I just got the news that Kokobaru has been accepted into the 'Glisten' handmade craft show!!! This will be the first juried show Kokobaru will be in and I'm super excited to be a part of it.
I've also just been hired on to a 'traditional' job, which I start tomorrow. The next few weeks are going to be very busy, but I also think they're going to be very fulfilling. I'm really excited about my new job and all the great craft shows on the horizon.
And just so that you know, I haven't forgotten about the tutorial I've been working on. I have a few more pictures to take.
Kokobaru has been accepted in the Hintonburg Artisan Craft Fair and Silent Auction on November 26th! We're very excited to be a part of such a great blend of folks!
The sun came out! Unfortunately for me I have to jet off to my French class, but here's to hoping the sun will return again soon so that I can prepare the vegetable garden for winter and harvest some of our delicious beets and carrots.
Today and tomorrow Kokobaru has a booth at the Stittsville Craft Show!!!
It's my first time there AND my first time doing a show all on my lonesome. Mark has been very helpful with set up and tear down and just keeping me company for the last few shows, but today he is off and it's just me and the crafts. I've been up for a bit making sure I've got everything together.
I really wanted to have some mittens ready for this show, but instead I have some super cute trifold card wallets in some beautiful fabrics I got from Imagine Fabric on Etsy. I buy most of my fabric locally, usually repurposing materials, but sometimes it's nice to support other small businesses on Etsy and also it's nice to have some gorgeous designer fabric bits and pieces I can quilt together into almost anything - like a little wallet!
I've also finished the super simple tutorial frog, but still need to photograph it and get instructions up...coming soon (maybe even by the end of the weekend!)
Love, love, love the new fabrics I picked up the other day! I usually use a lot of repurposed materials, but for the pattern I've been working on I really wanted something super soft and textured. I ended up finding some polar fleece, fancy fur and some super soft fabric I'd never seen before (it'll be great for anything baby as it's unbelievably soft).
I made 2 owls to try out the pattern I've been working on and am really happy with them. They are SO soft and I can't wait to make some more. It looks like I'll be going back to a full time job and I've got a bunch of shows coming up, so I'll have to fit sewing in when I can, but I think these guys are so super and a great addition to the owl and toy family.
I intend to sell them at shows and on Etsy, but am wondering if I should turn my pattern into a PDF and sell that for people who are interested in making their own owl like this. Opinions are much appreciated!
Finally - I started working on a very simple tutorial for those in cyber land looking for an easy sewing project. It's a very simple frog fleece patternless creation and I'm hoping to have i
What a gorgeous week and weekend!
In addition to enjoying finally getting some yard work done (including a much needed raking of the front yard), I've also been working on a batch of some new stuffed toys.
Between the 4th and today I've been working on a batch of patternless colourful creatures (bears, monkeys, kitty, rabbit). I've been experimenting with different faces, including sewn on, stitched and hand painted. Mark seems to like the hand painted faces best of all. I'm torn myself. I find the face is the hardest part of the process. After all the work of cutting and sewing and patching and stuffing and hand stitching comes the face. All that work can be ruined if the face doesn't work out. It's a bit stressful and exciting all at the same time. I should probably draw them out first, but I enjoy the thrill of a little direct experimentation.
A few weeks back I ordered some gorgeous materials and scrap bits from Imagine Fabric. I was so excited when I got my packages and started sorting through them. They arrived soon and I've been staring at them since they arrived trying to figure out what to do. I started making some small card wallets with the scrap material and some repurposed bits I had around the house and then got into making some new toys. I have a batch of baby hoots that still need some eyes sewn on, but I'm a bit of a procrastinator sometimes and I wanted to experiment a bit with reattempting some old designs in my head. It was fun to play with colour and mixing patterns and shapes. Growing up I was never really a fan of the colour pink or teal, but I've come to really enjoy it as of late. This batch is primarily made up of purples/pinks, blues/teals and green.
Now that these little folks are done, it's time to get ready for an impromptu thanksgiving at our house = time to clean and cook. I'm a pretty thankful person, or at least I try to be. I'm not a big fan of the commercialized thanksgiving that ignores the realities of the colonization of North America by Europeans and the ongoing damage and abuses that came with it, but I am a fan of taking opportunities to be grateful for what we have. So thanks, be well and stay safe.
Maker of things. Lover of colour and texture and contrast. Thinker & creator. Daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend. Mighty woman.