So long Summer…….

August 19th, 2011

Well no not really,  thank god…….but I have started the Christmas craftin’  and while I don’t think it’s ever going to feel normal to make snowmen and santas when it’s close to a hundred degrees outside,  it does make me start to look forward to fall and wonderin’ how Boston is going to be in winter……….brrrrrrr I expect.

A sneak pic of santas

I’m all done with my summer sowa market gig now too (apologies to anyone who went last weekend and expected to see us,  I’m afraid the rain kept us away…….no one likes a soggy critter.)

So I also have a new critter to introduce to the menagerie…….

I love Harry,  he’s such a cutie and I’ll be listing him in the shop a little later today.  I dropped off a whole load of crittery goodies at Sarida last Sunday but of course I got talking to Tammy,  (the rather fabulous owner) and mesmerized by all the fabulous goodies inside and of course forgot to take any pics…… I’m stealing these pics from Sarida’s facebook page  (their pictures are so much better than anything I would have taken anyway ).

It’s such a pretty store I’m thrilled to have the critters be a part of it.  And if you are in the area you should check it out,  you wont be disappointed.

So it’s been a busy couple of weeks with Christmas craftin’  and trying to stock stores (including my own) and trips to the vet Kirzstie with an overactive thyroid,  Floyd  with dental issues (2 teeth had to be removed……poorbaby,  he’s feeling a little sorry for himself today)  but I’m going to get back to it now…….stabby, stabby…….



Busy in Boston

August 5th, 2011

This Summer has been awesome!!!  Lots of critter love at the Sowa Market has made me giddy with glee (and no I don’t mean the all singing teenybop kind of glee I mean the good ole’ fashioned yaaaaaaahoooo kind.)  I just love meeting all the wonderful people who kindly give a critter a new home…….like Walter’s new mum

Walter sure is one lucky ducky as he is heading of to Florida,  no more cold winters for him.  And I just love how my nut job looked on Katherine

So very cool.   I also have another motivational reason for critter making as critters have a new Boston address,  that’s right you can now find a vast array of them hanging out at Sarida

It’s such a beautiful store and I’m thrilled to have the critters there,  I’ll take a picture next time I am in there as the displays and items really are quite stunning…….I will be there dropping of some new guys on Sunday  as it’s Sowa market weekend again (my penultimate one………doesn’t time fly?) so you shouldn’t have long to wait for a pic.

On the wildlife front check out the size of the Luna moth we encountered hanging out on one of our meadowland walks

Mark put his hand in the picture to give you an idea of the size of him………can you believe it?  I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like him before he was absolutely gorgeous and all fuzzy in the middle………..awwwwwwww


I love New York!!!

July 20th, 2011

Yup as predicted my birthday weekend in New york was brilliant.  I got so many cool things to share with you,  like this yarn bombed bike spotted in Greenwich village

And my new custom made muppet

mine is the orange fuzzy guy in the trenchcoat on the far left,  and I think he turned out looking a bit like Zach Galifianakis so I instantly named him Zach.  He was so fun to make at the muppet workshop in FAO Schwartz and I had a blast carrying him around New york for the rest of the day………forget having a cute dog to start a conversation with strangers just walk around town  with a muppet,  everyone wants to be your friend.

In fancy schmancy news we wanted to check out  Gordon Ramsey’s  Maze restaurant at the London Hotel and it was a lovely brunch treat

I had the Pan roasted wing of skate preserved lemons, ratatouille, caper and almond butter and Markie had the eggs Benedict and as absolutely delicious as everything tasted,  you wouldn’t want to go in starving if you know what I’m sayin’.   Which is the opposite of Asalt and Battery in the village

………hmmmmm lots of fish and chips and no I didn’t have the deep fried mars bar before you ask……far too sweet for my taste although it is where I first tasted one a number of years ago.

So New York was every bit as brilliant as I remembered it was and I had a fabulous birthday with lots of treats (can you say sale at the Lulu Guinness store………..yaaaaaaaaaaay).


So now it’s back to work as this Sunday I am back at the Sowa Market.  And I have some new goodies I’m working on and need to get finished.

woohoo for the weekend!!!

July 12th, 2011

This weekend is going to be the best weekend ever!!!!  That’s right it’s my birthday on Sunday (yaaaaaaaaaay)  and we are heading to New York for a weekend away.  As much as I’m loving exploring Beantown (and believe me I have a lot more ‘splorin’ to do)  but I am so excited to be heading back to New York.  It’s been 5 years since I’ve been to New York (lordy where does the time go?) and I can’t wait to see how the little island has changed…….plus Harry Potter is in a Broadway show (ok, ok  I know ….Daniel Radcliffe) so I may have to get tickets while I’m there eeeeeeeeeek I am so excited!!!

Speaking of Harry Potter do you have your tickets for the Deathly Hallows yet?  I have had mine for a while and as much as I can’t wait to see it,  I am dreading it all being over.  I have loved that new Harry has appeared every year just in time for my birthday and that this is going to be the last year is more than a little sad……..sigh,  oh well it was wonderful while it lasted….

