Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mollie Makes U.S. Edition Magazine!


Mollie Makes magazine has been one of my absolute favorites since I discovered it a few years ago. Since it's a UK magazine, I only purchased a few as they were quite costly here in the States. But, oh, how I wanted a subscription (over $100 a year if you live in the U.S.)!

Then this last May, I was at my San Francisco Bazaar (formerly called the Bazaar Bizarre) booth at the Maker Faire Bay Area, when a lovely lady named Jann Jones introduced herself. She's the craft editor for the new Mollie Makes U.S. Edition!!! I was so excited that finally we were to have our own version of the magazine. I subscribed immediately ($25 a year for 12 issues, yay)!

And then I got even more excited. I found out that I would be featured in their article about the Maker Faire in August, Issue #3. Thanks Mollie Makes US!

Here's a few pictures from the article:
Those are my flower lariats, deer necklace and plush dolls in the bottom right pictures.

There's me in my gnome hat!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Giraffes in the House


Probably everyone who knows me would say that hedgehogs are my favorite animal. And they would be right. But it's slightly less known that giraffes are my second favorite animal.


Elph's Circus Giraffe Plush Stuffed Animal
Elph's Circus Giraffe Plush
I've been collecting giraffes for a while, as well as lots of other zoo and circus things. When it came time to decorate my son's room, it was easy to decide on zoo and circus as the theme. Sometime I'll post about his room, but here are the giraffes he now has for himself (ok, one or two are on extended loan from me, ha ha).

Gyffy the Giraffe Inflatable Toy Rody
Gyffy the Giraffe. He's an inflatable Rody riding toy.
Sophie the Giraffe Squeak Toy France Natural Rubber
Sophie the Giraffe, a natural rubber squeak toy.

Red Giraffe Metal Wall Hook Hanger
Red Giraffe Metal Wall Hook
German Giraffe Riding in a French Hot Air Balloon Wagner Flocked Animal
German Giraffe in a French Hot Air Balloon. He's a little vintage flocked Wagner Kunstlerschutz

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pom Pom Animals

blue and white pom pom bird handmade with yarn by katy kristin

When I was little, I remember seeing the cutest little Steiff ladybug in a toy shop. It was made out of pom poms, and I often wondered how it was made. These little guys were called "woolies", and Steiff began producing them in Germany in the 1930s and continued making them until the early 1980s. If you want to read more about them, read this neat article from Steiffgal's blog here.


These are a much older version of the one I saw as a kid. I can't find a picture of the 80s ladybug!

I had been searching around for vintage Steiff toy pictures to pin to my Vintage Toy Pinterest board (yes, I should have been doing something else but looking at pictures is more fun!) when I came across the most amazing Steiff woolie collection that had been auctioned off at Christie's London a few years ago. I am truly amazed by what they could make with pom poms! Here's some pics:


Steiff woolie pom pom calico cat chasing a Steiff woolie pom pom brown mouse

A bird wedding!




So I became super inspired and set out to learn how to make multicolor pom poms. I wanted to be able to make some little "woolies" of my own! I found a tutorial here which really helped. And the result is the little purplish blue birdie at the top of the page. I can't wait to try making more. You know a hedgehog is on my list!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Introducing...JACK LARKIN

Jack Larkin Bowen Finnerty was born in April!




I've made a lot of things, but he was the hardest AND most worth it :)
We love him soooo much!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Snow White and the Seven Photos


I pretty much love all fairytales, not a big surprise there. I like the spooky sad old original versions, like Brothers Grimm, AND the sweet, nice, sugar-coated ones, too. Actually, if I'm going to be super honest, I kinda like the nicey ones most. Yep, even the Disney cartoons. Confession: I love the old Disney cartoons!

I went to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco recently, and it sparked a whole re-watching of the classics. We started off with Snow White, and, aside from the unbelievably high-pitched sound she makes when she sings, it is a beautiful film. Confession: I love her high-pitched mouse voice, too. It kinda sounds like the mice that sing between scenes in Babe, which I also....love.

I guess I love Snow White so much that I've collected Snow White stuff. Shocking, right?! I know, I know. So here's five pictures of Snow White things I own, and two pictures of Snow White things I want to own.

My original Snow White book from 1938.
Inside cover of my Snow White book. I love the old-style illustration.
My vintage German Snow White bank. It still works and has its original key to open the bottom.
My apple ring I got at H&M!
Vintage Japanese Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Snow White fabric by Heather Ross
My Paper Crane's Snow White cross-stitch pattern. Adorable!!! Buy it here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Seeing Stars Again!

I made an etsy treasury a short time ago about stars, and there were so many that I loved, I decided to make another one. I kinda divided and conquered. I edited the old one to be more ethereally focused, and the new one to more pop and retroish. Here's the old one called Stargazing.

Here's the new one called You're A Star To Me:

'You're A Star To Me' by katykristin



$60.00

$15.00

$40.00

$19.00

$10.00

$28.00

$8.50

$35.00

$19.00

$99.00

$15.00

$8.00

$10.00

$59.00

$9.00

$7.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mermaids in the Bathroom

Cute Vintage Mermaids: The Blonde is made by Norcrest and the Redhead is made by Lefton.
We moved into our house a few years ago, and ever since I've been obsessed with making our upstairs bathroom cute and vintage looking. It came with a terrible fiberglass shower unit, bad stick-on fake marble vinyl tile floor, and an ok but not well-made sink cabinet. We painted the walls a very cheerful aqua blue, and that helped...then I started to collecting these little ceramic mermaids and fish from the 1950s...and that helped some more.

On a side tangent, I think the vintage mermaid wall hangings fascination probably started when my friends from the Dagons showed me the artwork for their album Teeth for Pearls. On another tangent, this is one of my favorite albums! Here's the album cover:

So back to the bathroom...we were finally able to hire a super nice guy to redo all the tiling and stuff. We found a cool vintage sink with chrome legs at Urban Ore in Berkeley, an amazing salvage place. I'd already installed an art deco medicine cabinet I'd gotten from there a few years ago, so that looked great with the new sink.


Then we had white subway tile put in for a new shower and tiny white hexagon tiles intalled for the floor. A million years ago, I had visited the Gamble House in Pasadena, sort of a mega-luxury bungalow built in 1908 by Greene and Greene. It had a fantastic all white bathroom with these same tile combinations, and have basically always wanted a bathroom like that ever since.



Sorry those pics aren't too inspiring, but you get the idea. 

I made curtains from a fantastic Heather Ross mermaid print, which also features octopi and kelp, just like the giant seaweed we have here off the coast of San Francisco. My friends gave me a super cool crocheted squid in an apothecary jar for my birthday last year, which they got at the Curiosity Shoppe on Valencia St. The squid is made by artist Jessica Polka.


I found some great vintage looking glass and chrome towel bars and shelving, and added more water-themed things from my collection.


Screenprint of Underwater Circus by Jaime Zollars
Old wooden whale pull-toy, Pacific Ocean etching, carved wooden octopus from Kauai, and Roseville Waterlily Vase


Now I just have to figure out where to hang all these mermaids....