Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Finn The Destoyer or Play With Your Dog!

I have an aggressive chewer of a dog.  You wouldn't think it to look at him, but put any soft toy within reach of his jaws and he will destroy it!

His name is Finn, and he's a Lab/Whippet mix.  He's as fast as greased lightning and as lean and svelte as a greyhound.

I have trained him to stay in my yard(I don't have a fence), so that he can run around and work off some of his excess energy.  The other day, we were out playing in the yard with a new tug toy that I bought him.  Admittedly, it was a cheap toy,(it only cost $1.60 at a local discount store), but he only had it for about two minutes when I looked over and saw him gleefully pulling stuffing out of the thing.  Needless to say, that was the end of that toy!

He also has or should I say had, something called a Wubber.  These toys fare better than most, but he has just destroyed his third one in about 2 years.

He loves playing tug of war and needless to say, these fetch toys don't do well. So I decided to make him one.

These box weave tug toys were made using the box weave knot and stitched and knotted at each end.  These have fared much better than the average tug toy that you can buy in a store, but I still have to take them away from Finn after we are through playing, because he will destroy these!

But, as long as I remove them after we are done playing, these last pretty well.

I have made some of these for sale.  Each is made with the care that I used in making Finn's toy.  But these are NOT CHEW TOYS!  They are for interactive play only.

Each of these toys are approximately 27 inches long, with about 17 inches between the knots.

Pink and White Braided Tug Toy
Gray on Gray Braided Pull Toy
Red and Dark Gray Braided Tug Toy
Purple, Pink and White Braided Dog Pull Toy

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Colors of Fall

I have quite a few talented Face Book friends who come out with the most amazing works!  And since Fall is my favorite time of year, I thought I'd share some of their Fall/Halloween themed items.

This Witch Necklace by Janet of JypsyJewels is so fun and funky and perfect for all you Halloween lovers out there!
Here is a wonderful Dream Catcher by Karen of Journey Finds Again is both beautiful and spiritual
This Amber Crystal Bracelet by Debra of Debra Ann Creations evokes the color of a sunlit Autumn woods.
These Rusty Leaves Earrings by Marlene of Marlene's Craft House also show off the coppery color of Autumn leaves.

This creative use of canning jar lids in this Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin by Carol of Treasure Isle Gift Shop makes a wonderful Fall decoration in your home.
This Spider Jar by Tracy of GrandmasJarsByTracy  is another creative and fabulous use of the lowly mason jar.
This Owl Plate with Easel by Ana of DecoArtz can be used at any time but would make a fantastic Halloween/Fall statement.

And finally there's this Halloween Ornament with Needle Felted Pumpkin by Nancy (that's me!) of  Wyvern Designs Home 
All these talented artisans offer there items for sale on ETSY.  I suggest that you check out the shops of these very creative artists.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Here Comes Autumn

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  The greens of summer are replaced with the vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and, yes, even purples.  The air turns crisp and the skies can be the most amazing blue.  It's the time we vacation in our favorite spot in Maine, walking the mostly deserted beaches with our dog and finding treasures along the way.

And speaking of treasures, I'd like to share some amazing creations from a Face Book group to which I belong.  The members of  Sabrina's Fabulous Fashionistas Buy & Sell Group are a group of creative sellers who turn out the most fantastic wares.  From jewelry, hair jewelry, and home decor, these wonderful artists are a talented and caring group of people.  Here is just a sampling of these creative artisans work!

This Sugar Skull Beanie 

Sabrina, from Designs By Sea, is just too cute.  Your little one or, even, your big one would love this adorable cap!  Sabrina's shop also has some wonderful beaded jewelry, ranging from the fun and funky, to the dramatic and elegant.

Evoking the colors of Fall, this Leather Wrap Bracelet
by Kathi of Lilly Beads Designs, would look wonderful with all your Autumn sweaters and jerseys.  Kathi also has lovely earrings, as well as, lots and lots of leather wrapped bracelets in a myriad of colors.  Something for every taste.

Bring the scent of Fall into your home with these Fall Scented Wax Melts
from 2 Curly Cues.  Laurie also has a wide variety of greeting cards, as well as wax melts.

