Hi, I'm Shel

June 29, 2017

Since 2004, I've been incredibly grateful to be a professional artisan, hand crafting luxury — and more recently, expendable — goods.

One of the awkward challenges of this path has been the frequency with which I've encountered a common misconception: that artisan goods should cost less than mass produced goods specifically BECAUSE they're hand made (because they're home-spun, imperfect, and/or made from materials any resourceful person could obtain.)

What people forget to take into account — very innocently, I believe — when they think this way, is that hand made goods that are priced fairly (covering time spent, materials costs, and unique skills, without undercutting pricing "to be nice," as a favor, or stemming from a lack of confidence in product, self, or sales potential) will always cost more than factory-made products due to:

1) Labor Costs — Factories are automated and can perform the work of hundreds of hands in a much shorter time than a single artisan ever could, even w...

March 8, 2017

 That's the goal.


October 24, 2016

Denmark is said to be the happiest country on Earth. That's down to one thing: hygge.

Hygge's more than just an idea; it's also part of Denmark's national identity. The word's many translations include: cosy, simple living; enjoyment of life's small pleasures; the warmth of good company; and the comfort of soothing things.

Pronounced "hoo-ga," hygge is a relaxed and stress-free mindset that values cherishing yourself; candlelight; celebrating experiences over possessions; and being kind to yourself; all while treasuring and fostering a sense of close community.

You know hygge when you feel it -- cuddled on the sofa with a loved one, or sharing a meal under dim light with the nearest and dearest of friends. Hygge is dappled sunlight filtering through your windows "just right" as you sip warm tea on a crisp fall morn. Hygge is grainy wood paneling and warm, woolen socks on a rug by a crackling fire.


March 9, 2013

Yesterday's offerings (Cadbury & No. 2) sold in a flash, and once again I am humbled and grateful, thanks to the lovely folk who collect my bears. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making my artist life possible, and for liking my bears!

Cadbury was my "typical" offering yesterday, with big, hand-painted green eyes and a satin-stitched nose. I enjoyed making his fringed neck ruff and that little egg wand, perfect for spring. 

Sometimes I like to give my bears gentle but also silly expressions, and Cadbury wears a smile that's just the littlest bit goofy. How do you not smile back? He makes me happy. I used a wool/mohair blend for his head and I hand-dyed mohair for his body with Kool Aid. Did you know Kool Aid can tint mohair? I love the dusky lavender shade it produced. 

September 4, 2012

My husband loses his glasses a lot. It's endearing. Helping find them reminds me I'm needed. And who doesn't glow from that?

August 25, 2012

I'm re-starting my blog after a long, restful break. It feels good to reconnect. Thanks so much to all of you that asked for it and who have purchased my work over the years. I say it all the time and I mean it sincerely: I appreciate you!

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I love sewing, soaping,
nature, reading, people, birds, Disney, coffee, & fleece

Musings and messes and magic and fun... the happy scrapbook of a creative, grateful life.

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