Monday, October 29, 2007

Absent, again.

I really wish that I didn't have to work EVERY day at the Gap. Especially not at 5am on a day when I'm not even supposed to work, with a manager that hates and excludes me. I don't like it. Not one bit.

But, in order to cheer myself up, I've made myself the proud new owner of this little beauty:

It should be arriving on Friday, and then you will never see the top of my head again.

It all goes along with my ever-increasing desire to actually become a fairy tale character - because we all know that fairy tale characters wear ridiculously large and floppy toques in an effort to be cool.

And I do feel a little bit better.

Just a little.

Now, I'm going to drink some chamomile tea and play MapleStory like the raging nerd that I am. And I'm happy about that.



Thursday, October 25, 2007


I am recovering from a very mysterious bout of stomach-grossness from yesterday. It was so strange - I would be fine for twenty minutes and then all of a sudden I would feel the need to expel the contents of my stomach (which were nothing!). That went on all day yesterday, and this morning, I am fine.

Anyway, during my convalescence (over-dramatic much?), I plan on drawing and painting, whilst watching "The Royal Tennenbaums" and other such cinematic gems. Oh, and drinking LOTS of coffee. Yeah.

And I finished "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell." That book is so beautiful. I cried when I finished it because it was over. It's so much worse when a book is large like that - you build a relationship with it, and when it's finally finished, it's almost like the heartache of a break-up, only in miniature. And I know I'm not the only book-freak out there, so don't tell me I'm being weird and sentimental. Ah, well, now I'm on to finishing "Grimms' Complete Fairy Tales," "The Bedside Book of Death," and "The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories." Then, I'm on to "Andersen's Complete Fairy Tales" and my Children's Lit. class text.

I guess this post didn't really have a point, other than to vent about the end of reading that amazing novel, but now I feel like I've committed myself to doing something today, because I said I would here. Funny how that works.

So, I'm off to make coffee and start in on the art-fest that is today.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More, more, more!

Always more!

Here are the new pretties added to the shop in the last couple of days:

That's not all that's new over there, but they are a few of my favorites. I think I need to get to work on some more insect jewelry - possibly some more scorpions and a crab, and maybe a beetle or two. I have the pendants sitting here, waiting to be turned into something crazy-awesome, but I'm just so darned lazy.

In other news, I'm almost done with "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell," and let me tell you - that book holds up! It's over 700 pages of awesomeness, and it never gets tedious or lofty or dull for a moment. I only have 30 pages left, and I'm itching to read them - too bad I have to work at the Gap from 1 until 10 today. Maybe I can sneak a few "reading breaks" in when we're slow?

Lastly, I would like to, once again, declare my love for animals in people clothes with this adorable work I found on Etsy (that place just eats my time - it's crazy):

I love him, although I would not be happy to see him walking the telephone wires over my house like that (well, the amazing umbrella kind of makes up for that, I guess).

Okay, kids, I'll see you later.



Saturday, October 20, 2007

More fuzzy buyables

Two new fuzzy buyables have made their appearance in the shop today. I give you:

Hubert, the Proper English Gentleman Mouse

and Jack, the Trick or Treat Halloween Clown Monster

If you are interested in purchasing either of these fine little needle sculpted wonders, head on over to the shop!



Thursday, October 18, 2007

A new little friend

...has just alighted in the shop, and she is pretty precious! Here's a peek:

She is Martine, the French Refugee Mouse. To read her story, or to give her a home, go here.

I've just returned from a very satisfying trip to Michael's, where I purchased copious amounts of tiny objects. WAY more than I should have, that's for sure. Here, let me show you:

From left to right, top to bottom, we have (all miniatures): rolling pins, clothespins, white doves, trick-or-treat buckets, drums, teacups and saucers, candy canes, speckled eggs, (even though you can't tell, I promise that they are) the TINIEST buttons ever, wooden balls, top hats, thread spools, wooden blocks, wooden toys (two containers' worth!), birds' nests, twine, ribbon, a new "thank you" stamp for packaging, a pincushion tomato, more buttons, cowboy hats, Chinese takeout boxes, popcorn bags, shopping bags, Christmas lights, and another stamp for packaging. WHEW! That's a lot of tinies! I'm so excited to get sculpting!

