Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dee Dee Doodlebop

Here she is!
Dee Dee Doodlebop!
A two day project of sewing and maneuvering...
really, a month long process of ideas on paper translating
to actual form.
I love working with fleece because it is very forgiving.
There was a lot of hand sewing involved in Dee Dee, not my favorite, but worth every stitch!
Please don't tell Hannah- this is a surprise for her Birthday!
After the party, I will post pictures of her completed...

Dee Dee has a full torso under that dress..
Dee Dee got her face all painted up.
All sketched out!
Fall to pieces!
Dee Dee's signature piano keyboard skirt!
Dee Dee's skirt twirls with her every move! Each key is a separate moving piece.
What a pro pin job!
Come back tomorrow for a sneak peak at Dee Dee....!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

making Birthday!

We're getting ready for a birthday!

How many banners will it take to decorate a birthday party?
Hannah and I made this together!
The Birthday Party is going to be so much fun!!
We could help you with your next party, too!
You can reach me at

Monday, August 15, 2011

is Autumn here?

Sitting in my dining room chair with the cool wind blowing across my back, the air smells like the start of school...the images dance like playthings. Walking two blocks to school in newly pressed dresses, knee socks pulled up high, mary jane's clicking the pavement. Monkey bars with daddy long legs, meeting friends out front. Crossing guard duty, in the school early, before some of the teachers even. The calm and quiet of the empty school. The crossing guard closet...hanging up a backpack and slipping on my orange crossing guard gear. A new windbreaker, reversible, purple stripes. My bowling bag, heavy, but worth the haul for after school bowling club. Recess spent indoors, watching Mr. Magoo, hearing the lightning outside the auditorium. Backstage, behind the curtains, waiting for the lights to come up for the dance recital, then sashaying across the stage to stand next to Jeremy, the cutest boy in sixth grade. Singing "yesterday" and having a solo in alto and being happy to be able to sing soprano, too. The student bookstore, the lunch line, I swear I just tasted cardboard pizza and instant potatoes with congealed "turkey" gravy....tetherball and four square. Singing Grease songs on the playground. The school carnival with all of the rides and games. Working the booths and watching my mom run the PTA like a gangbuster. Ballet lessons, baton twirling, my love for sequins and bows develop! I know someday the crisp autumn air will bring memories back for my children, I wish for all children. I wonder what their memories will look like...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

guess what?

Wild Talents is getting a bandcamp today! I'll keep you updated when it is ready for you to come see!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Robot Inside at the City Flea

My first craft show ever!
The City Flea!
You should come today!
at Central and Vine by the Cincinnatus mural...
best place to buy something from a local place to people watch....
best place to hear a great place to sip Pomegranate Iced Tea!

Owl Bags!
Who knew a suitcase full of Owls could be so cute!
Mermaids out of water!
You know you love Flag Buntings, too...I do!
Come down today!
All different vendors, you are gonna love this!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Turning a Year Older..

As I expressed in an earlier post, October is approaching. Something happens to me this time of year, when ghouls and ghosts, bats and spiders fill my brain and they have to come out, one way or are some deign concepts I am working on bringing to the Dr. in the lab, the Monster will rise!

what looks so pretty on paper translates to fabric in a morose way...
My newly redesigned studio (yes, again!)
Inspiration! Oh, Edward! I love your scissorhands!
Capt. Jack guarding the glues...
My Mom and Dad!
Blowing a lot of hot air around...
I love these things!
I love gifts! surprises! presents!
Next time you see me at a Craft show, I'll be under this...
Hey- did you know? I love OWLS!
Strawberry and chocolate swirled birthday cake!
The Greenhornes
Thank you, Sarah! I love it so much!
Totally escape!
Yesterday, I celebrated another Birthday! My 39th one....I had a great day! Come see what I got!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I know it's only August....

to you, but to me, it is time!
Time to get ready!
Time for ideas to be put on paper!
Time for .....
the HAUNT!

Paper pulp pumpkins...
The ideas get more grandiose each year!
The very first pumpkin....
turned out like this!

I garbage picked the finest wooden cats and ghosts yesterday!
Wait till you see what's coming....October is only a few months away!
Check out my new counter!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Learning to Sew

My son, Will, is 11!
We were hanging out in my studio/ bedroom the other night, me pounding out some birthday presents, he talking about the game he is playing on XBOX 360.
Out of the blue, wide open, he asks me if I will teach him to sew.

Sitting on the floor, he is holding an artist model, the wood kind on a base that is possible. You know, you use them to learn how to draw human figures. I have never learned how to draw the human body from it, I just thought I would someday and it has been in my studio for the kids to play with. He is running his fingers over it and asks me for buttons. I stop what I am doing and stare at him.

"Did you just ask me to teach you how to sew?"

"Yeah. I want to make some clothes for this guy."

And so, I taught my son how to thread a machine, how to design a pattern, how to cut and sew together what our minds dream up...

Just the beginnings of how we fall in Love with creating! Will's fella and his little jacket! Blue felt because it is easy to learn with felt, IMHO. What should have been a shirt we fashioned into a jacket...wooden jointed dolls are harder to make clothes for than I thought, but he did this in under an hour and, to my surprise, he followed directions well and did a great job! I can't wait to sew more with him!
My friend gave me this- he had two! I came home and it was sitting on my dining room table. I immediately, obsessively answered questions for the better part of 2 hours...for the record, I am terrible at questions about species in the Star Wars universe and their mating habits.
This Bird is the partner to the Bird I made for my niece...
I love this fabric! Owl Bag in the works with Owl friend to match...
My sister brought me a bag of fabric from my mom and I melted! I almost cried when I saw this fabric! I love carnivals! love them! love books about them! love movies about them! love pictures of them! (my faves on etsy are telltale..) Most of all, I love fabric adorned with circus and carnival themes!
There is enough here to make so many things!
MDH is such a great husband! He is always on the lookout for fabric for me, especially the kind I don't have to spend money on! The house he is painting is getting all new draperies, so when the home owner pulled down the drapes, he asked if he could have them for me! A whole pile of Waverly fabrics to repurpose! It feels like my birthday already and it is still 4 days away!
I love a good party!
I love giving gifts!
I love making gifts!
I forget to take pictures of the gifts I work so hard on making....

Always dancing, Miss Hannah!
Always cooler than you, Master Will!
I love this Owl!
So, I forgot to take pictures of the gifts I made....
A Bird pin cushion wearing a Scarf for my niece, Mandy.
A barn full of fabric Ponies for Mikayla, a cousin from Daddy's side of our family.
I will get pictures from other people, but how did I forget to take my own?
Here's how.....
I am busy :)