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Sweetie with her OnaWhimm Cat Toy! January 31, 2009

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…Aaaaaand I’m back! First, here’s something that I’ve been wanting to post for a while:

This is our new kitty “Sweetie” with her super-cute catnip toy made by OnaWhimm!
(she has since taken her toy to her donut /bed and sleeps with it every day! SO cute!)

We highly recommend these well-made, sturdy and kitty-tested toys to everyone…
“meowwwrrrr!” –  Sweetie


Urban Fashion Network Birthday Bash…be there! August 18, 2008

Filed under: blogging,design — imakecutestuff @ 6:35 pm
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My good friend, Tarah Perini of wrote with the great news that she is a new “reader blogger” over at the Seattle PI’s online website! How cool is that? She’s writing about all sorts of fashion-y things like this post about StyleScout. Super cool. Then, upon looking over her Seattle PI reader blogger home page on the site, I saw that she put some links to my blog here AND my site! How totally awesome is that? Seeing my stuff in “print” never gets old, I tell ya. Thanks Tarah!

For those of you who don’t know, you really should check it out. Tarah has created an amazing resource for designers — especially those based in Seattle. She runs a monthly Featured Designer column on the site (I was the Featured Designer in April! :) If you click on the “Boutique” section, you’ll find a drop-down list of ALL the local areas with lists of shops and boutiques that INCLUDE the buyer’s name and contact information! If you are a creative/designer & small business owner, this list will be invaluable when it comes to finding stores to carry your work!

UFN is celebrating its First Birthday this Friday, August 22nd too! Tarah always throws a fantastic bash, so you need to be sure to be there for this one! Here’s all the info you need:

Click on the pic to go to the UFN site!
Click on the pic to go to the UFN site!


Where does the time go? June 7, 2008

Filed under: blogging,creative,design,words — imakecutestuff @ 2:30 am
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So much has happened since my last post…and honestly, I don’t know where to begin (again). So, instead, I’ll share photos of these gigantic as-big-as-a-baby’s-head amazingly beautiful poppies that were growing in a raised bed roadside garden in beautiful Ballard, WA…

I currently have this last one—>
as my desktop background…I love it!
That red-orange glow just makes me smile.
Hey, would you like to use it as your desktop too?
You would? Well, let me know by leaving a comment and I’ll send you the full-sized version of it for your desktop for free!
Why? Because I like you :)

Here’s hoping for more sun very soon! ::: crossing fingers :::


I found out what they’re for! March 13, 2008

Filed under: Cool Sites,crafts,creative,design,handmade,hobby — imakecutestuff @ 11:30 pm
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I showed off the sewing machine feet to MANY people at the show and stumped quite a few so-called “experts” (also known as sewing machine salespeople). Then it dawned on me…”I bet the only ones to truly know what they were would be the members of the American Sewing Guild!” And yes…of course they did! Immediately, in fact! :) They were awesome. In fact I joined the ASG right then and there! Caught up in the moment, I suppose. But a couple of ladies from the Seattle Chapter were there and they were SO nice! I sort of don’t remember what-all is included with membership, but I’m supposed to get some sort of membership package in the mail sometime soon, so maybe I’ll clue you in on it when I get it.

Anyway. Here’s what they are: Attachments for a Singer “Featherweight” machine! In fact, all of the attachments are described on a website that is all about these powerhouses of sewing fabulousness…(great. now I want one! feh. ;)

The one that opens up like a bird’s beak is an adjustable hemmer! SO awesome. I can’t wait to try this out on some new pants!

The one that is long with numbers on it is a tuck marker! It’s no wonder no one knew what this one is for…when was the last time YOU needed to make “tucks” in a garment??? haha!

Phew! Mystery solved.

