Some days it can be tough to be an artist. You get so much criticism on your prices, your style, your materials, etc. It can be very disheartening.
My craft is my joy. It’s my therapy. It’s the thing that calms me and makes me so happy to work on. I am inspired by just everything to want to create create CREATE. I love making my Cuddle Buddies and Baby Scrap Dragons. They just make me smile. But I don’t make them just for myself.
It’s such an amazing feeling for me when someone falls in love with one of my scrap animals and wants to adopt it. That moment when they pick it up and their eyes are shining.. it’s the best! And I love working on commissions. It’s a sad fact that I can’t be there most of the time because my Cuddle Buddies are shipping to Florida or California or once even to Taiwan. But it makes my day to receive feedback from my customers.
Recently I finished a Jack Frost commission from “Rise of the Guardians“. I was super excited about this commission because that’s one of my favorite movies!
I am so happy with how the embroidery is coming along on my Jack Frost commission. I love when somebody commissions something really fun! I have a feeling I will have to make a second Jack, though, because Nevi is already flailing over this one.
AND… SPRING COMMISSIONS ARE OPEN.
I’ve got a couple more commissions after this one but there are still some spaces open for the Spring batch.. so if you’ve been thinking about requesting a custom plushie, now is the time to get a quote! (Messaging me on Facebook is usually the quickest way to get a reply.)
I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook’s “Memories” feature. Every once in a while it will share a memory with me of when I had a really horrible experience or lost someone close to me and I wish there was a way to tag those posts so they wouldn’t come up again in the future to reopen the wound. Most of the time the memories are mundane daily blah blah blah, but I love when it brings up a really amusing status that I maybe don’t even remember posting. Like just recently it reminded me of the Snoop Dogg plushie that I made on commission for a girl I worked with. When I scrolled over the pictures I just started giggling to myself. I can’t help it. Have you ever made something and, when thinking about it later, couldn’t help but laugh in disbelief at the thing you’ve done?
When Teesha asked me to make a Snoop Dogg plushie for her, I admit I stared a bit incredulously. Honestly, I think I mostly took the commission because I wanted to see if I could actually make a plushie that looked like Snoop Dogg. When I finished him, my room mates were dying laughing at how perfect he turned out and Teesha literally squealed, so I guess I did alright. When I did conventions people would ask me what other plushies I’d made than the ones I had for sale and nobody believed me about Snoop. Good thing I included him in my look book!
Can I just say for the record how much I really, really love what I do?
Say hello to Markette! He’s my very first Scrap Kitten!! He’s still a work in progress but I couldn’t wait for you to meet him. I really couldn’t have been more excited when he came to me. I’ve been thinking about trying some other aminals as I wade through my scrap fabric piles but I hadn’t had anyone speak to me yet so I’ve just been waiting for one to really show up and here he is! Bowtie and all!
I’ve also got a couple of Baby Scrap Dragons that I’m working on but since I finished the frantic push to finish the awesome Nightvale hoodies I made for the live show we went to, I’ve just been working casually. Did I mention that I had been working on Nightvale hoodies? OMG I DIDN’T?! *failselffail* So yeah, that happened. I will get some pictures taken to show them off because I am beyond happy with how they turned out! I did upload some work in progress pictures to my Instagram, so if you’re following me there you probably already saw those. But I will force the besties to model theirs for me so I can share them with you.
ALSO I have added Pinterest to my list of sites and I have a board (Where The Cuddle Buddies Live) for pictures of my Cuddle Buddies who have been adopted to show off where they live now in their forever homes. I’ve only got a couple of pictures up at the moment but I would love to share more photos, so if you’ve adopted one of my little plush darlings and would like to show them off please email me your pictures and I’ll be sure to get them posted!
AND AND I just put the finishing stitches on two brand new baby scrap dragons! I will get pictures of them soon to share with you. 😀
I’m finally getting my currently available plushies and plush art dolls up in my Etsy shop. At the moment I’ve got Siris, an original character from “The Parliament of Twilight: Episode One” available. He’s a Limited Edition plush art doll. Right now, there are only two of them available. He was a commission from the authors and they loved him so much they asked me to make a couple more to sell for them as a special offer.
I also have Mashiro and Shuujin from the anime “Bakuman”. You can purchase them separately or use the new Boyfriend Bundle listing to get a $15.00 discount on both dolls.
Currently I am in the last stages of making 2 more Excaliburs to sell, since I was so happy with how the commission turned out and about halfway done with some Julians to keep Siris company. After that, I’ve got my eye on a Grell and Undertaker, since they are one of my very favourite pairings! *evil glint in eye*
So So happy with how he turned out! And Jake literally squealed when I presented his Excalibur. lol (He even told me the next day that he slept with his plush that night!)
Excalibur was handmade. The eyes are hand-embroidered. He’s got 3 little buttons on his shirt dress and I used velcro to attach the cane so Jake could change the placement and smack people with it while yelling “FOOL!” XD
I’m working on a couple extras, since he turned out so well. They’ll be for sale in my Etsy store as soon as they’re done.
Next up on my list of commissions is a Julian (from “Parliament of Twilight” yaoi novels) so his boyfriend Siris won’t be lonely anymore. He’s been very insistent, let me tell you! I’ll post them both when Julian’s finished.
Harvey is my newest Baby Scrap Dragon. He loves being outside. His favorite thing is sleeping in trees and watching clouds. He also loves gardening and digging in the dirt. Don’t be surprised if you catch him nibbling on the little weeds that look like flowers. (I hear the purple ones taste the best.) He’s a very good little dragon though. He never chews on the actual flowers.
He is looking for his forever home. Could it be with you?
Click here to adopt him and make him a super happy little dragon.
I am very excited to say that I’m almost finished with my first ever Baby Scrap Dragon commission! My little dragons are something that I usually just make up with bits of leftover fabric. They’re kind of an artistic playtime, if you will. Not really working at anything – just playing around with colors, buttons, bits of ribbon and such. This will be the first one that I’ve made to a specific request.
My client was looking over my Etsy store and noticed that all of my Baby Scrap Dragons have their own little personalities. Specifically she was looking at JC and how he loves to knit sweaters. She asked if I could make a dragon who loves hugs and fights monsters in dreams.
Apparently her babysitter thought it would be fine for her 5 year old to watch “The Walking Dead”. I’ll be completely honest here and say that at 34 I can only watch a couple episodes at a time! So surprise! Her little boy is having nightmares. She says he loves his stuffed animals and has been borrowing one of hers but he says it’s not strong enough because it doesn’t really belong to him.
In all honesty I was a little uncertain.. like I said, my baby dragons have always just come to me in playtime mode. I’ve never actually tried to call one up with a pre-determined personality. So I went to my fabric stash and kinda sifted through the pieces that I had set aside for future dragons and tried to think about her request. I was ecstatic when the fabrics responded and I was inspired.
Truly, this is why I make dolls – or any of my art, really. It’s to bring more joy into the world. I could not be happier than to make this little dragon to love her little boy and protect him in his dreams from the monsters so he can sleep soundly again.