Announcing the Chickenpants Studio!

Big news today! I’ve picked up and moved to the Chickenpants Studio. From now on, I’ll be blogging over there. Come on over and say hi! It’s still in the very early stages, but I was too excited to wait to tell you about it. Please update your bookmarks thusly. Also, the shop name / address has changed to Chickenpants Studio shop. Ahhh, much better. I’ve been wanting to change it’s name for ages. ALSO ALSO: in the spirit of {Read More}

Drawing rather a lot of bunnies – Work in progress Wednesday No. 31

This week has been all about the buns. I can’t seem to stop drawing them, despite my best efforts to settle down and draw some dogs. I’m trying to draw things I think might make fun embroidery patterns, but it turns out it’s hard to corral my impulses when drawing, especially at six in the morning. That’s apparently the time my brain says things like “Hey, what would Tom Baker look like as a bunny?” Oh well. Looks like it’s {Read More}

New! Yorkie! Embroidery! Pattern!

Sorry, I’m a little excited. This is the first pattern I’ve made in a long time. And it’s finally done! Yay! I wanted to create something fun and simple to embroider, and I think this fits the bill pretty well. Especially if you like Yorkshire Terriers. This is the first time I’ve put a floss color / stitch recommendation guide in one of my patterns. Do you like having those things when you buy a pattern? (Personally, I usually don’t {Read More}

Dispatches from the idea storm – Work in Progress Wednesday No. 30

As alluded to in the last post, I’m in the middle of an idea storm. That means this week, I don’t actually have much to show you…unless you like messy desk action shots: There you go! Or how about a little of this: I’ve been furiously writing down and working out and refining ideas all week. It doesn’t make for terribly exciting photos, I’m afraid. What is an idea storm? I haven’t heard anyone else talk about them, at least {Read More}

Boston Terrier Art Quilt, Improv Piecing and More – Work in Progress Wednesday no. 29

This week, my attention is divided (isn’t it always?) between finishing up a Boston Terrier art quilt and an improv pieced string quilt I’m making for my grandmother. First, let’s deal with the Boston. All the art quilts start out with a fabric pull, naturally. You’ll notice mugs of tea in pretty much every shot. That’s because I work very early in the morning most of the time. (And the rest of the time, I am tired from waking up {Read More}

Behind the scenes of the Pomeranian Art Quilt – Work in Progress Wednesday No. 28

I’ve always been fascinated with Pomeranians. They are the happiest looking little dogs! They generally look like they’re just about to pop with enthusiasm. I really like that. I wish I was always about to pop from enthusiasm. Instead of anxiety or possibly eating too much. Enthusiasm is definitely the best thing to pop from. Anyway! To begin, I made a page of sketches: Then I picked out some fabrics and got them ready to fuse. And then, the fun/scary {Read More}

My experience with Konmari-ing my fabric stash and studio – Work in Progress Wednesday no. 27

The prospect of Konmari-ing the studio made me nervous, because it’s expensive to replace supplies, and sometimes impossible. A big part of my process is having a stash to work from, eliminating/minimizing the need to go to fabric stores/art supply shops in the middle of a project, breaking the flow and getting distracted. In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it says this brilliant thing about how the right time to read a book is right when it comes to {Read More}

Some Thoughts on Konmari-ing From a Crafty, Sentimental Nut – Work in Progress Wednesday No. 26

I have Konmari’d almost my entire house. (Konmari, for those not yet in the know, is the technique described in

Traveling ‘Pants Tuesday -Snapshots from the Chickenpants Road Trip

Eeeesh, what a busy summer it’s been! There hasn’t been much time to sit down and write anything, which is a great thing, actually. But I still want to share a couple of snapshots of the summer so far. My traveling Chickenpants has been pretty busy. For instance: We saw some dinosaurs on the Oregon coast. (This could be it’s own blog post. There are very few things I enjoy more than a really cheesy roadside attraction. This is one {Read More}

Phineas Chickenpants & Mr. Pickles – Fan Art Friday

I love this photo by Dreaming Magpie. It’s titled “Mr. Pickles and Phineas Chickenpants”. There’s something extremely sweet and real about it, don’t you think?