Picnic with You

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand.
“I just wanted to be sure of you.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh


Back in 1975 Coco Hall founded Freemountain Toys out of her home in Burlington, Vermont. She expanded into a local gristmill and at one time her stuffed “Vegimals” were hand sewn by as many as 140 local women.

Freemountain was awarded a certificate of commendation by the Public Action Coalition on Toys for its safe, imaginative products in non-sexist packaging. The United States Department of Agriculture included several Vegimals in its National Agricultural Library of educational materials.

Isn’t it amazing what one, imaginative woman can do?

Picnic with You

Coco sold her business in 1980 but before she did, The Bike Rack in Bloomington, Indiana, sold the stuffed “Vegimal” toys to bicycle, canoe and hiking enthusiasts. The future Mr. Catered Crop was co-manager of the shop and we had just started dating.

Let's Do a Picnic Lunch

Mr. Catered Crop and I met on a bicycle club picnic. And the first gift Mr. CC gave me was a Vegimal stuffed bear, “Emile Bearhart,” with a pocket containing a red velour heart.

I still have him –  both of them – the bear and the man.

And, somehow, after being married 31 years on Wednesday, I haven’t lost the heart in the pocket – of either of them.


Tips & Techniques

  • It’s My Favorite Things teaser time again. I’m highlighting one of the newest Pure Innocence images, On a Picnic. Oh, Swoon. The My Favorite Things boss lady has all the scoop about our Teaser Time at the My Favorite Things Blog – details about the latest stamps and Die-namics, links to all the designers’ crazy-fun creations, and, yes, prizes.
  • The little doll is Copic colored, fussy cut and paper pieced.
  • I used Michele’s gorgeous pointilism technique to color the bear.
  • The sketch is from this weeks My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club, MFTWSC (WFTWSC127). Isn’t it gorgeous?

Here are the Copic markers and MFT products I used today. The links for all of the new products will be live and the products will available for purchase in the MFT Boutique on June 11th at 10:00 PM EST.

Picnic Markers

Finished size: 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients include Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink and Authentique Pride 6×6 Bundle.

Picnic with You


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A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.  ~Eudora Welty


That Eudora Welty was a smart lady.



By unanimous decision my family’s favorite picture is from just a random day. Ms. Welty was right.  Without this snapshot the moment would have been a long-gone runaway.


My favorite adventure.


Tips & Techniques

I love how the Laina Lamb Design InstaFrame Die-namics resembles a Polaroid. so I matched it with the little photographer in the Pure Innocence stamp set, Shutterbug. She’s fussy cut, Copic colored and paper pieced.

If you’ve hung around me much, you know paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques. I still picked up a few tips from the latest My Favorite Things Academy installment, this one by Barbara Anders, MFTED8.

The sketch is from this week’s My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Club, MFTWSC126.

Here are the Copic markers I used and the rest of the ingredients.

Shutterbug Markers

Thanks for hanging out with me again – may you have many happy adventures!


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Just Relax

For fast-acting relief,
try slowing down. ~ Lily Tomlin

Pure Innocence Serenity

I was watching a talk show when Edith Kirchmaier came on. At age 105, she's still driving a car, volunteering, making crafts, and even staying connected through Facebook. 

Pure Innocence Serenity Card

Her only advice for a long life is to live happily and day-by-day. “I don’t let things bother me. If I can’t change them I don’t worry about them.”


Don't worry; be happy. It took hearing that from a centenarian for me to pay attention.

Just relax.

MFT Wednesday Stamp Club

If it's Wednesday, that means it's time for another My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge, (MFTWSC119). I love how festive this sketch is this week. You can find all the details for playing along on the My Favorite Things blog where you can also see what the Design Team has done with it.

I followed Michele Boyer's tutorial, Coloring Hair with Copic Markers. Didn't the little doll's hair turn out cute? Thanks, Michele!

Here are the toys I played with, including the new Pure Innocence Serenity stamp set.


Finished size is 4-1/4" by 5-1/2". Other ingredients include Memento Rich Cocoa Die Ink; Copic Markers (E50, E53 and E31 for hair; E000 and E00 for skin); My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 Indie Chic Nutmeg Designer Paper Pad.

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