head-in-the-clouds fox girl

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I love the bird in the clouds fabric of her dress. It is an organic cotton by Cloud9 and Skinny laMinx. I decided she needed a blue coat and white shawl to continue the sky theme.

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She has some knitting in her basket. Can’t leave home without a project, right?!

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I will be putting these 3 girls onto etsy today, if you are interested.

the explorer fox

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I labeled him an explorer but he might just be a tourist. He has a Guidebook-

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and a map. Here he is in the window display, leading the walk of the foxes.

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I had to take these latest photos in very poor light because I knew they had to get into the window display. As a result, they are a bit fuzzy but that’s better than nothing, right?

 

Winter fox girl 2

Another fox girl in a warm wool coat.

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I love the bird fabric- I bought it in Portland last summer.

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Silk ribbon bow at her ear-

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I set up the fox window at Gather Here in Cambridge (Massachusetts). Stop by if you want to see them in person! I will be going back when it isn’t pouring down rain and take photos and will do a post sometime soon.

2015 round-up continued

I didn’t get as many dolls finished in 2015 as 2014 and there are many reasons. At the end of 2014 I decided that my resolution for the New Year would be to try to get to the end of the year and not feel so completely crazy (stressed). I wasn’t actually sure how to accomplish that so I worked away and mixed it up with trying new things.

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I started out 2015 by doing my prototypes for the 2015 ornaments for West Elm and went to Brooklyn to deliver them. Any excuse to go to NYC! And in October I designed the next line for 2016. It has been really exciting that they have continued my line of ornaments.

I traveled a LOT this year. Some of the trips were awesomely fun, others ended up being very stressful- so I guess I’ll be testing out more of the traveling this year, right?! I went to New York City and/or Brooklyn 5 times in 2015! I saw Mr. Finch! I went to Puerto Rico for some snow relief, Philadelphia for the Sweet Paul Makerie Retreat, an I’d-go-back-in-a-minute week in Portland Oregon, and Chicago. This year I will be heading out to LA in April for Craftcation.

I taught a few classes- Tiny Worlds in January, and Ornaments in July (in Portland) and December in Cambridge.

We had that horrible winter and I am hoping to never see anything like that again.

I published 5 ornament patterns and I have so many more that I want to make, so hopefully, more patterns this year! I also had 2 free ornament patterns in the Sweet Paul Holiday issue and I saw a few super cute ones that people had made and posted on Instagram.

I was part of the 6 weeks of Softies over on Sew Mama Sew. I was interviewed by Abby with my friend Salley. And I was honored to be a featured artist in Susan’s book.

What I most obviously didn’t do were any shows. No deadlines and packing up and setting up booths and spending days interacting with customers. I think I needed a year off but I don’t want to leave them completely behind. The shows I was doing weren’t really working for me and what I really need to do is find the right show(s) instead of none.

Onward into the New Year! I don’t have a vision of what I want to focus on this year but not making myself crazy is still a good goal for me. I really want to get to some more of the things on my endless to-do list and to feel like I am doing fresh things and not rehashing old ideas.

I am currently very busy working on a group of foxes for a window display for Gather Here in Cambridge. Pictures starting tomorrow, I hope!

 

Tropical man

I am trying to get a few more pieces finished up and in the shop before Christmas.

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This fellow is decidedly not winter-y. I felt sorry for him when I took him outside into the frigid air for his photos. This is some amazing toile that I bought out in Portland (Oregon) last summer- fun fabric-shopping memories!

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I was in the mood to embroider a mustache. He has a forelock curl which you can hopefully sort of see.

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I would usually wait until I have a few fellows but since time is tight, I will list him into my Etsy shop tonight.

blond man with mustache

This one doesn’t have a beard. Yup, no beard.

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Here is a close-up so you can see what is on his arm.

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I am going to start posting these men to my etsy shop tomorrow (8/19). There are 2 more finished but not posted yet, of the big man variety.

let’s get going again

I had to get a new computer, which is not my idea of fun. There are so many things to relearn. That is why there haven’t been any posts. Well, that, and a trip to Chicago for a long weekend. And starting up the design process for another ornament line (2016) for West Elm! (I am stopping right now and doing some fist pumps- YEAH! So excited!)

Anyway, I finally figured out enough to post some new fellows.

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I’ll be back soon with some more!