Tuesday, December 20, 2011

a few of my favorite things...

a roaring fire in the wood stove...

homemade granola mmmm...

making pizzelles at my mom's house!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

THANK YOU & christmas shipping deadlines!

Thank you Marylanders for coming out to Holiday Heap! It was an A-MAZING turn-out! I dare say it was an unprecedented crowd! You all almost completely wiped out my holiday stock! I've been busy the past few months with some other big projects (deets to come in 2012!) so i didn't have time to churn out as many monsters made as i had hoped, but TONS found good homes for the holidays, and for that I am truly thankful!

There are still a handful in the Etsy Shop, and I've been adding one or two beasties each day as I get 'em done..But please TAKE NOTE Christmas Shipping Deadlines are fast approaching:

**Last day to order a "big" or "giant" monster from the shop
for arrival by Christmas (within the US) is TODAY! Dec 14th!!

**Last day to order any other smaller monsters (i.e. little monsters, little buggers, jellies, pents, katz, etc.) for arrival by Christmas (within the US) is December 19th!!

**International Shipping by Christmas deadlines have already come and gone. Sorry!

And you can still find Cotton Monsters at Renegade Handmade in Chicago and Craftland in RI Gallery Hanahou in NYC AND the DCCA in Wilmington DE!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Charm City Craft Mafia's
Holiday Heap!
Saturday Dec. 3rd 10am-5pm
2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Click HERE for vendor list and more info!

It's just a few days away and I am sewing my little fingers off getting ready for Holiday Heap! Look for me at booth #37! If you are NOT able to make it to the show (yes, I know not everyone is lucky enough to live in/near good ol' baltimore) do not fret! I will be updating my etsy shop asap (probably monday or tuesday) AFTER the show! Just in time for some online holiday monster shopping!! Check back soon for updates!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Luvable & Hugable @ Gallery Hanahou in NYC!

This year's show is comprised of handmade plush crafts from 25+ artists hailing from around the world. As always, for this show, all purchased plushes big & small can be taken home on the spot for immediate hugging (or giving), so no waiting for the end of the show to receive your items!

Show dates: December 1st - January 6th
Opening reception: Thursday, December 1st, 6 - 8 pm

gallery hanahou
611 Broadway, Suite 730, NYC
7th Floor of the Cable Building, NW corner of Broadway + Houston



Not in NYC? Not to worry, ALL of the amazing plush work in the Luvable & Hugable show is available NOW thru Dec 1st at noon for PRE-Show sale! CLICK this LINK and enter the password: welovehugging for access to download the show catalog and pre-sale buying instructions!!!

Or preview my five creatures on flickr HERE

Friday, November 11, 2011

Opening TONIGHT in Northampton!

Bad A★★: Fabric Arts Group Show

@ Foe Store & Gallery
28 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060

November 11th - November 25th, 2011

Handmade fabric art has been enjoying a renaissance. The contemporary DIY movement, Etsy, Sublime Stitching, Handmade Nation (book + documentary), Mr. X Stitch and indie craft fairs everywhere have helped create a vibrant making community. Artists are utilizing fabric and thread to create 2D and plush works from cute to adult subject matter. FOE Gallery is proud to host 11 artists local to national for a group show of fabric fabulousness opening Friday, November 11th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Featuring: Ali Diamond, Cindy Steiler , Jen Musatto, Jennifer Strunge, Johnny Murder, Lana Crooks, Leah Moses, Liane Shih, Nina Alexander, Penny Nickels, William Schaff

Monday, October 31, 2011

one more for halloween...

Here are some pics of the spooky shadow puppet show I helped the kiddos at the rec center make for halloween! Its a shame kids can't use x-acto knives!

Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen!

Happy Halloween everybody! Hope you had a good weekend, whether it snowed or rained or sunshined on ya! Though I didn't dress up, I did a few halloweeny things, most included cooking/eating!

Friday I made this nut-stuffed squash recipe from Shutterbean (my most favorite food blog ever!) along with some lentil soup and salad with my old buddy farmer jen. We got to see our favorite musicians, Walker and Jay, play in an old-time murder ballad show at the Creative Alliance to get us in the Halloween spirit.

