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  • New House

    When I moved out of my mother's house at 20, I lived in an apartment for about 6 months and then I moved in with my boyfriend to an adorable craftsman style house in Huntsville's 5 Points district.

    It was love at first sight for me. The craftsman style aesthetic is my jam.

    Since then, I've lived in and owned a few 60s ranchers. And while I liked them, I never loved them. A few weeks ago, my husband and I were day dreaming and searching the local real estate site and we stumbled upon this lovely home. 

    So we bought it.

    And I couldn't be happier. It was built around 1929 and has all the lovely craftsman features that I love. I've already been busy plotting and planning (with the help of Pinterest, of course) on all the things I want to do and I'll be blogging about them as I go.

    Do you have a favorite style of architecture? Do you have any decorating ideas you'd like to share? 

  • Lately

    Things have been super quit around here for the past few months. In all honesty, I've had a hard time getting motivated and inspired. 

    My stepmom passed in a canoeing accident in April and its hit me a lot harder than I expected it to. Everything and nothing changed all at the same time. Through the depression, stress, and new responsiblities, I have lost my motivation to create. 

    But not my desire to be creative. I've found myself reverting back to creative exercises that I did in college. Like sketching everyday for at least 10 minutes. Or searching for new and different places to take my 4pm photo (instead of just shooting my desk). And I have a ton  of new project ideas that I want to try when I find the motivation.

    So, please, be patient. I'll be back soon. I just need a little time.

  • Custom Orders and Craft Shows

    This year is shaping up to be a tough year for handmakers. First, there was the closing of The Switch House and Studio 116 (the brick-and-morter stores that sold my wares), and then last week I found out that the only craft show I was planning on attending this year, The Sidewalk Art Stroll, has been cancelled. 

    So, I've been focusing on custom orders and testing some new patterns. 

    My cousin Stephanie recently gave birth to her 2nd daughter, Isla. I made her a green snail, reversable (and machine-washable) bib.

    My lovely friend Debra's birthday was in February, but due to a plumbing mishap and my heater deciding to quit working during a snow storm, I've been unable to get in my studio to make her present until last week. Since I haven't given her her present, I can only show a sneak peak. 

    I am in need of new potholders, expecially with all the baking that I do. I've been playing around with some new patterns and, so far, this one is my favorite. Its a log-cabin-y hexagon! The ones in the picture were a birthday gift for another lovely friend, Kristi.

    My most recent custom project was a Dr.Who themed diaper bag! I hope they enjoy it as much as I did making it. The exterior bottle pockets and interior are a light gray fabric with small concentric circles that reminded me of the inside of the TARDIS.

    Want a custom item? Email me! 

    Follow me on Instagram to see my next projects and on Pinterest to see what inspires me!

  • New Year, New Plan

    2014 was unbelievably wonderful for me. I saw items fly off of my "shelves" from online sales and from craft shows. The best part was that I got to meet so many of you lovely lovely fans.

    Though there was some sadness in 2014 as well. Last week it was announced that The Switch House, where I've sold my items for the past 3 years, will be closing at the end of January. While I will miss having a physical location for people to visit and see my work and the work of all the other incredibly talented Huntsville artists, I will be using the next few months to reorganize and reset goals for The Happy Cactus. I have some ideas that I think you will love!

    That being said, I've listed all of the items that were in The Switch House in my shop (and I've put some on sale too)! 

    I can't wait to share my 2015 with you!

  • Merry All The Way

    Its that time again! Do you think Aunt Margret would love a clutch, but only if it had purple elephants on it? Or that cousin Jim's new baby would look adorable in a Christmas themed baby apron? Send me a message! I'm now accepting custom orders for Christmas. Sadly, I cannot take any orders after December 15th so that I can insure that you'll get your items before Christmas.

    And don't forget to get a stocking! They come in 2 sizes: Large (approx. 18") are $20 and the Small (approx. 12") are $15.

    I'm making my husband and I two of the large ones and our dogs the small ones! Keep an eye on Instagram! I'll be posting pictures of them and everything else I make for Christmas!

    And don't forget that you can take 30% off your purchase (thorugh 12/6) with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2014

  • Thank You!

    I don't say enough, but thank you. Without the support of all of you lovely people, I wouldn't be able to grow this tiny business and pursue my dream of supporting myself with sewing.

    To say thanks, I'm offering a coupon code for 30% off your purchase from now until Saturday, December 6th. Just use the code: BLACKFRIDAY2014 at checkout!