peeking out of my hole

phew! I feel like I can finally come up for a breath and am not spending every free moment deep in the muck of code and development. I’ve had a chance to catch up on my blogs and so much is happening!

Congratulations to Amy and Amanda for reaching the big one year milestone! It is quite an achievement! Now we stop counting. I think blogging is one of those things you don’t really want to know how long you’ve been at it after the one year mark. Maybe that should be added to Amy’s Common Sense Rules for Mental Health.

Congratulations to Rosa for doll #500 and her adorable new doll design! Rosa’s photos of her dolls are already so amazing and now with them being poseable – I can’t wait to see what trouble they’ll get into.

And Big Congratulations to Hannah for baby number 3, Arlo. What a cute name! And despite the fact that I’m extremely jealous of her six minute labor I’m still very happy for her. Hannah, I’m popping this little bunny in the mail to you today for the new baby. (best for up on a shelf though unless you want to embroider eyes)

I thought I’d share the photo because this is going to be the next free pattern on the site. Here’s another view. She’s a bunny variation of the wee pattern (which means she’s easy to make!) and will be up in plenty of time to make it into Easter baskets.

In site improvement news, it was pointed out to me that my links list was too short. I like a short list but of course it’s not representative of all the blogs I read so I added a link to ‘and even more‘ down there under the weblogs links.

Also new to the sidebar, sometime today or tonight I’d like to add new galleries for the pointy kitty, the wees and shrinky dink pins. I’m going to set up flickr groups for each and then send out invites and I’ll put the links up here. If you’d like to join you can add your kitties, wees and pins to the galleries. Then I’m going to add flickr badges to the sidebar. They pull a random photo from the group every time the page is loaded. That way, unlike the wee gallery I have up now on typepad, all of your photos will get some ‘spotlight’ time in the sidebar and when people click on them they’ll link over to your flickr account. I think that sounds really fun! If you don’t have a flickr account a basic account is free and it’s easy to sign up even just to add a few photos. Then you can put a link in your profile back to your blog. (In case you’re looking for how to’s for flickr badges for your site the info is here. they really bury it and I always have a hard time finding it.)

Finally thanks to everyone who left a supportive comment about my new blog! I was really nervous about the reaction I’d get and I’m so excited people are looking forward to it. Now to get over there and fill it up with something!

31 thoughts on “peeking out of my hole

  1. Blair says:

    You are always one step ahead, you know that? A*l*w*a*y*s. Thanks for spreading the love on your link list. You’ve created one-stop-blog shopping! Now get that bunny pattern published because I need to make it for my kid’s Easter baskets.

  2. karen says:

    congratulation on your nwe site – as usual your softies are adorable – My 3 year old daughter will be glad with a bunny for Easter, thanks to you !!
    have a Wonderful crafty day !

  3. Sarah says:

    Great bunny! Now I’m motivated to do the wees I’ve had in mind before you post the bunny pattern, so I don’t feel behind. And such great developments on the site! So what do I have to do to get on your “even more” link list? Stop being such a copycat and come up with my own ideas?

  4. jenny says:

    I don’t post comments very often, but I must tell you how much your blog brightens my day!! Keep up the great work… I can’t wait for the bunny pattern!

  5. Claire says:

    I forgot to mention it too but I love your new site design, the illustration at the top is so wonderful. thanks for adding me to your extra links page – it’s a great neighbourhood to be in! The bunny is adorable, I just bought some of the dotty fabric and as always you’ve inspired me.

  6. Lauri says:

    Oh my gosh…I tried to make a little rabbit this morning. I just knew it was going to come out so cute and I’d be so proud of myself and I was going to send you a picture. But I don’t know what it turned out to be. I think I need your pattern! lol!

  7. sunni says:

    oh oh oh!! i love the wee bunny. last year for Easter I made tons of bunnies and I’ve been thinking about them already for this year so I can’t wait to try this one when the pattern is available!

  8. molly says:

    i love the idea of setting up a flickr pointy kitty pool. it will be great to see everyone’s creations–although mine has chewed paws thanks to a teething toddler! See, it’s already well-loved!
    And thanks for all the added links. Lots of great ones on there!

  9. --erica says:

    the sweetest bunny ever! You are such a talent!!!I’d love to make this one. I’m “softie” challenged..and am scared to try the cat..but maybe this one! he looks a bit like a “peep”..so sweet!

  10. Hanna says:

    Congratulations to all the celebrations, isn’t it fun to know so many people around the globe? 🙂
    The bunny is so cute, but you don’t have to make more free patterns Hillary, please make a book and let me be one of the first to say I want to buy it from you!!! 🙂 Love the cat pattern, making it soon!
    thanks!

  11. lisa s says:

    oh my the bunny is adorable [but what wouldn’t be from you?] so is the new look and the new blog! quite excited!
    also thanks for including me in your links. i feel quite honored!
    xo

  12. Eric Hancock says:

    It works on soo many levels. I was considering doing a bunny but what I’ve come up with is a bunny-pig-beetle thing. It should be posted on my shop by the end of the weekend.
    Keep it up!
    E

  13. SleepingBean says:

    I’m tickled to find the perfect little bunny to make my girls for our spring celebration. I have been back and fourth with many styles, but this is it! Thank you for sharing and for your beautiful and inspiring blog!

  14. SleepingBean says:

    Okay, so I made a wee bunny and stuffed him with dried Lavender and warm carded wool. I must admit, he looks so sad in comparision to your work! I lack that artistic flair, but the girls love him anyway. Bean calls him “Squooshy”.
    Thank you for the ideas!

    Laura

  15. Lori says:

    i’ve never posted on your site before, but i love, love, love it! ever since i saw a tutorial on the shrinky dink pins (a fascination from childhood!) i’ve been a big fan. pointy kitty was my first ever attempt at making something from a pattern. after the finishing touches, mine might be ready for the “pointy kitty gallery”. 🙂 thanks so much for sharing. i really enjoy your style and sense of whimsy. i can’t wait to try the bunny…

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