Monday, 17 April 2017

Chickadee Kits is Available!

Happy Easter Everyone!!

I hope you enjoyed your Easter break and ate lots of chocolates guilt free!! :D
We've just returned from my short trip away and today am doing some tidying up before getting into the full swing of things again.

I just found a large piece of Chickadee's fabric and decided to create Chickadee's complete kit for you. The kits are limited with the amount of fabrics I have available but here they are.. You can purchase them directly from my website at: http://www.jennylovesbenny.com/compkit
Everything from my website is in AUD$

If you prefer, the kit is also in my Etsy shop which is in US$
Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/…/chickadee-artist-bear-chicken-kit-by…
Enjoy the rest of your Easter break, hope it's been a blast and hope you enjoy making your own Chickadees!! :D

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Bear Pattern for young children?

Often I get asked if I have patterns for young children.  A first hand made bear is always so special and definitely something to be treasured and pass down the generations.  A while ago, I created a "My First Bear" kit using safety joints and safety plastic eyes.   I no longer have the kit available however, I've been asked if I have the pattern is still available. 

Yes I do, I've just converted it to PDF format!!  "My First Bear" pattern is based on my Puddle's pattern.   You can get it in my Etsy shop right here: 
https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/510769632/bear-pattern-for-young-children-my-first?ref=shop_home_active_1

You will require the following items:
Fur: 1/8m mohair
Joints & Eyes: safety toy joints/ safety plastic eyes which can be purchased in Spotlight stores in Australia.


Please let me know if you have any questions and if you have trouble sourcing the safety joints or eyes. 



I hope Puddles make a great heirloom gift for your little loved ones!


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Angel bears - LIMITED KIT

They are finally here!!! Now you too, can make your own Angel Bears!!! :D
Remember these baby Angels? Their kits are now available from my website and Etsy shop. This kit is a special listing and is LIMITED. I have 8 in total and once they're gone, they are gone! The kit is to make one Angel bear. Feel free to message me if you have any questions and I hope you enjoy making these Angel babies!


Saturday, 8 April 2017

🐰🎩The Hatter and the Hare in Melbourne?? πŸ’–

This I must share!!!!

I just heard about this place and I love it already!! "The Hatter And The Hare" cafe here in Melbourne!! It's just so magical and I feel like a kid again!!!! I really wished there are more places like these around and I can't wait to experience the magic created by the owners — sisters Becky and Coners Buada, husband and wife Vinnie and Mary Kodladi, and Mary’s brother George Dardamanis. George is also Coners’ partner. 



Here are some treats for your eyes....don't they look too good to eat? but I will eat you and tell the world about it!! LOL  

I sure hope to get there real soon and when I do, you will sure to hear all about it here.  For now, 
you can  FOLLOW them DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE  below is the link to their website! :D  
http://www.hhcafe.com.au/index.html

Monday, 3 April 2017

πŸ’– New JennyLovesBenny website πŸ’–

Hi All,

I've been working on JennyLovesBenny's website the past couple of weeks.  I know it wasn't too long ago when JLB's website got a facelift however, I wasn't completely happy with it and it's been eating at me so I made the decision to change it. 

Although there are a lot of beautiful templates from web hosting companies, I felt the templates were pretty much the same with display of large photos spread across the screen, giving it a very modern and clean appearance.  Yes, it does look good, especially for traditional retail shops and businesses however, for me, I felt, the templates and the simplistic modern look lacked character and that little touch of magic.

I wanted to bring back some character and playfulness to JLB and definitely some magic.  If I had the technical skills, I would have butterflies flying across the screen, cherry blossoms gently falling and drifting to the bottom of the screen, snow flakes and rainbows..hmmm....I shall work on that!  For now,  I hope you like the new look!

I've brought back hard copies of my patterns as I know many of you still prefer to receive patterns in the mail.  Yes, I too still enjoy getting letters in my physical mailbox.  It's always a nice surprise to find a letter, card or package in there! :D

Now you can purchase directly from the website along with the available kits and supplies like my earlier website.  You will eventually be able to purchase e-patterns directly from my website too but until that page is completed, my Etsy shop is still open. 

