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!
The last little while had been pretty busy for me and for Kokobaru!
I recently started a new job working as an educator/interpreter at one of Canada's top museums. Although I miss the days of sewing from dawn till dusk, it has been nice to get out of the house a bit more and to spend my days with gaggles of children who are ready to learn.
When I'm not at work, I've been working hard at home to prepare for all the shows coming up in the next few weeks and will have to be very organized to keep my stock up over the holidays.
Craft shows are always full of new and interesting people and I'm happy to report that my last two shows have been really enjoyable.
Last weekend found Kokobaru at a wonderful show at Foreign Affairs. The space was quite lovely with a giant Polar Bear replica (I think) and lovely washrooms!
The atmosphere was warm. In part I think it was owed to a couple, a few tables over, who played native drum and flute from time to time. It fostered a really sweet mood and definitely was a highlight of my day.
The other highlight was the number of really positive people and folks who were specifically out looking for local and hand made items. Everyone was just so pleasant!
The next show I had, was actually today! I had booked it awhile back and then started my new job. I found myself having a booked show and a shift I simply could not trade. What to do?!!
Enter the hero of the day...my partner. Mark is not a crafter himself, and although he is ALWAYS supportive, I knew he would not be fond of the idea of manning my table at a craft show by himself on his weekend off. Regardless, he offered to help me out as soon as he knew I had a conflict. What a swell guy and a super boyfriend!
Last night I packed up what he'd need and gave him a quick run through on the 'World of Craft'. Today I nervously anticipated and update to see how the experience was going for him. Feeling bad for having him do me such a favour, but being so grateful that he did. He sent me a few updates throughout the day to let me know how he was doing and what the show was like. He survived! He was a rockstar! I had the highlight of my day when I got home from work. Instead of complaining for being set to a craftshow on his day off, Super Guy told me about the cool people that came by the table. He also told me that one person had come after having seen my stuff at a previous show. Brought such a smile to my face. Kokobaru is still in it's baby stage and it really means a lot to know that people are enjoying my work.
insert warm heart here
Now though, I must get to the sewing machine. I have more shows coming up this weekend and have precious little time to make some new creatures. Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones on Saturday (GLISTEN: A Handmade Holiday Event)
Have a good night!
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Maker of things. Lover of colour and texture and contrast. Thinker & creator. Daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend. Mighty woman.