Cracking the turtlepants code

12 03 2014

Something I’ve been thinking about for a while… Turtle Pants.  I’ve tried a few prototypes and just can’t seem to capture their short-but-wide leggedness.  I’m determined to make it work, and I think adding the shiny vinyl turtle shell is a start.  I may have to bring in some Red-Necked Sliders as models.  Google Image searching for “turtle butt” is getting me nowhere.  


Craftin’ Outlaws

12 03 2014

The other day, my fella let me know he saw something about Craftin’ Outlaws, a show in Columbus, Ohio.  It was the last day for applications and it looked awesome, so I scrambled and got in my application.  A week later and I was told I was an Outlaw!  Hurrah!  It will be my first show outside Michigan, and it looks like it is going to be a great time.  I’ve been to Columbus and I really liked it.  Of course, last time it was for a food safety conference which was actually really interesting, but this time I’m going down for something much different.  It’s only one day (Saturday, April 19) so I’ll have a bit of time to stroll about town.  Though I’m doubting my local birdpants lovers will cross state lines to come see me, I’m really looking forward to meeting a whole new crew of crafters and craft-lovers!

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The Eyrie in Ypsi

11 03 2014

Last week, I had the extreme pleasure of visiting the new location of The Eyrie – a Michigan artisan market in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town.  It’s next to The Sidetrack and it is chock full of great things.  Usually when I’m at a craft show/sale, I don’t have as much time as I’d like to go peruse my fellow artist/crafters’ wares.  Well – it turns out that many of my favorites are represented at the Eyrie!  They have stuff from tons of great people – I went in to deliver some birdpants and was almost too distracted to remember why I was there.  

The owner/proprietress, Janette, is lovely.  I have met her a couple of times at recent shows and it was nice to chat with her for a bit.  She selected some birdpants (and bird socks!) and they are now being sold at The Eyrie!  So exciting.  





On deck…

3 03 2014


Tiny mouse socks await framing…

Handmade Frames

24 02 2014

Great news!  Due to recent advances in saw ownership, most pillbug items will now be framed in handmade poplar shadowboxes.

Many items are already framed this way, but now you will see them replace almost all framed items.  There are still a few clever commercial options out there for the really small stuff (like mouse socks), where the cost and quality are the right balance for the sales price.


frame making!
frame making!

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Happy New Year!!

1 01 2014

On deck for 2014: falconpants, turtlepants, bat mittens, a nautical seagull and more socks and mittens!




Mordecai the Falcon

30 12 2013

Mordecai the Falcon

A custom piece for a fan of the Royal Tenenbaums!