Bowties are Cool

Now that the holidays are over, I can finally share the set of Dr. Who finger puppets I made for my nephew this year. He sat with me at my booth this summer at the Indieana Handicraft Exchange and was quite insistent that I should be making a Matt Smith puppet as part of my collection. I explained that if I make a puppet for a show I don’t watch, I’ll just end up in a bunch of awkward conversations (“Oh yeah, I totally remember that one time where that person did that, uh, funny thing.”), but did agree that a custom set just for him was probably do-able. So I finally relented and gave these for Christmas.

I did some reconisence with my sister-in-law and found out that his other two fave characters were Rory and Amy, so the complete set also included them, but the Tardis and Doctor were my favorite parts. It seems appropriate to be making Noah basically whatever puppets he wants, since he was the original inspiration for me making them to begin with– it was for his birthday in 2006 that I made my very first animal designs that led down this puppet-crazy road. Pretty amazing how things can come full circle, huh?

 

How I Spent My Christmas Vacation

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of life post-holidays. While I didn’t intend to take a hiatus from blogging, it was the by-product of three family Christmases and two road trips in just 10 days or so, not to mention the blur of buying gifts, opening gifts (okay, mostly watching the kid open gifts), deciding whether it was warm enough to not wear a coat, then freezing our butts off, looking at Christmas lights, eating various kinds of potatoes and cookies, etc etc etc. Oh, and six movies in three weeks– probably a new personal record. Here are some of the other highlights:

 First up, our annual pre-Christmas cheese pimgrimage to Wisconsin.

Untitled design (6)Christmas morning involved bubbled wrap (not surprisingly, the kid was more interested in it than the actual present), and an unimpressed dog.

Untitled design (7)Nieces found my camera at Christmas and left these choice selfies for me to discover later.

We got these vintage circus cake toppers a few months back, but I let Henry play with them at Christmas for the first time and he was enamoured.

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 7.57.13 PM I don’t generally Instagram food, but when I do, it’s probably the B & B from Yats.

You’re funny because you’re true, Cards Against Humanity.

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 7.57.00 PM Just two goofs on New Year’s Eve.

 

I have to say, I’m definitely a fan of a little break and reenergizing before the new year. And now that that’s done, here’s to 2015!

“I like you, Maude.” “I like you, too, Harold.”

Finally I can check this one off my to do list– Harold and Maude button packs are now live in my shop. I’ve been meaning to get around to these forever, and am really happy with how they turned out.Harold and Maude are one of my oldest puppet designs– I’ve been making them since 2007, and still find them to be one of the designs that people respond most strongly to. Below is the first photo from the original Harold and Maude listing.I’m hoping next year to expand to a few new products along the lines of this new button pack, so it’s been a fun first step to roll out Harold and Maude in pinback form.Harold and Maude buttons and puppets are both available in my shop.

 

 

Holiday Card Round-Up

Let’s face it: nobody gets nice mail anymore. At our house, if it’s not a bill, it’s junk that ends up in the recycling bin eleven months out of the year. And that’s why the holidays are so great– it’s the one time of year that you can actually look forward to checking the mail. If you’re not one to send a photo card, may I suggest one of these lovelies?

Katharine Watson

 

Heavy Rotation

To say that my brain is a bit fried right now would be, well, an understatement. So in leiu of being able to string together more than a few sentences before getting distracted, here are a few songs that are on heavy rotation in the studio, and in my head, as of late.

A close second to my undying love for The Band is my love for amazing Band covers like this one.

I’m late to the party, but totally loving The Head and the Heart recently. I admit that I love their self-titled album a bit more than the new one, but this was the song I first heard from them that pulled me in.

Everything about Jenny Lewis’ new album is amazing, but this song has got to be my favorite. So weird and lovely.

If you know me, you know I’ve forever been a sucker for a sad song, and this one is right up there with the saddest. But so beautiful and haunting.

 

 

 

 

 

Giving Thanks

I forget every year that my Tuesday/Thursday posting schedule invariably means I’ll be scheduling something to run on Thanksgiving Day. Which is weird, right? Because it’s not like I’m going to do a round-up of recipes or a place setting craft or something, and even if I did, Thanksgiving morning is too late for anybody to care anyway. (I do still like last year’s post of vintage Thanksgiving Day parade photos, though.)

Card via Pioneer House.

This year I’ve decided to just take a moment and say thank you to you. Yep, you. The folks nice enough to read about my blog, appreciate my quirky collection of favorite internet things, follow my work and support my little business. I’m glad you’re out there and thank you for coming along for the ride.