Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Taking a wee vacation

I have been a naughty blogger! But I promise to be back in the New Year with some big news.
Until then, I'm going to be taking some time off over the holidays for some rest and relaxation.
I hope everyone gets to do some of the same.

I'm finishing up the last of the December orders this week, and I'll be putting my Etsy shop in "vacation mode" as of midnight tonight until the first or second week in January. So anyone wishing to place a last minute order has approximately 12 hours to do so.

Thank you to everyone who helped make 2010 another successful year for Koo & Poppet!

Happy holidays and see you in the New Year,

xo Sarah

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tonight, I bring you: Blog-worthy quotes from a 2-year-old girl

Quote #1:

[listening to the radio, driving home on Thursday night]

Sadie, semi-audibly:
"Mommy. I want Lady Gaga."

Me, incredulously:
" What did you just say Sadie???"

Sadie, very audibly:

Quote #2:

[picking her nose while driving home on Friday night]

"Sadie, don't pick your nose."

"No, I trying get boogie."

Monday, November 29, 2010

When the bee stings.....

As we bid farvel (as they say in Denmark) to Cyber Monday 2010, here are a few of my favourite (online) things:

Happy Bee Day Cards by ZenBrush

Gorgeous Danish Ormaggio vase by Kahler

Concrete platter by ImpureVessels

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Syd and Ria: first two koo ever

These were the very first koo & poppets I ever made!
You can't see the bear's eyes and there's just something *off * about that bunny's face.....I don't trust him....he looks like a pick-pocket, or some character of equivalent shadiness....

but practice I did, and soon I found the look I was after. my stitches have really improved since then too :)
It's fun to look back and see how they've evolved. These two dinosaurs live in Sadie's room.
They don't have names and they don't have likes or dislikes. So hows about I make those up on the spot:

(bear) "Ria"
likes: auspiciousness
dislikes: bad timing

(bunny) "Syd"
likes: loose change
dislikes: law enforcement

Let's just say that these two are the Bonnie & Clyde of K&P.

Happy American Thanksgiving!
See you on Black Friday - there will be a sale in the shop from November 26 - December 4.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Calling all Facebook fans old and new! Enter to win a Koo & Poppet scarf!

Are you a fan of Koo & Poppet on Facebook?
Simply visit the K&P page (via the sidebar of this blog or by clicking here), leave a comment on the scarf giveaway post, and be automatically entered to win it. Give it as a stocking stuffer or save it for a windy day!
Stripes and polka dots: they're so hot right now.

A winner will be chosen by a random number generator ( on Cyber Monday, November 29th.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Pierre the Snowfellow

view from our driveway on Saturday morning

Sadie applauding Pierre's completion

Showing him some genuine love

You can't tell it, but he's beaming from ear to ear

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Koo & Poppet scarves in hi-def

Better photos, as promised!

My little love was a most cooperative model this time. I said to her, "Sadie, would you wear a scarf and we'll go outside and Mommy will take your picture?" Usually she would have responded with a polite but firm "NO THANK YOU", but instead she said "okAAAYYY!"
As long as I show her the resulting photo on the camera afterward, she's all good. Except she touches it like it's a touch screen (ipone over-exposure) and doesn't understand why you can't browse through the pictures with a sweep of your finger :-)

Gingham, polka dots, and sailboats

Filigree and woodland critters

Modern dots

a colourful stack

This is the moment on ANTM "panel" when TBanks says:

"It's all about the garment. You're really selling the scarf."

And Andre Leon Talley says:

"And yet, there's still a connection with your eyes and the audience. It's like you're looking into our souls."

And Miss Jay says:

"I don't know. This isn't working for me. I love the dimples, but there's something awkward about the tongue."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New sniffy faces

Bear 2.0 heart version is on her way to "Baby Ruby's house" as Sadie says. I don't normally name them after the children they belong to, but for some reason "Ruby Bear" has stuck! I think it suits her.

I am trying to think of a good name for this sleepy fellow.....any ideas?

And this is Jessie. She likes butterscotch and dislikes cavities.

Who is your favourite?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November Scarves!

Okay, please look past the crappy photo.....but I just wanted to post this tonight....What you see here are some Koo & Poppet scarves in time for the chilly season! I will photograph them properly over the next few days. They will be available in the shop by the weekend :-)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Re-Inventing the School Photo: Stomping Ground

Now THIS is what a school portrait should look like:

Photo source: Stomping Ground

But instead, most of us grew up with school photos like this:

Ahhhhhh, the cloudy background. Let us take a moment to revel in its glory.

Yes, that is yours truly in 1985. Woooot! Let's hear it for '85!!
Miss Chubs! Killer bangs, as usual. (and no, I did not go to a private school. I just liked my plaids, okay?)
It appears Renee Zellweger took a cue or two from my pursed smile. Copycat.

Well I am hear to shout from the rooftop that Stomping Ground has really saved the day when it comes to school portraits.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, these peeps are on to something. I love the commitment in these photos! Just look at this warrior's clenched fist. Now that's passion.
Photo source: Stomping Ground

I first discovered Stomping Ground in a summer issue of Print Magazine and I just had to share with you.
Aaron Kenedi writes:
"If ever there was a visual trope in need of an overhaul, the school portrait is it. Perhaps you have overcome the agony, shame and abject horror of having your most awkward years captured for posterity, but 30 years later, I still have not. So when I heard about the photography studio Stomping Ground, my heart swelled for all those kids who will be spared such lingering wounds. The big idea at Stomping Ground? Let kids be kids. Let them celebrate themselves how they choose, in all their goofy, adorable, sweet, funny, and enviable glory. Let them laugh and dance, wearing the Batman costume or the princess tiara. Kids don't get to be kids for nearly long enough - so why not encourage them to enjoy it while it lasts? These are photos you'll acutally want to look at 20 - 0r 30 - years later instead of hiding them away in a drawer."

