it's been almost a month since i managed to update here. it's been crazy busy... finishing up a big group order, a few customs/trades in time for christmas, a stocking on the 5th and another on the 9th, plus jasper turned five, holiday shopping, preparing to host christmas day (which has now been changed to the 1st, so i get a little breather), playgroup at the house, new carpeting, etc. i'm a little burnt out from this month and we still have to get through christmas part one (parents house) and part two (out of state at inlaws). add to it a few winter storms... egads. spring cannot come too soon.

anyway, here's a little of what i've done in the past month or so!

Warmth on Cestari Fine Merino Great Outdoors on Cestari Fine Merino Citrus Spritzer on Corriedale Custom Kawaii Kitty Dress Custom T-Rex Tee Custom Simple Turtle Tee Custom Butterfly Heart Tee Green Cowboy Tee Lavender Horse Tee Truffles Mix on Cestari Fine Merino Fresh As Strawberries on Corriedale Midnight on BFL Aran Custom Yarn and Tee Set Allium LWI Tee Custom Yarn and Tee Set Custom Yarn and Tee Custom Alien Tee Custom Faerie Tee Custom Moon and Stars Onesie Custom Dachshund Tee Custom Kawaii Kitty Dress Custom Dino Tee Great Outdoors Loose Ends Girlie Loose Ends Custom LWI Horse Custom Little Chickie Tee Heartfeet Tee

next up is our INSPIRE stocking at fresh on january 9th at 9am and 9pm eastern and another stocking either at the leaf shoppe or perhaps somewhere else with some of the same great group as our december 5th stocking. *wink*

i've totally been holding out on updating the blog and my flickr. i've been very busy though, have no doubt! here's a peek at the past several weeks of work. not all of it, but most... the bulk is for a group order, with a few bits of customs and instock thrown in the mix.

well after a year and a half without a pet after our dog, barney passed, we just adopted two young lab/terrier (lab/border collie?) mixes this past weekend. so i now have a dog-friendly household again and need to update my "about me" on the congos to mention them. they are confined to the family room, kitchen and laundry room currently so they will not be around where i store yarns/shirts or package orders up to ship. hopefully this will minimize any dog hair or issues for people with possible sensitivity to dogs.

introducing jet on the left and roxy on the right in both pictures.

i've been so bad about updating here but i have been busy working on a group order and customs, with just a little bit of instock on the side. my next stocking is november 9th at fresh when we celebrate our decadence theme. pictures hopefully later this week to show off a little of what's in store for instock and also some progress on the group order!

things are still moving along here, just haven't taken the time to post. working on wrapping up a few customs (brandi and janet) and preparing to start the next batch. also jumping into batiking for a group order and more instock for the leaf shoppe this friday. here's a few things that i wrapped up this week so far. more coming in a few days.

Custom Sun and Moon Tee Custom Wraparound Dachshund Tee
Custom Wraparound Dachshund Tee Custom Wraparound Dachshund Tee

also still have this cute yarn/tee set available at fresh. i just love this, and it's hard to capture the colors but the neutral beige/browns with the hint of celery green is just so neat. hopefully someone else agrees and will snatch it up soon!

Winter Bird Yarn and Tee Set

it's been a good week for getting customs and some instock knocked out... not that it hasn't been without its hiccups but overall good stuff going on. i'll just show you the pretties because it's late, i'm tired, and i need to batik a few things up before i totally crash for the night (sick kid home today so didn't accomplish anything as planned).

first up, some customs in the works and just wrapped up...

Heartfeet Tee Custom LWI Tractor
Custom Pear Tee Sprig and Apple Custom Set

the shirt on that last one has actually been overdyed so this is the updated photo now -- so much happier with the green now!

and then some instock coming up for my guestslot this coming sunday at artiste...
Heartstring Green Pear Tee
Cornucopia on Superfine Merino

and of course there's still more in the works for sunday as well, and soon to follow -- our next fresh stocking is a week from today on october 9th! more on that coming hopefully in the next several days. :)

it's been a green sort of week around here. no coincidence that green is my favorite color, so i end up doing a lot of it. here are a few recently-completed green customs and future instock goodies.

Dark Green Dino Custom Heartfeet Tee
Sprig and Fresh Citrus Semi-Custom Set Green Dino

lots of collabs and things coming up soon for zoope. some you'll have to wait a bit to hear about but these ones are zooming up fast!

True Colors
this is a great charity event coming in late september organized by Lori of beneath the rowan tree. i took part in the first event several months back and will be doing so again, this time donating all the proceeds of my auction to one of the Girl Effect causes. i will be offering an 18-24mo batiked shirt if all goes well in the next 24 hours (pics once it's ready!).

Apple Tee for True Colors

Mama Stone's Third Birthday
also coming up in late september is mama stone's birthday bash! i dyed up some fallish yarn inspired by the color of crisp fall leaves with natural plant extracts on some lovely organic merino that ashley will be offering as a semi-custom slot. i love the muted, earthy colors i get with plant-extracted dyes (many from plants in my own yard) and this one is no different.

Kukae & Mimi's First Birthday
soon after, in october will be kim's one year birthday bash for her business, kukae & mimi. we'll be offering up a diaper/batiked shirt collab with a dinosaur theme. it's going to be a cute one so check back here for a sneak peek in the next few weeks!

i'll also be plugging away on custom orders again, now that i've made it through the grand opening of our new congo, fresh. next stocking at fresh will be october 9th at 9am and 9pm with the theme of CRISP -- watch for lots of fall and winter-inspired goodies, and plenty of other inspirations as well! before then, i'll also be stocking at the leaf shoppe late in september if all goes well, and as a guest at artiste in early october.

only 4 more days till our new super-duper congo opens on hyenacart! fresh is made up of a group of us who have mostly worked together before (plus a few new peeps who fit right in) and we decided to start up something new that's a little bit different than the typical theme-based congo there. previews are due to start popping up this sunday, and then we stock tuesday at 9am and 9pm eastern. come check it out, i know it's going to be a great launch!

i have new instock going up tomorrow evening at the leaf shoppe! our theme is going back to school, but we called it "On The Bus" so i went off on a different tangent for a few things. ;) here are the sneak peeks, click on them for full details. i really love how the sharp-dressed kid set turned out and wish i had time to do yarn for the apple one but alas -- tonight we are packing because tomorrow we hit the road for pennsylvania! eek, i'm so unprepared!