I am having a little sale in my Etsy shop! You can save 10% off any purchase by entering the coupon code WINTERFRIENDS at checkout, now through Friday, December 12.
Well, hello there! I am so very happy that Spring has finally arrived. Winter around my house was beyond hectic... Emergency doggie surgery (someone swallowed a sock whole and had to have his stomach cut open), husband surgery (someone had the bionic plate removed from his arm), canine-feline wars, upgrading to a new laptop computer, work stress, family stress, unnecessary neurotic stress, not to mention the snow & cold that I dislike more with each passing year. Hooray for some much needed calm and sunshine and crickets and flowers!
Easter is right around the corner, and I still have lots of sweet Springtime items in my shop!
Just a few of the pouches in stock...
And pretty snails...
And tiny birds...
And even a couple of my most special blueberry bandit softies...
I might be adding a couple more bunny-themed items in the next few days. We'll see.
I think I mentioned that I started taking trapeze/aerial dance classes back in January... It was such a terrifying leap for me, and I am happy to report that I am still doing it almost a year later! Trapeze is one of the most challenging & rewarding endeavors I have ever attempted. It is simply amazing to do something that once seemed so impossible. Some weeks I leave class feeling utterly discouraged, and other weeks I feel like a super-hero. I am perpetually covered in bruises and rope-burn (in the weirdest places). I have little muscles in my arms for the first time in my life. (I believe the technical term for them is "guns.") I make Andy feel them sometimes, because muscles are such a novelty. I have no shame.
I've had the pleasure of performing with my class in two separate shows, one this past weekend and one back in July. I hope you don't mind if I share some photos and videos... I'm pretty sure Cirque du Soleil is not in my future, but that's ok. I am honestly astonished that I can get up there and do anything at all.
Here are a few photos from the Big H'Air show back in July...
My class... I'm on the left in the back row, with the striped leg warmers.
(I've shamelessy added arrows to indicate myself here...)
And this is from our very recent Festivus (for the rest of us) show... This time I'm on the bottom left.
One of my classmates very graciously allowed me to share a video of our Festivus performance. I'm sort of in the back left corner, in black leggings and silver leg warmers.
Oh, and the GPB show Georgia Traveler filmed a great segment about Canopy Studios, including several scenes from my class!
Thank you for letting me boast and embarrass myself a bit. I hope, hope, hope that I will be able to continue with trapeze and that I will be able to share more feats of strength & bravery!
I'm working on some secret crafty projects, but I'm not sure if any of them will make it into my shop before the holidays. We'll see.
Hope everyone is having a lovely December!
I found some really cute polka-dot denim on a random trip to my local fabric store last week and have since been completely obsessed with it! I have a million uses for it floating around my mind, but for now I thought it would be perfect for some new pouches. They are lined with interfacing and cute cotton fabric and feature (mostly) vintage buttons. These four cuties are all available in my shop now!
I hope everyone here in the U.S. has a lovely & safe Thanksgiving!
Hello! I thought I'd pop in to share some of the things I've been working on... I've had a little extra time to spend sewing in my studio lately, and and my shop is stuffed to the gills with pouches and ornaments. I wanted to make some things for the holidays that were not overtly Christmas-y so they can potentially be used year-round. I'm pretty smitten with these tiny birds!
I've also added a bunch of tiny snails...
Tiny mushrooms ornaments in red & green...
And tiny bats I made for Halloween but never got a chance to share until now.
I'm hoping I can continue to add new things over the next several weeks, and I might even bring back some other cute things like gift tags. (I removed all paper goods from my shop a while back due to pesky printer problems.) Yay for progress!
Oops... I seemed to have wandered off the blogging path again. Where have I been for two months? Let's see... Working, gardening, sewing, doggy wrangling, trapeze-ing, celebrating a (gulp) 36th birthday, catching up with family, co-hosting a bridal shower, entertaining lovely house guests... And I mustn't forget a fun little adventure in Los Angeles last month! I hope you'll forgive me for cramming five blog posts into one. Again.
First things first, I would like to introduce three new friends who have made their way into my shop!
It has been quite a while since I completed any larger sized softies. These three cuties were floating around my studio for weeks & weeks before I managed to steal enough time to bring them to full fruition. Life always seems to get crazy when I begin working on these... I don't mean crazy in a bad way, more in the busy and pulled in a million directions sort of way. It happens so consistently that I am almost superstitious about them.
I have made some slight changes to the tiny birds, specifically their beaks.
I love the new look!
My hubby was touring again with The Music Tapes and was gone pretty much the whole month of May, so it was good to be extra-crazy busy with all the aforementioned things... I wanted to meet up with Andy in one of the many fun cities on his tour, and choosing just one city was so hard. (Um, Portland? Seattle? San Francisco? Chicago? New Orleans?) In the end I picked Los Angeles since my BFF & her husband recently relocated there. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but I had such a good time! My second visit to the City of Angels left me just as confounded & smitten as my first... I just don't know how to explain Los Angeles other than to say it's unlike any other place I've ever been. I saw lots of great art, spent long hours catching up with my very dearest friend, and had the best afternoon ever at Venice Beach with Andy and several friends. It was unexpected, and that made it so much sweeter... I had already said a very tearful goodbye to Andy, who was scheduled to leave for the next leg of his tour but ended up stuck in the city. (Thank you, Los Angeles traffic!)
