Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Artist: Sherry of y0omii

Cute cute cute! I love these little knit bunnies, owl and crocheted lamb by Sherry of y0omii. They'd be perfect for an Easter basket. I love the first little bunny's squinty eyes. See more in the y0omii store.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Molly the Owl plush

So anyone who follows me on twitter will tell you that as of late, I'm obsessed with Molly the owl and the live webcam of her and her baby owls. On Saturday I couldn't stand it anymore, I had to make a plush of Molly. Above you can see the start of my idea and the construction process. The bottom pic is of the head so far. I have tons to do yet and it'll look completely different when I'm finished but I'm excited. I'll probably have to make a bunch of little owlets when I'm done. I've hesitated making an owl plush because there are so many people making just fantastic owl plush sculptures already, but like I've said, I couldn't stand not making one anymore. Molly's just too awesome not to be a plush. heh heh.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Obsession: Molly the owl

I am going absolutely CRAZY for the live webcast of Molly the owl. Molly is the wonderful wild female barn owl who is taking care of her eggs and new owlets. I turn on the live webcast in the morning and watch and listen to Molly all day. In the evening the male, McGee, drops by with headless mice and bunnies. heh heh. The second of 6 eggs hatched yesterday and when Molly gets up and moves around you can see the little eggs and owlets. How fun! You can view the live webcast of Molly here. Watch out, it's completely addicting!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Artist: Kristin of Doodle Bird Design

My friend Kristin just opened an Etsy store for her company Doodle Bird Designs, yay! Now you can purchase her awesome patterns as digital downloads that you can use for card making or scrapbooking. How fun! Check out Kristin's website here and also be sure to check out her etsy store.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Making a quilt from my embroidery patterns.

So I have some news... I'm going to be exhibiting at this year's International Quilt Market where I'll be showing/selling my alphabet animal embroidery patterns and kits! Eeek, it's my first trade show that I've exhibited at and I have a crazy amount of work to get done (designing a booth space, updating web and print materials, making samples, etc). But I'm hoping it'll all come together. For my display I wanted to make a quilt that featured the entire embroidered alphabet, but if I was going to make a quilt I also wanted to make my own fabric for it. Last week I designed like crazy, and above is the collection and a diagram of what the quilt will look like finished. I'm so excited! Ordered the fabric yesterday and sent it to my quilty mom to start cutting all the pieces. We'll be making the quilt in a few weeks, and I'll be sure to share some progress pics. I can't wait to see it finished! Spread the word, tell your favorite quilting, needlework, yarn, crafty store that you want them to carry Penguin & Fish products. :-)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Artist: Sara Broski

Aren't these animal illustrations just gorgeous! They are by the artist and illustrator, Sara Broski. The raccoon with the mask is DARLING! See more of Sara's work in her etsy store and flickr. You'll also be greeted by Sara's fantastic embroideries.

Monday, March 15, 2010

New fabric patterns sneak peak

Hi all. So I've decided to design a fabric collection based on my embroidery pattern characters. Here is a sneak peak of the first design in three colorways. I'll be hunkering down this week to finish all the rest of the patterns in the collection, so check back the end of this week to see the rest (or at least my progress). Let me know what you think, or if you have any ideas for supporting patterns!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Artist: Felicia Piacentino of Catwalk Paper Works

I'm loving these collages by Felicia Piacentino of Catwalk Paper Works. Felicia's collages are created from vintage and everyday paper ephemera. Every piece is one of a kind and each one is gorgeous! See more in Felicia's etsy store and flickr.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Artist: Victoria Webb

I'm loving these bright paintings by Victoria Webb. Many of Victoria's paintings reference landscapes. The first image is my definite fav. It reminds me of where my brother lives/works in Washington; in the mountains, getting to see the morning light after a night of grooming the ski hill. Gorgeous! See more of Victoria's work on her website, blog and etsy store.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Yay for Lori's Place!!!

Remember this post of the amazing cookies from Lori's Place? Well, Lori sent me a dozen of these amazing heart cookies! Eeeeeee! I gotta tell ya, they are even more gorgeous in person and are super yummy too (notice there're only six left on the plate, heh heh). And they arrived wrapped really well and in perfect condition. How fun. Thanks so much Lori!!! See more of Lori's cookies here.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Artist: Amanda Kindregan

I'm really inspired by the work of Amanda Kindregan. Love the characters, colors, painting style, humor, everything! The first four pics are gouache paintings and the last image is a fun gocco print. See tons more of Amanda's work on her website, blog and in her etsy store.