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Friday, 11 May 2012

running a long race

Can you guess who win the race?
The handsome bear in a felt racing car or the bunny??
Hehe, they both win and melt in my heart.
Thanks for the generosity from the blog giveaway of Shultz characters.
The top picture is a postcard with a bear design sitting in a felted racing car, a special design from Paula & Simon Strethill. 
Below is what i win in the Easter blog give away by Paula. I am so excited and still bouncing around like a kid.
This is a broach made of alpaca, as you know this is my favourtie material over the years of making bears.
At the back, i can feel the backing is different, seems have a special treatment coherence with the design of felt car above, this broach is not flat, have raised effect, like a relief work. There are some nice trimming over this tiny broach.
I am so pleased to have this chance having this precious gift, avant garde design with traditional qualities.
If you are interested with their design, click on the bunny picture on the right hand side which go straight to her blog or visit their web site here:
P.S. the broach is sitting on the book of  my beloved illustrator's, Emily Gravett, " The Rabbit Problem"
and yes, i noticed to win this bunny since April, guess it's almost a month age to me :)

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Lyuba means to me

After the exhibition, i wish to make something about how i feel for this little ellie, here is a handcraft pincushion i did for an event hoisted in Melbourne.

It has been a long time, i first meet Elmer the patchwork elephant, a children's illustrated book i fall in love with, i read over again and start the development stage.

It is a pincushion challenge, last year i made Pears, for donation and raising funds to support the Woodbury autism education and research.
This year, my entry is an Elephant, donation and raising funds to support the WSPA Australia.
See more information here:

traces of Lyuba

There is such a precious chance that we can have an understanding of mammoth during the Ice Age period.

It is an exhibition of a baby elephant , called Lyuba who was found in 2007 and believed this woolly mammoth lived during the Pleistocene begin, about 2.6 million years ago. What stand in front of us is a well preserved body, it stands 80 cm height and 50 kg, only toenails, tail and one ear are missing. We followed the readings and findings of scientist, " Lyuba appears very healthy. Her organs and skin are in perfect condition.So scientists were able to identify milk from her mother in her stomach, and fecal matter in her intestine, from teeth, tusk and tissue samples to find out her age and believed that she was just 32 days old when she died.
It seems a sad story of poor little Lyuba drowning and suffocation near the river bank. But what as the quotes in the exhibition, her destiny, to stumble into the 21st century and the path of a Nenet's family and then become the evidence for us to understand the lost world of giant prehistoric animals and our changing planet.

There is a fun work sheet for children of this exhibition, what would you choose for this question,

Why are humans like elephants?
A. Humans are nothing like elephants
B. They both evolved in Siberia
C. They are both highly intelligent, live in families and have feelings

P.S. Lyuba, which means "love" in Russian.

Here are some photos taken last month, wish to share some with you,  they are not in good quality.

it was nite time after nine, but still attracts many people to stop by,

If you need more information of this exhibition, visit this link: