Certain parts of the plush doll making process just come out a little creepy sometimes.. Like sewing on patches for the eyes.. #dollartistproblems #creepybutcute #monsterplush #cuddlemonster #happynakama #workinprogress #pinsandneedles #lookinglikevoodoo #handmade #ooakdoll #ooakmonster

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So apparently your textured, faux tile welcome mat can be nailed to the bathroom wall and instantly becomes artwork lol. #yourewelcome #speedway #gasstationbathroomdecor #imprompturoadtrip

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My first Cuddle Monster is finished! I think I shall call him.. Alveron! He won’t be available for adoption in my shop till after Zombie Walk, if he doesn’t get adopted there. But if you feel like he’s your Cuddle Monster and you absolutely MUST bring him home now, then message me for immediate adoption! #adoptable #cuddlemonster #ooak #artdoll #happynakama #cuddlemonster #handmadewithlove #scrapfabric #ooakdoll #queerartist #southbendzombiewalk

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I read an article recently that u said we should stop following thin, flawless people that set impossible standards and make us more insecure by comparing ourselves to these unreachable goals. So I’ve been following more thick, and beautiful, and queer people full of life and I love my feed so much more already. Repost @marylambertsing Page 116 // Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across. Coming October 23rd.

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Got some giant yellow buttons for my #cheshirecat eyes yesterday on my crafty shopping excursion (and some inspiring new fabric scraps for my #scrapanimals). I am SO IN LOVE with how he’s coming together!!! #happynakama #handmade #aliceinwonderland

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#cheshirecat selfie! A lol creepy without the rest of the face, I know, but I’m just so happy with how perfect the smile came out. #aliceinwonderland #plushie #handmade #happynakama

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Art Beat 2016

art-beat-2016-ad3-textI am so excited to announce that Happy Nakama will have a table at Art Beat in downtown South Bend this August 20th!

I seem to miss this even every year because I never get the dates til it’s too late to take time off to go and way past the application date. I got a heads up this year from some ladies that stopped by the fabric table at work. They were chattering about getting their teddy bears and turtles finished and getting their application in. I was like “Wait! The applications haven’t passed yet?!” and I filled my out as soon as I got home!

So I’ve been accepted and I’m really looking forward to it. I even have a table mate so I can take potty breaks and eat lol (thanks Jules!). She’ll be bringing some work of her own. Should be a lot of fun.

I’ve got quite a few plush friends to bring along already and I’m going to see what else I can stitch up before then.. after I finish this jumbo Cheshire Cat!

Back to work on that… so. many. stripes.




Shiny New Thing


As you may have (hopefully) noticed, I have been hard at work on remaking a whole shiny new site for you. I was hoping for a cleaner, brighter look that was a little less cluttered. Crossing my fingers that it comes across that way. I have also simplified the pages in what was the Gallery and is now the Portfolio for easier viewing. AND my new favorite page, the Adoption Center, where my currently available Cuddle Buddies are waiting for you to take them home.

Along with re-branding the site, I have updated the usernames on all my social media to make it cohesive across the board, all now using my shop name “Happy Nakama” instead of some using my artist name “Rainbows Anthem” which I felt made things confusing as to whether or not they were the same person..

Here are the new social media links:

02_Twitter 02_Pinterest 02_Instagram 02_Facebook

I sincerely hope that the new site design is easier to navigate for everyone. And by all means if there are any suggestions of things you would like to see or changes I could make, please let me know!





10 Adorably Eastery Button Crafts!


Now I know all us little sewists have a pile of scrap fabric lying about but – and maybe it’s just me – do you also have an over-abundance of buttons in random sizes and colors?

Come on now. I know it’s not just me!

Well I found some really cute Eastery crafts to put that bucket of buttons to good use!

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