I think I have more new projects in the works for fall 2015 than I have for any other fall season yet! I'm really excited to be branching out and working on some brand new accessory options, and hopefully a limited edition line of children's clothing and shoes this year. When I made the set of clothes and accessories for a baby shower gift a few months ago, I enjoyed the process so much that I couldn't go back to only making toys.
I started off by making a set of sleep masks with a creature theme. I've always been a huge fan of naps, but I also enjoy having a lot of natural light in my bedroom to help me wake up in the morning. Lately, I've found it difficult to fall asleep for a nap, since there is so much sunlight in our bedroom in the afternoon. I started using sleep masks and I LOVE them. There's no reason to have a plain one when it could be something cute, and why have just one when you could have a whole set?
|The fox mask is made from a scrap of vintage orange wool, with machine embroidered eyes and a leather nose.|
|The owl mask is made from a scrap of vintage burgundy velveteen with appliqued scraps of vintage wool and large plastic buttons.|
|The cat is vintage wool fabric in sage green, with machine embroidered features and faux leather accents in ultra-pale pink.|
|The bear is a gorgeous chocolate brown woven vintage wool with machine embroidered eyes and real leather ear and nose features,|
When I made the tiny little shoes for the baby gift this past spring, I got totally addicted to making mini shoes for mini feet. I have a lot of vinyl on hand from years of making coin purses, so I decided to design the line of animal shoes I've always wished I had in my own closet. I used the animal themes from the eye masks as a jumping-off point for what creatures should be featured in the shoe designs, and ended up with this set of 6 pairs:
|The raccoons are vegan leather in silver with dark purple and white accents, and black rhinestone eyes.|
|The owls are burgundy vegan leather with accents in sage green, bright yellow, and eggplant purple, and black rhinestone eyes.|
|The fox shoes are a patterned vegan leather in orange, with bronze and beige accents, and black rhinestone eyes.|
|The cats are black vegan leather with gold accents, machine embroidered whiskers, and silver rhinestone eyes.|
|The bears are bronze vegan leather with gold glitter accents and black rhinestone eyes.|
|The bunnies are ultra pale pink vegan leather with magenta accents and black rhinestone eyes.|
There are a few modifications I would like to make to a couple of the pairs (mostly I'm not 100% satisfied with the cat shoes, and would like to go back and revisit that design) and I have a handful of other animal shoes I would like to try out as well (I'm already working on frog shoes!); but I really love the first set, and wish they all came in my size! These will be up on Etsy soon, in a range of baby and maybe toddler sizes, as soon as I finish drafting the pattern for each individual size.