Sunday, November 30, 2008
SO THE BIG 4 DAY WEEKEND IS SLOWLY
COMING TO AN END. WE HAD THE BEST 4 DAYS EVER. WE CELEBRATED EARLY WITH THE FAMILY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, WHICH WAS FUN AND YUMMY. WE GOT TO SEE OUR SWEET NEW NEPHEW.....HE IS SUCH A DOLL, AND MY NEPHEW DREW AND MY NIECE STEPH. I ALSO GOT TO HANG OUT OUT WITH MY ADORABLE SISTERS AND GRANDMA. IT WAS SUPER FUN.....AND I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE THAT BABY.THANKSGIVING DAY MONSTER AND I WENT TO OUR REGULAR RESTAURANT TO HAVE THANKSGIVING TURKEY. FABULOUS! WE ALWAYS SAVE HALF FOR LATER, BUT NOT THIS TIME WE ATE THE WHOLE MEAL. AFTER LUNCH WE WENT HOME TO PUT UP THE REST OF OUR DECORATIONS AND LATER OUR FRIENDS JOEY AND CORY CAME OVER FOR COFFEE AND BOARD GAMES. WE PLAYED TABOO FOR HOURS AND AFTER WE TRIED SCATAGORIES, MONSTER AND I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH OF THAT GAME( NOW WE ARE ON A QUEST TO OWN IT). IT WAS A GOOD TIME, LOTS OF LAUGHS! ON BLACK FRIDAY MONSTER WAS DIEING TO CHECK OUT THE SALES, I ON THE OTHER HAND AM NOT FOND OF LARGE CROWDS OF CRAZY PEOPLE TRYING TO FIND A GREAT DEAL, AND WANTED TO STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM THAT AS POSSIBLE. EVENTUALLY, I ENDED UP TAKING MONSTER AROUND EVENING TIME TO SEE WHAT WAS LEFT , I GOT MY NEW NANO FROM MONSTER , AN EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT....YAY! WE LOOKED FOR OUR NEW FAVORITE GAME, THEY WERE ALL OUT! DARN! THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE FOR THE SALES. BUT ALL IN ALL IT WASN'T AS BAD AS WE THOUGHT. SATURDAY I SPENT MY WHOLE DAY IN BED WATCHING THE NEW HBO SERIES TRUE BLOOD, 12 EPISODES!IT WAS SOOOOOO GOOD. I STOPPED TO EAT DINNER, STITCH A DOLL AND PRETTY MUCH THAT WAS IT. SADLY, THE WEEKEND IS COMING TO AN END, I HAVE TO GET BACK TO WORK. I NEED TO GO HUNTING FOR SUPPLIES AND START WORKING ON DOLLS FOR FARMERS MARKET DECEMBER 14TH AND GO BACK TO MY DAY JOB AT THE ART STORE. WE HAVE LOTS OF WORK TO DO! SO DON'T FORGET THE DATE DECEMBER 14TH, FARMERS MARKET IN LONG BEACH, AT THE MARINA :) AND REMEMBER HANDMADE GIFTS ARE THE BEST!!!!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
LAST SATURDAY NIGHT WAS OUR 4TH MONTH SELLING OUR CREATIONS AT THE LONG BEACH 2ND SATURDAY ART WALK. LITTLE DID WE KNOW THAT WE WERE GOING TO FREEZE OUR BUTTS OFF! BUT MOLLY AND I HAD SOOOOO MUCH FUN DECORATING THE BOOTH IN HALLOWEEN DECOR,AND CHATTING WITH THE LOVELY LADIES OF ZOMBIE FACTORY AND THE ROCKADEADLY GIRL, WHO IS A DOLL, THAT IT DIDN'T EVEN MATTER. WE SHARED BOOTH # 24 "THE PRIME CORNER" WITH RANDY TOOTH , HIS BOYFRIEND TIMOTHY, AND JOANN (WHO MAKES BEAUTIFUL JEWELERY). WE THOUGHT WE WOULD TRY A NEW SPOT SINCE THE SUN IS ALWAYS IN OUR FACE OVER AT OUR REGULAR SIDE #38. I THOUGHT IF WAS A NICE CHANGE BUT I MISSED THE OLD #38. THE EVENING WAS VERY QUIET AND IT SEEMED LIKE EVERYONE WAS HOME WHERE IT WAS WARM.BUT EVEN THOUGH THE AIR WAS COLD AND WINDY, A FEW OF OUR SWEET FRIENDS CAME OUT TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT!. A COUPLE OF THEM EVEN BOUGHT SOMETHING!!! SARAH JEAN, CHRISTIE'S AWESOME GIRLFRIEND, LET US BORROW HER GLOVE'S AND SCARVES, IF IT WASN'T FOR HER KINDNESS WE WOULD HAVE FROZE TO DEATH OUT THERE. WE HAD THE BEST TIME MEETING PEOPLE AND WATCHING THE CROWD AS THEY WANDERED DOWNTOWN. CONSIDERING THE WEATHER AND THE ANNOYING LITTLE SKATEBOARDERS EARLIER IN THE DAY AND THE STINKY DRUNK GUYS ROAMING THE STREETS, IT WAS ANOTHER AMAZING SATURDAY.WE LOOK FORWARD TO NOV.8TH! WE'LL BE AT OUR REGULAR BOOTH # 38 AND WE WILL BE SHARING IT WITH ANDREA A.K.A SCIN JEWELERY AND NORMA V. WHO WILL BE SELLING ALTERED HANDBAGS. SEE YA THEN!
