Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays all!

I am still working on a few last minute Christmas decorations.... Lola and Abby's stockings still need to be finished. I am hosting Christmas breakfast at my house this year. If it works out well I may be doing it every year. This year I am doing a waffle bar. There will be pecans, bananas, strawberries and chocolate chips, to make your own special Christmas waffle. I even got a mini waffle iron, just incase you can't commit to a large waffle. Can you tell I love waffles.... almost as much as I love hosting friends and family!

I will post pics, the day after Christmas.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Trying my hand at painting.

I have always wanted to paint, but have been terrified of it. Yesterday I decided to bite the bullet, put my fears aside and, paint. I started out with something very simple.... and I loved it!

A black heart on a tan background...

Ignore Abby's kennel on the side...

More challenging projects to come!

Product Review and Giveaway!

Good Morning! Celeste over at Etsy it Up! is featuring a product review and giveaway of Paputsi products! Hop on over and check it out!

Product Review - "Elephants on Parade" Bib and Burp Cloth Set

Giveaway - "Birds of a Feather" Gift Set!

Monday, December 14, 2009

WIP.... The "Hudson" Blanket and Rocket onesies!

This morning was quite a productive one. The little monters, a.k.a. Abby and Lola, went to the vet this morning. Abby hid under a chair the entire time. After leaving the vet, we all went though the drive through at the bank. Which freaked Abby out, prompting her to jump from the backseat to the tiny space under my legs.... you know, the space where the gas pedal is... and lay on the pedal. Thank goodness that as soon as she jumped over, I threw the car in park, so by the time she managed to wedge herself on the gas pedal, the car wasn't going to go anywhere. I immediately turned of the car flew open the door and coaxed her back into the backseat. After that adventure, I managed to make it home and start a few new things for the shop. One is an adorable blanket named for my best friends nephew, Hudson, the other is something I have never done before, appliqued onesies! The set will be a onesie and a matching burp cloth.

The blanket and matching bib are pinned inside out, the colors are much richer that pictured here. I am toying with adding a few washcloths to the onesie set, but haven't decided on that yet...

Tomorrow morning after yoga and a quick haircut, this will get finished a photographed (weather permitting). I am hoping to have them added to the shop by tomorrow, Wednesday at the latest.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

'Cause big dogs need love too!!!

I have two big ol' dogs.... A black and tan Doberman and a black Lab, Lola (Dobe) and Abby (Lab).
Lola loves to wear collars. On many occasions she'll wear more than one, because if you buy a new one she jumps up and down until you put it on her... even though she already has one on. She prances around the house in her two collars... it's really quite hilarious.
When I lived up north (Portland, ME), I had no problem finding cute inexpensive collars for her.
(she was the only dog I owned at the time). However, when I moved back home (New Orleans), it was much more difficult to find cute collars, that didn't cost an arm and a leg.
So you know what I did???

I made them myself!

Aren't they cute?!?! I am considering opening a second Etsy shop for them.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yesterday, I made a list of things that I needed to accomplish today... and while I didn't get everyting done, I did manage to get a few things accomplished.

The Whales are finished! After waiting so patiently on my cutting table, the "Whale Bib and Burp Cloth Set" is complete! I haven't listed it yet in the shop. Hopefully I'll have it up by tomorrow.

Isn't it so cute, you could just eat it up?!?!? I love the green water swirls coming out of the spout. It's hard to see in the pic, but they're there... and they're cute!

I managed to email Celeste from "Etsy it Up", the pics and description for the "Birds of a Feather" giveaway. I am in love with how colorful this set is. Also, the washcloths aren't my typical washcloths.... they're large washcloths. Each washcloth measure about 2.5 inches bigger than the regular washcloths. I listed the set in the shop this evening.

Tomorrw.... the cowboy blanket and working on a few new ideas I have up my sleeve!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Where to begin......

These past few months have been.... exhausting, draining, challenging..... all seem to be words that fit.

In August I put Paputsi, on a shelf, to focus on caring for my ultra-sweet ailing grandmother. I managed to create a few new things.... but not nearly what I would need to do in order to grow the business the way I would like to. I gladly shelved everything for Maw Maw. She was quite possibly the sweetest woman anyone has ever had the pleasure to meet. Two days before Thanksgiving, she passed away.

So now.... here I am after 4 months of not working, finding myself back in the studio. It has been a difficult transition to make. To go from spending all free time caring for a person who spent your formative years caring for you, to now having time on your hands again... has been challenging, to say the least. To help with the transition. I have decided to post my goals and current projects here. I will make myself accountable to all of you in blogland, with the hopes that it will help get me back on track.

Here goes.....

Everyday, I plan on creating something new... be it sewing, sketching, brainstorming.... something needs to be done EVERYDAY. (i figured if I put in all caps and italics I would be more inclined to do it... whatever works, right?) If I am gonna be bigger than Martha Stewart (yes, I aim high!) I gotta get to work!

Soooooo... what's next on the Paputsi list????

~ Finish the "Whales".

I have the cutest design, you ever did see, sitting on my craft table..... waiting.... they've been so patient. Everything is cut and pinned, just waiting to be sewn. Patiently, waiting. So tomorrow, they will get sewn, AND photographed (weather permitting).

~ Cowboy Blanket with navy minky back.

The cowboy blanket in the shop is so popular, I would like to offer another version of it. So far it looks like it'll be super cute...

~ Email photos for the "Etsy it Up" Giveaway.

Celeste at Etsy it Up has been kind enough to host a giveaway. We started planning this before Maw Maw got sick, and she has been so patient and kind, while I have been dealing with everything. Thank heaven for folks like her.

As I get things photographed, I'll post them... Hopefully, my new outlook will not only help to grow my business into something successful, but also something my Maw Maw would be proud of.