Brilliantly Brilliant Dottie Angel!

More Books, More Crafts

“Never doubt your instincts in a thrift store.”  -Dottie Angel

Yes, I’m still talking about the Creative Connection Event.  (It may never end, so hopefully you’re okay with it!) While I was there,  I had the amazing opportunity to meet with the publisher of Uppercase Magazine Janine Vangool for my Pitch Slam.  Her company published the book I want to tell you about….. Dottie Angel: the Peachy Crafty World of Tif Fussell.

I absolutely must borrow from Tif’s super-fun vocabulary to tell you that this book is, “peach, fabby, and brilliantly brilliant!”  I had been saving this treasure since I got home from TCC.  It was perched on top of a pile waiting for a really quiet, special moment when I could settle in for an extended amount of uninterrupted time.  When you hold this book in your hands, you will understand that trying to read it while commuting, or perhaps cramming in a few pages at the doctor’s office, just won’t do this sweet little volume justice.  This book has so many special touches, it feels as if it were handmade just for me.  It wasn’t just rolled off the presses and put in a box.  No,  I’m not going to give away the surprises.  You’ll just have to order one for yourself from Uppercase.  I could go on and on about why I love this book, but most of all, I love that when I read it, I feel like I’m sitting in the Airstream with “Dottie” (Tif)  on a lovingly weathered chair, covered with hand crocheted doilies, drinking a cup of tea,  in a beautifully chipped cup from the thrift store, and gazing at some of her handmade treasures.  When I read the description of the book, I must say, she had me at “thrift store.”  I confess — I’m a complete thrift store junkie!  Tif and I have exactly the same passions:  crocheted covered vintage hangers, ceramic animal figurines and granny squares!  We both have “crafting epiphanies” and an appreciation for anything with “granny chic!” She is “utmost kind” in sharing ideas for fun little treasures to make, and she tells you about her special little world where tools have names and bunnies wear capes.  “Thank you kindly,” Tif, for the crafty ideas, the walks down memory lane, and for letting me into the perfectly blissful world of my new best friend, Dottie Angel!

Oh, Baby!

More Crafts, More Miscellaneous

Babies are such a sweet and nice way to start people.

Two of my cousin’s, and their wives are gearing up to become parents. This is no ordinary “gearing-up,” however, as one couple is preparing for three, count-them, THREE, little boys! Oh, baby! So, I decided to get myself together and throw a baby shower for the parents-to-be. All the new babies in my sphere lately are getting hats made from this great pattern I found on a blog called Neanners Shop. (http://neannersshop.blogspot.com/2010/10/ez-earflaps-pattern.html.) I left off the braids, and added the pom-pom at the top. I also made one for the other couple who is expecting a little girl, so I added the flower. These are so easy to whip up! I also found lots of inspiration online to make a diaper cake, so I made up a “boy” one for the triplets. It’s so much fun to make things for Baby!