Tuesday, November 23, 2010

But for now I'll keep away, I've got nothing smart to say.

I'm sorry for my lack of blogging I just feel kind of stuck.
Its normal.
As a blogger you sometimes get the feeling that no one reads your blog and you wonder what is the point?
I'm there right now, feeling defeated about blogging.

So I'm going away for the weekend to my second home with boy.
Maybe I'll get my groove back, or maybe I'll just take a break from this.
I hope you all have a super great thanksgiving.
Eat lots of yummy things and enjoy your loved ones.


Friday, November 19, 2010

You are my sweetest downfall.

Beautiful white snow.

Did I ever mention I have a really talented boyfriend?

A boyfriend who I can call and say "babe I would really like home made blocks." and he makes them for me. Or "babe I would really like wooden animal blocks" and he makes them.

I have been asking for a picture of his cute creations and he finally provided me with one.

Are they not so sweet?
He draws the designs up then makes from wood scraps he finds, so they are eco-friendly as well.
He is looking for the perfect thing to stain them with to keep their really natural look.
So proud of him growing into his talents.

(last november by Bethany)

Hope you all find joy today.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ya, a tunnel from my window to yours.

On my way home from from my meeting yesterday my head is filled with magic, glee, and love.
It was practically overfilling.
I called Greg and started spewing out ideas. Thread allows you to have your own "tag" on your product. So I started sharing my brain with him on everything I might want, just something that really said me.
About 20 minutes later I got an email to my phone,
this is what he made of my ramblings..

Isn't it just darling?
Really, I wish you could have heard the nonsense I was sputtering. I cannot believe he made actual words out of it!
Love you babe.

I just really thought this captured my essence. And was thinking how many people around me really speak to my soul. So I was wondering/wishing/hoping to maybe have a variety of tags.
So if you think its possible to capture me in a tag PLEASE PLEASE make me one:)
OR if you have a photograph, quote, or anything else that may inspire me that you feel fits me I would love to hear from you, send them my way.
You can email me at jessallyn@gmail.com - hopefully in a few days I will have a beautiful inspiration post to share with everyone!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Heres the scoop:)

Ok Ok. I've been keeping secrets, but I've just been nervous!
But as of today its official..
My little dollies are going to going to go up for sale at Thread!
Now I understand your insides aren't probably going as crazy as mine were, but it honestly feels like steps toward a dream.
Thread, is the sweetest boutique located in the South Wedge of Rochester.
My heart was elated when the owner, Sandy, said she thought my dolls would do well to make 10 bring them in and we'll see how they do. I think I have been smiling ever since.
I also got 4 random, outside christmas orders.


YAY! It is amazing to feel like you are doing something you love. I feel very blessed.
Sending love to Buddy, who told her about my dolls!
Thank you blog world for letting me share my special news:)


Thursday, November 11, 2010

I want to live a simple life.

Sometimes I live my life so in the fast lane, I compeletly forget how simply I find joy.
Or I think more importantly the very small things that bring me such joy.
Waking up at 5am everyday isn't so bad, and I truly love nannying. But today I got to sleep in because the kids had the day off of school. I got up and turned on the coffee pot (as I do every morning) and couldn't help but smile.
A mug, I was going to get to drink my coffee from a mug.
I was not going to be in a rush and I was not going to need a to-go cup. I was going to sit down and watch Boy Meets World and drink my coffee over a half hour period of time.
Let me tell you it was wonderful! It felt so refreshing to start my day this way.
I enjoyed a cup and a half of coffee, drew up two new sketches and then preceded to get ready.

Oh the little things.
I also wanted to share a "little thing" I found in NYC that made me super giddy.
We were in a little book store that was WONDERFUL. It had not only great books, but a bunch of little odds and ends.
I found these lovely vintage paper dolls clothes and just HAD to have them. They were so cute and I couldn't bare to leave them behind. The owner gave me the whole bag for 4 dollars. I couldn't even believe it.
I cannot wait to them in my craftings.

I really hope you find beauty, blessing, and joy in something very simple today. Don't overlook life, it is passing us by.

"The sun is up, the sky is blue, its beautiful and so are you."

xoxo j

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dont you worry Fridays not that far away.

I love a challenge.
I love the pressure to create something that is quick, creative, and cute.

So obviously I love when my dear friend maria calls me around 7:15 at night and asks me to make a hair bow for her niece's school picture day TOMORROW.
(Oh and we already had plans to meet at 8 that evening for dessert)
I simply looked at the clock and said no problem.

I ran up stairs got my sewing kit and other little essentials.
I can make a bow in minutes by now, but as I looked at it I wondered if it was the wrong color or wrong size or just plain not what she wanted.
So I came up with two totally new headband ideas. Cut out the patterns and got moving. They came out SO great and they are def something I will be working on perfecting an reproducing.
Ria sent me these pictures this morning of little Macey sporting some Green Bird.
Made me smile so much. She looks almost as cute as 'Tia' in the Bird.

