A little late night experiment…
For a special sister who has turned another year older. Happy Birthday!
A handmade Wee Wonderfuls Snail…
Mimi and Lola are some special additions to the shop from now ’til Easter. Enjoy!
It’s been a little while since I posted anything that I’ve been working on. I’ve been knitting a sweater (the Featherweight Cardigan from Knitbot) as fast as my nimble little fingers can go, but it’s still taking a small eternity. I decided to take a little embroidery break last night and whipped up this little bunny…. The story is that long, long ago I found a story about a disabled bunny in a little chariot and it’s floated around in the back of my brain ever since. So I did a wee bit of researching and finally drew this little guy. However, I need your help! I want to embroidery something achingly clever below him (aka: Cruisin’… or Low Rider… or Hello Ladies). I haven’t come up with that perfect little somethin’ yet, so it will have to remain unfinished until ya’ll help me out!
And here is the Hiker’s Waistcoat that I knit months ago, but never posted about. This is knit with wool that I hand-washed, spun and knit all by myself! It actually turned out pretty successfully considering that the yarn was a wee bit uneven and I had never made something all the way through like that! This is all wool from Bonnieview so it’s local to boot!
Well, this is a combination of today and yesterday. Today I baked some bread, did some papier mache and doodled about a little bit. Yesterday I made a craft organizer, a pot holder, and a dish towel. Domestic, eh? I got the idea for an organizer an all those other fabric bits from a book Ashley gave me called Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.
New bread and a new pot holder. The bread is from my absolute favorite bread recipe from Bread & Honey.
The four along the bottom haven’t been stuffed yet, and the yellow bunny in the second row hasn’t been sewn up yet, but the rest are all done. The ones that aren’t quite finished yet certainly can be in a jiff.
These are the unfinished, but almost finished buns. There’s a wee bit of a discount if you get two o’them.
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.
What do I want to do for the week that I’m home?! Oh I’ll tell you what I want to do. It looks something like hitting up every crafty venue I can get my busy little self into. I’m a little craft starved out here (that includes supplies as well) so I’m going to be taking full advantage of Portland’s wicked craft scene.
I discovered this place today and it’s what started this craving for fabric and buttons and everything else crafty. I had no idea this vintage crafting thrift store existed in Portland and now my fingers are itching to touch all of their things!
I’m dangerously low on felt and pretty cotton prints because of the crafting mania I’ve been experiencing. This is where I’m going to fix that wee problem.
Crafting demands fuel, need I say more?
This is just the tip of the iceberg. I want to soak up Portland as much as I can while I’m home and I think I’m off to a good start when I look at these websites. What are YOUR plans for the holidays?
After spending so much time at camp away from such crazy technology as the internets, truly hot water and functioning freezers I spent a good chunk of my morning weeding through my favorite shops on Etsy. I’d forgotten how much I missed looking at all of the pretty things… what did I do before I found Etsy? Twas the dark ages m’dear. Anywho, I realized that the majority of the shops I like either have fancy stuffed animals or really neat ceramic things and I feel like I’ve done both categories justice. Tucked away in there are some clothing and jewelry based shops as well and those definitely haven’t been featured yet. This week it’ll be Lizarietz, a clothing shop. It’s always ok to look, no matter how expensive things are because half of the beauty of these outfits is the photography. Enjoy!
There’s something about the little details (it’s all in those ruffles man, they’re just so pretty!) that makes my brain smile when I see these outfits. I can’t tell whether it’s the dresses themselves or the photographs that makes me want to print these pictures out and paste them to my dresser door (if I had a wardrobe door, that is)?
How can you not love the little ruffly detail going across there? Not possible… especially when you know how hard that is. I could probably wear that… I mean if you twisted my arm and everything… Oh you brute, fine fine I’ll wear it I guess.
When I add an etsy shop to my favorites it also adds the shop to my RSS feed and lets me know whenever the shop puts anything new up. The vast majority of my notifications involve these clothe hats. I like how they’re gathered and ruffled just enough to make them interesting but their colors are so simple and quiet that the hat recedes into the background and only acts as an accent. Nice.