October 21st, 2013
So you may have noticed by the slightly shorter days, chillier nights and, oh yeah, all the leaves on the ground that fall is here. And so begins the start of critter craft shows.
Last Saturday was my first show of the year. It was in the rather gorgeous location of Sudbury, right outside in the center of town by the church (very New England). I was excited to set up as I have changed up my booth display from my previous circus theme to more of a farm stand look…..what do you think?
I figured it was time for a change and the farm stand idea came into being from enjoying all the local farm stands over the summer. I hope you can see some of my new critters in that piccie too……..you know the new critters I promised to share with you last post (whoops) and on his first outing Morris found a new mama
Laura was lovely and I am super thrilled that Morris was going to live in such a fun new home…….the other cool info about Laura is that she is crafty/arty too so Morris should make the transition into his new home easily……..yaaaaaaay.
And I just though I’d show you some new critters that showed up just in time for Halloween………..the Jack O’Pumkins they are listed in the shop but are very limited in supply and anyone who has pumpkins on display knows that their shelf life is not that long so snag ‘em while you can.
Speaking of Halloween I decorated the house
I got the pumpkin buckets from Target and used them as planters………I love ‘em!!! it will be sad to take them away the boys aren’t so sure though
I think it’s more proof for them that mama is crazy. Happy Halloween…….I hope you decorated.
May 30th, 2013
Finally It’s here…. and no I don’t mean a blog post. I’m talking about Summer!!! Phew thank goodness I thought I was going to be hibernating forever.
So I haven’t blogged in a while and I’ve been up to so much, like what? you ask. Well we had a trip to New Orleans which was so fabulous that I didn’t want to leave, which was kinda odd as New Orleans wasn’t really on my radar of places I wanted to go.
I can’t even begin to pick out pictures from the trip but these 3 are probably my favourite……I think they capture the spontaneous, happy nature of New Orleans. It seemed like every corner you turned you were met with some ocular, visual or taste sensation and unlike anywhere else I’ve been (so far) in the USA it really seemed to have had no influence from Britain or Germany in it’s aesthetic…..but that of course is just my take.
I’ve also been enjoying Spring, and everything that entails………I like gardening!!! Who knew? certainly not me……..but I’m loving planning and planting and yes even weeding I guess having helpers helps a lot
Actually these guys are pesky garden helpers, not useful at all unlike my resident best helper ever
He’s awesome, and apparently lives in my hosta. Which is brilliant , as one day I had noticed that I had seemed to have encouraged quite a number of slugs with all my planting, and whilst I was googling slug repellants my little buddy above was taking care of the little buggers…….what a hero……although as a Scottish person new to gardening it’s weird to think there is snakes in my garden.
So in amidst of all this activity I have been critter creating………….I’ll share soon ; )
February 20th, 2013
Hello from Snowy Boston.
And of course that’s my mailbox that the wind had opened and stuffed with snow……..grrrrrrr that was lucky or not.
All this snow has me yearning for spring and all things summery and green. I am dreaming of trips to Plum Island and walking on the beach which is why I have made beachy critters
I already added them to the shop , I just wish I could take them to the beach for a photo shop, but I am so not hardy enough for the chilly bracing winds that would be awaiting us.
We are preparing for this weekends impending snowstorm………(waaaaaaaaa NO!!!!!) So I’m off to stack some logs for the fire, which if I’m honest is one of the things that makes me happy about snow weather warnings…….yaaaaaaay for roaring fires. And I am currently applying for shows and new critter creating I’ll keep you posted on how that turns out.
January 2nd, 2013
Personally 2012 was a fabulous Year for us (which I am incredibly grateful for). We bought our fabulous first home and spent many glorious summer days enjoying the deck
We learned that having a house that backs onto the woods makes us something of a critter hangout……
I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the poor squirrels who I muttered at and bad mouthed around town for emptying my bird feeders instantly……….turns out they were innocent and it’s more to do with these guys
I know the picture isn’t the best but I hope you can see that the real seed thief is the white tailed deer…….we have at least 4 that regularly come and hang out in our yard (love them)
I also learned that as much as I love a roaring fire (I mean how could you not? a real fireplace was pretty high on my list of house requirements when we were looking.)
