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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 Kim - I'm happy you like her :) She was fun to imagine and make.
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 yesterday at the teacup incident
Thank you Robyn, Traci and Claire! Stay tuned: her friend and fellow housekeeper Beatrice will be showing up soon!
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 3 days ago at the teacup incident
Anne, Susan and Nini - thank you for your cute comments - they made me laugh. You guys are the best!
This is Alice. She is a housekeeping fairy and as such she is always on the lookout for stray cobwebs and dust bunnies. With a shake of her apron and flick of her dust wand your chores will be finished before you can say "teatime". Her wings give her loft... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the teacup incident
Here's what I'm working on in my studio: a prototype head for a new toy. I call her Minnie :) I wanted to see how difficult it would be to add yarn "hair" to a doll softie (it isn't too hard). Minnie's "do" is from a $1 bag of slubby... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thank you Kim, and I hope you'll try it!
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Thank you Kim!
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Claire, thank you for including me in the Creative Blog Hop! I love visiting your blog and seeing what beautiful paintings and patterns you're producing. Your photos from your recent trip to Italy are to die for!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2014 on Creative Blog Hopping at the teacup incident
English painter and surface pattern designer Claire Leggett invited me to be part of the Creative Blog Hop going on currently in the blogging arts community. In this event artists share what they're working on and their art process and then pass on the questions to other artists worldwide. Since... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at the teacup incident
Hot August days bring fresh peaches and nectarines to our markets. I've been seeing versions of this salad on Pinterest and in magazines and had to try it. Sweet nectarines, ripe tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are a winning combination. A simple vinaigrette is all you need for piquancy. This salad... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at the teacup incident
Taking a break out on the patio with a glass of ice tea, grapes and a good book. A mystery series set in the Dordogne region of France, Martin Walker's Black Diamond is about the truffle trade. I love the luminous pink of the petunias in this photo, don't you? Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thank you Robyn and Dana. Claire - your weekend sounds exhausting but I bet your floor looks amazing! Anne, thank you for visiting again! Your comments make me happy I took my camera along to the flea market.
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Collage made from flea market finds, washi tape and thread Over the weekend I went to A Paris Street Market (flea market) at the Aspen Grove shopping center in Littleton, CO. This market is full of colorful new and vintage wares along with plants, clothing and truck food. Its a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at the teacup incident
Along the South Boulder Creek trail August is the last hurrah of summer. There are 31 days left to savor hot weather and lemonade, walks in the evening light, road trips and campfires. Its a good time to relax the rules and give in to fleeting pleasures because fall will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at the teacup incident
Thank you Dana! Let me know how you like the spa water :)
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2014 on Handcrafted Weekend at the teacup incident
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 Jul 28, 2014 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".
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 Jul 25, 2014 at the teacup incident
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.
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!
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