Friday, November 21, 2008

Soft ACEO's of My Soft Sculpture Dolls

I put together a series of ACEO's (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) with some of the photography from my Earthlies and the Pumpkinhaus Prims.
Photo transfers quilted onto a lovely decorative fabric with a little trim loop. On the back is a sweet little Pumpkinhaus tag.

One of a kind 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" artist trading cards

There are 18 cards available in my etsy shop for $10.00 each.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I've heard that sewing machines sometimes seem possessed with a determination to grab a finger every so often.

Arrrrrgh..... tell me this thing doesn't look like it could do some damage!
So, I have officially been bit my my lovely machine. And it hurt.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Another New Shop!

I've moved all of my little skirts over to a new venue called 1000 Markets. I am excited about this site! This site is just for handmade items, no supplies or vintage. It is really new, so we will see how it goes! I will be listing periodically, so be sure to check back often!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hey Good Lookin', Whatcha got Cookin": Inside the Pumpkinhaus Part 2

This is my kitchen. This photo is taken from my sewing area in the living room. This is a photo heavy post btw.... here goes!
I have a galley style kitchen, I would love nothing more than to push the walls out about 5 feet... I imagine doing this, oh, about 20 times a day! I love to cook, and there really is not too much elbow room. It is still my favorite room in the house though!
The hand painted plate above the window is one in a set of three that my Mom got when we lived in Greece on the island of Crete. I was only a year old when my Dad was stationed there in the Air Force. Apparently I was a hit on the island as a baby with blue eyes and blond hair!

This is a painting of two chattering crows by John Egan. Rowan looooves this piece, she is always trying to guess what they might be trying to say.

I have vintage lunchboxes on top of the cabinets. There is a Clash of the Titans box, Strawberry Shortcake, and an Addams Family box. Rowan is so into The Addams Family. We have a Mother Goose book by Charles Addams that she memorized frontwards and backwards when she was 3.

There is mosaic behind the counter and stove. It is mostly broken china and majolica tile work. The centerpiece, right behind the stove, is a tile I made a few years back in a series using broken doll parts.

I wish I had thought to take a better picture of it, but the photo way up above the stove, is my grammas kitchen. It is a black and white photograph of her stove with the old pasta pot and percolator.

When we moved in, I had to replace the floor. It was originally going to be a green floor sanded back with red underneath, but I got carried away one night and painted bright blue stripes. It is one of the things people comment about the most when they walk into my kitchen! "Dude! Could you do that to my floor?"

Wooden spoons, chopsticks, and the ever burning money candle.

I gave Joe a beautiful copper tea kettle for Christmas a couple of years ago when he was trying to quit drinking coffee... yeah right. If you know Joe, you know he is synonymous with a cup o' coffee.

The painting in this picture was done by my friend Jason Brewer.

This is an old Hoosier cabinet with an enamel counter. This piece was given to me by my friend Lorrie. Same with the table.... every room in my house has some piece of awesome furniture given to me by her!

Right below the kitchen table is a trap door that leads to the basement. I can't tell you enough how this is the delight of any little boy who comes to my house! They are always like " You have a trap door and a loft?!?, That is sooooo cooooool! So, do you like play pirates and stuff?" Yep, all the time I tell you!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New Venues and Such...

I am branching out a bit.... I have opened up a shop on It is something along the lines of Crafster (I'm there too) as it is a social network as much as a selling venue. I have moved all of my MammaMaus items to that shop. You will find the crochet boas and small knit purses there. And, I have also applied for a HyenaCart account and am awaiting my approval email. I will be setting that site up over the weekend... I'll make the announcement when that all goes down. I have more exciting prospects there....

Monday, November 3, 2008

Where the Magic Happens: Inside The Pumpkinhaus Part 1

Here are pictures of my studio/sewing/living room. I have heard from many people that my house sounds like a wonderland, so this post is the first in a series showing the inside of the Pumpkinhaus.
My workspace takes up half of my living room. I set up shop in here so that I would be able to spend time with Rowan and Cael while I worked. My living room is a stone addition built on to the back of the house.

Stacks of fabric for future pettiskirts and such. Those Mellisa and Doug trays come in really handy for doll eyes, snaps and joints. Hello Print Gocco peeking out from below!

I like to keep current projects stashed in little baskets on my sewing table. I do all of my cutting and then stack everything up neatly. I am way more likely to return to the project if I do this!

I will be the first to admit.... I cleaned up for the pictures! When I am working, lets just say.... not so pretty!

There is a stone fireplace which currently serves as a warehouse for my spools of tulle. We are working on fixing up the garage so I can move everything out there, and we can start utilizing the fireplace for heat. I am standing in the kitchen for this picture to give you an idea of the layout of the house. This room is 10' x 20'. The ladder on the right hand side of the picture leads up to the loft. The ceiling is vaulted, and there is a sky window above that allows for great lighting during the day.

This is an amazing steamer trunk given to me by my friend Lorrie. It has so much hidden space in it! This is where I keep all of my vintage trims and patterns, zippers, knitting needles, pom pom makers.... you name it, it's in there! And I have a lot! The top folds down and it is on wheels if I ever need to move it around.

I am a folder and stacker. I love to be able to see what I have at a glance. I keep all of my art books in the library, but I have a few here for easier access.

I have two antique sewing tables opened up next to each other to create a long, corner worktable. I still do all of my cutting and ironing at the kitchen table though, I just can't squeeze that in there!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Daily Musings with Rowan

" Dad, do bananas come from the 80's? "

Feed Me!


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