Christmas in July?

If you subscribe to my shop announcements you’ll have gotten a sneak peek at those dice. Those particular ones will land in the shop this week, but they’re really just samples for the countdown calendars that I’ll be doing again this November(ish). This time I’m shooting for a little more lead time, obviously, and something […]

Roundup: Practical sewing projects

I gotta admit: I don’t do a lot of practical sewing. When I do, most of it is gifts and I don’t take many pictures of those. But I love to subscribe to blogs about them, and squirrel away ideas for future gifts, so here’s some of them. SewingTimes has videos, which make me feel […]

The Carolina Wren

Today was “change the bird bath water” day, in the ongoing war against both algae and mosquito larvae. There’s a hose reel mounted on the back of the house that hasn’t been reeled since we moved in – there’s just enough unrolled to reach the bird bath. I leaned up against the bay window above […]

Roundup: Snap tab supplies

I’ve mentioned a lot of these things in various posts about my freebie designs, but it’s time to put them all in one place. Bunch of Amazon affiliate links, but I’ll talk about other places I get things. I’m kind of targeting the would-be small Etsy seller because, well, that’s what I am. You might […]

More notebook covers

The shop traffic has been way up but the sales have been way down, so in keeping with the current economy I’m going to stock some more inexpensive items, including notebook covers and valet trays. I acquired a few more fun designs: the pictured Mother Dragon, another dragon skull, and a Three Wolf Moon (which […]

Roundup: Jointing Bears and Plush

I started out to make a roundup of bear-making instructions, but realized there are so many different ways to joint bears (or dolls or plushies) that it deserved a whole post of its own. There are a wide variety of joint types: Thread joint – suitable for floppy joints that don’t get much stress Button […]

Plodding through listings

It turns out to be difficult to track out-of-stock colors in multi-option listings, so I’ve been gradually breaking out all those into single-color listings. It turns out that’s a lot of listings. I also don’t have a complete photo set for all colors of dragons, so that means photography – and I don’t necessarily have […]

Chameleon pencil hugger

A lifetime ago (so, last fall), my sister’s kids’ school mascot became the chameleon. She’s always looking for little things to use for PTO events, and she has a cutting machine, so I drew up a little pencil (or straw) hugger design. It’s an odd little shape, but when it’s done you can gently lift […]

Dragonquest in vinyl

I looked up the history of the Cameo and was surprised to realize it’s not quite as old as I thought: it’s the pre-2014 version, but can’t be any older than 2011. It’s still had a lot of miles put on it, and today I finally let it do the thing it’s really designed for: […]