16 Nov

New Pets

Every now and then you run across a blog, a Flickr page, or Etsy shop that grabs you a little bit. When you run across it again, you say “yeah, I like that!” And by the third stumble, if you haven’t already, you bookmark it. I’ve been lurking at Melissa Stanley’s blog for a few months now, in love with her crocheted creatures, and her little houses with legs! What goes better with roots than legs?

Free Range Studio Monster

Then Melissa went and added this little free range studio monster to the shop and put me over the edge. He’s so cute I had to have him. He’s not in my studio though. Hubby and son thought he belonged in the living room — where he’s terrorizing the Baba Yaga House I also purchased, and two mod birds who happen to have legs too.


26 Oct

Some Crafty Stuff

Sometimes the crafty community just blows me away. First it’s just that there’s so much totally cool stuff out there, but then there’s the connections and generosity too. I’m not very demonstrative, so you won’t see me jumping into lots of swaps or give-aways, so that makes random generosity even more amazing.

All I did was comment on Art Spirit’s Flickr photo that I loved her little mushroom pins and look what she sent me! How cool is that?!

In other crafty news, I wanted to try making my own machine embroidery for a patch, so I used a scrap of the fabric I made with my kids’ drawings as a base, and gave it a whirl.

I thought it turned out so well I had to make something out of it. Now it’s a little voodoo daddy pin cushion.

05 Feb

Mushroom Swap

I joined a mushroom swap. It’s mushrooms, how could I not jump in? Deborah found it (and I encouraged her to join too — mwahaha!). At first I thought I’d make pincushions. They look great and I enjoy making them. But there are a lot of softie mushrooms out there, so I decided I’d mix it up a bit.

I adore the mushroom people on these two postcards from my German Friday morning sewing friends. These postcards are my springboard.

I’m also taking inspiration from “Jahreszeitkinder;” tiny figures representing the seasons or particular plants (Waldorf adherents probably have some of one kind or another in their seasonal displays). Above are two mushroomy people I made from a Dutch kit bought at Kreativ Welt (annual craft convention in Wiesbaden, Germany), and a chestnut boy and Chinese Lantern/pumpkin girl made by artist Birgit Kaiser bought at the Sticheleien (another annual fair of all things needlecraft, which I’m missing that right now). I’ve bought quite a few Jahreszeitkinder from Birgit over the years — I think my parents and sister all have at least one, and maybe the in-laws too.

Here’s one of several Star Babies by Birgit that graces our Christmas tree each year.

And this Icicle Lady is one of my favorites.

I’ll share my take on these once the swapping is complete.