Monthly Archives: April 2009

I didn’t mean to not let all of you in on the Heather Ross Unicorn fabric – Cynthia over at Fabricworm will have it very soon. The last batch she had sold out really quickly. I’m getting some in a blue colourway and fushia and am so excited. Does anyone else become a little breathless […]

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CanCan - April 29, 2009 - 10:53 pm

Those thimbles are totally cool!

Ashley - April 30, 2009 - 4:22 am

I’ve only just started sewing and I’m blown away by how addicted to fabric I’ve become. I was just thinking yesterday that I need some “rule” to help keep my fabric addiction from getting out of hand.

admin - April 30, 2009 - 9:16 am

Candace – did you see that they have adjustable tension things – it’s just taken it to a whole new level I didn’t know existed.
Ashley- Be careful- you will end up with bins and bins of the stuff. If you keep an eye on the Fabricworm blog, she often posts 20% off coupons.

Christy on the Craggy Moor - April 30, 2009 - 2:08 pm

I’m loving those thimbles! You’re right, they are so cute-and practical. I love that combo. Before I started doing alot of handsewing, I used to think thimbles were so old fashioned. Who really needs them?? Well, lol now I do :0) I could so be a “kid in a candy shop” with that Fabricworm catalog.

Donnell - May 2, 2009 - 7:26 pm

I tried to find the designer coin thimbles on their site but they just don’t seem to be there. Did you find them on a different site?

bethany - May 4, 2009 - 6:41 am

Thimbles are actually a necessity I decided!! My fingers were numb for a whole day after sewing and embroidering my felt owl!!! I will look these up because I didn’t even know some of these types existed! Thanks for the info!!!! (p.s. there’s nothing wrong with blonde… we happen to like our hair color!! 😉

 So – I’m starting my Friday uploading this week. What this means is that I will post all dolls for sale on Fridays, sometime in the afternoon. I still have loads of clothing that I have to list and loads more coming. Reggie just emailed me saying that she’d just finished up over 50 (!) […]

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Amber - April 28, 2009 - 8:36 pm

I was so into all things unicorn when I was 13 or so. I had unicorn figurines, unicorn jewelry, unicorn artwork. I was obsessed in the way that only a 13 year old can be. So you know I think that fabric is great!

And I hear you on the toys. And the packaging! So much waste, just so that a bunch of plastic will look nice on display. We really can’t keep going this way, the planet can’t take it.

Chris - April 29, 2009 - 3:40 am

I hear ya on the Toys R Us thing. I also have this aversion to “Made in China” lately too. That REALLY elimates almost all store toys. I have pretty much just been getting handmade purchases for my little one. The relatives bombard our house with enough plastic toys. I am trying to limit my purchases to things my daughter might still want when she’s older (and ideally will keep to share with her kids.

LOVE the unicorn fabric too. I was (and still am) so in to horses I would have LOVED that fabric. Heck, I’m a grown up and I love it now. :)

admin - April 29, 2009 - 8:00 am

YEs – the Made in China thing is another deterrent for me as well. Toys R Us is just so counterproductive, I mean, our kids are learning about the environment from us and our school and everyone around them yet a source of pleasure and fun for them is THIS store? If I bought stuff from there I’d feel like the biggest hypocrite. Today I have a few hours and I’m running up to the fabric store when it opens to see if I can find a pirate and astronaut dress up pattern. I’ll see what I can make for my little guy.

Stacy - April 29, 2009 - 9:25 am

And when in doubt I find that good art supplies are always good in a pinch :)

Casey - April 29, 2009 - 10:44 am

One thing my son loved at age five – and still today- are weather kits. Sometimes you can find them online or you could make your own version – something to trap and measure water…. a wind gauge, etc. He also loved recording the weather in a little book and he would make charts and graphs. HAHA!! Just an idea!! Happy Birthday!!

Leah Killian - April 29, 2009 - 11:44 am

Yes- little boys get very hard to buy for in the non-plastic department.

Our favs include dress ups, books and art supplies.

Eliminating plastic all together is just nearly impossible. At least yours goes to a waldorf school and isn’t getting sucked into all things plastic-crap by his peers. I decided not to beat myself up over it and to just try to keep a realistic balance. I think it would do more damage to tell my kids they could never ever have a My Little Pony or a Transformer than it would to say ok- in moderation. They don’t need 50 ponies, for example, but 1 or two well loved ones is alright. I’m more concerned with the issue of excess and are my kids really playing with this.

So- we buy a few, but usually go for other things :-)

Ashley - April 29, 2009 - 12:33 pm

We love the fabric!!!! My oldest daughter (5 1/2) always checks your site with me and now she is begging for a dress or skirt made from this unicorn fabric! As a mother of three daughters, I can’t give too much advice for shopping for little boys – how about a leather pouch to wear and carry treasures in? If he takes after his mama, your guy may be ready for some leather working tools and a stash of scrap leather!

