Getting Things Moving Again

Wow! It’s been long time since I’ve posted on this site. We’ve added a second baby to the family mix and that has definitely been an exciting addition. The little guy is about a year and a half now and I’m feeling like it’s time to get back to doing more things for me.

One of those things is to start organizing and sorting everything to reopen my two shops. It feels good to get back into things! Here’s a glance at some of the fun things going on behind the scenes.

First, things first: adding some more flavor to my work space. Here’s how things were originally.

Then I got a new work table, increasing my work space significantly. Woo!

Then, a few months back, I finally got around to putting up a gallery wall of my creative and fun pictures. These are pieces of artwork that I love and it gives the room some pop and energy. It really came together nicely!

After that, I reorganized my cabinets and put things all together along one wall. Here’s how things stand now:

All the changes have created a much better flow with the room and my work space. So ready to get moving with things!

Advertisements

Party Animals – COMPLETE!

The inspiration came a while ago, but I’ve finally finished the trio of Party Animals: Ostrich,  Moose and Llama!

DSC05598

I am so excited how well these turned out! The first set was gone within an hour of my listing it; that made my day! Here they are, relisted and ready for a new home!

Custom Design

I was approached by a happy, repeat customer about doing a custom design for her little girl and her friend. They are about the same age and they each have a beloved stuffed doll: (IKEA’s) Carrot Guy and Broccoli Man:

broccoli and carrot guys

Aren’t these the most adorable things ever? I love IKEA.

So, we had a little back and forth, I sketched up a concept design that was just as she was envisioning them. Then I set to work and here they are, all completed:

DSC05371

One for each of them now, and one for them each to grow into!

DSC05376

 

DSC05374

 

They went out in the mail today!

Introducing: Party Animals!

Recently, I was approached by a lady asking for a sibling set for her twin boys. She’d fallen in love with the Party Llama, and was hoping I would be able to expand a little; a sort of variation on a theme. She suggested a Party Goose or maybe an Ostrich. The idea of a Party Ostrich tickled me greatly! And so we went with that.

Since her little guys are turning 4, she was justifiably leery of giving them white shirts to enjoy their party (and cake). So, we opted to dye the shirts. She chose a dusky blue and a soft green as well as individualized colors for the hats and noise makers. In order for the silhouettes to show up on the colored shirts, I made the gray darker than I generally do on the white onesies. And the bright colors for the hats and noise makers sure did pop!

Here they are, all done!

20150213_134339

I love that ostrich so much! My new plan is to make a trio set of Party Animals: Llama, Ostrich and a Moose. Stay tuned for the complete set!

Custom Design

Recently, I had a request to customize the Party Llama design. This customer was going to be celebrating the 1st birthday for his daughter and they’re Peruvian, so he loved the llama and wished for some party balloons to be added. It’s such a cute idea! Here’s how it turned out:

20150106_211527

 

So cute!

Settling into my work space

Wherever I’ve ever lived, it’s seemed that there’s one room in the house that’s always the last to get some decorating love. It’s the room you secretly sort of hate, but haven’t gotten around to doing much about… yeah, in my house right now, that room would be my work space. It’s on the lowest level of the house and I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. I’ve managed to make it functional in the last six months (since moving), but beautiful? Not so much. Honestly, it’s barely even organized. So, this being the New Year and all that, I decided to make some changes.

One day there WILL be a work table in there, and that will help greatly with organization and, by extension, the aesthetics as well. But, in the meantime I’ve been making some improvements with using the wall space around my desk.

Before:

DSC05012
looking down, into the room
my desk area

 

Functional, yes. But lovely it is not.

So, I added a few  minor touches and I think it connects the space a little better:

DSC05016

 

Yay! My drying lines are back!
Yay! My drying lines are back!

 

Back, before the move, I had some drying lines and I’ve missed them greatly so I’m very excited to have them again. Also, that little crate-shelf is perfect for adding more color and personalization into my space. This room is definitely a work in progress.. I have grand plans to do a gallery-wall of artwork and photographs above the lines, maybe paint the walls something a little more cheery.. curtains too, perhaps? But that’ll all be a while coming. Still, it feels great to have a little more order in my work space!

Happy New Year!