mardi 23 décembre 2008

Season's Greetings

Too corny, too cute, but you know us crazy cat ladies--we can't help ourselves! On behalf of everyone over here, including mini Apol, mini Pierre, and beautiful but grumpy Dolly, Luna sends you her best wishes:

Eat, drink, be merry, and don't forget to give lots of hugs!


And thank you so much to Patricia of Crafty Synergy and Holly of decor8 for the recent writeups on me and my works in their respective sites. You girls make me so ho-ho-happy! (I promise to stop with the words foolishness now.)

samedi 20 décembre 2008

Shopping List Saturday

If I had to describe my mood these days, it would be dreamy and creative (at least, I would like to think so). Knowing that, you'll see why for this weekend's Shopping List Saturday, I chose these nine wonderful objects:

(First row, L-R) Little Lark by While She Naps, Pincushion by Contemporary Stitches, Lauren by The Linden Tree (Second row) Winter III by Helen Gotlib, Silk Organza Flower by Easter Yu, Mistress Lock by Bent Objects (Third row) Flying Guardian Angel 2 by Good Living, Nest Egg Necklace by Ernestine and Eugenia, Trees by Chakra Pennywhistle

Want more? Please look at the right sidebar of Charlotte's blog for a list of other blogs who participate in this blogging meme!

vendredi 19 décembre 2008

Experiments with Hand-Printing on Fabric

Lessons learned:


Make Mistakes.And working with vintage stamps, Indian printing blocks, and even fabric pens these last few days, I have been making many of these. Lesson no. 5: Learn.

mardi 16 décembre 2008

Quick Update and A Sale!

I'm taking it slow on the online life at the moment as I'm in the thick of many things, foremost among them proofreading my book of essays (that my publisher promises will come out soon), writing new stories, learning how to make desserts, and preparing my new line of La Pomme goodies for 2009!

I'm very excited about what's coming up soon in my shop. It's all about hand-printing and freehand machine embroidery for the new year. I'll be introducing a new line of functional items, like pillowcases and kitchen towels, but there will still be lots of dolls and plushies, of course.

In keeping with the new year spirit, let it be out with the old and in with the new! So I'm having a little year-end sale. Lots of cute stuff at 35- to 40-percent off. Click here to see.

vendredi 12 décembre 2008

Living in a Tower

A most generous gift has mini Apol, mini Pierre, and their mini sheep now living in a tower. Mini Pierre was at first hesitant to call the place home, because it certainly wasn't his name embroidered on the door.However the fine construction won him over, and mini Apol fell in love with the place as soon as she saw the mini apples growing all over.
With much excitement they ran to the top, to look down and exclaim, "Oh, how high!" (Almost everything has this effect on the couple, since they are only about an inch tall.)
They didn't have time to enjoy the view, as there was knocking on the door. Back on terra firma, they discovered their neighbors all lined up, eager for a tower tour.

How cute is my gift from Intres!

The European Street Team held a Secret Santa event for the holidays, where we each got to give a gift to a member and receive one from another, all done in much secrecy, according to the clever organization of Wonder Mitsy.

I was Secret Santa to Gretchen of Chichiboulie. A day after my gift to her arrived, I got mine from Intres. We have never crossed paths on Etsy, except for the times I'd go to her shop to admire her meticulous felt work, so I was floored that she went through a fantastic amount of effort to make my gift!

It's a felt tower with my name embroidered on it, and with little apples on pins sprouting all over. She also sent me a note that I found very sweet. I am so enamored of my little tower. Thank you so much, Intres!

mercredi 10 décembre 2008

Shop Local France

And now it can be told: The reason my Shopping List Saturday was so brief was because I was also at the same time looking for 21 beautiful items for Etsy's blog The Storque. They had asked me to put together Shop Local France, and I had fun not just looking through all the shops based here, but also getting to know the faces behind the shop names. What are you still doing here? Go look! :)

