Today was gorgeous on the Oregon coast. It was sunny and warm, and you'd never guess it was January. It was the kind of day we would be happy to have in June or July. My dog Stella was delighted to have a long walk on the beach, chasing balls, barking at other dogs and sniffing giant piles of driftwood left over from a recent storm.
My Mom and I had afternoon tea at Lovejoy' in Florence. It's a lovely little tearoom that feels authentically British and has delicious food. The pineapple petit four was amazing!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Our weather hasn't been great around here lately. First snow, then torrential rains, complete with flooding on major roads. On my way to work last Wednesday I counted eleven places where water was visibly flowing across the road, six of them on the highway! But if bad weather is good for one thing, it's for staying home and getting things done. I have had a great time making my teacup fascinators, and I've been getting a very positive response to them on Etsy. Now I just have to plan a Mad Hatter tea party!
My next project was the Etsy Dollmakers Team challenge for January- a purple and gold doll. I made another of my big-eyed cat dolls, but to make this one special, and because of the challenge colors and the time of year, I made her a Mardi Gras cat, so she's wearing a little felt bandit mask with feathers. I named her Martine, and I think she's pretty cute.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Just a teaser... I've been working on some new teacup fascinators based on the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland. They should be available in my Etsy shop in the next week or two, but for now, here is a picture of me wearing one in front of Alice's Shop in Oxford, England last month.
I just made some new tricorns in bright colors with pretty flowered braids in pink and purple. They seemed just right for Spring. But yesterday I wanted to photograph them to put in my etsy shop, and it was snowing like crazy. Today was the same. This is the view from my deck where I usually take my pictures.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
My Regency Bonnet Kits have been popular lately. They've gone all over the US, to Canada, and I just got an order for 3 kits for people attending the Jane Austen Festival in Australia. Quite exciting to think that my bonnets are so international! I have made several new kits recently, and they are now available in my Etsy shop.