Wednesday, December 22, 2010

That time of year...

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has taken an interest in Cotton Monsters this year! And an EXTRA big thank you to those who adopted one for your very own (or as a special gift). It is because of you're continued support and kind words and that I feel like I have the best job in the world!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


For all you last minute shoppers like me....

FREE SHIPPING (within the US ONLY!!) NOW through Friday at 11:30am in the ETSY SHOP!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Luv-able, Hug-able & Wear-able!

The 4th Annual Luv-able & Hug-able & Wear-able Show in NYC at Gallery Hanahou (611 Broadway #730) opens this Thursday Dec, 9th!

However, RIGHT NOW you can buy yourself a one-of-a-kind piece from the show BEFORE it even opens! That's right, Gallery Hanahou has set up a Pre-Sale! Follow this LINK to download a pdf of the show's catalog! Ordering info instructions are on the last two pages of the file!

I made two luv-able monsters, as well as this Wear-able Greeny Monster Head Gear, Claw hand warmers and an eyeball brooch! There is a TON of other amazing work in this show! Wish I could see it in person!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Holiday Shop Update!

The Etsy Shop is full of over 40 new beasties, just in the nick of time for your holiday wish list!

IF YOU WISH TO GET YOUR ORDER BEFORE DEC. 25th, please place all order within the US by December 17th at the latest, and all international orders by Dec. 8th at the latest!!

Happy Shopping!

Thank you!

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out on Saturday to make this year's Holiday Heap the BEST EVER!!! The space was filled all day long with shoppers and friends spreading good vibes all over the place! The Christmas lights glittered, tons of Cotton Monsters found good homes and most exciting of all, we raised over $800 for Heart's Place, the homeless family shelter in the basement of St. John's Church. Thanks to everyone who bought a raffle ticket for the cause!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Attention Rhode Islanders!

Tonight there is a party at Craftland! Early birds will get some rocking goodie bags! Shop from over 190 Artists (including Cotton Monster!) tax free! The Holiday Show/Shop will be open now through the end of the year! Buy Handmade!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Heap THIS SATURDAY!!!

In less then one week, it will be Holiday Heap time!! I'm still frantically sewing up new beasties hoping to have an overflowing table...waking up earlier and going to sleep later in order to get those last few eyeballs stuffed and sewn in place! You can check out nice little interviews with some the vendors on the CCCM blog HERE!

Remember to bring an extra dollar or two (or three...or ten) to buy some raffle tickets for the amazing basket of craft we'll be giving away to one lucky winner! ALL proceeds go directly to Heart's Place, the shelter run in the St. John's basement!

If you are not in Bmore, no worries, i'll be putting up all my stock that does not find homes at the Heap ASAP after the show! So keep a look out Dec. 6th on the Etsy shop!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November Shop Update!

The Etsy shop is freshly stocked with a ton of new creatures! Just in time for holiday shopping!
Buy 'em here or look at some photos of them here!

Thursday, November 04, 2010


While I'm working like a maniac trying to get my final pieces finished up to send to CRAFTLAND in RI, in addition to a few other last minute projects, AND my attempts at re-stocking von katz/kittens/and monsters for the holidays, thought I'd leave you with this Cats in Sweaters link! REAL Cats in sweaters! Mmmmhm! (but not my cats..unfortunately they don't like wearing clothes) Thanks to Rahne for the link!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween weekend

Even though things are getting crazy busy here as the holidays and other deadlines quickly approach, I decided to give myself the whole weekend off! Fall is my most favorite time of year, and this weekend was a particularly good one to play hookie from the studio. Friday my dear friend from PA came to visit and I helped work on her costume, while making myself some antenna (wire/hot glue and fabric). That night I dressed in a black poofy dress and went dancing as a bug (though the antenna were a bit too long to wear on the dance floor).

Woke up bright and early the next morning and hit up "bag day" at my favorite local thrift sale that happens just twice a year, and stocked up on sweatshirts and turtlenecks for this next month of crazy monster production. I made it out in time to get to the farmers market, which abounded with beautiful fall produce (picked up spinach, beets, apples, red cabbage, butternut squash, and a bright orange head of cauliflower, yum!). Then to a hot yoga community class with my buddy, lunch, and then a LONG nap before heading out to the always amazing Great Halloween Lantern Parade! And ended the night under a blanket watching Ringu with my honey (closing my eyes for the really scary parts).