we tried to be festive for halloween by wearing these funny little mustaches.
Mr. Tooth(ache) is so sweet .
Mr. Tim looking dashing in his long trench coat.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
WE HAVE SOME CREEPY CUTE STUFF FOR SALE AT THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT ON BROADWAY IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA.
AND WE WILL HAVE LOT'S OF NEW CUTE STUFF AT THE NEXT ART WALK IN DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH, CA. ON OCT.11TH. WE'LL BE THERE FROM 4-10 PM!
WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YA!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
BUY THIS NOW: MONSTER AND THE SQUIRREL MAKE CUTE AND CREEPY CREATURES
During the East Village’s recent Second Saturday Art Walk, one tent stood out from among the others. Manned by local Long Beach couple Regina—“The Squirrel”—and Molly—“Monster”—a lively setup of felt creatures drew me to their table, where cardboard boxfuls of wild-eyed, crayola-colored faces stared back at me.
Do-it-yourself craft-dom is flourishing rather quickly—knitted and handmade things are popping up everywhere, and the sewing machine is the new apparatus of choice. For Monster and the Squirrel, making things with their hands has become a big part of their lifestyle.
The two women started not too long ago. In April of this year, confined to her bed after getting her wisdom teeth removed, Regina/The Squirrel began to sew. Five months and a ton of felt, embroidery thread, buttons, hot glue, and googley eyes later, the animated pair have manufactured their own burgeoning menagerie of stuffed monsters, creatures crafted from their imaginations.
The toys might look crudely constructed—with purposefully bare thick thread-lines and imperfect stitches—but it’s that sweet and flawed textile that makes it more endearing than an immaculate teddy bear from, say, Hallmark.
Each creature can take up to eight hours to make. Regina, when not working at the Art Supply Warehouse, spends much of her time on her rocking chair working while watching movies. “I don’t mind because we are in our thirties . . . and we’re over the whole drinking and partying thing. I love to sew. It’s fun,” she says.
They draw from their love of old toys, cartoons, and bits and pieces from their youth. Molly’s a big monster fan. Regina’s into old Japanese ceramic statues. And their assorted styles come together and produce felt monsters, cats, owls, bears, and ghosts that are all together cute and creepy.
The two also paint and make art on the side, and their work will be showcased at the Koo’s Art Café Halloween show this year. Monster and the Squirrel merchandise can be found online at Etsy.com or myspace.com/monsterandthesquirrel and at the Kids Are Alright boutique (on the corner of Redondo Ave. and E. Broadway). In addition, the two frequent other local art vendor fairs in and around Long Beach.