Introducing Molly and her friends.

Since moving to Iowa I have been busy making some Amigurumi animals. They also include some blankets and monsters. You can see a video of them here on my YouTube Channel.  Molly and her new friends

Molly is an elephant that I made specifically for me because the pattern was just too cute. I also decided to name her Molly.  🙂

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I am now in the process of quite a few different projects which I hope to share soon.
As always I thank you for stopping by and taking a look!

Have a Great Evening,                                                                                                                                       Laura 🙂

A New Find Of Taxidermy Crochet

While I was having fun searching my favorite sites I ran across a picture of a deer that had been crocheted. I then said Wow! It looked so life like but it had been crocheted. I of course then did some more research and found that there was some people that were doing a thing called Taxidermy Crochet.

This is one of the many pictures of animals that Shauna Richardson has done. I was amazed by what she was able to accomplish with crochet. If you want to know more about her you can go to http://shaunarichardson.com/ 

Another picture I had ran across was one from Nathan Vincent. His Lion that he had created was awesome in my opinion. To see more of Nathan’s work go to  http://nathanvincent.com/

I wanted to know how you they had accomplished this art form. It was then on to more research to see if anyone had a pattern of taxidermy crochet. I soon discovered a form of Faux Taxidermy.  There were different ways to accomplish this form of crochet.

This I thought would be great for a child’s room! You can find her pattern at Ravelry: Rhinka the Rhino – Faux Taxidermy Head pattern by Sanda J. Dobrosavljev. I found quite a few of these kind of faux crochet on Pinterest that I thought were cute.

Another way of the accomplishing the faux taxidermy is to use a sweater that you no longer want. I thought it was quite a unique way of adding some art to your home.

This artist name is Rachel Denny and she uses mixed media to create her art. She has some amazing and unique art of nature. You can find more information on her at http://racheldenny.com/

I showed my husband the picture I found of the deer from Shauna Richardson and of course you know what he asked. He wanted to know if I could do something like that for him.  I now get to add that to my list of things I want to try in crochet. I am not sure that I will be able to accomplish something like this but I sure would like to give it a try! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and coming into my world of creative crochet!

Laura 🙂

Fun with Manatees

I thought I would share with you the fun I had capturing these pictures of Manatees. In July of 2012 my husband Dennis and I were painting a Sail Boat on a canal in Apollo Beach Florida. I was able to take some pictures of Manatees that were living in a canal in the Mangroves.  I was so excited get some great photos of the whole Manatee. I have been trying for years to take some pictures of them and have them be of the Manatee and not just the water, a tail or a head shot.

1011021046 1011021252a                         Here they were just coming in from the Bay to the Mangroves.  The first picture is how my pictures would look when I was finished taking photos of the Manatees.  It was so Great to be on the canal in their natural environment and hear them coming closer. You can hear them when they come up and when they dive back down under the water.

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DSC05764DSC05753       I am lucky to have a viewing center near by when the weather turns cooler.  If you are looking for information on the Manatees it is a fantastic spot to visit and learn. We will bring company here and they love it!  Manatee Viewing Center – Tampa Electric.                                Manatees are a large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. They measure up to 13 feet (4.0 m) long, weigh as much as 1,300 pounds (590 kg), and have paddle-like flippers.

1011021253 1011021322       I was able to walk onto the pier and get a close up of the Manatee.  I was trying my best to be quiet and not spook it and have it swim away. The second picture above the Manatee had begun to swim back out into the canal.                                                                                           I have to believe there was something special about that day because the sun was shining and the tide was out so I was able to get close to these beautiful giants! I had felt blessed that day and also excited to be able to capture these pictures.

1011021323 1011021322d      They are slow moving and have been known to get caught up in the props of boats.  As you can see here there is scarring on this Manatee.                                                                              If you are interested here is a link for information about Manatees. Florida Manatee | Basic Facts About Florida Manatees | Defenders of Wildlife.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures of the Manatees as much as I did taking the photos!  Thanks for stopping by and having a look!!

Laura 🙂