Tuesday, 24 January 2012

New Additions to the Cuddlies - as promised

Hello there Everyone!

Cy Bear and I have been mentioning recently the fact that I've been busy replacing the Glove Puppets who have found themselves Forever Homes over the recent Christmas period.  I've now listed four new puppets in our shop at www.coldhamcuddlies.etsy.com and here they are.  There are pictures taken at different stages of their development to be seen at their individual listing sites at www.Etsy.com/shop/coldhamcuddlies.

Etsy Listing #91353160 - Green Plush Glove Puppet with Golden Bear Head
He's a one-off, because I only had enough of this particular golden plush fabric left in stock to make two Golden Bear Glove Puppets.  So as I'd found some vintage Green Velvet fabric in my donated stock collection, I used that to use up the golden plush fur for a second puppet.  Here is the other Golden Bear Puppet, this time with  a yellow braid decoration around the glove edges - giving a more feminine look, perhaps?  Both have been listed at www.coldhamcuddlies.etsy.com this evening as OOAK toys.

Etsy Listing #91354899 - Green Velvet Glove Puppet with Golden Bear Head

This evening was a good one for the sewing session and listing, because I was  also able to finish off the replacement Panda Bear Glove Puppets as well.  They, too, have been listed and here is a picture of them.

Etsy Listing #91356474 - Black & White Panda Bear Glove Puppets
These guys were taken in my new Mini Photo Studio - which has not really been set up properly yet, but it worked for me at this time.  I've finally found the instructions sheet for setting the Studio up and will be using it in future - especially for the smaller toys.  The Teddy Bears and Dressed Toys will just fit, I think:  obviously the bigger items, such as Tommy Teddy and Rusty Bear are just a tad too big to fit in!

What is keeping the Puppets upright, if there is no hand inside to do the job? - I think I can hear some folks ask!  Well in this case, I took two glass jars (which currently hold dried herbs!) and placed them inside each Puppet as their turn arrived for the picture session.  Works quite well, I think - and I will be repeating it with the others in future.  Saves me having to twist myself in contortions to do it on my own - or try to get fellow residents to provide their hands for the purpose.  It can be difficult to get enough of them all together at the same time!  They're an active and busy bunch of ladies and gentlemen that I find myself living with here in Heytesbury!

The Mini Photo Studio is a nifty little thing, though - isn't it?  I used the red background provided in the pack for the Pandas - the others stood out quite well without the studio background.  There are also black, dark blue and white sheets, with velcro edges which have their partner velcro fitments somewhere in the package - plus the special spotlights. (Have not used the lights here, because I've been able to get sufficient lighting from the existing bulb in the room.  When I get round to re-photographing ALL the ColdhamCuddlies, then I'll put the whole thing up properly - at the moment, in the flat, there simply is not the room for everything in its proper place!  We have a lovely, large, light Resident's Hall, which is available to us for just such eventualities, and I think that's where future photographic events will take place!

Finally, while I'm in the mode for providing listing information, I don't think I have provided the Etsy Listing for Big Koala.  I posted about him before listing him, and don't remember if I provided that vital item!  So, in case I did not, here it is:

Etsy Listing #90782660 - Big Koala Close-up
Now for replacing the Brown Bear Glove Puppet and the Rabbit Puppet - which I hope to do before starting to rejuvenate the French Connection patients in the Soft Toy Clinic (Etsy Listing #79124185).  PaulN of Outsphere UK & Ireland emailed me today to say that Madame Lapin is on her way back from St. Albans - so I'd better get a move on!

Goodnight to you all - and God Bless!  Isobel