The website is still working in progress, however, it is up and running.  I hope you like the new changes! :)


Friday, 31 March 2017

April Wallpaper - let's sleep through Winter!

I'd almost forgotten about next month's wallpaper and in Melbourne, the cold is starting to bite although we're still in Autumn.  I really don't like the cold...I'm one of those people who enjoys basking in 40 degrees heat!  The last few days, it's been cold and I've just wanted to stay in my warm bed all day...looking at this photos is exactly what I would like to do all through Winter...hybernate like the bears...
Please find below April's Wallpaper, hope you like it! :D 
Just visit my Flickr account for a larger pic here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22546523@N03/?

Hugs,
Jenny



🐰🐰🐰 Miss Bunny Easter! 🐰🐰🐰

Daniel's Easter Hat Parade at school just finished...I had almost forgotten all about it but thankfully I had a week to make a hat for my boy.  
After shopping for everything I needed, I have to say I had a of fun creating Daniel's Easter hat, almost getting the feel of what it would be like to be a costume designer! What an awesome job that would be, especially creating the costume and set for the new release Beauty and the Beast movie! Well, here is the hat so far...the spec according to Daniel is no chicks and just one big egg!! I managed to get some gold feathers in there! Just love them! Am really happy with how it's turned out so far...but I think it needs a bow tie at the front...



Ta da!  I think he loved yet, especially the real easter egg which he'll get to eat after the parade!! :)

Since Daniel's Easter hat was a priority on the weekend, I didn't get to finish my bunny but here she is....please meet my sweet miss bunny ready to celebrate Easter!! πŸ£ 


and she comes with her little bag, she's a bit of a girly girl this one!  Miss Bunny Easter is has just been listed in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/521966975/artist-bear-bunny-rabbit-in-day-dress-by?ref=shop_home_feat_4

Feel free to email me if you have any question regarding my new Bunny.   
School holidays has just started and I'm hoping I'll get more JLB done..which reminds me, I'm running late for April's wallpaper!!! Will get right on it! eeeek




Wednesday, 22 March 2017

It feels like Christmas morning!!


Oh my!! Look who's arrived today!!! It's like Christmas morning again..EEEEeeeeeeeeee πŸ˜†

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The day is just too short when I'm in the my sewing room! ~

I had such an awesome day yesterday, not needing to go to work and spending the most of the day in my sewing room!! I received these beautiful quilt fabrics by Liberty of London a while ago and now am at the stage of putting the wadding and backing together.  This is for my Blythe Belle's bed, she's been waiting way too long and Winter is coming she keeps telling me! :D  

I think it's coming along nicely, I absolutely love the combination of fabrics!  


I also managed to work on my bunny...I made little adjustments to my pattern and used this cutesy Japanese fabric for her inner ears.  Am really hoping she'll be ready to celebrate Easter! :D





Saturday, 18 March 2017

She is Saraphine...❤️

I don't recall where I'd heard that name before but Saraphine is stuck in my head whilst trying to think of a name for this little girl.  So I googled the definition and this came up:Top Definition - Saraphine. An abnormal person that is often recongized as weird or special. She is a saraphine...well this little girl is pretty special to me!! So Saraphine it is...my new girl!  hope you like her.   I shall have more photos of her on my website and she'll be available in my Etsy shop planned for tomorrow.  Thank you always for stopping by and taking the time to read my posts.Hugs,xx
 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Every Day Is A Journey...

hey what's this? two posts in one day???  hehe..yes I got a day off work and I told myself, this day is going to be all about my bears and dolls..before my boy comes home from school! :D

It was such a great day today with a brilliant (literally) start to the morning!   It went by way too quickly...that is always the case when I'm working on my bears or dolls but I'm so pleased it was a strike on my "good day" column and I managed to get my new girl finished.

The first thing I did after hubby took our son to school, I ran, yes literally ran into my sewing room and got cracking on my new Blythe's backplate. I love seeing the backplate art by other artists but I don't do it myself.  I'm still contemplating if I will but I think its best I allow where the creativity and most times, where the girls will take me.  :D

I do however, like to put a little inspirational quote on there for each of my girls :) I hope this too will give hope and inspiration to their new mums too!  This is what I did this morning..