Walking in Cold Weather

I've heard it said many times that blogging gives you the urge to do the strangest things. For example, take a photo of your shoes while you're out for a little walk in the old city.

samedi 6 décembre 2008

Saturday Shopping List

This is going to be short and sweet, but a visual treat nonetheless! Today my Shopping List is all about cuteness. (Just a quick look at my shop and you'll know that I have a passion for it :D). These are the four items that made me go "Awwwwww, that's sweet!" over the past six days:

(Clockwise from top left) Bird Prayer Flags by Flederhaus, Hope by Sweet Nellie, Tag You're It by Heidi Burton, Yellow Knitted Flower Keychain by Deep Indigo

Want more? Please look at the right sidebar of Charlotte's blog for a list of other blogs with exciting weekend finds.

mardi 2 décembre 2008

Embroidered Drawings

I really love the look of freehand machine embroidery. It's naive, but fun and modern too. I've been experimenting doing it on paper on and off the past few weeks, but was never completely happy with the results. A couple of days ago, I unearthed a stack of handmade paper a friend had given me. The texture was great, all fibrous and supple, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.My embroidered drawings are now available in my book shop.

dimanche 30 novembre 2008

Last Day of a Great Deal!

If you love my Sleep Angels, now's the time to get one! I'm offering free shipping on these dolls and their sisters until Monday at 12 midnight, New York time. Click here to see all the Angels I have available. Happy shopping!

My Niece...

... is beautiful!!!

And is a smart entrepreneurial spirit too. At 18 she's bought her own computer and is paying for her own Internet connection. All so that she can run The Dainty Shop, where you can find clothes and fun jewelry for teenagers and young women. Also on the repertoire of products are design services for Multiply pages. If you live in the Philippines, why not check it out and maybe do some Christmas shopping there.

P.S. The make-like-a-model shot was apparently taken for a class project to do with marketing or something like that.

samedi 29 novembre 2008

Shopping List Saturday

Look at all these beautiful Etsy stuff that caught my eye this week!

First row, L-R: T-shirt necklace by Tabychan, Animal cards by Kup Kup Land Photography, European Pink Flowers by Holland Fabric House. Second row, L-R: Nuno Felted Pansies by Ingermaaike, Esme Pillow by Enhabiten, By the Sea Original Embroidery by Shelby Healey. Third row, L-R: Monster Mignon by Junker Jane, Silk Chiffon Scarf by X by LeinaNeima, I Feel Pretty Hat by Frosting Couture.

Want more? Please look at the right sidebar of Charlotte's blog for a list of other blogs with exciting weekend finds.

jeudi 27 novembre 2008

Holiday Reads

Heart Handmade's downloadable zine is up!

Looking for reading material and gift ideas for the holidays? The wonderful people behind the following blogs prepared these for you:

Always-fabulous Marichelle of Heart Handmade put together a downloadable zine. It takes a while to download, but with Marichelle's signature style of quick tidbits to read everywhere, it is a lot of fun to read. Very well done too!

Kelly of Kelly Loves Whales (love that blog name) put together what she calls an "Instant Happy" gift list. If you're looking for something short but sweet, click here.

I am enamored of Upstate Fancy's Holiday Gift Guide. It's straightforward but still very cute, and is stocked full of charming handmade goodies.

Full disclosure: There's something in all three about either me or my products, so yes, this is a self-serving entry :)

And, if you haven't had enough, Becky of The Fab Miss B did an interview of me here. I loved her questions, so please do click and read!

mardi 25 novembre 2008

DIY: How to Make a Terrarium

1. Choose your vessel with care. A fairy's teacup, a magician's goblet, or a witch's herb jar will work particularly well, but in a pinch, something like an ogre's cereal bowl will also do.
2. Begin with a layer of ground dragon's egg shells on the floor of
your vessel, about a dwarf's thumb high.
3. Cover the shells with a layer of volcanic dust.
4. Now cover your volcanic dust with the sighing moss to be found in the deep forests of Banahao.

