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{studio update} recycled sweaters…

This week was super rainy here in the NW. I’m generally not one to let the weather bring me down – I grew up a northwest girl after all. But man – it’s been down right dreary! So, I felt the need to make cozy, wool snuggly things in between filling orders. This of course comes from the major spring cleaning kick I’ve been on too.  
Over the years I’ve sort of become a bit of a pack rat (to say the least). It’s really hard to part with clothes in particular. Even if they don’t fit, if I really like the texture, pattern, or color – I just can’t seem to part. Well, I found a solution for that a while back & I started making sweater slug plush out of my old sweaters. I now have a new stack of sweaters to work with from my latest purge. These are some of my longtime favorites. It was hard to make the first cut, but I quickly got over it when my critters came to life. I even made a sleepy owl (that was seriously a self portrait that day). 

I have to say, I enjoy making these cuddly plushies with sweaters that already have a story.  The plush section of the KLTworks Etsy shop is sure filling up! Not only did I have fun making these, but I had fun taking instagrams of them as well. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! What are your plans? Maybe there is some sun in my  future & I’ll have to start working with cotton seersucker….

Rabbits & Eggs…

Happy April!  Rabbits are hoppin’ & eggs are dyed – it’s getting quite festive in the klt:shop






{SALE} a little birdie told me so…

A little birdie told me that there is an end of the year sale at the klt:works shop! It’s true, as a thank you for your support & kindness, everything in the shop is 30% off until the last minute of 2011 & the confetti is thrown! Just enter {YEARSEND} at checkout –www.kltworks.etsy.com.Hope everyone is enjoying the last week of the year. CHEERS!

{SALE} Back to School…

Sayer’s packet of pre-school information just arrived today. It’s full of his curriculum for the month, a homework project, the schedule for when he needs to bring a snack for his classmates, & the parent’s handbook. Wow- it’s all so official- where did the time go? I’m filled with all sorts of anxiety & excitement for this leap into the world of school. Thankfully he is really excited- we have taken bike rides by his school many times this summer along with peering into the windows & chatting about school time scenarios. In one of our snooping adventures, he spotted some fire hats & trucks in one of the windows so he’s convinced he will love school.  

In celebration of Sayer & his first day of school & for kids everywhere who are going back to school, klt:works is having a sale! Just enter {KLTFALL11} at checkout at the klt:works etsy shop & receive 25% off anything until midnight Monday (PST). Hope everyone has a great long weekend & start to the new school year! 

{SALE} Back to School…

Sayer’s packet of pre-school information just arrived today. It’s full of his curriculum for the month, a homework project, the schedule for when he needs to bring a snack for his classmates, & the parent’s handbook. Wow- it’s all so official- where did the time go? I’m filled with all sorts of anxiety & excitement for this leap into the world of school. Thankfully he is really excited- we have taken bike rides by his school many times this summer along with peering into the windows & chatting about school time scenarios. In one of our snooping adventures, he spotted some fire hats & trucks in one of the windows so he’s convinced he will love school.  

In celebration of Sayer & his first day of school & for kids everywhere who are going back to school, klt:works is having a sale! Just enter {KLTFALL11} at checkout at the klt:works etsy shop & receive 25% off anything until midnight Monday (PST). Hope everyone has a great long weekend & start to the new school year! 

{Fabric Friday} Owls & Nests…

In my studio I have a stack of square, screen-printed pieces of fabric that are waiting for that perfect project. While I’ve had many ideas for how to use them, time is tricky these days. I’ve been nothing short of impressed with recent klt:works collaborations & I think they may have inspired an idea. I’ve decided to start selling some of my owl & nest screen-printed fabric squares in the klt:work etsy shop.  These squares are perfect for quilts, clothing, pillows, framing, you name it!  I really love seeing what people create so I thought it would be fun to start a flickr group called “friends of klt:works” with the thought that if anyone wants to post what they make with these fabric squares, they’ll have a place. Who knows, there may be a contest somewhere down the road. Happy Fabric Friday everyone! Any creative projects planned for this weekend? 

{Fabric Friday} Owls & Nests…

In my studio I have a stack of square, screen-printed pieces of fabric that are waiting for that perfect project. While I’ve had many ideas for how to use them, time is tricky these days. I’ve been nothing short of impressed with recent klt:works collaborations & I think they may have inspired an idea. I’ve decided to start selling some of my owl & nest screen-printed fabric squares in the klt:work etsy shop.  These squares are perfect for quilts, clothing, pillows, framing, you name it!  I really love seeing what people create so I thought it would be fun to start a flickr group called “friends of klt:works” with the thought that if anyone wants to post what they make with these fabric squares, they’ll have a place. Who knows, there may be a contest somewhere down the road. Happy Fabric Friday everyone! Any creative projects planned for this weekend? 