Saturday it was pouring rain, which is when I seem to be my most productive, I sewed in front of the space heater all day long, and in the evening played some halloween-themed scrabble while watching Willard with some of my favorite ladies!

Sunday was the first day in what seems like forever that I made a point to not do any work at all! How Glorious! Early am farmers market trip, then the mr. and I made our favorite mac & cheese & cauliflower recipe substituting purple cauliflower from the market, red onion, goat milk yogurt (instead of sour cream) and brown rice noodles. YUM! We ate it for breakfast, lunch AND dinner (with some salad of course), and there is just a teeny bit left! Went for a long chilly walk with another dear buddy and took some time to pack away my summer clothes, won't be needing shorts for while! Later on, Jay and I made another delicious Shutterbean recipe for hot toddies, which we drank while carving our pumpkins and roasting seeds!! Perfect!

Today I'll be helping kids at the rec center perform a spooky shadow puppet show, pics to come!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Meet Squirmilini Mama! My submission for this year's PLUSH YOU show at Schmancy in Seattle! And above that is a photo sent to me by my online buddy Dawn of Look What I Can Do! Her adorable offspring is sporting a cat head I made and posing at the show's opening! I love how they spelled out the title in plush, such awesome letters. I think the "u" in "you" might be my favorite! The show opened last week, and I believe any work that didn't sell at the opening will be available online soon! Thanks so much to Kristen for continuing to put on this mondo amazing plush show, I'm so glad to be a part of it!! See pics of the show HERE!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Shop Update!

I filled the Etsy Shop this morning with Watchful Eyes, Little & Big Monsters, Little Buggers, Jellies, other guys AND brought back the 5 patch variety sets! Check it all out in the shop!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Thank YOU DC & More Patch love!

Crafty Bastards is ALWAYS an amazing show, and this year, despite the almost freezing temps and cold cold rain, it was STILL AWESOME! So many people came out (even though they could have stayed in bed under blankets to do some online shopping!) Some of them came in my booth determined to get themselves one of my beasties and some wandered in to discover my work for the first time! Its always so great to meet people who have supported me in the past and get to meet new admirers! To all of you, THANK YOU!

A whole lot of people went home with my block-printed patches, and one of them, picked out by my buddy Pepita, already made it into an awesome project, whipped up by her talented mama of Sweet Pepita fame. Check out what they did with their Cotton Monster patch HERE! I'm blown away!!! And if you do something cool with your patch, be sure to send me a picture!

If you couldn't make it to the show, but would like to get a new cotton monster (or patch set) for yourself, I'm *hoping* to get the new work photographed and into the shop this weekend! I'll let you know!!

PS! Its NOT too late to cast your vote for the Craftiest Bastard Contest! You have 'till Oct. 8th!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

TBD.com Photo Feature! Just two days till CRAFTY BASTARDS!

photo by Joshua Yopyn for TBD.com

AAHHH! SO fun to be photographed by a professional! Joshua Yospyn came for a studio visit last week and took a ton of great shots of me and the Cotton Monsters, including this funny one above! I think I look my best with crazy monster eyes! Don't you?! Please click the link to see them all at TBD.com HERE!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Craftiest Bastard Contest is back!

Its that time again! Time to gear up for Crafty Bastards amazing arts & crafts fair in the neighborhood of Adams Morgan in Washington DC October 1st, annnnnnnnd time to cast your vote for this year's Craftiest Bastard award! There are sooooo many amazing vendors on the roster this year, take a moment to check out the vendor list and vote for your favorite! You can vote in five seconds online (all you need is an email address) or in person at the fair!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Patch love!

Many of you who have visited me at craft shows have seen my piles of colorful block printed patches, adorned with monster or kitty doodles. I carve them on soft rubbery blocks and print them with block printing ink on old sheets or fabric remnants and sell them with unfinished edges.

Some people see them and say, "what in the world would I do with this?" and I run through a list of ideas, my usual explanation being to use one to cover up a corporate logo on a freebee tote bag or baseball hat or jazz up an old book-bag or t-shirt...or just to sew it on anything! And some people who come to my table have that look in their eye like they know exactly where their new patches are going to go and spend a long time picking out just the right ones. I think Alyson fits in that second category!

