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David Bowies at Chicago Public Library January 12, 2016 23:02

On Monday I had the opportunity to teach a puppet-making workshop at the Maker Lab at Harold Washington Library. That morning the news had broken that David Bowie passed away overnight, and it was clearly on everyone’s minds. I had intended on allowing participants … Continue reading

An Old Year, A New Year December 31, 2015 20:59

Inspired by the Top Nine lists everyone’s been posting on Instagram this week, I decided to take a look back at some of my favorite moments from 2015. Instead of going on just people’s likes on the photos I posted … Continue reading

New Swallow Christmas Ornaments November 23, 2015 11:00

There are times when I feel myself becoming something of a living Portlandia skit, and never more so than when I decided to whip up a batch of swallow ornaments the other day. When in doubt, put a bird on it!These … Continue reading

Holiday Products Are a Go! November 10, 2015 08:00

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are upon us– or getting there, at least– and seasonal products are available now in my shop!Any finger puppet you’ve had your eye on is available as an ornament, for the perfect … Continue reading

New Headshot October 20, 2015 08:00

I’ve been in need of a new headshot for a while now. The photo that I’d been using to represent me and my business was, well, sorely out of date. It was taken back in 2009 or so, and basically … Continue reading

Imperator Furiosa + Trump Custom Puppets September 08, 2015 08:00

Of all the things I love about running my little business, one of my favorites has to be when people come to me with surprising, fun, and off the wall custom puppet requests. I was recently approached with two very “now” ideas– a … Continue reading

Team CoCo August 12, 2015 08:00

The shop is coming up on a big 10 year milestone next month, and given that I’ve been at this puppet game for so long, it’s probably not too surprising that sometimes I find that I’ve totally forgotten designs I … Continue reading

The King of Finger Puppets July 30, 2015 08:00

You’d think that in 10 years, I would’ve made a custom Elvis Presley puppet before now. I’ve talked about it with a couple of customers before, but things just never panned out– That is until earlier this month when I finally got … Continue reading

Obama Puppet, Six Years Later July 21, 2015 08:00

Barack Obama is about six and a half years into his eight years as president, but I was taken all the way back to 2008 with a post I was tagged in on Facebook the other day. That year my nephew was four … Continue reading

Pack It Up, Part 2 July 14, 2015 08:00

Last week I shared a bit about how I package up orders, focusing on the outside of the packages that I send. It may seem like a super micro aspect of a small biz to focus on, but when your … Continue reading

Pack It Up: How I Package Orders July 07, 2015 08:00

I’m part of a creative small biz discussion group that was recently talking about freebies and packaging. It was so interesting to see what different makers send along with their orders, and the way that they package their goods. I … Continue reading

Studio + Life June 02, 2015 22:14

A few photos I thought I’d share from the past couple of weeks. It feels like fall, but the calendar says it’s nearly summer. I’ve been doing a lot of restocks to shops, and working on the design for my new website … Continue reading

Ruth in Progress March 31, 2015 08:00

When I debuted my Louis CK finger puppet a few years ago I shared some of the behind the scenes process I go through in defining a puppet design in felt. With the release of my news designs this year, … Continue reading

New Designs: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Broad City March 05, 2015 08:00

I’m so excited to announce the release of two brand new finger puppet designs that went live in my shop today! My collection had been sorely lacking in the lady department, so I’m excited to debut three badass women– Notorious RBG herself, … Continue reading

New Designs Sneak Peek February 17, 2015 08:00

Exciting times over here in the studio– I’m just about ready to debut a few new 2015 puppet designs! Over the past month and a half I’ve been scheming (okay, actually, the scheming’s been going on for longer), sketching, sewing … Continue reading

Plans and Schemes January 29, 2015 08:00

The early part of the year is always the regeneration time for my biz. With the holiday rush over, January and February are traditionally when I make plans, think about new directions and designs, and try out projects I’ve been putting … Continue reading

Bowties are Cool January 13, 2015 08:00

Now that the holidays are over, I can finally share the set of Dr. Who finger puppets I made for my nephew this year. He sat with me at my booth this summer at the Indieana Handicraft Exchange and was quite insistent … Continue reading

“I like you, Maude.” “I like you, too, Harold.” December 09, 2014 08:00

Finally I can check this one off my to do list– Harold and Maude button packs are now live in my shop. I’ve been meaning to get around to these forever, and am really happy with how they turned out.Harold … Continue reading

DIY Trunk Show November 21, 2014 08:00

Chicago friends! I’ll be selling at the DIY Trunk Show tomorrow at the Broadway Armory in Edgewater. This’ll be my only in-person show of the season, so if you’ve had your eye on something, come on up and save on … Continue reading

New for the Holidays November 18, 2014 08:00

It’s two weeks before Thanksgiving, so you know what that means– time to get in the Christmas spirit! I’m excited to finally add my Heisenberg ornament to the shop this year. I sold this design at last year’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair … Continue reading

Early Bird Sale! November 11, 2014 08:00

They say the early bird gets the worm, but in this case the early bird will also get 20% off their purchase in my shop. Almost as good, right? No more procrastinating– I know you know somebody who would love the … Continue reading

Studio Lately September 09, 2014 08:00

A few shots of what I’ve been working on over the past several weeks– A new sign I made for the top of my craft fair puppet display. My newly organized shipping station. Confession: I’m still not very good at … Continue reading

Felt Outlaws, and How I Create Custom Puppets August 19, 2014 08:00

I completed a fun custom order the other day for set of Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings finger puppets. The customer I worked with had purchased my Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash puppets already and wanted to get the other … Continue reading

Pilsen Flea this Sunday August 14, 2014 08:00

Hey, Chicago! I’ll be setting up shop at The Pilsen Flea this Sunday with the always awesome Rhymes with Twee. I’m super excited to be selling in my own ‘hood for the first time ever and Pilsen Flea is always … Continue reading