White Catopus {hand sewn original collectible plush}

{2011 PROJECT}

My sister Amanda has supported my efforts and small business from the start.  She was my first “official” customer.  At the time of her first purchase, she really wanted to purchase a catopus, however I only have four finished and it was only a few weeks till Shock Stock.  I promised her I would make her a unique catopus after Shock Stock.  Well, as life usually goes, her catopus was delayed.  After Shock Stock, we found out about our sick kitty, and we needed to raise money for his operation.  I had no time to sew, as I worked extra hours serving and trying to sell the left over merchandise from Shock Stock.  Amanda even bought a few items during that period to help us too.  I wanted to make sure that her catopus was extra special, and so I present to you my newly adjusted Catopus design:

extra long tentacles, a slimmer face, and longer neck

Thanks for looking!

xoxo

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{first craft swap}

So, a few weeks ago (has it really been that long already? gah) I completed my very first craft swap on Crafster.org

I love the idea of craft swapping, mostly I love it because there are awesome swap themes which will allow me to make fan-art without feeling bad.  (There is actually a Sailor Moon plushie craft swap that is open right now… which I plan on entering.. I just… can’t… resist.. ).  But I was kind of nervous about swapping, I didn’t want to screw up, plus I’m still a little new to sending packages and this is a great way for me to practice.  So I entered a “newbie swap” that is designed for people who haven’t swapped before to get used to the process and the rules.

I was paired up with the member Lynnz232.

This is the package that I received from her:

It included:

A really cool Sailor Moon note-book, she made it using crayon transfer (which by the way is pretty cool, and I think I might have to try it sometime seeing as I literally have thousands of crayons in the house).  I’m already putting this note-book to good use, as my personal sales book, I keep a pink crystal pen with it which matches perfectly for writing everything.  So pretty.

A blue fabric bowl, which I haven’t found a permanent location for yet.  The chocolates in the picture also came with the package.  Yum!

A pokemon bracelet, with charms of my favourite two pokemon (bulbasaur and vaporeon of course!).  I might add this all onto a nice chain to make it into a necklace.  ^_^

A hand-painted cup commemorating my first craft swap, and a state map of Michigan (that’s where she is from, and seeing as I live close to Michigan will come in handy in the future).

Thanks so much Lynnz!  You really made items based on what I loved.

This is the package that I sent to her:

Her package included: a hand-woven, and hand-dyed newspaper basket, set of heart perler magnets, flower loom clips, hand-painted clothes pins, a matchbox for her son (it has his name in Galactic Basic Standard script) with a small rebel alliance charm inside, and most importantly: a custom catopus!  I made the catopus based on her own cat, named Kitty.  This was the first time I attempted to make a catopus based on a specific cat, and it was a lot of fun trying to match it up.

I made sure to take a picture of the catopus with the image I received from Lynnz of Kitty.. do you think they look alike?

And just another shot of Kitty.. for good measure.  ^_^

{confirmed: cat lady}

So, I admit, I have been terrible.  It has already been more than a week since Shock Stock, and I have still failed to properly blog about it.  Not only that, I have also not posted the full school of Catopi.  I am currently finishing up the Shock Stock images, and should be up on the Facebook and Flickr later tonight.  For now, I hope I can appease you with these promotional shots that Korpolfr took of me the day before Shock Stock with all my babies:

They just crawl EVERYWHERE.

{3 days till Shock Stock}

So, I am pretty sure that I am now running on pure adrenaline.  Sunflower Skins, Korpolfr, Thom Roland and I have literally been drinking energy drinks, coffee, tea, and eating a disgusting amount of chips, candy and chocolates in order to survive the week.  Things are coming along quite well, products are finished, signs are being made, and glitter is being strewn.  It is hectic, stressful and hilarious.

I am also very excited to officially announce the launch of my website (with my own domain name! eee!).  I also thought it was a good time to revamp my Bulbasaur Eyes blog.  I made a new background, changed the theme and moved around and added new widgets.    Please check them out and let me know what you think.  ^_^

Oh and happy belated bunny day everyone.

hand-drawn plastic charms

charms with vintage beads on key chains loops, each unique

This is Kye, he is a catopus, and he needs a loving home. {entire series images coming soon}

of course, we always have time to cuddle with kitties <3

xoxo

Sweater Eyes

{Spring was moving in the air above
And in the earth below and around him,
Penetrating even his small dark and lowly little house
With its spirit of divine discontent and longing.
It was small wonder, then,
That he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor
And said, “Bother!”
Something up above was calling him.}

-La Dispute  Seven