Monday, December 14, 2009

Deluxe Wrap-Up

You plan and plan and stress and sew, then it's all over and done with before you can even take a breath. All that though was well worth it :) It's always such fun to see everyone again! I feel so out of the loop way out here so it's nice to get to chit chat and shop (lots of shopping).
Now for a few photos (more on Flickr):

Hubs and Mom getting ready :)

Monkeys, monkeys, monkeys
My ornaments were gone by 3!

Loops, buttons, and plain jane Mini's

Some of my purchases. I bought lots more but can't share them... for some reason... or another... (hi hannah!)

Looking forward to Christmas break and some stitching :)
Shop is slowly being restocked and for anyone who orders anything before Christmas is gonna get a motherload of extras :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Long Johns and Snowflakes

Since I'm pretty much all done with my Deluxe prep I have been experimenting :)
I was going to just stitch my woven rectangles on some bags, though I really wanted to do something different with them. I was picking out fabric and all when hubs came in and said "are you making those into pincushions?". No, but that's a fantastic idea! So here they are:

They reminded me so much of Long Johns (the donut) I couldn't think of a better name, so Long Johns they are. Stuffed with a creamy white polyfil, delish!

I loved Loved LOVED last night's Independent Lens (Between the Folds). I could watch dudes talk about origami for hours :)
Sort of related, I broke out my stash of paper and cut some snowflakes for my fake presents at Deluxe. I also folded a modular star for the top of my little tree I'm bringing to display my ornaments. I forgot to take a photo so you'll just have to come see it your own self, don't laugh at my shoddy origami skills. I never get those corners just right ;)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

7 Days

One week out and here is a little taste :)

I experimented a little with the traditional red heel socks before they were magically transformed into monkeys. I *love* how they turned out :)

A very OSU shade of orange (Go Pokes!) and a super sweet lavender. I am feeling a fondness for purple lately, don't know what's come over me.

Bow-Ties and a peek at one of my favorite pouches of late (see, purple!)

Jotters, super simple notepad and pen set. Patchworked, buttoned, and an elastic strap to hold it closed.

I had the notepads made by Tea & Ceremony , I love love love them :)

How fun is the first page?!? Sandra's so creative :)

And my head is exploding with all this, I can't stop smiling :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

That's better :)

Now that they have their faces on they feel much better :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Still here, still making monkeys

I am a machine. On full auto-pilot. Three band-aids on one finger. Fueled by coffee and marathon Lost. I'm definitely not complaining :) I have a totally awesome "job".

Check the little guy in front :) One of the limited edition (how fancy does that sound?!) sock monkey ornaments I'll have on hand at Deluxe. So sweet and as hubs put it... pocket size.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


This year we had a Zombie, San from Princess Mononoke, and a wee skeleton. Squirt is still preferring comfort to creativity when it comes to costumes, boring.

Year after year I get super stressed trying to photograph them in costume as the sun is going down (I absolutely HATE overly flashed out photos). Next year I'm getting them dressed and photos taken BEFORE dinner! I think they were feeling my frustration and forgot to smile :/

And this is a couple days earlier when she was on her way out to a early Halloween party.
We had forgotten the earrings (which really add to the costume in a big way) but she's looking fierce!

She looked so awesome! Still kicking myself for not doing a full on photo shoot, Ha!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Monkeys, monkeys, and more monkeys

I'm averaging 3 a day, hoping to get them finished be the end of October so I can make some other fun stuffs for Deluxe :)

Oh! I'm gonna have to get me some of these:

Those mini monkey bits are TINY!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

DIY Gerbil Habitat

I've been meaning to post this for awhile. We recently upgraded from the teeny tiny gerbil cage to a big honkin condo of a gerbil "habitat". Max needed a friend and more space to roam :)
It's made from two plastic totes, random plastic bins and wire we found at the hardware store. There is a hole connecting the top and bottom, that was fun. Lots of washers, nuts & bolts, and cursing. But it works! And it's virtually cat proof! We've wired it to his dresser just in case ;)

Max, his new bff Justin is in the hut.
I did NOT name these little rodents btw ;)

Most of my Max photos look like this:

Big brave Atticus ran for Student Council last week, and WON! We were shocked :)
His posters were hilarious, so darn cute :) I'm posting the others on Flickr

Thursday, October 1, 2009


December 12th!
Can't wait :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Working on custom orders, birthday presents, and inventory for Deluxe :)
Trying to not be irate over my timing belt breaking.

Love the purple-fade-to-pink :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Have Fun

Turn with me to page 144 in your copy of A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein.

