Introducing Kula

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Just in time for Christmas we’ve added a new member to the family! This is Kula, an 8 week old female German Shepherd. She’s a sweetie who still doesn’t quite know how to sleep through the night so we are all in a bit of a puppy fog right now. Scrabble is still with us, but really isn’t all that impressed with the upstart. It’ll take a while to establish a rhythm, so I am planning to take it easy in the studio for the next month. I will be shipping orders every day though (quickie trips to the PO are great for learning to take car rides with ease). I hope your December is off to a good start too!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hello Friends! I hope my US readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. Ours was a small family affair with my sister and her husband and our parents. Three dogs livened things up and we had a long time to relax and chat. We saw only a few snowflakes, but lots more rain. I was born on Thanksgiving, so we always celebrate my birthday on the holiday even when my actual birthday is next Monday. Birthday pie is a tradition!

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I have been busy with house and family this week, but have been squeezing in a bit of time to update my shops since the Christmas Goose Fair last weekend. I still have a few more of the hand stamped cards to add, but mostly the shops are as full as they will get for the holidays, unless I get a wild hair to finish items already in progress or start something new.

Lucky for you, the Etsy Cyber Week Sale is on now until Monday, November 26th. Purchase at least $50 and get 20% off. This includes everything in both shops including drawstring bags, zipper bags, handmade books, original art, ornament kits, Christmas ornaments, Christmas cards, everyday note cards and stickers, and hand stamped Moleskine journals. Unfortunately, with the way Etsy works you can’t combine items from the two shops to make up the $50, but hopefully you can find goodies in either shop to get there. No coupon needed!

New In Shop :: Block Printed Ornaments

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A couple of weeks ago I played around with block printing on fabric with textile ink. I ended up making a bunch of these fabric ornaments from my hand carved stamp. There are several versions of the red one as I was decided on what colors I liked best for stitching. In the end I prefer the simple white thread. However, there are many unstitched ones as well for those who prefer just the ink.

Most of the green ones are unstitched, though if you really wanted them stitched, you can let me know and I’ll do a special listing.

Also, you can do the stitching yourself if you want to. The unstitched ones cost 1/2 as much, so it’s a cost saver and not hard to do because there’s batting in the middle. You’d just need to hide your knots as in hand quilting.

 light green thread

light green thread

 multi colored threads

multi colored threads

Do you recognize this pattern from my Christmas cards? There are still some of these in the shop. You might make a nice little hostess gift with a hand printed card and ornament to go with it.

New In Shop :: Original Art

 Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

This summer was quite productive for original art too. I have listed many new pieces in the shop. There are lots of critters, flowers, and some woman portraits. I also did some mixed media collage, including the pieces above and below. Thank you for taking a look!

 Mixed Media Collage & Watercolor Blue Bird

Mixed Media Collage & Watercolor Blue Bird

 Cat on a Bicycle

Cat on a Bicycle

 Cat in a Wagon

Cat in a Wagon

 Mother Earth

Mother Earth

 Woman with Flowers

Woman with Flowers

 Purple Cat

Purple Cat

 Halloween Cat

Halloween Cat

 Swan’s Flowers #1

Swan’s Flowers #1

 Swan’s Flowers #2

Swan’s Flowers #2