From where I'm sitting I can see the sun setting between the houses across the way. It's a beautiful orange orb of energy that has made my day so much more enjoyable than the cloudy day I'd expected. The weather has finally started to catch up with the time of year and it's chilly!
I had the day off today from my 'job-job' and got to use the time to work on the craft room Mark and I got to work on yesterday. The last few weeks have been insanely busy and this moment, right now, feels like the first time I've had to really sit down and look back. The room is still in progress and it'll probably still be a bit before it's done. We intend to make it a craft room/office and will need to get a whole whack of shelving to make it work. Here's a picture of the current chaos.
As you can see there's a lot of work left to do - buy and install shelves, buy some peg board and dowel to make a thread rack and a bunch of other fun little projects that may have to wait until after the Christmas rush.
I've been spending all my spare time crafting - before work and after work...and during my lunch break lol. Mark did really well at the last show and I wanted to make sure I had enough stock to get me through Glisten and into the next two craft shows I have coming up this weekend - Hintonburg and the RA Centre. I've made some new dolls and monsters and just got a package of some super cute fabrics.
Today I bought a bunch of old pants to repurpose into some Monster Magoos and when I arrived home I found a sweet package of new fabrics I'd ordered from Raspberry Creek Fabric, a lovely independent lil fabric shop I found on Etsy.
I love mixing the new and old fabrics and my new monsters are a perfect example of how lovely it can turn out. I really like the mix of colour, design and texture.
These zany new lil friends are a mixture of new and repurposed materials, and stuffed with hypoallergenic poly-fill.
With the exception of two, I've hand-painted all their faces, each one a little different. The remaining two are partially hand-painted, but have child-safe doll eyes.
The new fabric is a mixture of fabric from Joel Dewberry and Heather Bailey and the repurposed material comes from old blankets that have been washed and repurposed into super cute critters. I'm still trying figure out their story and sort out what their name will be (I ordered the fabrics from a cute little Etsy shop called Imagine Fabrics. Right now I'm just referring to them as 'new monster friends', but hopefully a name will come to me soon.
I've also been working on a line of new dolls. I picked up a few different shades so that I can make a variety of different skin tones. I have a prototype of the three shades and have started making dolls. I've only got the lightest shade done so far, and only have a few steps left for the others. I'm also going to be offering custom dolls for sale.
Prototypes for custom dolls
Completed Lil Gals (Lil guys coming soon!)
Finally, I've been meaning to finish a tutorial I started working on awhile back. I took all the necessary pictures today, but this post is getting on the long side - so I'll be sure to make it my next post. If I can find the time maybe I'll even make a quick pdf!
Maker of things. Lover of colour and texture and contrast. Thinker & creator. Daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend. Mighty woman.