Friday, January 15, 2010

The End of an Era

Today was my last day FOREVER at my work. My boss took our little pharmacy team out for breakfast at 7 am this morning. Even though I go to work at 7 am normally it was a whole other thing to be eating out at a restaurant that early, although it was a very nice breakfast.

Cleaning out my desk and packing up was interesting. My cubicle was pretty big and it was amazing the amount of stuff I had crammed into every nook and cranny. I brought everything home from food to clothing to toys. Look at all that crap! Want a little peek into what I sat surrounded by each and every day for the last nearly 10 years?

Memo toast!!! (and little fuzzy guys). Have you seen memo toast? You push the lever and a piece of toast paper pops up. I thought it was too cute to use so I only used it for one note in the last couple years haha.

No office scene is complete without these dudes...and you must have the zombies too. This cube really did look like my real cubicle too (kind of). I wasn't missing a hand like she is and I didn't have a cat calendar.

And an old picture of me with some co-workers on a team I was on.

I don't know what to do with all the crap I brought home and I am waiting for it to sink in that I don't work there anymore.... It is very exciting seems the possibilities are now truly endless.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Keeping Resolutions!

Remember when I said I wanted to work on more plush critters for fun and for shows? Well I realized I have already kept my "sort of" new years resolution. The other day I had this weird urge to make an octopus. Like most of my project attempts the first try did not work out. By the way in case it isn't obvious I don't work with patterns. I draw my own pattern pieces and through trial and error finish the piece. So the first couple attempts didn't work out. There have been times when I have been discouraged by these first failed attempts and the pieces end up stuffed in a drawer until I can get back to finishing them.

I decided to give this octopus one more try and wa-la! She (a cute pirate) emerged from the sraps of fabric. I decided to make her a birdie as well as equip her with some swords.

Another thing I have really wanted to do for a long time is make a pattern line. What would you think about this little octopus being the first pattern I offer?

She is made of a recycled/thrifted piece of blue and white striped linen for her body and the tops of her tentacles. The bottom piece is made from pink fleece. Her face has wool felt pieces and embroidery. The birdie is wool felt and is posed on a needle so she can be moved around. Every tentacle is wired so that she can be wrapped around things or just posed cute. Aye!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Things I bought Thursday

Hi everyone!!! Glad to see you again. School started back up this week and I have been back to stressing and using my brain a lot. Also my job is ending next week. I am sooooo nervous! I have worked for the company for nearly 10 years. They are letting me go because they do not want me to work part time any longer. I suppose it is a little bittersweet. On the one hand I don't like my job, and never have, so I will like to not have to ever go there again but on the other hand I have been there so long the idea of not being there scares me. Change is very uncomfortable for me to adjust to. Hopefully I will have more time to grow my BeBe Babies business and make up for the income loss that way (this is me trying to focus on the could call it a resolution if I made resolutions that is). Wish me luck...

Now on to the fun stuff. Don't expect this to become a regular post but I just realized since it's Thursday I could make a clever title. I have had a growing pile of stuff I bought lately and I have been wanting to do a post to share them. First off I went to Toys R Us before the holiday to find a gift and came home with more things for myself than the kid I was buying for. But how could I pass these things up? And if you have never been to Toys R Us with me and you are an in and out kind of person you don't ever want to go with me. I look at every last little thing on every single isle.

Mr. Grumpy Plush, Hello Kitty Sushi Plush and a wooden/rope hippo!

I mean how, tell me how, could I pass up these Hello Kitty sushi plush!!!???

And the hippo!!?????? Too, too cute! There were a bunch of these animals...I really wanted the elephant too. Maybe next time.

He can do a trick!

Also the Plushteam did a holiday swap this year and I got this cutie and some other goodies this week in the mail. This little lady is by Fluffy Flowers another awesome Plushteam member. To read more about her and my other goodies head over to this post on the Plushteam blog.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my new additions!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Well I figure I need to acknowledge the new year. I have never really been one to get all amp'd about the changing over into a new year. As a matter of fact I have slept through more new years than I have celebrated. Also I have never made new years resolutions with any real enthusiasm or conviction. So generally when people ask me what my resolution is I blurt out the first thing that comes to mind because even though I don't like making them I also don't like being the person that says they never make resolutions. I don't like playing the party pooper role.

While I was laying in bed last night trying to keep my eyes open until the ball dropped I did kind of think about what I might like to accomplish in the new year. Most of my hopes for the new year center around BeBe Babies and that gives me the most pleasure to think about. I guess they aren't really resolutions because whether or not it is a new year I still want to accomplish these things.

What are these things you ask? Well I started to make a list and ended up with three things listed and it was getting painful to think of more. Three seems like a really sorry list for a whole year so I deleted it. The only item on the list that I was even really was excited about was to design and create more plush monsters/critters for fun and for gallery shows. This is really my favorite part of making toys and I think I need to do more of it in the next year. Especially since I should no longer have a "real job" I should have more time for things like that.

Here's a recap of the "fun" plush I made in 2009. There seems like there should be more but I guess that is what the new year will be for right?

Thanks for all your support and friendship in 2009!!!!