Friday, December 16, 2011

update on the biz

So the latest awesomeness @ Frankenstitch would be the new tags created by I am solely working for Frankenstitch Productions full time and figure it's time to dress up the monstas and get them out world wide in boutiques, that's my next goal. All I know is I want the monstalove to grow, where ever I end up I want to spread the love. I figure being in Flint its gonna be rather hard to have a steady income selling monstas, so since I am still here I am planning on reaching my arms out wide and delivering my furry friends to kitschy little boutiques nation wide.


and this is the back

The new tags allow the customer to enter their monstas name into the blogs search bar and see his or her story and pic. I found the site looks better if entered into a computer rather than a smart phone, but it has that option too, you can scan the code and it will take you to there blog "hello my name is..." where all the monstas are properly introduced. 

The stories are a big part of my monstas and I've just now came up with a way to deliver- since I've made thousands of monstas we are starting fresh with the stories and pics to keep it fresh and smooth.

So whats been going on since you quit your paper check job Mrs. Bills- Guzak....

So as most of you Flinty's know I quit my waitress hustle well kinda I work 2.5 hrs a week on Friday and special events for extra weekend money, and to keep my social circles a go. I have transformed into a stay at home mom, with my wild child mini me. Things have been awesome mostly we've been enjoying our time as a family together while the hub is home. I have built a schedule of a nice routined day for both Olive and I which will go into effect once dad goes back to work, as for now it's a free for all. I have been hustling out ideas and trying to keep the pages fresh updated and communication with my clients good. I have 3 customs out of 14 left they're cut and on the table...... last night I had to push them aside and get some monsta fun up in the mix. I have cut 38 new guys since I went full bore with F.P.

Super excited I have a slue of new eyes about to arrive in the next couple weeks and a full stock of furs and fleece, enough to keep me busy for some time. 

Thanks for stopping by <3 Big love and Happy Holla-days to all of ya!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

shoot outs and the new crew

So is getting down to crunch time or shall I say 'D' day till the annual Holiday Craft Market, super excited about all the new transformations Frankenstitch has taken this last month. In the last month we recieved a new banner for the shop brought to you by etsy's s: mailbox bliss-  A nice write up in the Flint Journals Mary Rempel, an awesome blog giveaway by Meagan from the snarky chickpea blog, new business cards by and the latest new pics of the monstas by Sarah Reed Photography I am so thankful for all of these wonderful people in my life. I consider Mailbox Bliss, and Sarah Reed Photography part of my Frankenstitch team for with out you Frankenstitch could not be what it is today. I am so thankful for these girls all of them do top notch work and work at lightning speed, which is just a win win situation!!

In this blog I would like to show off some of the new monstas I've been talking about creating with all the great new supply product I purchased back in October on In the past I had only purchased finished product and our wedding rings from this site, but lately I've been searching for everything, and most of it's there!! I am pro etsy to the highest power never had a better experience purchasing merch.

So getting to the show off part.......

Wednesday I took my new crew up to Sarah Reeds Photography Studio downtown Flint so convenient about 1.5 blocks away and dropped the crew off for a couple of magic filled hours and she hooked me up, her eye's amazing  with my merch, she loves what she does and it shows!! After running around town with baby O and cooking dinner was out of the way she texted me and let me know they were on there way, here is just a few to show the new digs!! Check her out her links on the bottom right of my blog shes a bad ass and will make yo shit look goot!!

All of the new guys are on my facebook page- link on the bottom right- I will be at the Flint Handmade craft market setting up tomorrow for the members only sale 6-8pm and the big event is this Saturday 10-4pm at Flint\s Masonic Temple Downtown Flint on the bricks, first 25 people get goodie bags it's a fun event I've never missed a one, I hope see see a lot of you out, it'll be a real good time!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

New business cards by Katie Cawood owner of Flint Prints

So earlier this week I received an email from a friend wondering if I'd like to swap monstas for design/printing services- 1000 super fly glossy double sided business cards usually I use my cousin Miss Bliss who is equally as fab and speedy(link bottom right of blog)!!! Seeings how Miss Bliss just got engaged and is super busy, I felt it was an ok plan to go ahead and update the cards this way and I'm glad I did the cards needed some serious changes- not visually but since the card was created I've been married and carry another name- new telly- new email- new blog and coolest of all the code to scan with a smart phone was added. I have always dreamed of having the actually monsta image incorporated on the card and only recently have I had excellent quality photographs brought to you by Sarah Reed Photograpy (link located bottom right corner).  Katie Cawood owner of the new Flint prints (link at the bottom right of blog) was able to give me the whole shabam!!

