Embroidery · Shows

Thank You!

buckman_bannerThank you to everyone who came out to the Buckman Art Show + Sell last weekend! After being an annual shopper at this event, I was finally a vendor. There was some beautiful work on display and I met some lovely artists who I hope to see again.

Thank you also to friends and family who stopped by to say hello — Laura, Donna, Stacey and Sarah! It’s always great to see friendly faces who I can chat with.

Two days at Buckman gave me a chance to work on some doodle embroidery. I haven’t picked up the needle in a while. Dang, it felt good!

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Don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but for me a lot of embroidery is the process and the enjoyment rather than a finished product. I started with some circles drawn onto a linen/cotton fabric, picked out 10 or so of my favorite Perle cottons and set to work. Having handwork kept me from shopping at all the other amazing booths!

I’m working on scheduling more shows for the spring and summer. I’ll keep you posted. Once the weather gets nicer and the sun returns, it’s time to focus on getting some more items photographed and available for Etsy.

Events · News · Shows

Stop By the Buckman Art Show + Sell This Weekend ~ March 11 & 12

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I am excited to be part of the year’s Buckman Art Show + Sell at the Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School this Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12!

This is the biggest show I’ve participated in and I’m a little nervous. There are so many well-known Portland artists who have been part of this show. For years each spring, I’ve dragged my reluctant, uncrafty family here to take a look around and support Portland makers. My favorite part — the student art! While there is some truly high-end work here, there are many affordable pieces as well. I hope you’ll take some time this weekend to support this great school!

Here are the details:

140 artists and craftspersons will be selling their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more!  30% of sales are donated to the Buckman PTA to support the award winning arts integrated education.  Plus there will be food carts, performances, art activities for kids & a student art gallery for two full days of fun!

Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School
320 SE 16th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

Saturday    10-5
Sunday      11-4

Hope to see you there!

Events · Shows

The Puppies Thank You!

Just wanted to thank everyone who came out to the Puplandia Dog Rescue‘s Valentine Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday at Oaks Park! It was a wonderful event that benefits a great cause and I was happy to be a part of it. If you didn’t come, you missed the puppy kissing booth. Just saying.

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Chinchilla Whiskers will be busy sewing until the Buckman Art Show + Sell on Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12. This should be a good one with 140 artists and craftspersons selling their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! Plus live music and dance performances, food cart deliciousness, free children’s art activities, and more. Hope to see you there!

Felt · Holidays · Toys

Peeps Bunnies and Die Cut Machine Fun

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I’ve been working on some felt bunny Peeps for some upcoming shows in February and March. These are a lot of fun to make! I especially like adding the little felt flowers and seed beads to dress them up a bit.

sizzixWhile the bunny shapes are cut out with scissors, to decorate the bunnies I started purchasing packages of assorted die cut felt flowers on Etsy. This was working okay, but I was left with a lot of flowers in colors that just weren’t me. So back in December (as a Christmas present to myself) I purchased a die cutting machine, the Sizzix Fabi and it is awesome. It looks like the Fabi might now be discontinued. I guess that is why I was able to get it at much better price than the one listed in the link. But the Sizzix Big Shot is basically the same thing and is more reasonably priced.

Since die cut machines are used mostly by paper artists, I didn’t know much about them. I didn’t realize that I would be able to use dies designed for other platforms and by other manufacturers with my Fabi.. With the Multipurpose Platform (purchased separately), it works perfectly with thin dies without any foam backing. I am loving cutting out my own flowers and shapes in the colors I need.

The biggest drawback of the die cut world for me is that the majority of dies out there don’t appeal to me. A lot of the designs are too cutesy or are too ornate to work well with fabric and felt. But the flowers and basic shapes are great for getting the precision I want on smaller felt pieces. I don’t know about you but I cannot cut a circle from felt with scissors without it always looking a little wonky!

I’ll share some of my favorite dies with you in the coming weeks!

Events · News · Shows

Upcoming Spring Shows!

I thought the early months of 2017 would be a quieter time to sew some garments, build my skills, and develop my online store. But surprisingly, it seems there are quite a few craft shows happening out there!

Chinchilla Whiskers will be at these upcoming shows. I hope you’ll add these to your calendar!

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Puplandia Valentine’s Day Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, February 4, 2017 11 am – 3 pm at the Oaks Park Dance Pavilion. This show features over 50 amazing vendors of local art and craft. It is a fundraiser for Puplandia Dog Rescue. If that’s not enough to draw you in, there will be a puppy kissing booth!

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Buckman Art Show + Sell 2017 on Saturday & Sunday, March 11-12, 2017 at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School in SE Portland. I have always enjoyed attending this show as a shopper, especially art created by the students! The Buckman show features 140 artists and makers selling their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! Plus there’s live music and dance performances, food cart deliciousness, free children’s art activities, and more.

Hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

Events · News · Shows

Thank You for Your Support and Helping Others!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to Llewellyn Elementary, the Portland Waldorf School and The Arleta School!

