Friday, May 28, 2010

Sassy's Friday Lovers Finds

 I woke up this morning with my sweet Chihuahua Lita snuggled under the covers with me. I love her so much so I chose a love theme for my finds today. I started with Red Hot Lovers then moved on the different kinds of love. The titles below the photos are links to each seller's shops. Just click if you want more info about an item.
I love Heather's Meerkats and have one she custom made for me.

Seriously, how can you have lovers without zombies?
 
I love the hands making the heart shape!

Red Riding Hood and the Wolf as secret lovers? Love it!

Old saying done in a new fresh way!

Look how sweet! Yes it's impossible for me NOT to show an owl!

My Team Bacon members will love this as much as I do!

 
Love Bird salt & paper shakers. Bling!

Gorgeous Illustration! I love this!

What's better than dancing under the moon with your love?

Ahhhh, the sweetest love of them all!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Giveway Is Almost Over!

Just a reminder that time is almost up for my giveaway! It ends Friday night May 28th. I'll have the winner picked and announced sometime Saturday. I did add a few additional items to the giveaway too! I updated the original post but I'll show them here too.
 5" x 7" print

6 A2 size Flat cards and 12 Stickers

Click on the link above to get to the giveaway post or click on the giveaway button on the left column.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Sorry it's been a while since I've done one  these. I've had a lot of other things on my mind but I'm trying super hard to get back to a weekly Treasure post.

Another item from my childhood that I consider a treasure because they brought me so much joy are The Sunshine Family Dolls. I actually started a blog about them because I love them so much. Here's the link if you are interested. It's all about the history of the dolls and photos of my massive collection. http://ilovethesunshinefamily.blogspot.com/

I really hate showing photos of myself as a kid and NEVER do, cause my mom cut my hair super short and wouldn't let me grow it, so I always looked like I had a brown bush on my head and was constantly being mistaken for a boy! O.k. mother/daughter drama rant over (yes there are STILL unresolved issues there!)
Here I am on Christmas 1974 (pretend you don't know how old I am) and am holding my Sunshine Family dolls that I just unwrapped. (Wow look at that shag carpet and the Simon and Garfunkel album in the background, lol)

I adore these dolls because you could make furniture and accessories for them. They were a different kind of doll. The original DIY doll. The Sunshine Family consisted of Steve, Stephie and baby Sweets. They came with a little booklet that showed how to make a bed from a tissue box and a crib from a plastic berry basket, etc. Making useful things from readily available household items? I was so into that! I had the best time with just the dolls that later on my mom got me the house that came with furniture for them.


One of the best things about these dolls were that there were Grandparent dolls, which I had and also that they came in an African-American version too, called The Happy Family. I also had them and the Grandparents for that version.

One of my favorite things I had for the Sunshine Family was the portable Craft shop on the back of the Family's Pickup truck. You could make crafts for the Family to sell. You know this is probably why I'm so into handemade things today!

Another reason these dolls were so special to me was that I was the only one of all my friends to have them and everyone wanted to go to my apartment to play with them. I became quite popular, lol!

Unfortunately I don't have my original dolls, my mom did a doll giveaway and just took them all. (more issues there) But as an adult I found some at a yard sale and discovered that people were starting to collect them so I now have more than I ever did before and they STILL make me so HAPPY!

Did any of you have these dolls too?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Garden Shots and A Treasury

These two things don't have anything to do with each other but well, you should be used to my randomness by now.

Was out in my crazed, messy, overgrown garden the other day and took some photos of things that didn't look too bad. I don't know if you are in an area where the helicopter seeds fall from the trees but these things are crazy this year! We got twice as much falling than we normally do and in a high wind can really hurt if they get you. Anyway the point is they are everywhere and cleaning them up is a huge chore that I haven't been up to so you'll see them in my rocks and mulch areas...just ignore them, I do.

 The best thing about my yard right now are the Hostas. They are so big and lush this year!

 On my to do list is cleaning up the gazebo so we can sit out there.The bush in the back is taking over and needs to be trimmed.

 The left side yard I haven't done too much with it butts up against the neighbor's jungle which grows thru the fence. Need to clean and put more mulch down.

 The right side yard is the one we use the most. It's the closest to the pool. Trying to do a container garden over here.

 I've got tomatoes, peppers and several herbs. They seemed to have survived the massive back to back to back thunderstorms we've been having. 