Welcome your guest right at the front door with this Autumn Scarecrow Grapevine Wreath

Barbara of Sebaugh Fashion Accent also has an amazing selection of hand crafted jewelry.

Trish, of TFAS, offers hair jewelry, as well as tablet pouches and centerpieces.
Her Sugar Skull Barrette is spookily spectacular!

 This gorgeous Beaded Necklace from Linda of Lindy Loos Treasures brings thoughts of Fall.
Linda also offers wedding items, Fascinators, all kinds of lovely jewelry, and holiday items.

And finally, there is me!  I run Wyvern Designs and here is an example of what I have to offer.
Set of Three Autumn Pumpkins  

I also have ornaments, both Fall and Holiday, as well as, handmade baskets.

I recommend that if you're interested in quality handmade items, that you check out the shops above!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Bunnies, Unicorns and Loveys, Oh My!

I have always been drawn to handmade toys for kids.  So I decided to make some of my own!

This little Stuffed Bunny is hand crocheted from organic cotton yarn that is produced in the USA.  It is soft and cuddly and will quickly become a bedtime favorite for your little one.  The bunny is filled with polyester fiber fill and has an embroidered nose and eyes, no small parts to come off.

The pattern for this adorable bunny is from One Dog Woof, the creator of many wondrous and adorable crochet items.  The pattern is a free one and she is alright with crafters selling their items using her pattern, as long as credit is given. 
What you can not do is claim and/or sell the pattern as your own.  

This Elephant Lovey, with it's riotous colors reminds me of a circus.  The small elephant head and arms are securely attached and there are no small pieces to come off, so it is safe for the youngest of children.  The "lovey", is a large granny square and both the elephant and lovey are hand crocheted from acrylic yarn.

This Unicorn Stuffed Toy is a delight, with here long psychedelic hair and curly tail, she will be a much loved toy for your little one.  She is hand crocheted from acrylic yarn and filled with polyester fiber fill.  All parts and pieces are securely attached, so she would be safe for young children.  This little gal was made using a pattern from One Dog Woof  Rainbow Unicorn.  This pattern is also free and sales of the finished product are allowed with credit given.  What you can not do is claim and/or sell the pattern as your own. 

I hope you like all my creatures.  They can be purchase using the above links or, if you are a crocheter, I've included the links to the patterns.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fashionable Monkey Fist Knot Key Chains

I love tying these wonderfully intricate knots.  They look complicated but once you start, you just can't stop!  These key chains come with a 1 inch key ring and a 1.5 inch blue metal carabiner. Never lose your keys again!  These key chains can be clipped to a belt loop, purse or backpack.

Rainbow Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain

The monkey fist or paw knot is an ancient knot used by sailors and climbers. The monkey fist or paw knot s a type of knot, so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist. It is tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw, and also as an ornamental knot. It was also used in the past as an anchor in rock climbing, by stuffing it into a crack.

It has also been used as a weapon, but none of my Monkey Fist Knot Key Chains are meant for such a use.  Most of my key chains have a felted wool ball at their center.  A few have a small wooden ball inside.

Red Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain

If you love purple, this purple Monkey Fist Knot is just for you!

Purple Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain

And for the guys, Green Camo Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hand Felted Leaf Shaped Amulet Pouch

 Hand Felted Leaf Shaped Amulet Pouch

This amulet pouch is constructed from hand felted wool in a leaf shape. The wonderful swirls of purples, orange, yellows, and green evoke a walk in the forest.

This amulet bag has 3 silver leafed leaf charms, hand made polymer clay beads, and I have used a 26 inch piece of recycled sari silk to hang from your neck.

Wear this leaf shaped amulet bag near your heart and filled with your favorite talisman, whatever you use to bring you good luck... a gem or stone, coins, drawings, dried plants or herbs, even words or prayers.

If you know someone who is going through a tough time include a prayer for them in your amulet bag. You will be reminded to include them in your good wishes each time you touch the bag. The bag can be worn inside your clothing and so be closer to your heart.

If you feel unsure about purchasing from me on my blog, here are links to my Amazon and Etsy stores.  Feel free to check out my reviews!

Wyvern Designs on Amazon

Wyvern Designs Home on Etsy