I, SoftBot

Posted by on Feb 11, 2009

Between another sickness and projects involving metal and tools, the sewing machine has been pretty silent around the LwithT studio. But there is always room in our hearts for both metal AND fabric, so the SoftBot was created to bridge the gap. He’s a prototype for future robots that will hopefully make their way to the shop.

Here kitty, kitty

Posted by on Jan 15, 2009

Cats rule! Dogs drool!

No, not really, but 4 new cats have made their way into the Etsy shop! There will be an update soon for more severed leg cat toys too! That’s almost as cool as a nap in the fresh laundry pile.

Blue Christmas

Posted by on Dec 26, 2008

The tradition around here at the LwithT Studio is that Christmas cards usually go out late. But due to the passing of our President this past November, Christmas cards won’t go out at all this year. Instead, in honor of Misha, I’ve decided to feature just a few of the holiday cards from Christmases past. The cats have always had a front row spot on our holiday cards, and I wanted to remind myself of how much he loved the holidays, chilling out under the tree, flossing with ribbons and laying on the wrapping paper before I was done with it. Click on the images to see the cards larger. Hug your cats, kids or whatever makes you happy, and Merry Christmas everyone!

It wasn’t a bust

Posted by on Dec 18, 2008

In fact, the Bust Magazine Holiday Craftacular went pretty well. The severed leg cat toys sold out, and the response to the mushroom topiaries was very complimentary. I am so grateful to all who stopped by with kind words of encouragement. I’ve received a few e-mails too from you guys, so thanks to everyone…I enjoyed meeting all of you!!!

Since I’ve never had a table at a craft show before, I must say that the speed in which people set up was amazing. The only unhappiness that occurred was the HUGE pillar that sucked up half of the space behind the table, causing much inconvenience and Matrix-style maneuvering. Here is how the Life {with Tigers} table ended up, pillar and all:

The LwithT table was shared with Jed Dore of Colorswirl, who created these amazing art boxes. These belong in a gallery, really. He will have his shop up and running soon where these and other works will be available for purchase. I hope he sells prints of the Red Riding Hood image on his postcards. If you got one of those, you are so lucky!

Oh, and THANKS to Softies Central for featuring a topiary in their post on December 15th! I check in with them quite often and was giddy when I saw something familiar!

Oh, this is Craptacular

Posted by on Dec 12, 2008

Here we are, less than 3 days to the Bust Magazine Holiday Craftacular and I’ve been a busy bee here sewing up all kinds of goodies. Our booth number will be #32, by the way (towards the right hand side wall when you finally get into the main floor area). There was some concern that we had not received any information from Bust in a while, then we discovered that, for some reason, any mail from Bust Magazine doesn’t get delivered to me…even though I have no junk mail filters set up. “Some email servers think we’re porn” says Susan, the event coordinator. Nice.

Then, it happened:

This photo on the right is not a fine art piece…this is the ceiling, dripping it’s ass water onto where 4 weeks worth of sewing had been stored!!! Now, anybody who knows me knows I have a tempermental roof, but why did this have to happen now? Usually a call to the landlord will result in it being “fixed”, as in a little old man with a bucket of tar and a mop shows up a few days later and sloshes the stuff around the neighbors roof instead of mine. Thankfully, the dreaded drip drip was heard before it could do any real damage…I only lost a few gift boxes to the toxic sludge.

Giving Thanks

Posted by on Nov 27, 2008

It’s Thanksgiving again, and while it is a sad time here at the studio due to our recent loss, there are still things to be thankful for. I am thankful that there are still tigers in the world and in my home. I am thankful for the kind words of support and love I’ve received from friends and family around the country. I am thankful for those dandy little peppermint brownies at Starbuck’s. Most importantly, I am thankful for the good times I’ve shared with people and creatures during my lifetime who, through nature or happenstance, can’t be here to share their lives with me any longer. Thank you so much.

Now, something else to be thankful for…some good news!

Life with Tigers has been selected as a vendor at BUST Magazine’s Holiday Craftacular here in NYC!

Sunday, December 14, 2008
10:00am – 7:30pm
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, NYC

For more information, visit the website. We have been working feverishly getting as much good stuff ready as possible. Hope to see you there…it’s a cool event!

Life without Tiger

Posted by on Nov 10, 2008

His name was Mishiko. He liked guests. He liked freshly swept floors. He liked to jump into boxes too tall for him. He liked deli slices. He liked sleeping on the sofa bed. He had the heart of a lion, but the roar of a kitten. His purrs sounded like pigeons. He liked to help build stuff. He liked to get his face rubbed at exactly 12:00 midnight every day. He had sabre teeth. He had bear claw paws. He had a secret tickle spot. He was a carpenter. He was a samurai. He was a trooper. He was sometimes a pillow to smaller tigers. He was our inspiration. He was our therapist. He was our dose of common sense. He was our first-born. He was our companion for almost twenty years. He was our most beloved friend. Our hearts are broken, and we will miss him terribly.

Greetings, Little Doggie

Posted by on Nov 9, 2008

We love paper. Always have. So we are adding blank greeting cards to the shop soon. These little babies have real fabric on them! There will be kitty and monkey cards to, but here’s a sneak peak of the doggie cards:

Working on these cards has helped distract us here at Life with Tigers HQ, as our beloved President and Co-Founder Misha has taken very ill. We are crossing our fingers, paws and everything else crossable that he will soon recover. He has been the cornerstone of our nutty family for almost two decades, and has single handedly put the “Tiger” in our lives.

Robot Love

Posted by on Nov 3, 2008

Who is this handsome fellow? He’s the newest creation around the studio these days. See, we here at Life with Tigers HQ are big fans of robots, and we wanted one of our own. He lives in a diorama with it’s own lighting system in a dark corner, which makes him look like he’s performing on stage. We are considering making him some friends to share with others, because as much as we love our soft and huggable companions, everybody could use a bit of robot love.

There’s a Fungus Among Us

Posted by on Oct 26, 2008

There are six new Topiaries on their way to the shop this week, and a new doggie too! Thanks to everyone for their comments and critiques of our fungus.