Thursday, October 31, 2013

DIY Sharknado Costume!

My main squeeze and I, and a couple of friends went as Sharknado for a Halloween party last week and I thought I'd share a quick photo tutorial of how I made it. There's no measurements..... just made sure we could fit in it and that it was long enough in the back to go to our ankles. It's inspired by Six Six Sick's shark costume that I found while searching for shark costume ideas. Love it! I added eyelashes to mine at the end b/c it's a lady killer! Heh heh heh....

We had a great time spinning around each other and circling in shark formation :) 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Inspiration Behind 500 Fun Little Toys

I thought it would be fun to share the inspiration behind a couple projects from my book....

I love jade plants - they're the only plant that I've been able to keep alive b/c they're so low maintenance! I have a slew of them on my windowsill, but my Knit Jade Plant project from the book was inspired by one plant in particular....the one in the yellow pot shown here! It was given to my boyfriend and I for our housewarming party a few years ago by a very sweet couple of friends, and is a clipping from their own plant. We were told that it is a lucky money plant - well luckily, it's still alive and I'm still making a living on yarn and thread! 

The Sewn Ukulele is one of my faves. I may have gone overboard on including all the details, but I couldn't help it - it's modelled after my own lil' green uke! I've been practicing for over a year now, and we had our first debut recently. We played Somewhere Over the Rainbow at talent show at a good friends' wedding (Aimee of Hook & Matter), accompanied by electric guitar, vocals, and hula dance by fellow crafter Faune Yerby

Monday, June 10, 2013


Got a bunch of my toys back from my publisher, and they found a new home on my mantle place. This is only a fraction of what I made, if you can believe it!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Signing at Brooklyn General Store

A sweet set up thanks to Heather from Brooklyn General for my book signing! Complete with hand embroidered linen. Thanks to everyone who came out on a rainy day! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Event at Clay Wood & Cotton

We had a great time making felt cow finger puppets from my book at Clay Wood and Cotton! Thanks Kristy and everyone who came out last month!

Ryan (of Wicked Mint) and her daughter Elliot came out to make a puppet too! 

Here's Jane playing with Spud & Chloe's three bears at the shop. It was too cute to not post!

At the end of the day, we got to see some real cows! Such fun moooooing - I mean making - puppets!

Monday, January 28, 2013

A Mighty Accomplishment

I am so excited and proud to finally be able to share what I've dedicated a good portion of my life to in 2012. 500 Fun Little Toys is my very first craft book, and I'm officially an author! 

I learned to sew from my mom, and watched my dad develop photographs in his darkroom, at a young age. My curiosity for learning new techniques and love of creating never ceased. My current work is mainly fiber jewelry and accessories, and I often like to make toys for baby/kid presents, or just for fun for myself. I also teach needle felt classes at Purl Soho, where we make sweet little felt animals and objects. When I was approached by Quintet Publishing to write a craft book for one of their 500 series books, I was stoked! What's more fun than toy making, I mean really?

Handmade toys are so special, and make really wonderful gifts. They come from the heart, which you can always tell. This little book is filled with knit, crochet, needle felt, and sewn toy patterns. It includes ideas for variations on those projects, making it 500 toys. Some projects even combine techniques. This book coves baby/toddler toys, soft animals, play food, everyday objects, make believe, dolls, and games & fitness toys. It even includes a refresher section for knitting, crocheting, needle felting, and sewing if you're a bit rusty. I had a great time coming up with these projects, and my studio often looked like a toy factory! I'll share the process pictures and a free pattern or two in upcoming posts.

Quintet did such a beautiful job with the layout and photography - I couldn't be happier with it. The toys are so adorably styled! The US edition is distributed by Sellers Publishing, and I'm so happy to be working with them too!

My book comes out in February, and here's a sneak peek of some of the fun projects inside. It's available for pre-order in my Etsy shop and on Amazon, so please stop on by to reserve your copy or just like the book. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Sellers Publishing, US edition & New Burlington Books, UK edition

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

One Great Hat Pattern

It seems that everyone is having a baby lately, and I found one great pattern that I decided to knit for every friend who is having/has had a baby. It's the Owlie Hat by Teresa Cole. This is hat #4. I make it a little different each time, and always with a different color yarn. Sometimes I add a pom pom at the top, and sometimes it's a point, like this one. I always feel like I'm running out the door and wanting to grab a knitting project and don't have the time to search for a new hat/yarn/needles. This pattern is super cute and always a crowd pleaser! Feel free to adopt my new favorite hat pattern and check out the notes on my changes here
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