Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fudge for the Holidays

I made fudge for the first time this week and it was so easy. It's definitely going to be a regular thing for future holidays. Some of it went to the treats gift exchange at my work and the rest we're giving to family in these sweet little boxes I got at Joann's. I used the super simple recipe here and added dried cranberries and pistachios to the white chocolate and left the milk chocolate plain, a classic. I highly recommend trying this out if you are at all interested in making fudge. It makes a great base to add anything you want, I can't wait to try out marshmallows and walnuts!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Blast

We're still preparing for the holidays around here. I cannot believe that Christmas is just one week away. This holiday season was ridiculously short, don't you think? We finally got our stockings up tonite. I love them so much, the boy and I made them a couple years ago. I don't have any pictures of them, which seems silly, but I will try to take one and post it soon. This is my lovely wreath I got last year at Flutter. The woman that owns that store seriously has the best taste. This photo is totally grainy and dark which somehow captures the wreath wonderfully. I also got most of my holiday cards out. I made them and I want to share that project too. So much good stuff to get to and only 6 days left to do it!
Also, if you have a moment, Susan from West Coast Crafty was kind enough to include me in her round up of Crafty Wonderland on Craftstylish. She has a sweet baby named Pearl who now my wiener dog onesie in a variety of colors and sizes. I'm so happy that she chose to include me out of the numerous baby vendors that were there.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ms. B loves the snow. She tried to attack it through the window.
Oh my, where do I begin? Well, let me start from the beginning. The weather forcast kept predicting snow for Sunday, the day of crafty wonderland. I was so convinced this was not going to happen that when I woke up on Sunday morning to our courtyard covered in snow, I was shocked and upset. We made it to the convention center and the snow was still coming down. But then the show started, and we heard there was a line, and it all seemed ok, however, the snow kept coming down and it got colder and colder.

By the end of the sale, as we headed home, there was a layer of ice beneath the snow. Ridiculous and SO disappointing. This is such unusual weather for Portland! The number of shoppers we had was definitely affected by the weather and my sales were about half of what I had projected based on last year. Ah well, we DID get some great holiday gifts for family and friends and I think my booth set up was one of my favorites.
ALSO, I extended my deadline for shopping in my shop. You must place your order by Tuesday December 16th to get it in time for Christmas.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Handmade Christmas Wish List

If I had unlimited money and could buy myself whatever I wanted for Christmas this year, these items would be the first I'd purchase. This is the stuff I find myself looking at over and over again! All photos are the shop-keeper's own.

Mini pouch from Oktak

Madge light from Domestic Construction

Soap dish tray from fruitflypie
What would you buy yourself this Christmas if money was no object?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Workin' For the Weekend (Well, NEXT Weekend)

Here's some gocco prints that I did tonite all in preparation for the upcoming festivities. I can't wait for the Crafty Wonderland holiday sale! I used this vintage camera print for the hang tags, shopping bags and some other goodies. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Shipping Sale

My least favorite thing about shopping online is having to pay for shipping. That's why when sales like Chronicle Books friends and family sale happens, which offers 35% off all merchandise and free shipping, I jump at it. In fact, I knocked nearly half the people on my Christmas list off when I did some shopping at their online store yesterday. (If you want to take advantage of this sale, just enter "FRIENDS" in the promo box when you're checking out- The sale goes until Friday December 5th) I was so inspired by this and other "free shipping" sales I've seen that I decided to have one of my own. From now until December 15th, the last day you can place an order with me to get it in time for Christmas, I'll be offering free shipping when you order 2 or more onesies from my shop. Just send me a convo before you purchase, indicating the onesies you'd like to buy, I'll change the shipping amount to 0, reserve them under your name, and send you a convo back to let you know they're ready to buy. Easy, right?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kitsch for Kitschmas!

