I have been commissioned to design a HUGE 6 ft teddy bear to be used in Charity Bear Builds. Once the design is complete I will be helping them to with the "builds" ie. with assembling the bears. Needless to say this has pushed off designing smaller designs for awhile. A bear of these proportions take a considerable amount of time because the proportions have to be precise otherwise the bear looks deformed. It is not just a matter of enlarging a pattern.The "rules" change when you go big so what works in a small design will not necessarily work in a mammoth one. The larger you go with a design, the more "stretch" the material has to it and the proportions get all thrown off. As many of you know I absolutely will not quit until the actual product matches the picture that I have in my head. This can be quite frustrating because I may work for days just one part of the animal. People tell me that I am talented and I say "No its not talent...I'm just stubborn. I refuse to let the material "win". : ) So.oo that's what I'm up to. Once this project is complete. I'll be back to the "grind". Drawing....cutting ....sewing .....stuffing.... unstuffing.... ripping.... cutting..... sewing.....
That's it for now. When I get pics of this latest project I will upload so that you can see the "gi-normous" bear!!!
I'm in the final stages of instructions on my newest Prim's (not yet pictured). It is less stressful for me to have everything done before I post pics, because then I'm not scrambling at the last minute when people start ordering. A few should be done within a week or so. I will post them as soon as possible. Judi
3 of my newest patterns are now posted under the "What's New " page. They will be available for sale on 2-15. These are the first of the Prim's. I can't wait to get the instructions done so that I can keep working on the fun stuff!!
Jan 14 -08
Well the boxes are all cleared and my life is back to normal. I've settled in and at long last am back to designing. For those of you who have been asking for new stuff-I'm sorry that It has taken so long. It has been a long ..... long.... year.
But I do I have about 5 or 6 new things already done and about 10 or so more on paper. I hope to have at least 12 to 15 done before the year is out. As usual the hardest part is the writing of the instructions, as I really take my time on them. It is very important to me that people can follow them. And I always strive to write as if a beginner were reading / sewing.
Some of my newbies are Primitive, so it will be fun to get messy with the paint again. I always love doing primitive work, but don't do it as often as I'd like. I would like to get patterns out one at a time but it just isn't practical to my situation. I have to do all of the painting in my kitchen as I don't have a designated sink in my studio.(I always make a HUGE mess and paint ends up everywhere) So I have to prepare myself first to get all of the primitives all sewn up so that I can paint them up all at once. So basically I don't cook on those days. So.ooo that is what I'm preparing tor now. Finish up the prim's so that I can paint paint paint!!!
So many of have asked for finished items and I've always said the I couldn't possibly because I need them for the show. But recently I decided to put the "prototypes 4 sale" button put on the site (on the side bar) because I am at the point now where I have so many designs now that It is impossible to take everything. So I have decided to put some of my items up for sale. This won't be for another month or so though, and I'm still not sure how many will go up but I am making preparations. So if your interested just keep checking.
That's it for now. Today is a "sewing" day so am anxious to get to work.
Thanks for stopping in to see what's new.
July 31 07
Well the move went ok but Made a HUGE mistake. I was still at the old house supervising when my guys were moving instead of being at the new place. I had color coded the boxes to be placed in appropriate rooms and they just dumped all of the boxes wherever they could find room. When I walked in at 3 am that first night I couldn't believe my eyes. There were boxes piled from floor to the ceiling about 5 or 6 boxes deep, in 3 rooms and one tiny meandering pathway cutting through the sea of boxes. I just sat down and cried- Was so overwhelmed!! Meanwhile I had my 3 cats in only 2 cages. Fortunately they placed my couch at the very end of the path directly at the bottom of my stairs and miracle of miracles there was a small space about 4 x 4 around it leading into the bathroom. Of course there were boxes piled high on it but I pushed them off and stationed myself while I decided what to do with my cats. I wanted to bring them upstairs into my bedroom for that first night but soon realized that I would never be able to drag the cages up over the couch to the stairs. ( you had to step on the couch to get to the stairs, and I kept thinking DON'T LIFT-DON'T LIFT!!( I had been working on packing for about a month and it was a miracle that my back had held out this long and I was sure that one last lift would have pushed it over the edge!!!. ) Meanwhile my big male started a fight with the other cat in his cage so I had to let those 2 free. I was very worried because I couldn't get to any windows ( due to the boxes ) and wasn't sure if any were open due to the fact that it had been a very hot day.. I knew the cats would explore every possible inch of that house and knew if a window were open they'd find it!!! Nevertheless.... I collapsed into bed and to my surprise and relief, they were still around the next morning.
Next came the daunting task of finding my clothes...soap,....HAIR GEL...... for my curly naughty hair that turns to utter un manageable chaos without it. - and NO you can't just go out an buy any hair gel- it has to be special ordered hair gel. Hair gel is my biggest problem in life. because without it I look like a witch, a nasty frizzy witch!!!!. "You think they'd place the box marked bathroom in the bathroom!!! ....Or the boxes marked clothes in the bedroom!!!" I'd sputter under my breath as I waded through boxes, and warded off the anger!!!. All the while thinking "how on earth can I do this... I can't lift, and even if I could there is nowhere to put the boxes" ( since every inch of the space was occupied!) So I'd have to send the boxes crashing into the path, ( hope to that my breakables wouldn't break- all the while thinking that NOTHING that I have is worth my back) empty it, distribute it and repeat the process.Sometimes letting them drop 5 or 6 feet. Day after day. It took me two weeks just to find my DSL box. In fact just located it a couple days ago wherein I had the task of trying to figure out how to hook it up. ( STOP YELLING !!! I'm an artist not a computer geek!!!) Needless to say I'm still swimming in boxes and plain ole' stuff. I can't lift with my back but my legs are sure getting a workout. It takes me 10 times as long, but I manage. I just have to do or else! I'm frustrated though 'cause I want to start working. I did set up a tiny space about 3x3 and set my sewing machine but haven't actually sat down to sew yet. Pretty soon I'll be back on task and in full swing - can't wait to get back to work.! And for all of you who are contemplating a move - Learn from me.......Be at the receiving end, not the sending end!!!!
