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One of my all time favorite things about fall are the beautiful blue skies. A fall blue just feels so different from a summer blue- crisp clean and exciting! Add in some organic apple cider and it’s shaping up to be a beautiful season.

Lately I’ve been on a blue kick with the Whipstitch Softies, here are some of my current favorites. I love the vintage blue floral fabric! There’s also a little family of squid on the way.

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I’ve forgotten about the lure of Stonesthrow (the property my grandparents own on Gabriola Island, and where I am currently staying). When at Stonesthrow, all one wants to do is lay in the sun and read, occasionally munching on tortilla chips and drinking unusual fizzy concoctions like grapefruit mango cordial.

I spent a good portion of the day lounging in the tea house (see left) reading Miranda July. I’m not sure how I feel about her and her writing- but that is a story for another day.

Last night at dinner a local fisherman dropped by the house with fresh rockcod and prawns. I love the way the prawns look, all pink and delicate with bulging little  black beady eyes. Prawn softie, anyone?

As promised here are some photos from the party! Mostly of the little conglomeration of creatures that I assembled to be ooh-ed and ahh-ed over. I wish I had photos of the cupcakes and sweets but alas- they were gone before I could get my camera out. (take my word for it- they tasted de-licious!) You also might notice that the creatures are all displayed in vintage suitcases, which I cannot stop collecting – the details of the linings are almost as delicious as the cupcakes we ate!

Also, I’m getting even more excited about the website launch now because a dear friend of mine Toni Zhang, just drew up the most beautiful and charming illustrations you could ever imagine for the site! I can’t wait for you to see the whole she-bang, but in the meantime, my blog header is a bit of a preview

I’ve noticed a lot of talk in the softie community lately about the excess amounts of Owl softies being produced. And its true! What it is about that pair of saucer shaped eyes that inspires us to stitch I do not know, but the owl has become – in my opinion anyway- the new teddy bear and is loved by hipster moms and their stylish kids the world over.

Owls are adorable, and in softie-form that goes doubly! So when one of my favorite little friends requested an Owl softie of her own, how could I resist? I created a sweet little owl with felt appliqué wings and eyes, some in an adorable vintage feeling-turquoise print and of course, some in a fun pink print (the preferred colour of darling KiAna).

I’m pleased to report that KiAna loves her little owl, and guess what- so do I! I think I’ve become an Owl fan- these wide-eyed little guys totally tug at my heart strings!

So much, in fact that I will be adding them to my little family of creatures to be offered for sale when I launch my new website!

And check out this darling little card KiAna made! I think we have a future DIY-er on our hands!

One of my favorite parts of making softies is seeing people react to them! Making someone happy is just the greatest thing, and I think one of the reasons why I enjoy sewing up my creature pals as much as I do.

A few months ago, I sent Jean-Claude off to live with a wonderful family on beautiful Gabriola Island. apparently JC has been having a ball exploring the island, judging by these adorable photos his new family sent to me!

‘in a field of flowers’                              ‘out on a limb’