Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We're getting closer, my friends

We're almost there. . . 52 (fifty-two!) mice have been purchased so far to help Naughty Pippi.  Can you believe it?


I can.  You guys are awesome.  Many, many thanks.

And the giveaway is getting closer, too. . . .  more soon. . . .

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sometimes you just need a fresh start.

Like a new creative direction, a new line, to jumpstart the creative juices.   I haven't done anything new in the design or sewing arena for a very, very long time, so I decided to try something new.  I've had a little idea buzzing away in my brain for months and months, and now, finally, I'm setting it free.  Here's a sneaky peek at what I've been playing with lately. . . .


This line was inspired by summer.  by picnics.  by the outdoors.  by the recession.  (what?)  by this heat wave.  by my family.  OH -- and I'll be ready to launch very soon, and that also means that the giveaway is getting closer and closer!  Hooray!

Some more shop news. . . .

It's time for my Christmas in July special!  I'm offering FREE domestic shipping, 50% off international shipping on any order, large or small, new or repeat!  Just use the coupon code JULYCHRISTMAS2011 at check out, and you're good to go.  (International shipping discount will be refunded via Paypal.)  :)  Please feel free to share the code with friends and family if you like!

And random stuff. . . .

We've been in a drought for almost a full year now -- a whopping 0.16" of rain so far this year.  Yep, that's sixteen hundredths of an inch of rain.

Here's our front pasture (and my handsome hubby) late last spring...

... and here's the front pasture today.
And then there's the heat -- weeks of triple-digit temps.  I know we live in the desert and all, but this is severe, even for this arid region.  Wild fires, dust, no green.  It makes me sad.  It's almost like a cabin-fever-type sadness, only I can't go outside because it's so hot.  Soooo, I'm keeping myself busy indoors, and working on my new line is both uplifting and refreshing, mentally and emotionally.  But I sure wouldn't mind any prayers for rain if you would like to offer any for us!  ;-)

Friday, July 1, 2011

It's almost time. . .


. . . for a giveaway!  Yes, I said it!  So now I have to do it, right?  ;)  Actually, tonight I'm working on said giveaway, so you guys can hold me to it.  Sorry, the giveaway won't be the fab clock pictured above.  I just thought that the photo went well with my title and all....  ;-)  But can you believe that clock???   (Which happens to be a 1946-1950 bakelite GE clock timer.)  So completely awesome.  And it works, too!  Oh, and the kicker?  Two. bucks.  The thrift store is loving me these days.

Aaaand a Pippi Update. . . .

I had forgotten that I had her x-rays uploaded, so I thought I'd share them now.  You can see where her right leg is broken, just above the joint.  Even after almost a month of splinting, no healing occured.  :(



In spite of that, she's still doing OK.  Hobbling, etc.  Same.  Well, other than her attitude.  That has markedly improved!  I'm not sure what all happened on that fateful 2-day bender, but she's almost nice to me now. 

My friend Tricia, from Handmade Whimzy, ordered a little catnip mouse from my shop for her kitty, Sparky.  SO cute:

*Sparky approved*

You can see more happy pics of Sparky enjoying her new mouse over on Tricia's blog.   Tricia has also written a very sweet blog post for Pippi, so please drop by and give it a read.   Thanks, Tricia!

There's also a facebook event (!!!) featuring our Naughty Pippi, started by one of my dear customers, to help spread Pippi's story.  If you get a chance, please click on over and tell your friends about it.  Thank you, Destiny! 

And thank you ALL for your kind words, shared stories, and of course for your generous purchases of the special catnip mice.  Check out that progress over on the left-hand side!  WOW!  You guys are awesome. <3

If you haven't read Pippi's story yet, you can find it here

ANYway... giveaway details coming very, very soon!  See you soon!