visiting!

Mini Kool Kreature – Mini Kréature Kool

It had been quite a while since I had made a Kool Kreature. Yesterday, this little mouse just begged to be born. So I gave her life. She small, about 3″ long (not counting the tail) and 2.5″ at her widest. I wanted her to have a bit of weight so I started by filling her with rice and then finished with Polyfill. She’s exactly as I had envisioned her and I will be a bit sad to let her go but let her go I must! She’s in the shop, if you’d like to give her a new home…

Il y avait un bon moment que je n’avais pas fait de Kréature Kool. Hier, cette petite souris m’a suppliée de venir au monde. Alors je lui ai donné vie. Elle est petite, environ 8cm de long (sans compter la queue) et 5cm au point le plus large. Je voulais lui donner du poids alors j’ai commencé par la remplir avec du riz puis j’ai terminé avec de la bourre. Elle est exactement comme je l’avais imaginée et je serai un peu peinée de la voir partir mais elle doit bel et bien partir! Elle est dans la boutique, si vous êtes tentées de lui donner un nouveau foyer…

>Foughnut anyone? – Un feignet peut-être?


Yes, you read that right: foughnut. As in Felt Doughnut! After creating a bunch of creatures, I decided to try something new. And this little doughnut was born! It’s far from being perfect but I love it anyway. Just looking at it makes me happy! I especially love the beads/sprinkles.
I love the names being suggested in the comments from yesterday’s post. Don’t be shy if you have any ideas!
Oui, vous avez bien lu: un feigne. Comme pour Beignet Feutrine! Après avoir créé une série de créatures, j’ai décidé d’essayer quelque chose de nouveau. Et ce petit beigne vit le jour! Il est loin d’être parfait mais je l’aime quand même. Juste de le regardes me rend heureuse! J’aime surtout les perles/bonbons.
J’aime les noms suggérés dans les commentaires de l’article d’hier. Ne soyez pas gêné si vous avez des idées!

>The return of the felt creatures – Le retour des créatures en feutrine


Sounds like a bad movie title, doesn’t it?
It had been a while since making my last felt creature. I put a few of my earlier creations in a box as special gifts for my students and they have been really popular so I decided to make a few more, just for them. I wanted the shapes to be simple and I wanted as few details as possible. They are all sewn by hand. I love how they turned out, my favourite being, of course, the feline-like creature. I want to find a name for these types of creatures to call them something other than “felt creatures.” If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments (who knows, if I like your suggestion, you might get a creature of your own!!!)
On dirait le titre d’un mauvais film, non?
Il y a un bout de temps que je n’ai pas fait de créature en feutrine. J’ai mis quelques-unes de mes premières créations dans une boite de cadeaux spéciaux pour mes élèves et elles ont été très populaires alors j’ai décidé d’en faire quelques-unes de plus, juste pour eux. Je voulais des formes simples et le moins de détails possibles. Elles sont toutes cousues à la main. J’aime beaucoup ce qu’elles sont devenues, ma préférée étant, bien sûr, la créature à l’air félin. Je veux trouver un nom pour ce genre de créatures pour les nommer autres choses que “créatures en feutrine.” Si vous avez des suggestions, n’hésitez pas à les écrire dans les commentaires (qui sait, si j’aime votre suggestion, vous pourriez recevoir votre propre créature!!!)

>The March creature completed – La créature de Mars terminée


5 months ago, I started a new stuffed creature with old knee-high socks.
 Il y a 5 mois, j’ai commencé une créature rembourrée avec de vieux bas aux genoux.
 Last weekend, I finally finished it, using an old blanket for its body and felt and buttons for its eyes.
La fin de semaine dernière, je l’ai enfin terminée, une vieille couverture lui servant de corps et de la feutrine et des boutons pour les yeux.
 Meet my new octopus! I haven’t found the perfect name for it yet so if you have an idea, do let me know.
Je vous présente ma nouvelle pieuvre! Je ne lui ai pas encore trouvé un nom parfait alors si vous avez des idées, laissez-le moi savoir.
It’s quite big. And it’s great for hugging. I’m definitely keeping this one for my personal collection.
Elle est pas mal grosse. Et est parfaite pour des calins. Je la garde définitivement pour collection personnelle.
And here’s Diesel, inspecting my work.
Et voici Diesel qui inspecte mon travail.

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