Photos: Stuff I’ve bought lately

Like the title says… just stuff I’ve bought lately. 🙂

Sweet Rum is one of the Steel Fairies made by Japanese designer Kaijin (one of my favourite vinyl artists). Sweet Rum is limited to 100 pieces, and comes in this amazing super fluorescent pink colour. Her paint smell reminds me of exactly the same type of paint my Dad used to use in his sign shop (nostalgia! ♥). She’s one of my favourite figures… OMG, luff her! ♥

[On the left] Tiruru Subcalism by Kaijin.  I absolutley LOVE this new figure.  The turquoise is wild!  Tiruru is from the “Mysterious Island Jambara” series, and limited to 50 pieces.
[On the right] Cutie Cane (2/16) by Flowbots.  Hard to resist a face like that!

Rika (?/??) by Junko Mizuno / “Despite her reticence, Rika is very popular with the strange creatures on the Surface World. The “Meat Dance” is her specialty.” This is the rare chase figure from the blind box Pure Trance Series produced by Kidrobot.  (Thank-you Ebay!)

Signed Junko Mizuno flyer from her “Red Tresses and Freckles” solo show at the Magic Pony!  Heather of Needlings (super awesome Etsy shop with adorable owls!) sent this to me.  Isn’t she so sweet? 🙂 I plan to frame it someday. Thanks Heather!!!! ♥♥♥

3 pink DIY Mini Munny’s for customizing! Love these pink versions, and the accessories are super cute, especially the glasses! ♥

My Pipos Dali FINALLY has new eyes & new clothes. He’s really liking his new look, and is so embarrassed that I originally thought he was a girl, and made him wear a dress, haha!  Now he really looks like a rabbit from Wonderland. 🙂  Blouse by lemieuxdollboutique: / Bloomers by pommepomme: / 18mm glass eyes by releaserain:

And last but not least, I did a plush trade with the lovely Jessie of Samaria Project, and she sent me these two adorable owlies! ♥ They are so well made and have lots of little stitched details. I love the colours she uses, and wow, she’s awesome! 😀

In Progress: Custom for Munny Grubbers show @ Just Blazed

When I was working on Two of Spades (my Mighty Muggs custom), I posted a preview pic of it on my art table.  That’s not much of sneak peek, now is it?  :\  This time I’m gonna show the whole sketch. 😉 This custom is for the Munny Grubbers show at Just Blazed on August 8th in Phoenix, Arizona. I finally had a bit of time between sewing projects to sketch out a few pages of ideas (you can see some on my sketchbook in the background). I finally decided on the design that you see sketched out below. Now I start painting! 😀

In Progress: Two plush dolls > pics + creative process

I’m currently making two plush dolls for a special project, so I thought I’d share some in progress pics and talk about making them. 🙂

1) First I start out with a rough sketch of what I want to make.  I already have an idea of what their personalities are like, and I try to bring that out in their expression, outfit, and overall look.  My creative process is always evolving, and new decisions are made at every step that I could never have forseen with the initial sketch (later on you can see that I scrapped the dresses, and swapped the mouths).

2) Next I choose the colours and fabric I want to use. I lay everything out in an abstract kind of way to help visualize what colours go together, and what don’t before I start cutting the fabric.

3) Then I cut everything out. It’s hard to tell that they’ll look any good at this point, lol.

4) Then I sew everything together that I can with the sewing machine (it makes my life easier!) and I start stuffing body parts.

5) Everything is sewn together! In this pic you can see that I’ve done a bit of handsewing already (sewn the legs on the body, sewn the hair on the heads, etc), and I’ve also pinned the eyes on their faces.  I do this so I can start adding the smokey-eye look (with pastels and q-tips) exactly where I want before sewing the eyes overtop of the added makeup.

6-7) I hand sew the tiny collars for the dresses, and choose which buttons will suit the white-haired girl best. Then I sew their eyes on after adding eyeshadow and blush.

8 ) I think once they have smokey eyes, the dolls really start to come together and their personality starts to show. At this point I’m figuring out what type of lace I’m going to use for the ruffle collar and other lacey accents. Their heads and arms aren’t attached yet… I do those last.  The white-haired girl’s hair buns won’t be sewn on until last because her buns sit low on her head, and I need to have room to sew the ruffle collar to her neck first.  The ruffle collars are then pre-sewn (so they are nice and ruffly), and ready to be attached to the bodies.  In this pic I decided on pink mouths.

