I was asked recently if I could make ornaments of someone's family members. Hmmm, I'd only ever made animals, but people? If nothing else, it was a good challenge. So, I did my best and here's what happened... I've been getting more and more requests for custom-made ornaments. Here are a few... …Read more I’ve been a little “octopied” getting ready for the holidays…
Every year I knit or sew goofy holiday ornaments for my friends and family, and every year one kind friend tells me I should sell them on Etsy. I'm always flattered, but had never done it because I make them for fun, not profit. But last December this friend joined forces with another dear friend…Read more Handmade Toys – Love in Every Stitch
Let your special graduate know how proud you are and say "Congrats!" with a smiling sloth. http://www.etsy.com/shop/BenevolentBuddies
MOTHER'S DAY - because I have the best mom in the world. GRADUATION DAY - They finally did it! Yes, I've gone Sloth-silly, but it happened by accident when a friend encouraged me to put some of my seasonal ornaments on Etsy. Last year I randomly chose the sloth as my subject without realizing…Read more A Smiling Sloth Says it All!
I feel lucky every time someone orders one of my sloths on Etsy. When a friend suggested I put some of my holiday ornaments on Etsy in December, I never expected people to buy them, especially since there are already a gazillion super cute items there. I've been giving my ornaments away for more than 10 years, and hadn't considered selling them,…Read more Keeping it Simple with Lucky Sean O’Sloth
When people ask me if I'm working on another next book, I'm pleased they're interested, but feel a little guilty because lately I've been engrossed in making little felt toys. Prior to setting up my Etsy page, which was done on a whim, at the suggestion of a friend who has loved my holiday ornaments…Read more “What’s Your Next Book About?”
It may seem odd that I'm writing about my holiday "blues" this late in the game, but for me, Christmas day is the darkest. It brings inexplicable depression and despair, so I call it D-Day. All the hoopla in the weeks preceding Christmas doesn't bother me at all. In fact, that's when I have fun getting my holiday…Read more Distractions from Depression During the Holidays – Do They Work?
This morning at 7 am, as I sat in the Radiology department of the hospital, all prepped for surgery to remove my port, I found myself rehearsing what I was going to say to the surgeon. "Look, it's not terribly red anymore, and it doesn't hurt. Can we skip the surgery?" These were not the…Read more Sewing Stitches vs Surgery Stitches
With all the excitement from my book coming out, I should be dancing little jigs and feeling content, right? Don't get me wrong, I'm ultra grateful for all the positive feedback from my kind readers, and I do feel a sense of accomplishment, but my brain chemistry has two settings: 1) totally elated - "manicky,"…Read more “Pins and needles” and yarn and felt. My favorite anti-anxiety “meds.”