It sure does take a lot more work than I thought starting from when the cord of wood arrives
I guess my problem is I really am a city girl, I had absolutely no concept of how much wood a cord is…..thank goodness we have the world’s best neighbours as they gave me a log holder and a log bag that made stacking all that wood a lot easier.
I also vended at the most fun Christmas Craft fairs and met so many super nice vendors and shoppers and Spencer got a new Mom in Hingham
He looked so happy to have found his forever home, which makes me happy to know he will be so loved.
This Christmas we did all our Christmas gift shopping from Crafters, artists and independent stores and I absolutely love my pressies this year……Mark did a great job. Some of my fave goodies are my vintage santa and reindeer table topper, my vintage apothecary jars and my Heidi Kenney Christmas ornaments……I especially love the candlestick. I also got a cast iron circus elephant door stop that I forgot to take a picture of… and he is quite simply one of my favourite things ever. My parents sent me some pretty unique pussy cat frames from Spain that I have on my kitchen window.
So here’s to 2013 I hope it’s as brilliant as 2013 and brings us all lots of good things…..and more regular blog posts from me ; )
November 15th, 2012
Yep it’s that time of year again (gosh that went fast) and I’ve finally got my list of shows for the year
first up it’s the 3rd Annual Hingham Holiday Market
It’s my second time vending at this show and I am super excited as I got so many Christmas goodies, the artists are fab and the organizers are phenomenal. It’s in Hingham Nov 24th and 25th and I hope to see you there.
December 1st – 3rd is the German Christmas Market in Clinton, Mass
December 7th – 9th The Festival of trees at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough
And there you have it for the Christmas shows……. apologies to everyone in Cleveland as I wont be vending at Bazaar Bizarre this year. This summer has just been to involved on the house and we just are not able to make the trip this time around…..
I have been working on new Christmas goodies for the shows and I will get them photographed and in the shop real soon for everyone unable to make the shows.
September 14th, 2012
So as you probably guessed…….we got the house………eeeeeek!!!! So summer has been spent mostly painting, cleaning, organizing and generally prettying up the new love of my life……
The picture of Markie removing the sign from the lawn is one of my favorite pictures of him…….we had just come back from signing for the house and it was super exciting to remove that sign and go inside our new home.
So our new home is fab and it so nice to have my own crafting room (oh yes……wait till you see) but I have been a bit of a critter neglector this summer (apologies to my stores) but I have currently stepped up production and even have my first show of the year this Saturday. It’s at the St Stephen’s Lutheran Church……Enjoy a beautiful September day and get a head start on holiday shopping at the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Craft Show, which will take place on September 15th, 2012 from 10 am to 4pm. Shoppers can find lots of unique crafts, including hand sewn and knitted items, baked goods and jewelry. I’m super excited for the show as I get to hang out with the awesome Sandy of Happy Hounds Honey and then end the day at Texas BBQ………….mmmmmmmm Barbecue heaven.
Hope you have had a fantastic summer, and if you are in the area I’d love to see you on Saturday at the fair.
March 26th, 2012
We are hunting houses!!! And it’s kinda tricky as they are most elusive little buggers. We have been spending every weekend since January looking and keep your fingers crossed for us as we think we may have snagged the perfect one……….sigh we will see.
Although a lot of my days have been spent on remax and in strangers homes (which is oddly quite fun and a tad voyeuristic) I have still been working on critters.
I recently had a brilliant request for pocket critters. Spring is currently working on a nursery in her home and wanted to match the critters on this extremely cute fabric
and here’s what I came up with
I absolutely loved how these guys turned out, especially the fox so expect so see them as new critterboxes sometime soon. I really hope they look cute in Spring’s nursery and add a fuzzy, crittery touch.
