Things are ever changing around here. I feel like I went to bed a woman with a business, a dog, and a wonderful boyfriend and I woke up (groggy and too tried) with two kids, two businesses, and still (luckily) a wonderful partner.  It took 4 years to get here and while I feel like this is what I've always been doing- what I've always hoped for- sometimes I look up and wonder how I got here and why it's so hard. These two brilliant and amazing little people inspire and exhaust me in nearly equal parts.

Yesterday, in middle of a photo shoot for the POLKA DOT CLUB as often happens around here, work and life mixed together and both kids ended up in my studio, on my lap, in front of the camera.  Having children brought my dream of making toys for kids into perfect focus. I've always wanted to make beautiful things for little people- to make them smile, to bring comfort, to inspire play. All the struggle and long hours are worth it when I hand over a little-hand-made-play-thing and they don't want to let go. They're my ever inspiring test subjects, that and so so so much more.


new mailing list! and a plea

The studio is a busy place these days as I ramp up for the holiday season... I'm trying to juggle a few too many things lately, and staying in touch here and via email seems to continue to fall through the cracks. So- in an attempt to remedy this situation I've created a new mailing list. Now if I want to send out a note about a new pattern, a few new pieces in the shop, or if I'll be attending a workshop or event- it will be quick and much more beautiful than my previous mailings.

All this said, I've been trying to hand type in every one's contact info into the new service but it's making me a crazy woman, so I thought I'd just ask for some help! If you'd like to be continue to on my mailing list, Please Sign Up Here! A million thanks! ~ Jennifer

((C. and I in the corn maze last week--- loving this time of year))


Hello out there...

Yes! Contrary to the activity on this blog-I'm still around and still making things. The POLKA DOT CLUB has been keeping me very busy as any new business does. But in the evenings, after the kids are tucked in bed, the dishes are done, and the house quiets down- I've been cutting, sewing, and working a little here and there on new one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces for the shop. Maybe I'll get them done before Halloween but maybe I should just shoot for before Fall has made its last stand. Progress is slow but my heart is in it. Making all the PDC bears is so much fun- thinking if the children who will play with and love them- but I miss the creativity and process of making each bear new. They're little experiments and I love to see how each one becomes a unique and therefore perfectly- imperfect object in my hands...


News from the PDC: I've been keeping things interesting over at the clubhouse too, making one of a kind and small special editions too... These little Halloween Bears will make it into the shop next week!