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My name is Inga and I'm an artist, among other things. I have an Etsy shop, Sunny Plum, that specializes in things that are sewn.

I love perusing art and crafts, finding out how people make things, and making myself nuts adding items to my ever expanding wish list. So that's what this blog is mostly dedicated to. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Feeling Beechy

Ahhh back to the daily daily after a momentary respite at the beach.  It was lovely and relaxing and fleeting.  The normal routine will start again next week but until then here's a cute picture of Rowan sporting her urbanbabybonnet in the sand.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sketchbook Tour 2011

The Sketchbook Project: 2011
I had the pleasure of stumbling across the website for The Sketchbook Project: 2011.  It looks so fun and interesting... the kind of thing that will cause you to produce sketches you never would have otherwise.  I kind of want to add it to my plate, although said plate is more like a turkey platter currently.  If anyone has participated in this before I'd love your comments!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fried Friday Jibber

What has been rattling around in my head all week?
  • Inventory inventory inventory.  Making tons of rainclouds for the new shop (Zefuzz)
  • How do people make small zipper pouches and sell them for $7.00???  To make any profit on those you'd have to make them from start to finish in 10 minutes!  Not to mention time spent photographing and listing.  Am I really frikkin slow or just careful?
  • So many things to make for Dog&Daemona... Bunaroos - cyclops and regular varieties, new fuzzy curious bears, poot puffs etc.  The shop looks quite bare right now.
  • Moving my horse to the farm next door.  Sad and happy for that decision to made finally.
  • Can't wait to go to the beach next week.  Need a bathing suit and to drop 50 lbs.  Only half of that is baby weight.  Sounds like a challenge coming on.
  • Re-doing my studio.  I have most of the basement to use but there's so much overflow of crap that I really need to use my thinking cap to get everything to fit nicely.  Pictures to follow when it's done.
  • I'm having a great time reading posts by furwillfly about her 365 day toy project.  I think I'm going to do it.
  • My plush came back from STUFFED magazine, yay!  Oh no they're suffocating!  Just kidding we went through training on how to hold your breath for extended periods of time before they left.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bathe Me In Teal

Today it's time for my weekly bath.  Heheh, color bath that is.  Otherwise nobody would get within 20 feet of me.  This thread celebrates the vibrant, stimulating, thought provoking colors that make our lives... well, more colorful.  It is a variation of TheItsyBitsySpider's Color My Monday.  This week I chose TEAL!
Actually, how ironic is it that this first item I could actually bathe myself in.  This soap is by goodegear and looks so scrumptious that I almost want to eat it.
What a lovely hair clip made by Nomsa.  I'm getting ready to go to the beach next week and imagine myself wearing this clip and a gauzy white robe that blows in the ocean air as I stroll along with Mark and Rowan.
I love this print by printmakerjenn!  Such happy little dandelions they are.  This little print is going directly onto my wish list too.
Finally, I am always looking for a pretty pair of bead earrings.  This pair made with Venetian beads by blackdogwhitedog make the list.  They are absolutely spectacular and shiny! Yep I totally want these also.

That wraps up my teal bath.  I feel totally rejuvenated and ready to take on the day.  If you have any great photos that celebrate teal, send them to me!  I'll add them to the post.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On the Shelf

Three little hedgies sitting in a row.  They are just about as 'cute' as I can do.  This goes back to the sad fact that almost everything I try to make super cute ends having kind of odd undertones.  I've spent the last month really reflecting on how my art reflects who I am, but that's a whole other topic.  Anyway, these hedgies made their debut at Maker Faire in California this past May and were a big hit.  They have a lot of hand stitchyness which I am still so slow at doing because I want to make every stitch perfect.
Available now in my Etsy shop, Dog&Daemona.  I like them because they're not your everyday hedgehog.  They're super fashion conscious city hedgies living in the fast lane.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Drool Pool

I love stumbling upon something that is not only beautiful and interesting but also beyond the scope of my current skill set.  So this Tuesday, and probably more Tuesdays to come, is dedicated to my 'drool pool'.  That would be something that I come across and think 'holy crap that's awesome!'.

First we have this rad birdhouse that I would love to live in if I were a little tweet.
It is by William Lange of mikelange3 who also has many other fantastic copper delights in his Etsy shop.  I got lost there and recommend that you do too.

Imagine this little fabric bird hopping smartly around!
It is made by whileshenaps who makes these and other fantastic fabric creatures while her daughters sleep.  I can relate to that nowadays since Rowan, now 4.5 months old, commands all of my attention while she is awake and I too try to work while she sleeps. Anyway, take a peek at her other work, it is very nicely done!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bye Bye Green Tree

I haven't been cutting down trees promise.  Au contraire, I like to plant things as long as once they are in dirt they need absolutely no help from me at all to survive.  No, actually I wanted to bid farewell to the old sunfaded ripped up crumbling useless matted green cat tree that has been riding around in the bed of my truck for the last six months.  Finally it is nestled in a heap of other junk at the dump instead of adorning my vehicle.  Why did it take that long to be deposited at the dump which is 1 minute from work?  I don't know.  Procrastination in its purest form?  I would feel bad because it was Damian's favorite place to exist (which is about the most activity he does) for a decade but really it was gross.  Plus I got the cats a new tree that won't be hauled around in the truck for at least another 9 years and 7 months.  So this post is less about the loss of a rug covered stick and more about my new found freedom.  Hooray for unloading crap I don't need from my life!

I will leave you with a picture of this cute bear that is on consignment at Love And Glitter in Ellicott City, MD.  Awww.