Sunday I did tons of laundry, had brunch with another long lost bud and then headed into the woods to gather sticks and small branches for future fires in our little wood stove...then spent the rest of the afternoon hauling logs in the wheelbarrow from the back yard to front, as Jay did most of the chopping. You can kind of make out my beautiful wood stack in the nighttime photo below. After that I set out to carve my pumpkin, mostly just because I wanted to toast and eat the seeds (which I burnt, but ate anyway). We were visited by one adorable little trick-or-treater and her sweetpepita family...And ended our night again on the couch watching The Witches (based on Roald Dahl's book). I must say the weekend was pretty much perfect, and a perfect way to welcome in November! Now, enough dawdling...there is real work to be done!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

monster head gear

Made this head (and a few other goodies) for an upcoming show in December at Gallery Hanahou, "Loveable, Hugable & Wearable!" Wish I had time to make more! I'm feeling quite swamped lately, and time is just whizzing by! I haven't even gotten a pumpkin yet! Back to work for now. Hope I have more goods to show you soon!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Heidi Kenny at Atomic Books!

I just found out that Heidi Kenney of My Paper Crane will be coming to Atomic Books here in Baltimore this Friday (Oct. 15 from 7-9) to discuss her work and process and to also sign copies of her new book, Every Day's A Holiday! If you're familiar with her blog then you know what a completely awesome crafter, artist, and mom Heidi is! Her prolific work and positive attitude have been an inspiration since I discovered her way back I was starting up the Cotton Monster biz! Sometimes I'm left boggled by how in the world she had time to bake that gorgeous cake, make cute healthy lunches for the kids, go thrift shopping, sew a ton of donuts and make new designs for fabric (not to mention photographing all of it and then getting it up on the blog)! And occasionally when I find myself with a few kids to entertain or a massive stack of work before me, I think to myself...what would Heidi do? Ha!

I'm pleased as punch to get a copy of her book to share with the little ones in my life and get it signed by this lovely lady (who also has this magical power of bringing cupcakes with her wherever she goes!)

Every Day's A Holiday

Friday, October 08, 2010

Halloween Show in Chicago!

Stop in and say hello to my newest creation Mondonoctipus at Renegade Handmade's Halloween Show, in their Spotlight Gallery Oct.9th-31st!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Shop is stocked!

Tons of new Monsters and Big Von Katz (only one kitten, sorry...more are in the works!) are now up in the shop! And they've taken up reading (and eating) books! Who knew?!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Plush You! opening Friday

If you live in Seattle, then you probably already know the goodness that is Schmancy and the annual Plush You! show put on by the fabulous Kristen...If not, shame on you! Get your fine self there this Friday Oct. 8th from 5-9pm for the opening of Plush You! and say hi to my two pieces (pic below) and all the other amazing work! I just posted some more images of the Golgapus creatures here!

Sunday, October 03, 2010


I'd like to send a big ol' squishy THANK YOU to the entire Crafty Bastards crew and Washington CityPaper for making this event the most amazing craft show ever! There were dollies waiting for us to load in our wares, volunteers who helped us carry our 100 lbs of cat litter (for tent weights), a very friendly CB member that took hold of my cell phone and talked my vendor friend through the extremely confusing streets of DC when she got lost along the way, free lunch and water, and other treats. The whole show was so amazingly well organized and full of good vibes, that the only stressful part of our day was finding our way there (googlemap directions never again! Its time to invest in some REAL fold up paper maps)!

AND of course, the show would be nothing without those Trillion-BAZILLION customers coming from MD, VA, and DC, shelling out dough to support local/independent businesses! You are the BEST!! Thanks to everyone who came out and visited our booth, my cheeks still hurt from smiling at all the nice comments! We saw tons of super fashionable kids and mamas (and other folks) many of whom walked away with a little stuffed creature or two. And I heard the comment "I'm totally going to buy some of these when I have kids/know someone having kids" so many times I lost count. Who needs kids, I'd reply, get one for yourself!

