Getting Ready


It's hard to believe the Martha Stewart Holiday Craft sale is less than a week away! I think (I hope) I have enough inventory made, and now I'm focused on getting things packed.

Here's a peek at some of the crafties I'll be bringing in my bags.




If you're in the NCY are this Saturday, December 4th, please stop by and say hello.

For more info on the show,, click HERE.


Scrappy Cats

I've been crafting around the clock with the help of my two little studio mates, Nigel and Mimsey Frost.

They LOVE wresting in my paper scraps, so instead of throwing thing right into the recycling, I've been making a little paper nest for them.

It's fun for the kittens and it keeps them distracted, off my desk, and away from my finished work.









It's Officially Official!

Well, I just got the word this morning that I'm one of the lucky five who have won a space at the Holiday Craft Sale at the Martha Stewart Creative HQ! I can't even begin to tell you what a thrill and an honor this is. I am completely over the moon about it.

Thanks SO much to all who voted in the contest. I appreciate your support!!

As the results rolled in, and things started looking promising, I went ahead and ordered a few more supplies so I could jump right into production mode. I plan to spend the next two and half weeks glued to the chair in my craft room. I can hardly wait to begin!!

So how much should I bring? I've done plenty of craft sales, but not one with this volume of traffic. I guess I'll just keep on making and bring as much as I can complete in the time I have, and hope that's plenty.

Here's a sneak peek of some of the gems I'll be working into the new Holiday pins.



And speaking craft sales,, don't forget this weekend I'll be at the Tacoma is for Lovers artist craft sale. Details HERE .... please come by!


My Crafty Companion

My Shadow, Charlene Butterbean.

I wanted to introduce you to Charlene Butterbean. If you follow my other blog, The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, you've already met her.

When you work from home, you can get a little starved for interaction. Having a little studio mate like Charlene, really does help.

Most of the time she's good. She loves to sit in the window, survey the yard, and chirp at the squirrels as they run along the top of the fence. She also likes to watch me work, especially if there are birds and ribbon involved.

She has been known to get into trouble, though. Sometimes she'll sneak into the room and steal my supplies (like ribbon and birds). Many craft supplies do resemble cat toys, so that's no surprise.

One day she jumped on my desk once and swiped her floofy tail in the glue. Then she swished it again, and knocked over the glitter. The noise startled her and she ran off leaving a sparkly trail behind her, and a big mess to clean up.

Now, there are rules. She's not allowed in the craft room alone, and she can't come in when certain things are in use. Like glitter and glue.


Hello and a HUGE Thanks!

Since the Martha Stewart Crafts Dept competition started (I'm one of the finalists competing for a space at their Holiday Craft Sale) I've had a lot of new folks stopping by.

I just wanted to say hello, and thank you for visiting!

Also, I would like to give HUGE thanks too, to all those who casted a vote of support!

I've got a crazy, busy week, and it's been hard to stay focused on my tasks when my head is filled with dreams of going to New York, and selling my crafts along side all those fabulously talented crafters, many who are members of the Martha Stewart creative team.

If you would like to help make a crafty girl's wildest dream come true, please click here and cast a vote.

To find out a little bit more about this crafty contest, please click HERE.

Thanks a million!!

PS If you're having trouble voting,,,, there have been a few issues.... try THIS link instead.


A Few Blues


I'm trying to expand my holiday color palette and make pins that are a little less "Christmas" and a little more "festive".

I just some pretty aqua blue mushrooms this week, and they inspired this little collection.

I'm building up inventory for upcoming craft sales, and after the sales, I'll have time to list a few on Etsy. If you're interested in purchasing a piece, just send me an email and we can work something out!


Got a Second....

The fine folks at the Martha Stewart Crafts Department are hosting a little contest and are giving five lucky crafters a table at their Holiday Craft Sale at the Martha Stewart Creative HQ in NYC. Many of the vendors are the creative people working at Martha Stewart, so I'm sure it will be an incredible show.

I entered the contest, the Crafts Department reviewed everyone's work, and I just found out that I was a finalist! My heart skipped a beat (or two, at least) when I read the news.

Now, they've set up a poll, and the public will decide the winners. That's where you come in.

If you have a second, and would like to cast a vote of support, please click HERE. It really only takes a moment, and there's no registration required.

OH, my fingers are crossed for this chance of a lifetime opportunity!

Click HERE to find out more about the sale and see pictures of last year's event. If you're in the NYC area, you most definitely attend!

Here are the details:

Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Sale
Sat Dec 4th, 2010
Noon - Six PM

Starrett-Lehigh Building
601 West 26th Street (between Eleventh and Twelfth avenues)
9th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Click HERE to cast your vote!
Thanks a MILLION!


A Holiday Sampling


Here are a few samples of the holiday pins I've been making for the upcoming sales. I've been incorporating lots of little birds, tiny pinecones, spun cotton mushrooms and miniature bottlebrush trees. They are festive and fun, and perfect for your winter coat lapel. They also make great little package toppers.

The first sale is Nov 13th and 14th at Kings Books in Tacoma. Please click HERE for more details.


A Bouquet for Metropolitan Bride and Groom

Created for their summer/fall issue...




The bouquet was a mix of crepe paper and linen flowers.

Craft Sale Flash Back

I wanted to share a few images from this summer's Tacoma is for Lovers artist craft sale.

My booth was packed with new merchandise - pins, bird cages, garlands, and kitty cards, of course.

I plan to do the same for this month's show. I've been working around the clock so expect to see lots and LOTS of new things. Please see the previous post for a sampling of the new products and details on the sale.

I can't even begin to tell you how much fun it is preparing for these shows. I LOVE making things. And it's so fun doing the sales too. It's always a treat to spend time with crafters and appreciators of hand made things!

TIFL Artist Craft Sale

TIFL Artist Craft Sale

TIFL Artist Craft Sale

TIFL Artist Craft Sale