This fall was the first time I was able to fully commit to sewing and selling. But I often think, why am I taking time making all these things? My tagline is “handmade smiles” and yes, sewing makes me happy and gives smiles to my customers. But it’s not like I’m making the world a better place or helping those in need.

 

give_guideSo, I decided to donate 50% of my sales to organizations included in this year’s Give! Guide. The Give! Guide includes 141 Portland nonprofits and puts them under one digital roof. They range from nonprofits that focus on animals, civil and human rights, education, environment, health, human services and more. 

I am happy to report that together we raised $635 to donate to local organizations! While all the nonprofits are worthy and it was very difficult to narrow down, I whittled it to 5 — giving $127 to each. Thank you to those who recommended organizations to me! I also chose organizations that have been important in my life.

The organizations Chinchilla Whiskers donated to are:

  • Baby Blues Connection — Provides free support, information and resources to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum depression.
  • Bradley Angle — Serves all people experiencing, or at risk of, domestic violence, by providing safety, education, empowerment, healing and hope.
  • Farmers Ending Hunger — Partners with Oregon farmers and ranchers who donate extra crops of produce, vegetables, fruit, wheat and cattle to help feed Oregon’s hungry. The donated food is transported and processed for use in emergency relief boxes coordinated and distributed by the Oregon Food Bank’s regional network.
  • Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette  — Provides, promotes and protects access to reproductive health care.
  • Portland Animal Welfare Team (PAW) — Keeps people and pets together during the most difficult times of their lives by providing free veterinary care to the pets of the homeless and those living in acute poverty.

Again, thank you so much for supporting Chinchilla Whiskers but also for helping others! Happy Holidays!

 

 

Events · News · Shows

Upcoming Shows!

Had great time at the Kinton Grange Antique Faire & Craft Show yesterday! Thank you to everyone who came out. It was a wonderfully run fundraiser for the Kinton Grange and I hope they make it an annual event.

So far, Chinchilla Whiskers has two more shows lined up this fall. Start your holiday shopping early. Hope that you can come out and say hi! I’ll be adding more to the Etsy shop too!

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Tigard Grange
13770 SW Pacific Highway
Tigard, OR
Saturday, October 15th
10 am – 4 pm
Featuring over 40 of the areas most talented makers of handmade wares!

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6301 SE 14th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
Saturday November 19th
10 am – 5 pm

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Pouches · Shop

Some New Things in the Shop!

Chinchilla Whiskers has added a few new pouches to her shop. As usual, I am obsessed with making pouches, coming up with fabric combinations for them, and trying out new patterns. This is one of my favorite styles to make.

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Featuring fabric from the Tinies collection by Marisa of Creative Thursday for Kokka

Hope you’ll take a peek!

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Featuring fabric from Mouse Camp by Erica Hite for Windham Fabrics
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Woodland cuteness!
Musings

Will this be the year?

new_year.jpgWe’re two days into 2016 and I still have hope that it will be a creative year for Chinchilla Whiskers. Gosh, it’s easy for me to get disheartened. I’ve been sick. When I am down, everything goes into disarray, at least from my point of view. As I’ve been keeping up with Facebook, texts and emails these past few days, it seems a lot of friends are going through health issues and assorted yuckiness too.

I was really geared up to make some changes in the house for the New Year. You know: more clean, less clutter. I started following flylady.net, a home cleaning and organizational website. I think the site overwhelmed me with its many daily email reminders and testimonials. Even though the emphasis is on doing 15 minutes of cleaning/decluttering at a time, it consumed my thoughts and energies. And while I enjoyed reading it, you can imagine I didn’t have much luck with the Magic Art of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo) method of decluttering all-at-once.

So here I sit on the living room floor in front of the fireplace surrounded by a cat scratcher, my opened to-do notebook, a (finished!) felt embroidery project and supplies, and boxes of Christmas decorations waiting to go back in the attic. Basically, a mess.

While it’s still quiet in my house this morning, I decided to visit this blog and “Just Do It” (like my 11 year old son would say a la the Shia LaBeouf meme)! Trying not to be too careful with my words and just writing.

My creative hopes for 2016:

  • Get my Etsy site really going.
  • Participate in more craft shows.
  • Hone my skills and learn new ones.
  • Use my sewing spreadsheet to keep me moving along.

My family hopes for 2016:

  • Health for us all! We have been fortunate despite a few scares in the last few years.
  • Explore the world, even with my reluctant traveler boy.
  • More time together with just my husband and I. One date night outside of our anniversary would be an improvement.

My personal hopes for 2016:

  • Always, always be a better person.
  • Keep fighting the prejudices and judgments instilled from an early age.
  • Be there, be square.

My overall thought the past couple of weeks has been something I think I read in Cheryl Strayed’s new book Brave Enough. Basically, you have to make your own magic. This really resonates because I often rely on others to set the tone, make the decisions, or influence how I feel.

This year I want to remember that it is in my hands to make the magic happen.