Monday, March 31, 2014

Emerald City Comic Con 2014

We spent the weekend in Seattle for the Emerald City Comic Con.  It was three fun filled days of absolute geeky awesomeness!  Aria had not one but three costumes!  Thank goodness she is willing to recycle one of them for Halloween.

Day 1: Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service on Friday.  This was by far her most popular costume. Seriously 40 people asked to take her picture.  

Aria found a few other Studio Ghibli characters including another Kiki!  We actually didn't take that many pics because we were all just a little overwhelmed with the size of the comic con and the sheer number of people.

Day 2: Zita from Zita the Spacegirl.  Not as many people were familiar with her costume but those who were really made her feel special.  By the way, if you don't know Zita, take steps to fix that.  You won't be sorry.  Pretty much anything that first second book publishes is fab.  Read my review of Zita here:

The highlight of the day though was taking pics at Gasworks Park.  Seriously it made for a really awesome backdrop for Zita pics. We sent a few of the best ones to Ben Hatke (Zita creator).  Yes, he responded.  Said they were great and that the park was amazing.  Yes, I totally geeked out that he responded.  Hey, Zita totally rocks.  

Day 3: Coraline.  This is actually one costume I made very little of.  I made the hair clip and the boot covers because oddly enough iconic yellow rainboots in kid sizes are near impossible to find.  We dyed her hair blue but since we didn't bleach it, it wasn't super apparent. However when she got in the right light you could see the blue sheen. 

Poor girl didn't feel well the last day.  We thought it might be from too much geeky fun so we let we take a nap at the comic con.  I asked her repeatedly if she wanted to go back to the hotel, but my dedicated little geek didn't want to leave.  Sadly even after a nap, she wasn't feeling well so we decided it was probably best if we left and let her sleep at the hotel.  

But that is not all...
A big highlight from Aria's weekend was visiting the Comic Book Characters for Causes (CBC4C) booth.  She met many of these folks at last years Rose City Comic Con.  They made her feel like a rock star then and they did the same at ECCC.  These folks are seriously amazing.  Not only are they really talented cosplayers but they use their talents to raise money for charitable organizations like the Seattle's Children Hospital.  If you are in the charitable mood, click on the link above to go their site to see how you can support their endeavors.  I am pretty sure they will have their t-shirts up for sale soon.  You can also follow CBC4C on Facebook.  If you can't support them monetarily, liking their page and sharing is extremely helpful.

You might recognize Abi Sue (I posted pics last year of Aria and Abi both dressed as Rogue), the Tony Stark behind Aria I believe is Jason, one of the owners/founders of CBC4C.  Gambit, I remember from RCCC.  I'm not sure of his real name though he does an excellent Gambit.  Unfortunately, I'm not sure who the other talented cosplayers are.  [Photo by Snap it! Photography]

 Aria with Kristen (aka Captain Marvel), owner/founder of CBC4C.  She has a cosplay page on FB as well.  [Photo by Snap it! Photography]

Aria with Kristen again (this time she is Valkyrie).  The kiddo really really really wanted to stop by their booth again and snap another photo.  [Photo by Snap it! Photography]

Aria wouldn't stop talking about this fabulous group of cosplayers.  She remembers how kind they were to her from last year and she was just shocked they remembered her this year.  Anybody who makes my child beam from ear to ear is pretty much a superhero in my book (costume optional). 


Monday, March 17, 2014

Long days, short years

The days are long but the years are short

I think like many people but perhaps most particularly like many parents that phrase resonates in the very core of my being.  It seems only yesterday that I brought my not so tiny newborn (all 9 lbs and 15 oz of her) home from the hospital.  

Aria could already hold her head up at birth and the nurses jokingly referred to her as the 3 month old newborn.  

She was crawling by 5 months, pulling herself up and cruising with the aid of furniture by 7 months, and walking by 9 months.

Quicker than I would have imagined, we were celebrating her first birthday.  Already an old pro at walking, she instead worked on climbing, jumping, and running.

And then she was two.  Her sweet and loving nature was shining brightly by then.  No animals or even bugs needed to fear her soft hands.  It was as if she had a connection with our more vulnerable animal friends and she treated them with sweet gentleness.  

The threes were more challenging, as she strove to figure out the boundaries.  She had big emotions but an even bigger heart.  She was most at home in the woods or at the coast.  She concentrated fiercely as she dug and played in dirt and sand.  

By the time Aria was four, she had her own sense of style and a huge personality to match.  Creative, imaginative, bright, compassionate, and endlessly inquisitive... 

By the age of five, Miss Aria had become one of the most generous kids (or actually people) that I know.  She started a giveaway box to house all the trinkets and toys she wants to give to her friends and cousins.  

I've no idea what awaits us at age 6, but I'm sure she will astound and amaze me as usual.  I'm such in love with my beautiful child with her eccentric personality and old soul.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Basking in the Sun

Oh, how I've been enjoying the sunny sunshine here in Puddletown the last few days, Spring is on it's way!
We finished this adorable little sleepy head this week and I took him out to enjoy some of that fresh air as well.
Bamboletta, Winterlude, DFH, Waldorf Doll, MG, Tansy Dolls

Meet our newest little monkey! Oh, those chubby cheeks are incredibly pinchable! But I will resist, sweet one, and save all (okay...most) of the cuddles for you & your new mama.

Bamboletta, Winterlude, DFH, Waldorf Doll, MG, Tansy Dolls
ooooh ooh!! ahhh ahhh!!

He is wearing our "Sock Monkey" themed outfit with a soft chocolate onesie to match, and boy, does this guy like monkeying around!

