There might be patterns, tapestries or the odd bracelet posted now and again, but in general I'd like things to sell before I post more of them--four pages of Etsy shop is rather overwhelming, if nothing else.
If the item I'm renewing has been displayed here already, then I figure I'll make the post related to older not-for-sale things that I've made, just to keep it all fresh.
Today's relisting is the Penguin Bracelet:
It may look familiar, since I used the same pattern to create the Pinguin, which I blogged about here. Unlike certain other animals, penguins aren't truly Christmas-related--there's no flock of flying penguins to pull Santa's sleigh, no cutesy stories about children adopting stray penguins into the family, no Christmas Penguin to hide snowballs around the house for snow-ball hunts. But since Christmas traditionally takes place in the winter, which due to a Western and temperate-climate centric culture is generally associated with snow, and the most well-known penguins live in the snowy wastes of Antarctica, there is some relation. Although I'm still not putting it into the 'Christmas' section of my shop.
I also think this in one of the cutest things that I've ever made. My mom tried to steal it when she first saw it (and since I can hardly get her to look at the piece I made for her this is a fairly good recommendation), and it's one of the most popular things in my shop--or so I like to think. It's often hard to tell.
Ironically, I didn't set out to make a penguin. I was sitting there and working hard on the owl pattern, which wasn't going so well, but then I paused for a second and realized it looked like a brown penguin, so I copied the pattern and went with that.
I later fixed the owl pattern (or so I like to think), which you can see for yourself in the Wise Owl Bracelet. It took several owls to get it to work, and I still have slightly mixed feelings about them, but I'll be damned if the pattern doesn't make the cutest penguin.
Sometimes things just work out that way.