9-10) The dolls are both happy (and unhappy) with their new smiles, and can’t wait for me to finish them!  I’ll be revealing their names & backstories when they’re completed. 🙂

…To be continued…

Stitch Wars: Preview & Articles

Stitch Wars opens this Saturday, July 18th at Bear + Bird Boutique+ Gallery!  If you can’t make it to the show in person, or if you’d really like to buy a piece in advance, or are just curious, you can get a sneak preview of all the work in the show if you sign up on the Bear + Bird mailing list.  This also gives you exclusive pre-show buying rights!  So if there’s a piece you really want, you can potentially buy it tomorrow. 🙂  The mailing list will go out tomorrow, so make sure to sign up now!

Stitch Wars has already received lots of great press in the August 2009 issue of Maxim, and the front over of the July 16, 2009 issue of the Miami New Times!  It’s going to be a great show.  I can’t wait my preview email to arrive! 😀

Etsy: New MOHAWK Deer + Mini Ghostie plush!

More plushies hit my Etsy shop today.  The ones I’m most excited about releasing are my new twist on my deer plush line — plush deer with mohawks! These hip and trendy deer love to spike their soft furry hair. 😀

[Left] Strawberry Kiwi Deer loves to go to the spa. She gets the works: facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, you name it! Her guilty pleasure is reading all the trashy celebrity gossip magazines while she’s there.
[Right] Peach Bluberry Tartlette Deer owns a pastery shop filled with the most mouth watering sweets in Deerville. She bakes all the scones, croissants, danishes and everything else that is displayed behind the glass counter. When she’s not baking, she’s learning how to skydive. 🙂

[Left] Peach Blueberry Tartlette Deer with mohawk is a cousin of the other Peach Blueberry Tartlette Deer without mohawk. Sometimes they even get themselves confused! They love Halloween because they can dress up in entirely different costumes — however, they call each other ahead of time to ensure that they won’t be wearing the same thing!
[Right] Professor Bubble Tea Deer has a famous laboratory where all the wonderful flavours of Deerville’s Bubble Tea are created, mixed and made into drinks. He has pioneered the Bubble Tea industry and has become extremely wealthy off of “the world’s greatest taste buds”, as he puts it. (He also wants you to know that Bubble Tea is also called “Pearl Milk Tea” and “Boba Tea” in different parts of the world.) 😉

  • Mini Brown Ghostie helps you to feel grounded and wholesome again.
  • Mini White Ghostie absorbs negative energies that are blocking you from clear and pure thinking.
  • Mini Green Ghostie helps to settle things down if everything around you is growing too fast.

Renegade Craft Fair: Los Angeles 2009

I went to the Renegade Craft Fair this past weekend at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles. It was fantastic!!! There were so many amazing artists and crafters with gorgeous set-ups and beautiful handmade items.  Most of the sellers I recognized from Etsy.  HERE is a full list of all the artists who were there.

This was Renegade’s official  booth.  You can buy this stuff on their website.

[Left] Me looking at the awesome portraits by illustrator Ryan Berkely. I like the bat, shark, squirrel and cheetah. 🙂

[Right] I got a kick out of this awesome shirt by Sharp Shirter!

I loved these statements by Seattle Show Posters. 🙂

I really loved these figures by KG+AB!  I wanted to buy a few to customize, especially the deer, squirrels and mushrooms.

The space the craft fair was held in was very open and airy, and there was so much to see and buy.  I didn’t get pics of all the lovely booths, but I wanted to mention that Matty8080, Rock Scissor Paper, Fugu Fugu Press and Sweet Meats had amazing stuff too!  There are tons more pics of the craft fair on Flickr here.

[Left] This was the I Heart Guts plush toy display. I love their designs and bright colours.

[Right] I totally love this print by Sycamore Street Press!

One of my favourite artists Tsai-Fi had a booth at the craft fair! I love all her stuff, so it was really nice meeting her in person (especially since we were both in the Custom Mini Skully Show together! 🙂 ).  I wanted to buy so much of her stuff (especially that mermaid with orange hair)!

So, this was my haul. The plush Dust Bunni and Last Call t-shirt is from Tsai-Fi. Everything else were freebies (stickers, buttons, business cards). I REALLY liked the Etsy bumper sticker! 🙂

Etsy: More Mini Ghosties!

More Mini Ghosties have been added to my Etsy shop!

  • Mini Peach Ghostie helps to stabilize your emotions when you are seeking creative ideas.
  • Mini Violet Ghostie helps to re-balance over-active energies in your life.
  • Mini Light Blue Ghostie helps to open the flow of communication.
  • Mini Red Ghostie absorbs all the fears and anxieties around him in an effort to try and make things stable again.
  • Mini Black Ghostie helps to stabilize a situation with his mental and physical strength.
  • Mini Orange Ghostie helps to bring down the energy level of a situation that is too intense.