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Jeremiah Barnaby

12 Feb

So far 2012 has been a lean year monster-wise, what with getting my new sewing machine and all but finally, I can introduce you to a new member of the monster clan.

Jeremiah was raised in the circus by his bearded-lady mother and lion-tamer father, but turned his back on entertainment to become an academic. He just fell short of a place at Cambridge but did manage to secure a place at the south-west college of baked goods, studying modern biscuit history. His proudest moment should have been his appearance on Mastermind with a specialist subject of European biscuit economics from 1900 to the present day, but he fell apart after stumbling over the question “Are Jaffa cakes a cake or a biscuit?”. He has since redeemed himself with a landmark win on ‘Million Pound Drop’.

I made Jeremiah as part of my babygro keepsake project. I’m exhibiting at the Little Monsters baby show in Bristol in March so am putting together some samples to try to show potential customers what I can do with their old, cherished baby clothes. Plenty more where he came from so stay tuned!

It’s Good to Have a Plan

23 Oct

Now that I’m on holiday, I finally have some proper time to devote to my monster business. Not just the products themselves but the marketing and promotion side of things too. I admit I’m not the most organised of people, definitely one of my major flaws, but I am very proud of what I’m starting to achieve.

I have three main areas of focus at present; my babygo keepsakes which I’m going to start marketing under the name ‘Keepsake Creatures’, a new kit based project which I hope will attract those people just dipping their toes into the wonderful world of crafting, and of course, Christmas.

I’ve had a cChristmas crafting day today and Mr Monster, the cats, and I all look as if we have been subject to the wave of  fairy’s wand and are covered in glitter. I’m impressed with my productivity and will show you the fruits of my labours very soon.

The babygro side of things is coming along nicely and getting excellent feedback from my customers. Here’s a reminder of what I’ve been up to, turning old, cherished babygro’s into keepsakes to preserve them forever.

Keepsake Creatures

I have today secured a stall at a big baby and toddler show in Bristol next year and am EXTREMELY excited about it! More on that another time…

For now the babygros can go to one side making way for the Christmas push both in terms of decorations and little gifty bits and pieces. I love Christmas and am a massive kid when it comes to stockings, trees and yuletide magic so thinking about it early is no hardship. It just serves to whip me up into even more of a festive frenzy.

I have so many other things up my sleeve at the moment and as soon as I make progress with them you’ll see them all here on the blog, so stay tuned fabric fans!

The Keepsake Twins

8 Oct

I loved my little chap made from a cherished babygro so much, that I decided to construct him a sister to keep him happy. He will be off to his new owner very soon, and she is destined for a friend of mine who I am off to visit next week and will be the first time I get to meet her new little lady, sister to her two beautiful boys.

As they will both be flying the nest soon, I thought a family photoshoot was in order.

And of course my kitten Lorelei wanted to get in on the action too!

 

A New Arrival

2 Oct

I haven’t been lucky enough to start my own family just yet (other than the cats who are my little babies), but I know from many of my friends that often parents will hold onto babygros that their little monsters have grown out of, as they just can’t bring themselves to get rid of them. I can certainly understand that feeling despite not having children of my own.

The question is, what to do with these special garments. It’s such a shame to have them boxed up in the attic or gathering dust in a drawer. The answer…Monsters!!

Send me your baby clothes and I will turn them into something special and full of character to preserve those special memories.

The latest addition to the babygro hoard started life like this

And has been turned into this

 

I hope his new mummy and daddy like him.

Please note; I make keepsake babygro monsters as child-safe as possible but they are intended as collectables, not toys.

Ding Dong, the Loan has Gone

1 Oct

I have had the most perfect day

Firstly, today the final direct debit came out of my account for a rather sizable loan which I have been paying back for four years now. It not only means that we will be considerably better off each month but also signals the end of an era which I am more than happy to leave behind.

So, that was a good start. I leapt out of bed after a really good night’s sleep and got on with a monster commission whilst Mr Monster got to work with a client who had arrived for a guitar lesson. I’m working on a keepsake babygro monster and it’s going rather well if I do say so myself! I have lots of new ideas for many and varied monster based projects…coming soon folks!

Late morning I trundled off round the corner from the flat to a yoga class. I used to be a hardcore, dedicated yogini and went to classes at least four nights every week. I knew all the Sanskrit names for the poses and could fold myself into some crazy positions, although I never quite mastered the head stand. For some reason I gave it up a few years ago but this week I have been to a couple of classes and am feeling the old passion flood back. Todays class was pretty intense with lots of twists and standing poses but my muscles are deliciously sore and my mind is quiet. Perhaps I will make an effortless head stand my goal.

Any UK readers will understand when I say that it is HOT here at the moment. 29 degrees and super-sunny today, so still with my post yoga flush I met up with a girlfriend to drink tea, eat Tim-Tams, and have a good old chinwag in the garden. I have nicely topped up my levels of vitamin D and also satisfied my craving for antipodean chocolatey treats!

I followed this up with some time in a beer garden with Mr Monster, so nice to spend some time together just chatting, sipping, and soaking up some rays before heading home for X-factor and some cat cuddles.

Right now I am typing this post on the beautiful little laptop which Mr Monster bought for me, while he plays ballads on his guitar and sings his heart out. I love to listen to him sing. He can make me laugh, especially with his hilarious interpretation of  The Bad Touch by The Bloodhound Gang, and has been known to make me cry, not least when he sings what has become ‘our song’ – Colourful by The Verve Pipe. He sings with such depth of feeling, he has a great understanding of human emotion and this is a massive part of why I fell in love with him. I could listen to him sing all day every day.

All in all, today has been a perfect day. I will sleep soundly knowing that all is right with the world and that tomorrow will be full of monsters, music, and sunday roasts.

I have a good life.