Oh, thanks also to Jay for making me all those new display pieces that magically fold up and fit in the car! We got many compliments on the new shelf. Thank you's all around to everyone else I missed! (see more pictures here)

If you were not at CB and are in the market for a monster, get ready, 'cause I was so well stocked for the show that I have many MANY monsters to add to the Etsy shop over the next couple of days!


Friday, October 01, 2010

DC here we come!

The car is all packed up with tent, tables, chairs, new display pieces and of course, MONSTERS (and the new cats pictured above)! The studio feels mighty empty without any monsters in it (well, hardly any). Apologies on the very slim stock in the Etsy shop, as mostly everything is coming with me tomorrow. Please check back on Monday, as I plan to put up all that is left from the show up online ASAP afterward!

However, if you are in or near DC, then you have no excuse not to come out and say hi to the Cotton Monsters in person at CRAFTY BASTARDS!! Saturday October 2nd 10-5pm. We'll be in booth #69, look at a vendor map if you can't find us!

Monday, September 20, 2010

VOTE for this year's Craftiest Bastard!!

Time once again to ask for your vote for this year's Craftiest Bastard Contest!! Last year, with your help, I made the top 5!!! Maybe this is my year to win?! Voting is easy peasy, and don't worry, you won't be signed up for any follow-up mailings (unless you check a box requesting future emails!)

Click on the image above (or on the right side banner) to cast your vote (only one vote per person please)!!


Thursday, September 09, 2010

Crafty Bastard Spotlight!

A super sweet write up on Cotton Monster was posted yesterday on Crafty Bastard's Blog! Check it out HERE!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Three biggies up in the shop!

The stitches on my shoulder have been slowing me down to a snail's pace in the sewing room but I managed to get a few things photographed and up in the shop this evening. These three big monsters are now available here! Looking for a red or green Big Monster? Or a Von Katz kitty? Check the Renegade Handmade online shop or visit them in person in Chicago as they gear up for this weekend's Renegade Craft Fair...Good luck to all my buddies who will be vending this year! I hope the winds are kind!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

one arm..

A minor surgery yesterday (removing some bad mojo on my right shoulder) has left me with a ton of ugly stitches and instructions to keep my arm immobilized as best I can for proper healing (2 weeks minimum). After attempting to do some machine work today, and realizing my left arm is pretty useless at ironing and just about everything else... I returned to bed with a few monsters and some hand-work, four episodes of the new season of Weeds, and a pack of ice!

I've been singing one of my favorite Willie Nelson tunes all day to the kitties..."if I only had one arm to hold you..." Oh right arm, how I've taken you for granted! Hoping the discomfort wears off by this weekend, as Crafty Bastards is just ONE MONTH away (gasp) and there is much to be done!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Plush You LA!

I sent two wee little monsters to this year's Plush You show in LA and forgot to tell you all about it! One of them pictured above, a new little alien dude...the other a grey Squirmy which was the proto-type for the Sea Squirmy schmancy exclusive! If you are interested in seeing a video made at the opening reception check it out HERE! The show is up for viewing (and buying) at Munky King, in LA until Sept. 19th, so if you are in those parts then stop on looks like a great collection!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Go to Renegade Handmade's Blog between now and Sunday at noon and comment with 'what you are most excited about doing this weekend' and you'll be entered for a chance to win a Jelly Monster and five block-printed patches! SO EASY!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cotton Monster Crush!

Check out Renegade Handmade's Blog post today! Crushing on ME!
How Sweet!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Attack of the Littles

Twelve Little Monsters are now up in the shop for sale!

And one new Big Bottomfeeder!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Crafty Bastard Countdown!

Happy to announce that yes, I am in fact a Crafty Bastard again this year!!

Mark your calendars for October 2nd if you are in the DC area! The Crafty Bastard Arts and Craft Fair It is always such a blast...amazing turn out, fantastic vendors, demos and music! The ladies at Crafty Bastards have started a countdown on their blog and will be highlighting vendors in the weeks to come! Check it out HERE! Time to get back to work!

Friday, August 20, 2010

cape cod toes

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

be back friday!

