Mice and the giveaway

One of my sheep tea cozies is in a giveaway right now (on the HandmadeMN blog). I’ve been enjoying the comments from this giveaway: the first way to enter is to leave a comment saying what item you like from my Etsy shop.

So far most people have been enjoying my new mice pot holders. These are very new to me; the first ones were posted on Etsy just a month ago.

Where did the idea come from? A neighbor of ours who lives a block away has one of the coolest houses and yards I’ve ever seen. She bought this fixer-upper house years ago and has been painstakingly fixing it up ever since. She likes things old fashioned and simple, so the kitchen has old cabinets, an old cast iron sink, an old gas stove, etc. One day when I was visiting I noticed an old pot holder hanging on the side of the oven. It was a little mouse and the cutest pot holder I’d ever seen!

I borrowed it from her to see if I could make a pattern for myself. I cut it open, turned it inside out, and figured out how it was made. And it did look old. The “stuffing” inside was a couple of old blankets. I would guess it was many decades old, but who knows. I have since found one or two similar designs in different Etsy shops, and one claimed it was a design from the 80s.

Either way, I think they are adorable and of course very handy to have around the kitchen. I’d much rather have this kind of mouse than the living kind!

If you haven’t yet entered the giveaway for the sheep cozy, you have until this coming Sunday.

A question to my followers and lurkers: would you be interested in a giveaway of the mice pot holders?

in progress

As I’ve been working on projects lately I’ve been eyeing my scrap pile growing ever bigger. It used to fit in two small boxes, but now it’s heaped up high and spilling out left and right and forward. I started thinking of ideas, once again, for how I could use some of this up. I thought of the scrappy quilt I made a year ago or so, and decided to make another one – but with more of a pattern.

It’s progressing, but not done by far yet!

winter projects

I’ve been working on a lot of things since I last posted a few months back. I usually post pics of the Christmas presents I make, but I managed not to take pictures of any of them! Too bad too, there were some good ones. =)

I’m trying to get back into making baby quilts for friends who have babies. No sooner do I say that then three friends all pop out babies! I’m afraid only one of them got a baby quilt. The fabric is from the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar.

Front of the quilt:

Back of the quilt:

and a close-up:

I made this adorable penguin for my niece’s third birthday, just a few weeks ago.

I like how it turned out; I made her an elephant for Christmas and that was even cuter I think. This kid is going to have so many stuffed animals!

Of course in addition to gifts I’ve been making tea cozies, pot holders, and other things.

I found out recently that I did not get into the Mill City Farmers Market for this summer, which I’m kind of bummed about. But, there’s always next year right?
I guess that means my first potential sale of the year is in August, at the Powderhorn Art Fair.