Friday, October 31, 2008

Just Wanted to Wish You A...

I'm not sure how many people actually noticed but I've been away from this blog for a while. Not to worry though, it was for a good reason! Things have really picked up for my little etsy shop and it's been keeping me so busy these past few weeks! Etsy is not my full time job (not yet anway!) and I'm still learning how to juggle all of my responsibilites without dropping the ball in any one area. I'm finding out what a challenge it is... and of course, I'd like to apologize to anyone who received a late email or convo from me recently. I really admire those mommys out there with children and a career, who somehow manage to get everything done and maintain their sanity. I don't have any little ones myself (unless a hobocat and hoborooster count) so I can never figure out how they do it!!

So...while hiding out in my little 'craft cave' this month I finished putting together stamps for a bunch of new wholesale orders, I created some new doll patterns for a little project i'm working on with a local business....and I finished a whole batch of brand new stamp designs! They will be done in just a week or two and I'm so excited to finally have some fresh faces to go in the shop! :o) Check back later for a little preview...

Have a safe and happy halloween!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Mini Mushrooms!

I'm always trying to come up with a cute little something to send with orders. A few months ago I whipped up a batch of mini ornaments with stamped images to give away, but I'm not the most skilled at sewing so it took me forever to finish just a few. And now they've all gone!! So I've been working hard at coming up with a new little present to say thank you to my customers and here is the result. These mushroom stamps are sooo teeny-tiny they fit onto a piece of wood only 1/2" inch in diameter! It was with a bit of luck that I stumbled upon some little wood plugs at our local hardware store and I knew instantly that they were a perfect fit for my mini mushrooms!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Hoboville Files

It's the first of October and that makes me really excited. It means that Halloween is not very far away...and Halloween is one of my all time favorite holidays!! :o) Of course I love the candy and the dressing up part, but I think I just like the sort of 'spooky' atmosphere that goes with it all. :o)

I've mentioned before that I love anything strange and unusual and I'm always up for a good ghost story. I really like when I learn little historical details and folklore in the process and I enjoy the way that many of these stories actually connect the past with the an entertaining way! Umm...and I also just like getting creeped out!!

I'm most interested in these paranormal sorts of things because I can honestly say that about 80% of the people I've come across in my life have told me first hand that they have experienced or seen something 'strange'. And most of these people (to the best of my knowledge ;o) are completely normal and sane. I've heard stories from teachers, supervisors, co-workers, family & friends. It's hard to understand when I've never had an experience like that myself.

So, I keep my own little 'X-Files' sort of journal. Whenever I hear a first hand account from someone, I like to write down their name and experience so I don't get it all muddled in my head later. So...if you know me and you've ever told me a can bet your name is in there!! hehe.

I don't just make rubber stamps. My favorite medium is actually charcoal and pencil. :o)
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