Oscar and Lucinda

Photo on 3-28-16 at 9.48 AM

This is my newest project.  Shirley has a friend who takes old fur coats and makes them into jackets or capes and she gave Shirley the scraps that were left over.  If you remember a while ago I made Scallywag from some.  Then she sent me some white and there was more of that so I could make a larger bear.  Yesterday I traced the patterns for these and this morning I cut out the body parts for both Oscar and Lucinda.  Mine will be polar bears as the fur is white and fairly long hair for a bear. Photo on 3-28-16 at 9.50 AM #2

This is the body of one of them.  It isn’t as big as it looks here but the bears will be about 13 inches tall when I am done, which is a good size.  This is real fur so has a leather backing and hard to cut.  I have the blister to prove that!

I am still working on my Swagman.  Yesterday I put on his features.  They are hard to see as I did the nose and mouth in pink. Photo on 3-28-16 at 9.50 AM

and I put on more hair.  I have to wind brown yarn around the handle of a wooden spoon, then use a needle and interlock each row so they hold together in a chain, these I put onto his head and sew them down. Photo on 3-28-16 at 10.14 AM 2

This is the back of his head and this is about 3 yards of the chains.  I think it would be easier to tie in the hair like you do for the raggedy Ann but I did want to try this new way.  I still have this back of the head to finish and then the mustache and beard so I will have a few days more to work on him.  I just don’t like to spend too much time all at once working on something that is this hard to do, I get up tight and that is no fun so I take it a little each day and then I enjoy making them.  That is why I have started the bears before finishing Swagman.

Back to work, time to cook dinner –  pork chops with my nice fresh herbs – OH – So Good.   Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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