I have been such a huge thrift and antique junky for so long. When I started my etsy shop I knew I wanted to share some of my more unique thrift finds with the etsy community eventually. At first I put just some vintage wallpaper items I had up there but in the last year I started to find household collectible items that were perfect. Today I finally posted a few items just to see if there is any interest out there for them. I'll be posting a few more good finds in the next week along with new onesies with brand spanking new prints. I'm so excited to be able to share my kitschy retro goodness with the masses. If you have any retro kitsch lovers on your list, you can shop for them here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Giving Thanks

A very happy thanksgiving to you. The fabric trees were made from a free pattern over here and the runner was made from the free pattern in my brain (do I have to say it's free if it's always free?)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Holiday Links

I'm getting ready for the Christmas shopping insanity by first trying to decide what I items I may want to make and what items I'll end up buying. This goes for holiday decorations too! Here's the links to projects I found that are all simple and perfect for holiday decoration or gifts.
Holiday Button Napkin Rings
Vintage Glass Candles
Kitchen Potholders
Do you have any "must try" holiday projects to share?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Shop Shop Shop

Well my list is well on it's way to completion. My runner is almost done as well as the center pieces I did. I'll post some photos soon and, of course, it's getting to be that time of year. I'm so close to writing down my Christmas gift list (it's all in my head at this point!) but I'm also trying to appreciate the end of autumn right now. Every year I rush through to Christmas time because I love it so much and I forget to take time to look down at the yellow and orange leaves on the ground or take a walk in the crisp chilly air or other things that properly prepare me for the madness that is holiday time. This year I've been lucky enough to do plenty of these things. I'm also preparing for the crafty wonderland holiday sale and for more updates in my shop. Oh yes, I did a shop update this morning so please take a look and if you have a little one to shop for, maybe you'll shop shop shop there. I'm working on two new designs and I hope to have those in the shop by Thanksgiving weekend. I better cross my fingers on that one!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thanksgiving List

Our house guests have moved on and we're finally home alone which is nice except that now I've also got to get ready for Thanksgiving. My mom, her husband and the boy's mom are all coming down to our place for the holiday and I'm stressing to make sure we've got everything ready. Here's a partial list of all the stuff I'd like to finish before the crowd arrives:

*Finish table runner and centerpieces for the table
*Make new instructional video and post before Thanksgiving
*Prep and post new shop listings
*Super Secret day trip this weekend (I can't mention any more details, hence the "super secret")
*Wash all linens that were dirtied during the past week by previous house guests and make up all beds.
*Make grocery list and go shopping
*Pumpkin cheesecake from November's Real Simple
*Apple Crisp or Berry Pie
*General cleaning in an attempt to stop my mom from trying to tidy up while she's visiting

Whew. Well it's not all bad and I'm sure there are things I forgot. I came up with an awesome new instructional video idea this morning in my partially awake state in between snoozing my alarm and I'm really excited about it.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Stitched In Time

Last nite the boy accompanied me to the book signing at Powell's for Stitched In Time. It's an awesome new book from Alicia Paulson who writes one of my very favorite blogs ever. I bought the book and waited in line for her to sign it. I don't usually do a lot of stuff like this, you know where you go and meet someone and have them sign your book or picture or something, but Alicia is a really awesome person. I was so nervous to meet her even though, through her blog, I feel like I know her. She was gracious and funny and her book is more amazing than I had imagined. I highly suggest you pick it up and I can't wait to try out the projects once our house guests leave. Oh, I didn't mention them? Well they are here and they have been since last Tuesday and, oh my, I'll just be happy to have our home to ourselves again.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Busy Beaver Shop Update

Lots of awesome stuff is going on right now. Halloween was totally perfect, we had dinner at a friend's and then tried to party hop. I got a terrible end-of-a-cold sinus headache part way through the night and ended up laying in the back seat of my friend's car with my head in hands which was horrible but atleas the weekend finished up nicely. Our band the thrifty played a show and I finally finished painting the top trim in our second bedroom. Woo- it's amazing how long I procrastinate on something that ends up only taking anhour.
Also, if you couldn't guess from this blog title, I updated the shop tonight. I'll do some more this week too. I came up with a great new screen design tonight that I'm working on right at this moment. I hope it works out!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Vintage Fabric

This fabric was found all together at the bins here in Portland a few weeks ago. I imagine some old lady was making a quilt or just had this all laying around until it was donated. All the prints look very 60s to me which I love. Since picking these babies up, I've come up with, oh about a million ideas for them but nothing has stuck yet. What do you think? Any ideas?

These brown, cream and red florals are some of my favorites.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween Costumes Revealed!

Which one do you think I'm going to be and which one do you think the boy is going to take on? I feel like these costumes were our birthrights. I'll be finishing them up this weekend. So awesome!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fall Walks

I had a super great fall weekend even though I've been trying to fight off a cold for the last two weeks or so (no kidding!). The boy and I went to Powell Butte with some friends and walked the trails. We are not very outdoorsy so admittedly my favorite part was the thrift store we went to afterwards which was seriously so good! Regardless of my ineptitude at the outdoors, the weather was awesome and we were in good company so it made for a perfect fall day.

