katharine makes monsters


Since reigniting my craft hobby (addiction?) seven years ago, I’ve developed a reluctance to throw things away. No, I haven’t reached Hoarders-level insanity where we’ve got piles of actual garbage. I just give pause to certain items that could be repurposed in some way. Can these ill-fitting, tattered jeans be transformed into pouches? Will I ever make that pop tab belt? What can we do with cardboard coffee sleeves? Wait, don’t throw out those security envelopes! (More on that later.)


Thanks to this new quirk, I’ve got a stash of old t-shirts and fabric from impulse purchases. But here’s my problem. I am inept in the fabric arts. I can’t knit. My crochet skills are remedial at best. Sewing machines are foreign to me. Trying to figure out patterns for anything cloth-based makes my brain weep. I do all my sewing by hand. And even those projects turn out wonky. To ease my way into working with fabric and simple patterns, and to improve my hand stitching skills, I started making little monster plushies.


Using a pattern I made from a cereal box, I liberate monster shapes from scraps and stitch together these lumpy plushy things. Because every fabric is different, each monster comes out in slightly different proportions. Some are taller, fatter, have longer legs, etc. Monster making is a nice, easy project. I can put one together while watching a dumb movie. Last winter/spring, I cranked out 20 monsters. And there’s still more to make!


There’s no imaginative back story to my monsters. They just are. I posted the batch on Etsy with the hope that some kind people will come along and adopt them and create lives and histories for them.

And, because I suffer from chronic creativity, I created a monster paper doll. Click on the image to download the PDF.

katharine sells some stuff

It’s holiday shopping time! Groan all you want about the trees and the Santas and the whole “too soon”-ness of it all. But is it really too soon to start thinking about the gift-giving season? Is it too soon for late-night Etsy searches for awesome presents for the people you love? Is it too soon to place those orders to ensure that you’ll receive said awesome presents in time for wrapping? Do you really want to wait until the week before your gift-giving occasion only to wind up with another basket of apple-berry lotions that your loved one will never ever use?


Allow me to be of service. As you may be all too well aware, I’ve published some books. Some of them are funny. Some of them are picture books of robots doing things you’re not quite sure you understand.

Are you aware that I’ve made other, non-book things? Behold!


I’ve got an Etsy store full of monsters right now! I’ll be loading it up with other fanciful items from my growing pile of handmade objects. Visit Peppermint Robot Surprise to adopt your very own monster plushie.


Robot of Leisure fans can visit the official Etsy shop for holiday cards and this limited edition book bundle. Again, more goodies to be added throughout the month.

What do you mean, “What books?”?!

I’ve solved all your holiday shopping woes! And you didn’t have to endure endless Christmas crooning or crazy Black Friday line-ups. Hooray! If you’ll excuse me, I need to go shower off this shameless self-promotion grime. Ooh, apple-berry exfoliating soap!