Thursday, August 26, 2010


Plush You at Munky King opened last night. If you're in the area check it out. Runs till Sept. 19th.

7308 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Over the weekend I started thinking about what I wanted to make for the Luv-able & Hug-able show in NY. For this show I usually create smaller pieces. Last year I created the ice cream guys. So I decided to keep with the sweet treats theme and go with snow cones. Rainbow snow cones at that. I don't know if it's been because of the heat or the time of year or what, but making plush ice cream or snow cones sounds good. Of course by the time the show rolls around it'll be cold. Hopefully people will be in the mood for a stuffed snow cone.

I don't think anyone's really created plush snow cones so here's my attempt. I originally had scribbled down tons of different flavors but decided those would be so boring looking and then I remembered that rainbow snow cones exist.

Here's a sneak peak at the progress. I'm thinking these will be on stands painted a bright color and then covered in fine glitter. How cute would that be!

Who remembers this!!!

Monday, August 23, 2010


My Movie Concession guys that were in July's issue of Stuffed Magazine are for sale on Etsy. They'd look super cute on a shelf in your tv/movie room!!


So I've completed all the sewing projects I wanted to for the fall. Now to start working on Halloween stuff and pieces for Luv-able & Hug-able as well as Stuff This.

When I went back home to STL in June I dug through a box of old patterns my mom and grandma had used to make clothes for us kids. It was fun seeing all these 70's and 80's patterns. I took a few back home with me and planned to make my daughter one or two outfits. I chose this one first. I thought the dress would look cute this fall with a long sleeve shirt and leggings and maybe some cute boots.

I love the illustration on the envelope.

I literally made this from scraps I had left over from another project.  In fact I wanted the center panel to be the same material as the two side panels but I just didn't have enough.

With this pattern you can add pleats or not. I chose to add them and use bright pink so they'd really pop. I'd love to make another that is plaid, maybe in a lightweight corduroy.

This is a size 3 and follows all the same measurements as size three's do today however it's big. I had to take it in a bit.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I finished my jacket last night. This pic is of a real Cynthia Rowley jacket in leather. It costs $550.00. Mine cost maybe $20 bucks. I do like the leather version and I bet it has a good weight to it.

This pic doesn't really do it must justice. Looks a little boxy here.

My only complaint about how mine turned out is the sleeves. They turned out a bit puffier than I had hoped. Also, because I have thin arms, I can't tighten the D rings any tighter on the sleeve cuffs. I can't push up the sleeves like in the pattern photo because they just keep falling. I should have cut the size smaller for the sleeves or measured my arms and the pattern and then adjust it. Oh well.

Here's my attempt to take a photo of myself wearing it. I would have taken a pic outside but it was already dark.


I haven't made anything for myself in ages so I decided to tackle this Cynthia Rowley pattern from Simplicity. I wouldn't say it's a really hard pattern, but it does have lots of pieces to keep track of.

The pockets took some time.

I can't wait to see how it looks with the sleeves.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010



Disney's Sleeping Beauty is one of the first films I ever saw in a theater. It is also one of my favorite Disney movies, visually. I just found this image of concept art from the movie. I was right when I said the fabric below reminded me of the movie.

Here's some more concept work from that movie.

I'd just like to state that I hate that Disney markets Sleeping Beauty in the pink dress when in the movie it's mostly blue. I realize that Cinderella's dress is blue and so they went with the pink for Sleeping Beauty but I just don't like it. Just sayin'.

I so want this poster created by Eric Tan. I've had my eye on it for quite a while now. It would look great in my studio,

Sunday, August 15, 2010


I went a bit crazy on making skirts for my daughter for the fall. There was just so many cute fabric combos. My daughter has finally decided that she likes to wear skirts and asks to wear "pretty drresses" just about every day. These are super quick to make. A great project to whip up during nap time. Simplicity pattern 2356.

Princess Castle Skirt. This print reminds me of Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

Little Golden Books Skirt. My daughter has a shelf of Golden books that belonged to me and me mom. One of which is the 1951 printing of Mary Blair's I Can Fly.

Flower Skirt. I love this fabric combo.

Gnomes Skirt. Who doesn't love gnomes?

Halloween Skirt. Great print. Cute and not juvenile looking.

Thanksgiving Skirt. I really wanted to find a fabric print with turkeys. I searched everywhere and found only one and it was ugly.

Skull Skirt. This is my favorite. Cute and punk all in one. Will be great for the Halloween season and beyond.

Christmas Skirt. Very cute and retro.

I then decided to make a quick poodle skirt as a costume for my daughter to wear to school. She's got black and white oxfords that'll look really cute with this.

My little model. I took about 15 pictures and only had one descent on to use. It's really hard to get a 2 year old to stand still or pose for you.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Art Unleashed is coming up. The art auction that benefits the Humane Society for Kansas City is Friday August 27. This is my sixth year and I love doing it. This year I contributed two pieces.

Old school chairs were being offered to decorate any way you'd like. So I volunteered to take a chair. I decided I wanted it to be very simple and graphic. I spray painted the entire chair black and then just made a slip cover for the back and a cushion for the seat. I also added a tail that wraps around one of the legs.

I contemplated for awhile about adding a mouth. But in the end I decided maybe he looked best without one.

Here's the owl, I posted  a couple weeks ago, that will be auctioned off too.

If you're in the area I recommend checking this out. It's a fun evening with lots of food and fun art work.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Wish this had been available a year ago! It would have been a lot better than trying to make up the Alice costume out of two patterns like I did.

2009 Alice costume.

I know it's only the first of August, but I'm already gearing up for Halloween. Crazy I know. But I like to be done with everything the first of October so that really only gives me two months. I've got materail and patterns already purchased and waiting to start. My husband will also be dressing up this year. Surprising! Stay tuned to see what our group costume will be!

Monday, August 2, 2010


She's all done! She stands about 14" tall. The shells are made out of Sculpey and then painted and glued in place. I'm very happy with her. Now off to Stuffed Mag.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


I finished up all the scales last week. I lost track of counting them at about 100. I like the look of it once they were all put on but I HATED cutting them all out. This was ten times worse than cutting out the scallop shapes for the owls.