Jessica Sheeran of Cool Critters

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Detroit artist, Jessica Sheeran, began her craft show career with crocheted and knitted goodies. Just for fun, she put a shark face on a pillow and it sold the second someone spotted it. By the time the next craft fair rolled around, Jessica had made sharks and monsters galore— sales boomed and now the frighteningly adorable stuffed animals are her primary commodity.

She goes into her creation process with a blank slate. The design of each critter is dictated by the fabric and eyes. This plan-free way of making leaves room for a good bit of surprise for Jessica by the time she’s finished the last stitches. No two are alike.

When I asked Jessica what misconceptions people have about her and her work, she said, 

“Because some of the things I make are so weird and wild, I’ve often been asked if I’m on drugs because apparently I have to be ‘out of my mind’ in some way, shape, or form to come up with some of the things I come up with. I try to take that as an unusual compliment that has been worded a little wonky because I’m completely drug free (I don’t even drink!) but it’s kind of a bummer to hear someone assume that your creativity comes from a chemical.”

In my mind, the flow of her creativity comes from an unbridled imagination. Much of her inspiration came from that crucial time in childhood when anything was possible if you could simply dream it. The world would be a more colorful, fantastic place if people like Jessica and her Cool Critters abounded. To think like a child is quite possibly one of the most valuable gifts of all.

Stay tuned, later on this week Jess is going to give us a tutorial on how to make one of these monsters on your own.

DIY: Embroidery

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

DIY embroidery and Carhartt

types of embroidery stitches

The perfect pair of blue jeans are hard to find. Well, Carhartt’s all women design team came up with a few new styles that are sure to fit your needs. Check out the Jasper Jean, pictured above. They have just the right amount of stretch from the Work-Flex® Technology that lets you move around while you work. The mid-rise cut and contoured waistband prevent gapping so no matter what your job calls for, we’ve got you covered.

It’s time to clean out the old jeans in your closet so you can stock up on Carhartt’s new denim options for working women. I cleaned out my closet this past weekend and decided to say goodbye to a few outdated pants. With some creativity and a little elbow grease, you can turn what was once considered trash into art.

Getting in the spirit of the season, I stitched a quote that nods to the mindset of Thanksgiving.

“I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health.” -Voltaire

Viewing life with a more thankful attitude can make all the difference. The more grateful you are, the more you can spread the sentiment around to others. Try your hand at stitching for your next DIY project. You can either follow the template provided above, or you can test out some of the other stitching examples shown in the chart. Go on! Have fun with it!

check out this great working gal’s outfit: Women’s Annapolis Long-Sleeve T-Shirt, Weathered Wildwood Jacket, & Carhartt Women’s Jasper Jean 

DIY: Elbow Patches

DIY elbow patches and Carhartt

DIY elbow patches and Carhartt

DIY elbow patches and Carhartt

DIY elbow patches and Carhartt

DIY elbow patches and Carhartt

DIY elbow patches and Carhartt

DIY elbow patches and Carhartt

DIY elbow patches and Carhartt

So my best friend, Liz, has a really fun style. She loves creating new color combinations and adding unexpected elements. This morning we got crafty and added elbow pads to one of her favorite coats. (See how you can do it yourself in the photos above.) What’s great about Carhartt’s Camden Wool Parka are all the little details. There are tons of pockets and a dual ended zipper. It’s also incredibly warm. We got caught in a little snow flurry while we were out earlier. Stay warm, guys! And maybe add a little fun to one of your Carhartt coats!