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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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Thank you Dana! Let me know how you like the spa water :)
Toggle Commented yesterday on Handcrafted Weekend at the teacup incident
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My weekend was full of handmade goodness. It started with the annual Firefly Handmade Market in Boulder. This marketplace showcases a variety of local handmade goods: jewelry, jams, soaps, artworks, letterpress cards, clothing, ceramics and more. I went to find soft toy artists and there were several talented sewists among... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at the teacup incident
Thank you everyone! All our efforts paid off in this challenge. I'm now inspired to see my scrap pile as "pillows / clothing-in-waiting".
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At long last, I can share the Fabulous Scrap Fabric Swap project reveal! In June eight talented sewers joined me in swapping fabric for this year's event. After pairing up the sewers, scraps were mailed off to Canada, Sweden, England and various states within the US. Here are the lovely... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the teacup incident
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I don't know about you but really hot summer days make me wilt. Staying hydrated helps a lot and classic lemonade perks up a hot afternoon like nothing else. In this recipe the lemonade is sweetened with agave syrup instead of sugar. The addition of blackberry ice cubes and lemon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thanks for the encouragement, Sylvia and Anne!
Thank you Claire and Kim :) These toys are a labor of love at the moment and I'm happy you like them. Kim, thank you for asking but I don't have a shop yet. Right now I'm testing the market through my friends and learning more about the softie business. Someday I'll be ready to offer patterns and toys on Etsy and those readers who follow my blog will hear about it here first.
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A lot of thought goes into making soft toys, from sketching out shapes and patterns to sewing up multiple prototypes and deciding to add clothes or not. This is my second elephant toy, better than the first one but still not quite right. I thought I'd share her here anyway... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thank you Kim and Laura!
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2014 on Today's Snapshot: Fun Find at the teacup incident
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A friend asked me to make my Pocket Kitties for her niece who's having a baby boy and has twin 3-year-old boys at home. She wanted a kitten for each boy and the new baby. I'm very happy with the result: a red and white mama cat with three kittens... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at the teacup incident
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I spied this pretty teacup at a local thrift store and loved the blue background with the Japanese floral motif. Because of my blog's name I'm drawn to teacups, especially pretty ones that cost only $4. When I cleaned it at home I discovered this cup had a surprise inside:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at the teacup incident
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When I was in northern California last month a friend took me to a wonderful olive oil tasting room in Berkeley. Amphora Nueva bottles and sells delicious olive oils and balsamic vinegars, many infused with aromatic flavors. In their tasting room you can try pairings such as Blueberry Balsamic vinegar... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at the teacup incident
I love the mix of denim and tiny flowers! It looks so summery.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2014 on Made - Zipper Pouch #5 at {michellepatterns.com}
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Summer heat finally arrived in Boulder over the July 4th weekend. I took my camera out on a field walk to capture the season for you. I love to see the progression of local vegetables, flowers and herbs growing in the sunshine. This shady section of Bear Creek is a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thank you Robyn, Anne and Kim! I'm glad you like my elephant toy. Making his face and trunk more 3D and adding bigger ears will likely do the trick.
Thank you Kim!
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A friend recently commissioned me to make kittens for her 3-year-old nephews and this is the result: two blue and white kittens with rosy red noses! Because these toys are for little boys I used a mix of shirting materials in plaids, checks and dots. The backs of the kittens... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at the teacup incident
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We've had family staying with us for the past five days. While its always fun to see out of town guests, the calm after they leave is lovely too. I'm resting today, absorbing the quiet little beauties of summer, before the next batch of guests arrive. What do you do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at the teacup incident
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Recently I visited IKEA with a friend and if you've ever shopped there you know the store is full of fun surprises. We ate lunch in their cafeteria and shared an elderflower cupcake (swoon) for dessert. I saw a bottle of elderflower syrup among their food offerings and decided I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at the teacup incident
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Lately I've been working on an elephant toy that is coming together but clearly needs tweaking. This elephant is constructed from scrap pile cottons and blue baby wale corduroy I found at the thrift store. I like making my prototypes in color if the fabric is cheap enough (vintage sheets... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at the teacup incident
That is so cute! Thanks for linking it here.
Thank you Dana, Anne, Robyn and Kim! I wish you all lived nearby so we could all go to garage sales together :)
Claire - I'm glad you're enjoying your scraps!
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Peonies, smoke bush and dahlias Enjoy the day and savor the season! Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at the teacup incident
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Salmon and shrimp poached in wine and herbs pairs beautifully with couscous in this vibrant dish. Its easy to prepare and wonderful served for summer company. Try it with a simple green salad on the side. This will quickly become a favorite summer party dish. Poached Salmon with Shrimp served... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at the teacup incident