Looking ahead

Ban and Ginji
Ban and Ginji

So I sold 4 dolls this month! Wow! I know that may not seem like a lot, but up to this point my commissions and adoptions have been coming in one or two at a time. Suddenly, my Etsy shop is looking kinda empty! lol Now that’s the kind of problem that I like to have, you know?

I guess that I will have to start finishing up some of the projects that I’ve been working on recently so I can get some more plushies in stock. I’ve also got some commissions spaces that I’m going to list there I think.

Right now I’m working on a commission of Mashiro and  Shuujin from the anime Bakuman. I’m making an extra set to list in my store when they’re done. After working on these guys, I may have to make myself an Eiji (he’s my favorite character).

The person who bought my Ban and Ginji plushies expressed interest in an Akabane (I’m assuming to torture the Ginji plush when Ban’s not looking) so I may end up making one of those.

I’m excited at the idea of finally getting some notice online! Especially since the amazing video review I had got taken down for some reason and the shop that contacted me about carrying my dolls locally never got back to me. I have faith that everything will work out in the end, so I’ll just keep sewing in the mean time. 🙂

~ Seth

Happy dance! Happy dance!

filly Pinkie Pie
filly Pinkie Pie

It might seem silly but I get so excited every time someone adopts one of my dolls or they request a custom order. I just start thinking about sending my little plushie creation off to its new home and the big smile on the face of its new owner when they open the package. That giggle as they can’t help but give their new Cuddle Buddy a hug.. It just gives me such a feeling of joy!

Every plushie that I make – my schwoopie dolls, dragons, ponies – have so much love and happyness put into their creation. I won’t pretend that there aren’t some complicated parts or that the hand-embroidering on the eyes I’m doing now isn’t tedious or time-consuming, but it’s all done with joy in my heart knowing how happy they are going to make someone.

I also love the exploration of doll-making. Trying new techniques, new fabrics, playing with ribbons, flowers, rick rack and buttons. I really enjoy the process of building the dolls layer by layer, stitch by stitch. I settle in at my work space with my music up and my headphones on to shut out any roommate distractions (not their fault really, I am easily distracted!). I pick out a couple of my favorite albums and put them on repeat and I’m chair-dancing my way to creative bliss.  I do my best, of course, to keep the singing at a reasonable volume, but they tell me I pretty much fail at that since I can’t actually hear how loud I am. LOL. It’s especially lovely in my little crafty corner with the vibrant new valance I created.

Although I will confess the floor in my room gets to be a bit of a disaster – little bits of stray fabric and thread. I try really hard to make sure I catch all the little pins though. Don’t want to find those the hard way in the middle of the night. And no matter how many times I “straighten up” and “organize the fabric stash” there always seem to be piles of fabric and old clothes piled here and there. My stash really is out of hand, I confess, but I have such a hard time getting rid of anything for fear I will find the perfect project to use it on as soon as it’s gone… I’m sure I’m not the only sewist with this paralyzing fear.

So how do you keep your overflowing stash under control? Are you any better at it than I am?

~ Seth

Think Happy Thoughts #2

tickling
family night
a kitchen full of laughter
giggling
listening to children tell stories
spinning around & around till you get dizzy
impromptu poetry
“groaner” jokes
inside jokes
homemade cake with messy frosting
chasing children
butterflies
catching lightning bugs
shooting off fireworks in the backyard
the county fair
handmade birthday cards
looking at family photos with the youngins
your own uniqueness
teddy bears
getting to see each other again after a long separation
helping your big sister plan her wedding
being a bridesmaid in your sister’s wedding
fresh-cut flowers
the anticipation of the first date
…..then telling your grandkids about it
shopping with your sister for her wedding gown
….and being the one to pick it out
butt-dancing Santas
Christmas angels
charm bracelets
the Christmas dept. of the store
love
running into an old friend
really bad 80s music
cheesy 80s music
musicals
Grease
Disney movies
karaoke
shooting stars
group ritual
swimming with no one else around
hot showers
spontaneous travel
hiking the hard trail
magnetic poetry
children singing
Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
sleep
new clothes- even if they’re just “new to you”
piggy-back rides
balloon animals
stupid thong jokes
belly-dancing
sidewalk chalking adventures
wrapping presents
homemade Christmas ornaments
guardian angels with crooked halos
finding secret notes
birthday wishes
way too big ice cream sundaes
messy birthday kids
“pet” squirrels
West [by God] Virginia
walking barefoot in the creek

 

 

What makes you happy?