I shaved Linus’ head and back half today! He has this pretty amazing ruff left around his front shoulders and a big pom-pom tail and ears. This is the first time his face has been shaved and it’s been fairly strange seeing an actual rabbit head peer at you instead of the mutton-chopped colonel face he usually has. There really IS a bunny under all of that fur. I haven’t decided whether I’ll keep the “pimp” version of Linus, or finish it off before I take him to the Walker’s over the holidays. Any thoughts?
I’ve been doing some small crafty things. I knit Joe a hat for Christmas and, since I couldn’t wait until that crazy holiday to give it to him I also decided to write a pattern for it and have him pose for some pictures. So, the pattern is in the etsy shop (check it out!) and the hat has been on his head ever since…
Stay tuned for these guys in the shop after the holidays.
There are a few things I’ve always known I’ve wanted to have in my life: a small homestead with some chickens, goats, a rabbit or two, some lavender and sunflowers in the yard and a bread oven, oh and some fruit trees clustered together somewhere. Those are some pretty far-off goals, someday I’ll be able to pick and can my own apples but not next year, or the year after that. Bees are another story. I want to have a couple hives of bees for several reasons:
1. They’re great for the plants around us
2. The make honey to eat and beeswax to smell and turn into candles
3. They’re low maintenance
4. They are utterly satisfying
So, when I saw this Beekeeper’s Gift Guide over at Make, I felt a little giddy. Everything on that list is gorgeously built, easily maintainable and meant to last a long, long while. One of these days…
On a wee whim I decided to oogle google my name and up comes, of all things, the craigslist magazine I did for class last year. The project was to imagine if craigslist were to put out a monthly magazine and then design one. It could be about anything but it had to reflect the aesthetics of craigslist. So, after weeding through a mountain of best-of’s (and yes, I scrolled through ALL of the pages of thousands of best-of’s), I found a subculture within craigslist: the superhero/super villain/time machine/ninja group of people posting ads. I decided to make an extra super issue of the would-be craigslist magazine. I took many of the “wanted” ads for things and made a section and then I combined several different stories to make the larger stories within the issue. I wanted it to look pretty rough, sort of late 80’s/early 90’s colors and this is what I came up with. Enjoy!
Whew! I just finished a mega shop update. I listed most of the larger things that I didn’t sell at the market yesterday. You can really tell which ones I took pictures of today… all that snow! You should check it out and see if you can hold back your excitement.
Say hello to Pinta, one of the many new additions to the shop.
So, today was the first of five winter Farmers Markets in Craftsbury. I worked pretty hard for the entire week making hair pins, finger puppets, fabric birds, wool pom poms, needle felted wood-legged animals… and so many many more. I borrowed Paul and Keren’s big drying rack and John’s wee drying rack for displays and spent two hours setting things up in the Craftsbury Academy common area.
Woolies on parade!
I made a mess of hand warmers in monkey fabric, finger puppets, fabric covered buttons and needle felted critters including…
Mister Deer-man! I’m pretty proud of that one.
Here are the two ponies, a llama and a sheep. So good. But so fragile.
And here are some of the felted pins I made. I bought a felted flower pin years ago at Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland and I love it so I decided to make some for this sale. They turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. After the last sale I decided that I needed to make some more… conventional things. My answer where these flower pins, some fabric covered buttons, fabric birds, wool pom poms and those needle felted animals. All in all I was right, those were the things I got the most comments on and what actually sold at the end of the day. I’m glad I did it.
This is a rather (long) beautiful commercial for Google Chrome, a new web browser… the last scene is my favorite!
So, as you all know I haven’t worked at Bonnieview for a while. What you might not know is that it’s crazy difficult to find a job in rural Vermont… in winter. So, here I am getting down to crafty. This weekend (Saturday) is the first Winter Farmers Market and I’m going to be vending everything I can dream up. I’ve been roosting in the apartment for the last week, my little fingers busy at the sewing machine, embroidery needle and anything else I can think of. What does that look like? This!
I just discovered this thing called shank buttons. You know, those buttons that aren’t flat but have that little metal hoop in the back. I found a shop on etsy that sells kits that let you make your own fabric covered buttons. I hand embroidered all of the teal ones in the pictures but I’m not sure how well I like them. They’re fairly difficult to keep centered when you put the buttons in the mold. They’re 3/4 inch buttons. How cool is that!?
Here are just a few of some stuffed bird ornaments. Some have loops to hang them from things and others have little alligator clips so that they can perch on whatever the feel like. There’s about 15 of these. Â
Here are the birds again and one of the puff balls I’ve been making. The puff balls are extremely simple and fun to make. Essentially you make them the same way you would make a yarn ball (like the kind you put on the top of a knit hat) but you use wool roving instead of yarn. They’re so soft and light and fuzzy, I really like how they look. I got the idea from Wee Wonderfuls and used the technique from Kid Craft Central.
I saw an epically beautiful horse on etsy that used wooden sticks for legs and I decided to give it a try. I really really like how it turned out! It reminds me of a cave painting horse with it’s thick body and spindly legs. The head pivots around too…
Lastly I got a custom order on etsy! This person wanted custom portraits of she and her sister as little girls. I think they turned out rather well, no? Any Christmas requests?
Yesterday, Monty passed away. For over a week he had refused to eat, drank very little and was slowly loosing all of his energy. Mom and Dad took him to the vet and were given some liquefied food to feed him as well as painkillers. There were no outward indications of what was wrong, and his blood work came back normal. He had lost three of his eight pounds in five days and last night he simply passed away. Rest in peace mister man. I’m going to miss you utterly…
We have SNOW! I know, I know… there’ll be enough soon, but for right now the inch we do have is pretty exciting. I woke up this morning and decided some hot cocoa and a trip outside with Linus was in order. I don’t think he’s ever seen or been in snow before (he’s not quite a year old yet) so I was curious about what he’d do.
We found this great flat rock with a mini pond in front of it to stick him on.
And, to put it mildly, he wasn’t really sure what to do. His eyes got enormous and he very very cautiously moved his head around and not much else until I bent down and he decided I was going to rescue him from this weird wet stuff.
He’s busy melting the snow berries off of his beard in his litter box. Oh man this is going to be a great winter!