Tofu puppies

Sometimes when I am sewing our 3 year old will come in and want to help. I just take the needle out of my second machine, leave it unplugged and he likes to play around with the presser foot and pretend he’s sewing too. My ten year old has never expressed much interest in sewing, and has only done so when I tried to talk it up a bit and get him excited. He once sewed a little plush booger doll, and once helped design and sew some of a little plush playhouse. Most of these sewing projects have ended when he declared it just too hard and asked me to sew the rest. I’ve tried to explain that like most things sewing takes lots of practice, but it just doesn’t seem like something he is in to..which is ok.

I was asked to take part in a plush show that is coming up in the start of September. I will post more about it once I know the exact date and times. It is in Baltimore though, so Thomas and I will be there! One of the things I made was these plush hot dogs. In my mind they are tofu-pups, but since they do not contain any meat at all I guess it doesn’t matter what you call them. Hotdogs are just one of those things I wouldn’t want to eat even if I wasn’t vegetarian.

I had wanted to make several of these little guys each with a various hotdog topping. Think pickle relish, chili, onions, etc. But due to time and a million and one other things going on..its ketchup and mustard for now. I will take some more photos of the other plush going to the show soon.

Today is all about finishing up donuts. Most of them will be flying out to Kidrobot stores for the donut keychain debut, the rest will be driving with me to Baltimore for the new Atomic Pop store that will be opening before ya know it! My fingers feel like hamburger right now from so much handsewing last night. I seriously sat for over three hours handsewing donuts closed, sprinkles on, etc. I used a bad needle for it and now I feel as though I could use a bandaid on several of my fingers!

Before I go I wanted to point out a few shows that are now accepting applications:
Handmade Arcade Nov 11th Pittsburgh PA (I applied) accepting aps until Sept 15th
Bazaar Bizarre Dec. (dates vary depending on location) Boston, LA, Cleveland, right now aps are up for the Boston show and are due by Sept 1st!

The Woods

This morning Tom and I took the kids to Cunningham Falls, Gambrill State Park, and Frederick’s watershed for some hiking on the various trails. One of the things we collected along the way was these beautiful leaves above. I call them “nature’s lace” they are eaten into this lacey design by bugs, and look oh so delicate.

We also went to see the birds at the bird sanctuary, and for the first time ever in person I saw a bald eagle. I have to say they are so very impressive. I would have never imagined how large of a bird they really are.

Since I got so many sweet comments saying you didn’t mind seeing the same plushies over and over…here ya go! By the way a big huge thanks to all the commenters lately, im so sorry I haven’t been able to make any replies yet…but it is on my to do list I promise!!

Can’t Touch This…

So you might have noticed, I am trying to get back into making a blog entry everyday. Some days its really hard. I mean how many times do you want to see a photo of a cupcake plush? :) Its hard when I am busy working on big wholesale orders, and not coming up with new designs. Hopefully my other types of posts (like this one) are still somewhat stimulating.

So last night I made this chocolate cake for the dinner guests. The MC Hammer doll standing next to the cake was actually something I found at Goodwill today. I worked late into the night 2:30am, and then was up working hard again this morning. Which also meant two huge trips to the post office today. So to reward myself we made a trip to Goodwill this evening and seeing little Hammer, I knew he was my prize.

I also was lucky enough to find yet another bag of plastic animal letters This time there are more letters, and it was $1.29 instead of .47 which just shows you how very different Goodwills can be with pricing.

Last night was nice. Tom’s good friend Justin (seen cuddling below with Thomas) came over to our house for the first time. We stayed up late looking through old photos, and chowing down. Sean and Amanda came too to complete the night (our nights just are not the same without those two)

This is the last week of summer vacation here……come on fall!

the monster mash..

Last night Tom and I went to the local drive in for the Saturday Horror shows. Horror at the Hager happens every Saturday night. They usually show two old movies, and on occasion I think 3. Last night was Return Of The Living Dead + Pieces. We had already seen both, but it was still lots of fun.

A lot of people we knew were there also, so we brought a foam mattress and everyone sat out in front of the cars. There was a tiny bit of rain, but for the most part it stayed dry. The intermission did take over an hour because of a hole in the screen (its a blow up type screen), I brought knitting with I didn’t even really mind.

In fact I got two scarves done for a shop that is stockpiling for the fall season, which will someday soon be upon us! Anyhow, if you are in the area check out the website because they play a lot of old movies at the drive-in. Tonight I am making baked ziti, bread, steam broccoli and a chocolate cake. We have dinner guests! Afterwards I may be up super late finising work realted stuff, but thats ok :)

Horror at the Hager

calender girl

On Wednesday I had a tattoo appointment in Frederick, so Amanda came with me as usual. Its always nice to get some time to hang out with her. We used to go out and do things all the time before we both had the toddlers. It was a lot easier to get the grandparent’s to watch one child, and now there are three!

After the tattoo appointment, Amanda had agreed to take some photos for me. These are for a crafty calender that will be coming out for 2007. I promise more info when I have it. We went behind a grocery store and lucky for us there was already some carts back there. She took tons of photos, so I’ll post some more sometime.

I know she is working on an online portfolio of sorts, and I will post a link to that when its ready. She took some other photos recently of a greaser type of guy, with his guitar in an old broken down gas station. They turned out so amazingly. I’ll be sure to enlist her help on many projects to come!