Please forgive me for posting waaayyy too many photos...
My bestie & me... (photo courtesy of Kasia Kowalczyk))
Andy & me & the sea monster!
Tal & his parasol
Pacific Design Center
The next several images are from The Happy Show at MOCA
I also went to a FANTASTIC Gary Baseman exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center... If you're in Los Angeles any time soon, I highly recommend it!
(photo courtesy of Kasia Kowalczyk)
What a fun adventure! A visit to Los Angeles somehow doesn't seem complete without a celebrity sighting, and I finally had mine. My one & only brush with fame!
(Photo found somewhere on the interwebs... I apologize for not recalling the source.)
There is so much more I'd love to share, but I have to get on with my day. I'm hoping to re-stock some pouches in my shop in the next couple of weeks. Maybe I'll even make another blog appearance.
My friend Marimo...
Have you ever seen a marimo? It's a Japanese moss ball (actually a type of algae) that lives in fresh water. Marimo are only found in certain lakes in places like Japan and Iceland. Marimo balls can supposedly live a hundred years if cared for properly and are thought to bring you good luck. I'm slightly obsessed. Sometimes Marimo is covered in tiny bubbles (I'm told this is when he is photosynthesizing). I tried to think of a more creative name, but "marimo" is just such a cute word! I bought my marimo from this Etsy shop.
Love the afternoon sunlight through my big windows...
Tiny felt flowers (a.k.a. crafty contentment)...
One more thing that brought a HUGE smile to my face... Learning that my bunny pouch was featured on apartment therapy!!!
The time has come to emerge from my cave and say hello! The sun is shining, the flowers are shaking the dust out of their prettiest dresses, and the crickets are rehearsing their sweetest lullabies...
I have been busy with my own springtime preparations, and the shop is full of new goodies!
Tiny bunnies and snails... and pouches galore!
I have also been dreaming up some exciting new things... like these cell phone cozies!
These were designed specially for the iPhone (per the request of a couple very sweet customers), but they can be customized to fit other devices as well. I've listed these on a custom/made-to-order basis.
This cozy is meant to be used in conjunction with a slim hard case and is open at the top. I think I will eventually offer some other animals/designs.
And here is a custom Macbook sleeve I made...
It was hard (and frustrating) work, but I'm so pleased with the results... especially the fancy gusseted pockets (my first ever)! Perfect for storing your mouse and power adapter. :)
I lined it with two layers of fleece padding for extra protection. I'm considering offering this on a made-to-order basis as well, though I'm a little hesitant to enter the rabbit-hole of different computer sizes. If you're interested, just send me a little email or Etsy convo, and I'll see what I can do!
In other news, I'm excited to share that I started taking trapeze classes in January!!! I am incredibly lucky to live in a town with its own trapeze studio. I have been secretly dying to try a class since the studio opened 8 or 9 years ago, but I was always terrified. I can't possibly do trapeze, right? But it turns out I can! Thanks to the prompting of a couple of lady friends, I finally found the necessary courage. And now I'm addicted! I am finding trapeze to be simultaneously humbling and exhilarating. I leave class each week covered in bruises but with a new sense of strength. Trapeze is brutal but so much fun!
I apologize for the terrible photos... I will try to post some better ones soon. These were taken pretty early on, and I am happy to say I have made great improvements. Such as remembering to point my toes. Ahem.
One final tidbit, I promise... My hubby roped me into helping him make a video for a new Marshmallow Coast song a few months ago, and I promised I would share it. There are no words to describe just how much this embarrasses me... but here goes. I hope you enjoy it!
Back soon with some new softies!!!
Hello! I am absolutely drowning in work these days and very much looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with my family! Being so busy makes me want to curl up into a little ball and cry, but I'm pushing through and even squeezing in a little craftiness. I'll be (slowly) adding more snail ornaments (since a few people have asked about them), pouches and hopefully some softies to my shop in the coming weeks. Softies! I haven't made any plush bandit friends for my shop in a dreadfully long time, and I really miss them...
I don't need to say that time is passing at a terrifying rate--we all know that, right? I'm trying extra hard to slow down as much as I can and enjoy these few remaining weeks of 2012. I hope everyone has a lovely week & Thanksgiving (if you're in the U.S.)!
p.s. It wouldn't be a proper post without a few cute-furry pics, right?
New in the shop -- Autumn acorn pouches!
(And a few other friends who just found their way to the shop...)
The not-so-fun things in life have been keeping me dreadfully busy these past few months, but I have managed to squeeze in some goodness here and there.
Just a few snippets:
Bunny softie I recently made for my friends' new baby girl...
(I'm embarrassed to admit the amount of time I spent making the pom pom tail...)
Canoeing with my aunt... (That's me in the front, skillfully steering us into snake-infested weeds.)
I'm obsessed with spaghetti squash! It has become a staple around my house.
Sweet vintage embroidered pillow case (a gift from my mom)...