Now my girl is finally finished and ready to be put back together.  I'm still trying to think of a name for her but nothing has come to mind as yet...maybe when she's all dressed up, she'll let me know what her name is. :D

I received a lovely handkerchief from one of my purchases as a gift.  It was a lovely handkerchief and as soon as I saw it, I knew I was going to use it to make a dress for this little girl.



Still a little bit of touch up here and there and she'll be ready to be properly photographed however, for now, that's all for today from me, time to get dinner ready ( lasagne tonight πŸ˜‹ ) and can't wait for my boy to come home from school!! Have a super fab day everyone, especially to those who's day has just begun.

Hugs,
xx


Best way to wake up!

Love waking up to the warm glow of sunrise coming through my bedroom window. 

The best way to wake up to the world besides being showered with kisses by my little boy! This morning was extremely bright and orange and all so amazing!! 

I had to jump out of bed (at 6:30) to take pics..and for those who know me well knows I'm so not a morning person at all but this was way too awesome to miss and stay in bed...


.....and an hour later, it's raining!!  


I'm ok with that, what do I expect right, I live in Melbourne! Besides, I have a whole day to myself to spend in my sewing room!!! yeah, now lets see what I can get done today...

Sunday, 26 February 2017

✨✨ Angels are all around...✨✨

Hi All,It's another month gone, my how fast are we getting through the days this year!?  You might have noticed my creativity space has slowed down a bit this month since my little boy is back at school and I'm back at work.  I am however grateful that I can still have a little time to spend in my sewing room, continue to make bears and now dolls.This month, I'm so thrilled that my new girl "Fleur" found new home and I'm super excited about creating my next girl.  
Here is a sneak peek of my next girl's eye lids.  Just like night and day, this new girl will be the opposite of Fleur with dark brown hair and dark lids. 
I've been working on several projects on the go and while the lids were drying I started a new Jenny Bear (pic below).  It's a little bit of a struggle giving my time to either my bears or dolls at times! I can only imagine what it must be like with multiple kids seeking your attention! hehe
This Jenny Bear has already been spoken for and will be going to live in the US, travelling with her white Angel "Boo" (below left).   I sure will miss these babies and so, for next Month's wallpaper, I'm featuring my white Angels...Just right click on the photo to download or for a larger photo, you can visit my flickr page instead.  Here is the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22546523@N03/?Next month,  hopefully I'll have my new girl finished and I've just started on a white Jenny Bear.  Will post some sneak peak in my Instagram and Facebook page during the week.  I will also endeavour to finish my Ben and Boo patterns so that you can also create your own guardian Angels!! ✨Last month I posted about Belle's new bed,  I'm still working on that and have just received some beautiful fabrics from Liberty of London to create a mini quilt.  I just love all the little pieces and can't wait to put them together.  It's been a very long time since I've made a quilt, I sure hope I do these fabrics justice.  Please wish me luck!Until next time,  I hope you have an awesome month ahead and keep creating!Hugs,Jenny

Saturday, 28 January 2017

🌜✨Keep on dreaming...dreams can come true! 🌝🌟

Hi Everyone, 

First of all, I like to wish you all a very Happy Chinese New Year.  This year is the year of the Rooster and hopefully the fiery Rooster will bring you prosperity, lots of joy and good health!! 

As we're getting close to a new month, I've prepared February's wallpaper for you and the theme ~ "Keep on dreaming girls...dreams can come true if you make it happen!" ✨πŸ’•πŸŒŸπŸ’«

Just right click on the photo to download or for a larger photo, you can visit my flickr page instead.  Here is the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22546523@N03/?


As you can see, Belle has a new bed and she's very excited and have asked Fleur for a sleep over!!
I'm still in the process of completing her bed...this is what it looked like (see below).


Mum found this in a Salvation shop!! She brought it home and cleaned it up thinking it'll be perfect for my bears!! Isn't it just lovely!!!??  and mum too of course!! LOL 

I must say, I don't have the patience to shop, I really dislike walking around for hours, going from one shop to another looking at things.  I'm one of those people who just go to the shop, go straight to the aisle and pick up what I need and then I'm outta there!! My mum and bestie on the other hand, they can walk for ages and bless them cause they pick up some awesome finds like this gorgeous dolly bed.  