Have Fun

It's safe to swim
In Pemrose Park.
I guarantee
There are no sharks.

Perfect. Down to each little dot :)

And for your viewing pleasure:

Yarns by my girl Rachel-Marie, the uber talented, queen of all things knitty, and all around super duper friend :)
I am totally enamored with weaving, the texture is amazing. I'm looking forward to stitching these babies on pouches reeeeal soon ;)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday Randomness

Just wanted to catch up on what I've been busying myself with :)

A few faceless monkeys chillin with the fabric stash. Since I snapped this photo I've added 3 more to the pile :)

Buttons! I'm head over heels (love me some Tears for Fears!) in love with my button machine. Love, I tell ya :) This was my Downtown DIY project but now that they're all done and packaged I'll have to come up with something else equally as portable. Hmmm.

Finished up this custom order, I *love* how her flower turned out :)

Working on some custom orders, playing catch up! Saving my pennies for this little slice of sweetness :)
Heather, it will be mine!

Picking up my baby in 45 :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Do Over

The kids started back to school last Wednesday. I took the first day of school photos like always.

Vi was wearing the outfit she's had picked out for two weeks, it was... well... pink. Pink shirt (with glitter), pink skirt, and pink striped leggings.

Squirt was so excited he was posing like crazy. Jumps! Karate chops! Sticking out his tongue! Ugh.

And big-man-first-day-of-middle-school was a wee bit nervous. He was so quiet and barely ate anything! Those darn locker combinations.

Let's just say the photo wasn't the best.

So I re-took it this morning, before the storm blew in :)
I think they all look alot less
1) Pink 2) Excited 3) Nervous

I can get a little bossy when taking photos of my kids. Smile! A *real* smile! Your eyes were closed! No, they *were* closed!
Sometimes they get confused ;)

Friday, August 7, 2009


A week (or two?) ago I scored this gorgeous hodgepodge set of Frankoma pottery at our local Salvation Army. AND it was Crazy Days so I got it on sale! More photos on Flickr...

Not particularly rare or anything just flippin awesome! Yellow is and has always been my favorite color, it's a happy color :) And the rectangular "sandwich platters" are so sweet, I was so excited there were so many of them. I contacted the Frankoma guy and he said the whole lot was worth at least 3 times what I paid, nice!
I was super excited to see lots of fun pieces on Ebay in the same glaze. A deviled egg plate! A bean pot! Tumblers! A planter! This could get bad ;)

A big wind blew through a couple weeks ago (man, I'm late!) and knocked our woodpecker hacienda out of the tree. Thankfully they were done with the place! They've been using that same branch for at least 3 years :)
Hopefully they come back next spring, Squirts all time favorite spring activity is watching the "red headed pecker" work on his nest.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


The custom order I mentioned a bit ago is finally finished! Here are the final wrapping up photos, then it was off to celebrate :)
Seriously, I went out to eat with the girls and got myself a sweet tattoo (I'll take a photo when the sun comes out)!

Humongous stacks:

Side view:

Close up:

Lots of boxes:

171 total! Wowza :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Double Yay!

I finally got my lens back! My sweet-unsuspecting-never-done-nothin-to-no-one camera was a hit and run victim in a cat chase. My lens wouldn't auto-focus (or manual for that matter) so I had to send it all the way to Olympus to get fixed.
Now it's back and I can take photos! Woot! You don't realize how much you miss something till it's gone.

I had Marissa over at FeelingisMutual make me up some designs for new buttons! Aren't they fantastic?!?! I *love* them :)

My new print from TheBlackApple came the other day! It's so unbelievably perfect in the sewing room :) Here's the LINK

I took sooo many grumpy face photos of Squirt this afternoon, then *finally* a smile!

Which he tried to hide, unsuccessfully I might add ;)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!!

watched National Treasure...
working on Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad....
playing outside...

thank goodness the rain moved on!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Last Day!

Remember, today at midnight the sale is over! If you know me, you'll be quite aware that I really only have sales on my anniversary (I'm a sap).
ALSO! I'm swimming in custom orders so I don't know when the shop will have another update. Then there's Deluxe in December...
Not to be pushy or anything ;)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Anniversary Sale!

It's Monday!

I decided to go with a BOGO 1/2 sale :)

Buy one and get something equal or lesser $ for half price. I can either send you a revised invoice OR if you go ahead and pay I'll shoot you over a refund for the sale. Sound good? Okay!

Sale ends at Midnight on Thursday July 2nd!

Then I will be officially 2 years old :)

I'll be listing all week (yay!)