Katie Cawood owner of Flint prints plans to launch her new website January 2012 so excited for another local artist to live her dreams!! Katie was a dream to work with speedy and patient with my wants and needs, she made sure it was everything I was looking for taking time to swap out the different furs in the background to seek the perfect color- putting new images on taking them off adding new ones recreating 3 brains letting me select, I even requested 2 different fonts she was able to locate and hook it up........... till tadow, how you like me now!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gettin' to gettin' F.P. style

I've been super quiet and withdrawal lately- been in the sew lab birthing monstas right and left. So the fabrics and eyeballs made it to Flint town and let's just say they're amazing! I lOve the new digs Frankenstitch Productions will be sporting 2011 very fun bright and inspiring, if you thought my set up was bright before just wait it's even more bright meets texture explosion. I can't wait to show everybody. We are less than two weeks out from the Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market so it's crunch time around this piece!!

I also got in some wonderful smelling local organic lavender from down town Flints new shop Stir the Imagination I made little sachets great for tossing into any area that needs freshening up.

Soon I plan on making mini monstas for the new bright plastic key chain rings. I also ordered up some squeakers which I can make dog or baby toys with...... haven't quite decided yet.

I think somebody knows mommas gotta sew- lol- go to bed baby all your friends are in dreamland....
Just so ya all know Frankenstitch is always open to new suggestions and if you want something special drop me a line---- at the bottom left of the blog there's a email me button :) I have also decided after 3 people suggested it that it would be pretty awesome to monstarize your child's art for a special one of a kind Christmas gift. Hope all of you enjoy the Holidays can't believe they're almost here!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hawks and spikes is the night

Today I put in quite a few hours with Dreamboat, in result we have hawks and spikes to come- some of the premium faux fur from Los Angele's put to a good use today. After a nights worth of sewing tonight I shall introduce 4 new members of F.P.'s crew, until then here's a sneak peek of a mo hawked brain blob and mo hawked black cat pre stuffed and completion.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Got my approval..........

Frankenstitch will be at the Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market Nov. 26- My fabric I've been giddy about should be in the mail any day- that means the new digs will be here right in time for the event, tight!! This event should be big fun, I haven't missed a one, and they've all been fantastic this ones suppose to be the best yet............ can't wait!!

The lumber jack

So recently I created a new style plush like the well dressed plush in fancy little pocketed dresses (for secret treasures) I created one that may just appeal to a little dudes...... Or Awwwisss Mae- ha!

So after a long nights sewing and not hiding the stash of half way created monstas Awwwisss Mae laid eyes on the newest F.P. Member.... The lumber jack a.k.a. Daddy - lol. She let's me know, oh yeah let's me know I am not selling him cause it's her HER DADDY and it's all she wants for X-Mas?? What? (Your 2 I think) so yeah he's hers - I haven't even finished his ensemble - needs boots- ax- vest and collar, Olive gets a little freaked I'm gonna take him and sell him if I talk of clothes for him- so meet the lumber jack- more to come in time - but this dudes just for show ;)

Halloween Shenanigans

Awwwwiss Mae- translation Olive Mae in her Olive burger suit ready to get some candy loot. Olive and I hit up the streets for candy round 5:15 and finished round 7:45 - this babes a trooper I made her walk nearly half of that time, trying to balance out the ingestion of mass quantities of red dye and yes it helped- she fell out round 9:30 oppose to her regular 11:30 routine she's worked herself into. After she passed out momma weeded out the red dye and shuffled the candy pieces into a separate bowl for her sissy Kami who is not at all affected by red dye. Olive had a blast this year the candy givers houses were well spaced out this year which made for a nice little work out. Hope every one had a safe and Happy Halloween!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yesterdays Flint Horror con was a lot of fun

The Flint Horror Con was a blast! It was put together very thoroughly from the music to keeping the vendors overly satisfied. The event opened at 12pm and went till 10pm. It was so nice to see friends faces who I had not seen in a very long time, that's one of the things most missed now that I'm a momma. I met a lot of new people at the show too one girl from Cyclops kitty photography commissioned me to make her a cyclops kitty. The event was catered for the vendors lunch and dinner provided by the lovely Amy Warner from Sweet Harvest bakery - she ended up hooking me up with a traveler box of coffee which yes, I shared for most of you that know me oh to well but after ever one was good you best believe I took the rest home. Thanks friends for your hospitality I love you all and so does Olive <3