The idea of recycling is very appealing to me too.  This bed is going to get a make over, it's got a new mattress so far, I've taken the canopy off and oh, so much planned!! This once well loved doll bed is going be much loved again. πŸ’—πŸ’— Please stay tuned...

For now,  Belle wants to say...

"Sleepovers are so much fun but I must get some shut eye now...nite nite Fleur,  nite nite P, nite nite Puch...nite nite all.. zzzzzzzz


Hugs,
Jenny



Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Fleur is French for flower 🌸🎈

Practice makes perfect someone said...well, yes my custom dolls are not perfect yet but I'm loving my new girl!

Please meet ~ "Fleur" ~

She does like her sleep... in fact it took her a while to open her eyes, I'd almost named her "Sleeping Beauty".  I figure she must take after me as I used to sleep a lot...like 10 hours a day!! I wouldn't mind having a long nap right now but for the life of me, I can't seem to sleep much now-a-days but it leaves me feeling tired most of the time.  I'd always questioned how the oldies always get up early despite what time they sleep.  My mum's always saying she can't sleep in, it must be a sign of old age?  Please tell me that's not true!! LOL 

Now, please allow me to take you on my journey of creating Fleur...

This is what she looked liked.  A factory Blythe with beautiful long pink hair.  I had planned for her to have pink eyelids with white polka dots.  You know I LOVE Polka Dots!!!  She was going to have a Bob cut and she was going to be a cutesy playful girl!

Things never work out as planned and I really believe things happen for a reason...and if it doesn't go your way, it's a blessing in disguise? Well that's what I tell myself to keep happy! πŸ˜†

I found this beautiful pink acrylic paint, painted her lids and was about to paint white polka dots until I rumbled through my draw of stashed goodies.  I had these beautiful tiny dry flowers which I'd stumbled upon during my shopping exhibitions one day.  They were so pretty I knew I would put it in good use one day..

Voila!! I was so happy with how they turned out..what do you think?  I know it's not polka dots as planned but sometimes, as artists you just have to go with it and see where it takes you no?

After the sanding, carving, sanding, sanding, more carving and sanding again, she was ready for a face up.  My absolute favourite part of doing Blythe customisation.  

I had planned for her to have pink eyebrows however, I wanted to bring out the flowers on her lids so I decided on a yellowy/gold instead.

They say eyes are the windows to the soul?  I really wanted her eyes to speak to you and I had something in mind but I didn't think it will compliment her lids, hair and make up.  There are so many beautiful eyechips by so many talented Custom Blythe artists out there that I thought would go perfectly with this little girl but I couldn't wait for them arrive from overseas which usually takes up to two weeks to reach me.  I decided to just try creating them myself.  It's always a bit daunting to try something new with something you're not familiar with but you never know what you can do until its done I tell myself, and it will be fun!!  So I played around with glitter and different colour paints and again see where it will take me...

Here are three eye chips I did but I keep her original purple thinking it may look good on her with the "Pink" and playful theme I was trying to achieve.  I especially love the "stars" in her eyes! 



Flour was starting to look a bit serious and not as playful as I'd intended but hey, nothing a good bob haircut wouldn't fix!!  Cut or not to cut? I was very hesitant about cutting her hair, it was just so beautiful and soft after I'd shampooed and put treatment in it.  The colour is just amazing, hence why I had chose her as my base doll.   So I put it out there and asked other's thought.  Cut or no to Cut?  Most people voted for the bob however, one comment stuck with me which was "her expression is more suited to long hair" and I totally agreed.  I can't turn her into someone she was not born to be...she wasn't a playful little girl I'd hope she would be, instead, she was sensitive, gentle and a little shy...almost like to keep to herself or with a small group of close company.  

And not to mention that hair was too beautiful to cut and also not to mention I was too scared to cut it since not too long ago, I'd tried cutting my little boy's hair and had to take him to the hair dressers the next day!! LOL

Well here she is, my sweet girl and just like a little blossom, I thought "Fleur" was a fitting name for her.  Sweet yet a little bit of a tomboy with her love of wearing boots, even with a pretty lace dress I'd made for her. 

I hope you enjoy coming on this little journey with me and remember..

"There is no someday...just TODAY! :D

xx