Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thanks 2009.

Before 2009 comes to a close, I wanted to take a second and think of all the wonderful things in my life that I love. This year started out absolutely horrible professionally and absolutely amazing personally. It's ending on a more level playing field, which I prefer because when things are going smoothly, life is so much easier to handle. I'm endlessly appreciative for the work friends and family sent my way this year which allowed me to pay my bills, get married and grow in a lot of ways.
The boy and I have big plans for 2010. Traveling, making music and some fun stuff that's just in the "pipe dream" phase right now. I'm psyched. I vote 2010 the year to blaze your own trail and make your own dreams come true.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


The snow finally came, a few days late for my taste, but it's here. Time for meals cooked in the crock pot and hot drinks. It's strange for a native Seattleite to say (since we never get snow in Seattle) but now it finally feels like the holidays.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Gifts

My sweet sweet husband surprised me with the most thoughtful handmade/crafty gifts this year.
I received the Little Otsu weekly planner (I had the first volume of this planner years ago and used it all the time).
I also got new Gocco supplies which I'm keeping heavily guarded. I have a good amount of supplies stashed away at this point but with the projects I have lined up to print using Gocco, they may be gone sooner than I'd like. Please, someone buy that technology and continue to manufacture Gocco supplies!
He surprised me with a beautiful hand crocheted necklace that I noticed at Crafty Wonderland.
I opened a set of cute cute cute etched glasses, one with an octopus and one with a robot (robots are my favorite!)
And finally, a do it yourself kit to make a log pillow from My Imaginary Boyfriend. I already started and it looks awesome but I ran out of stuffing so I won't be able to finish it until I can run to the fabric store.
I was so thoroughly spoiled with all of these amazing gifts. They are all so inspiring and I can't wait to start fun new projects in 2010.
The boy also totally shocked me with a Mino Flip camera and I can't wait to make crafty videos for the blog. I have a couple projects I want to share that I could us a video tutorial.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Teal Afghan

I finished this afghan last Friday and it's safely arrived at it's destination wrapped and ready to be enjoyed by my nephew. It is the biggest thing I've ever knitted and I have to say, a little bit addictive. Although it got down to crunch time with it being a Christmas gift and all, I definitely want to make an adult size version for our house. Maybe all in seed stitch? I have a great book that shows about 15 different patterns for knitted afghans so I'll need to look through and decide.
In the meantime, bask in the glory of this beauty.

Friday, December 18, 2009


This week was pretty uneventful which was nice. I did some typical holiday stuff, like going to the post office on two different days and I plan on heading over there again today. I'm frantically finishing a knitting project and surprised myself when I realized I'm all done shopping for gifts.

This is my booth at Crafty Wonderland before all the shoppers. I should have taken an "after" shot so you could see how bare it was by the end. After such an overwhelming weekend I'm looking forward to partying at other peoples houses this weekend (two holiday parties on two different nites!) and baking some sugar cookies for our get together on Christmas eve.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wow so the Christmas season is truly in full swing. 7,500 people showed up to Crafty Wonderland on Sunday. Unbelievable. I sold out of my dish cloths in the first few hours and no doubt could have sold double what I made. It was so much fun and everyone was in a good mood which is wonderful. There were only a handful of disgruntled shoppers.
This week I'm trying to catch up with life and enjoy the little time left before Christmas. I had an eggnog latte this morning and sat down to design and print our holiday cards. I used my gocco for printing and I'm so happy with how these turned out. I'll be sending them out to friends and family before the end of the week.

A couple of links to handmade holiday items and gifts I love:
- Sew a cute laptop sleeve
- advent calendar
- Felt ornaments

Now if time could slow down just a bit, I would have time to make all the fun things I want to!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Crafty Wonderland Post 3

These flour sack dish cloths turned out really great. There are several different appliques including a bird, octopus, chicken, houses and this one, the squirrel. All the fabric is vintage and then I embroidered the edges by hand as a super-cute little detail. I will have a load of these for sale on Sunday. They make the perfect gift for the cook or new homeowner in your life.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Holiday Decorations

I've been doing a bit of holiday decorating around our home. Since we'll be spending the entire season here in Portland I was so excited to get a real Christmas tree. We bought ours down the street and the boy carried it the whole way home. Luckily it's only about 5 feet tall. It lived in a bucket in our dining room for a day until we could get a tree stand. Sunday evening I made dinner and cookies and we drank egg nog, listened to Christmas carols and decorated our tree. It was the perfect holiday activity. I'm so excited for Christmas now!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Crafty Wonderland Post 2

Making kits is something I've been wanting to do for a while. Since a lot of the people who buy handmade, also make things themselves, it makes sense that kits that you complete yourself would be popular. It just never came together until now. I have a lot of wonderful vintage fabric and I thought a kit with enough fabric and thermal lining for 2 potholders and simple instructions would make a good gift. I put them in plastic bags with cute labels on the front and a limited number will be available for the first time at Crafty Wonderland.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Online Holiday Shopping Suggestions

During the past three holiday seasons, I've really enjoyed doing about half of my gift shopping online. Discovering Etsy probably had a lot to do with this but there are a lot of other great online shops with awesome holiday deals out there.

This year I love:

The Curiosity Shoppe Wonderfully eclectic group of things for your home. Really perfect for the artistic and hip person on your list. I've had my eye on that ceramic polaroid camera for a while.

Chronicle Books Always a favorite. Especially with the holiday sale they run every year. 35% off your entire order and free shipping. QUICK it ends tomorrow 12/4. Just enter FRIENDS in the promo code box when you check out. I order at least a few things from Chronicle every year because of this sale.

Fred Flare This is one of those online shops I assumed everyone knew about until I mentioned it to a friend recently and she hadn't heard about it. I love their stuff for men, especially that ikaraoke thing, a microphone that plugs in to your ipod!

And of course etsy. A few favorite shops right now include Somethings Hiding in Here, Anatomy of a Skirt, fernanimals, and Fieldguided.

Happy Shopping and don't forget, if you're local you can do even more handmade shopping at Crafty Wonderland Sunday December 13th at the Oregon Convention Center!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Crafty Wonderland Post 1

As promised, I wanted to show you a few of the new items I will be selling at Crafty Wonderland this year. I am starting off with these ties because they are probably my favorite of all the goodies I will have. They are handmade from a 70's era tie pattern using various vintage fabrics. The fabric for the pink tie is from the early 60's and is very Mad Men. It seems like most craft shows I attend, there just isn't a ton of stuff for guys. I'm hoping these will be a hit especially since they will be priced at a very reasonable $25 a piece.