I love making things people can enjoy, its very rewarding.
Hope everyone makes this through this wednesday with ease.

xoxo j

Cute Fings.

Remember awhile back I participated in the Hearts and Crafts indie craft festival?
Well, I was at the lovely Bethany and Ryan Terry's house recently and saw the cutest pictures from that day. Beth said Ry had taken them with his phone and they printed them for their little picture wall I showed you a few posts previous.
I needed some pictures of my work for an application and asked Beth to pass them along. I loved the look and thought the few pictures captured my shop very well.
But I just think they are so so so adorable couldn't bare not to also share them all with you here.
That bowl of bows seriously stole my heart.
I never wanted an IPhone until I saw these, sigh.

Hope everyone had a lovely night,

Monday, November 8, 2010

year one.

Love is a dress that you made long to hide your knees,
Love to say this to your face, I'll love you always.
-iron and wine

I want to be your last first kiss that you'll ever have.

But baby how we spoon like no one else.
-ingrid michelson

Today is for you.
-vampire weekend

And I'll live without you love but what good is one glove without the other.

I dreamed you first, but not so real.
-the weepies

Love like a sunset.

Love that will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free.
-mumford and sons

They'd say, let your love grow tall.
-passion pit

A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A kiss, a cry
Our rights, our wrongs
-temper trap

Home is wherever I'm with you.
-edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros

Now I picture things, wedding bells and wedding rings, since I let myself fall in love with you.
-rosie thomas

Time to lay down my life, Honey I'd do it gladly for you.
-dustin kensrue

This weekend was Greg and I's one year anniversary. Sometimes I feel my words fall short, and I wish I could just express myself as in a song.
My best friend, I love you so much.
You inspire me everyday. I couldn't ask for a better man to stand next to.
So here we go, lets take on the world together.
You and I.

your little bird,

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

She couldn't help but sing.

So over the summer and early fall I was creating things non stop.
Then all of a sudden I let life take me over and gave in to being stagnant.
I let my schedule own my life and found myself far too many times saying,
"I'm too busy".
Too busy? Too busy to do things I love? Too busy to do the things that bring me joy?
Now that is just silly.
I was a little angry with myself, I have big plans.
And I'll tell you one thing, I'm never going to get there from being too busy.
SO, I made a mini goal for myself.
One new thing/creation/craft a week.
And this doesn't just mean drawing up the sketches, or having the idea. It means actually creating a sample, see how it goes so I can see how to improve. These are all things I need to be keeping track of.
So heres my new friend for the week. She is just a prototype so she's a little sloppy. But I think she turned out pretty cute.
I'm hoping to just be giving some of these "samples" away so they don't stock pile in my house. So if you don't mind something being slightly imperfect, let me know. :)
Hope you are all pushing yourselves. Hope you are not forgetting what you dream about, or thinking you'll never get there. Busyness is an excuse that keeps you from your potential.
So slow down and remember we can all get where we wanna be, we just need to be confident enough to try.
I believe in you,

Hocus Pocus.

So halloween weekend... was complete and utter nonsense.
I think I actually enjoyed the whole week more than the actual day. So much laughter procrastination and sillyness.
My best friend maria comes up with really ridiculous and creative costumes but can never execute them.
So usually she comes to me with an extensive speech of what she wants and always ends with, "sooo can you make it?"
I always laugh, then agree and construction begins.
This week though we just couldn't get started, she came over every single day and we didnt actually start it until Friday when boy came up and made us be productive. haha
So off to the craft store we went got materials and then ran to Starbucks to get a cup of inspiration.
I also got this cutest kitchen timer while we were out!
We worked all weekend. We would work, eat, bake, dance, movie, hot glue, paint, and all in between.
Boyfriend did the major cup construction and I did hot gluing and painting.
I made my first pumpkin pie to enjoy while working.
And boyfriend painted his bear head he had made from cardboard and duct tape.
So finally Ria came over Sunday for her "final fitting" and we sent her off..
Are you even ready for this?
Yup, she was a mocha latte.
Her cup is made completely from poster board, cardboard, hot glue and tape. Her whip cream bow is made with cardboard, polyfill, wire, extra fabric, a headband and construction paper for her "straw".
We were really proud of the results:)
It was the best costume ever. We laughed so hard every time she put it on.
That afternoon I sewed myself a quick peter pan outfit. And went to a little halloween shindig with some friends.
(wish I had a full picture.)

I just love love love home made things. I love being creative and seeing things come together. I love the challenge of translating your brian or even someone elses into an actual functional physical thing. so fun.

SO since it took me so long to update I have another post today, so check back later:)

xoxo jess