Introducing… Moxie 83


Slowly over the past week I’ve been working on launching a new endeavor. After much prompting from friends and contemplation of “what do I really want to do with my life now that I have a chance to do anything?”, I have decided to take a chance and open an Etsy shop.

I will be launching Moxie 83 Designs within the next month. I will be able to offer various items for purchase, from original artwork, prints, and puppets to Zentangle inspired jewelry and knit/sewn handcrafts. A little bit of everything will be offered in the beginning so I can get my feet wet and experiment with where I want my shop to go. In the future, I’ll also have a project/shop blog that will feed into this site. That blog will also feature crafting projects and step by step instructions and occasional giveaways and freebies.

For now, I’m working on some merchandise to post beginning in March, as well as vendor license/tax paperwork. (Gotta keep things legal, folks!) I’m really excited to see where this next endeavor takes me!

The current logo for Moxie 83 Designs:


Why moxie?

It’s who I am. It’s what I strive to have. It’s a vintage echo of class and determination.

And finally, a packaging prototype of some Zentangle-inspired earrings:


Until next time, keep smiling — live with moxie!

Photos! Latest Puppet Creations

For those of you who were worried I’m abandoning my puppets in favor of knitting, fear not! This Christmas I was a busy elf in many respects, which included not only baking and knitting but also major acts of puppeting. Seven custom puppets for seven adorable kids. 🙂 Enjoy!

First up, for K, the greatest 10 year old girl Baltimore Ravens fan that lives in North Carolina…


Not to be outdone, puppet #2 was requested for C, Ohio’s answer to the Ravens biggest 10-yr-old boy fan. He told me his puppet’s name is Rookie Monster. Love it!


Numbers 3 and 4 were requested for a family with two younger children, and they didn’t have any specific character requests. Just “something fun” for the girl and a furry blue pal for the boy 🙂



Next, my favorite “almost 8 year old” little girl M requested a puppet that would be friends with her well loved Kermit doll. As she and her parents are huge Florida Gators fans, a frog-inspired Gators cheerleader was in order!


And. Last but not least, (and I say that because I got these puppets finished and to Santa at 7:00 pm on Christmas Eve!) we have two awesome characters for two awesome guys who’s mama writes one of my favorite blogs on here, jeandayfriday. The older boy was extremely specific and asked for the blue Pikmin (which I had to research because I had no idea what he was talking about!), and the younger guy just wanted something in his school colors of red and gray. Here’s the results!


As usual, my base patterns came from Project Puppet. I cannot stress enough how amazing their patterns are! For all the football puppets, their jerseys/uniforms came courtesy of Build-a-Bear. While making puppet clothes is totally possible, the convenience of buying them pre-made is a lifesaver at crunch time! (If you just need a simple shirt for a puppet, try using 0-6 month baby clothes! Check out your local thrift store for great deals. I once found a baby tuxedo for $2: what a snazzy puppet that made!)

More tips and tricks to come! Stay tuned!

Welcome Back!

Hello, fellow readers! So sorry for the long time away, but hopefully with a new semester of classes and teaching starting, I’ll have some more wonderful posts for you!

Just wanted to share a few photos of the wonderful fur I’ve ordered from Mendel’s in California.  They are the only supplier I use to buy my puppet fur, because they are AMAZING! I have been beyond thrilled with their customer service, their quality of materials and shipping, and their vast inventory of fur textures, colors and patterns.  Plus they do so much more than just fur!! Go to their website and check it out. You won’t regret it. PLUS from now until September 5, 2012, everything in your order is 25% off!  WOOHOO!! 🙂

I ordered these furs for my advanced puppet class this fall.  They use them with the Mostro pattern from Project  The results are wonderful! (and hopefully I’ll be able to upload photos of their creations this summer as well in the next few weeks!) Again, this is the only supplier I use for my patterns, as they are wonderfully designed, easy to follow, and practically foolproof!! (To date, I’ve used all their patterns in the monster and simple series, with students aged 7 to 17, and no one has failed to finish a puppet yet!)

Enjoy the photos below, and check back soon for more updates!

Monster Hair Plug fur – lime green base with teal “plugs”

Monster Hair Plug fur – teal base with green “plugs”

Monster Hair Plug fur — Orange base, pink “plugs”