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the teacup incident
Boulder, CO
Hello, you've landed on my journal of small pleasures. Here you'll find me exploring paper crafts, vintage finds, local interests and more.
Interests: paper crafts, photography, writing, gardening, cooking, thrifting, mysteries, travel
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Experimenting with yarn hair for rag dolls. This month I set myself the challenge of figuring out how to attach yarn hair to rag dolls. After mastering short curly hairdos on my housekeeping fairies its time to try longer styles. I created a couple of practice toys and got to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at the teacup incident
Thank you, Claire! I'd loan you Bert but I need him to do the weeding here this week. But don't fret, there are more fairies in the works :)
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on New Fairies: Bert and Lola at the teacup incident
Thank you for your comments, Anne, Kim and Claire! Boulder is a fun place to live, especially if you love being outside enjoying the scenery.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Enjoying Fall Sunshine at the teacup incident
Thank you Kim and Nini! I enjoy embroidering the faces because that's when their personality shows up.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on New Fairies: Bert and Lola at the teacup incident
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There are new fairies in the tea house: Bert and Lola! Bert is a garden fairy with a blooming talent for growing flowers. Lola is a housekeeping fairy who's fallen in love with Bert! Who wouldn't love this charming fellow? He sports a jaunty checked neck kerchief, a bouquet of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the teacup incident
Your bags are always so pretty! You have a real knack for combining colors and patterns.
Thank you Dana!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Enjoying Fall Sunshine at the teacup incident
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Life is not just about soft toys although it may seem that way lately when you've read my blog! When I'm not inventing softies, I enjoy other crafts like this collage I made over the weekend. We've been having afternoon rain showers lately, a harbinger of cool weather to come.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at the teacup incident
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Many of today’s top softie artists are people just like you and me, funneling fun and whimsy from their hearts through their hands in the form of soft toys. The only difference is they have the perseverance to keep pushing their skills and talents to the next level in spite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at the teacup incident
Hi Robyn and Anne, thanks for visiting! Austenland is a send-up of historical romance flicks so if you love the purity of Regency era PBS specials it might not be your cup of tea. I like both the traditional ones and the ones that make fun of them.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2014 on My Jane Austen August at the teacup incident
Thank you for visiting, Emie and Dana! Its starting to look like fall around here but I'm hanging onto summer this weekend, eating watermelon and dreaming of road trips :)
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2014 on Happy Trails to Summer at the teacup incident
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This morning's hike near the Flatirons in Boulder, CO. The grasses are shoulder high and so pretty after recent rains. Sunflowers, galardia, asters, gayflower, Indian paintbrush - so many fall flowers in bloom! Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at the teacup incident
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Its Labor Day Weekend and I feel like I have one foot in summer and the other in autumn. While I love the fall colors in Colorado I'd love a few weeks of heat and maybe a road trip or two before the good weather ends. A dreamy way to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thank you for commenting, Kim and Anne! I love seeing pretty fabrics too, they make my heart go pitter pat with joy.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2014 on Fun Shop: Fabricate! at the teacup incident
Thank you, Dana :) They make me happy too!
Laura and Kim, thank you for your kind comments! Laura, I'll have to read Longbourn next :) Kim - yes, my paper doll and store appeared in Somerset Studio's March/April 2009 issue. I have been lucky enough to have my artworks appear in several of their magazines.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2014 on My Jane Austen August at the teacup incident
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I have been having a Jane Austen August, or more specifically I've been wallowing in Jane Austen story derivatives. It started out innocently, with me watching the romantic comedy farce Austenland. Soon afterwards I found myself seeking out several chick-lit books and movies at the library to round out my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thank you for your sweet comments, Anne and Claire! And yes, Beatrice does get into mischief, especially around the cookie jar, but she cleans up nicely afterwards.
Hi Nini and thank you for your comments! The lions are salt and pepper shakers from Anthropolgie, a few years back. I think they look adorable on our kitchen table :)
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One of my favorite items to collect is vintage tablecloths from the 50's and 60's. These cheerful cloths add so much charm to a country table when used for serving on or as display. They are inexpensive if you stay away from rare patterns, and fairly easy to find at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thank you Kim - I'm happy you like her :) She was fun to imagine and make.
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Alice has a new fairy friend and housekeeping helper: Beatrice. Beatrice specializes in cleaning sticky surfaces and has a fondness for the scent of lemon oil polish. Your granny's china cabinet is safe in her capable hands. She likes pets and toddlers, can remove crayon marks from walls and makes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thank you Robyn, Traci and Claire! Stay tuned: her friend and fellow housekeeper Beatrice will be showing up soon!
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on Alice, the Housekeeping Fairy at the teacup incident
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As a treat for designing over 15 different toys this year, I visited Fabricate!, a contemporary fabric shop here in Boulder. I've been making softies for seven months now. My favorite way to inspire new toys is to seek out interesting fabrics. I enjoy using vintage fabric when I find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at the teacup incident