You may remember, dear readers, that I mentioned an idea for a collar necklace in one of my past posts. Well, I made one! I’ve had this little guy done for a few weeks, but just haven’t had the time or inspiration to post him until now.
I have a couple more in the works for the shoppe, but at the moment they’re on hold while I finish a custom softie order. In the meantime, I’m giving this guy away! ( The necklace pictured is the prototype; you’ll receive a new necklace made from the same fabrics. )

the contest rules are as follows:

1. Leave a comment, telling me your favorite color to wear = 1 entry

2. Become a fan on facebook and/or leave me a comment there! = 1 entry

3. Become a new follower of my blog and let me know via a comment = 1 entry

To sum it up: each person can submit up to 3 separate entries! The contest will run through the end of the month, at which time I will throw all of your names into a hat and blindly pick one! You’ll be notified via email or facebook message, so if you don’t leave a message on facebook, please include your email address with your comment here. Otherwise I will have no way to reach you, and the prize will go to the next name chosen from the hat.

Thanks to all & good luck! 🙂
Well, this is my first post about me in a while. 😉 I have been busy with Umbrella Ave. and work, even though very neglectful of the poor little blog. I hope you’ll all forgive me when I show you some peeks at what I’ve been working on. I’ve decided to add a new line of miniature stuffed animals to my shoppe. They won’t premiere until the art show in November (wait………I didn’t post about the art show?…….wow, I really have been neglectful), but I want to show a few photos here. These are only progress shots of my newest stuffie addition, but you can see the other animals I’ve made in the last photo. These will be sold separately in little jars with lids. The inspiration came from the last issue of Where Women Create, which I will try to post photos of next week. Don’t hold your breathe, though. I would hate for anyone to pass out while waiting for me to get in gear. 😉

Lovely spools of thread which were used in my new line of embroidered footwear art.

(see last photo)

Cluttered workspace

The stuffies are completely sewn by hand with reproduction fabrics!

3 new lines: Owl-themed mirror necklaces, Vintage Stuffies & embroidered footwear art


Here are a few random photos of Etsy packages before they were shipped off. Most of my packaging is experimental at the moment. I just go with whatever seems to fit the mood of the item. 😉 But I’m in the midst of figuring out a dedicated system of things for UmbrellaAve, so hopefully there will be more consistency in the future. 😉 For now, this is just cute. 🙂