2019: The Sewing
The smallest perfect number

Five on Friday

Clean up... I have some random stuff to share!


I was LIVE on local radio yesterday! I'd shared a post on the Kaukauna Coffee & Tea and Make.Do FB pages about the "crafty" relief efforts for animals in Australia.



The host of a local radio program, who also happens to be a patron at KC&T, saw the post and got in touch with me about doing a short segment on the show. Did I mention LIVE? Yikes. I don't know anyone who actually heard it... I'm sure I rambled a bit.

I'd planned on making some Bat Wraps -- and I'll still make a couple -- but the need for those isn't as great as it was, so I think I'll make some cozy hanging pouches! I absolutely love that there's a daytime pouch (so little joey can look around) and a nighttime version (you should be sleeping little joey!!).

For more info: Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild (FB Page) and (FB GROUP). I find the GROUP page to be a bit more helpful, especially the links on the left for Announcements (current info & updates from admins) and for Files (where you can find patterns, tutorials & specs for knitting, sewing, and/or crocheting all the items they need). Casting On, my local yarn shop in Appleton, is collecting items and will be sending a big box (I hope) to Australia on the 27th!


Coincidentally, after telling Maddy that I was going to sew up some BAT WRAPS, she sent me a message (she'd posted on IG a day or two earlier about fruit bats, including one caught in a fence):

THANK YOU for the bat wraps!!! The lady who came to save our bats definitely used them, it was amazing! They cling onto the little stuffed pillow part and then you wrap the rest of it around them to hold their wings and claws down. Dang they're adorable.

I'm certain that not everyone shares feels that way about fruit bats (they're huge!), but many do... and I love that she does!


This photo was awaiting me in Snapchat this morning. She told me yesterday that the smoke had cleared up considerably where they were, though there were still fires around... and now (then) a dust storm!


In unrelated news, we built this a day or two after Christmas:


All the toy soldiers had a fun time on the motorized K'nex Ferris Wheel!! That was quite the project -- Ali started it, and Annie & I chipped in to help. The kids LOVED it!


I took some detail shots of the laundry bag that I made for Kate:


1) Overall/flat. 2) French seams! 3) Hanging loop -- which she really appreciated.


We are currently hosting our first Airbnb guests of 2020. Packers fans, they arrived from Seattle last night and are here for Sunday's NFL Playoff game in Green Bay between the Seahawks (coincidence!) and the Packers. It seems like ages (though only a month) since the last time we had Airbnb guests up there...


So I watered all the plants and fluffed/cozied up the bedroom.


Since Maddy cleared out the storage unit when she was here, there was another bed available, so we're transitioning to an actual full-time second bedroom. I have a nice queen-size air mattress that I would put in here, when needed, and had sort of resisted the idea of a permanent second bedroom... until I was recently searching for Airbnb accommodations for an upcoming #whirlwindarttripwithkate and realized that I prefer to book two beds/two bedrooms when we're traveling, so why not? In a lot of ways, it would be easier... and why not just TRY IT! I can always change my mind. Since I took this photo, we've added an actual bedframe (I'd initially ordered the wrong size - duh), and it will continue to evolve...

And also, this again today:


I've earned Superhost again for the third time in a row! Yahoo! Come and see me! Tell your friends!  :)  The Artist's Perch.




All of these are awesome! I'm not much of a sewist but I think even I can manage some joey pouches and bat wraps. And for you to be live on the radio telling people about this is great; I wish I could have heard you. I've been thinking about Maddy and Viv, and am glad to hear that they are safe and certainly hope that continues. Way to go, Superhost!


I, too, was wondering about Maddy & Viv - good to know they are ok (and to see the pic of them). So cool that you were on the radio! Your Airbnb looks super! Malina looks SO TALL in that picture!


I keep hearing conflicting things about crafting to help the animals in Oz because of the time it would take (not to mention the carbon footprint) to get the stuff there. All the news out of there just breaks my heart.


Congrats to you on your Superhost status! Those fires are just so heartbreaking - thanks for the links!


That 2nd bedroom is looking great already! And of course you're a superhost, I would expect nothing less from you!

Robby H.

Is Superhost before or after "Hostess with the Mostest"? Ha! Your "Perch" looks more cozy every time you show it. I'm sure it's an evolving thing as you learn, but you have certainly done your best to help people enjoy their time with you.

Good to see the Oz gals are doing okay. What a terrible thing. How brave of you to go live on the radio to spread the word for us creative types.

Did you have to get an actual building permit for that post-holiday build? It looks amazing.


I love the motorized Ferris Wheel, what fun for the kiddos! Congrats on your radio premier. Cute laundry bag. How big is it? It looks small. I will look for bat wrap pattern tomorrow.
Enjoy your AirBnB guests


Can you believe it's "only" January 14? December really does feel like ages ago ... I'm so glad Viv and Maddy are doing ok. Every time I see a photo pop up on Instagram I say a little prayer of thanks! So very cool about your Airbnb success. and I cannot wait to hear/see more about your next adventure with Kate!

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