Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My little Punk Rock Pony

You should have seen me yesterday at the Goodwill bins. I was rolling around this cart with an army of ponies and dinosaur toys stacked on top. It was completly ridiculous! It was as if someone had finally cleaned out their toy closet that they've had since the 80's. There was tons of Rainbow Bright dolls and other kinds of toys I have no idea what their names were but they were totally toys I had played with as a kid and haven't seen for YEARS. One of my finds was this huge my little pony and knew that I just had to bring it home and make something totally awesome with it.

The pony got a nice bath and major brushing to get rid of tons of tangles. Somehow Pat knew that I should use some conditioner to help the process. How did a guy know that? Yes it worked and we decided to give her a haircut. My brother Pat gave me the idea for the mohawk (which was made with tacky glue and lots of patience) and with a little added jewelry and glasses I found the look totally came together. Now the shelf part was also an item I found. I painted it last night and added some embellishments.

This is my tribute to my little pony and now proudly hangs on my wall.

My first Beastlie

I've been a fan of Leslie's Beastlies for some time. I'm not sure where I tracked down her link but you can see why I would come upon such creations. They are exactly my kind of monsters! Big teeth, colorful and super cute, awesome little monster dudes! When I visited Stumptown Comic Festival I just had to take one home. The artist was there in person with a table FULL of monsters. It was so hard to pick just one. This is the little guy that came home with me.

There are many more photos of the monsters on flickr and on her website. Here are a few of my favorites. I must collect an army of little beastlies. Yes I will!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hipster Furry

I am easily amused.

Panda Craziness!

I was a little cracked out this week making panda hats. I got a lot finished but at the end of the week I found that I really burned myself out. Some weeks I can go like crazy and other weeks I need to take it easy and catch up on mundane things like laundry and paying bills. I am proud of what I got done this week though!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Deluxe Panda Hat

Loving this new panda hat! I finished one up for the market this weekend. It's so fuzzy and warm! I don't want to make another panda hat for a while though.. oh pandas you plague me!

Helmet Covers - Ram

I have finished my prototype for my helmet covers. It still needs tweaking and real life testing before I start shelling them out. My problems right now are finding ways to secure it to the helmet but make it somewhat universal. I think the helmet covers are going to be somewhat restricted in what kind of helmets they will fit. For now I'm shooting for the traditional bike helmet shape.

I think I have the fitting down and it stays nice and snug. I did have straps that came down but it just looked like you had a giant head. Having part of the helmet showing seemed to improve this or at least let you know that you had a helmet under there and not a giant lump for a brain.

This is me up late one night. I haven't slept much this week and it's been getting to me in a big way. I am linked into some crazy creative energy though and I just want to keep creating and sewing. I wish I didn't have the mundane things to do. I feel that sometimes things get neglected because I need to spend hours trying to perfect one project.

I am excited about this new line of hats. I really want this to be my summer line and get them in a few bike shops around portland. It's going to be so funny if someone wears one of my covers in the big bike races they have here in the city.

One step at a time!

I'm making progress and that's what's important.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pandas This Weekend!

For every week I'm trying to come up with a theme of hats to make for the Saturday Market and also new designs to try out. This weeks theme is PANDA! I found some awesome white and black fur that I'm going to make a super DELUXE panda hat from. Also I found a lime green and dark green super soft fur that I'm going to make a green panda from!

Also there will be lots and lots of regular fleece panda hats that are price a bit more affordable. You will want the deluxe ones though!

My goals this week is to also finish up the XL size that will fit over bike helmets. There most likely will be a panda hat at helmet size! I am also prototyping a baby size as well so I can get some tiny tots in lolly-tots gear.

Coming up with a theme helps me to plan the sewing for the week. I want to do so much but I only have so many hours in the day. So every week I will have something different. It's fun for me to stay creative and designing and also not feel too overwhelmed.

So Pandas it is!

Time to get cutting.. I have a lot of sewing to do!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bird House

Saturday Market Outfit

I'm having fun dressing up for "work" it means I get to wear fuzzy hats and be super colorful. Fabulous!

Why goggles? Because they rock.. that is all you need to know!

Fur Cuffs

More cuffs were made and taken to the market this weekend. I will be making more and more of these in the coming months. They are so cool!

Saturday Market Fans

Thanks to all my beautiful customers for another wonderful day at the market!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sneak Peek

This is what I've been working on this week. They will be available exclusively at the Saturday Market this weekend. They will go fast! Stop on by to see my new creations. This week's theme is MONSTER. lots of goggles and furry monsters will be available!

The new LION HAT that I am so proud of! The idea in my head is finally a hat.. yes!

Pom-pom strings will be on a few hats this weekend. I found a roll of this awesome stuff at a local thrift store and they have just been waiting to be made into a hat!

Horns to be added to all of these. I can't wait to see what the final hat will look like!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Friday, April 09, 2010

You made me do it!

This is proof that I actually listen to my customers. You ask and I make it ok! It may take a while but it stays stuck in my head until I try it out. The owls were released a few weeks ago before I moved and were a big hit. I MUST make a chicken hat next (totally with chicken feet pull-ties!).
Now this lovely owl hat can be found in my etsy shop here.

Now the froggy hat was because of a few comments from customers. A lot of people are asking for frogs. What is it with frogs people? The froggy feet was also a good idea from a passer by at the Saturday Market. Thanks guys! I finally made one and now I understand why people love frogs. I mean... come ON! Is it the big eyes? The webbed feet? Maybe it's the years of kermit? Now available in my shop here.

My customers give me the best feedback. I want you all to know that I value your input and your comments fuel my creativity and inspiration. I am here to make you smile and if you want frogs I'll make it happen. If you want owls I'll make it happen. You want MORE animals? Well I'm working on it. :)

Vintage Patterns

I'm in love with Vintage patterns! I think I have the crazy sewing bug right now. I am so excited about sewing my own clothes and designing my own wardrobe. I'm going to be on the hunt for patterns at local thrift stores. For now I will drool over this awesome collection I found on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25615978@N07/