Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I have a niece who loves is INFATUATED with Yo Gabba Gabba. I have no idea why. I have tried - many times - to sit down and watch this show with her, looking for some kind of redeeming qualities in it that would explain why she jumps up and down and squeals with delight at the sight of it, but I can't come up with anything. It's just plain weird. The characters are weird. The songs are weird. The dancing children are weird. And, what does "Yo Gabba Gabba" mean, anyway??? Weird.

But ... I will admit that one of the characters on the show ... Foofa ... is actually kind of cute. She's pink ... with a daisy on her head. Very girly. And Brett likes her. A lot. I was coloring with her the other day, and I made a very rough drawing of Foofa with pink markers on a plain sheet of paper. When I gave it to her, you'd have thought I gave the kid a whole tub of candy or something ... she was so excited and played with it - yes, the paper drawing - for the rest of the time I was there. Amazing.

SO ... I was racking my brain trying to come up with a fun gift for Brett for Christmas, when it dawned on me ... she would love a Foofa doll! They carry them at Target, I hear, but I have yet to see one on the shelves. And, with Christmas around the corner, I decided it was time to break down and MAKE one for her ... yes, I said MAKE one for her. I know I must have had a lapse of judgment when I made that decision, because let me tell you ... it wasn't easy. I had to HAND-DRAW the pattern, and I'm no artist - believe me

Here she is ... I think the final result came out pretty well. I definitely think the body is a little wonky, but Brett is 2 ... she won't care. She'll be happy that she has her very own Foofa, and that's all that matters, right?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Proverbs 31:24

"She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes."

This is a little glimpse at a fun project I've been working on slaving over since I bought my fun 1930's fabrics at Mary Jo's. Please someone stop me the next time I want to spell out long quotes with small appliqued letters!

Even though this has taken a LOT of time and energy to put together, I'm happy with the way it is shaping up! I love the happy colors. I plan to finish it (hopefully soon) and hang it on the wall in my studio for inspiration.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

She's in Business!

My friend Jodi recently had a birthday, and I wanted to make her something that she didn't already have, and that she would get a lot of use out of. Before you start jumping to conclusions ... no, I did NOT make her a coffee cozy. (although, I did make her one last year, since she does enjoy coffee just as much as - if not more than I do). No ... instead, this is the gift I made for her :

Can you guess what it is? I'll give you a hint ... Jodi just started her own private counseling practice (woo hoo!) and has been handing out business cards to let everyone know she's up and running. Well, I thought she would appreciate being stylish while she handed them out.

Have you guessed yet??

It's a business card holder! I saw some metal ones at the store, but didn't like the designs on them, so I went home and designed this simple little pouch that would serve the same purpose! It turned out just the way I had envisioned it, and was SUPER easy to make. If I ever manage to get a business together myself, I will be keeping my business cards in a similar pouch ... except mine will be red, of course.

Here's a close-up.

So, what do you think? Would you use one of these?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Vive La Toile!

Well, I finally got around to making something out of the pink toile flannel I picked up a few months ago. A new friend of mine from church just had a baby girl, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make something cute out of it.

Instead of making a quilt, I opted to just take the two layers of fabric and crochet the edges together. It makes for a light-weight comfy blanket, perfect for the not-so-cold winters we have here in the South.

I love how the toile matches the fun tea cup that I bought in a hole-in-the-wall shop the last time I was in Paris. Hopefully little Katherine Grace will love it!