Archive for September, 2009

Incy Wincy………..

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


incy wincy spider incy wincy spider

So I’m lovin’ my little incy wincys……I attached them to a long elasticated nylon cord so they can bounce around,  plus it looks a little like web.  I think they are going to be the last of my Halloweeny offerings before The St Cornelius Fall Fest which is GULP  this weekend……………..waaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!  So much still to do and organise……….yikes.

So I will add them to the shop as they are really fun to make and I wouldn’t mind making them any time of the year anyway,  I guess spiders aren’t really just for Halloween anyway.

The Lil’ Roasters

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Browsing around on Etsy the other day I saw these cute egg cups

chicken feet egg cups

From the Peacock and the Pearl.  I  knew instantly what I would do with them if I had them so after hmmmming and hawing for a bit I made the purchase.   And here they are now………

lil roasters lil roasters

lil roasters

I LOVE these guys so much I have become obsessed with finding more feet egg cups,  which has become a quest of Arthurian measure as so far none that I have seen are really quite right,  either the feet are too big or too small or the wrong colour or not as nice as these ones,  so far none have been just right………maybe my name should be Goldilocks?

Anyway for the moment I only have two chickens and 2 turkeys and I will of course add them to the shop.

In the meantime I am preparing for my first show of the year.  The St Cornelius Fall Fest in Chicago next Saturday (October 3rd) and so I am stabbying away and trying to organise the critters ……not my favourite thing in the world (the organising not the stabbying) but it does make setting up the booth so much easier if everything is somewhat in order……….so back to it.

Gobble, gobble, gobble…………gulp

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

turkey turkey

Little turkeys are here,  I had the idea of them being place card table settings for thanksgiving……Do people still do that? If you are wondering why my piccies are a bit crappy it’s because I had to use my i phone camera as Mark has taken the good camera away with him.  He’s taking part in the Single Speed World Championship in Durango and is staying in Santa Fe,  gotta admit I’m a little jealous……….good god,  not about the cyle race!!! but Santa Fe looks like a beautiful place I wouldn’t mind checking out sometime,  although not when there’s a thousand smelly, lycra wearin’ cyclists in town.

So why the gulp?  well I have 2 new shows to add to my list of upcoming winter shows,  I just found out I got accepted into Bazaar Bizarre in Cleveland a 2 day show in Ohio and I am really excited about it!!!  I don’t know why but I applied and then instantly convinced myself I wouldn’t get in……….talk about a doom and gloom merchant huh?  I guess I should really knock that off.  I also heard from the Craftacular in Madison and I will be vending there this year too …..yaaaaaaaaay I always have a good time at that show……….So my list of shows so far are

The St. Cornelius Fall Fest on Saturday, October 3rd in Chicago

The Red Sled Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 7th in La Grange, Illinois

Craftacular in Madison Wisconsin on the 28th of November

Bazaar Bizarre on Saturday the 12th of December and Sunday the 13th in Cleveland Ohio

So not bad 4 shows (so far) I think I’m going to have to get very busy soon………….waaaaaa

Mwah, ha, ha………

Sunday, September 13th, 2009


ghosties ghosties


Did my lil’ Halloween ghosties scare you?   They hope so,  trouble is they are just too cute to be terrifying……poor guys.  I made the ghosties for my batch of Octoberie goodies I’m working on in preparation for my fall show,  I still have a few more ideas I want to work on but I am starting to feel good about my quantities of  Autumnal offerings and I will of course add them to the shop today.

This past weekend we went to Chicago for the Renegade craft fair.  I was incredibly excited about this years show as one of the new vendors was someone who’s work I fell in love with about a year ago when  I purchased some of his comic books at Quimby’s (a fantastic comic book store in Chicago).  Anyway his name is Matthew Reidsma and he is awesome,  so of course within 5 seconds of finding his booth I had pretty much blown my Renegade shopping money,  but the original artwork I got is so super cool I’m sure I will be gushing about him for a long time to come.

renegade goodies

Anyway here are my Renegade goodies. I bought some  beautiful hand painted roving from kitchen sink dyeworks and Hands and Notions.  And I’m thinking the colorways are perfect for my rotten eggs for Easter……..argh good grief can you believe it?  I’m thinking of spring 2010 and it’s not even through September 2009…….how mental is that?  Oh well i guess it’s good (and totally unlike me) to be prepared.

Autumnal goodies…..

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

For the first time ever I’m going to do a show in October.   The St. Cornelius Parish in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood is hosting a Fall Fest on Saturday  October 3rd,  and while it sounds like brilliant fun I don’t have much in the way of Octoberie/fall goodies……….until now

pumpkins pumpkin faces

I’m loving putting little faces on everything right now (you probably guessed that with my acorn obsession)…….I guess the anthropomorphic magic is really strong  in Critterville right now.

I’m of course busy, busy, busy in preparation for the show………eeeeeeeek exciting!!!! lots of pumpkins and new goodies to come too.

Lil’ hanging captured critters…

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

I recently bought some little glass votive holders,  I  originally bought them because I thought they looked like goldfish bowls and I had the idea of making little fish for them (it may still happen).  But as usual my mind cranked into overdrive and I made this instead……….

lil woodland scene

I really like how whimsical it turned out but figured it was lacking something special so………….. I made it a little hanging basket.

scene2 scene

I love how this looks hanging up……..and don’t worry I am already on it making different captured critters, but I will add the hedgie to the shop asap.


Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

September 1st!!! already!!!! Good Grief……when the heck did that happen?  I’m shocked.

I do love the fall, don’t get me wrong……I just absolutely hate aknowledging the end of summer,  although these wee guys just might get me through it….


Oh how I love acorns,  we found a giant oak tree on Sunday night that I had managed to never see before (not sure how I managed that) and the acorns are positively huge so the caps needed to be filled with a lot of wool to be convincing which of course got me thinking they looked like heads with hats on and voila……..

acornsI want to make a million of them as they make me smile to make them and just looking at a wee pile of them makes me giggle.    I turned the first batch into pins………what do you think?