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Happy New Year!

I won’t begin the year self-flaggelating by saying that I am the “worst (craft) blogger in the world”… but I will admit to perhaps not being the most attentive. I’m glad that blogs aren’t people with feelings because this one might start to feel a little neglected. And the less said about my Twitter account the better. If Twitter were a person, @AndCorazones would be dying of loneliness and talking to itself while rocking in a corner.

It should go without saying at this point that I’m not the most media savvy person around.

That said, it should also come to no one’s immediate surprise that I managed to travel 1,933 miles home for Christmas WITHOUT A CAMERA. “Surely,” I reasoned, “someone at home would have one that I could borrow.” Alas, in this age of cell phone cameras, that turned out not to be true. And really, what’s a craft-blog without pictures? So there you have it folks: my sad, pathetic reason for not updating this space in so long comes down to my inability to pack even the smallest of digital cameras into my suitcase.

Luckily for me, my good friend Renata showed up with her trusty, blinged out, Hello Kitty iphone (iphone cameras are NO JOKE) and took a few pictures for me so that I would have something to share with the two people who read this blog and here they are:

1. I never get as much done as I think I will when I go home, but one of the things that I DID finish was this little blue and white owl. He (She? I think Renata might have decided that it was a girl-owl) was a New Year’s gift for the aforementioned lovely with the iphone.  The body was constructed entirely out of 100% wool felt– which was really a pleasure to work with– and trimmed with vintage beads and some new sequins.

On her way to her new home...

And 2.

Go ahead and laugh if you like, but I Love (with a capital L) the thing I’m about to show you after the cut:

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I lied.

There has been NO sun today. None.

I haven’t been able to get a single good flash-photograph of the new things for the shop update. Fingers crossed for some sun tomorrow…

Shop Update Tomorrow

Had an exciting week in the shop. Thanks to friends tweeting and reposting, the old storefront had its busiest day ever. This little guy (girl?) was especially popular. People were linking to him from countries with alphabets I don’t recognize.  You never know what people are going to like. I was sure that people would be all over that little grey owl that my Glen has been drooling over, but no… the red owl has gotten all of the love. It sold in less than an hour. I’m thinking of making another one…  We’ll see.

If everything proceeds on schedule, I’ll have some new things in the shop tomorrow. This “craft blogging” thing is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Who has time to make things AND write about making things? Well… I guess lots of people do. These people clearly have far better time management skills than I do. Obvio.

I’m hoping to finish a Monarch Nicho for a customer today so that it can go in the mail on Tuesday and I’m working on simple little frames for the shop while things dry. The “Sweet and Tender Hooligan” nicho will be ready by tomorrow, too. That sucker’s been on my desk for over a month now. It’s time it found a new home… hopefully with someone who has a penchant for  pompadours and obscure literary references. I’ve already said too much.

Some peeks into what’s to come:

Sneak Peeks

Owls are finally in the shop. Three of them to be exact. I’m not sure if three owls qualifies as a parliament or not… Perhaps I could call them a punk band of owls. You definitely only need three to be a punk band. But I digress…

A bright red owl should be joining his compatriots shortly and I’ve got a few more that are in the cutting stages that I’m really excited about. I purchased the loveliest felted wool last week and the stack is sitting on my desk just waiting to be turned into something special.  I’ve never embroidered on anything with that much stretch, so I may have to invest in some stabilizers… can’t wait to see what happens!

Waiting for eyes while the parliament observes...

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