Photo source: Stomping Ground
Photo source: Stomping Ground
Photo source: Stomping Ground

Monday, November 1, 2010

Best Baby Products: a BIG FAT HEN sale!!

Calling all moms and dads of little tiny people! Have you started your holiday shopping yet? How much of it will you do online? If you're looking for a good place to start, I have an idea for you.....
Until November 7th, Canadian-based BIG FAT HEN is having a crazy sale on their organic cotton sleep sacks. You'll get them for 50% when you order off their website Yes, 50%! Not to mention, the first 50 people to share the sale on their social media sites and report back will receive a Big Fat Hen gift (click here to follow BFH on twitter). It's win/win!
Plus, I happen to know Miss Emily (BFH's CEO) personally, and I can tell you with complete confidence that these products are of the highest quality and craftsmanship!!
Check out the sleep sack selection here. These are a perfect holiday gift for babies far and wide......
(Sound familiar? You might remember BIG FAT HEN from this collaborative giveaway)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween.....

Stuffed monster by JUNKERJANE

Today we rode a ghost train and drank hot chocolate.....
Then we carved pumpkins and listened to The Monster Mash.....
Now I'm off to finish decorating for tomorrow and maybe watch a scary movie.....

Have a very haunted Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Morning has broken....and is unfixable


#2: We live about an hour (on a good day) outside of Victoria, where Scott and I both work. Sometimes it takes us 2 hours to commute one way!! I know, it makes me feel sick too.

THUS, I am forced to drag myself out of bed at a heinous hour. An hour in which the land is still dark, no neighbourly porchlights have yet been turned on, no cheerful birdsong has broken the silence. Do you know of this painful hour? Probably not, because, civilized person that you are, you wake up when it is clearly morning, and not when it is STILL NIGHT.

After snoozing my alarm clock for about 40 minutes, I stuggle out of bed and into the shower, where I pretty much continue to sleep. Believe you me, I think the following thought nearly every morning: "I can't wait until bedtime tonight."

Meanwhile, Scott gets Sadie fed and dressed and into the car, bless his patient soul. I try to plan ahead what I'm going to wear but inevitably end up standing in front of my closet staring into space (my friend has coined a term for this early morning expression: "Sock face"). I've written about this topic before, kind of. You can read more about it here.

The coffee's brewing. The clock is ticking. The car is running.

I run through my final checklist:

- teeth brushed

- coffee/coffee-maker off

- Sadie's bag

- coat

- shoes

- 15 lb purse

- lights off

- lock door

Then we begin the drive over the Malahat, through Goldstream Park, and eventually come to a stop when we hit the suburbs of Victoria. Here we inch along in a sea of red brake lights. Here I put my make-up on. Here Sadie starts to lose it in the backseat. I don't blame her. There comes a point when you cannot tolerate a 5-point harness any longer.

Eventually the bottleneck works itself out and we sail into town. This was the view of that part of the drive this morning:

If this looks early to you, remember that I had already been up for nearly 2 hours when this was taken!! I muster the strength to appreciate the sunrise.

That, my friends, is my morning tale. TGIF - maybe I'll get to sleep in tomorrow....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm in love with: ANTHROPOLOGIE

Here are a few items I am longing for over at Anthro right now.....

WHOA. Has Anthropologie always had kids' stuff?!
That hooded cardi is adorable, is it not? I know a dimple-faced nearly 2-year-old who would look especially sweet wearing it!
Fellow Anthro lovers - what is on your wishlist?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Apple Jackets: Really? or REALLY

I know what you are thinking.....

You're thinking "really? Is an apple jacket really necessary?"

I thought the same thing when I first saw this novel item at the Curiousity Shoppe. I figured it elevates the user one rung higher on the crazy ladder, just above dressing dogs in rhinestones and cargo pants. But then I began to ponder it further and I realized this may actually be a great invention! Kind of like the questionably shaped banana protector? (Sorry, I forgot this is a G-rated blog)

Because, really, I can't count how many times I have taken an apple or pear or some other fleshy fruit (maybe a nectarine - how about a nectarine anorak?) for my lunch at work, only to have it battered and bruised and juiced from being knocked around in my bag all morning. So what is the solution?
1) apples do not fit nicely in most tupperware
2) plastic or paper bags are wasteful
3) get an apple jacket!

There was also the time that I moved to Halifax for university and my dad packed up all of my electronics (stereo, printer, camera, phone.....) in a moving box and shipped it out to me in the middle of August. With the best intentions, he included a bag of pears from the tree in our backyard. He even wrapped them in bubble wrap. Didn't matter. When the box reached me in Nova Scotia I opened it up only to find a temporarily unidentified sticky beige mess in every crevice of every Sony, Panasonic, Nikon and Epson.
Where were the pear ponchos when I needed them most?

So YES to apple jackets, I say! Who says fruit shouldn't be cozy? Plus, I just kind of like saying "apple jackets" ;)

(Designed by Jacqueline Dufresne)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Kollector Koo Daisy

Oh, how I love me some black and white gingham!
This is Daisy. She likes black sheep and dislikes wolves in sheep's clothing.
Daisy is perfectly at home in meadows, pastures and fields of all kinds, but she is entirely skittish in large cities (even her proximity to the San Francisco print in this photoshoot unnerved her).

Happy Time....enjoy the nature and forget the rest for awhile.