29 April 2008

pinky the bunny

Pinky the Bunny

What's pink and sassy and likes it grassy? Available at the shop.

28 April 2008

going abroad!

This little trio of mieces is going to Ireland, and they are so ridiculously excited about it. They weren't quite as over the top as these folks, but believe me, they were anxiously awaiting Orla to come pick them up for their impending journey. I should have made them little teeny passports. (Dang! Wish I had thought of that a few days ago.)

25 April 2008

the fruit bats

Fruit Bats

As a child, when we used to visit our family in Puerto Rico, I used to particularly love, albeit in a combination of frightened and fascinated, visiting my paternal grandfather, Irené, who lived in what was essentially a wooden shack on a cliff surrounded by jungle. I remember being baffled by his home since he had no plumbing, no indoor bathroom, and his electricity was limited as it came from a small generator underneath the tiny two-room house. It felt like visiting "The Land of the Lost" when we would go there, and I would imagine that the 5-foot long iguanas strolling about the path in front of the house were actually small dinosaurs. My parents would go picking oranges with my grandfather (when he was well enough to walk), and I would stay by the house and play with the stray dogs or pick hibiscus flowers and put them in my ponytails (don't ask). If we stayed on too long, the fruit bats would come out as the sun was setting, which freaked me out as I wasn't exactly acquainted with bats much less used to having them whiz about me. My father made it worse by telling me that they would get tangled up in my hair. So I was afraid of bats for a long time, until I saw one up close at the zoo on a class trip. Then I became totally enamored with them and wanted one as a pet because they were so darn cute. Anyway, I guess this is a long way of saying these bats are the totally friendly, won't-get-tangled-in-your-hair because-they-are-SO-not-after-your-blood variety, and they want to be your friend. Irené and Felita will be up in the shop at 3PM EST.

24 April 2008

reminder

Hey guys! Just wanted to remind you good folks that my shop update will be tomorrow, Friday afternoon, at 3PM Eastern Standard Time. There will be a variety of critters included in this update. My new designs will be in the following update, in two weeks. Things are pretty busy around here these days, and I have been scheming and planning. I am reconfiguring the way things work, or rather, how I work. I will have some news about the shop for you all shortly. Please tune in tomorrow for the update.

23 April 2008

oops!

Uh, guys, please don’t hate me for this, but today’s intended update needs to be postponed until Friday. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause anyone. There have been some technical difficulties over here, but more so than that this delay is because of 1) my mismanagement of time and 2) my insane perfectionism when it comes to what I make and sell and how I sell it. I haven’t finished the big surprise, and I don’t want to update until I can include that with the other items (some of which are still not 100% finished yet anyway). So please bear with me, folks. I want to make everyone happy, but sometimes that is not possible. Please do drop by on Friday, same place, same time. I promise it will be worth the two-day wait!

21 April 2008

munch!

snacking mantis

Oh look! It's the first mantis of the Spring! And it's, uhhhhhhh, snacking on a bunny....

These two guys here are going to be the prizes for a contest that my father-in-law is hosting for his final class of the semester. The class is on corporations, and the mantis is supposed to represent "predatory fiduciaries," while the bunny is supposed to represent the "friendly" variety. By the way, did I mention this contest will entail singing? The students have to compose and perform their own songs all about fiduciaries. Seriously, my father-in-law rocks.

This is the second year that I have made the prizes for this contest, I am happy to say. Last year, it was a little last minute, but this year, I had plenty of time to calmly work on this duo. I have to admit, I am pretty happy with the results and hope that the prize-winning students love them to bits. For a better photo of the mantis on its own, please go here.

Oh, and speaking of insect softies, I am sure that most of you are already well familiar with her works, but I just have to gush about her because I love her work so much. Weirdbuglady has been blowing me away with her amazing creations lately. If you haven't already checked out her fantastic blog, please go do so right now. I promise, you will LOVE it. She is all sorts of awesome! Happy Monday everyone!

16 April 2008

welcome to my messy mess

Hi folks! Just wanted to touch base and let you know that I am working away on stuff for the shop's next update, April 23rd @ 3 PM. The photo above is just a taste of what will be available. I am working on some mice and ducks and other goodies, too, including several finger puppets and a big surprise. I'll try to post photos of the finished pieces on here as I can. In the meanwhile, please drop by the shop to see what's available. I have received several emails from folks who want a sneak peek as to what's available and I really am not able to provide that right now (since I don't have things 100% completed, much less properly photographed). I'm very thankful and appreciate the interest, but I hope you understand. It's very time consuming for me to email everyone photos individually, which is what I have been doing lately, and it's not proving to be as efficient as I would like. Besides, that's why I have the blog and my Flickr account, so please do drop by and check out what I'm up to. Thanks! :)

08 April 2008

and now for the finger puppet portion of our show

lambikins - finger puppets

These and a bunch more not pictured will be included in tomorrow's shop update. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I missed a few days of work (I spent the better part of today at the doctor's office for a follow-up visit) and have not been able to finish the button-jointed bunnies and lambs, so those will be up next week. I may put up the trio I did manage to finish. Anyhoo, please drop by tomorrow and have a look.

02 April 2008

the pop in

bunny with pink elephants

Hi all! Just popping in to say hello. I have been sewing my fingers off over here, but I still don't think I will have everything finished in time for Friday's update. Hence, I think it would be best to reschedule the update for next Wednesday, same time. I am not sure if weekly updating really works best for me. I think updating every other week works a little better in terms of time and efficiency. It also allows me to spread out my sewing over the week instead of cranking everything out in just a couple of days because you know what? Lots of hand-sewing crammed into a small time frame makes my fingers and shoulders hurt - a lot. And that can't be good for softie-making in the long run. Anyway, Wednesday's update will be a doozy, with bunnies, lambs, something new, and a slew of finger-puppets. So please drop by and check it out.

I sometimes get emails from people asking if I am still making softies. I thank you for your interest, and yes, I am most definitely still making softies. In fact, that is what sometimes prevents me from posting on here. There are only so many hours in a day, and I'm sure you all understand that. I try to keep the shop stocked and have been good lately about updating weekly or every other week. In fact, the shop is stocked right now with garden variety partiers and woodchucks. If you would like to be notified of updates and other news, please shoot me an email at sotosofties [at] gmail [dot] com or you can also check here as I post update info on my blog sidebar. Thanks again for all your support and encouragement.

Also, a huge thank you to the folks at it's (k)not wood, a fabulous design blog about all things faux bois that I have totally fallen in love with, for including my owl in a recent post. Thanks so much guys!

Hope you are all having a beautiful day. I'm ecstatic that it's bright and sunny out here in New England today if a bit insanely windy (like swoop you away windy). Ahhh, off to sew in the sunlight. I love working in natural light.