I'm making a big push to get all this cleaned up so I'll share photos when I do so I'm held accountable and really do it.

Here's the treasury I found myself in this morning. So bright and colorful!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Messy Studio and WIP

A flurry of creativity plus some shelves coming down have created quite the mess in my studio. The shelves above my computer/printing desk have brackets that are super loose. So I had to remove everything off the shelves so they didn't fall on top of me. Now all of the toys and binders and books and fun stuff are piled on my felt table. Add to that a new box of felt has arrived with no where to go, plus me digging thru things and a huge mess is born.

Lovely isn't it?
 I'm very stressed about this and tried to straighten up but I just kept making piles of new items with nowhere to go! I eventually fled to the comfort and calmness of my living room and made a nice felt mess in there. LOL! Hoping that soon my son will be nice and help his mom out and get my shelves back up.

New plush design sneak peek. Not an owl this time.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sassy's Pink Friday Finds

For today's Sassy Friday Finds I went to Etsy and typed in Pink to see what would come up. Found a lot of great stuff and am showing you my favorites. 

You can find a link to my Giveaway on the left side bar.

Click on the title below the photos to go to the item's shop. Enjoy!

Bright and fun!

Almost too lovely to cook in.

Awesome for a kids room...or my studio!

This is so beautiful!

 You know it's almost impossible for me to not add an owl!

 Love Fairies and love this painting!
 
 This is perfect for my mom! 
I have a secret obsession with Robots.

What can be better than cookies that look like cupcakes?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Giveaway!

O.k. it's been a while since I had a giveaway so you lovely patient and loyal readers are due for one I think! I had some very good yet slightly puzzling news at the Doctor yesterday. Apparently I'm not dying yet so I can finally turn my attention to more important things like plush and felt and giveaways.

I've made a very special OOAK Owl in a similar tulip design to the large blue one in my shop. You know you want to be the only one to have this...right?

She is approximately 7 inches tall (19 cm) and completely  hand sewn and designed by me.




She's smaller than my original tulip owl but just as sweet.

O.k. here are the info and rules:
The Giveaway starts today May 20th and ends Friday May 28th.
It is an International Giveaway, so no matter where you live you can enter.

How to enter: Number 1 is mandatory the others are optional but will get you additional entries.
  1. Follow my blog and leave a comment that you either already follow me or you've just  signed  up to follow.
  2. Go to my etsy shop and pick a favorite item, come back and comment about it.
  3. Become a Fan/Like of my Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sassy-Pack-Rat-Studios/268296580337?
  4. For an additional entry comment on what you'd like to see me make next, more birds, dolls, other animals, etc.
  5. If you are on Twitter and you'd like to tweet about the Giveaway, comment that you did that and you get an additional entry.
One more thing, FYI every couple of days I may add something to the giveaway and will update this post about it. Good luck!

ADDITIONS TO THE GIVEAWAY! 

 I thought it would be fun to add some additional items to the giveaway especially since I've gotten such a wonderful response. So I'm adding 6 A2 size (5.5" x 4.25") flat cards and stickers of the digital drawings I use when creating the plush and 12 fun stickers too.
 Also thought I'd throw in the a 5" x 7" digital print.
Hurry Giveaway ends Friday night May 28th!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Herd of Seahorses

Finally got a sunny enough day to snap some photos of the seahorses. If you remember I originally did them in baby pink and baby blue colors. Decided to take it up a notch with some fun jewel tone colors and love them!

Some interesting seahorse facts:
 Did you know that seahorses are fish? They are. Also in ancient times they were considered to be mythological creatures, like mermaids. Seahorses mate for life and male seahorses are the only creatures on this planet that birth their young. There are 35 different species of seahorses and some are on the verge of extinction.

Make sure you drop in tomorrow. I'll be starting a giveaway. Something fun and one of a kind!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Etsy Team Bacon Promo Giveaway!

I'm a member of Team Bacon a new etsy group. We are having our very first giveaway starting today May 17th and running thru May 21st.

There are 25 prizes to be had including one from me. All the team members have hidden the above bacon image in their shops. Find them all to win. There will be 25 winners so hop to it folks!

More detailed info can be found here
Or you can copy this link in your browser
http://sixdegreesofetsybacon.squarespace.com/

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