A piece a Week – Inspiration from a Kelp Monster

I found this great mask washed ashore on the beach when walking along the Morro Strand State Beach. Just doing my usual beach cleanup getting rid of things that I feel should not be part of the beach environment I stash in my pockets until I see a trash can and dispose of whatever it may be. In amongst the kelp I found a halloween mask I imagine that was covered in sand that did not belong in the landscape so I put in in my pocket for throwing away later.

The kelp monster complete with kelp attached

As it turns out I was inspired by this to make some cushions for the kiddos and so far I have managed to make one this week with my stash of FabMo fabrics and trims that I have in my cleaned out studio/spare room!

I wanted to try out a version using greens and of course using the inspiration of kelp made it green too! Using interior design velvet fabric with felt and stretch fabric from an old top it all came together. I like the face and the moveable arms and my son really liked it too which is always a bonus as it was designed with kids in mind. So expect to see some of these in my etsy store in the near future.

Wassup! Mr Kelp Monster!
Flexible arms of kelp – full of action
Secret back pocket to add your pajamas

Side projects

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish! 

A friend recently loaned me her sewing machine to play with for a while and I rediscovered my love for instant gratification sewing projects. Unlike knitting which takes a lot of time, sewing is a craft I have been doing on and off for a long time so is easy for me to work on! Coming this spring (right nowish) is the launch of my home wares collection using up cycled fabrics from interior designer samples. Still working along in my free time so it is a process… The inspiration for home decor came with the desire to decorate my couch with cushions – so here is one and there will be more!