Had a great time at the craft show last weekend. Mark helped me set up and load the car, which is far too small for all my creations! Met a lot of wonderful folks and found some Monster Magoos and Boogedy Shoos loving new homes.
I've been crafting like a fiend as of late and am really looking forward to taking a little break and visiting my folks and a few friends while I'm in Burlington at the end of September. I've got a table at the Applefest Fall Fair, which sounds like it's going to be a hoot. It looks like they've got a lot of super fun things going on, including free pony rides - 'WHAT?' you say, 'free pony rides?' - that's what the poster says! My dream come true, albeit a few decades too late, but I'm sure there will be a whack of happy younguns taking it all in.
Applefest Fall Fair
Saturday September 25th 11am-4pm
With Home-style pancake breakfast 9am-11am
Ireland House at Oakridge Farm
So I've been working at making some new stuff, not only for the table, but for holiday preparation. I haven't got it up on my Etsy shop yet, as I need to take some nicer pictures, but I figured this could be a little preview for those coming to Applefest.
First, we have some lil cup blankets, also called cup cozies. You've seen cardboard ones at coffee shops, but these are homemade fabric reusable cozies. As I was making them I realized what a great gift they'd make for teachers. Every year teachers get presents from their students, but it's tough to think of something unique and useful. I figure one of these little guys with a little gift certificate for a local coffee shop might be a good idea. What do you think? Some have appliqués other are just cute fabric or soft fabric to hold. My personal favourite is the rainbow pattern, but I also like the super soft brown fabric I've repurposed for a few of them.
Next on my list of crafty creations we have some super cute teddy bears. These lil guys aren't made with a pattern, so they're each a little different and each has a different expression too. Before I post them in my shop and before I get to Applefest I want to make them each a little outfit (crochet sweater and cords). It takes a bit more time, but looks so sweet.
I've also been working on a bunch of hat ideas. I've been inspired by the crafting genius of Red Raven who makes some amazing hats. Sooo I've been working on toques like these little critters. I'm working on a line of coordinated hats and toys, still have some work to do, but my mind is spinning with ideas and other critters I'd like to make. So far my favourite is the raccoon. They're made of repurposed materials so limited edition or one of a kind.
The last I'll preview for now, but not the least, is a toddler hat made of repurposed materials (limited edition of each type, mostly one of a kind).
These little cuties fit noggins about 20-21", so should fit kids between 2-4 years old, although I made one a bit big and got it on my noggin (I guess that means I've got a wee head).
I'm working on expanding my sizes and figuring out dimensions and such. Also still working on a few other hat designs. I have a hat like this that I wore throughout my travels in my 20s and would love to make one like it as it's the comfiest ever...first I have to find it in storage. ug. Bit by bit we're getting more organized, but I look forward to the day when we have a system that works for us.
Now, off to explore a fabric shop here in town called Firefly Fabrics. I hear tell they've got some lovely stuff.
Be well. K.
Maker of things. Lover of colour and texture and contrast. Thinker & creator. Daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend. Mighty woman.