from cupcakes to colons..

I get a lot of requests for custom orders, and usually I don’t take them. Its not that I don’t want to bring people’s plushie dreams to reality. It is just I usually have a hard time getting inspired about a plushie, unless it was my idea (sounds selfish, eh?) But when I was emailed a few weeks ago and asked to make a plush colon for someone who had to have their’s removed…I thought it would be a fun challenge.

I had to do a little research, because frankly I had never thought much about Colons. Did you know, there is a huge colon you can actually crawl through! Neither did I. Lots of great colon info can be found here And for those of you wondering, this is the picture I used for refrence when creating the plush colon.

Besides colons I have had dollhouses on the mind lately (looks like Hillary has too, check out her great new layout!) I think it started when I first saw Snailbooty’s photos on Flickr. Then increased when Jessee pointed out this fabric at G street fabrics. of course I had to buy a yard. No fear they also sell it online here (scroll down a bit) You might be able to even find it cheaper if you do a search.

Cool bunkbed dollhouse style

Blythe dollhouse bathroom

Beautiful dollhouse drawings by Martha Sue Harris (check out all her stuff, shes pretty amazing

Stage Props

Back when we were looking for play stoves, I had forgotten I had placed a bid on this one. It is so cute though, so I’m glad I won the auction. It is a bit short for the kids to play with, and they have their stove top already…but it sure does make a great prop for photos! it is also very cute to just have sitting around.

I made this little tree awhile ago, but never got around to taking a photo of it. Its not my most favorite thing, which I think is because its a little too 2-D for me. but, its not his fault…

Last night dinner out was lovely, but ran a little late. We have been thinking about adopting a hamster, or other rodent and went to see them the other day. they have the cutest looking pair of rats. it said a lot of good things about the rats. How they live longer then hamsters, are friendly etc. So I’m not sure what we are going to do, still considering it. We were going to go last night (and I would try and convince the kids the rats rule) but the place was closed by the time we were finished with dinner…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone has a fun day! Tom and I went to the Visionary Art Musuem in Baltimore for the Post Secret exhibit. While the secrets were fun, I have to admit my most favorite thing about the trip was seeing Paul Spooner’s amazing automata!!

I first learned about Paul Spooner about five years ago when I was lucky enough to stumble upon one of his amazing (and sadly out of print) books I used to put together these amazing paper replicas of his art while on the phone with card members. A giant paper head stuck out from the top of my cubicle, and my fingers were constantly coated in dryed glue. The thing about his books is, not only are they filled with projects for you to make, they have all sorts of other little things. stories, random little drawings. I loved them.

I kept search in used bookstores for his other book, and soon not only found a copy, but another copy of the first book (which I immediatly purchased) Reading his books got me pretty excited about automata, and I looked for more. It was amazing to see his actual work in real life, and push a button and have them move! Paul’s book were something my husband and I shared during the begining of our relationship, so what better way to spend Valentine’s day then playing with Paul’s toys!

We ate lunch out at our favorite Chinese place too! My lips still burn from the spicey goodness!! Tonight its dinner out with the kids and perhaps even a little pet adoption, more on that later!