Archive for September, 2007

Renegade Fair

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

This weekend was brilliant, we went to the Renegade Craft fair in Chicago and it was awesome……..and yes I do mean awesome for everything that that word encompasses. Over 200 craft vendors were proudly displaying their wares along Division Street, and I went into a buying frenzy so I thought I would share my crafty goodies with you.

One of the first things I bought was from Craft Paca…..


I’ve wanted a little bear stuffie for ages so it was great to see them in person and the little owl is a cutie too.

Then I got this brilliant sewing kit and card from WonderlandQ

wonderlandq    wonderlandq

This is so cute, it has a little bunny flying a kite on the front and has 4 fantastic little patches inside.

mahar dry goods

This mega cute lion feltie hair band and postcard from Mahar Drygoods

And these 3 cards from mamarobot

mama robot

I love the cat card (surprise surprise)

And one of the pepito surprise boxes from boxwonder you could get either a fish, a cat, a dog, and a few others I scored Sadie the retriever mix


I also got 2 brilliant ceramic magnets from circa ceramics that have pride of place on our fridge.

So all in all it was a brilliant weekend and I spent loads of money……….yaaaaaay

Tommorrow I’m off to Vegas…….. wish me luck I recoup my losses

My first Doggie

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

No, no silly I didn’t get a dog…….can you imagine 3 cats and a dog…….they’d be taking me away in a white van and putting me in a room with lovely padding on the walls.

Anyway here she is

Tara   Tara

She took me a while to figure out but I’m quite pleased with how she turned out.  I’m sure she’s the first of many.

A first for me

Monday, September 10th, 2007

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely woman to make her a pink panther……..yaaaaaay I thought….. but it was not that simple. You see the pink panther she wanted me to make had to be compatible with this bed spread


Hmmmmmm………… this was slightly tricksy as my pink wool roving is very pink and my original pink panther (the one she saw and fell in love with) would clash horribly with this duvet………what to do, what to do……..hmmmmmm

Well at first I thought it can’t be done……….then I though hang on, how dumb am I? (don’t answer that) That’s what etsy is for and after a couple of days of trawling through listings for pink roving I found the perfect hand dyed pink roving from Hanks in the hood.

pink roving So it has a lot more fuschia and magenta tones than my bubblegum pink roving and anyway long story short here he is the pink panther Alison’s pink panther……

pink panther pink panther

So what do you think? good match for the bedding or what? It brought back my old working days of Skynear and Co where I had to help customers pick the colour schemes of sofas and wall paints (and everything else in their home). Anyway it was fun to have the additional challenge and I’m glad he worked out so well.

My Suggestion is….

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

So I’ve read on numerous sites from EKRA to Softies central that the whole forest friends, owls and gnomes etc. is out. Yup over (personally I was never in with them in the first place) While I find this hard to believe it really is so,  I decided to think of what could possibly take their place in crafty folks hearts and decided to put forth the Koala bear.

Madison madison

This is Madison.  Named because I bought the wool roving from the Madison farmers market from a quirky woman who I forgot to ask what kind of wool it was…………dammit.   While I personally would love to see Kangaroo, Koalas and wallabees being the next big thing I doubt it will happen.

In other news I got tagged……..I’ve never been tagged before but Connie of clothmatters got me (I really should run faster next time ; )   So I have to come up with a word that reflects me from the letters of my name……..Hmmmmm I’m really not good at this sort of thing but here goes.

L     -  Lazy  (oh I’m so lazy I will put stuff of forever in order to sit around on my arse all day)

I      -  incoherent  (I’m Scottish I think very few people ever really understand a word I am saying)

S     -  silly   (speaks for itself really)

A    -  apathetic  ( about most things)

There so now you know a little bit more about me……..but maybe not my best qaulities,  maybe I will share those some other time.  Thanks Connie for tagging me.