What a great day it's been so far (despite the fact that I have a headache, and feel altogether as if I ran full-tilt into a brick wall). A real breakfast always makes the rest of my day awesome, and my darling Dad made eggs, bacon (which I hadn't eaten in almost eight years before today!), and coffee. Delicious!

Now I'm off to start on another little creature, so I'll see you later!



Tuesday, October 16, 2007

All gone...

That's right - the bunnies are on their way to a good home as we speak (type?), with a wonderful lady in Illinois. They sold just a couple of hours after they first appeared in
the shop.

But, don't fret! More silly little fuzzies will be joining the ranks of buyables soon, so you can have one of your very own. Heck, you could have your very own personal menagerie.

In fact, I just finished up the most precious little mouse-lady ever. Her name is Martine, and she is just arrived from France, where she lived in contentment in a provincial patisserie, until the heartless shopkeeper brought home a most unwelcome surprise - a cat. Now, she is living with me as a refugee until someone is kind enough to take her in. Tomorrow, she will take up temporary residence in the shop, where she will wait with baited breath for someone to claim her. Won't you help a poor, helpless mouse out of a pickle?

Until tomorrow,

Monday, October 15, 2007

That's right! Winifred and Merle up there are both now buyables in my Etsy shop! Hop quick like a bunny over there if you want one (ha! I'm so full of bunny-related puns lately).

I am really loving this whole needle felting business. It's so satisfying and relaxing. Why doesn't everyone do it? Currently in the works is a mysterious, cloaked gentleman by the name of Rodrigo (he is a gypsie, so perhaps I shouldn't call him a gentleman?). More on that later.

I must retire to my evening of chocolate covered raisins and Mystery Science Theater 3000 now, but I will see you later!



Sunday, October 14, 2007

Toymaking Madness!

Here's what I did tonight:

Pierre, the French Circus Bear

And a fluffy, grey bunneh (why am I typing "bunneh" instead of simply "bunny?" Weird).

They are needle felted, but they currently lack eyes.... And the bunneh lacks a hat (a sore misfortune, indeed). Bunneh will probably end up in my Etsy
shop tomorrow, or whenever he shapes up and gets himself some eyeballs and a hat (or other such accoutrement).

What do you think?

Tomorrow is a day off from the GAP (finally), and the boyfriend is off galavanting around Virginia, so I plan on getting some serious shop-related tasks done, including listing some new items. Oh, and watching the amazing Jennifer Murphy on Martha (yes, I do hate Martha Stewart more than almost any living person, but I love watching people make and cook - it's quite the conundrum. Plus, how could I not watch my favorite toymaking mama work her magic on television [again]?).

Well, I need to get some hot chili in me on this chilly night (ha!), and then I'm off to bed to catch up with my two favorite English magicians - have I mentioned how much I love this "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" business? Yes? Well, you'll probably be hearing a lot more about it, because it is AMAZING. Right up my fairy-tale-esque, whimsical, dark, eccentric alley. LOVE.



Thursday, October 11, 2007

Another Update, and More Laziness

There have been several additions to the shop since the last time I posted about updates here. But the two items that I listed today are particularly interesting, as they are new!

Here they are:

That's right - portraits of clothing articles! I love clothes so much that I stooped to creating portraits of some of my favorite clothing articles (reasonable, right?) I rather like them.

What do you think?

In other news, I'm really loving this here crafty blog. I love her work, I love reading her posts, and oh, did I mention that I LOVE her work?

Just look at this:

Have I ever mentioned that I have a very soft spot in my heart for dapper animals wearing people clothes? No? Well, I do.

That's one of her older paintings, but it just may be my favorite. I wish I had the money to afford the Mr. Bear portrait on the first page of her shop, but I am BROKE. Well, maybe I can eek out a few extra dollars from the corporate nightmare that is the GAP....

Speaking of the GAP, I have to be there at 8 am tomorrow morning (and stay there until 5 pm), so I need to skedaddle off to bed. I can't wait to see what Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell are up to tonight....

Goodnight, loves.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Front Page News


If you visit right now, one of my Insect Necklaces is featured on the front page in the "hand picked" section! Hooray!

In other news, I just got in an order of new (organic) supplies including antler burrs from white-tailed deer, badger toe bones, shark vertebrae, and coyote teeth. What could I possibly be planning?

Have a lovely night,