Monthly Archives: December 2009

Still Busy

I may be home for the holidays but I’m still doing some things. I’ve been churning out some embroidery patterns which has been fun, but also means I spend more time on the computer than usual, trying to retrace all of my scribbly little hand drawn patterns. Having these patterns means I can have things in the shop even when I’m away from homebase, like I am now.

These three guys make up the new Octopiddle embroidery pattern up in the shop only a matter of minutes ago!

And then there’s Bea the Bunny who joined the shop as a pattern yesterday. I really like this one…

And I’ve been making some little pocket bunnies. They’re about three inches tall from their bases to the tops of their round little heads and quite fun to make. They’re stuffed with wool and have some rice in their bases to give them a little bit of heft. I love stuffing the things I make with wool instead of polyfil. The wool compacts nicer and gives everything a more solid, satisfying feel. I’d love to get my hands on some lavender or other herbs to put in the next batch.

Etsy Love

Ok, since it’s the holidays I decided to ramble through my “Favorite Items” list on etsy. These are all things I love love love and want to hold/fawn over. Don’t you? And since it’s the holidays, I decided to share some of my top favorites with ya’ll. Ready? Here goes!

Batman (embroidered necklace) via: Spinthread

This shop has some amazing embroidered jewelry, I love how they’re using lace to cover up the back side of each piece.

Maiya (archival print) via: Doubleparlor

Doubleparlor has some beautiful and amazing original sculptures for sale along the same lines as the one in this print

Needle Felted Owl via: Chocolate Beans

Chocolate beans has a whole family of wonderfully adorable little birds. You like this one? You’ll definitely like the others…


Brown Leggings with Turquoise Birds via: Malu

These are extra long stencil-printed leggings… I think I’m in love!

Accordion Music via: Roadside

This shop is full of wonderful prints as good or better than this one.

Orwell Clutch: Silver Piggy Purse via: Tsurubride

This shop has some pretty WONDERFUL animal-themed clutches (ranging from elephants to piggies), the series is named after George Orwell and his book “Animal Farm”. Check these guys OUT!

Camp Trailer Birdhouse via:  RALFG08

Knit Lab Rat via: Crafty Hedgehog Lulu Shoulder Bag via: Ericka Bazile

This is a sweet little cotton bag…

Lotus Mary Janes via: Hydra Heart

It’s terribly rare that I can find any vegan shoes. Not only are these vegan but they’re also extremely reasonably priced. The rest of their shoes are equally beautiful.

Silver Baby Elephant Ring via:  Michelle Chang Jewelry

Topography in Aqua via: Crafterall

This shop has some neat, handcut topographical pieces… I love the texture of the paper and the beautiful colors.

Presidential Wrestling Themed Ornaments via: Yee-Haw Industries

These make me giggle every. single. time.

Nudiped via:  KitLane

Baby it’s Cold Outside via:  Seasprayblue

I love the proportions of all of the prints in this shop… including the very idea of Log Lady.

Ceramic Pig Planter via:  Fruit Fly

Primitiv via: Modern Illustrations

Margarita the Plus Bunny via:  Girl Savage

Everything here is ridiculously adorable…

All White Deerman via:

This shop has some pretty amazing sculptures that border upon wonderfully kooky

The Great Craftsbury

So, I thought I would finally show you a wee bit of Craftsbury Common. It’s where I’ve been living for the past three months which makes it about time that I did this, eh?            DSCN1242

Do you remember that crazy shop update a I did last week? Well, this is where I took all of the snowy pictures. This is the Sugarbush where students take the draft horses to practice moving logs and where they get the sap to make syrup in the appropriate season. It’s a pretty magical place where leaves carpet the ground and then snow drapes itself over everything later. I can’t wait to see what it’ll look like in spring…

DSCN1243The Sugarbush is just right down the road from Sterling itself and this is the sign along the road halfway between.


And this is what the (paved) roads look like in winter: all ice and cracks and frozen grasses.DSCN1245

If you keep going until you’re right across from the dorms there’s a little cemetery, peopled with very, very old graves.


Old graves… and this one. DSCN1252DSCN1253

He’s gone to the great highway in the sky.DSCN1254

Back across the street there’s Merlin dorm where our apartment is, next to the logging shop.


Here’s the front side of Merlin. There’s a volleyball court in front and a nice grassy lawn where all of the picture of Linus were taken. Our apartment is the fifth window from the left on the second floor. It goes all the way back to the other side of the building and it’s a perfect size for two people and a little furry bunnyman.DSCN1258And here’s is the other dorm on upper campus, Madison. It’s not quite as nice as our building… there’s no radiant floor heating, carpet or new beds. There are two more dorms about a 15 minute walk away and that pretty much accounts for all of the Sterling students.

So that’s a mini snapshot of the Sugarbush, the road and the dorms. I’ll probably get around to doing more of Craftsbury, but not tonight. Ta ta!