Ah, what a great day! I've been working on some smaller crafts to make for shows that take less time to make = less cost for buyers and have come up with a few little things. Today I was working on a card wallet, inspired by my dear sweet mother. With so many cards (ie. credit, bank, gas, discount, gift, etc) I often find I don't have room in my wallet, but I want to have them around when I need them. When I was visiting last weekend I notice my mom had a similar problem and decided I would put together a little card wallet to accompany her wallet. In the process I realized it was a great item to sell as it's unisex and shouldn't take me too long once I get it down pat. I have a few done and will post a picture tomorrow.
I also found out I have an interview at a local museum (I was an educational and interpretive coordinator at a museum before I was laid off), which is super exciting. Mark and I also went to the local YMCA again and got in a good workout. I forgot how good it feels to work out!
Also, I finally took a picture of a custom doll I made of my partner. I love doing custom work and have made other custom dolls before (both sewing and crochet), but never created one of a male. It was fun to turn my guy into a snuggly doll. He's really happy with my little surprise, but now wants me to make him a matching outfit and hat - lol.
Last night before bed I also started making some little homemade matchbook notepads. Not sure if I'll offer them for sale (4/$5.00), but I'm really enjoying making them. I have some beautiful scrapbook paper that I haven't been using because it's too nice to part with. These little books though are helping me use it up.
More pictures to follow!
Be well, K
It's raining today, but that's alright. The dogs and I will still have a great walk and I've got plans for the rest of the day.
Yesterday I decided to finally do something with a cute fleece blanket I found awhile back. It's navy with colourful stars across it and I've been waiting for the right project. After putting together my craft show calendar for the next two months, I realized that I really need to build up my stock for Christmas and decided that this fabric would work well for some baby 'lil hoot' owls.
Starting first thing in the morning I began with the cutting out of owl bodies and wings. Sometimes cutting is my least favourite part of the process, but the scissor gods were on my side yesterday and it went very smoothly. I've begun looking into electric scissors to help me out when I'm having a bad hand day. Not sure how I feel about them but figure I need a new blade for my rotary cutter (which is WAY overdue) and it'll be worth checking out the options when I'm at the craft store next.
I walked the dogs early in the day and mailed some applications for more craft shows and did a few dishes, but otherwise I spent the entire day sewing up baby hoots. Mark got home at 5pm, which worked out perfectly as I sewed my last little friend. When we curled up on the couch to watch a movie before bed I began the task of stuffing. I'm always surprised at how much longer stuffing takes than I think it will. I think it has to do with getting stuffing in the pointy bits and making sure the feeling is consistent across the doll. Anyway, I got 5 done and am hoping to continue working on them today. Once they're all stuffed, I'll sew up their openings and then begin the task of hand sewing each face and then finishing with hand painted accents. I'll post a picture when they're all done.
Now, you would think that after a day of sewing I would be more than ready when bed time came around...but you would be wrong. As I started turning off lights and getting ready for bed I had an idea! Lightbulb moment! Bedtime Brainstorm!
I've been working on some animal hats, as you may know, and have also been asked to work on animal mittens. I had started some rough prototypes, but it all came together as I was about to crawl into bed last night. I got back up and began cutting and pinning and sewing again.
So now a question for you....
What's better than a pair of Monkey Mittens? (you can get them to wave with your thumb!)
Well, some might say a pair of dinosaur mittens would be cooler...
Well, what if a person who loved both dinosaurs and monkeys came up with a pair of REVERSIBLE MITTENS?
Yes, that's what I said! Reversible mittens, my newest brainstorm, which hit me en route to bed, smack dab in the face. Reversible animal mittens = so cool for little ones, or big ones with little hearts.
You can wear monkeys or dinos or one of each!!!
Glad I stayed up to make them, but once I was done I didn't want to go to bed...wanted to finish their faces, but that will have to wait...maybe today.
Have a great day!
I just created a new page that lists all the craft shows I'll be attending in the next little while called kokobaru locations. I've been working hard to find shows in the area as well as within the Burlington area where my family lives. I'm really excited to see how the next few months pan out for kokobaru and am wrapping my head around some new ideas not only for toys, but for how to organize my time to get things up regularly on Etsy too. I've been horrible lately at updating that site, putting more focus on organizing craft shows and making new toys. I also want to put together a stocking tutorial for those who'd like to make their own stockings, but time just seems to slide through my fingers. Now that I'm almost done my computer work for the day I'm off to make a few tutu's and wands for a custom order and then some new extremely furry Boogedy Shoo prototypes.
Also, I ordered some designer fabrics I can't find locally or in my the land of repurposed fabrics and am eagerly awaiting their arrival. When the mail lady came today I saw she had a package, and although it wasn't my fabric I was pleasantly surprised to find a package from my dear friend Rosie who it backpacking through the Western states. She sent me a lovely card and some super cute dragon flies, which warmed my heart and made my day...also made me rethink putting mobiles back on my list of items to sell....so many things to make, so little time.
Mark, the dogs and I had a great trip to Burlington this weekend. We always end up cramming in as many visits as possible with family and friends. This time we managed to see a whole whack of people thanks to all the sweet folks who came out to Applefest. It was lovely to see some dear old familiar friends, and also to see/meet their little ones who are all growing up way too darned fast!
Lil Hoot and Rupert the Raccoon seemed to be the big hits of the day, as well as those good ole Boogedy Shoos who always seem to make new friends wherever they go.
I'm awfully grateful that Mark is such a supportive guy. Not only did he come and spend the whole day with me at my lil table, he also wore on of the adult size hat prototypes I've been working on. Let me tell ya it was pretty hot under that sun, but that man would not take off his hat. Gotta say, it made me feel pretty good that he was not only willing to wear one of my attempts at a grown up hat, but that he actually liked it.
I've been talking to some folks about social media and although I'm really happy with this website, I can't figure out a few things with the blog portion ie. allowing subscribers or creating links to blogs I like. So I'm thinking of going back to Blogspot and putting a link here. I'm gonna think about it a bit more and see if I can figure out how to use those features in this program, but if not I'll have to move back. If anyone has any suggestions, let me now. Also thinking about putting together a stocking tutorial if there's any interest out there.
Much to think about!
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.