On the home front, I installed new drawer pulls in the kitchen found on sale at Anthropologie. We'll probably redo our kitchen cabinets in a year or so but in the interim, these drawer pulls make me very happy. My goal with the house at this point is to try to do something home related (besides cleaning) every week or so. Rearrange some furniture or put down a new rug. It keeps me motivated to keep going so that our home looks tidy, colorful and most importantly, like us.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Perfect Weekend

This weekend was so lovely. First we had scones and coffee from Floyd's, which is right down the street from our place. I love this place. They have a bell in their drive thru that rings like an old gas station.

I also used the awesome Hambly Screen Prints and some bird stickers to make up a few thank you cards to keep on hand for those moments that seem to come so often now, where we need to send off a card to someone that's done something wonderful for us.

And finally, I'm still dying new fun stuff for the upcoming holiday sales. These blue onesies and long sleeve lap tshirts turned out great and looked somehow romantic against our bedroom curtains.
I also got my acceptance to the Crafty Wonderland holiday sale in December. I can't wait!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Electric Slide

Well thank you! I got such a great response to my video, I'm already scheming for the next one.
On the home front we're having some electrical issues. When I called my dad to discuss these issues and get his take on them (hey, I'm young, I'm aloud to still call dad!) he laughed. Sometimes I think the idea of his only daughter being a home owner is so unbelievable to him that all he can do is laugh about it. Anyhow, this one issue has prompted us to possibly start the first big "improvement" on our home and replace all of our lighting fixtures. We definitely need a ceiling fan/lite for the bedroom and right now I'm really crushing on this one from Lowes of all places. Better than what we found at Home Depot but maybe still not "the one" you know?

And then of course, as I've mentioned before, I have an all out love affair going on with every single fixture at Schoolhouse Electric, a local company here in Portland. Yesterday I discovered this lite which could be amazing in our hall way. Any lite places that I'm missing the boat on? I want to get the very best quality for the least amount of money, which I think Schoolhouse really delivers on. Everything there is made in the U.S. and hand painted.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Feather Hair Clip Tutorial

So this is the project that the boy and I worked on this weekend. It's a video tutorial for the feather hair clip I made. It was actually really fun to do this so I'll try to do some more before the holidays. I also have a youtube channel for Antelope Baby where I'll post these but, of course, they'll always get put up here too. Oh, and let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial! I think I was clear about all the steps but you never know.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Dye Dye Dye

This weekend the boy and I worked on something fun for my blog but it's not quite ready yet. I thought I'd show a sneak peak of some of the stuff I'm working on for the holiday season instead. I finished dying a couple batches of new baby clothes and I've got atleast one more batch to go. I love this green. It's almost neon but somehow grassy green at the same time.

The other fun personal project I'm working on is this embroider inspired by this book. As I've mentioned before, I've never been good at embroidery but I'm hoping this will help me get better. I got this awesome wool thread at the thrift store and the colors were totally inspiring.
Alright, so that's my weekend except for the super fun project that's not quite done so stay tuned for that. It should be up Monday or Tuesday.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Grass Lawn Weekend

You know that space in between the sidewalk and the street? Where they put a small section of grass? Do you call that a tree lawn or green way? You know, I had never even heard either of those terms until maybe five years ago.
Well, anyway I wanted to share my weekend. The Edgefield is so great, I'm glad we went early and walked around, drank beer and ate. I would love to stay the nite there sometime. Sunday was rather lazy. I used my new staple gun for our new headboard which is not up yet so no pictures.

I also grabbed a baseball mitt at goodwill and the boy and I played catch in the park on, what I imagine will be one of the last nice days of year.
Tomorrow I'm expecting a delivery from Dharma of new goodies for the holiday craft sale season. I applied to two different sales but I won't hear if I got accepted until the middle of October so I'm patiently waiting and assuming I'll atleast get to vend at one of them. Wish me luck!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Corn Chowder

I thought I'd post about this lovely corn chowder I made a couple weeks ago. I got the recipe from this blog. It was simple and tasty and we'll definitely be making it often as the weather turns and suddenly all I want every nite is hot comfort food. Anyway, more to come. The show last nite was amazing. I mean, like just beyond what I could have imagined and I've also got some home improvement stuff I'm working on.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Feather in my Hair

