Thursday, January 22, 2009

Meet Jacob

Jacob is the boyfriend of the pinkest of the pink, Ms. Kitty Pink Stars whose pinkness puts me in awe.  I think that if I ever had a fan club, Kitty Pink Stars would be the president.  She snatches up my mustached men almost as soon as I finish them and then she takes them on amazing adventures, including photographic documentation (much to my delight!).   Kitty Pink Stars has a boyfriend who Kitty wanted Pink Cheeked, and here he is below.  The part that was the most fun for me was the stubble.  

Kitty also wanted another of herself to give to Jacob for Valentine's Day (shhh, don't tell Jacob).  I am not finished with her yet, I am still trying to figure out the shoes.  Here is a photo of her that I used as inspiration.  Isn't she lovely?  I think so.

Sewing after such a long break was nice.  It took me awhile to motivate myself which could maybe be due to the many gray days we have been having, which I find to be really debilitating, or it could be the fear of getting back to my old obsessive ways.  I know other bloggers and Etsy sellers will be able to relate, but the Nichol of 2008 was slightly obsessive about her blog and shop.  The stat-checking feature that allows you to see who comes to your blog, from where, and when, for how long was like my version of crack-cocaine!  I would check and be thrilled with one thing one day (i.e. "Wow, look at all my readers from Turkey") and then suffer disappointments the next day (i.e. "Where did all my readers from Turkey go?")  There are various versions of the same stat-checking tool for Flickr and Etsy, and for 2009 I have sworn all of them off----they are no good for me, they just turn me into a crazy lady and give me mind-rot. 

 My pain is not doing much better, but at least I know that it must not be due to the sewing, since I didn't get much relief with my break.  I went to see an orthopedic surgeon who basically told me there was nothing wrong with me, which I was a little frustrated about.  But, I actually feel better immediately after exercising, so I am just not going to stress about it because I actually truly believe the pain is related to stress and anxiety more than anything else, but I don't want to open that can of worms on my happy blog which I am really excited to be back at.  I have missed you all!  Thanks for reading and see you soon!  Happy 2009!  


Melissa and Emmitt said...

Hi Nichol!

Welcome back!

I LOVE your new dolls! That hair on jacob!
absolutely wonderful!

ArtMind said...

Good to have you back, Nichol!
I can relate to being obsessed with Etsy, blog, Flickr, Twitter,... and I think that we'll take turns in taking a break from it all. I will post my last feelings tommorrow and will do an occasional blogpost and Tweet once in a while but I'm also looking forward to take some time off the computer and enjoy real life a bit more.
I love how you did the buttons on Ms Pinkstars! So whimsical & fresh!
I hope the pain you suffer won't be a daily companion and I wish that you'll be enjoying making Pink Cheeks again. *hug*

I. Maia said...

So happy to see you are back!

Erin said...

Yay I am so happy you are back! I totally understand being bummed out about the gray days... does the sun really have to be gone all winter in Indiana???
I love your new creations, they are amazing!!

Leeanna Butcher said...

Jacob is AMAZING! I love everything about him. Glad you're back! To banish the doldrums on gray days: have you tried one of those lamps that mimick the sun? They work really well! :D
PS. I also think Jacob's stubble rocks. ;)

Eva said...

Great work as always! I love the curly hair :)

I can totally relate- last year I, too, was quite obsessive about making plushies, trying to fulfill everyone's wishes, and checking my stats. But I feel like towards the end of the year, I slowed down with all of it. Mainly, because I realized I just couldn't keep up that pace.

My pain comes back every now and then and I've noticed that I tend to get it when I am stressed with work. It travels too now, sometimes it still comes back to my knee but sometimes I get weird stomach aches, etc. But then I just say "oh hello you! I know what's up!" it's kind of like me trying to acknowledge, I'm stressed take it easy and try not to stress about the ache. Also it helps me calling it an ache because that seems less temporary than pain and i know it'll pass with time. It sounds a bit crazy, but that's worked for me :)

KiTTYPiNKSTaRS said...

You are so amazing lady!!!! Love him Love Kitty love YOU!!!!!!!!!!! ((BIG HUGS!)) Awwww thanks soo soo soo much!! xxxxxxx

Puglette said...

yay! welcome back! i am sorry to hear you are still having pain, but it is very nice to see your work again.