Till next time XOXO Jude
June 18 07
Taking a much needed break from painting. I only have two rooms to do but one will need 3 coats and there's only about 18" around the perimeter (due to the room being packed) to work! I've been working on that one. The sooner that I can get work done here, the quicker I can get back to work. That always relaxes me -
For all of you that are filling out the feedback at the bottom of the pages (Comments/Suggestions) Thank You. I Seriously like to hear feedback even if it is not good. Its the only way that I can improve. When I was younger and would make something ( I was constantly making things ) I would ask my mother how she liked it and I always got the same response. "looks great.. wonderful. ...perfect." I always wanted to know what was wrong with it. I would get so.oo frustrated because I would ask what would she change? "Nothing!!!' shed respond! Eventually I got to the point where I'd say DONT LIE -WHATS WRONG WITH IT! She still has a difficult time being honest but Id always let her know that's what I NEED! Sounds terrible to complain about a supportive parent but.... its more supportive to be honest. Maybe I would have stopped making things early on without it that bridled response. Who knows! But the long and short of it is, please let me know what I need to do to improve! I won't be upset- I promise!!
Chris Thank you for your words of encouragement. Your words meant more to me than you know. If you want to adopt me I'm up for grabs!!! : )
Well , I have to sign off I have lightning in my area at present need to unplug the computers. Till next time.....
June 14 07
Change of Plans! I'm moving again! For those of you who have had to put up with misplaced boxes and lost patterns....from my last move, Here we go again! Due to circumstances beyond my control I will be moving AGAIN!!!. Are we having fun yet? Don't think so!!
I'm about to launch my Belly Babies. Pretty much have everything set except the final drafts of the instructions in the OCR program.as well as the photographs, so won't be able to release them until mid summer. I'll be packing and painting within the next 4 weeks so won't be able to have them up till mid July.(probably more like the end of July since Ill need time to unpack. Hope your all having a colorful spring. Keep watching for my newest patterns. You'll love em' JD
May 14 07
Many of you know that I haven't put out many new patterns over the past several years. The reason for this is that I have struggled with a back problem which made it virtually impossible to do do much physical activity. I was pretty much bedridden for about 6 years.
I found and amazing Doctor though a couple years ago who virtually gave me my life back. Prior to meeting him I had been to dozens (between at least 25-30 ) of Doctors who couldn't help me. One thing I Learned, is that when your'e in pain you'll try anything and spend any amount of money!) The reason for my going into this is not only to explain where I've been but also to say that for any of you have have a debilitating illness- Don't give up! Keep searching....keep trying.... Don't let them tell you you cant be helped! Or that there's nothing wrong with you! I truly felt that my life was over. I had this amazing business....two beautiful active children..... Good friends .....but I had to drop out of life! I became bedridden........ But somewhere deep inside I kept believing that someone out there could solve my riddle!
I can't help those of you with any illness other than what I know, but for any of you who have struggles with a Back injury- Back Problem-Ligament Problems- Soft T-issue Damage. Neurological issues and who happen to live in the CT<New York area this guy is a Genius! Truly!!!! He is a sports Injury Dr who employs Chiropractic and Deep Tissue work along with E-Stim.
His name Is Dr. Nick Vaccarro who practices in Monroe CT. at CT BACK AND WELLNESS He's not paying me....he hasn't asked me to write this ... The reason that I am is for you. Maybe just one of you out there needs a miracle. This man is a miracle. I've told him many times that he is an answer to my prayers! He blushes and says "I just LOVE what I do..... And I LOVE people!" I think that is the key. Really seeing the people! Seeing them as something other than a paying customer. SO.too if you need a miracle trust him and give him a call! And Nick if you ever see this "Love you!" - And NO..... I never met him before the day that I walked into his office -by a fluke!
May 10 07
Well the site is almost done...Thank all of you for being so patient. Once the site is completely done I will begin designing again. I CAN'T WAIT! IT RELAXES ME! I typically like summer because that is the last big push before the Fall season Begins.
For those of you who have been buying from me for years thank you for all of your support. This past year aside from re-doing the website...I converted all of my smaller patterns to a MS based format (prior to that I have done all of my writing on an APPLE and did all of the graphics by hand. I did all of the paste up the old fashioned way- with an Exacto Blade Rubber Cement! It wasn't feasible to convert until recently as the older conversion programs would not allow you to manipulate text- and I needed that to update as well as fix any mistakes. I bought an Epson Scanner which has what's called an OCR program (optical Character Recognition) that virtually converts any Hard Copy into manipulative text. If any of the text was pasted in wrong (at an angle) it would do and automatic correction. It also converts graphics into the same word Document so the graphics get converted along side the text. The cool thing is is that you can alter the dimensions of the graphics so if you need to add a paragraph etc, you can reduce the graphic. It took me a couple months to convert everything and the novelty NEVER wore off. I'd catch my self saying "This program is so.ooooo cool!