Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Snow Day

It snowed again yesterday.  I was feeling tired of the snow: tired of coats and mittens and boots and climbing over or around snow banks.  OK, maybe snow banks is an overstatement.  Snow-ridges.  Anyway, we woke up this morning to a beautiful clear blue sky and several inches of snow everywhere.  It's the kind of snow that sticks to every twig and wire, turning the town into a fairy-tale village.  I wish I could spend some time outside today, taking pictures of the trees against the blue sky and sledding with the boys.  

I love the snow.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Woolly PoPos

I have been working feverishly in my spare time for the past several months on a series of stuffed animals (I understand those in the know call them "stuffies").  I'm calling the Woolly PoPos.  Here are a couple of pictures.  I like how this one looks melancholy:

I made the first ones for the boys.  I wanted to applique a heart onto them, and as I was deciding where to put it, on a whim I decided to put it on the bum.  I knew it would make the boys laugh.  Hence, the "PoPo."

I've been having a great time creating these.  It uses my sewing skills and sculptural impulses, and I get to see quick results.  I also like the fact that the materials are recycled.  (If you have any nice wool sweaters that are going to be thrown away, let me know . . .)
I just think these are so great, and I've had good feedback, so . . 
I'm going to open a shop.  It's going to be "cshargrove" on Etsy.  If you're not familiar with, you should check it out, especially if you like handmade or vintage.  My shop is there, but there's nothing in it yet -- I need a couple of hours to get the photos and descriptions posted.  I am very excited, though, so I'll keep you posted.