Sunday, August 28, 2011


I've made some pins! Three of them are felt and designs I've made before (acorn, tooth and raindrop) and one of them is crocheted (the flower!) which I've never done before... I'll probably make more in the future because it came out really cute. It was really fun working on them, I do love felt so. Felt pins are really easy to make, you basically just cut out 2x the shape you want, stuff it with a little polyfil, use embroidery to make it cute, and sew on a pin back! I highly recommend making felt pins as a group/ party craft;they are inexpensive, easy, and make a great personal souvenir or goody to take home. Hope everyone had a good weekend (and I hope everyone affected by Irene is safe!).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

blogging on weekends only now...

I've been taking it kind of slowly on my berrysprite stuff while I try to get my *ish together (not sure how long more it will take... I'll be honest with you, it's already been a long coupla years); you might have noticed that I have tended to be very quiet on the blog/ facebook/ shop update stuff lately? I'm sorry! I've got a lot of stuff going on right now. So I just thought I'd let everyone who still reads my blog, I'll only be updating my blog posts on the weekend (that way you don't have to keep checking if you're not up on the RSS stuff... I certainly am not!) Not a vacation per se, more like a cooling of my jets. Thanks so much for your continued patience and hearts, I really appreciate it!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) is the perfect food for summer-turning to autumn food! I made some roasted kabocha (with a little brown sugar and maple syrup) the other day... this is the "before" picture because we ate the "after" before I remembered to take a picture of it!

Hope you all are having a nice back to school season; although I don't technically go to school anymore I still remember the feeling of summer (*read=free time) ending!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Forest friends it is!

Huzzah, thanks so much for voting everyone! Be on the lookout for forest friends fabric, which will be available in my spoonflower in the coming weeks :) Don't forget to get your free swatch from spoonflower on the 18th!

Friday, August 12, 2011

spoonflower free swatch day

August 18th is Free Swatch Day at Spoonflower!
You'll have 24 hours from 12:00 pm (Eastern Time, US) on August 18 to get a free swatch of fabric; you don't even have to pay for shipping! Best of all, you can get your fat quarter in the design of your choice, meaning you can design your own or choose from the thousands of designs made by other artists (may I suggest one of berrysprite's spoonflower fabrics?) You can also choose from a variety of fabrics (including a new option, cotton-silk blend)! How super sweet is that?

The Free swatch day gives me the perfect opportunity to make one of my previously "not for sale" fabrics a "for sale fabric," which is awesome because I've gotten lots of requests to offer my newest designs for sale.

So I'm taking a Poll! Let me know which of these fabrics you like best and I'll make the most popular fabric available for sale; the winning design will be announced on August 16th! (Caveat Emptor: I won't be able to make the fabric available in time for free swatch day, so sorry!)

#1: Nautical Merpeople
#2: Forest Friends

#3: Happy Ocean

Thanks so much for voting!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Yummy Crochet! Take 1

I'm finally ready to share my good news! Drumroll please.............

My amigurumi cupcake pattern will be published in the forthcoming book/ kit Yummy Crochet! Gasp!

A few months ago I was contacted by the very sweet Kristen Rask (of Plush You and Schmancy Toys fame) about my cupcakes... she wanted to include them in her book, Yummy Crochet, which will include patterns for cutie food like a hamburger, fruit, sushi, cookies and more! I came up with a new cupcake pattern just for the project (complete with whipped cream and swirl variations). Actually, you guys might remember when I went on a cupcake making binge and I had billions of cupcakes everywhere... this book is the reason why (I kept making samples and testing and tweaking it!) Anyway, my cupcake was chosen as one of the featured projects for the book, which means not only will you get the instructions to make it, but you will also get all the materials you need to make it, including yarn, eyes, and a crochet needle.

The book/kit will be available from Barnes & Noble around September, so keep an eye out! It also features lots of ami artists (like Love This Stuff artist Elisha Copeland!), so I'm very excited to have been a part of it :) I'm supposed to receive an advanced copy sometime soon, and when I do I'll share a bit more with you.

In the meantime, head on over to Kristen's website Schmancy Toys and enter her giveaway before August 12 for a chance to win a copy of Yummy Crochet!
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