Monday, December 31, 2007

a new year

Hello 2008. Hello. I hope you like me as much as I like you.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Handmade Christmas

It was a wonderful handmade Christmas. There were some commercial toys, but the real magic was in the gifts I got from Etsy or made myself. I made handbags for friends and family this year and a couple of toys! I usually (and mostly) make hats - but I had some fun ideas for bags, so I went with it! My daughter and I made magnets using 1.5" google eyes for everyone - they look pretty funny on photographs or just to give the refrigerator eyes. The Miss Pacman cuff I got on Etsy from inhope for my daughter was a hit as well as the lovely leather rose from Leatherpedia. I bought the coolest Christmas gift for myself on Etsy...a rockin pair of shoes from goodgaudy **I will wear them in Self Portrait Thursday this week**

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

K Cringle

Deep December already and what the hell have I been doing? I haven't blogged since Dec 10?...woah! Well, I have been very busy making a variety of gifts for my peeps. It's so rewarding to consider each person and make something JUST for THEM. I find myself smiling as I work (rather than scowling at crabby shoppers at some crappy mall) I have a long way to go and very little time, but the ideas keep coming and who needs sleep anyway?!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Miss Lady

I have a new product - inspired by a gift I received a few years ago from a co-worker. This unusual woman I worked with gave me a vintage faux fur collar. I love that thing. Love. Over the weekend, I made a pattern from it and made a few of my own. I listed two on Etsy just yesterday. They look darling over tops and dresses and really cute as a neclace. I just got started and it's another fun way to use the smallest pieces of vintage fabrics. I made another choker this weekend, too. I used a piece of the cotton rice bag (the one I used for the hat you see in the photos below) I love accessories and continue to find ways to use all these wonderful fabrics I have been collecting all these years!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

This week I relisted a few of my paper flowers on Etsy. I often hear how much better they are in person (that is so much better than the reverse situation!) I hand sew each flower and varnish them (heavily) they are very durable yet super light. Each brooch is one of a kind - that is true of all of my creations. I have more brooches in the works, these are just a few I couldn't leave behind! I swear, when I am being creative I feel like I want to live bliss!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Self Portraits

This really made my week ~ Mike Steinhauer bought a print of a self portrait I took in October and posted in his blog! I got chills looking at this wonderful variety of self portraits as a group. It's really good and I am honored to be part of it! Self Portrait Gallery ~

Friday, November 23, 2007

My World

I took some shots around my house on Wednesday night. Most of the rooms in my house are lit with colorful bulbs (I rarely use white lights) and most of the things I collect and love look best in this lighting (me too, I suppose!) Dark, dusty, grainy, forgotten, lost, old, odd, rusty, broken, sad...mmm, my favorites!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Seven Things (I've been tagged)

I've been tagged by thankyouenjoy

7 things about me ~

1. I put little monster heads all over my house - anywhere they cheers me up

2. I bite my nails

3. I do not like celery

4. my hair is naturally blonde (though I prefer it black)

5. one of the best complements I have ever received was being called "betty crocker feminist"

6. sometimes just before I go to bed I put on tons of makeup...then I wash it all off

7. I collect old lunch boxes, old suitcases and little handpainted plaster animals I find second hand

the rules:
Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Magic Rabbit

Today I came home to find two packages waiting for me. One from Annette - a VERY crafty peep - and the other was a package returned to me (the dreaded "Return to Sender").

The package returned was a hat sold and shipped to Canada. I have had problems shipping to Canada - mostly just taking waaayyyy to long...but this time it didn't even make it through customs. It had a note saying - no sender name in Arabic Numerals and/or Roman Letters. Um...I wrote my initials KRK and the post office I mailed the package from O.K.'d it. A drag, because now I fear mailing anything to Canada.

The package from Annette was so exciting to open! Annette LeBlanc Cate is my good friend from Boston (neither of us live there now)....she was my boss for the Dr.Katz show. She was the art director of that show and I did animation/art. She is the best...she made that job my favorite - EVER! Annette just had a wonderful childrens book published - The Magic Rabbit. She sent a copy for me and my daughter (I am very lucky, she signed it in the most special way) and sent a variety of other treasures for us to enjoy. It softened the blow of the returned package and her drawings brought back wonderful memories of working together on the Dr. Katz show. I love her drawings ~

***the old lady in the car killlls me and I l.o.v.e. those amazing shoes!

a few links for these things I am writing about!

