Posts Tagged ‘gift’

And so it begins…

October 7, 2009

Okay, technically it began last Christmas when I made my maniacally obsessed parents figurines of their beloved dogs.  These dogs have replaced my brother and I as the most important things in their lives.  And they don’t even try to hide it anymore.

“Stephanie, that’s Darcy’s chair.  If you don’t want her clawing at your face, you should find somewhere else to sit.”

“Stephanie, I can’t talk right now.  I’m busy cooking the dogs’ dinner.”

“Stephanie, I don’t care how much you say you need two, Buddy needs a kidney and you are giving him yours.”

Okay, the last one is both scientifically implausible and entirely fictional, but you get the idea.

So they loved the tiny little Christmas figurines of their corgis and I thought to myself “Hey, if my insane parents love their custom figures, I bet there are other equally ridiculous people who love their dogs more than life itself and would enjoy having a small replica in festive holiday attire.”

Thus an idea was born.  Clear my Etsy shop of absurdly labor intensive felt animal cards and offer custom pet figurines.

But I needed some examples.  Pictures.  No one is going to buy an hand-crafted replica of Rex or Fluffy or Princess without some concrete evidence that I can do their pup justice.

So I present my current project:  Woody


He starts as a fairly expressionless, vaguely dog-shaped entity…


Then slowly becomes a better representation of a dog (and starts looking much less like a mutant harbor seal)…


Then he gets dressed in his holiday outfit.  Call him “CAPTAIN WOODY” from here on out.  He’s a super hero for Halloween…



Then he has to rest for a little while because my hands are as hot as the sun, apparently.

When he cools down a little so that the slightest touch doesn’t cover him with fingerprints, he will get shaped into a much more accurate Woody.  Plus, all of the textures like fabric and fur will be added.

So stay tuned to see what happens with this pink little canine super hero.


Has this happened to you?

September 8, 2009

My lovely crafty friend Ailis sent me the BEST package I have ever gotten in the mail.  It was a brown paper package tied up with string, Julie Andrews-style.

So I open it up and there is the cutest little cat toy ever inside, crocheted and stuffed with catnip.

I decided that I HAD to make one for her cat, so I searched and searched for juuuust the right pattern to use.  I wanted something cute, sea related (because she sent me a fish shaped toy…I wanted to go with the same theme), with fun danglies.   Jellyfish it is.


Unfortunately, somebody else took a liking to the jellyfish, and before I knew it, it was covered in slobber with half of its face ripped off.



I even put in my purse to keep it safe, but the cats quickly developed opposable thumbs, unzipped my bag, took out the jellyfish, snatched my car keys and 20 bucks and went joyriding through town.

The catnip makes them do very bad things.

Pictures have arrived…

July 3, 2009

Here are the pictures of the tea towels.

I drew out the designs myself (and used some Sublime Stitching letters for inspiration).

I was going for “Wedding-y but not saccharine”.


It is so satisfying when you rinse the blue ink away….


Any tips for improving my satin stitch?  I feel as though mine always looks messy and rinky-dink…

We’re becoming adults, aren’t we?

June 13, 2009

My friend Alex just did a very adult thing and bought a house.

And I did a somewhat less adult thing and moved out of my parents house (Not for the first time, for the record.  I have only been living with them post-graduation like a TRUE music major…).

So I have been going crazy in the garden and planting everything I see.  Which left me with some extra Gladiolus bulbs and terra cotta pot or two.  I figured I would share the love with my adult friend Alex (“adult friend” sounds somewhat dirty doesn’t it?  Like, “Come meet a new Adult Friend, only $4.99 a minute”)

I stamped the terra cotta pot with black Staz-On…


… and used a grocery ad from one of the Mexican supermercados in my neighborhood to wrap it all up.  And I totally made a cute card but completely forgot to take a picture of it.


Let’s hope she actually gets them into the ground in time…