Happy Halloween boys and ghouls

Proto was a freak of a man even before the zombie disease took over his body. Proto has been a crazed ax swinging freak of nature, Proto was released from prison with a passion to cut the forest down he has busy hands and swears an idle mind is the devils play ground keeping this in mind he keeps real busy. His ax was misplaced for real but soon to be found in the sewing room of Steph Bills.
Lola was left high and dry at the alter, she was pulverized by a hangry freak zombie. Lola wanders the street in hopes to find her husband to be, she gets distracted due to her unfortunate craving for big juicy braaaainssssss. Make lola yours today.
Romi was a hitch hiker gone sour. Romi was in the middle of know where hitching on and empty desert highway. Romi's lost his appendages to a hungry beast of a zombie who was axed in the back of the head right as he ripped the flesh off to expose his ever delicious heart. Romi and his (at one point) 'worst enemy' kick it and run the streets at night as a the wrecking crew.
Lobotomy Leny walked the halls of stale air in the McLullen insane asylum, day in and day out. After a radio alert- zombies were raiding the city!! The hospitals automatic doors locked shut to protect the patients - Leny was no where to be seen while the nurses were doing a head count. Nurse Trish ran down screaming Leny's name through out all the floors hallsways- she finally spotted him it was too late Leny had stumbled out the emergency exit and been held hostage to a super HAAANgry zombie who had already devoured his smoke smothered skin. Larry is still kicking it zombie style and has a new urge to feed.
Rip Rodge was ripped up one side and down the other lost in the woods Rodge was devoured by a hungry pack of wild wolf zombies they tore him apart his zombie venom filtered so fast to his brain the flesh rotted and out popped his zombied brain. The wolves took his appendages one by one and left his zombified brain for the birds. Rodge is a troubled fellow, he loves to big to carry on the typical zombie condition. Rip Rodge was so exhausted after the attack that all he ever wants is to lounge and be fed bon bons to forget about the pain.
Lanard was attacked on a dark alley by a zombie cyclops who was jealous of Lanards 2 eyes. The zombie clops used his claw to snatch Lenards eye, luckily Lanard had his whooping stick on hand and beat that mother down!! Lanard has hand crafted a belt with holsters for the zombies brains once he snatches them up he's golden he leaves them for death. Lanard has been attacked numerous times to there on going appetite for brains and human flesh, Lanards body has many stories to tell. His heart was ripped out by a Vulcan when he stopped to gel the zombie rot with his potion of skin touch up. Good thing Lanard was equipped with that whooping stick he beat him down too. Lanard lost his appendages due to fights that he does not loose, he plans on keeping his whacking arm golden, who wants to battle??

Where to start.....

I am a fiber artist that’s been sewing whimsical storied plush for the last 7 or so years but sewing for 10 years. When I started sewing it was all by hand and mostly pouches with monstas stitched on. I enjoy sewing freely with no planned patterns just me and a pair of fiskars letting loose on a fresh piece of fleece or whatever fabric is calling the scissors names.  In 2006 I was jury-ed into red-ink (Flint) studios where I was challenged to think outside the box as to creating themed soft sculpture. I believe it helped me stay on track with follow through, for there were deadlines that needed to be meet. Red-ink was an awesome collective to be a part of, 24 hour access to a gigantic studio, there was always a few artist no matter what time you pulled up.
These days I am  creating whimsical plush at a new speed,  for I rely heavily on my right hand lady- Dream boat, she is my sewing machine we have spent some late nights together. I also get a lot of help from my cousin Marcy shes the techie of Frankenstitch production she has an etsy  that I will link to my blog the shops called mailbox bliss she makes fantastic digital file greetings and all my etsy facelifts and is the best. I also have a bomb ass photographer Sarah Reed shes a flint local and is a wizard with the camera- I too will link her site on my blog- all of my new photos are done by her, I’m try to step the level of professionalism up a few notches for my big move to PA where my husbands currently been working for 6 month’s…. I am planning on being a stay at home mom with my daughter Olive Mae at that point in my life I will be relying heavily on Frankenstitch as my income. I am concentrating on giving F.P. my all to get it off the ground, its what I love and have always dreamed of it being my full time job!! If you are down for this adventure stay tuned to the blog for future projects, fan photos, future events and other happenings- thanks for reading… hope to talk soon <3 <3 Steph