Monday, September 12, 2016

September Shop Update and Crafty Bastards!!

I'm excited to announce I'm in a bit of a crazy state right now 
as I prep for the best craft show of all time....Crafty Bastards!! 
I'm pleased as punch that I've been accepted back again this year, 
and can't wait to see all the friendly familiar (and new!) faces. 
DC shoppers really know how to bring the love! 

Find the Cotton Monster creatures (and me) at Crafty Bastards October 1 & 2 from 10am-5pm
outside under the big white tents at Union Market. Want to come both days (cause lets face it, one day just isn't enough time to see it all!) use this special coupon code: 
VENDOR2016 to get a $6 Weekend Pass! 

My booth at Crafty Bastards a few years ago! 
And for those of you in other parts of the world, unable to make it to the show, I took some time away from the sewing studio last week to do some photographing and editing...I've just listed a ton of new work into my online shop!  I'll be doing another update after Crafty Bastards as well, but as you probably know, since my work is one of a kind, better snag one quick if you fall in love!  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spring Shop Update and Coupon Code!


The shop is stocked with a rainbow variety of new Cotton Monsters! Including my brand new breed "Chompers" with stripey arms and big cartoony teeth-filled grins!

Now through Saturday 5/14/16 take $5 off your order of $50 or more with coupon code SPRING16 at checkout from the shop!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Upcoming Craft Show in Baltimore, BUZZ!

 I am excited to announce Cotton Monster will be a part of Charm City Craft Mafia's next show, Buzz April 30th from 10am-5pm! Buzz is replacing their summer show (formally Pile of Craft)....sure to be a bit cooler weather (no more sweating it out in the church) and it's before Mother's Day! A win win for customers and vendors! Hope to see all you locals there!

For those of you not in the area, I listed some new items in the Cotton Monster Shop this month!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy New Year and 'so long' old studio!

a clean studio day back in 2014 

A very happy new year to all of you! I am so extremely thankful to everyone who has been so supportive and positive about my cotton monster-ing endevors in 2015, and the 10+ years previously! The shop was pretty much cleaned out by kind folks over the holidays....I feel like the luckiest lady in the land of polyfill! I was fortunate enough to spend the last seven and half years of that monstering in a tiny attic studio in a magical stone mill house built in 1847. I have come to love this house as a family member, so it is with a heavy heart and much procrastination that I have started packing up the studio (and the rest of my life) for a move across town.

New beginnings are extremely exciting, and I'm looking forward to figuring out new ways of organizing and making a new colorful homey-home for the Cotton Monsters, but this ol' room has so many layers, so many memories, and soooo much clothing/fabric that the packing part has been a challenge to say the least. Since moving boxes and tupperware bins are not so pretty, here are a few studio shots from the past few years. The shop will remain quite empty until I have time to set up the new space and get back to sewing in February. If you are interested, please follow along with me on instagram @cottonmonsterjen where I post updates much more frequently then on this old blog! 

A very happy 2016 to all, cheers to new beginnings and more crazy eyeballs! 

me and the monsters back in 2010
a few years worth of collected drawstrings
my window
chillin' monsters awaiting their eyeballs 
view from another dimension

a purple friend
stripey piles
the best cat in the best sun spot

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday Shows!

The Cotton Monsters and I will be at two super-dooper art & craft shows this holiday season! 
Hope to see you there! 

First up: 
Saturday November 28th 10am-5pm 
(with a paid preview party Friday)

And then my most favorite event of the year: 
Saturday December 12th 
at 2640 St. Paul Street 

Monday, September 14, 2015


HOLY MOLY! Its almost that time again...Crafty Bastards is popping up its giant tents full of makers and handmade treasures in Washington DC outside Union Market Sept. 26th and 27th!

I am thrilled to be back again at Crafty Bastards this year! I'm working my little fingers as fast as I possibly can to make a ton of huggable goodness for you all!  I'll be there both Saturday and Sunday, so bee-line it straight to the Cotton Monsters at Booth #68!!

Tickets are available at a discount before the event, so get yours now!
AND GET a special $6 Weekend Pass with code VENDOR2015

Some Cotton Monsters in the works for Crafty Bastards!! 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

So Long Summer!

 proof that I cannot keep a tidy workspace, no matter how beautiful the studio! 
(photo from the incredible treyummy)

What a whirlwind summer! 
I was out of the studio for much of it...taught a month long Fiber class to a group of extremely talented high school students, while also doing arts and crafts at a city summer camp. Spent some quality time with my family and then I got to travel north to the beautiful coast of Maine where I spent two unforgettable weeks at Haystack School of Crafts.

My brain was stretched in new directions, learning about flat-pattern garment drafting from the amazing Libby O'Bryan. I was working amongst incredible people, eating delicious food, scrubbing pots and pans with an awesome kitchen crew, gazing at stars, dipping in the icy ocean and basically being inspired 24/7!! What a wonderful way to press the reset button on life! I hope I am lucky enough to get to return one day...Now back to the cotton monster studio, feeling refreshed, but missing my studio mates and my forest island view!

me in my lil' uniform I patterned from scratch
muslin draft of my dress hanging out in the woods

whipped out a doll one night to give my brain a rest from rulers! 
a forested island!