Emily M. - April 29, 2009 - 1:28 pm

a couple dress up costumes is a fabulous idea. as is the treasure hunt!!! love it. i adore toys and have already been thinking of my son’s 5th birthday in November. was thinking along the lines of pirates/treasure, and in searching came across this super cool website where you can buy replicas of dubloons and coins like that. so cool! i know it’s too late for now, but maybe next time? http://www.greatamericancoincompany.com/Pirate-Coins-and-Doubloons-c5.html anyway, good luck!

okay, and the unicorn fabric–i adore it. and searched the internet for it. and can’t find it. where oh where can i buy some for myself?

and one more thing–my sister just brought over the doll for my daughter’s birthday (do you even remember my order? 😉 going to just assume so). her birthday is at the end of next month, and will for sure be sending you photos!!! and i think purchasing some more clothing…

Cheryl - April 29, 2009 - 1:42 pm

Thats what Home-Depo is for, pick up a garden shovel or a pail and you can usually get the keys they don’t use for free paint-sticks made into puppets and of course a wool eye patch for the pirates and possible a parrot or small knitted bird. Also the rocks that they can crack open either the make it yourself kind with coffee grinds then you could put small coins or rocks and minerals or the geods? ( not sure of the spelling ) Good luck with the party!

lauralee - April 29, 2009 - 6:57 pm

I KNOW what you mean! I have three boys.. almost 8, almost 6 and 2. It is hard to find boy presents that aren’t violent, worthless and have millions of parts. Thinking of what my 5 and 7 year old play with the most…. a “flying turtle” (amazon has them), a pogo stick, rollerblades, magnifying glass, red wiggler worms (for the compost.. they love them), harmonicas, fairy tale books, wood tanagrams, origami paper and book, a “knitting tower” (seriously, they both LOVE them), modeling beeswax, kid digital cameras, binoculars, a bird sound book…. there are things out there they like that won’t drive you too crazy! It has taken me a while to come up with them I must admit. Oh, they both have dolls… :) My two year old doesn’t yet but I’m watching for a boy that looks like him. Besides their one doll, they also have an Ugly Doll and they think those are really funny for some reason. Love your dolls, your site… it is all great! How do you do it all?!!!
thanks ~lauralee

admin - April 29, 2009 - 7:48 pm

really – you ladies ROCK! thanks so much for the suggestions! I’m going into the ‘big city’ tomorrow am for thread and will have a hunt around for some stuff :) I’ll let you all know what we end up with!

Michelle Z. - May 4, 2009 - 3:55 am

My go-to present for boys – a big Tonka dump truck. The metal ones, not the plastic ones. Those things last forever (my parents still have mine from when I was little) and what boy doesn’t like dump trucks? We have a really big one that my boys can even ride in down our hill (that was certainly not it’s intended purpose, as it gives me gray hairs, but boys will be boys).

The Adventures of Lucita – Part 13

I’ve had to take a bit of a Lucita break  because things have been nutty at home these past few weeks. For those who are new (hello!) Lucita is a Bamboletta ambassador that is travelling in Guatemala with my friend Heather from Project Somos. Heather is working hard to establish Project Somos, an eco village […]

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cheryl - April 27, 2009 - 4:10 pm

Wow, thats amazing, I never knew what could be done with sawdust. I love the veggie one also.

doll news

  I’m getting 6 dolls ready for adoption tomorrow afternoon. They’ll probably be on there sometime mid afternoon – all dependent on the naps. From here on, all doll uploads will be done on Fridays.

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bethany - April 25, 2009 - 6:48 pm

I’m so happy to hear that the boys are doing much better!! I hope you find some peaceful moments to recharge yourself!!! I love these dolls!!! They look like sisters or cousins, all waiting to go explore the world!!!

 I feel like I always start off my posts by saying that it’s been so busy – but, really, it has been so busy around here. Both the boys are healing with a healthy dose sunshine and kisses.  I am honestly so moved and touched by all the get well emails and mamas relaying their […]

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erin - April 24, 2009 - 11:01 am

so glad the boys are on the mend! xx

Amber - April 24, 2009 - 12:02 pm

My brief career as a WAHM told me it’s way harder than I ever could have imagined. I’m so impressed that you manage it as well as you do. And hopefully the people you work with understand that this is what it means like to juggle a business and a family.

And I’m glad the boys are getting better.

ramona - April 25, 2009 - 6:09 am

you should win a price. i mean all those mothers should do. i so know what you are speaking about, hehe :-) you post made me smile knowingly. great work you do!

Rebecca - April 26, 2009 - 6:06 pm

About work at home moms, your post reminded me of my friend’s blog. She deals with a lot of similar questions, and I thought you might be interested. Her blog is at http://jennifernew.wordpress.com/. Enjoy! (p.s. Congrats on the business becoming more REAL. Made me think of the Velveteen Rabbit.)

CanCan - April 27, 2009 - 9:25 am

This is like my life, down to the breastfeeding at inopportune times AND the sibling rivalry.
Minus the ability to sew and/or have a business. :)

Cheryl - April 27, 2009 - 2:14 pm

What ups and downs! So happy to see the store up and such a great response for you.

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