Monday, April 27, 2009


Here's a little dose of fiber before I tell you all about Craftstravaganza. It's some handspun yarn I did a little while ago. It will be joining me at this weekend's show as well.

So, Craftstravaganza is a local art and craft sale that is phenomenal! The show is on Saturday, May 2nd from 9-5 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. If you are in the neighborhood this weekend it is a must see! My booth is in the far right corner of the building. I'll be bringing lots of creatures, pen costumes, amigurumi patterns, and handspun yarn. I hope to see some of you there!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Coffee and a Monster

My husband and I went to New York state about a month ago to visit family. I think Josh ended up taking this photo at some point during the trip. We can't get Dunkin Donuts in Minnesota so even looking at a picture of a cup of coffee is nice. Yum!

And then I've got a custom Stripesaurus for Ronna here. She requested blue and green stripes and here he is.

Long live the Stripesaurus!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

More food blog thoughts...

So, I can't stop thinking about this food blog thing. I have to do it. But I am still stuck on the name.

Here are a couple more thoughts:

Gourmet Shmourmet
The Bookish Kitchen

One I wish wasn't taken is Rats in the Kitchen. I like rats. And kitchens.
And Claytonia is also taken.

Hmmm....still thinking...

Oh, and I should say that Josh cooks, too. So it won't be just me doing the cooking for the blog. How fun is that?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Stripesaurus and the Shadow Bunny

The stripesaurus was minding his own business trying to enjoy a little bit of sun but the shadow bunny had to ruin it for him. I wish I could say that this little monster's frown went away when the shadow bunny did, but just it isn't so.

The little stripesaurus turned away from the shadow bunny to see if he would go away.

He should have been elated to see that his plan had worked, but he was still frowning.

Suddenly bored, he thought he would try to find the shadow bunny again. He thought he'd start by looking to see if it was hiding in his own shadow. Sometimes they do that.

If you see a shadow bunny I am sure our friend the stripesaurus would want to know. You can leave a comment and I'll pass it on.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Branching Out

Occasionally, I read things that can be found outside of a children's book section. And sometimes these books are also outside of the Science Fiction and Fantasy section. One such book I am reading is work related for a book club thing at my store. The fun thing is that it is also about something else I am quite taken with.

The book is Kate Jacobs' The Friday Night Knitting Club. So far I am enjoying it and I am actually looking forward to finishing it and reading her other books.

I also thought you might want to see my newest gremlin. His name is Artie and he is an artichoke gremlin. Basically his little coat is full of little pockets and one of them has a little crocheted heart in it. Artie is really shy and likes to spend most of his time in his coat.

But when you get a look inside you see that he is really handsome. I try to tell him this ten times a day to help build his self esteem. It might be working because he is smiling for the photograph.

Friday, April 03, 2009

I've been featured on Cuteable :)

Yay! I've been featured on Cuteable! My little bunny pen costume is on the site for today :)

In addition to the bunny I also have an octopus pen costume. I think I need to make more because they are getting a good response. Fortunately for me the possibilities are endless.

These two are in my Etsy shop hoping to go home with someone.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Coraline Mystery Box Swap Received!

I got my Coraline Box from Gabe McFadden in the mail! I don't know Gabe's blog address, but as soon as I find out I'll link to it for you to check it out.

Look at all those great buttons on the spine of this super book box.

Opening it up revealed more buttons and that this was box number 25 of 44.

The buttons in the wax seal was a pleasant surprise when opening the letter explaining what was in the box. Here is how the letter reads:

Dear Jennifer,

The items in this box have been selected and made especially for you. it includes a cheese sample taken from Mr. Bobinsky's mailbox, a selection of "aged" taffies from Miss Spink and Miss Forcible (eating these would make you feel very unpleasant), one of Mr. Bobinsky's beets and a pair of custom 3D glasses for when you watch the movie.

I hope you enjoy this box!


And yes, Gabe I do enjoy this box!

Here is Mr. Bobinsky's cheese of the month and enclosed letter.

And then we have the inedible taffy, a truly charming beet and snazzy buttony 3D glasses.

Thanks Gabe! It's fabulous!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Surfer Squirrel

Chet is a friendly sort of squirrel who likes to surf with his buddies. He has a change of clothes ready for when he gets out of the water, but he likes to carry around his board most places he goes. I think he thinks it makes him look cool or something. As if!

On a side note, he will put down his surf board for a hug :)