hold the applause

Chubby bottom bunnies were started

and finished!

..I am dead over that plump cottontail ♥

Shop samples were made!
(did I mention in an effort to combat my lonely mama heart and to possibly prevent my growing antisocial isolation conversations from getting out of hand with my ridiculous self, I have taken up work (part-time) at my local yarn shop! Closet hermit, currently working on it!)

Which includes getting to try new yarns and making loads of cute stuff!

..and because my thoroughly amazing husband and daughter didn’t want me to suck anymore, they surprised me with new technologies for my pathetically outdated ones (aww yeah!) upgrade for all my computering and printering needs :D

There is definitely more I want (need) to understand, there are so many good things I want to start ..just as soon as I can figure it out, so for now in the between I am just gonna play!

come on in 2015

© AMANDA OCHOCKI + chalklegs Frosty studio window at -13These new year days have been starting out well below zero and the windows in this old house have frozen over in delicate crystalline patterns, I don’t dare peek out the studio window, not that the thin lace panel adds much protection, but I’m too afraid to disturb the pretty fractal designs and perfectly diffused light ♥

© AMANDA OCHOCKI + chalklegs my gypsy studio table 2015

Along with frosted windowpanes, my studio view is building up in quaint layers and getting a little more bohemian gypsy looking by the day! With Lex home for winter break, she is continually clearing out odd and ends from her room (college is making her such a minimalist!) and me being the eternal hoarder (strike that) collector and liker of cute stuffs, I wants it all! ..she has taken to just leaving it on my work table (good girl ♥) I really want to turn that paper parasol into A Lady’s Bumbershoot!

© AMANDA OCHOCKI + chalklegs Sanrio Tomodachi

Pen pen pens, always more pens! One of our girls favorite places since childhood has been the Mall of America, so now whenever she is home, we have to make a trip (we live really close) and we ALWAYS stop at Sanrio so we can get swallowed up in adorableness and I can add to my cute pens (that fatty heart guy, you squeeze him and his heart puffs out ..squeal!♥!) but this time the Sanrio store was gone and in its place was one of our other FAVORITE shops Tomodachi! Same excellent pen selection and Hello Kitty goodness, but with a wider variety of other Japanese imports like anime, food/bento, softies, surprise boxes and fun Purikura photo booths!

© AMANDA OCHOCKI + chalklegs Hot Water Bottle CozyA few handmade Christmas gifts ..not as many as planned ..but maybe just enough ♥

Along with all the holiday busyness, there has still been plenty of time for loving each other, time for snuggling in and burrowing under piles of quilts, sleeping late, time for laughing and movie watching, loads of popcorn and the making every possible favorite food of Alexa’s before she has to leave us again ♥

I hope your 2015 has begun in peace and beauty xoxo chalklegs