Bamboletta, Winterlude, DFH, Waldorf Doll, MG, Tansy Dolls

Check out his super fluffy hair - it feels so shiny and soft. He loves his cuddles and I am happy to help him out. Here's a close up of his gorgeous locks, basking in the sun:

Bamboletta, Winterlude, DFH, Waldorf Doll, MG, Tansy Dolls

 What's that on his wrist, you ask?

Bamboletta, Winterlude, DFH, Waldorf Doll, MG, Tansy Dolls, Lalidolls

When we say custom, we mean it! In addition to embroidering birthmarks, we are happy to create special symbols and words for our customers to make their special Tansy Doll truly one of a kind. This fellow gets a cool new tattoo to show off to his friends. :D

Bamboletta, Winterlude, DFH, Waldorf Doll, MG, Tansy Dolls, Lalidolls, pattern

Alright, time for a change to show off those cuuuuuute matching sock monkey diapers!

Bamboletta, Winterlude, DFH, Waldorf Doll, MG, Tansy Dolls, Lalidolls, pattern

And his adorable bellybutton - oh how I love a bellybutton!

Our wee mister got a little chilly (regardless of the sun, it is Portland, ya know...) so I thought I'd give him his hat again for some fun nakey-time.

And, what would be a post about our babies if I didn't show off his precious little hiney!!

Bamboletta, Winterlude, DFH, Waldorf Doll, MG, Tansy Dolls, Lalidolls, pattern

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend! I am going to go run after this young rascal and squeeze in a few more hugs before sending him across the pond to have many fun adventures with his new mommy.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Recent Projects

Hopefully you guys have seen some of the crazy-cute babies we've been making recently (like this one, this one, this one, or this one). But, you know us crafty types can't do just one thing, right? I though I'd show you some of the other stuff I've been up to craft-wise. (Including links to patterns and whatnot!)

 Needle-felted butterfly fairy! No tutorial here, as she was made from my imagination. But she was pretty fun! She hangs under a cascade of flower petals, kind of like a vertical mobile.

Knit cloche-style hat. I've actually made 2 of these recently for Craftster swaps. I think they're super cute. The pattern is a free pdf download and can be found here

This picture doesn't really do this one justice. It's a big, super soft, neck bow. The pattern is from Tiny Owl Knits on Etsy, and is available for purchase here. It was easy to follow, so I highly recommend it. I used this delicious yarn that is a baby suri alpaca, merino wool, bamboo blend that I'd just like to swim in. So soft and silky! You can get your own here.

"What is that thing?" you say?
Why, it's a 3D printed snow plow, of course! I've been having a blast with the 3D printer, and I figured it was time for Max to get something out of it. He really loves snow plows, and has been stealing my binder clips to be make-shift plows for quite a while. So when I found this thing on Thingiverse, I knew I had to make him one. That's Diesel modeling it up there, but it's been tested on quite a few trains the last few days. He loves it!

Do you have any projects you want to share? Or brag about? Let us know!


Saturday, March 8, 2014


Hey folks!

I hope you guys are having a nice weekend. We've been having amazing sunny, dare I say, Springtime? here in Portland and it has been so nice.

Cady, Robin, and I have been busy makin' babies together (one of my favorite overused jokes, I know...hah).
I wanted to share this little sweetheart that we just finished this week - with such a sweet pigtail! She is a handful, this one. Quite mischievous...much like myself. :) We have become fast friends.

Tansy Dolls, Waldorf Baby, Bamboletta, DFH, Dragonflys Hollow, Winterlude
one, two, three...
She is quite silly and enjoys playing games. I mean, check out those sweet woodland animal diapers - can't you just picture an epic game of hide-and-go-seek in a fairy forest somewhere with this wee fox baby?
Tansy Dolls, Waldorf Baby, Bamboletta, DFH, Dragonflys Hollow, Waldorf Doll pattern
ready or not, here I come!
Not so fast, sweet babe... it's time to change that outfit of yours and show off your cute little birthmark.

Tansy Dolls, Waldorf Baby, Bamboletta, DFH, Dragonflys Hollow, Waldorf Doll pattern
so pinchable!
 It is truly a joy to create these custom babies to match their sweet mamas & papas in such great detail - freckles, birthmarks, glasses, the things that make all of our bodies special and unique - they are some of our favorite things to work on. :)
Are you ready for your Fox oufit, little one?

Tansy Dolls, Waldorf Baby, Bamboletta, DFH, Dragonflys Hollow, Waldorf Doll pattern
Ah, there's that smile. :D

Tansy Dolls, Waldorf Baby, Bamboletta, DFH, Dragonflys Hollow, Waldorf Doll pattern

Ack! The cuteness! Cady creates these amazing hat & bootie sets for us. This Fox design is one of my personal favorites.

So snuggly! Alrightie, I am ready to play - shall we?

Pat-a-cake? Sure!
She is anxious to get home with her forever family and begin a lifetime of new adventures. Soon, wee one, soon...

Time to give you a kiss on the cheek and one last hug. We will miss you, dear fox babe! Make sure to keep in touch.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Small victories

Today I am feeling emotional.  It was the last day of ballet.  It's been a tough last two months.  Aria wanted to be in ballet so badly but she hated the leotard and tights.  She clawed at the outfit and wailed in discomfort when she put it on.  Every single time, I reminded her she didn't have to go but she insisted on going.  

It was tough for her.  It was tough for me too.  I would watch as the other kids happily pranced around the room, holding hands and giggling.  Aria would stay off to the side, just a little apart from the other kids.

But she did it.  She went every Sunday even though the outfit was pure torture to her.  She got up and she danced and it was neat to see how ballet gave her something else to focus on.  When she was dancing she could do things she typically had a hard time doing, like holding someone's hand or standing close to other kids. 

This session is over.   She could sign up for another but I think we all need a little break and Aria is interested in trying a martial arts class.  

She did it though and I'm so proud of her.