Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful day, Buy handmade!

A very warm & Thankful day to you and yours! My shop is on vacation mode to allow me time to get ready for the holidays. I may offer up a sale or coupons (so stay tuned!). So while I work on that, I hope you have a relaxing holiday and time at home. We have already had our first snowfall of the season.

my cat will be sleeping the cold days away

If you must make purchases this week, please consider buying from artisans & small businesses. When you support the arts you help them maintain a business and income. You also support hand made, sweatshop-free, entrepreneurs.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy DIY Halloween

Are you ready for some ghosts and goblins? No, how about at least some DIY Halloween decorations & projects? Yes ~ then read on my friend!
Well it's cold, a chill is in the air and by the weekend it will be Halloween. I finished our dog's costume (cape) with faux fur and  ~ it's adorable! He loves coats since he has short hair. I give you, Chewbacca!

no Wookies were shaved in the making of this costume

It fits and is held on with wide ribbon and large metal snaps. Easy to get on and off and he is nice and toasty when out in the cold. The entire costume cost less then $10 total in supplies.

Now for the DIY for you! I found some lovely pages out there with many projects. This one is devoted to just decorations for your home. It is called Simplymost and has a large selection to review! From cute banners (be it fabric of paper) similar to this one.... (the DIY is here)

photo from

To melted wax pumpkins, haunted terrarium and floating witch hat luminaries! Certainly a little something for everyone and all ranges from beginner to mid-level/practiced crafter. Most DIY projects no longer require you to spend a lot to create something. Now you can often find the supplies you need right in your craft stash or closet. 

I wish you all a fun, safe & happy haunting weekend ahead! And don't forget to 
nab that discount candy later. 
H A P P Y  H A L L O W E E N!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Dog costume, DIY handmade

Welcome October! One can only hope we get a break from the intense heat that stayed all summer long. The trees here are just starting to show signs of fall foliage. Pumpkins are showing up on doorsteps as decoration. And a few people have already begun to put out their Halloween decorations.

Well I have been working on a dog costume for our pup, Choji. He loves to wear 'coats' in chilly or wet weather. He has short fur himself so he prefers to be warm & dry. I decided that this year he would be Chewbacca from Star Wars. I started with some faux fur for the body.

Now this faux fur came like a square shape, so I rounded the top edges. The gray squares are the pieces you see on Chewbacca's utility belt. I made them with felt and rolled up some plastic bags to fill the square and shape it.

Now I have done this by hand, since it's easier. Faux fur can get stuck in a machine sewing needle, so you can use a machine (but go slow!). I added the gray squares on top of some brown ribbon I laid out. I just hand stitched them on and had my buttons to help gauge where to place the gray squares. You will want some space between each square. 

As you can see, it's not fitted on him yet. I plan to add some ribbon with snaps around his collar and under his belly. But the size is good and the finished utility belt came out how I had hoped it would! Today is very warm so he didn't wear it long, just for a quick photo. Past costumes I've made include K9 from Doctor Who and a cute thrift store cape with bat wings. 

My Etsy shop is on vacation for the time being. I am moving my craft supplies to a new room in the next month or so. I will have my shop open in November again, just in time for winter holiday shopping. So never fear, you will be able to shop for handmade goods in a few weeks!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Listings

Welcome September! Let's all wave goodbye to Summer! The hottest, driest Summer I've had in sometime. We need rain, yet when it does falls the earth drinks it right up. I'm not so sure foliage will arrive on time this year, due to such dry weather. But I'm ready for Autumn to arrive in style. Bring out the cooler temperatures, layers of clothing and hot drinks.

I will spare the 'pumpkin spice' references but for this one. No, I don't care for the drinks or much else. Some of you have a pumpkin spice addiction (you know who you are!)

I've been busy and just got to listing some over due goodies. I have two new felt charms in my etsy shop! I also finished the photos of my dog modeling the stylish doggie bandannas. I have four total finished and will list those shortly. But here is the peak at my felt charms, based on some favorite animated movies.

September  listings!

Felt charms

I am already gearing up for the holidays and am making some hand stitched felt ornaments. Easy to ship to family & friends and are sure to never break if they fall off a tree. So pop on over to check out my handmade goods and stay tuned for more new listings!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

End of Summer

Summer is winding down and the days are becoming cooler, the nights more quiet. The cicada have finished their songs of summer, the fireflies are starting to leave. Our summer has been very hot and dry this year. We certainly could have used more rainy days to encourage the gardens to grow and flourish.

I've spent my time altering clothes, trying out some giant crochet hooks on thick yarn and ~ butterflies! So please enjoy my round-up of summertime photos. Thank you for continuing to be followers of my little blog. And for being supportive of small artisans, seamstresses and buying locally USA made goods.
summer time frozen non-dairy ice cream

local farmer's market treats!

my long sheer coat I made & my awesome folding craft table

I finished the tank top

my fairy house from wooden bird house & clay

I raised and released painted lady butterflies

I hope everyone had a fun, enjoyable and memorable summer! I am looking forward to listing new items soon: dog bandannas and felt character charms. So do check in with my Etsy shop shortly to view new listings.