(me and christa on a salty bay somewhere in RI)

Visting RI and Cape Cod for a bit! Be back friday for emails and post mailings...maybe!

In the mean time, check out this AMAZING photo from Renegade Handmade in Chicago! They received a huge shipment of Cotton Monsters from me last week, and they are now available in their online shop! Horray!!!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

still here!

The past few weeks went by in such a busy blur that I hardly had time to step foot in my studio until this past monday (picture above for proof!). My dear sis and her crew visited for a week filled with eating my weight in pasta, painting nails and swimming in the shallow end of the pool with kiddos! Also, I ended up working many more days then I had planned at summer camp (which ends tomorrow..phew) and taking on a bunch of custom orders and some side projects...

There are still a few more Sea Squirmies over at the Schmancy Shop and I am desperately trying to get a large batch of monsters shipped out to Renegade Handmade in Chicago ASAP....then it will be all about re-filling the etsy shop and gearing up for this fall's Crafty Bastards!!! (that's right, I can proudly wear the title of "craft bastard" again this year! Mark your calendars for Oct 2nd if you're in the D.C. area!)

Can't wait to get back in the swing of working from home!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

And they're up!

A limited edition of 10 Sea Squirmies, now up for sale at Schmancy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cotton Monster Exclusive at Schmancy!

Kristen of Schmancy and Plush You fame asked if I'd be interested in making a line of small monsters for this month's exclusive series at the shop and I hopped on it! A limited edition of ten cool ocean-colored Sea Squirmies will go up for sale in the Schmancy shop on Wednesday! To read the little interview check out the Plush You Blog! To see a few more photos of the bunch check out Flickr!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A monster break...

Here's a detail of my collage, "Our Lady of the Old Tomatoes" up now at the Mt. Royal Tavern's annual Foodscape show! To see an image of the whole piece, click HERE! Its really good for me to take a break from the sewing machine every once in a while to delve back into materials I used to love to use. I remade this piece about three times, as it took me a while to get back into the swing of things. I don't think I'll ever tire of cutting paper. Working on this project really made me want to do more 2-d work! Maybe later this summer...

In addition to cutting and recutting tiny paper scraps, I've been spending the past two weeks getting ready for our Maestro Sensational puppet variety show at to come! So far I've constructed a giant (8 ft?) suit, cut and painted ocean/grass flats, hot-glued a handful of sock puppets, re-painted the hand puppet stage and cut paper signage for all the acts! And there is still so much more to do! Only four days away, the pressure is ON!

Teaching arts and crafts at a recreation center in the city has also been keeping me busy. Right now we are making an army of cardboard box robots!

Yikes..Maybe next week I'll get a few full days in the sewing room!

Monday, July 05, 2010


After photo editing through the holiday (don't worry, I snuck out for a quick evening dip in a river and caught the end of some fireworks from a distance last night) I FINALLY got the remainder of my stock uploaded into the Etsy Shop! Check out the 47 Monsters (and cats and eyeballs) for sale HERE!

Please note Space Bugs are now on Sale! And there is a NEW BREED amongst the others! The Little Buggers are my newest small creations...similar to the Space bugs, but much smaller, without pocket mouths and with wings! I sold a bunch of these at Pile of Craft and will be making more ASAP!

Phew! Just a few more to add! Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thank You!

Thanks to all who came out to Saturday's Pile of Craft! Hope you had as much fun as I did in the photo booth!!

I'll be posting tons of new monsters in the shop later this week!! Check back soon!

Friday, June 25, 2010


Its finally here! I'll be heading to the church tonight to help w/ set up...then back home for some emergency late night eyeball making! If you are anywhere near Baltimore tomorrow, then you have no excuse not to come by Pile of Craft! Even if you don't have much to spend, there will be a great raffle basket, benefiting the Village Learning Place , a FREE old fashioned photo booth, and of course lots of things to browse and buy! Exciting!

Apologies for the low stock in the Etsy shop, I've taken most things out to bring with me, and will hopefully have lots of new work to add after the show!

Friday, June 18, 2010

toes in the pacific...

...and boy is it chilly! Be back Wednesday!