Hey, Michigan pals! Come out and say hello this weekend at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair!
I’ll be vending all things felt and cute this Saturday and Sunday for your holiday pleasure. It’s been a while since I did a holiday fair, so expect a few Christmas-y surprises!
See you there!
Netflix has been recommending Luther to me for years, it seems, and even with my deep love for The Wire and Stringer Bell/Idris Elba it still took me a bit to finally give in. I did so after watching the first season of The Fall with Gillian Anderson, another good one, and thought “Maybe these British cop shows are more interesting than a thought.” Well, Netflix, you win again in predicting exactly what I’ll go crazy for. Luther was great, Idris Elba is so ridiculously compelling– it’s the total Don Draper effect: A character so flawed played by an actor so charming that you can’t help but root for him. I highly recommend checking the show out. Plus, Brit TV seasons are so short it’s an easy entry point for superfandom.
2. New Oxfords
The Oxford trend has been brewing for a while, right? I finally jumped on it and got a pair of Bass Enfield shoes the other day– a display model pair on Ebay for cheap, they were half-broken in already and so comfortable. I’m totally in love.
3. Yats B&B Recipe
Anyone from Indianapolis will know that this is a gamechanger. Yats started in Indy the same time I moved there in 2002 and it’s still the thing that I always have to get when I go home. Finding this B&B (black bean and corn) recipe online, well, maybe I don’t have to go home quite as often. (Just kidding. It’s good, but not that good.)
4. The Head and the Heart
The started listening the Spotify at work recently. Took me three years to embrace the headphones-around-coworkers thing without thinking I was being rude, but I’m loving getting a chance to listen to music regularly again. Falling down a musical hole, as you do with internet radio, I stumbled upon The Head and the Heart and this song specifically. It’s been a while since I found a new band that really grabbed me, but this one sure did.
Happy Small Business Saturday! I wanted to give a shout out to all of the amazing retailers who carry my work today and throughout the year. As you’re thinking about the perfect gift for the people in on your list (and making your own list!), remember that by buying handmade you can not only make it possible for artists to do what they love, you can also support amazing little shops that breathe life into neighborhoods all around the country.
Dots & Loops Handmade in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Here’s where you can pick up my work in person over the holiday season:
In the US:
Art Star – Philadelphia, PA
Craftland – Providence, RI
Domestica – Des Moines, IA
Homespun – Indianapolis, IN
Schmancy – Seattle, WA
Tack & Jibe – Leland, MI
Urban Handmade – Yellow Springs, OH
Wholly Craft – Columbus, OH
Adore Jewellery – Victoria, BC
Dots & Loops Handmade – Lunenburg, NS
Workshop Boutique – Ottawa, ON
And, as always, thanks for supporting my own personal small business!
My love for the Golden Girls has been well documents (remember last year’s Golden Girls puppet set?) so I was pretty excited to come across this set of custom Lego people set made to look like those the Miami foursome. Dorothy’s scarf, Sophia’s necklace, Blanche’s make-up and Rose’s hair– I can’t even.
Make them yours here.
Holiday goodies are back up in the shop. Like old friends, I love whipping these dudes up this time of year. Since most of my time is spent making puppets in people colors like tan and brown, it’s always a nice change to pull out the actual colors once a year. Yellow! Green! Pink!
State ornaments, Ralphie from a Christmas story and character ornaments are all available now till mid-December. Get ‘em while they’re hot…and, you know, seasonal.
I’m a sucker for a good Pyrex dish. I’ve only got a select few bowl picked up at thrift stores over the years– my pattern of choice is Butterprint, though I’m not picky– anything well-priced and turquoise and I’d probably take it home. That said, checking out Pyrex Love‘s Vintage Pyrex Design Guide, I was overcome by the abundance of adorable patterns that I’d forgotten about or never seen before: Blue Barcode, Polka Dots, Starburst, Blowing Leaves, Golden Leaf. Only feeding the potential addiction is the Ebay listing at the bottom of each pattern’s entry.