5. Wait for the first full moon to find out what plants your filled vessel will give you.
6. In a fortnight, your terrarium will have been found by the tiny inhabitant it calls to. This creature will take care of itself.

7. You now only need to water your terrarium occasionally and sparingly with the collected sweet rain that falls on the first of May.

My magic terrariums will be on sale in the shop beginning tomorrow.

lundi 24 novembre 2008

One-Day-at-a-Time Worry Dolls

Itsy sent me an e-mail, and a few days later, I made these. They're called One-Day-at-a-Time Worry Dolls, little creatures to help you work on your anxieties and your stresses. Miss Monday and Mister Tuesday are already listed in my shop.

Film Happening

To veer away from the happy-happy tone of this blog--but not by too much, as I have always made it obvious that I am a fan of strange stories--reading two articles in Le Monde (article no. 1 here and article no. 2 here) got me thinking of the Antonio Cuaron film Children of Men, where Clive Owen lives in a future where human beings have all become infertile.

The first piece begins, "The number and the quality of spermatozoa have diminished by about 50 percent since 1950. The incidence of testicular cancer have doubled in the past 30 years. The number of malformation of the masculine genitalia is on the rise..." The culprit? Scientists point to the barrage of chemical substances we are exposed to daily.

We might well be pesticiding and insecticiding ourselves to oblivion, it seems.

Read the article; it's guaranteed to get your brain running. (Maybe use Google Language Tools if you need a translation?) I, for one, have already gotten started thinking of a short story.


By the way, speaking of short stories, the Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler is up. Editors Charles Tan and Mia Tijam describe it as a "virtual anthology" of speculative fiction in English written by Filipino writers. Cover art is by the very cute (I think) Andrew Drilon. Click and read!

samedi 22 novembre 2008

Shopping List Saturday

This past week, life got a lot less busy than it has been for a long time, and so I was click-happy and spent more time just surfing the net. At Etsy, these are what I caught my eye for today's Saturday Shopping List.

First row: Arabella Rabbit Bag by Dragon House of Yuen, Dashing Diagonals Fingerless Gloves by Ticked Pink Knits, I See Double Deer Embroidery by The Time Is Now. Second row: Embroidered Herb-Filled Door Guardian by The 7th Magpie, The Bugbear Set No. 2 by Doubleparlour, Equus Signed Print by Elle Moss. Third row: Roach in My Cup by Bailey Doesn't Bark, Fingerless Gloves by Xmittens, Red Passion by Lunatic Art.

And because Christmas is very near, and I have to think about giving (me :D) some presents, I already made a teeny-tiny purchase in one of the shops I just mentioned above. This little baby is mine:

Little Poppet Textile Art Doll by The 7th Magpie

Want more? Please look at the right sidebar of Charlotte's blog for a list of other blogs with exciting weekend finds.

jeudi 20 novembre 2008

Planet Teacup

Inspired by all the fabulous terrariums I've been seeing on Etsy, like these and these, I have decided to make my own.

dimanche 16 novembre 2008

Salon du Champignon

I had sworn to myself that I would never make mushrooms. Just because I thought that the amazing Stephanie Congdon Barnes had sort of put a period on the sentence devoted to plush mushrooms in the crafting world. No, not a period, an exclamation point. Three of them even!

However, a recent trip to the Cevennes where for two entire days the talk and the food had centered around "les champignons" got me thinking again. That, and at a friend's house leafing through a book whose title I had forgotten to note down, but whose pictures devoted to beautiful fungi I can't get out of my mind.

So, today being a Sunday, I gave myself some time in my studio and harvested these from my brain.

samedi 15 novembre 2008

Saturday Shopping List

I love red, I love sewing, I love all sorts of fabric stuff. So today's Saturday Shopping List. These pieces all made me go "Wow, I like!" this past week.

