Yesterday was a very productive day for spinning. The kids and I went over to Reenie’s
house. The kids always have a really good time playing with her daughters, and end up never wanting to leave. So Reenie and I both get to sit around and spin yarn all day long. She also made me a really yummy coffee drink, which is always an incentive to drive the 50-some miles to her house! I got 5 yarns spun, and then later when I came home two more. I am planning to update the site either later tonight, or tomorrow. I have yarn and plush to add.
Here is one of the trees I was talking about the other day. I have a few more ideas for some really different looking trees that I would like to work on later this afternoon if I get the kids involved in some sort of project. We also have a big cookie baking fest going on tonight, so lots to try and squeeze in.
I have been also meaning to talk about Leah’s
. She sent me a copy a few weeks back and I really loved it. But of course like most things I kept forgetting to write about it! So I am sure by now most of you have already heard about it, but just incase you haven’t…you should go check it out. The whole book is filled with old kitschy crafts, things like popsicle stick purse to toilet paper roll covers that look like little poodles. She really did an amazing job of creating an “archive of sorts” of all these great vintage projects, and there are quite a few that I plan on making (the poodle toilet paper roll covers for sure) Anyhow, shes still on her book tour so you can catch her in person. It looks like she has Texas, California, and Oregon planned for the res tof July (you can see all the dates and time on the book page) She’s such a sweetie-so go out and say hello!
I also just found out this morning that I am going to be a vendor at Renegade Chicago
this year. It will be my first visit ever to Chicago and I am looking forward to it. Tom has lots of relatives in the surrounding area, but I’d also like to check out anything really amazing in the area (suggestions are very much welcome!)
Summer is brewing in full force lately. Lots of heat + lots of stuff going on. Whoever said the “lazy hazy crazy days of summer” certainly wasn’t referring to my July, accept for maybe the “crazy” part. I have been working on some soft serve ice cream plops, here they are so far, but without their “dishes”. I still need to make those. They also need spoons, which will come soon enough.
I have been also working on some trees, tree stumps, and other various plushies (hanging houses will be added back to the shop soon, and maybe even a layer cake) Though life has been busy, things on the plush end have also busy.
Thank you so very much to everyone for the kind words on the Time’s article. It was very exciting, and I appreciate all the comments + emails so much more then I could ever express.
As for all that has been keeping me busy (besides the plush work)..On Sunday night we had a BBQ to attend, complete with huge DIY fireworks thanks to Eric, yummy veggie pizza thanks to Sarah, and fun for the kids thanks to whoever supplied the water guns. On Monday we did the movies with Sean + Amanda, and Tuesday we all got up early and headed to the “mile long yardsale” they hold every year on the 4th. Its actually over a mile long, and consist of flea markety goods as well as yardsales. Tom did not find any treasure for himself, but I ended up with a cute circus lamp, a few toys, and a giant sized cupcake cookie jar. Then we headed over to another cook-out at Sean + Amanda’s place. Where we spent the rest of the evening cooking, hiking the trails, and of course watching the fireworks (and fireflies too).
Today Amanda and I went to Frederick so I could get tattooed by our friend Chris (Katie’s husband) then we went out to lunch at a bakery called Proof with amazing little cakes and coffee. Now I am about to pack up orders, then pass out with the kids for a little while until Tom gets home. Things are busy busy tomorrow still as we head over to our friend Reenie’s house for some spinning!
I was so excited to go out yesterday morning and pick up a few copies of the New York Times Magazine (which comes inside the Sunday paper) and had the article by Rob Walker. He had interviewed me a few weeks ago, and if you look at the wonderful illo by Leif Parsons, you will even see my tampon doll.
Here are the “blast from the past” plushies I was talking about. Little pancake stacks, stacks of four..topped with syrup and a butter nose. I first made pancake stacks in June of 2005
and I didn’t make them for very long. So its been about a year. I sometimes will go back through some of my old Livejournal entries and I wish their was a service that would print and bind blogs, but include the photos. I have heard of some places that will do this service, but none include the photos. Anyone know of any that do?
This morning I met up with Tina + Jeff Seamonster
, and Katie
at the indoor playground. The place had an odd smell about it (but only in certain areas) like cat pee. We found out later that during the huge rainstorms we have been having the whole place flooded, and they had taken out 88 gallons of water before they re-opened it. Hopefully the pee smell will go away, cause the kids really like it there.
Then we headed over to see my favorite barista
for lunch. She made me really good coffee of course, and a yummy sandwich as well. Tonight we are taking all the kids to the movies, so I am sure the kids will all be worn out before the day is over.
I hope everyone has a fun holiday weekend/week start!
Especially when its faux plastic grass. Man, I love fake stuff. Play kitchen fake food, dishes, things shaped like something they are not. Like telephones shaped like ice cream cones. Trashcans shaped like giant clowns (and then your throw your trash in their mouth) Yeah know, stuff like that.
This is one of my favorite toys. He is so big and pretty. I’m not sure though if he would still be considered “Krang” since he is missing the brain guy that lives in the stomach region. Still, I like him a lot. We got this fella at a church yardsale that was having a stuff a bag for $1.00 a couple months ago. Besides faux things rummage or bag sales are another love high high on my list. I love digging through bins, and boxes for treasure. Perhaps I was a pirate in a past life, either that or a magpie?
Not much to blog today, I am working on some “blast from the past” plushies which I will try and photograph tomorrow. Now I have to get moving and go meet Jessee
for some yummy mexican food!