make time to make.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

printing printing printing

Some new goodies we made this week! Robots and owls for the little ones. I foresee a heat setting party in the near future.

new website!

Our new website is now live. Check it out here !

My brother Hank designed the site for me and I love it. If you're looking for someone to make a lovely website for you, check out no alarm media. You won't be disappointed!
I just got my first shipment of alternative apparel
t-shirts to print on tonight. I have been looking for a company to buy my shirts from for a long time and finally decided to go with them. I am very happy with the quality (100% organic cotton, so nice and soft!) and I'm excited to get printing! But not tonight. I must get some sleep!

I've also been up insanely late every night working on making lots of goodies for Renegade. Last night I made a run of adult robot t-shirts and also made these bibs.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Thorson household has been busy this week! Chad's birthday was on Monday so the kids and I painted a fun happy birthday sign for him and made a lovely cake. Isn't it pretty? The kids went kind of crazy with the sugar and sprinkles. It was perfect.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

An American exchange student in Paris giveaway!

Love robots? Love screwed up Engrish-French? Then you'll love this shirt!

We have a limited number of robot t-shirts that we are giving away for absolutely FREE. Just leave a comment on this post and make sure there is some sort of obvious way for me to contact you if you are a winner.

We will choose 5-10 winners randomly on Tuesday September 1st at noon. Winners will have a choice in t-shirt size (some kid sizes available, too!) based on availability.

Please share this giveaway on your blog, twitter, facebook, or anywhere else where you have friends who like fun stuff for free! And visit our etsy shop for more fun t-shirt designs and other goodies.

Thanks for playing!


Monday, August 24, 2009

lots of awesome!

Lots of fun new things to share this week!

I had a custom stamp made to use for the back of cards and for some packaging. I love how it turned out! A big thank you to Tickled Pink Paper & Ink on etsy!

Okay, are these shirts the cutest thing ever or what? One of my favorite etsy sellers, heatherjeany has started to print some of her designs on kid shirts. I love all of the designs so I decided to let my kids pick out which one they wanted instead of choosing for them. LOVE these shirts!

In other news, we have been gearing up for Renegade! Did I mention that we will be vending at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago in September?! Very fun! We are working on making lots of new goodies. I'm not sure how much can be accomplished in the next few weeks but we are hoping to bust out one or two new designs before the show. More on that soon!

Busy busy busy lately! Today is Chad's birthday so we are off for a fun night out in just a bit.

Have a lovely week!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

another stab at stamp carving

I have been tearing my house apart for the last few days looking for my favorite bird stamps. I gave up but didn't want to go out and buy more, especially since I have all kind of supplies for stamp making. I busted it all out tonight and tried carving a few birds. None of them turned out quite as I imagined but this one made me happy.

I made this card with it right away.

And I'm not giving up yet! My goal is to create at least 3 or 4 pretty bird stamps so I have a fun variety for my cards and other projects. This is a very slow process for me. My guess is that as soon as I finish my last stamp I will magically find the stamps that were missing in the first place.



That is how it works, I guess.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

the cupcakes!

Aside from the very sweet frosting, the mint cookie cupcake experiment turned out okay! I left half of them unfrosted and tried one with ice cream earlier. YUM.

My husband's birthday is in 2 weeks and I'm thinking about making some sort of key lime cake or cupcake. He loves key lime pie but I kind of want to mix it up a little. Does anyone have recipe suggestions?

Happy Birthday baby Jette!

My little girl is three today.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

awesome people, places and things

Back from a family mini-vacation in the twin cities!

I have to say that I love Minneapolis/Saint Paul more every time we visit. There are so many fantastic people, so many awesome shops and restaurants, and lots and lots of great things to keep the kids busy.

We had lots of fantastic meals in Mpls but my favorite requires me to admit that I allowed my kids to eat cupcakes for breakfast. Yes. It's true. We had bananas and coffee before the cupcakes but the cupcakes were the main course. We started our Saturday at Mitrebox, a lovely framing shop with an amazing card selection, for CUPCAKE SATURDAY which features amazing fresh baked cupcakes by the lovely Sheela of miel y leche. The four of us walked through the pouring rain to get our cupcakes and it was absolutely worth it. We tried all three flavors that were offered -- vegan peach with mint, buttercream
limoncello, and chocolate curry with lemongrass coconut buttercream. All three were divine but my favorite was the chocolate curry. The flavor combination was perfect and the frosting was to die for. If you're in the Minneapolis check out miel y leche! Quick!

We also made visits to lots of our favorite shops and went to a few new ones. After many stops we managed to find the perfect cherry pitter, lots of great used books, new bed sheets, and an amazing print by Adam Turman among other goodies.

Our last shopping stop before we started to wind down to leave town was i like you in Minneapolis. It's an lovely handmade boutique that has the feel of a playground (including astroturf and oversized swing!) and is filled with gorgeous handmade pretties. Such an inspiring shop! I'm excited to say that select Space Oddities gocco prints are now available at i like you and you'll be able to find more of our goodies there in the future.

Other highlights of the weekend include rock out session with our friends Kelly and Greg (can you believe that Lars was rocking out until one in the morning? he even sang blitzkrieg bop!), a fun trip to the aquarium in the mall of America, and a great hangout brunch with Sheela.

Well, I'm off to make MORE cupcakes! This time for the birthday girl, Jette, who is turning 3 tomorrow. I have half a package of mint oreos leftover so I am going to try to whip up something acceptable. I'll report back to let you know how that goes.


Sunday, August 2, 2009

summer is slipping away.

Originally uploaded by space oddities

Is it really August? I've found myself racing to do all of the last gasp of summer things I can handle these past few weeks. We finally made it to the drive-in. We went to the last night of Concerts of the Square downtown Madison. Family reunion. Roasting marshmallows by the campfire...

I'm hoping I can squeeze in a few more fun things.

This is supposed to be my summer of rock.

Perhaps it'll be autumn of rock.

When did time start to fly like this? I am getting old.


P.S. We'll be in Minneapolis this weekend. What are your favorite restaurants and shops in the area?