Wednesday, June 26, 2019

June 2019

Summer is emerging but it's hot pad season in my little creative studio space!  These are the perfect size for experimenting and improving my free motion quilting.  So far I've only been making them for gifts but if they catch your fancy and you'd like one, let me know.  They're approximately 8" square and no two are the same.  $21 ea.

 Notice the wonderful 'crinkling' effect of the quilting after being washed and dried.

Blessed . . .
 This one hasn't been washed yet so the fabrics are still smooth.

Vintage Paris
Only the word Vintage has been quilted to stand out.

Hand painted coaster
I took a class from Joanne Sharpe a few years ago and made some 16" samplers.  This was one of them.  I didn't want to make a pillow from it as the colors don't complement my home decor so I decided to cut it up and make a hot pad and coaster set as a gift for my daughter who just moved into a college rental house with a bunch of girlfriends!


Hot pad

Gift set

Sunday, October 30, 2016

'Tis the Season (almost . . .)!

One more day before we can get our Christmas tree out!  My favorite season of the year is well under way -- Canadian Thanksgiving has been celebrated, the rain and cooler temps are delightful and ushering in sweater weather and now . . . it's finally time to start thinking about Christmas in earnest!  I'm so thankful I'm not taking a class this fall so I can actually spend my evenings crafting and sewing :).  What is your favorite thing about Fall?  What brings you the most joy during the Christmas season?  What keeps you grounded from getting caught up in rampant consumerism?

I can hardly wait to have my college student workers over for dinner and our 3rd Annual Gingerbread Bake to make gingerbread men to hang with red ribbons on our Christmas tree in the office. Candles and Christmas music . . . the fragrance of ginger and cinnamon . . . laughter and stories . . .

It's time to get the master calendar out and start plotting menus, events and my annual Christmas blog post!

If there is anything we can do at Kittywonkus to ease your holiday stress, please let us know - stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, potluck contributions, concert refreshments . . . we can even send out your Christmas cards for you!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer days . . .

Baking is something I've shared with my girls since they were big enough to stand on a chair or sit on the counter and help stir things!

When Abby wanted to take horseback riding lessons at age 8, she started her own baking business to earn the money to pay for them. As time went on, she developed some regular customers, including a doctor's office who had a standing order for sticky buns twice a month.

As Sarah grew and saw the success of her sister's business, she wanted to have a business of her own, so she started making vegetarian "gluten steaks".

Then we moved, spent 7 months living in a vintage Airstream travel trailer, I started working full time and life got in the way for a couple of years!

At last . . .we have a kitchen again!

Riding lessons have given way to music tours, more expensive instruments and studying abroad opportunities. So, out with the mixing bowls and wooden spoons!

We specialize in mouth-watering, fresh-from-the-oven sticky buns, artisan bread and veggie gluten steaks, but we love to make all sorts of things that make you close your eyes, sigh and exclaim Mmm . . . that's heavenly!

Click the Sharing the Kitchen tab to see how you can set your tastebuds tingling with delight! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Visit my Etsy storefront at for my mannequin pin cushion/jewelry stands!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Loyalty Cards Wallet - $8.00
Inside Loyalty/Gift Cards Wallet - $8.00
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50 - SOLD!
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50
Tissue Cosy - $4.50 - SOLD!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Retro Tissue Holder
Backside - on the desgn board
Pretty contemporary tissue holder lined with coordinating fabric
Paris motif fabric tissue holder with red burlap lining.

12" Manequin pin cushion.
(Pins not included)

Manequin pin cushion or jewelry stand or simply art!
(Jewelry not included)
Paris motif manequin - pin cushion, jewlry stand or art!
(Jewelry not included)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

After a prolonged absence and some major life-altering events, I'm back!  Limited time to devote to my creative self these days, but that just means getting more inventive with my time and juggling responsibilities a little more creatively!  I hope.

Mannequin Pin Cushions
13" high
$16.95 each
These are really fun and decorative as well as functional -
great gift for crafters!