Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!


Hey there people. I'm sporting my dino costume today.. totally went to work with it. Got so many stares from people at Safeway this morning as I stopped in to buy some cookies for work. Oh yeah.. dino in public. So far I'm the only one I've seen in costume.. sad but true. I'm letting my freak flag fly. I really need to get better photos of this costume to show you guys!

So here is a little lovely treat for you. Some Halloween rap!




Thursday, October 29, 2009

100 mile diet

I've heard a lot lately about the 100 mile diet and the 100 mile challenge. Then last week I caught this great series on the green channel about the 100 mile challenge they did in Canada. I have been feeling the push all year and I never really could do anything about it. Well this next month I'm going to make an effort to learn about my community and see what resources I can find that are local.

To read more about the 100 mile challenge you can go here: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tv/100-mile-challenge/
To read more about the 100 mile diet go here: 100milediet.org

There have been a number of things bothering me lately. For one I watched the movie Food Inc that just grossed me out all over again. You think I would have learned my lesson from the movie "Supersize Me". Ok so my biggest problem is what am I supposed to do? I have a really limited income and I can't afford the expensive foods. I can't go off and buy a whole cow or anything. I'm just a single girl with a limited budget. What options are available to me?

So I have decided to tackle it one problem at a time. This has also been fueled by all the reports of ecoli and mad cow disease. My first task? Finding local beef. I need me some hamburger people. I'm a bit freaked out that what's in your burger comes from all over the world and they can't even trace it back to the source. GROSS! So I took a trip to Safeway to see if anything local was available (I didn't really expect to find anything but was curious) There were three different levels of hamburger. First was the really low cost option that didn't even bother to list their sources (This is the last one I bought.. I KNOW.. I know..) The next one was the regular priced version with contents from Oregon, Idaho, New Zealand. The next price level up had the same thing. NEW ZEALAND?? I would like to know if the higher priced one would be safe. There is a meat department attendant but I was too grossed out to ask. Any info on this guys? What do you think? Safe to eat still? The meat color was DRASTIC from the cheap version to the expensive one. The best one had a deep red color and less fat for sure.

I was too grossed out to ask and just decided to try the local hipster fancy store. So I braved the hippies and finally enter into New Seasons. I've never really shopped here.. I'm on a budget people! I knew this was the place that I could find the good stuff though. These people should know what they're doing right? Then I felt bad for thinking bad of their customers because everyone was so nice and happy and helpful. Ok hippies are harmless and the ones at New Seasons are totally nice. There was a group of guys right behind the meat counter and they were happy to answer my questions. I received a whole spiel about the beef they sold. It is a local owned company that has beef from Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. (Hawaii for real?) They grind their beef in the store and everything is under strict watch and quality control. It didn't cost that much more than the mid priced beef ($3.99 a lb) and it's worth it in the long run. Better for me I'm sure and less danger of being poisoned by some horrible slaughter house. I'm not becoming a vegetarian guys.. I can't do that.. I'll just be smarter about where I get my food.

My next step is checking out the local farmer's market (can you believe I've never been before?) www.orcityfarmersmarket.com

I'm going to try and replace slowly all the foods I usually eat and find local sources for them. I want to eat local fruits and veggies (support the farms in Oregon and Washington) This will involve visiting some farms this fall. I really want to explore the bounty that is the Sauvie Island. I eat a lot of eggs.. I need to find a farmer to supply that. I would also like to find local bread and a bakery.

I think I know where most of these things are already.. I am just going to give myself the opportunity this next month to explore it all. It's going to be fun! That's what this is about.. having fun and in the process supporting local farmers and getting to know your community. Fall is here and time to bring in the harvest! I wonder what awesomeness I will discover in my backyard. ooooh yum!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Costume preview


Here is the first shot of my finished halloween costume! I designed it to be versitle enough that I can wear the vest and hat in public on normal days (that are not halloween) It is warm but also can be matched with other pieces so I can be cooler or warmer depending on where I am. Also a test to see if I want to make full body apparel for the costumes. Answer? YES! I absolutely want to make versions of this to sell and for the kids and adults alike. My version of the classic hoodie dino.

More photos to come later when I have assistance. It's hard to take photos of it by yourself.

ROOARR!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sit Chair




Check out these awesome chairs! It's a suitcase.. then a chair! I don't know how practical they would be but it sure would impress people.

Maybe great for if you have limited seating in your house and need some cool fold up chair? Maybe it doesn't fold up at all. I can't tell from the website. Either way it's a conversation piece.

Found via: link.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

My mom the apron lady


lynnsdesigneraprons.etsy.com

This is the woman that raised me, the woman that encourages me when I'm down and inspires me through her own success. She sells aprons over in Southern Oregon (I'm in Portland clear across the state). My mom and dad had a long history of selling all sorts of things. My dad was always coming up with new money making schemes and my mom learned from him the tricks of the trade. He was a jack of all trades. Back when I was a kid I remember him having an upholstery shop. She still tells me stories of their rambling ways. It must have stuck with her though because all my life she's been that way. As a single mom she used every means she could to cut corners and save money. She always cooked all our food and we made all our own toys. She learned to be creative and fast with the sewing machine.

For over 10 years she's been working as a florist for Albertsons and about 3 years ago (I think it's been that long) she made some aprons for Christmas presents for her friends. She caught the sewing bug that winter and couldn't stop making them! Soon she made enough to take to a show, then another, then another. Now she's almost living off of her business and aprons have taken over her life. When I visit her she's always showing me her new creations. She took over the extra rooms in the house and has one room FULL of aprons and fabric. Then there's her sewing room which has all the new ones and aprons in progress. She takes custom orders and has an apron for every person. They are all different and unique. From the crazy odd to the hip retro styles. Some of her patterns come from vintage designs and she's brought them back to life to be used by a new generation.