Dog's eye view of my bedroom...
And who is this?
Say hello to Foxy, the newest addition to my family!
We adopted Foxy a few weeks ago. There have been a few scuffles over toys. And someone may have pooped in the house a few times. And that someone may have eaten my favorite pillow. And my doormat. But really, I'd say it's going pretty well. And I think it's safe to say we're all falling in love with Foxy...except for maybe the cat.
Hope everyone's having a lovely Autumn so far!
My garden is looking a little rough this year... Two or three summers of terrible drought and my increasingly busy schedule have really taken their toll. Still, my peonies are as stunning as ever! I often feel guilty about cutting flowers, but the peonies are so heavy that they just drag on the ground. So no guilt here...
They smell so heavenly... I just want to crawl inside one and make a little bed in the soft petals.
Can you think of a nicer place to take a nap?
(My BFF Kasia & me in the Sequoia National Forest)
As I mentioned in my last post, Andy & I recently spent a few days in Los Angeles. It was my very first visit to the great state of California, and it was far too brief! I had such funny imaginings of what L.A. would be... And I was mostly wrong. I found it to be so different than any other place I've ever visited. I was blown away by the hills, all the exotic plant life and architecture... the amazing nearby nature despite all the traffic and sprawl. I saw lots of everyday people and dogs... and not one single celebrity. I surprised myself by really, really enjoying it. (Shhh... Don't tell Andy. He wants me to move there, and I'm not sure I can handle living in a giant city where you have to drive everywhere on those crazy-scary freeways.)
We started our LA adventure by visiting Venice Beach, and I think we caught it on the gloomiest day ever. I actually think the beach is quite beautiful on a cloudy day, though...
On a day like this, there were no people roller boogie-ing in bikinis. But I did see a family of six touring the pier on Segways, Gob Bluth style. Sadly, I didn't get my camera in time to capture them.
I realized that my toes had never before touched the Pacific Ocean, so Andy & I braved the frigid water ...
We experienced unusually cool, rainy weather for most of our trip, and people kept apologizing, unaware of the fact that I do not prefer endless sunshine. I think L.A. was trying to trick me into loving it.
This fat seagull let me get so close, I was sure he would let me squeeze him... Or maybe he was waiting to peck out my eyes. I decided to play it safe.
I have never been all that interested in Hollywood or celebrity glamour, but we did cruise through Hollywood-proper in our stylin' grandma rental car (a Crown Victoria). And we explored Mulholland Drive and Runyon Canyon Park to see the amazing views. I had no idea L.A. would be such a hilly place!
Andy and the elusive "Hollywood" sign...
Steep trails led to lovely views.
Andy & I were both fascinated by the La Brea Tar Pits and the saddest elephant ever...
We stood there watching the bubbling tar for quite a while, trying to imagine what it all looked like before a city sprang up around it.
Andy couldn't resist smelling some tar. I politely passed.
Loved this bear by the tar pits...
I think I drove Andy crazy by constantly shouting, "Look at that amazing tree/flower/plant!" Who knew L.A. would be host to such varied & spectacular flora? I don't know why I didn't take more pictures to help me identify them... Like the trees that looked like giant broccoli stalks? And the one with the enormous red flowers? And the shrubs that looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book?
These flowers and crazy trees were growing near the tar pits.
One thing I do know is that the people of L.A. sure do love some doughnuts. I have never seen so many donut shoppes in my life! We were planning to visit the world's first ACM (Automatic Cupcake Machine), but we decided we just didn't have time to wait hours in line and settled for a different trendy bakery.
I think this was the best doughnut I've ever eaten...
My BFF & her hubby & one very jaunty hat... Only temporary installations in L.A.
I managed to squeeze in a little side adventure to the Sequoia National Forest with my BFF before leaving, and it was definitely the highlight of my trip. The 2-3 foot snowfall prevented us from seeing most of the park, but we still managed to see some absolutely amazing trees. I was a little disappointed to miss out on the General Sherman tree (largest living tree by volume?), but I think all that beautiful snow made for an extra magical experience.
I was not prepared for 3 feet of snow... It was 80-something degrees when I left Athens, GA. I had to layer half the clothes in my suitcase and borrow hat, scarf & gloves from my friend. Thank goodness for ever-dilligent snow plows... Otherwise we would have been trudging through this the whole way!
Heading into a tree tunnel...
Inside the tree tunnel... A person could live here.
I promised myself I would keep this short & sweet since I have a mountain of work to do, but clearly I've gotten carried away. Hooray for adventures!
I'm working on some new things for the shop (pouches, tiny snails, etc.) and hope to be able to share them soon. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Greetings from the strange planet otherwise known as Los Angeles! I am here exploring for the first time and wanted to pop in to say a quick hello. Blogging is the thing I have most wanted and least wanted to do over the recent crazy-busy weeks, if that makes sense. I promise to return soon with more pictures from my travels and new goodies for my shop!
Now swimming around my shop!
I'm going to work on some springtime snails & mushrooms next. Hopefully I can share them later this week!
p.s. Since many people have asked recently... I use my own original patterns, and I am not interested in sharing or selling them at this time. Thanks!