See all of the amazing Featherweight attachments here:


What the heck are these things for? February 22, 2008

Filed under: craft,crafts,creative,design,etsyrain,personal stuff — imakecutestuff @ 10:55 pm

Remember the “Liars Club“? For those of you who were born after 1970, it was a game show where four celebrities would sit on a panel and talk about the practical use for a random object. One of them would give the right information, but the rest of them would…you guessed it…lie! It was an incredibly creative game show — well, the descriptions were creative, anyway. Sometimes they’d come up with the strangest thing-a-ma-jigs to describe! If that game show was on today, I’d have to submit these for consideration:

Mystery Sewing Machine Feet

Heidi ( brought these amazing sewing machine feet to EtsyRain’s craft swap and I pounced on them like a playful kitty on a piece of string! I know what some of them are for (the big bulky one is a ruffler foot, there are some binding tape feeding feet, zipper feet and rolled hemmers) but the rest of them — I have NO idea how they’re used!

So, I’m going to take them to a wholesale fabric and notions show at the Seattle Center tomorrow and ask around to see if anyone knows how the heck to use some of them! Especially the one with the slider bar (I’m guessing it’s for elastic?) and the other with the jaws that open up at an angle (for bias tape corners?). While I love to guess at what these feet are used for, I figure it’s best for me to take them to the pros to help me understand their true purpose. (No lying allowed)

What do YOU think they’re for???


Dude. Look What I Just Bought…! February 6, 2008

Filed under: art,craft,crafts,creative,design,etsy,handmade — imakecutestuff @ 1:30 pm
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Yeah. I said it. “Dude…” That, along with my “valley girl” accent are stubborn leftovers from my “other” life in that far-away land of Los Angeles. Yuuuuuup. But I won’t get into that right now.

But I will tell you about the amazing, astounding, fantastical, beautiful most gamer-licious thing I just purchased today from Flamestitch on Etsy. Well, first I’ll show you:

Health Purse by

BTW, I found this via a post on (check out her profile — she is awesome!)

I know….RIGHT?? Awesome. I am giddy with excitement over this!!

Okay. For those of you who don’t know why I would be so excited over a big red crossed bag, here’s a bit of back story:

I love playing video games. I do. I tend to go through phases where I don’t sleep, don’t eat and generally don’t get any work done while I’m playing a game. I did it with the Final Fantasy series (heart!), the Halo series (love!) and most recently, BioShock (rosie rocks!) and Mass Effect (commander shepard rules). OMG. How I love RPGs and FPSs (to be clear, I prefer to shoot at aliens and not actual people, but I do what I have to do to survive…hehe).

In many of these games, you run around shooting and getting shot at all day long. Unlike real life, you oftentimes have the luck of running across these cool little “health packs” that will restore a small (or large) amount of “health” to your character. My characters are usually on their last breath before I can run over one of these babies and bring them back to life. Oh! The Drama! The Intrigue! The Humanity!!!

Now I’ll have my very own health pack with me at all times — ready for anything! Heck ya.

So, there. A little insight on life as Me. Pretty cush, huh? LOL!

Care to share a secret of your own?


How Etsy is Renewing My Faith in Valentine’s Day… January 28, 2008

So I’m a little Etsy-obsessed. I admit it. I stay up until all hours of the night, reading articles, shopping, checking out the numerous ways to find things, shopping, checking my shop, checking out other people’s shops, shopping …oh, and sometimes I actually sell stuff! How awesome is that?!

The stuff that’s been selling lately? It being Valentine’s Day…my Secret Promise Rings, of course. Every now and then, I get a “convo” (inter-Etsy email) from someone who wants to know if I can create a ring for their loved one with some super-special sentiment stamped inside. I love hearing the stories about how sneaky they had to be to get the right ring size!

The promise rings I’ve created for people range anywhere from the simply sweet (You Are My Sunshine), to the my current challenge of including an “æ” with my all-uppercase letter stamps to complete an Icelandic phrase and then fitting it and a date into a teeny-tiny size 4.5 ring. Yeah. I had no idea what that symbol was, so I had to Google it (of course)! I’ll save you some trouble — here’s the Wikipedia link: Æ (minuscule: æ) is a grapheme formed from the letters a and e.

Romance is truly in the air and I’m thankful to be a small part of such celebrations of the heart…Love Rules.

Secret Promise Rings — available at

Secret Promise Rings available on