New Cloth dolls {WIP}

I have about a million projects on the go at any one time.  That may be a slight overstatement, but it doesn’t feel that way.  I have been working on a larger, jointed cloth doll, and yesterday I started work on a new idea I have for mini felt dolls.  Here are some WIP shots.. I hope to have some completed shots up real soon!

Haku and Chihiro {spirited away plushie set}

{2011 Project}

Wow! I can’t believe I never posted about this baby!  I thought I already had, but I must be crazy because it doesn’t seem to be anywhere.  Any who, this was a large commission, and included two plushies: Haku (dragon from Spirited Away) and Chihiro (protagonist from Spirited Away).  Haku is easily the largest plush I have ever made.  He is approximately 3.5 feet long, and is made from an up-cycled white blanket, vintage button eyes, eco-felt for details, up-cycled cotton sheets, and stuffed with eco-fill.  Chihiro is a simple doll, I made her from a modified version of my Sailor Zoisite pattern.  She is made entirely of eco-felt, with vintage button eyes and eco-fill stuffing.

Thoughts and criticisms always welcome!

xoxo

It is Okay to Fail Sometimes {keep trying}

{includes 2011 projects}

Originally, I had a post started for yesterday about my kitchen.  It included new “before” pictures, a colour palette, and a rough outline of plans.  But, due to some unexpected events, I completely forgot to actually *post* it online.  So, instead of simply posting that today, I have decided to write a new post (and save said kitchen post for tomorrow, which is really for the best as I now have plans to go to a hardware store and pick up paint!).

So, even though I am a little upset that I forgot to post yesterday, I know that it is important to keep going anyways.  Its okay to fail sometimes, in fact, I think it is even inevitable to fail sometimes.  

I have made a few plushies that have turned out to be failures, or in need of some serious pattern re-work, such as this incredibly awkward, plum Jackolope, or my original Dante-pillar (which is a cat mixed with a caterpillar respectably).

Not a complete failure.. but needs a lot of work.

This is a basic kid’s science experiment that I managed to complete destroy:

Yeah, that’s Rock Candy solution.  I tried to make it for my partner’s birthday.  Instead of sweet candy forming, however, I got weird fluffy mold growths!

But the real point is, you can’t let failure, or disappointment stop you from moving forward.

I started this clay doll months ago.  I designed her, sculpted her head and torso out of foam, and sculpted her head out of clay… and yet, I never managed to make time to keep working on her.  But today, I am going to start working on her again.  Also, I found this cool feature on Pinterest the other day, it lets you see all of the pins from a specific source.  It’s really awesome to see what has been pinned from my blog on there, click here to see.

xoxo

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

Sale! {free shipping}

I’ve decided to have some rolling sales over the Holiday season, offering free shipping on select items.  I’ve been preparing new listings, including Space crayons, key chains, charms and more.  Even though the new listings aren’t up yet, the first free shipping sale is on!  Free shipping is offered to Canada and the United States on my bat brooch HollisR, until Wednesday November 16th!

 

Holiday Boot Camp 2011 {week three}

Okay, I’m going to try to move past the fail that was last week..

I can’t believe that I am already on week three of Etsy’s Holiday Success Boot Camp.  I feel like I still haven’t been working on things enough.  I think that might mean that I haven’t been..  Oh no!

First though, a few updates on previous week’s tasks and previous goals that I had set:

In week one, I was confused by offering gift wrap and faster shipping.  I have since found that that you *can* offer gift wrap as a separate option, however it HAS to be able to be purchased on its own, without the purchase of anything else from my shop.  I think that this works wonderfully for sellers that want to offer traditional gift wrapping, but does not work as well for sellers who want to offer more sustainable and less wasteful forms of gift wrapping.  I am thinking that I will offer gift wrapping for free during the holidays, and suggest that customers request it at the time of purchase?

These are the initial goals that I had set during week one:

  • Maintain my blog with at least two posts a week, and update my website at least once a month.
  • Online Roller Store Catalogue.
  • Produce small series in time for Halloween.
  • Introduce a new product series for Christmas.

I am trying really hard to maintain the blog with two posts a week.  I am just starting to figure out a blog schedule, and writing out every idea that I have for a blog post.  I admit, that writing these boot camp updates really help with the two posts a week thing, and so I really should have no excuse.

I will be working on the Roller Store catalogue this week, thanks to the tasks that were assigned!

I’m not going to produce a small series for Halloween.  When I made these goals, I admit, that this one was thrown in just to try to push myself.. but I think that I already have a little more than I can handle (especially with Halloween coming up, and my costume isn’t even started yet).

I do still want to work on a small series for Christmas, however I am still unsure what it will be.. but I better get started on that soon.

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Okay, so now on to Week Three’s tasks and goals.  This week focused on an aspect that I should be really good at already, but is something that I have not put as much effort as I could: photography.

Seeing as how I went to school for photography, this should really be a piece of cake.  But, I was never actually trained in product photography and admit that I am still getting better.  I think I really need to just take the time to set up shots nicely and cleanly.  I need to set up a white box somewhere in the house. All of this being said, reading through all of the Etsy posts on cameras and photography was a little bland and boring, but since I am always willing to get better, and learn new techniques and ideas, I still read all of them.

  1. Go through get to know your camera checklist:  DONE
  2. Read Etsy’s guide to photography: DONE
  3. Photograph holiday packaging:  … none?
  4. Master depth of field: DONE DONE!
  5. Compare photo critiques with buddy:  NEED TO DO!!
  6. Add new photos to listings

So, I need to touch base with my boot camp buddies, and hopefully we can help each other out with the photos a bit.  I’m not 100% happy with my current product photographs, and so I really need to re-take literally all of them.  This will also get me working on the Roller Store Catalogue that I have planned.

Current listing photograph of Wade

Current listing photograph of a Grey Kittopus

If any one else wants to critique my product photos, please do!  I’m always open to opinions, and ideas, just leave your thoughts in the comments.  As always, thank you for reading,

xoxo