Saturday, January 19, 2008

Big McLove

OK, Tiny McSmall, you win a coveted spot on this blog under "inspiration" AND "where I would love to shop"  That how much I love this website.

I recently discovered that some of my work was featured on a blog called Mama Said Shop. When I started hunting around (great site by the way) I found Tiny McSmall.  I spent the next 30 minutes engrossed in their site, letting the kids rip apart the house.  

I suppose I really like the clothes because I love simple and understated for little girls.  They are not unlike the things I try to make for Plainly Jane.   But, I also like Tiny McSmall because all items are made in the US or Europe by artisans and designers who are themselves parents.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Inspiration in from "Ranger Rick"

The copy of "Ranger Rick" was devoured by my son and daughter; the November issue I think.  As I was cleaning up the mass of magazines I notice this article and wondered why it took me until January to find it.  In case you don't know "Ranger Rick" is a kids magazine on wildlife published by the National Wildlife Foundation.  Its been around since I was little, but now I wondered "when did it become so cool?"

Each bug is made from a metal part of something:  trumpet mouthpieces, change purse skeletons, old silverware, car parts, ashtrays, and just about anything else metal.  Look at these photos carefully and you'll see what I mean.  This artist is fabulous.  If I could only find the "Ranger Rick"  I found him in, I'd tell you his name...  I'll work on that.

Now thats inspiration for makers, hackers, and craftsters alike - and found in a kids magazine!  I've got to keep my eyes much more open from now on.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

New in the shop...

I've been trying to concentrate my efforts lately by making multiples of the same thing, just with different prints.  And yes, I am using brand new fabric.  Its slim pickin's at the thrift stores lately so I figured I'd find some new material for once.  The above is one of the Front Pocket Blouses I have in the shop.  Honestly, I almost kept this one.