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Three beasts looking for…you?

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Three beasts, pre-hugged and looking for a new home. Currently living in London. Being auctioned on Ebay by the fabulous Leona of Lady Luck Rules OK. Here’s your chance to adopt one of these classic characters that I may or may not ever feel like sewing any more of ever! Click links below pics to go to auctions.

Peppermint Beast
Peppermint Beast

Mr. Rainbow
Mr. Rainbow


The Bat Flower

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Bat Flower
Here is a little piece entitled Bat Flower that I sent to Monkeyhouse Toys for a charity benefit art show that opens tonight.

5" x 7", fabric, beads, fun fur, embroidery floss, thread, ready to hang in a glittery frame

Info about the show:
A Charity Art Show and Sale
to benefit Junkiri School, Hopeful Vocational
School and Children for Green Nepal

Opening reception on Saturday, September 19th, 5pm-9pm
Work will be on view through September 30th

100% of the proceeds from this show will be going to benefit the Junkiri School, the Hopeful Vocational School, and Children for Green Nepal.

Please visit to learn more about GALA and these wonderful and needed programs.

“Junkiri means firefly in Nepali, the idea of the school’s name is that the children create their own light to guide them through life.”

Artists include:

Chirag Bangdel
Astha Tuladhar
Amit Baniya
Rabin Maharjan
Sabnum Shrestha
Juju Kaji Maharjan
Bisnu Lama
Josh Taylor
Jenna Colby
Dee Chavez
Mary J. Hoffman
Lauren Preston
John Hicks
Heather Chavez
Carl Lozada
Chris Hartford
Alina Chau
Kelly Thompson
Spooky Daddy
Bee Harris
Donna Letterese
Jenny Harada
Frank Furlong
Christine Velez
Jonathan Bueno
Christian Robles
Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery
1618 1/2 Silver Lake Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

old seal and containers
Here is a velour seal that I made when I was about 10 yrs old. It was commissioned by my grandmother. She kept it on top of her perfectly made bed complete with bedspread for many years. I inherited it back from her about seven years ago. Here she is trying to see which is taller, her or the pile of #6 containers I have saved for a project. If she stands on her tippy flippers, she is indeed taller!

ladybug mater
Bacterial speck has overcome. It has been a bad year for tomatoes, folks. Well it’s kinda cute how this one looks like a ladybug anyway. My two yr old noticed it. She was saying, "Ladybug, mommy! Ladybug, mommy!" and it was right in my hand and it took me a while to find the ladybug.

Me Make Monster

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

dolly mess up
I was making something with a dolly face but I didn’t like that factory mess up blue smear on her forehead. (Some stray junk got embedded in the vinyl making it discolored.) So, I ripped it out and now she looks whiskery. Maybe I will try making a whiskery baby on purpose sometime.

That’s how it goes when you are making a book about making monsters. There has been a lot of trial and erRAWRrrr. Many monsters have been made. Many monsters have been destroyed. There are only so many pages in a book, so there are a bunch of extra beasts lurking around too. I’ll be sharing some of those bonus projects here some time soon. In the meantime, I am looking for a few good Dr. Frankenstein types to join my crusade. Do you fancy yourself a monster maker extraordinaire? Maybe you’d like to contribute to my monster book. Email me if that’s you. jh AT jennyharada DOT com. BTW, that title up there, “Me Make Monster,” is also the title of my book! It will be coming out next year from F+W. Check out all their fabulous crafty titles on My Craftivity.

puppy pie
My brother’s family got a new puppy and we made this blueberry pie to celebrate. I can’t really take any credit for making this, but I can take credit for eating some. I did however made a quiche with the same crust, my sister-in-law’s secret crust recipe, and it came out so good. It was a crusty goodness day!

sauce mix
Here is my favorite new special blend for a tasty sauce. One each of apple, tomato, onion, and banana. I am going to super chop these and throw them in the slow cooker in just a bit for tonight’s dinner!

Back to school, back to blog

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Hello blogland buddies. How are you? I am doing fine. Today my son started kindergarten. Now that school has started, I’ve given myself the assignment of writing here on the bloggy, once again. I inadvertently leap-blogged right over the three summeriest of months! Most of the words I have written lately have been devoted to the book I am working on. I will share more about that very soon. It’s quite exciting, I think. For now, here are some words and pictures to sum up my summer.

Spent some time at the shore, but not enough.
Cherry Bum at the shore

Grew lots of things in the garden and ate them.
delicata squashes

Here is a project that did not end up in the book.

The lemon is CLOSED.
The lemon is CLOSED

Three wet hibiscus blooms on the Veranda. It pretty much rained every day this summer.

Just one snack among snacks.

xo Jenny