Micro-Action Short and Super Funky Pants

By now you’re familiar with the funny, honest and informational movie reviews from Sam Kench and the Brickwall Pictures team, but did you know they also make really quick micro-action shorts semi-regularly to add to the current content on their Youtube channel?  Sam and his team put together a minimal story, with zero budget and…

Run Your Buns Off this Labor Day Weekend

On August 30, 2014 Basic Ingredients Bakery and Gift Shop and NH Adventure Boot Camp for Women host the fifth annual Run Your Buns Off road race in Bristol and Bridgewater, New Hampshire by Newfound Lake. In 2013 over 300 runners and walkers participated in the 4.2 mile run and organizers hope to exceed that number…

Turning painted felt into crazy critters

I’ve been designing my own stuffed animals for a little while now. It started out by trying to duplicate a little stuffed bunny I had  as a child, and now I have a burgeoning zoo of wild, domestic and mythological animals taking over my living room. A few months ago I decided to take it a step further…

Hats and stuffed animals Inspired by Seuss

This year’s spring musical for the Newfound area of New Hampshire was “Seussical the Musical”. Like the past few years I helped out with costumes and props and offered to help with merchandise for the shows. I love how wacky and colorful Dr. Seuss’ characters are so I decided, rather than making “normal” sized hats to make…

Dr. Seuss inspired fascinators

I’m a huge Dr. Seuss fan and was very excited to find out the 2014 spring musical for the Newfound area of New Hampshire is going to be Seussical the Musical April 11th and 12th. I’m working on some Seuss inspired fascinators, for the stage and for sale during intermissions. Below is  my “Cat in…

Tessellation celebration

By Amy Lyn I challenged myself several months ago to hand sew a quilt after creating the DIY tutorial: How to Make a Tessellation Quilt. Originally I had planned to make a simple, little block of 4 x 4. But, once I got that put together, I was struck with a vision and just had…

Recycling every little scrap into something fun

After making several stuffed animals of various shapes and sizes, I was left with a very large pile of scraps. The small scraps I naturally added to the stuffing pile. But, some were too big not to use for something else, but not quite big enough for any animal body part. So, I did a…

Dark Chocolate Moose

I’m still working on a short story for this dark chocolate moose. I’m thinking he’s a movie lover though. Moose are such majestic creatures. People travel from around the world to New Hampshire hoping to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures. I’ve been lucky enough to witness moose a few time and every time…

Memphis, the Elvis loving, little black Scotty dog

I write the original stories that accompany each of the stuffed animals I create.  Memphis is a little all black Scotty Dog and a HUGE Elvis fan. He loves working on classic cars, and going to cruise nights with his 1955 pink Cadillac.  He’s got a wide, friendly smile for everyone he meets, even if he…

How to Create a Tessellation Quilt

A tessellation is like a puzzle where the same shape is repeated to cover a surface, with no gaps and no overlays. Many tessellations are simple shapes like triangles, squares and hexagons, but some more difficult versions take the form of animals like birds, fish, and frogs. M.C. Escher was the master of tessellations. My…