Top row, L-R: Matriuska mini slip by Pendientuda, Big Cat by Donkeypony, Birdie Brooch by Karuski
Middle row, L-R: Siberian Ibex by Romawinkel, Multi Ray Necklace by oMARITo, Wrist Cuff by BonnieBoon
Bottom, L-R: Walnut Carriage with Baby by Sunny Day Art and Craft, Garden Bird Card by Ethel and Iris, Yummy Apple by Petit Collage

Want more? Please click here for a list of blogs with exciting weekend finds.

jeudi 13 novembre 2008

Don't You Wonder If...

...after I've used this photo in my Etsy Featured Seller interview...
... and this photo in my Etsy listing for custom-made plush flowers...
... that maybe I am some sort of creature straight out of the Twilight Zone that actually has no mouth?

mardi 11 novembre 2008

Tuesday View

This is what I'll be up to today. When finished, my Bilingual Cloves look like this.

My Current Obsession

The power snack for sewers on a deadline! I've been eating so much I'm starting to look like a squirrel...

dimanche 9 novembre 2008

Sunday View

It was a nice, sunny day here in the south, but I had to stay in and sew. I did reward myself with a trip to the moviehouse at 10 p.m. to see Hellboy 2. Knowing that movies are released a bit later here in France, I have to ask: Is that something that the rest of the world saw six months ago?

More Blue Eiffel

The events of the past week have left me happy but exhausted! So sorry that there was no Shopping List Saturday yesterday, but please click here for a list of blogs with exciting weekend finds.

Instead I'm posting more photos of the blue Eiffel.All these was taken on the last night my friend and I spent together in Paris. Daki and I have known each other for 20 years (gasp! can you say, we're old?) and had not seen each other for three of those. He had been talking for days about getting off at the Métro's Trocadéro station at night to have a look at the tower. I was a bit hesitant, just because doing so seemed too cheesy! Finally, on Tuesday, when his work helping curate an exhibit at the Unesco was finally done, and we had had a good dinner and had shared a bottle of wine, we finally did it. Despite my earlier misgivings, I'm glad we did.

One blue Eiffel dances, one rains, the third stands still, and the last one jumps. Accidents of digital photography, but still looks beautiful, no?


Speaking of France, Laurent Lambert, "French by birth and Brooklynite by home," as he describes himself, has just opened an Etsy shop. It's filled with whimsical paintings that I love. This is my favorite, so please indulge this giddy girl and and low with me: Moooooo!Laurent will be listing smaller paintings and greeting cards in the next few days so put him in your bookmarks and check back often!

mercredi 5 novembre 2008


I'm back from sitting in cafés and sightseeing in Paris.
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is these days blue?
Another thing you might not know is that I'm currently the Featured Seller at Etsy! Below, see me somewhere in Montmartre, screaming "Yey-oo!"

samedi 1 novembre 2008

Shopping List Saturday

First row, left to right: Aurora by Seaunicorn, La Vie en Rose by MoonstruckMo,
Vintage Rose by Bluebell Cottage, A Rose is... by Joey and Rocky.
Second row, left to right:
Tourmaline Bloom Ring by Fuss Jewelry,
Bouquet Choker by Liebling, Vintage Vanilla Cream Flower Stud Earrings
by PeekaPoo,
Hair Pin Set 2 by Elves Garden.

This Saturday's shopping list is about sweet and lovely treasures. Looking at things like these always make me think how much fun it is being a girl! (Yep, I'm the kind of woman who wears pink, I admit it.) You can find the list of other bloggers who make Saturday lists in the right sidebar of Charlotte's blog.

And how about you, what are you just aching to buy this grey, windy Saturday?


It's funny, but this blog post over at Haus Maus has convinced me to display my Inspiration Apples in my own home. Now that's what I call a really effective interior design blog.

Photo from Haus Maus.

lundi 27 octobre 2008

The Adventures of the Amazing(ly Pesky) Kitten Luna, and Apol the Human Cat Climbing Pole

Even before my first cup of coffee, she jumps on me.

I'm responding to e-mails, wishing Little Miss Pesky is finally going down...

... but nope, she climbs back up again.

And how is your Monday morning?