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Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.


I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!


Thank you for visiting my blog.


Dionne

Monday, 1 May 2017

Donovan Bear

I hope you are enjoying the long weekend.  This year, in the UK, the Bank Holidays are coming very close together at the moment, we have just had Easter and at the end of the month we shall have another.  You could be forgiven for thinking that we have a lot of  Bank Holidays (Public Holiday) in England but it is not so, after this month we have just three more this year one in August and then Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26 December).

I had a little time earlier today to put together another project to share with you.  You may recall Romeo, the fabulous Mary Jane's Tearoom bear I shared with you in March.  I was so delighted with how he turned out I decided to make one for my BFF's birthday.  She decided to called her bear Donovan.


Donovan and his clothes are made of beautifully soft 100% alpaca wool.  He is so soft and squidgy it is very heard to get him to sit or stand up (he isn't drunk, honest).


His body is made in grey with cream coloured socks.


I decided to try glass eyes for this bear, I thought it would give him a more traditional look.  However, it is difficult 'pull' the eyes into the head when they are made of glass.  Mind you, I think my nose stitching is getting better with every bear.  


The turn down on his boots is lavender and I could not decide on the matching colourway for the jumper ie lavender with black and grey highlights or cream with lavender and grey highlights.  In the end I made both and left it to my friend to decide which she likes best.


Once again there is a small heart embroidered into one of his ears.


As you can see from this photo the design on the jumper is hearts and crosses,


and little wooden buttons trim the boots and trousers.


No time to focus this photograph, he went sideways a moment after the shutter did its thing.

Enjoy the rest of the holday.


Dionne

9 comments:

  1. So cool about the UK. It's different a bit from USA. And love this bear! Amazing work and your photos look great! They look so professional and great lighting!

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    1. I think Donovan came over all melodramatic for his photoshoot, lots of very moody looks and attitude. The last photopraph was the funniest, I manage to balance on his feet just long enough to take the photo and then he slowly slid sideways, like someone passing out in slow motion.

      Haha.

      xxx

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    2. Haha! That is so cute! That is how it is when I take photos of my little girls when they are modeling the headbands I make! I am running around them trying to get a smile from them before they pull off the headband! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    3. You know what they say - never work with children or animals (I would include the stuff kind in there!).

      xx

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  2. Awww, Donovan is so handsome!! I love his little marking on his one ear there, how amazing is that!! His clothes are just adorable, such sweet little patterns on his sweaters and I love the heart buttons on his pants! You are so super talented my friend!!

    So I have decided to redesign my patio so I can build a little private garden oasis. They have ripped out every single flower bed from around the lake and in the park, and I don't understand why. I really miss all the colours, so I'm making my own!!! Construction starts in a couple of weeks and I'm totally excited!! sending hugs my friend :)

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    1. Thank you. I think I was having a ad camera day when I photographed Donovan and of course he has now gone to his forever home so I can not take any more of him.

      I cannot wait to see the photos of your patio, it sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you. Good luck.

      Dionne xx

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  3. Hi have just come to leave a comment on your little baby clothes and noticed my comment on here has disappeared???I love Donovan and fabulous set of clothes-love the little stitches in his ear
    Carol x

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    1. I am so sorry Carol, I have no idea what happened to your comments.

      I wonder why your comments vanished after you went to the trouble of leaving them and they were such nice comments too.

      Thank you for re-typing them.

      Dionne xx

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  4. I think it must have been a blip on blogger as a few others have vanished too
    Carol x

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