Friday, July 2, 2010

Are these too cute? That's rhetorical.

My mom has been making sock monkeys for many years now.  She's made between 200-300, mostly the original brown.  She gave a lot to homeless shelters where she and my dad lived so they could give one to each of the children when they came into the shelters.  I've always kept them in my shop wherever I was and they've always been very popular.  A year or so ago she started making blue ones.  They are popular with the boys, but still many folks like the brown because they remind them of the ones they had when they were little.  Okay, NOW she just sent me these PINK ones.  I LOVE them because I love pink and because I know the little girls who come in are going to love them, too.  She only sent three.  I work tomorrow afternoon so that's when I'll be putting them in my shop then we'll see how they go over.  I'll keep you posted.

New, Big Project

So it's been since year before last that we did our last show house.  We used to do it every year for a few years in a row but a year stopped being long enough for us to forget not to do it again.  It's like childbirth, you forget the pain and just remember the good stuff.  So we went to see the house and got totally sucked into the whole idea by our Pink Cabbage leader, Jody.  We are doing this under the umbrella of The Pink Cabbage but Karen is lead designer.  Jody, Kate, and I are second opinions, helpers, and any other thing to lend any support, ideas, and work for Karen.   There are lots of spaces in the house.  We decided we really wanted to do the master bedroom.  Then there was the master bath attached and beyond that a dressing room.  So we went crazy and pitched for all three.  Low and behold we got it all!  The great thing about this house is that it is for sale, empty, and the owners have had all the walls patched, painted fresh, and best-all the wood trim has already been painted the color we usually have to do ourselves.  So half of our usual work is almost cut in half.  I'll be sure to take before, during, and after pics and post.  The actual work doesn't start until late July so we still have our trips to Penn State and the Virgin Islands to take before we start getting dirty.  Stay tuned.

Vacation Swap

So I signed up for Jenny Holiday's Everyday is A Holiday Vintage Vacation Swap a few weeks ago.  Above is the logo she made for the swap.  The deadline was yesterday but, because we are all artists, she extended it to July 15th.  So I was doing great only being behind a couple of days.
This is another photo from Jenny as inspiration for the art.  I love the photo.
So here is what I put together and mailed out today for my swap partner, Kath.  It's a travel-themed hand mirror, salt water taffy, a steampunk Taxi necklace, and a little camera for crafting with or looking at the photos of dinosaurs inside it.  I haven't seen any of the photos of what the other girls are doing so I'm glad I got my package out before I could curl into the fetal position feeling so like an amateur next to them.  I hope Kath will like these though and I hope she doesn't sneak a peek...I sent it priority.