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A short story:
I've revived a craft from a great aunt, who made similar figures out of peanuts - lots of them, to hang on her Christmas Tree. As a kid, I was enthralled and happy to keep them, saving them in a box over the years... But, the poor 50+ yr. old Peanut People passed on. I will spare you the details, but their demise was due to the fact that their peanuts were left inside them when they were created. A sad discovery indeed, when I opened that box.

Here's the upside!
These Peanut figures are made with the shells only! I've cracked open the shell, removed the peanuts and reglued the 2 halves together. And I've sealed the surface, too, making for a more durable, long-lasting peanut.

They are free-standing and poseable!
The wire and chenille pipe cleaners, used for the arms and legs, go all the way…

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  • Born on July 22
  • Joined January 30, 2008

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odd leftover scraps of fabric and trim, everyday items that can be used in a different way, fun jewelry parts and whatnots passed to me from friends, found discarded gew gaws, thrift store treasures, thread, yarn, glue, paint, paper, etc

About

A short story:
I've revived a craft from a great aunt, who made similar figures out of peanuts - lots of them, to hang on her Christmas Tree. As a kid, I was enthralled and happy to keep them, saving them in a box over the years... But, the poor 50+ yr. old Peanut People passed on. I will spare you the details, but their demise was due to the fact that their peanuts were left inside them when they were created. A sad discovery indeed, when I opened that box.

Here's the upside!
These Peanut figures are made with the shells only! I've cracked open the shell, removed the peanuts and reglued the 2 halves together. And I've sealed the surface, too, making for a more durable, long-lasting peanut.

They are free-standing and poseable!
The wire and chenille pipe cleaners, used for the arms and legs, go all the way through the peanut and are glued into the openings. This means each arm and leg can be manipulated independent of the others. Of course, the figures can stand, 'sit' and hang (i.e. christmas tree decoration, rear-view mirror), wherever you'd like them to be.

They are not as fragile as they look! Embellishments are securely sewn and glued. They can tolerate being dropped on the floor a couple times, or buried temporarily under loose stuff on your desk. (Of course, they are wary of pets.) These little characters are more appropriate for older children and adults as decor and collectibles.

One-of-a-kind Collectible!
The Peanut People, Peanut Babies and Peanut Butterflies are made one by one. Their names and my initials are marked very tiny on the back.

Peanuts from Working For Peanuts are getting around!
They've taken residence locally, in Brooklyn, as well as Chicago, Minneapolis, and Boston. They live in Easton PA, Argyle TX, Amherst NY, Ashfield MASS, Bluemont VA, Napa and Temecula CA, and Ithaca NY.

More about ME:
I enjoy making things, craft items, because it reminds me of my childhood. I've always been drawn to a wide variety of materials, not only for object making, but for painting, drawing and collage, as well. I have a BFA from St. Cloud State, Minnesota as well as an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Presently, I am working on small scale crochet wall pieces, and paintings (ink, watercolor, gouache, pencil etc.on paper. My work has been exhibited in a lot of places over the years...please contact me if you would like to see my 'fine art' work.

Jeanne Tremel

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