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So, I am finally caught up on my 365 postings and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I absolutely hate falling behind on things and I am so happy to be caught up on at least one thing in my life. My apologies to anyone whose RSS feeds were overrun with my photo posts. Heh.

Monster Hat Madness continues around here and, while I am secretly longing to return to my paints, I have to admit that I’m having fun designing hats. I just finished my first Owl Hat and I’m pretty happy with it. It looks like I’ll have the opportunity to make a few more soon and hopefully, it won’t be long before they show up in the Etsy shop (famous last words!).

I still feel like a stranger in a strange land there. I’m really trying to familiarize myself with the way things work and how other people manage their shops, but I’d really much rather spend my time designing and creating. If anyone out there has any words of wisdom or encouragement with regards to the confusing quagmire that is Etsy, please don’t hesitate to share!

Speaking of sharing, I mentioned previously that I have been working on some things to share with parents (or grandparents, or babysitters, or anyone else who dedicates time to entertaining/educating kiddos). Right now, two of Sir’s favorite things are ABCs and coloring. So, I’ve been making alphabet coloring pages for him. I am hoping that eventually I will find the time to tweak some of the designs and make my own little coloring books. For now, I’m willing to share some of them here on my blog. They will be in .pdf format making them easy to download and print. I am hoping to post the first one this week (on Thursday maybe – just in time for the weekend when it is easy to run out of fun kid activities).

And so it goes…

photo : winter birches by yours truly

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Rawr! (says the Monster Hat)

Update: Monster Hats and Dragon Hats are back in the shop after the summer hiatus! Find them here.

The Monster Hat has finally made it’s debut on Etsy. It took me for-freaking-ever to get these guys made, photographed, and listed in the shop, but I’m using the fact that I had a ton of custom orders to get through as my excuse for that. I still have some custom hats to make, but I am really trying to get more done for the shop whenever I have a free minute.

I have to say that I love the Monster Hat. I really had no idea how well they would go over when I started making them. I really just designed it because I knew that Sir would love to have a hat that looked like a monster and oddly, I couldn’t find a pattern for what I had in mind. I made three, one of which came out horribly and has been tossed into a box never to be heard from again, before I came up with THE design. I have since had to tweak the design to make various sizes (including adult sizes!). Now that I have the patterns down, I can whip them out fairly quickly, but they are still a bit labor intensive mostly due to the detail work involved.

I have to admit, I was getting a little bored of making the same hat over and over. That is how the Dragon Hat came to be. The Dragon Hat is fun and ferocious and uses the same basic design of the Monster Hat. I currently have one Dragon Hat available in the shop, with more on the way soon.

I am also working on a few other variations that I am very excited about. I just hope I can get them designed and made before winter is over!

I can do either hat in pretty much any color combination and size that one might need. I actually love doing custom hats, so if you know anyone who might want one (or ten), don’t hesitate to let me know!

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Happiness Resides in an Electric Car

Please allow me to have a mom moment (I promise, there will be some art/design content. Just bear with me).

At nearly two years old, my son is already a huge They Might Be Giants fan. I’m sure this is due in part to the fact that he had quite a bit of fetal exposure to TMBG as my laptop speakers were often pressed up against my gigantic pregnant belly while I worked and sang along to favorites like Ana Ng, Birdhouse In Your Soul, and James K. Polk.

True story: on several occasions, while listening to TMBG in utero, Sir would start kicking along with the music.

Before Sir was born, I found out about They Might Be Giant’s kids’ album No! And shortly after he was born, I discovered Here Come the ABCs and Here Come the 123s, both of which come as a CD/DVD combo. We owned all three before he was even a month old. He’s been listening to the songs nearly everyday since. Within the last few months, he has started watching the accompanying DVDs and has become completely obsessed. He doesn’t watch a lot of television and very few shows actually hold his interest for more than a few minutes. His TMBG DVDs hold him in rapt attention, however, and I can’t say as I’m surprised.

The animations are so well done. They totally appeal to my designer’s eye and, combined with the music, completely mesmerize my son. John and John are presented as puppets that are made from (as far as I can tell) knit sleeves, over a cardboard (?) tube, with some felt details. Simple but brilliant. They were designed by Robin Goldwasser of Deeply Felt Puppet Theater (John Flansburgh’s wife and one of my newest heros. Heh.) Honestly, I could go on all day about what I love about these DVDs…but I won’t.

Recently, I finally got around to buying him TMBG’s third CD/DVD set Here Comes Science. We had heard all of the songs on Pandora over the past few months and they’re pretty fantastic. Sir particularly likes ‘Bloodmobile’ and ‘I Am a Paleontologist’. We sat down to watch the DVD the other day and, while Sir wasn’t quite as engaged as he is with the other two DVDs (the subject matter is a little above his head, after all), I was not let down. Visually, TMBG has hit yet another one out of the park. I loved the whole DVD, but my true favorite is the video for ‘Electric Car’.

It was produced by Tiny Inventions and if I could work with anyone in the world, I would want it to be these people. Hell, I wish I could be these people! They take everything I love and turn it into one gigantic freaking ball of awesome! *sigh* /fangirl gushing.

Seriously, check out their web site. And then email them to tell them how awesome I am and that they should make me a part of their team ASAP.

And check out the video too…

photo : Electric Car screenshot from tmbw.net

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