New year, new Omar bib photo shoot!
Due to some supply issues (as in, my supplier discontinued the bibs I’d been using for my Omar design right before Christmas. Wah wah.), I needed to do a new photoshoot for my slightly redesigned Omar Little bib. Good thing I’ve got a semi-willing but always photogenic model on retainer. Armed with a sunny afternoon and a tray full of O’s to keep him happy, Henry and I knocked out some product shots over the weekend.
Okay, so that last one isn’t actually in the listing, but I couldn’t resist including it here.
Sap that I am, I got all sentimental replacing the older photos from the listing. I took those just over a year ago with a chubby-cheeked, 9 month old Henry who was, I must admit, a bit more patient to sit in his highchair while his picture was taken.
That pudgy chin hasn’t changed, at least.
Should you be so inclined, the Omar Bib is available in my shop.
In case you hadn’t noticed (whatever, you totally have) I’m a sucker for things pop culture. Not the US Magazine kind of boring celebrity gossip, but 90s sitcoms, cult movies, random awesome people known for doing random, awesome things, that’s the kind of pop culture that’s my jam. And I’m not alone in my love, I know– here are my fave handmade odes to pop culture from the internets lately.
Seinfeld magnet set from K8BitHero
Biggie pillow by Late Greats
Beetlejuice button set from Jaime Knight
Wooden Motown magnets from Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles
Roseanne and Dan card by Atomic Spinster
I saw Inside Llewyn Davis over Christmas and fell in love instantly. I’m not always a big fan of the Cohen brothers, but this one was earnest and heartfelt, and surprisingly funny (serioulsy– John Goodman is a national treasure). The soundtrack has been on heavy rotation around our house for the past few weeks, so I relive the scenes from the movie in my head quite often.
Besides the music, my other takeaway from the movie was that New York in the 60s must’ve been particularly cold or, probably more likely, everyone had had the heat turned off in their apartment. Every character seems to wear a big, chunky sweater in nearly every scene and since Chicago has been unusually cold already this winter, I’m now obsessed with sweaters, too. And, since no obsession goes by without my searching Etsy to indulge it, here are my top picks for Llewyn Davis inspired sweaters to get you through the winter, Greenwich Village style.
Hand knit cardigan the color of the sky NY winter sky.
Llewyn was a merchant marine, so a fisherman’s sweater is appropriate.
This model is totally channeling some 60s folkie hair
And with that, I’m off to bundle up in a shawl-collared wrap and sing songs about seafaring and lost loves.
With the new year upon us, I wanted to take a quick look back at all that my little biz accomplished in 2013. My head is racing forward and scheming on the new things planned for the next few months, but it’s good practice to remember the highlights of the past 12 months. Here are some of my favorite happenings from 2013–With my new studio set up this spring, I wanted to share more work in progress images this year. I’m always fascinated to see behind the scenes with my favorite artists and makers, and hope mine were interesting to you all.After years of thinking and planning, I debuted my new puppet packaging over the summer. I can’t even express how thrilled I am to not be scoring and stapling puppet header cards anymore, and excited for the sleeker look of the new puppet packs. Oh, and a rebrand, too, which I didn’t talk much about because it was a sloooow roll-out. New logo and new yellow and aqua color scheme. Pretty fancy, eh?
I launched my Louis CK puppet back in March and celebrated the debut by blogging about the process that I go through to create and refine a new puppet. It was a fun challenge to be more conscious of the design process and remember to keep some of the not-so-awesome trials to share with you. The Orange is the New Black puppet set I made for Plush You was one of my favorite projects of the year, and I got a momentary bit of Twitter stardom when Taylor Schilling and Piper Kerman retweeted them. Months later, fans are still liking and retweeting that tweet nearly every day– crazy how internet things live forever, eh?
I joined Instagram in the fall and have been super into sharing stuff on there. Have you followed yet? I swear the rascally toddler pics aren’t the only thing I post ; )
This year I did two craft fairs– Indieana Handicraft Exchange in the summer and Detroit Urban Craft Fair in December. It was fun to revamp my display to go with the new puppet packaging/rebranding, and getting back into the craft fair habit. It’s always so refreshing to get out there and watch people interact with my work in person. Ben pointed out while we were at DUCF that not everybody gets to man a booth that makes pretty much everyone who walks by laugh. I’m a lucky gal!
An finally, no year end wrap up would be complete without a nod to my tiniest studio assistant. Henry’s input this year was both helpful, like a stint as spokesmodel he did for my new Omar bib product photos pictured above, and not-as-helpful, like his “assistance” with the puppet photo shoot below. Either way, you can’t help but appreciate his enthusiasm.Thanks to all of you for helping to make 2013 such a stellar year, and stay tuned– I’ve got big plans for the year to come!
I neglected to mention officially that I’ll be taking a bit of a break from blogging for the holidays. We’ve already done a bit of traveling and have plenty of celebrating, gift giving, travel and unpacking ahead of us in the next week or so.
I do want to take a moment to acknowledge the continued support of my amazing customers, shops, crafty peers, fans, blog readers and supporters who have helped make 2013 another wonderful year for my little business. I couldn’t do it without you! Looking forward to seeing you in the new year!
Five not-really-related, but super cool things for your Thursday. Enjoy!
1. Disco Grover
2. Wrecks by Jim Houser
3. Foodie Bear by Retro Whale
4. Vintage Ribbon Camera Strap
5. This Room