I just came across Alyson's Blog, "The Hasty Quilter" and was pleased as punch to see what she had in the works with the patches she bought at last years Crafty Bastards! She is making Monster Baby Quilts for a couple of friends! Here is a photo of one in the works:

Quilt & Photo by Alyson Olander

If you have an interest in things sewn, definitely check out her blog! Its really quite lovely and her photos are simply gorgeous!

I love knowing that some of these little patches with my artwork on them have worked their way into other craft projects and are truly serving their function as an inspiration for folks to sew! If you've made or adorned/beautified something with your own Cotton Monster patch/es, I'd love to see!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Cotton Monsters up in the Shop!

Tons of new beasties now up in the Shop!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mark Your Calendars! Oct. 1st Crafty Bastards!

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • 10am - 5pm • Adams Morgan

Wahoo! So excited to be part of the Crafty Bastard crew once again this year! Its always my best show of the year, and I'm pleased as punch to be among these other awesome vendors! You can search them alphabetically or by state ('cause they come from all over the place!).

Even if you are not in a shopping mood, Crafty Bastards always offers tons of other fun things, craft making tents, break dance competitions, and yummy food vendors! This year there will also be a Young&Crafty section for young kiddo selling their wares AND a Food Craft section. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and ingesting some extra caffeine that day so you don't miss a thing!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Just returned home from a camping trip, a few nights at a old-time string band festival in WV and one in Shenandoah National Park, VA. I was out that way last weekend too, and am already excited to go back again! There is something really magical about those mountains. And I'm not sure if its the heat, the rainstorms, or that compost tea I fed the plants, but our backyard garden was looking mighty happy upon our return! I posted some more pics of my weekend and garden here!

(can't help but think of cabbage patch kids when I water these little guys!)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What's new?

Greetings Blog buddies! Here's a little photo re-cap of what's new in my world...

Just received the summer issue of Niche, which includes a nice little blurb on Splashlife's "30 under 30 crafters" and me! Wahoo!

I've been working on restocking everything, slowly but surely...

Finishing up some over-due commissions...

Teaching summer camp arts & crafts. Pictured is my lovely co-worker Lisa in our paper-bag puppet making aftermath!

And of course, gardening and eating!! This is all freshly picked from my back yard..kale, tomatoes, cukes, and basil. yum!

All in all, a pretty nice summer so far! Now, back to sewing!

Friday, July 08, 2011

a little update...

I'm baaaaaack

photo by Ashley North Compton

Just made it back home after a long, lovely family vacation (still have the salt water in my hair to prove it!)...Bet you didn't even miss me! It was so nice to get away, unplug, and recharge after Pile of Craft. I must give a huge THANK YOU AGAIN to all who came out vend, shop and gaze at the magnificent craft spectacular! If you missed it, or if you want to relieve it all in the comfort of your air-conditioned office you can see a whole lot of lovely photos taken by miss Ashley North Compton on CCCM's Flickr page!

Right now I'm finishing up sifting through a sea of emails and photo editing some pics for a small Etsy update...I'll be putting some random monsters and kitties online shortly!

Then I can't wait to get back in my studio tomorrow (maybe after breaking down and putting in an AC unit, it pretty darn sticky in Baltimore!) to work on some commissions!

Hope you had a great 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Holy Moly....just a few days away!!! I'll be there, Saturday, June 25th with a table full of Cotton Monsters (look for me in the back room this time) Remember there are TWO ROOMS full of CRAFT GOODNESS!!! Please come out and support this awesome show!!!

Click HERE to see all the other awesome vendors and more!! And HERE for the Facebook event page!

Sooooooooo Excited!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Puppet Slamwich Tomorrow!!

If you are in Baltimore and looking for something to do this Saturday night, on the early end or later (there will be TWO SHOWS!) consider heading down to SoWeBo (the free circulator bus stops right around the corner!) to Black Cherry Puppet Theater for our 4th Puppet Slamwich featuring a brand new beautiful shadow puppet cranky by Katherine Fahey of 2 Hawks 2 Fishes and new tales from Sherrywood Forrest by artist Kevin Sherry of Squidfire fame! More Info Below!

