Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tomorrow!


I'll be selling at Crafty Wonderland tomorrow from 11 - 7. Stop by and say hello if you're in Portland.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

'Tis the Season

November is one of my favorite months. I love the fact that it's not quite full into the Christmas season but it's close. I like the feeling of preparation in the air. Like we're all starting to think about family, meal planning and gift giving. I spent the past couple of evenings happily stitching a new holiday garland.



I heard today that Christmas is 6 weeks away! With that in mind, it's off to work for me!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Quality Bunnies

The bunny factory is pumping out bunnies like well, bunnies.


We've been working on our holiday craft show display. If all goes well, it's going to be a little bit magical. I'm super excited and I think I will finally have the display of my dreams. I may have mentioned it before but setting up for craft shows, always leaves me longing for a proper display. I feel like our setup always ends up looking ok, but we've never really had a dedicated display that can accommodate all the merchandise properly. I think that's going to change. Here's a little hint. .

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Crafty Wonderland


I will be at Crafty Wonderland today. If you're in Portland, come by and say hello!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Penguins!

The penguins are back in the shop!
Molly:


Clarence:

Dottie:

Monday, September 28, 2009

Wool

I went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber festival this weekend. I got some curly wool that was asking to be made into a lion's mane:

I learned that I want to have two sheep and an angora rabbit. The bunnies were quite possibly softer than a cloud, which is very very soft. Sadly, I left my camera at home so no pictures of cute bunnies and cuddly sheep to share.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Motivation

I have been seriously lacking in motivation lately. Definitely these little ones aren't helping the matter. All I want to do is watch their backyard antics and wait for eggs.

We got our first egg last week. Miss Millie is the only one laying so far, here is her egg next to a store egg. Bantam eggs are about as adorable as can be. I love the creamy beige color of her eggs. The other chickens should begin laying any day now.

I have been doing some sewing. I am totally in love with this bee fabric I just found.

I scored a pair of IKEA linen curtains for $5 at a yard sale last weekend, which was awesome because I was just about out of my favorite linen. They were floor length so there must be at least 4 or 5 yards. Hooray for yard sales!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Factory

It's hard to believe that the first day of Autumn is only a week away. I do love this time of year in spite of my disbelief that it's here and summer is at it's end.

The start of Fall means it's time to start working factory style. No more leisurely crafting, it's time to up production so I can be ready for the holidays. I do feel more prepared than past years. I think I am finally starting to understand that holiday crafting needs to start way before the holiday arrives. Seems like a simple concept, yet it's taken me years to really get it. I'm starting to work in multiples. Here's the first batch out of the "factory":




Sunday, August 30, 2009

26 + 27

pumpkin:

candy corn:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Wagon

It looks like I fell off the softie a day wagon! I wonder if I'm up for the challenge of getting caught up by Monday. I'll try. I've been working on baby booties for a wholesale order. I said yes, without really thinking about all that knitting. I got them done pretty quickly though so all is well. Plus, I have the pattern memorized which is pretty crazy.
Here's 22 Carlos:

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Chicken Picks

Some coconut cupcakes for a special birthday today:


On another note, I see many, many more cupcake picks in my future.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Baby Banner


It's hard to believe but my little niece Maddie is going to be one on Saturday. I made her a banner with her name embroidered in circles. I used a nice selection of wool and cashmere sweaters. I'm pretty happy with how it came out even though some of the edges are a bit wonky which is from a combination of working into the wee hours and working with non felted sweaters.

My sister and her family were just in a terrible car accident. Everyone is ok but there looks to be some surgeries in the future. Luckily the kids came out pretty much unharmed which is surprising considering how bad the accident was overall. I'm putting together a care package for them. I wish there was more I could do. I won't be able to go over for another week or two. It's times like these that make me wish my family lived closer. I made 3 batches of cookies and am thinking about making some blueberry muffins, though I do worry about how those would do in the mail. Any other ideas for sweets (or non sweets) to perk up their spirits?

18 -- Humphrey Woolingham

Saturday, August 15, 2009

14 -- Hazel


Made with wool from Kim. Thanks Kim!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

12 -- Myrtle


I'm running behind on my softies, but I'll catch up!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

10 -- Marshall

9 -- Apartment

I'm running a bit behind but here's number 9:

Friday, August 07, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

6 -- Clara

5 -- Edwin


My dear friend Chary found this amazing trio of cashmere sweaters for me. The colors are so dreamy. I am particularly in love with the heathered aqua. Which brings us to #5 Edwin.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

1 -- Oswald

Oh, Japan

How is that you never cease to amaze me with your cute wonders? How I wish to visit you so that I may see the magic in person. I want to buy things from your vending machines, shop in your fabric stores, stroll beneath your cherry blossoms and marvel at your politeness and respect for your fellow citizens. In the meantime, occasional visits to Uwajimaya and Kinokuniya will have to suffice.

I always say that I would need no less than $30k to fund a trip to Japan. Mostly to spend on shipping crates full of goodness back home. I can't think of a more dangerous place for me to be actually. I have little self control when it comes to Japanese cuteness. And I know I'm not alone.

Also, I think I may die if I don't get some of this.

Here are some things I couldn't leave behind in Kinokuniya today.
Cute plastic folder and matching pencil.
Little pink notebook that says "personal simple convenient" on the cove
Yet another craft book
Some of the most beautiful masking tape. Pink polka dots - yes, please!
Shinzi Katoh Red Riding Hood mechanical pencil, seriously, how could I leave without this?


I've got a couple of new sewing kits in the shop and I'm working on a few more. I am completely in love with this tulip fabric:

This one is my favorite! The pins are tiny little houses.:


So I have a plan to make a softie a day for the month of August. I really need to get stocked for the holidays. I actually can't believe it's August already, can you? I'm planning to post each softie here so keep an eye out.
Happy Summer!