- Shannon Duffy
- Kentucky Lake, United States
- I am an artist and educator living in a beautiful Kentucky State Park with her amazing husband and two sweet ones. I have a MFA in Metals/Jewelry from Arizona State University and am a self taught stitcher. I recently took a break from metalworking to design and create unique toys for children. The process in which I work never changes, only the material. I just enjoy making. UPDATE: I AM BACK IN MY METALS STUDIO!!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Hello, I have been fighting off a cough and sniffles the past few days......but, I am stitching here and there and wanted to give a quick up date on my store. I will be posting several Campfire totes soon! I recently posted some Cars totes and Island totes that can be seen in my store now. If there is something particular you are looking for?.......Please feel free to convo me. I am also, coming out with a new one for the spring!!!! So, stay tuned.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I feel really grateful today! I have received several nice features in the past couple of weeks that have given my work much attention. It has been very nice, hmmm....that's probably an understatement. It has been exciting, exhilarating, thankful, and the list goes on......So, last night I was checking my etsy store to find an abnormal amount of activity going on with my hearts (esty's way to bookmark favorites). Maybe, there was another feature on my work somewhere out there? Luckily for me google analytics answers all those questions, but not until the next day. Here it is the next day, checking my analytics report to find at the top of the referring sites to be.......Ohdeedoh! First thought, no way, that is amazing! It was just a click away....and taadah! Yes, they did a feature on my work! Ohdeedoh just happens to be one of my favorite children's design sites, I was at a loss for words. Thank you Ohdeedoh. If you don't know about Ohdeedoh, well, it is a subdivision of Apartment Therapy. They feature only the coolest most hip designs, I am very honoured to even be mentioned. Have a great day! I know I will!!!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I found a new children's design blog called kids love design while I should have been sewing last night. Then stumbled upon this image of these nesting rockers by puur design studio. It's called magic chair and is a concept design by Dripta Roy. The chairs were designed to save space but more importantly this chair can be a piece of art on its own. Beautiful and functional......just my kind of furniture!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Good morning all! These are a few of my favorites I found this week. I think sparrowsfart is hilarious, the name not the work. Evidently sparrowsfart is an Australian slang word that means dawn, funny! I really enjoy her little horses, they have such attitude. Then the top image, lillalotta's work is perfect for gift giving. Sweet little house garland and some decorative dolls fill her shop based in France. Last, I found this chair fabric, perfect for making a little girls dress out of, I just love to use unpredictable prints in my daughters clothing, I think it makes them extra hip! All worth checking out! You can find the list of other bloggers who make Saturday lists in the right sidebar of Charlotte's blog. Cheers......Have a great Day!!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
You know the old saying "when it rains it pours"? Well, it has happened to me the past couple of weeks in an oh so spectacular way!! I have now landed on coolmompicks.com!! My Discovery Totes are featured there today and with a super bonus! You must read the feature to find out! Yay, Helicopter Studios!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
First, I have to say how much I have enjoyed being a part of Etsy, Flickr and blogging! I have "met" so many really talented and sweet people. One being Stefanie from Hamburg, Germany. She was my Holiday Traditions Exchange partner. I never had a chance to post anything during the holidays about how much I loved all of my handmade items she so thoughtfully put together for me, thanks again Stef. Stefanie has a great blog called Morning Flower that happens to be bilingual, go Stef! Well, I was tagged by....you guessed it....Stefanie from Hamburg! So, that leads me to this post about the new tagging game. Now this one I can handle, not so many questions and such reveal. This tagging goes like this.........go to the 4th picture file in your computer and go to the 4th picture and blog about it. This is my 4th and 4th.....ahhhh, such sweetness!! Time passes so quickly and there is never a dull moment with two little ones. I remember this moment like it was today, just a random evening hanging out before bed time stories. I just happened to capture true love between a brother and sister. Those big blue eyes adorning both of my children are my favorite thing to shoot! Sweet sweet baby love...........I could go on and on but, I shall stop here. Now, I have to tag 4 bloggers to post in the same manner. Here goes.........
Sunday, February 8, 2009
via Yanko Design
"Trad is a shelter, personal space where children carry out their fantasies and games. A place that allows them to feel safe, to learn and to imagine. That enchanted wood where one can dream of heroes and princesses, witches and dragons... and live a thousand and one adventures. The tree, as an icon for wisdom, shelter and playground, symbol of life and growth. Approach to an increasingly absent nature, as a comeback to traditional games, towards imagination development, with no artifices, as a basis for the growth of the child's personal world."
I came across this children's toy the other day and looked with amazement! I think it is brilliant. How much fun could a child have with one of these. It is beautiful to look at, which is where I have a problem with most children's toys. I can't "live" with objects that I don't like to look at everyday. This is one that you couldn't put away and really why would you. I love the open ended playability that is offered to the child. Then the symbolism behind the tree shelter is by far the smartest concept for a toy I have ever heard. I'm just jealous I didn't think of it first.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I could not believe my eyes! On this blog I have some of my favorite blogs and websites under blogroll on my side bar. I love this feature because it gives you up to date postings that are on those choice sites. So, I am having my morning coffee and checking out some of my favorites when, I see under Indie Fixx is Discovery Totes by Helicopter Studios! It was a total surprise to see, especially because I rarely see a posting about kid products. The feature was short and sweet but provided the reader with lots of images. Sometimes pictures speak louder than words! Thank you Indie Fixx for your very nice feature!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Today I received a very nice email from Beatrice the curator at Etsy Stalker informing me that she included one of my Discovery Totes in her latest exhibit. "Confessions of an Etsy Stalker" is an on-line museum of Etsy arts and crafts. Beatrice believes there are two kinds of people necessary in the arts. First, there are the artists and then there are the people who appreciate the arts. Her website focuses on promoting and helping professional artists and their passions. This website is a fantastic way to find information on etsy sellers your might not know about and listen to why she has picked them to be her favorites. So, click over and at least read my latest on line feature!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
These are heart necklaces that hold little clothes pin dolls. They are made of wool felt and fabric, the ribbon is approx. 20 inches so it is easy to slide over the head. I have already given each of my kids one and they played with the dolls on the playground all afternoon. If you are wondering, I made a boy doll for my son, with little pants. I guess I need to add some of those to my shop too! I don't know about the other moms out there but, my kids love to have "take alongs" when ever we are running arrands or going to play. They always want to bring a little something like a doll, car, stufftie etc... So, this is perfect when they get tired of holding the doll it can be tucked away inside the little heart. Each of the dolls are dressed in outfits that match the heart that carries them. Check them out in my store this week!