Black Cherry’s puppet slam series, Puppet Slamwich! returns with a new show on Saturday, June 18, 2011. THERE WILL BE TWO SHOWS!!! 7pm and 9:30pm! Tickets are $7. Advance ticket sales are available NOW online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/181238
Tickets will also be sold at the door, thirty minutes before each show. Seating is general admission and limited! 1115 Hollins St. Baltimore, MD 21223

June’s Puppet Slamwich delivers up a succulent stack of folksy performances! Baltimore’s Kathy Fahey premiers her latest shadow puppet show “Elizabeth Whitmore” (pictured) on the old time cranky with live accompaniment! Kevin Sherry serves up new tales from “Sherrywood Forest”, full of mischief and mayhem. Mika Eubanks presents variations on an ancient trickster tale, while sheriffs and outlaws duel in Miranda Pfeiffer’s animation, “Food for the Worms”. Jen Liu’s ukulele tribute to American popular tune “Frankie and Johnny” makes clear why hell hath no fury like a puppet scorned!

NOT TO BE MISSED!!! Tell your friends!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

the windy city

I just got returned home this evening from a five day jaunt to Chicago to see two of my dear old friends. (See all the pics on Flickr!) It has been quite some time since we were all in the same place at the same time, and boy-oh-boy was it nice to be with those ladies again! It was also my first time traveling to the windy city, and I loved every minute of it.

I got to visit an awe inspiring Baha'i temple and pick seashells and crab claws on the beach. I walked through the great gleaming halls of the Art Institute and toured the fiber facilities at SAIC (ah, to be back in school again!), including my buddy's studio. We ate tons of yummy vegetarian grub and worked it all off at many hot yoga classes...peaked in the adorable Renegade Handmade shop and tried on hats at Goorin Bros....watched Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams (in 3-D!!!) and lounged on blankets in Millennium Park for a free concert, drinking wine and people watching.

It was so refreshing to get away, relax with my gals and meet their friends, i miss them already! Today its back to work, slowly but surely, with Pile of Craft less then two weeks away and a long list of other business to attend to! Starting.....right.....now!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cotton Monsters at the DCCA!

Look out Delaware! This Friday Cotton Monsters invade the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts' Alternatives Museum Shop. They will be on display and for sale June 2- July 29! I was pleased as punch to be invited to be Alternatives' featured artist for June/July! If you are in Delaware be sure to stop in the shop and of course to see the DCCA's current exhibitions!

200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Friday, May 27, 2011

May Shop Update (finally)

Finally got the shop loaded with new Cotton Monsters!! Hooray!

AND finally sent out an email newsletter! If you are not a subscriber here is a link to the newsletter I sent out today if you are interested to see what it looks like! I just switched over to Mail Chimp, a free email service, as I only send out a few each year. It's been working out great so far..very user friendly and pretty professional looking (i think)! Let me know what you think!

Monday, May 16, 2011


We are officially crossing our fingers for beautiful clear skies this Sunday May 22nd for HANDMADE MART (10am to 5pm) in Silver Spring MD! Check out their lovely online vendor gallery and look for Cotton Monster in booth #24! They are doing daily blog posts with vendor profiles too!

Want to know more? Check out this blub about the fair I copied & pasted from their website!:

The Handmade Mart is an annual, juried, independent craft fair that takes place in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Launched in the spring of 2009, the Handmade Mart has already become a mainstay of the local art scene with 60+ craft vendors selling handmade goods, live music, and hands-on workshops.

Created by Kimberly Dorn (Festival Director of the Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair and Executive Director of Hello Craft) and Debbie Lee (Founder of Rock n’ Romp and board member of Hello Craft), the Handmade Mart already has a buzz that has brought in top-notch independent crafters and local music favs.

The Handmade Mart takes place along Ellsworth Drive (between Georgia Ave. and Fenton St.), in the heart of the shopping & dining center of the city. With the Silver Spring Metro station close by and tons of free parking in the adjacent garage, this fair is a highly accessible for all to attend.

Supported by Downtown Silver Spring and the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, the Handmade Mart is proud to the part of the ever-growing Silver Spring arts community.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Green Eyed Monster Earth Day Post & Giveaway!

