Today was the greatest. A few days ago I sold Myles on Etsy which of course is always exciting in and of itself. But, today I got feedback from the woman who bought him. She was so happy, and her words were sooooo kind. I almost cried! Myles is a "secret-keeping pillow monster" and he has a little pocket for storing very important objects. This woman said that she was giving Myles to her first grade son who is sensitive and will most certainly be telling Myles some secrets. (!) That literally broke my heart. For many reasons I have kind-of been anti-social lately. I moved not too long ago to this new place where husband Joseph is going to grad school and also I have been trying to heal from losing someone very close to me. Sewing these little creatures and inventing personalities for them has been really therapeutic for me. There is just something really nice about knowing some little boy has one now, as a toy, and that maybe he will tell it a secret, and that I made it with my hands and it sort of helped me with my day before that. A nice circle. So, that made today a great Valentine's Day. Almost as good as my first one with Joseph----he got me a big wooden cut out of a cactus from a resale shop and he picked me up from school with my favorite 80's Madonna tape playing on his car's stereo---which was extra, extra chivalrous of him because he especially detested 80's Madonna.
My name is Nichol and I like to make things with my hands. I draw little creatures with tiny pens in tiny sketchbooks while I drink my coffee or watch my son play with trains. Then, late at night, like a little elf (of the shoe cobbling variety), I bring these little creatures to life. I love to make them. I sew them carefully, with love and patience. I use a large variety of textures to encourage hugs and snuggling. Making these fellows (and ladies) add so much joy and whimsy to my days. It is wonderful to have my humble creative pursuits appreciated and I hope that when you bring a Pink Cheeked friend into your life that they sit on your couch and fill you with joy and wonder.