Now my mom is on youtube.

Well this is the lady that got me going. She gave me the sewing machine I sew my hats on. She taught me to sew and crochet even though I cried and cursed and swore I was giving up.

You go mom!

Check out her shop here: lynnsdesigneraprons.etsy.com

Make it yourself - Porcelain Pottery



Found here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wolfy Hats all over the world


I've been making tons of hats recently and been swarmed with requests to fill by Halloween. It's so exciting to be the one who designs someone's costumes. It's almost an honor for me. I also know that these hats are better quality than anything they could buy in department stores and I know they will be used for many years to come.

I'm taking next week off from work and just going to sew, sew, sew! I filled up my supply of fleece this week and going to get to work on making my new line of toddler fleece hats. I can't wait for my photo shoot. I've set up one with a friend of mine and that's something to be revealed in the future. You will have to wait!

I am also very excited to receive photos like the one above and below. This is from a customer of mine who posted photos with her daughter in her new hat here, and here. How cute! I love receiving photos. It's the best part of my day and it helps bring closure to the job. I send off these creations and sometimes I never hear back. It's nice to see that they fit and look great and I get a sense of accomplishment from it.



Monday, October 12, 2009

Owls

These would make the cutest little ornaments! What a great idea from Merwing.

Fabric Alphabet Tutorial

Check out this cool tutorial to make this fabric alphabet. Great idea for a gift (Christmas is coming!) Or as a teaching tool to help your kid learn the alphabet and letters.

View the tutorial here. By Chez Beeper Bebe

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Nightcap

I wear a nightcap to bed. I don't know how many other people do this or if it's simply old fashioned. But I do it out of necessity.

Whenever I think of a nightcap the image of scrooge pops into my head.

why is the idea of a nightcap such an old fashioned thing? It might be because now we have central heating and houses are warm and comfy. Everything is all sealed up and pumped up full of heat. NOT MY HOUSE. We live in an old house with old doors and old windows. This house has gotta be a hundred years old and at least built in the 1900's. We have a drafty cold house full of cracks and leaky doors. IT'S COLD IN HERE.

So when I go to bed and turn off my electric heater I slip on my night cap and snuggle into bed. Overnight a drafty cold house will start to creep in on you and freeze your head off. It's similar to camping when the rest of your body is tucked in a sleeping bag but your head is left out in the elements.

The perfect way to keep yourself warm and snuggly is wear a nightcap!
My version looks like this though.
of course.. right? hehe

Lots more info on this page.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Pencil Scarfs


I just came across these really neat pencil scarfs. Reminds me of the first day of school and the cold bite of Autumn. When the weather turns cold in the first month of fall I can't help but tingle with the feeling that you get the first day of school. Excitement?

This scarf would be a great thing to add to the back to school list. I am in love with it. :)

Available here by Sara Carr

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Costume Ideas

It's that time of the year! I've been thinking of ideas all year but none have really sparked an interest.. or I didn't write them down. Should have written them down!

I'm not feeling that ambitious this year.. and don't really have the budget. My thoughts keep coming back to dinosaurs and perhaps a dino hoodie is in my future.

What are you going as? Have any ideas yet?

Here are some clever handmade ideas I found on the interwebs:




This one is my favorite. Found here and made by one VERY crafty mama. I am SO impressed and inspired!





Max costume!

Pippi Longstocking

Roller Coaster

Rebel Pilot

New Chunky Hat

I really like how this hat came out in the end. I've been staring at the fur at Fabric Depot for YEARS now and it's so soft but so weird. I couldn't figure out what I could make with it. How could I validate buying it without a project in mind?

Well finally I made something with it! It wasn't that hard to sew.. I went really slow. It has bumps of fur so the texture is really uneven and it's hard to get a straight seam. I must be getting better at sewing fur though because it was a challenge but did not stop me or frustrate me.

Sometimes I want to make plushies from all this fur but I remind myself that there is LOTS of people out there selling animals and they are really time consuming. I would rather make a hat which you can wear rather than an object sitting on a shelf somewhere. I don't know how much longer I can resist though.. I see a spur of plushies in my future.

Anyways this hat is now available in my etsy shop: lollytots.etsy.com

Monday, October 05, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

Furry Grey Wolf Hat


Check out this new hat I made this morning! I'm so loving this long fur, it's wild!

Available in my shop here.
Custom orders are available. Halloween is coming up folks!





New Prints available

Now in my etsy shop - two new prints available! I create my digital art in Illustrator (Vector art is one of my passions)


Thursday, October 01, 2009

Framed art at Imagekind

Check it out! Framed and everything. Imagekind is one cool site. He's so cute framed. Right? yes?

Brush those chompers!

Prints - in all sorts of sizes


I now have my artwork uploaded at Imagekind.com where you can order my paintings in any size of print you want. They even offer greeting cards!

lollytots.imagekind.com




This is in an effort to post my artwork to places that can sell it without me doing anything at all. So more of my art is in the world and hopefully it will give me a small income. Who knows right?

I am looking for more sites like this where I can share my artwork. If you have info please post a link! Thanks!

Ruffle Scarves Now Available

Check out the selection in my shop here.



New Prints Available!

Check out the selection here.