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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Branding and Packaging: Fleecy details.

I have spent countless hours working on my Fleecy Feetsies brand. From colors to materials, how I want to package my dolls and ship them.  Thinking about my style and the things that I love, it was very easy to choose a wooden hang tag for each Fleecy. These are just gorgeous and engraved with the business name and the little bird that is on my logo. 
I designed my logo in Photoshop a long time ago. I changed it a few times and took the bird out and put him back in again. Ultimately, he stayed. 

I then added a tiny silver pendant to each bear. There is a tiny bird in the middle of it and it sits on top of the wooden tag. I loved the combination and thought the mix of silver and wood kept the feel of rustic and quality in a good light. 
 I wrap my bears up with this beautiful wide linen ribbon that I found and it holds the bear snug for it's long journey. It also looks nice and makes the new owner feel like they are unwrapping a lovely gift. Ice blue is one of my favorite colors for so many reasons. It's nostalgic, seen on so many vintage items and fabrics and it's soft and charming. It adds the chic to the rustic. 
 I sew a little organic cotton tag onto each bear.  Just in case you lose your hang tag, you will have a toosh or leg tag to remember me by :) This tag also has the Fleecy logo on it.
For packaging, I use a large cardboard box and fill it with old shredded print. It could be old newspapers that are non-staining or old magazines. They key is that they are old and yellowing. This can be hard to find but is part of the process which makes my brand unique. the small details are what sets us apart as artists.
Lastly, my thank you note.  I have logo stickers that go are ribboned onto my envelopes and always leave a thank you message to my customers as I am always grateful that someone loved my art enough to make the effort to acquire it. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Year, New Collection

Hi everyone! I have been busy working on some new ideas and new bears. I just finished my latest bear which is the first from the "Mayflower" collection.  These bears will all feature period clothing which is authentically vintage either by fabric or completely hand made pieces from the mid 1800's -early 1900's.  The bears will lend a feel of colonial America and New England. Some of these bears will be featured in an upcoming show being put on by Teddies Worldwide. That show will happen in late March and the featured bears will not be shown prior to that date.
I tried my new pattern on utility cloth before committing to more expensive fabrics and I have to say that after some staining and a little paint job, I actually liked the look. I will probably make more of these later on and out of muslin too.
These bears have more of a classic bear look but with sharper edges and more primitive accents. There will be both male and female bears in this collection for a total of 10 bears.
The bodies are sewn by machine but I will continue to hand stitch all the heads as it gives me the most control. These bears will be made in mohair, viscose and muslin and will fall into different price ranges according to fabric.
I hope you enjoy them!!





New Year New Collection

Hi everyone! I have been busy working on some new ideas and new bears. I just finished my latest bear which is the first from the "Mayflower" collection.  These bears will all feature period clothing which is authentically vintage either by fabric or completely hand made pieces from the mid 1800's -early 1900's.  The bears will lend a feel of colonial America and New England. Some of these bears will be featured in an upcoming show being put on by Teddies Worldwide. That show will happen in late March and the featured bears will not be shown prior to that date.
I tried my new pattern on utility cloth before committing to more expensive fabrics and I have to say that after some staining and a little paint job, I actually liked the look. I will probably make more of these later on and out of muslin too.
These bears have more of a classic bear look but with sharper edges and more primitive accents. There will be both male and female bears in this collection for a total of 10 bears.
The bodies are sewn by machine but I will continue to hand stitch all the heads as it gives me the most control. These bears will be made in mohair, viscose and muslin and will fall into different price ranges according to fabric.
I hope you enjoy them!!





Sunday, January 5, 2014

This mouse wants to give you his heart...

I like to think of him as Irish, in one of those beautiful Irish sweaters that you only wash on river rocks and lay out to dry.  He has a sexy Gaelic accent and has a poster of a Selchie on his wall. Ok, I've gone a little too far? But this little guy is wearing his heart on his sleeve, almost literally.  Perfect with a box of Irish chocolates? Or a bottle of Baileys? I'd say so. He is now in the shop for my Valentine's extravaganza. Ok, not an extravaganza but maybe a few more V-day mice coming soon.




Friday, January 3, 2014

V-Day Gifts for Him or Her or Whoever

I know it's so easy to go over to Hallmark or the supermarket and buy a little stuffed bear to go with your chocolate and card Valentine's Day gifts. It's probably also much cheaper. But if you are the type of person who likes to hunt for a unique little treasure to present to your loved one, you can ask me what I can do for you. My mice and mini bears are customizable to color, props and personalities.


 COLOR CHOICES
for both needle felted bears and mice

Prairie Brown 
Grey 
Black Pale 
Yellow
 Pink 
White
Panda black and white


ACCESSORIES


Hand sewn hat
 Felted wizard hat
 felted scarf with silver button
 Shabby linen scarf
 Eye glasses
 Felted apple
 Felted heart
 Felted flower Mini teddy bear or puppy

$55 for mini bears and $50 for mice
Deadline to order is January 20th. 

Artist Bears for Valentine's Day can also be customized to size, fabric and clothing. 


Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Web Design

I wanted to share with you all my new and improved website.  I spent a few days building this in a way that I thought would better showcase my dolls.  What do you think? I broke them up into categories because I make so many different kinds of dolls with different materials.  Please have a visit to the site and enjoy! I am also happy to build sites for others who like this style.  I have some time to do this during the winter.

The new Fleecy Feetsies Website




Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Needle Felting Workshop

I would like to hold a felting workshop in Connecticut. Those interested in learning the basics will be able to go home and start making their own dolls. Needle felting is calming and therapeutic and the perfect activity for anyone looking for a creative hobby.  I will provide the starter kits and  teach basic shapes and how to build a sculpture with wool. If enough people are interested, I will look into a space to do this. If we can get this going for spring, we can make Easter chicks! Please let me know if you are interested in a one day workshop.  I will provide lunch and coffee/tea and your starter kit and food would be included in the workshop fee which I have yet to work out.  Please comment below if you would be interested in attending a workshop in Connecticut in early spring.

You can make your own chicks for spring~ I love to display them in baskets and in my kitchen during the spring months.
I also give them as gifts to family and friends and place them in the kid's Easter baskets.

Please email me at jeanine@fleecyfeetsies.com  to inquire about the workshop