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I have a wonderful collection of sock monkeys and this guy came to me without eyes. I gave him cartoon eyes (eyes that fill the eyeglasses) and now he is able to see again. I took his portrait and put him in this little rhinestone frame to show the love.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Friday Night and Saturday Sewing

I finally got myself out of the house last night! I made it to one art opening at a new gallery on Marcy Street called Underground Gallery of Contemporary Art (it's in a very cool space below street level next to the most delicious restaurant in town-LaBoca) They had an opening for this fantastic painter Patrick Boyles...a nice turnout and really good art. After that I went to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame to see my friend Joe West and his band. It was packed and I drank more beer than I had planned on drinkin'. It was a pretty good time...but I kept thinking "you can't be too tired to sew tomorrow!" I took a taxi home just after midnight.
I have been busy all week with a new hat style and have listed two on Etsy. It was inspired by a fantastic vintage hat I got as a gift when I lived in New Zealand. The one I have from the 60s is made with faux fur...but I love this style in a variety of fabrics. I have all day to finish a velvet version of this hat and will start a new hood with recycled vintage wool (I cannot get enough of this hood style! It's so unique and reallly cute!)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Mini Crafty Peep

My daughter (8 yrs old) has been working on very colorful projects this weekend. She made a robot card for a friend of ours, a smiley pin using an old slide and several drawings for more slides. I love her colorful designs - they always make me smile!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

happy halloween

my kitchen window this morning
happy halloween

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Girls Inc.

This morning I went to a Girls Inc. fundraiser at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe. My daughter has been in the after school and summer program at Girls Inc. for two years. Today she spoke in front of a couple hundred people to tell them why she is strong, smart and bold. I cried. She said she is strong because she is confident ALL of the time, she is smart because she has designed her own line of robot tshirts and bold because she tries new things even if they are a little scary. She is also in the video/commercial for Girls Inc. talking about being a girl and how she can become everything she wants to be. WOW! I was so impressed with this function and spent the morning smiling, laughing and crying! It was really exciting and if you have a daughter, you may want to look into this program. They work on a sliding scale and take donations of all/any kind. I am really proud of my daughter and proud of the women who make this available to our girls!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

End of October

Wow, October of 2007 is nearly over and it was a busy month! My daughters birthday, school Halloween carnivals, guests in town...whew! It flew by for me and I am ready to get busy again with sewing. I spent most of yesterday sewing and made two hats I am really happy with.
I managed to cut my thumb (left hand) with my super sharp scissors and used cotton/tape to wrap it up good so that I could keep going. Later I used New Skin Liquid Bandage and now it almost looks like nothing happened. I really love that stuff - it actually WORKS. It does burn a little when you apply it, but it's worth it - it seals AND heals (no, I don't have stock in that company-though I should!) Today I will spend the day sewing! One more cup of coffee and a little more Etsy and I am ready to go!
I listed the pink floral hat on Etsy yesterday just after finishing it!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

kind words

I found this plaque in a thrift store in Trinidad, Colorado this summer. I keep it in the kitchen above the chalkboard I use for lists of things to remember. I think it's very sweet!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

X O x o

Yesterday I was inspired to make another ladies cummerbund. I found a wonderful piece of vintage fabric over the weekend and made it into this unique accessory! I used this vintage golden yellow fabric, lace, ribbon, yarn, vintage sew-on rhinestones and a button. This piece is machine and hand sewn (I used red yarn for the handstitched edge and black & red yarn for the x's on each end) A series of X's and O's - hugs and kisses! I just listed this cummerbund on Etsy this afternoon.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

New Creations

I managed to make new hats and brooches this week EVEN with a guest in town! It was some week - my friend visiting and my daughters birthday was on Wednesday...I thought it would be impossible to create more than a birthday cake and a nice place for a friend to stay. I did it! I had some late nights, early mornings, excellent coffee and good conversations to keep me going. Here are a few things I created and listed on Etsy.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My World

I took a few photos of things around the house today - the light in this old house was just perfect! It was a little chilly but really sunny - I took these photos around 3pm.