October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to raise funds and awareness about this insidious disease, the members of PlushTeam have created mammary and pink themed plush. 80% of every purchase goes to the Susan G. Komen Institute, an international fund dedicated to raising money for Breast Cancer Cure research. My pink deer and more handmade plush are now available in Plush Team’s shop! Support the cause and help find a cure!
The latest issue of Stuffed magazine is out… and I have a photo in it! Stuffed: A Gathering of Softies is a new magazine all about handmade plushies. It’s published by Stampington & Company and only $14.99! (You can order Volume 1 here and Volume 2 here. Apparently they’re also available at Barnes & Noble bookstores.) Stampington & Company publishes LOTS of other creative magazines that look so awesome! I might pick up their magazine Where Women Create next, because I love looking at other artists’ workspaces.
So here’s the 2nd issue of Stuffed below. As you can see, there are two cute plushies and Etsy’s Plush Team is mentioned on the front cover!
Inside is a 4-page article all about the wonderful team I’m a part of! I’m so proud of all the Plush Team members! This issue featured lots of awesome plush makers, so it’s definitely worth picking up if you’re into handmade plush. It’s such an inspiring magazine to flip through.
On the last page of Plush Team’s article, they published a pic of my art studio (when I was in Canada, August 2008)! I really miss that workspace a lot! You can also see my Etsy shop’s name followthewhiterabbit.etsy.com on that page. (LOL, I’m such a dork!)
Below is my original photo. Lots of deer waiting to be made as the Fafi postcards oversee production in the background!
And because I’m feeling sulky about missing my old workspace, here’s another photo of the whole room. My newest Audrey Kawasaki print was supposed to hang in that blank space. ::sniffles::
Mini Ghostie Plushies are now available for only $5/each in Plush Team’s Etsy Shop! While you’re there, check out the other fabulous $5 plush made by other Plush Team members!
Mini Ghosties are little spirits that like to help out when they can. They each have their own special attributes:
- Mini Dark Pink Ghostie helps to bring lots of love and passion to a situation. Put her in an area where you need more love.
- Mini Orange Ghostie helps to bring down the energy level of a situation that is too intense. Put him in an area where you need relief from something that is way too serious.
- Mini Lime Green Ghostie promotes new growth in any situation. Put him in an area where you need something new in your life.
- Mini Blue Ghostie absorbs all the sad feelings around him in an effort to try and make things happy again. That’s why he looks so sad. Put him in an area where you need to get rid of sadness.
- Mini Black Ghostie helps to stabilize a situation with his mental and physical strength. Put him in an area where you need stability.
Mini Ghosties are also perfect as office desk decorations, a gift for the adult toy collector, a toy for kids, and they also like to hide in purses. Mini Ghosties are completely hand stitched and measure approximately 2.5in/6.5cm tall and 2in/6cm wide.
(I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this earlier! ::smacks forehead::)
Every Monday of this month, different members of Etsy’s Plush Team will be selling their handmade plushies for the low price of $5 each. There are already lots of fabulous $5 plushies already listed in Plush Team’s Etsy shop right now. My Mini Ghosties will be $5/each and available this Monday. I will post here again when they are listed in the shop.
Plush Team‘s challenge for May/June was to create food — out of fabric. The participating team members were divided into groups, each group having their own “secret ingredient” which they had to use in the design of their plush food. My secret ingredient was pom poms. I had a few ideas of how I wanted to use pom poms (blueberry pie, sushi with roe, a bunch of grapes, etc) but none of those ideas really felt interesting to me. Then I thought about making a type of dessert that would fit right in at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! I thought that vanilla & chocolate cookies with colourful icing and pom poms on top would be cute, yummy, and go with my self-given Alice In Wonderland theme. Lo and behold, the Set of 10 Mad Tea Party Cookies was made!
They are perfect for children’s play time, dress-up tea parties, party favours, an interesting conversational piece in a trendy apartment, or perfect for a snack if you are planning on travelling down the rabbit hole. They are for sale in my Etsy shop.
Tomorrow from 3-4pm (EST) Etsy’s Plush Team will be hosting a live trunk show in Etsy’s Virtual Labs (in the Gallery Room)! They will be showcasing the newest softies for Spring. Many of Plush Team’s artists will be there to chat with and answer questions (unfortunatley I am unable to make it). It looks like it is going to be a lot of fun! For more information, please see this post over at Plush Team’s blog.
1. Crazy Critter Bunnie Line, 2. Chickenpants Cafe, 3. Raggy Rats baby colours!, 4. Lillebitte, 5. Untitled, 6. Simon, 7. The Ornithopter Finger Puppet, 8. Lime Soda Deer Plush, 9. stuffie, 10. cathead ornament, 11. Annabelle the Aphid, 12. Roquefort the Mouse
And here’s a pic of my plushies saying hello, all the way from Chicago! ^_^
If you would like to see more plush art that was featured at Plush Team’s booth, please check out more of PterodactylPants Plush photos.
If you are in the Chicago area this weekend, please stop by Renegade Chicago. It is one of the biggest DIY craft shows in America, with over 300 artists! I will have my plushies for sale there (along with other amazingly talented artists of PT) at Plush Team‘s booth (#70). Please come out and support indie artists! ^_^
Location: Chicago / Division St. between Damen & Hermitage in Wicker Park
Time: September 13th – 14th from 12 noon – 10pm
The theme of Plush Team‘s current challenge is “State Fair”, with three categories, one being “Sideshow Creatures”. I was attracted to this category immediately, because I felt I could have the most creative freedom with it. I thought of conjoined twins right off the bat, when two French girls suddenly appeared in my head. Although Sideshows are in very bad taste, it was often the only line of work for people who were disfigured. Instead of making conjoined twins as part of a freak show type environment, I decided to give them a very fortunate upbringing. I would like to introduce Georgette & Lisette:
Georgette & Lisette are heiresses to a very large French fortune. Their parents have made sure to bring up their conjoined girls in a proper and civilized manner, therefore they must have perfect hair, perfect manners, and they must dress in frilly things at all times. After all, they must be presentable for their parents’ frequent dinner guests. Although Georgette & Lisette have been showered with more gifts than they know what to do with, their favourite toy in the world is their black stuffed bear, Sébastien. They squabble over who gets to hold him, which once resulted in an unfortunate incident where Sébastien lost an eye. The girls are quite well-mannered otherwise, although they still will not reveal to me which one is Georgette and which one is Lisette.
They are available in My Etsy Shop.