I think I’ll have a Harry movie watching marathon……starting now.

Fun stuff

July 6th, 2011

I am just loving my new apartment,  we have a balcony which is brilliant for sitting out and enjoying the weather but doubley brilliant for enjoying the chirpers

We have a lot of other birdies that come and enjoy our feeder but I managed to have my camera near me when the grosbeak, cardinals and jay stopped by (which is really rare for me as normally I’m not at all prepared).

It certainly has been very exciting for one new critter………Spencer

Spencer is the neighbor’s cat,  but he just loves hanging out with us……….especially at lunch time and dinner time or if a new fire is lit in the grate………….unless of course the neighbors are home.  I’ll add Spencer to the shop  which I’m excited about doing as he will be the first new critter that I’ve added for ages.








Havin’ a whaley good time….

July 1st, 2011

Ok, ok I apologize for the terrible pun,   I just wanted to show you how I spent last weekend.

We went whale watching…and it was awesome!!!!!  If you are in the Boston area it’s a really great way to spend the day.  The whales are incredible to watch,  and they seem to like the attention as they come very close to the boat.  The ferry was fun too (thankfully the sea wasn’t that choppy) and allowed me to see Boston from a whole new angle

Boston sure is a pretty place.

This weekend is a Sowa Market Sunday for me and the critters and I have some new goodies made to come with me including a new big guy…..I’ll post in a bit and show ’em off to you I just wanted to show you a bit of randomness for now.

My kind of town…….

June 20th, 2011

Boston is most definitely my kind of town……….so again I apologize for my lack of blogging and it’s certainly not because there is nothing going on it’s in fact the exact opposite.   The first sowa market I vended at was on June 5th and it was absolutely fabulous……so many warm, wonderful and welcoming people and if you are in the area I highly recommend you check it out it’s 3 parts,  a farmers market a vintage market and a crafty artsy fartsy market (where we are) .

We had the best time and we also met Carolyn a rather lovely woman who requested a knitting Gromit and sheep to sit on her shelf and here they are

It was wonderful to make these guys for Carolyn,  and I really hope she likes ’em.  Last Sunday at the  market a new critter found a wonderful forever home……..

Blair the polar bear,  I never got a shot of Blair when he was finished so this is my only piccie of him…….he sure looked happy to be going to his new home though and I love that his new mum was super happy to welcome him to Boston.

So  as you can tell I’m loving living in Boston,  I promise I will try and be a better blogger and keep you more regularly updated with all the critter news.



Brilliant Boston!!!

June 1st, 2011

Sorry I’ve neglected the ole blog…….but as usual I have a brilliant excuse!!!!!! ………….. I LOVE it here!!!!

The actual getting here  20 + hours in a 26′ uhual truck towing a mini and with high strung cats in the cabin was as you can probably guess not very fun,  but Kirzstie enjoyed it once he found the air vent.

Boston is totally fabulous!!!!  We are absolutely loving it here,  there is just so much to see and do and our new apartment completely rocks…… all the boxes are finally gone.  I of course have been busy with the critters (which is trickier with all the distractions) because I am thrilled to tell you we are going to be at the Sowa Open Market this summer……yaaaaaaaaaaaaay the market is super cool and I can’t wait for the first show this Sunday……..

Back to work.

Waaaaaaaaaaa Excited!!!!!

April 13th, 2011

Okay so first of let me apologize for my lack of news,  but I have a really good excuse I swear……….WE ARE MOVING!!!!! gaaaaaahahhhahaaaa!!!!!

Yup that’s right no longer will I be able to say “Rockford home of the sock monkey and me”  (and I really did like to say that) as I will be in Boston instead.  so  I’m going to have to think of something clever involving tea parties and beans……….Ooooh it’s not every day you read a sentence with clever and tea parties in it,  in fact that may be a first.

So yeah thankfully the fripperies have been selling well (less stuff to pack) and I am also ebaying a lot of stuff to not have such a hellacious move……..but as I explained last post I have A LOT of stuff ,  I have started the wrapping and packing part but I’m living in box city here and the critters are hating it.

I’ll keep you posted on the exciting part of moving and setting up but I’m going to be even slower on the updates (is that even possible I hear you ask).

Aaaaaaah look out Boston there’s going to be a critter invasion very soon.

I love Schtuff!!!!

March 4th, 2011

Anyone who really knows me,  and has had the pleasure (ahem) of being in my home is very aware that I LOVE stuff.  But I started thinking when is it ever too much?  I mean seriously I’m buying shelves for storage and yet they then are instantly filled up with more stuff…………it has to stop…… really I mean it……..honestly.

In an effort to find good homes for  my beloved stuff I opened a new Etsy store.  I called it Lulu’s Shabby Frippery and I invite you to check it out,  if only for you to see some of my favourite vintage goodies…….sigh how I wish I could keep it all,  but honestly that tv show hoarders has scared me a little,  really I am that bad for accumulating schtuff.

So other than being excited for my new shop,  I’m currently working on a custom little critter that is taking me longer than I had expected but when he is done I promise I’ll share him here.