colossal backer

I’ve been meaning to design some fabric for a while, but haven’t mustered the patience to deal with the pattern/repeat aspect of such an endeavor.  With pattern construction on the brain again, I visited Spoonflower for the first time in ages and was impressed by how much the site has grown and what people were managing to cram onto a fat quarter.  Dolls!  Puppets!  Of course!  I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of pillow panels before, seeing as how I thought they were the coolest when I was little.

So, here are the beginnings of my first pillow designs.  You can see the original drawings here and here, by the way.  I was going to start with the back of this guy (because who wouldn’t want a lazy squid pillow on their couch?  Nobody.), but then I realized that the full size version of that drawing is amongst those still to be rescued from my dead laptop.  I had already come up with the brilliant title for this post and just couldn’t let it go.

I really enjoy sewing, but have a bad attitude when it come to patterns and directions in general.  I guess I don’t like being told what to do.  I always think that I can just figure it out on my own, and, occasionally, I’m right.  Anyway, I’m going to have to include some instructions along with these.  Something like “cut, sew, stuff” should do it.


fattening up

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians!  Happy Columbus Day (still trying to figure out what exactly this is), Americans!  Go eat an apple pie!  I know that a lot of people get all worked up about turkey, but – hello? – pie?  And what about the stuffed potatoes?  The butter tarts?  Did I mention pie?  You’ve gotta love a holiday completely centred around eating.  Oh, yeah, and the whole family, togetherness, thankfulness thing, too.

aw, nuts!


I know, dumb name. Amy Poehler has some SNL character who says that and I can’t get it out of my head. Those of you who have visted my new Etsy shop, or those of you visiting from it (hi!) will recognise this squirrel. He was actually a super quick sketch that I did when I first got my new tablet last year. I came across him recently and thought he was funny, so I gave him a background and something to live for. Doodle and I have been doing a lot of squirrel watching lately (a fascination we inherited from my dad). Mostly, we admire the acrobatic prowess displayed in their attempts to completely empty our bird feeder every day. Those guys are nuts.