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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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DaWanda is a new website designed for crafters and artisans to promote and sell their wares, similar to ETSY (which all of us in North America are so familiar with). I love DaWanda because of the European flavor and the more international variety of sellers. And so, I’ve made the leap, and begun listing my creations on DaWanda!

Stop by DaWanda and visit the Whipstitch Backstitch shop here.

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?

I’m very excited to be leaving for beautiful Gabriola Island this weekend! It’s one of my favorite vacation spots, and my family has been going there since I can remember.

In preparation I’ve been cutting like crazy, as I hope to spend much of my days embroidering wings on songbirds while relaxing in the sun! Tons of songbirds have begun their lives, as have owls in some awesome new patterns.

Don’t the sheets of felt look so great all arranged by colour? I have this strange tendency to want to arrange everything by colour, even hand-fulls of skittles! Keep an eye out, I’ve got some wonderful new fabrics to show you.

I thought I would share a pair of one of my favorite Whipstitch Backstitch families with you. The Yetii! Harold (tan) and Yota (white) are both yetii, but hail from opposite sides of the globe.

Harold is a west coast Yeti (close cousin of the Sasquatch) while Yota is a Japanese mountain Yeti, and lover of snow. These two, and the rest of the yeti family will be available exclusively on the Whipstitch Backstitch website.

I’m so very pleased to announce that my plush creatures are now available for purchase!

Pedagogy Toys in New Westminster is officially the first store to sell Whipstitch Backstitch toys.

If you haven’t been there, let me tell you a little bit about the  Pedagogy Toy store, not only is it beautiful in its design (think clear blue walls and high bright ceilings) it is also beautiful in it’s commitment to Eco-friendly production. Many of the toys Pedagogy sells are produced locally, others produced in places as far off as the Netherlands, and still Karen and Craig (the owners) carefully investigate each special item to ensure it is a perfect fit.

This beautiful and well crafted store is certainly worth a visit- and the bonus is that you will get to see my little plush family there as well!

Pedagogy Toys can be found at 424 E Columbia Street in New Westminster or online, Here.

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 had the most fantastic time yesterday. Some of my friendly co-workers from The Village Toy Shop, as well as the fabulous Suzanne from Mommy Footprint and Chris of Saplings came over for pink lemonade, cupcakes and of course, a healthy dose of plush cuteness! I loved talking with everyone about the current trends in eco-friendly production and I can’t say enough how pleased I am that we are all embracing this handmade, local product, renaissance that is happening right now!

It was wonderful to see everyone, and it’s gotten me even more inspired to keep working hard on my designs and production!

Stay tuned for photos!

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’