Mostly, I take the month of January off from working, since I usually am so crazy busy making custom orders right up until Christmas. Last year was no exception, and I finished my last order at about 3:30pm on December 23rd! Cutting it a little too close, I know! So, January was a deserved month of rest from the studio!
I have been making my way back to work, and itching to get busy with all the new ideas I have banging around in my head. But this week I had another custom order to work on, and I'm going to show it to you today.
A customer who purchased several snowmen from me at one of my fall art fairs contacted me about making a group of Easter bunnies for her. Since I didn't do any spring shows this year, and I've been slow to get back to work and get things listed in my etsy shop, I wasn't sure I would be making any spring pieces. It was nice to have to do these.....they were so much fun!
This is Ellie. She is a small girl, about 6-1/4". A pink or purple dress was requested, so I did a bit of both. The polka dot fabric reminds me of Easter eggs, so I pulled the pink out to make her clay bodice, and then trimmed it with purple ribbon, crepe paper and Swarovski crystals. She carries a basket with little eggs.
Tessa is wearing a teal dress, with a floral patterned skirt and clay bodice. I didn't have crepe paper to match this color, so chose to use white. I added the white lacy ribbon to balance the collar. She has eggs and little yellow ribbon roses in her basket. She is much taller than Ellie.
Vivian is much like Tessa in both size and the way she is dressed. I love this vibrant violet color. The little purple flowers in her basket are a nice match.
I was asked to create one little boy, wearing a short blue suit, and here he is. I named him Will. After taking this picture, I decided he needed a little 'something', so I added a lavender felt flower with a yellow Swarovski crystal center to the lapel of his suit. It is s subtle but nice finishing touch.
These two pictures show the difference in the sizes of the bunnies. The client asked for two small ones and two larger ones. The small girl and the boy are for her grandkids. The bigger girls are for her daughters. I will be delivering these tomorrow. I hope she loves them as much as I do!
I don't know about the rest of you, but I sure am ready for spring! We didn't have that much snow in my neck of the woods, so we were lucky in that regard. But we had some very bitterly cold weather. Personally, I would rather have the snow! Of course, someone from Boston or one of the other cities that got nailed really hard would probably disagree! But now it's over, the trees are budding, tulips are blooming, and my lilac bush is about ready to pop out full of wonderfully fragrant blooms! We had a nice rain storm last night, and the grass is even greener this morning! It's a wonderful rebirth!
I hope you all have a joyous Easter! I promise to be back soon!
Oh, one other thing to share with you. This is one reason why my studio time has been compromised in recent weeks. On December 6th I got the best Christmas present ever! An adorable Brittany spaniel. I named him Rudy.
This is what he looked like a couple days after I got him.
This is what he looks like now! It's amazing how fast they go from roly-poly puppy to looking like a real dog! He's a handful, but a ADORE him!