Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bill Murray Mobile!






It's nice to be the one that people can come to with a totally specific idea.  A Bill Murray Mobile!  Of course!  This was tons of fun for me.  Should I make it a regular custom?  That is what I usually do when someone asks for something specific.  But, I think maybe only one baby in the world will have and want a Bill Murray mobile.  Maybe a grandchild of his would be interested in this?

In other news, my growing family moves next month!  We are going to be living in a turn of the century, solid cypress house.  It will be the most inspiring place I have ever lived in (previous houses are not very competitive in that category).  There is an orange tree and a grapefruit tree in the backyard.  One room is solid windows!  The bath tubs have claw feet!  The "grand hallway" is about the size of our current house (not really, but close).  We completely lucked out in finding it.  I think the four leaf clovers I kept finding were connected to everything working out with that house.  I can't wait to move in and share that space with you.  Mostly though I just want to be there now and skip the heavy lifting part.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Magic Mobile





Aren't they fantastic!  This goes to a soon-to-be family of 4 (if you count the dog, which I always do) in Spain.  Her father used to be a magician, and his dog was his assistant, so this is like an homage to him.  The mom was really fun to work with.  This is a strange question, but do you ever find yourself liking "broken English" better than regular English?  I do.  I like Google translate versions of what people say as well as when kind people from other countries write me in English.  Something sounds poetic when it is all chopped up.  Deep thoughts.

I have been working really hard on a 2-D line that I will be introducing to my Etsy shop soon.  I'm a little half way through my pregnancy with either Ruth or Alice (I can't pick between those two yet), so I am planning a maternity leave of sorts.  I can't imagine being able to keep up the sewing at my current pace, which is why I am really delving into this new line.  I imagine myself working on a series of 10 of these flat things at a time while Ruthie (or Alice?) and I get to know one another.  I think it will be quite nice to have something more immediate than sewing to do.  I keep finding 4 leaf clovers (today I found two!) and I am hoping that it is a secret message that this new direction will work out okay.

Till next time! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Animal House







Mmm hot tea, guitar, furry friends = so nice

This couple reminds me of my brother who is always taking in animals and even building shelters for the strays.  His favorite animals to adopt are the blind and deaf ones.  He has a cat, Sigfried, who was actually born without eyes!

A Family from the Ukraine


I really adored this family.  Full. Of.  Love.  Wishing peace and freedom to the Ukraine!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Work Table

I'm working with a stocking cap on today. It's cold on the bayou. My Joseph brought me this drink: an extra hot, decaf, soy latte with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top. That's true love: ordering a drink for your wife that involves nearly 20 syllables.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Wong Family





 I was really inspired by these photos.  Look at those smiles!  And, the sunshine.  Not to mention, the fire pants!  That was my favorite part: sewing those pants.

I feel refreshed for the work week after a Sunday afternoon in New Orleans, my favorite.  We lounged about at City Park.  We drank cafe aulaits while the little one had chocolate ice cream and then walked along a stream in and out of shadows from giant, majestic oak trees.  There's a man who you can hire to take you on a gondola ride who adds a bit of magic to the water.  Walter kept fighting off pretend dragons.  It was a great day, sigh.  Now I start work on a family wall hanging for a lovely family in the Ukraine.  The mom has been giving me insight to the chaos that is going on there.  I hope there is peace soon, and that peace comes about due to the powerful people softening their egos. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Wizard of Oz for Poppy!







This one.  I think I have expressed my love for my job quite frequently, but the Holiday months can turn my beautiful business into something more along the lines of Office Space.  I think I would be the sad guy obsessed with the stapler.  There are lots of orders and little time with the added pressure of wanting to also make life beautiful and special at home for my little one.  Ugly things can happen, like getting annoyed at the tree for being in my way.  But, This Family!  Especially the mom, just breathed life and love back into my frustrated little head.  Some people just have that magic in them.  I get excited about everything I work on, but having this Wizard of Oz project to look forward to made everything sparkly and warm.  This post is a bit rambly, but I think maybe some of you may know what I am trying to say!  Anyway, this family is the cat's pajamas!  And, little Poppy, who loves the Wizard of Oz, and has patience to wait for Christmas presents until AFTER Christmas just melts my heart!  Thanks for being you Poppy!