forest trolls!

My boys and I recently read a great old Norwegian book about trolls we got from their Grandma. One night after reading my son Jude said "Mom! You should make a troll!"

These are an adaptation of my felt dolls mixed with some techniques and materials I use for jointed animals. I was laughing to myself a lot in the studio as they came together. They've passed the ultimate kid test in our house: The trolls are getting tucked into bed with my boys every night :-)


recent work


Holiday Update

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans! 

Just a quick post to let you know I'm adding a very small group of toys to my shop this Saturday (Nov. 29th) at 12:00pm CST. I think I'll have two bears and just a couple other things...that's all I could manage this year with my new job and a baby! I probably won't have time to post pictures ahead of time so just stop by the shop anytime after noon on Saturday.

I'm thankful for your continued interest and support!



elephant pile

Can you tell I like this pattern quite a bit? These have mostly been given away as gifts to some of my favorite kiddos but I'll be making more I'm sure. 


new pattern...an elephant!

I made this elephant for My little baby François. It was inspired by a pink and white plush cat my husband had as a little boy. This toy is made of the most wonderful mohair and stuffed with lambswool. I used some vintage "moving eyes" with metal shanks for this guy but have since made a few more with more kid-friendly safety eyes. The pattern is really great to work with and it is such fun to try out different color combinations.
I think this elephant has a really great vintage feel...like a carnival prize toy...but classier of course ;-)

I'll show you the rest of the herd soon!


a bear for my boy

I made this bear for my son a little while back to celebrate his move up to first grade. I wanted to make something special for Jude that reflected the amazing person he is...so like Jude, this bear loves nature and drawing and collecting little treasures.

I have (yet another) new teaching job this school year but this time it's not temporary or adjunct or dependent on enrollment, it's just mine and I'm thrilled about it. I'm contemplating some changes for Fox and Owl...more on that later but I will say that I love making toys both for my own kids and others so very much...I'm NEVER going to stop doing this work.


about tomorrow's update

Hello! Just a bit of information about tomorrow's update: In many ways it will be the same as other updates I've had in my shop but I'm trying something new too. I will have several toys for sale in my shop that are one of a kind or in one case, an edition of two. Many of these you have seen previewed here in the last few posts or on my facebook page.

In addition to these pieces, I will also be offering up a few of my favorite toys (see images below) on a made-to-order basis. This will be for a limited time; while supplies last and I have the time to make them.

Make sure to stop by my Etsy shop tomorrow at noon CST and check out what I've been working on! 


and a doll

The shop update will be this Sunday at noon (CST) in my Etsy shop!



finishing touches

Things are coming together in the studio for the Summer Shop Update. I'm in my studio every chance I get and I love it! 


summer update announcement

The summer shop update will be on Sunday, July 27th at 12:00 CST...

Stay tuned for some peeks at what I'm working on!


four months later...

Our little baby François is four months old already...how time flies! We've spent the last four months mostly holed up inside due to a terribly long cold winter, just smothering this baby with millions of kisses. Caring for three kiddos and my job take up a good deal of my time but I have had the chance to spend some little bits of time here and there in my studio which is such a treat. The bear is a new pattern I wanted to try out and may end up in my shop at some point. These baby toys are for my own little one and the new baby of a dear friend. My son François likes his so much it inspires me to want to make more.
I've had so many inquiries about my toys lately which is wonderful but also really makes me wish I had more time to make them. I'm planning on doing another update this summer when I have a bit more time so check back here or on my Facebook page for more updates.


He's here! Welcome François!

We welcomed the newest addition to our family not long after my last post (I had a feeling I guess!).  Meet our son, François.  I can't think of a nicer way to start a new year than with a beautiful new little person in my arms!  I'm feeling incredibly happy and fortunate to have these three healthy and beautiful sons of mine. 

Happy New Year to you, dear readers.  I have a feeling 2014 is going to be pretty sweet (and over in the blink of an eye).



a thank you, and happy news

(The shop is open right now but will be closed for a bit sometime soon...)

Thank you all, once again for making my update such a great experience.  It makes me truly happy to create things that people enjoy and appreciate.  This update was especially sweet for me because I have so little time these days for toy making and so I really cherished every moment I had in my studio...and only made the things I really wanted to make as I'm not doing any custom orders at this time.  Many things sold in the first day or so my shop was stocked but I'm happy that there are still a few things available as I'm not sure when I'll be able to make more toys again. 

Teaching this year has kept me busy, but I'm about to get even busier in a totally different (if not familiar) way very soon...I'm due to have our third child pretty much any time now!  So if you see that my shop is closed for a bit, you know why.  If there is something you have been planning on buying for Christmas, sooner is probably better than later!  I hope you all have a very happy holidays with those you love and I'll be back in the new year.  Wish me luck please! 


now in the shop

 All these items (and a few more beaded ornaments) are now in my Etsy shop.  Stop by and have a look!