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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: creating soft toys, sewing, photography, writing, thrifting, nature, hiking, travel
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Dolls Hillary and Myrtle enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea while planning their Christmas parties. We are officially in the holiday season, with many year-end activities to fit into our already busy schedules. A time-honored way to de-stress is to make time for tea. Tea also makes a great theme... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at the teacup incident
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Part of the fun of having dollies to play with is dressing them up! Here is an easy felt flower necklace project to dress up your doll's wardrobe. Little girls might like a matching one to wear as a bracelet or necklace - the project is easy to adapt. Just... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the teacup incident
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Today is the last day of my holiday sale so grab your favorites from PinkGingerKitty and save! Enjoy 15% off your entire purchase when you use the coupon code INSTATHANKS15 at checkout. Make the holiday extra merry for someone special with a handmade toy! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the teacup incident
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Have you heard the news? Everything at PinkGingerKitty is on sale this weekend! Enter coupon code INSTATHANKS15 at checkout and enjoy 15% off everything in your shopping cart. Sale ends Sunday at midnight. My dolls and accessories are made by hand from my own patterns, resulting in unique toys with... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at the teacup incident
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It is Thanksgiving day here in America and I would like to thank you, my blog readers and customers, for the joy you've given me this year. I am grateful for your friendship, comments and sales. I wish you all the best in life! To show my gratitude I'm offering... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at the teacup incident
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My new "Dress-Up Kitty" dolls are here! Meet Astrid and Lulu, two kitties with their very own mix-and-match wardrobes. Each 14" kitty comes with a dress, a coat, a top, a pair of shorts and a felt flower headband/necklace. They make the perfect gift for cute-obssesed fashionistas aged 3 and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at the teacup incident
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If you follow me on Instagram you've seen sneak peeks of Lulu and her wardrobe. I made the jacket and dress prototypes above from vintage fabrics while inventing her clothing. Lulu is a handmade "Dress-up Kitty" linen toy that comes with her own wardrobe. She will be in my shop... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at the teacup incident
You're very welcome Anne! Thanks for stopping by.
Thank you Anne.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2016 on The Road Ahead at the teacup incident
Thank you for visiting Anne and for your sweet comments about my kitty toy! I like Jennifer's book because it has a variety of paper types (white, black, thick) for using the different media that she suggests such as gold pen on black or markers. She gives a year's worth of prompts in the book, most of them with 1/2 a blank page. If you like her daily prompt idea try her 30 day drawing challenge on Creativebug - it will give you a good sample of her style and the types of prompts in the book. I have a year's subscription to Creativebug and her classes are included that. She's a good instructor so I hope she'll create more classes.
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Sneak Peek: my linen "Dress Up Kitty" doll, coming soon to my shop! I want to build upon my previous post "10 Reasons to Keep a Sketchbook" by sharing drawing inspiration from my creative bookshelf. These books offer a wealth of fun drawing exercises to enjoy anytime I'm feeling stressed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at the teacup incident
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I have been heartsick over this year's negative election campaigning and resulting strife in Washington. What we pay attention to gains power in spite of strong efforts to change course. Fear mongering is not the way forward. Let us refocus our energy now on coming together and moving past divisive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Sienna and Sadie are the latest Sweet Friend dolls in my shop. Sweet Friend dolls are 16" handmade cloth dolls made for little girls aged 3 and up. They come with removable aprons and tulle skirts for hours of dress up fun. Sweet Friend dolls make lovely sister dolls to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at the teacup incident
Thank you Laura - you made my day! Enjoy your Sunday.
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I was looking back through this year's photos and decided to group a few of my favorites by color. I use these shades over and over, which is why the dolls look so cute together at tea parties! I'm challenging myself to use a few unusual-for-me colors in my upcoming... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at the teacup incident
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(Kitty photo by Rachel Hale, from the book "Its A Zoo Out There") Lisel and Myrtle meet twice a month in Myrtle's large library room to read and discuss good books. It was Lisel who named their book club "The Mystery Kitty Book Club". This is why: On one wall... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Sketchbooks are my personal amusement park where I play with color and form to keep my creative ideas flowing. I have some that I use for collage and color samples and others where I draw ideas for my doll business. They are an important part of my art making process,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Available my PinkGingerKitty shop: Garden Party Girl "Naomi" and Sweet Friend "Chantal" Naomi is a mom and surface pattern designer at a greeting card company. She creates the designs that decorate many different products, from books and cards to soap packaging. In her spare time she loves to paint with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at the teacup incident
Thank you Anne. Im happy you like my early work because Im working on some new animals to bring to my shop inthe new year.
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Bert and Lola, two characters I created when I was learning to sew dolls. Every artist needs inspiration. We often start our craft out of admiration of artists who's work we love. I fall for handmade toys with unique character rather than the calculated appeal of mass marketed goods. As... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Now in my PinkGingerKitty shop: felt jacket and hat sets for my Sweet Friend dolls! These adorable jackets and hats lend a dainty retro look to the Sweet Friend dolls. The jackets have a sewn down lapel and tie in front via a ribbon attached at the waist. The ribbon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at the teacup incident
Thank you Anne, it was fun. She had a great time!
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2016 on Taking a long weekend off... at the teacup incident
Thank you Anne!
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2016 on New Sweet Friend Doll: Ava at the teacup incident
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Last weekend was Boulder's Open Studios, a yearly event where artists throughout Boulder open their studios to the public so we can meet and buy art directly from the artists themselves. I really enjoy seeing where an artist works and getting to know them outside a gallery setting. A favorite... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at the teacup incident
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There's a new Sweet Friend handmade doll in my PinkGingerKitty shop. Meet Ava, a coral-haired cloth doll in a floral dress, removable patterned apron and 2 tulle underskirts, one white and one coral. Ava loves tea parties and snuggling under the covers. She is good at keeping secrets and would... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at the teacup incident