Monday, June 15, 2009

Beanies Unite!

I had to show you what I was doing last night. Yes, that is a pile of over 300 beanie babies laying in piles all over my basement floor. I am teaching the Trash to Treasure class over at Byzantium Saturday afternoon and had to get my class kits ready. It was so hard to go through all over them trying to figure out what creature my students would like. At the shop is my beaded bunny and the blue jay, but the article had bears, hippos, and an octopus. I chose a group of bears, the bunny, cats, dogs, lizard,elephant and a fish for the students to bead on. Since the class is only 4 1/2 hours, I am doing all the prep work for them. So I had to "de-gut" each of the beanies removing the sack of plastic pellets or "beans" from each of them, then stuff each of them just so as too much stuffing will warp out their bodies, a quick stitching of the incisions, and DONE...Twenty five beanies. Now, I'm not going to have that many students, but I wanted to give them a choice. Because this class is more open with each student picking their own beanie to bead, I did not want to come up with bead kits for each beanie. So Joyce decided we'll take the first 15 minutes from the class & I'll help the students to shop for beads. Isn't this the best! I get to shop & get paid for it. We'll see how this more free style class will go. Also, I've never taken pictures of my classes before and thought this time I'm going take my camera. One of my students from a beaded cuff class got the beanie bug & beaded a elephant. They are addictive



Unknown said...

I've been wondering if you restuffed them...
Have fun! I'll be looking forward to the pictures!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Dot
I can see that this class is already fun for you and it hasn't even started! Were all those little beanies crying "Pick me, Choose me!" lol

Have fun.

coolmoon said...

Can't wait to see the photos of the work and progress AND the finished result - so don't forget that camera! This would be a great class for a group in my shop - I'm in an antiques and collectibles mall - finding 'trash' to bead into treasure would be EASY!