I was getting lost around Etsy today and found what I’d want at my baby shower, you know, if I ever found a guy, settled down into a traditional lifestyle, and had kids. It’s a lot of ifs, but I LOVE this item.

This is the first actually cute diaper cake I’ve ever seen. I love the colors, not all pansy at all. Plus, it comes with a Cat in the Hat plush. That seems like a good one to get for a kid. Think of the trouble they could get into and then blame it on the stuffed guy!

I just wanted to share. Usually, these baby things are just so fruity looking, like pastel cloud vomit. This one looks awesome and I’d totally have to have it if I were having a baby shower. It’s epic. If I were to ever try my hand at making diaper cakes and such, you can bet it’d look more like this than anythign you’ve ever seen. You can get it here on etsy if you are planning for a little one in your life.

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Upcycled Cat

December 30, 2009

My parents let me know that they had a box of old clothes they were getting rid of and would I like any of them. I’m not really into the same styles that they are, but I really loved some of the items for their fabric. I ended up dragging a heap of old clothes to my crafting lair.

One of the pairs of my stepdad’s old socks really spoke to me. It was begging to be upcycled into a little kitten. The pattern just screamed orange tabby cat to me. I pulled out a pattern from the The Woman’s Day Book of Soft Toys and Dolls. I made a few little changes to the body of the cat to get it to work on these socks and I made the tail much larger. Rather than embroider a rather dated looking face as the book instructed, I used a couple of lime green buttons I had left from an American Girl craft day when I worked at Michaels. All the extras had been sent home with the teachers. I loved job perks there, killer discounts and free leftover supplies that would have otherwise hit the dumpster. Seriously, my boss, who couldn’t stand to see craft supplies wasted, would call us all over and split up the leftovers evenly. Anyhow, the buttons only had two little holes and with black thread look like artistic cat eyes. I couldn’t find a good nose button for this size face in my hundreds of black buttons though I did find a spare animal nose lying around. For the body stitching I was careful to cut the ear liners and the underbelly out of the solid sole of the sock and the rest from the patterned upper to help give the cat good markings.

Sock tabby cat

She’s a well-traveled little cat having been everywhere inside a shoe. She’ll be looking for her forever home soon being placed through my store on Etsy.

The Bazaar

October 18, 2009

I spent a great deal of my free time lately working on goodies to send my grandmother for her church bazaar. Every year I make sure a batch of my crafts make it out to Riverside, CA for her to sell at her annual craft bazaar. This year I made 24 wood burned spoons, 18 pairs of earrings, and a cute candy corn hat.

The designs on the spoons are from clip art and some are orignal drawings. I’m most fond of the lizard and adobe spoons which I drew freehand. My mom also helped making a few of the spoons since she wanted to see how my wood burner that Grandma got me worked. It’s much faster than other wood burners I’ve used, but highly detailed designs still take a great deal of time. It’s the Walnut Hollow set that you can get here.

The earrings are all made in my usual charm style. Matching up which beads you want to use often takes much longer than actually doing the wire work necessary to create them.

As for this awesome little hat, I originally made it for myself, but it just wasn’t quite long enough to cover my ears so I figured it would be better off going to a kid who has a smaller head.

Hopefully, getting all this done means I can continue to attack my Halloween costumes full force.