{Real Life} hutch at home…

Last week, Chris made our family our first whirligig & put it up in our backyard. To me, this was somewhat symbolic of the news that we had received the weekend prior. I had mentioned in the last post that I was a bit distracted lately. Well that can all be sort of tracked back to whirligigs. Why you ask? Let me explain- I’ll give you the short version.


Two weekends ago, we learned that hutch studio (the studio & shop that my husband designs for & runs – home of the whirligigs) can no longer keep it’s doors open on a daily basis. Chris is going to still be working for the same company, but just in a different capacity now. While it’s really sad news because of how special hutch studio & it’s loyal customers are- Chris & I are going to do the best we can to maintain hutch studio’s online presence including a shop, continuing whirligig workshops, special events, & being open by appointment – with hopes of eventually working out a way to be open a few days a week until Fall.

So, in the last week, we have been adjusting to our new schedule, brainstorming, & creating a new etsy shop for hutch. It has been a bit overwhelming at times, but I’m excited about the new possibilities. The hutch studio shop will continue to have the “Make- It Yourself Kits” that Chris designed & that have become hutch best sellers, along with special vintage finds (including books & toys), fabric bundles, one of a kind art, & a scatter of klt:works items as well. 

One day at a time is my motto lately. I know I have written about hutch studio a lot in the past,  but there might be a few more blog posts about it in the future given my new involvement. Stay tuned… it’s bound to be an intersting ride. Our whirligig is spinning in our backyard as a symbol of  the new hutch studio headquarters. 

Here’s how to keep up with the hutch studio progress if you are interested:
etsy shop (cool things are being added everyday)

Thanks to all of you that have been so amazingly supportive & kind over the last few weeks (well always really). Your support is very appreciated! 

In a nutshell, this is what has been occupying my brain – along the side of trying to figure out the mysteries of toddlerhood & new products for klt:works…

How has your week been?


{Real Life} hutch at home…

Last week, Chris made our family our first whirligig & put it up in our backyard. To me, this was somewhat symbolic of the news that we had received the weekend prior. I had mentioned in the last post that I was a bit distracted lately. Well that can all be sort of tracked back to whirligigs. Why you ask? Let me explain- I’ll give you the short version.


Two weekends ago, we learned that hutch studio (the studio & shop that my husband designs for & runs – home of the whirligigs) can no longer keep it’s doors open on a daily basis. Chris is going to still be working for the same company, but just in a different capacity now. While it’s really sad news because of how special hutch studio & it’s loyal customers are- Chris & I are going to do the best we can to maintain hutch studio’s online presence including a shop, continuing whirligig workshops, special events, & being open by appointment – with hopes of eventually working out a way to be open a few days a week until Fall.

So, in the last week, we have been adjusting to our new schedule, brainstorming, & creating a new etsy shop for hutch. It has been a bit overwhelming at times, but I’m excited about the new possibilities. The hutch studio shop will continue to have the “Make- It Yourself Kits” that Chris designed & that have become hutch best sellers, along with special vintage finds (including books & toys), fabric bundles, one of a kind art, & a scatter of klt:works items as well. 

One day at a time is my motto lately. I know I have written about hutch studio a lot in the past,  but there might be a few more blog posts about it in the future given my new involvement. Stay tuned… it’s bound to be an intersting ride. Our whirligig is spinning in our backyard as a symbol of  the new hutch studio headquarters. 

Here’s how to keep up with the hutch studio progress if you are interested:
etsy shop (cool things are being added everyday)

Thanks to all of you that have been so amazingly supportive & kind over the last few weeks (well always really). Your support is very appreciated! 

In a nutshell, this is what has been occupying my brain – along the side of trying to figure out the mysteries of toddlerhood & new products for klt:works…

How has your week been?


{Everyday Inspiration} Close to my heart…

The minute I became a mom, I was on the lookout for a special locket. For some reason, finding one hasn’t been easy. It had to be the right combination of unique & artistic – simple & nostalgic. Oh, and in my budget.  I’ve been really patient because I knew I would find the right one.

Thankfully, I stumbled on The Blue Balloon Etsy Shop. I knew when I saw Marie’s work (& read her “about me” section) that I didn’t need to look any further for my locket. She has so many beautiful lockets to choose from that it literally took me a month to narrow down my favorites. She is also a photographer and uses her own images for her jewelry and other shop treasures. It was when I saw the Cold Water vintage locket,  that I finally made my choice. I was immediately drawn to the water. Working with Marie made my new locket even more special. I sent her one of my favorite pictures to use on the inside. I chose one of Chris & Sayer in the water that I took on our trip to Cap Cod two summers ago. It was our first east coast trip with Sayer  to visit Chris’ side of the family. 

Here it is – the inside of my new locket!  I just got it in the mail yesterday and it’s just beautiful! The whole process was really enjoyable and I’m so glad I waited for the perfect fit. If you are looking for a special & unique gift this holiday season (or something special for yourself) you should really check out the The Blue Balloon. It’s handmade, vintage goodness… 
Thanks Marie- I just love this sweet necklace!
{first two images via Blue Balloon}