moving on

I've put two more bears in my Etsy shop today...probably the last addition to the shop for a little while. I've got other exciting projects to work on most importantly, planning my son's fifth birthday party.

We made these invitations for his little party. The theme: Yetis!

I was looking at this picture of the treats I made for Oscar's class last year for his birthday celebration and noticed something kind of shocking...It has been viewed over 20,000 times!? How did this happen? I think it would be funny if of all the things I've made in my life this is what I was best known for. Actually, they were pretty great.


brother and sister

I just finished up these two sweet bears which I'll be adding to the shop tomorrow morning at 10am (CST). I continue my quest to keep my Etsy shop stocked with an assortment of items between now and Christmas! Somebody special in my shop may be a little bit on sale tomorrow too...

I've been working this morning but I plan to spend the rest of the day relaxing with my family. I hope you are having a a lovely Thanksgiving filled with family and good food!


much, much better

I was having trouble getting good images of these new toys due to lack of sun but then my mom came over with her fancy camera and TA DA! I'd felt okay about the images I was getting with my little point and shoot but I might have to put a nice camera on my Christmas list...

Thanks for your help, mom!

These new toys are in the shop.


let's play!

Three Play Rabbits and three Play Bears. I'll work on getting them in the shop tonight or tomorrow morning. I'm having a hard time getting good pictures of them today as it is really cloudy outside...and icy!

UPDATE: The photos are kind of iffy but the toys are now in the shop!


kind of scattered

I can't believe it is Thursday already, this week has slipped past me. I'm so grateful to everyone who has bought toys from me over the past couple of weeks. It's been really fun, really surprising and quite a thrill. My goal is to try to keep my store stocked from now until Christmas with an assortment of toys. I know I won't be able to make as many things as I'd like to but I'll do my best. I'm open to suggestions about what to make so feel free to let me know if you have a special request...

I've been working away at a new group of play animals but this has been one of those weeks where for a hundred little reasons it's hard to get work done in the studio and despite my best efforts to stay healthy I've managed to catch whatever it is that my kids have been so sick with. Rats.

To top it all off, I have to give an artist talk at the museum tonight. These things make me quite nervous so I'm in a bit of a state today!


new ones

These three will be in the shop this afternoon...play rabbits and bears in the works.


inspiration: Richard Scarry

Nobody draws cuter rabbits than Richard Scarry...or bears or mice or wild boars for that matter. I was thinking about his rabbits when I made two new ones this week. I feel like I should have gotten more done but with two sick kids and a broken sewing machine for much of the week I guess I did alright. The rabbits are almost done now and next week I'll be making more Play Bears and Play Rabbits.

And I got a new sewing machine!!



Look what we woke up to here in Minnesota today! The perfect first snow...nice and sticky for snowballs and plenty of it to play in. The kids are in heaven and I like it too. My husband Benji rode his bike to work today as he will all winter. My hero!


two elves

My interest in all things Christmas has started early this year and feels especially strong. There are just so many Christmas treasures out there to hunt for! I found these little elves yesterday at one of my favorite spots...one for each kid to hang on the tree!


big time

Well...I've been sitting on some pretty big news for a while now. My toys have been featured in Martha Stewart Living's Holiday Gift Guide! I'm obviously really happy and excited about it, but it also makes me kind of anxious. I guess it's just the not knowing what exposure like this will bring...something? Nothing? The magazine has just started going out to subscribers I think. Yikes.

As long as I'm bragging, check out our blog FLOURISH to read a couple really great reviews our show has gotten from the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio. We have also all posted images of our work from the show.


paper robots

mom and kids


new toys in the shop today

Whew! I added a bunch of new toys to the shop today. Here are some pictures of some of the pieces I don't think I've shown you yet: