Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Wow, it sure has been a long time since I've written a post. So many things have happened! Chickadee is going really well! We released our first game, Notorious Inc, this past summer. You can play it for free at our site, Chickadee Games, or various places around the web, or if you're feeling generous you can buy it for a whopping 99 cents for iOS and Android

We gave a lightening talk called Maker/Player as part of Pecha Kucha Portland, back in July, about our creative process, Notorious Inc. dev and the importance of collaboration. I was incredibly apprehensive about doing the talk when Adam first suggested it. I am not a public speaker and it's about the last thing I want to be doing, ever. BUT, I did it, with lots of encouragement from Adam, and practice, I was able to get through it! I think I even did pretty well! You can watch it and let me know!

Maker/Player by Adam and Sarah deGrandis from PechaKucha Portland on Vimeo.

AND! Some of our absolute bestest friends from the Oregon moved here over the summer. HERE! TO MAINE! It's been kinda dreamy knowing that they are all within walking distance of our apartment!

Alright, I think that's probably enough of an update for the moment. I'm going to share some stuff I've been making next!


Monday, February 17, 2014


So. Big news that I can't believe I haven't posted about yet!! Adam and I have started a game studio Chickadee Games!

We're most of the way through our first game, Notorious Inc! (You can read about it and see some screenshots on the Games page on our site) I'm learning a lot of new stuff and Adam has been a really great teacher and I think I've been surprising both of us with the art I've been making. I've been drawing bears and bunnies for so many years now that I was worried that was all I knew anymore!

So please, go check out our site and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Monday, January 20, 2014


Hi-fives, everyone! I finally finished the giant granny square afghan that I've been posting about for years now.

I decided to call it quits last night while Adam and I were watching some stuff on Netflix. It's been nice to always have it around when I want to do some mindless crocheting but at the same time, it's never finished status always made me feel too guilty to start anything new.

It's a bit of a beast - roughly 64 inches square. I wanted it big enough to fit on top of our bed and big enough to actually cover you when you're feeling like you want to snuggle - because let's be real, nobody has ever snuggled successfully under a lap blanket. Well, no adult, anyway.

So here it is, all finished. Never to be blogged about again. Made from a zillion skeins of Lion Brand's Cotton Ease.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Super bright berries! #nofilter #audubon
First time wearing our Bean boots for the year! I excited to put them on! #Mainer #llbean
It's cold out and things are a-changin'. But I'm still here and making some stuff and learning lots of new things that I'll be able to share at some point. 

In the mean time, don't you think you should get stitching an be prepared for the 75th Quarter Quell?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Most Important Backpack - Free Pattern!

HEY! I have another important and free cross stitch pattern for you guys. This time it's for Hunger Games fans.

I've been seeing a lot about the Catching Fire film lately and, AND, the Cover Girl Capitol Collection (I'm dying over here about that, by the way!) so Hunger Games has been on my brain. I thought I'd try and do another "important tools" type pattern and decided to go with the backpack that Katniss nabs from the cornucopia. So, it includes her muddy backpack, crackers, rolled up sleeping bag, matches, night vision glasses, dried beef, iodine, wire and water bottle!

Get it for free by clicking the image or right here:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Free Animal Crossing Inspired Pattern

A few weeks ago Adam surprised me with a 3DS and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. We've been playing it every day since and it's pretty great! And since it's been on my mind non-stop, I decided to design a free, AC inspired pattern.

The Most Important Tools mini cross stitch pattern that features, well, just that! The most important tools you need in your AC town! It's available as a free download in .pdf format and you can click here to get it or click on the image below!

It measures about 2 1/2 inches on 14 pt and about 3 1/4 on 11 pt. See, I told you, mini! Happy stitching!

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Ocean, mountains and forests. I can think of few places I'd rather be at any given time. Adam and I have been fairly lucky the past month or so. We got to spend a week, almost two at a beautiful house in Harpswell with some of my family. We got to wake up every morning to views of the Cribstone Bridge, Orr's and Bailey Islands. It was hard to leave but luckily we only live about and hour away.
Harpswell Dock

And then last week we spent 3 days in North Conway, NH with some of Adam's family. We left early on Sunday so we could take a drive up and down the Kancamagus Highway. If you live anywhere near either Conway or Lincoln, NH (where the highway runs between) then I can't recommend the drive enough. It's only 26 miles with lots and lots scenic overlooks, trails and recreation areas nestled in the White Mountain National Forest. I've been on it dozens of times and it never looses any of it's beauty.
Sugar Hill Overlook
We also made a point to check out a trail nearby where we were staying in North Conway. We went to Diana's Bath in Bartlett. It's a series of waterfalls which I didn't take many pictures of because it would have mostly just been of people in the water. It was beautiful though and you could climb up giant rocks to the top of the falls. We kept going a little bit farther along a trail that runs alongside the falls.
Trail at Diana's Bath in North Conway, NH
I've been feeling so lucky lately in regards to where we live. Both of these places are easy day/afternoon trips and despite the fact that we've been to them plenty of times there is still so much for us to explore.