Saturday, December 14, 2013

Howdy, Stranger!

It's been a while!  I've been busy birthing and taking care of my newest little one :)  Here she is, Elke Apple van der Laan!!

We're all in love ♥♥♥

Friday, August 30, 2013

New Printed Book Designs, and a SALE!

Whoo-ee, this pregnancy thing is no walk in the park the third time around!  Summer is almost over and I had such big plans for getting the shop updated and ready to take on the holiday season with a wee lass or lad in tow.  I didn't get quite as much done as I had wanted but there's still a bit of time (I'm due in November) and I'm starting to perk up a bit.  One thing I did manage to do was finally print up a few new 100% organic cloth book designs I've had waiting in the wings!

First up, an Edward Gorey book!

You may recognize this one from my Kickstarter campaign video; I've finally gotten around to editing and printing it: an Animals book!

And lastly this silly little winter-themed book, perfect for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers: the Winter Animals book!

I've been sitting on these designs for a while and still have a few more up my sleeve, plus a million more ideas.  I hope to get a few more made up before the holiday season begins.

Speaking of the holidays, now is a great time to stock up on some baby gifts for the little ones in your life by taking advantage of the sale I'm holding in my shop.  Now through September 30 enjoy 10% of purchases over $40, 15% off purchases over $70, and 20% off purchases over $100.  Just use the following Coupon Codes at checkout:


:All items in the shop are eligible, including custom!  I'm still accepting a few custom orders before the baby comes so get in touch if you'd like a special banner or book for a special baby you know :)

Thursday, June 27, 2013


It's summertime!  Good time for a sale, don't you think? ;)

Now through July 7 enjoy 20% off anything in my shop!  Yup, even custom books and banners.  It may be summer but it's never to early to think about those fall birthdays and holiday gifts--the shop will be open with printed organic cloth books throughout the holidays but I will not be doing custom orders after October this year (baby on the way!).

Use the coupon code SUMMERSALE at checkout to receive your discount.  Hooray!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Another Giveaway Day!

Comments are now closed.  And the winner is....#14, Georgia!  Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by, and for all of the great name suggestions!!

It's time for another Giveaway Day, thanks to the amazing gals at Sew, Mama, Sew!

Once again I'm giving away one of my 100% organic cotton printed cloth books.  The winner can choose from one of the eight 6-page designs pictured here.  (You can check them out, and a few more designs as well, in more detail here.)

Just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win. As I'm having my third baby in November and am totally stumped for boy names, especially very unique ones (my two older kids are named Tigerlily and Lyric so I can't very well follow those up with Bob ;), if you have a good one you'd like to share please do!  Otherwise you can just say hi :)  International readers are welcome too!  I'll close comments on May 10 at 8pm EST and announce a randomly chosen winner the following morning.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of Giveaway Day

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Never Say Never

My first words after my second child was born were, "I'm never doing this again." (Though I cherish my birth experiences, both at home and free of complications, Lyric's birth was really intense!)

Well, I was wrong!  Baby number three will be here sometime in November!!  We have gone from terrified ("What have we done?!") to shocked ("How did this happen?!?") to excited (and still a little shocked and terrified) over the past three months.  My two older kids (Tiger will be 10 this week and Lyric 7 right around when the baby is due!) are over the moon about it which has really helped Skye and I wrap our heads around the idea.

I kind of feel like I'm doing this for the first time, it's been so long since I've had a baby!  But I loooove babies and am excited to have another go at it.  Plus, I get to make lots of cute stuff!!  I've already knitted a little vest for the wee guy or gal, and just finished a crib quilt.  This is more than I ever got done for my older kids so I'm feeling pretty accomplished.

pattern here
Though I don't know what the future will hold, I am planning on keeping the shop open without a break, though as of now I plan to stop accepting custom book and banner orders sometime in September before our long Maine vacation (though depending on how I feel I may sneak one or two orders in) and resume custom work sometime after the new year.  I will continue selling printed books throughout and hope to have at least a few new designs in the shop before the holidays.

So, if you're thinking of ordering a custom book or banner, even if it's for a Christmas of Hanukkah gift, get your orders in early! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Hey look, I'm on BRIKA!

I was so honored to be asked to be a featured maker at BRIKA, an online creative community that celebrates craft, storytelling and the belief that our lives are as beautiful as we wish to make them.  The site is lovely and they did such an amazing job putting my feature together--I'm super camera-shy and it's not easy for me to put myself out there but they made it painless!  

For the next two weeks my 100% organic cotton printed cloth books are on sale for $30 at BRIKA--get them here!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

New Work Backlog 1

Well hello there.  It's been a while, but I'm still here plugging away.  Time to share lots and lots of custom work I've produced in the past few months.  First up: Custom name banners!