Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Embroider Everything!

For most of the girls in the family I decided to try my hand at some pendants. I embroidered some designs on my trusty felt and then attached them to some pendant trays with a glass glaze. I'm writing this before I gifted these so hopefully they went over well. I'm thinking of making some more for the shop since I can never get enough of embroidery tiny things.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Pre-Christmas Squid

An insane amount of Christmas cookies have been baked, spicy nuts have been mixed and jarred and presents have been wrapped. Not much to write or photograph about that so hey, enjoy some squid pictures and enjoy whatever holiday or non-holiday you're celebrating this month. See you soon!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ordering Deadlines for the Holidays

I just added some new stuff to the shop. Also, here are the ordering deadlines for Christmas: 

Last day for custom or made to order items is December 16th.

Last day for ready to ship items is 10am eastern on December 19th.
If you order after this your package will not arrive before Christmas.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland 2011 This Weekend!

Saturday 10th 10a-9p
Sunday 10a-6p

78th Street Studios 
1300-1301 West 78th St. 
Cleveland 44102

This weekend, as you may have gathered is Baz Biz Cleveland. Since I didn't get to do many shows this season Clevelanders (Clevelandites? Clevies?) are going to have a feast at my table. Some new Tadly designs will be making their debut along with my aprons (although I only have a few of those left to bring). Plus a good amount of new squid that aren't in the shop. Also, I have found some items while cleaning out my inventory area. These haven't been seen in quite some time and will never be made again so get 'em while you can.

Squid skirts:
A mini skirt and a pencil skirt. Both size 13. Obviously both black.

I have 4 packs of card sets. They include 1 of each of the designs seen above. Parcel wrapped.
Hope to see you and yours this weekend!

Sunday, December 04, 2011



This is the fifth year that I've been making the squidtivity so I figured why not make a moving tribute? Since I'm married to an animator I just turned around from my desk and we hatched a plan. Basically that meant I took some pictures and he stayed up late for a couple nights and banged this out. He is also the man behind the signs at my table, my tags and my flyers and we share a lot of similar design sensibilities so he pretty much knew what I would like. He was right. My favorite part is the wisemen teetering down the hill. 

The video showcases the original squidtivity but over the years I have added more. 3 more in fact.They now make up what is called the complete squidtivity. I like to be offical and descriptive.

The squidtivity is a tribute to the nativity plays in the church I grew up in. It was a very small Methodist church with an organist that would fall asleep during hymns and at least one choir singer who was always off-key. Our nativity plays consisted of a fake baby snagged from the nursery and swaddled in a towel. It hung out in a manger built years ago by one of the church members. Everyone in the nativity was also in the choir since it was a musical. We had a narrator that would move the story along and at key points there were Christmas hymns. The wisemen (the only 3 men in the choir) had the grandest entrance. They would come in from the back and sing "We Three Kings" until they arrived at the front of the church. They walked very slowly so they could at least get 2 verses in. A few years I ended up as the angel. They knew I was too shy to ever sing a solo so they thought the better route was to convince me to play the flute, which I had only been playing for 2 years. One year they made my younger cousin play with me. We came in on the side in our white acolyte gowns and tinsel halos, mumbled to the shepherds and then butchered "Angels We Have Heard on High". 

All of the squids are handmade by me. They are made out of felt (35% wool) and are hand embroidered. They're only available during the holiday season, and it's one of the rare things that appeals to both devout believers and atheists. Through the years we have gotten every possible reaction from this. From cries of "Blasphemy!" to fits of giggles. Grab one today!