I have found a new muse.
I bought one of these bears for my daughter from Pearson Maron and I am in love with it. It makes me feel like I found a circus in the woods and played some game and won this magical keepsake. I have been trying to capture the same feeling with what I have been making for the Buffalo Indie Market(November 5th).
This is my first pencil case with hand painted plaid. I like that it looks like a drawing. Inside there are pencils that I wrapped with patterned paper, a DIY project I saw on Design Sponge. I've decided I'm just going to "go with" the fact that I am not great at sewing and play into by making these look really hand made.
I've also been making rings. This one has a tiny peony on it. I am thinking of adding a little red to it because it's blending in with my flesh.
This is one of my ornaments that look like little painted drums.
I am always trying to find the best way to turn my sketches into paintings. Kelly suggested I just try sketching with the paint. So I am trying with gouche. Hopefully I'll have some little paintings done for the show. I am going to bring a lot of little batches of new things to see how they go over.
I have hand printed a few simple business cards, we'll see if I have patience for this. This week I am making my daughter's Halloween costume and I am holding my breath that it comes out as good as I hope it will. If all goes well (or not), I'll post the results.
Fall is great for baking. This was a recipe for Linzer Hearts, but I didn't have the right size heart cookie cutter. It ended up being better, because I had a lot of magical shapes... like unicorns.
I went on a cookie cutter kick for a while. I even found a cookie cutter in the shape of an ax, which was funny because what holiday is that for? I actually think cut out cookies are really hard to do. Everybody thinks they're kidstuff, but all that rolling and sticking, I usually end up with half inch cookies. These had a beautiful recipe. Fresh cinnamon, lemon zest, and finely ground hazelnuts then raspberry jam filling. Sort of like a pbj cookie, you've got the nut element, the jelly, the sandwiching. I tripled the recipe, burned a whole lot of them, but still ended up with about 3 dozen.
I've been painting my own plaid lately. I'm trying to make little pencil cases.
Wrapping paper. I am hopefully doing the November 5th Buffalo Indie Market. My friend Kelly moved to Buffalo so we are going to do it together. I am very glad she is here. We are craft buddies.
I love my baby. I love putting her in silly hats and hand knit things. I love collecting things for her, imagining her room when we get a house.
It is cold and windy today. I feel like a groundhog. Six more months of winter. I'll be inside.