Tuesday, March 11, 2014
In early December, she called me and wanted to know if she got me the fabrics ASAP, if she could have 3-4 bears by Christmas. I said at that point I had about a 10 day turnaround time, so it would be okay. We traded emails and phone calls for two weeks, at which point it got too close and she said she'd follow up after the holidays.
Silence again until late February, when she emailed to say she was still interested, but having trouble getting it together. I said that her custom listing on Etsy was open for another 2 weeks, so she had time. (Listings expire after 4 months). She paid immediately, and said she'd send the fabrics right out. Then she emailed to say she'd send the fabrics at the weekend. Then she emailed on the weekend to say they were going out in the morning.
The two pieces were a woman's housedress in a blue wallpaper stripe with lace and a man's plaid shirt. I was asked to do a single bear in each fabric, and the two remaining bears using both fabrics. The fabrics are both blue, but that's about all they have in common. I puzzled for a while about how to make it work, and decided to incorporate a bit of a third fabric (light blue denim) to offset the two and make them argue a little less. I think it works, at least as well as it's going to.
Of course, when I walk into the workroom, I still think I smell the ghost of a chain-smoking woman in a blue housedress. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was my mom.
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Well in spite of the sagas they are gorgeous bears! I think the denim does tie them together well. Although the fabrics are totally different they don't actually clash. A nice touch of mum and dad!
They are super cute.
Karen, these are wonderful! Thanks for the febreze tip!
The bears are really sweet! I think you made it work very well.
Adorable bears. Great job. Smoke odor - awful, isn't it? I get boxes of hand knit or crocheted items for the babies in the NICU at Cooper in Camden and many reek of cigarette smoke. I spray everything with Febreze and put it all in a bag and close the bag tight for a few days. I have heard that laundering with vinegar can cut the odor but I would not want to send things with a vinegar odor to the NICU either. I will say that dryer sheets work very well in musty books. Tuck a few every so many pages and close up in a ziplock plastic bag for however long it takes to get rid of the musty smell.
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