Well, I tried to be ambitious last nite and drag myself up to Last Thursday but it did not happen. Between trying to get the car after work and then getting everything together for it, I just dropped the ball and couldn't do it. I did make it to Home Depot and Micheal's and bought all of the materials I need to make our new headboard so hopefully I'll get that done this weekend in between seeing My Morning Jacket at the Edgefield and entertaining an out of town guest. I also made this feathered hairclip last nite with some all purpose glue and an alligator clip. So cute and perfect considering I watched Casablanca on OPB last nite. I love all the wonderful hats Ingrid Bergman wears in that film. She's so stunning.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Homemade Playdough

Here, as promised is the playdough I made this week. The texture is funny because I forgot to put the oil in before I cooked it but I'm happy with the colors and once the balls were in these little containers, I was super pleased. I added the labels and some utensils to use with the dough so all together it looks like a great gift. It will definitely be a future "go-to" gift for other friends and family with toddlers. The link to the recipe I used is in the post below this if you're interested. This weekend was great! We did indeed get to H&M and also spent time with both of our moms. The boys mom makes jewelry so we took great pictures of it so her other son can sell it on ebay for her. I'm also trying to convince her to start an etsy store and sell at some craft sales down here with me which would be cool.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Oh me, oh my! We've got a jam packed weekend ahead. First, my wonderful, amazing mom is having a birthday and we're heading up to Sea-Town to surprise her! Luckily, she does not read this blog so I don't have to worry about ruining the surprise. We're only going to be up for a moment but I'm hoping to swing by one of the two H&M's that opened up there recently and pick up some fall gear. How is it that Seattle gets two and Portland isn't even on the waitlist for one? Hello, we don't have sales tax down here! That should be reason enough.
Last nite, I had to finish up my niece's third birthday gift so I can drop it off while I'm up there. Hers is still over a week away but I hate going to the post office to ship things so this worked out nicely. I made play dough, if you must know. I think it turned out good but man does my right arm hurt from all the stirring and mixing and dying and everything. I have pictures on my camera but no time to download them right now. Hopefully tomorrow evening I can find a moment. The recipe I used is here and it was simple and straight forward. I recommend it if you're looking to have some non-toxic play dough around your house. In the comments someone recommended using hot water and I think I may try that if I make this again because I assume it would make it easier to stir. Now, to go rest my arm. I'm going to need it for all the driving.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

More Birthday Pictures

I can't help it, I've got to share some more photos from my birthday. First the flowers that the boy had delivered to my work. Can you believe it? Both he and my dad had flowers sent to me this year. I felt completely blessed particularly because I've never had flowers sent to me ever in my life. I know it sounds cheesy but I just thought it was so cool.

On the night of my birthday we went to Farm, one of my all time favorite restaurants and although I have to apologize for the poor quality picture, this is the best meal ever. Tofu cutlets with mashed potatoes and mushrooms. I've been so busy that crafting has had to take a back seat but, as mentioned previously, I'm getting geared up for sewing time. In the meantime, can I just say again how super great my birthday was? It was super great.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Birthday Gifts

Wow, wow, wow. I can't believe it's September already. I am itching to stay at home and sew all day so I know Fall must be just around the corner. This clutch was made for a friend's birthday a few weeks ago. I had some Japanese fabric that I'd ordered off Etsy ages ago and bright red corduroy that I actually picked up at the Bins. They look so good together and I knew this particular friend would love them both so I came up with this little purse. I added a gold sewing machine charm as a zipper pull and I'm really pleased with how it came out. The top of the purse kind of bunches where the zipper is, a problem I often have when I make bags or purses with flaps. A pattern could easily solve this no doubt, but sometimes I just hate using patterns, you know?

Last weekend the boy and I headed to the Oregon coast for my birthday/our anniversary. We stayed about a half hour North of Florence in Yachats. Our motel was right on the water and we had a balcony with the most amazing view. We drank beer and looked at the ocean, took early morning and late evening walks on the beach and made delicious veggie BLTs. We also stopped at this viewpoint called Strawberry Hill where you can walk down to the water. When the tide is out harbor seals come and sun on the rocks. I couldn't believe how close we were to them! We also saw sea anemones and sea stars. It was maybe the best vacation I've ever taken. I am so thankful to have someone in my life that cares about me so much and planned something so perfect.
This weekend, I am laying low, maybe recovering some throw pillows and tending to Bianca who still seems to be upset at us for leaving her last weekend.