The Cotton Monsters are featured today on the Green Eyed Monster Blog! If you check out the post on THEIR site and comment, you will be entered to win a cute little green-eyed Jelly monster! Nice!

Their site is really cool, especially if you are into "DIY fashion, sustainable living & handmade goodness" which of course you are..right?! In addition to the blog with regular features on green design, products, artists AND weekly GIVEAWAYS they have a lovely online shop with tons of great environmental friendly goods. I have my eye on these GLASS drinking straws (something I didn't even know existed until today)! A guilt free way to drink from a straw, so smart!

Designer: Glass Dharma


Happy Earth Day to All!

We are SO lucky to live on this amazing and beautiful planet.
We ALL must share in the task of keeping her healthy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April Update!

I updated the Cotton Monster Etsy Shop yesterday morning! Check it out...it's chock full of Little Monsters, Little Buggers, Mini Bottomfeeders, Space Crabs (well, it was, but most have sold..I'm currently making more of those guys!), and Pentapods!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

still here!

I realized today it's been quite some time since I've posted a post, uploaded a photo or updated my status! Time is flying by and I've fallen behind in the virtual world! I've been a busy bee finishing up a puppet residency and filling an order for an upcoming artist feature at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts' gift shop (more info to come!). I've also been trying to stock up on monsters...many of whom are sitting on my sewing table right now waiting for me to stich their eyeballs in! The shop has been pretty scarce for a couple months, and I do apologize! I'm aiming for a big mid-April Etsy shop update, so check back soon!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Share your pics!

photo by Look What I Can Do, just added to the NEW Flickr Group Pool!

Have you bought or been gifted a Cotton Monster sometime in the past 7 or so years that I've been making them?? If you have, I bet there are atleast a couple pictures floating around of you and that Cotton Monster posing for the camera...or that monster riding your bicycle...or passed out after too much monster partying! If so, and if you'd like to share a photo or two or twenty, now there is a place to do it!

I just started a Flickr Group called Cotton Monster Friends where you can add those funny/cute/serious/dramatic pics of your Cotton Monster! If you have a Flickr acount, then all you have to do is 'join' the group then select which photos you would like to add...If you don't already have an account, its free and super easy to sign up for Flickr (a great place to store and share your photos online).

I absolutely LOVE to see where my creations end up...with well over 1,000 (2,000? I don't know I totally lost count) made there have got to be some good monster pics around!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Feel the love

I just received this image of a commission I completed last year for a Cotton Monster fan's wedding. The bride and groom displayed the monsters on a table at their event, they even got their own cute little chairs! So glad these little beasties were part of their special day! Here's wishing the newlyweds all the love in the world!

Happy Love Day!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Still time for V-day orders!

I just put up a few new Von Katz kittens and Big Monsters in the shop! There are a bunch of buggers, pents and jellies up there too! And there is still time to get yours for Valentine's Day (or shipped to someone you loooooove!) Please place your order by Feb 8th!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Love Bugs!

In honor of us approaching that time of year where we declare our love for all things pink and red (and for each other) I just put up a whole batch of new Little Buggers (and a few other species) in tones of red, white and pink (and blue! I'm a fan of Blue Valentines myself!) Nothing says lovin' like a gap-toothed grinning monster!

Also, to note, I'm trying out making the Little Monsters with pocket mouths (like the big guys). It takes a bit longer, and changes their expressio
n a bit...I'd love to know what you think! Open mouths or closed?!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Happy New Year!

Just looked at the calendar and I realized I was a week and a half late in wishing you all a very Happy New Year. So.....HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The new year brought me a nasty cold (all gone now, thanks to high volumes of ginger-cayanne-lemon-honey tea and lots of rest in a super comfy bathrobe I received for Christmas) and a heap of backed up bookkeeping. But things are finally looking up. I attended the first in a four session class of Kitchen Medicine, taught at Baltimore Free School, that has got me all excited about making new medicinal elixirs, eating more colorful food and gearing up for a bigger herb garden this spring. I made (and ate) two pots of yummy comforting soup (lentil and split pea) and gave the sewing studio a looooong overdue tidying. AND finally I got some sewing done. Pictured is the start of a set of Little Buggers for Valentines day...hoping to get them up by next weekend or early next week!

Hope this new year brings good things your way!