January 13th, 2012
So we are already into the 2nd week of 2012……..good grief time really flies doesn’t it? It seems like only a moment ago I was stabbying away on santas and snowmen and now the cutie hearts are here
Their timing really couldn’t be any better as tomorrow is my thirteen year wedding anniversary………phew 13 years, if that doesn’t give you any indication of how quickly time flies I don’t know what does. Happy Anniversary Markie here’s to many more.
Speaking of lovebirds how cute are these guys?
They are flying squirrels and they love the offerings of my bird feeder……..yaaaaaaaay. It’s funny though as I couldn’t work out how my bird feeder had lots of seed in it when the sun came down, and then none in the morning. Turns out these lil’ guys show up in the night and gorge themselves. But I don’t mind, how could I? just look at the size of those eyes……….aaaaaawwwww.
So tomorrow I am restocking the fabulous Sarida in Roslindale with new crittery goodies, Betsey the bunny can’t wait to get there
She is a cutie, and I’ll list the hearts for sale in the shop a little later today. And now it’s back to stabbying.
December 24th, 2011
EEEeeeeek it’s Christmas Eve!!!! Wow I can’t believe it’s already Christmas Eve!!!
Although this might have been my first give away about the date
Mmmmmm Christmas pies and Celebration and lots of lovely choccies………I sure do love Christmas.
I finally got my pictures from Bazaar Bizarre loaded on the pooter, it was such a fun weekend. We discovered when looking at the google map, that the route we could take to Cleveland passed incredibly close to Niagara Falls. It was to good an opportunity to miss as I’ve always wanted to see it.
It was pretty impressive and I was very happy to be there but not as happy as Markie
Such a nice way to break up the drive. And so beautiful, there really should be more waterfalls to break up long drives.
Bazaar Bizarre was awesome as always. It was so lovely to see so many familiar faces, and new ones too. Frances was thrilled to have found a wonderful forever home in Cleveland
And I as always was in awe at the selection of fantastic vendors that Baz Biz had to offer. I bought quite a few goodies and even persuaded Lilly’s chocolate to bring us some chomp monster bars (so yummy, Christmas isn’t Christmas without them).
So now that all the orders are finished and mailed ( I swear it felt as though I was at the post Office every day). Many thanks to everyone who gave a critter a home for the holidays, I love thinking a critter is adding a little festive cheer in so many stocking this year. Bug now it’s time to get down to the serious matter of Christmas, so many delicious goodies to overindulge in……….hmmmm where to start?
Happy Holidays everyone and a wonderful 2012
December 5th, 2011
Yup it’s that time of year again……..Almost Christmas, almost the end of the crazy, fun Christmas Crafting, almost time to stuff my face with mince pies and choccies. The shows have been fantastic this year, many thanks to everyone who gave a critter a new home in Massachusetts this year. I managed to not take many piccies (how on earth did I manage that?) but here are 2 of my faves
This young gentleman gave toad a home at the Hingham Holiday Fair.
This weekend is my Last Winter Fair for the year, and it’s the Bazaar Bizarre in Cleveland Ohio. So I’m busy restocking critters and making new goodies in anticipation for it. I LOVE BazBiz so much as I get to catch up with my favourite crafters Amy (oblinaknit) and Michelle and it’s such a fun show with wonderful people in attendance that it really is the perfect way to start the Holiday Celebrations.
Speaking of Holiday Celebrations we got our Christmas tree this weekend.
For the first time since we’ve been living in America we did what I have always wanted to do, that’s right we went to a Christmas tree farm and chopped down our own tree…….so fun and always entertaining watching everyone laugh at us putting a 6 and a half foot plus tree in our little mini cooper.
So I still haven’t decorated it yet…..but it looks absolutely stunning and smells gloriously Christmassy.
Right back to work for me.