GIVEAWAY: Two Amigurumi Patterns

Yay! Who doesn’t like a giveaway?! In honor of my two new patterns being released to you all, I thought I would give a copy of each away to my peeps!

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is comment on this post telling me what you would like to see on this blog!

The giveaway will run starting today till Sunday the 27th of this month! I’ll pull the winner on Monday the 28th!

New Patterns in the Shop!

New in shp! I just released two of my amigurumi patterns! Yup, that’s right! I was holding them for a book project but decided to put the book project on hold for a bit. You can get these patterns here:

Etsy

Ravelry

I will be setting up a page on my shop for an easy buy button for all my patterns soon! If you buy a pattern off etsy, I will email the PDF to you within 24 hours after payment has been made. Most of the time I send it over right away cause I’m an internet junky and always online haha!

Watercolor Monster

Woke up early this morning and painted a monster… and ghost! I need to get better pictures of this today and it will go up in the shop. I’m so happy with how this little painted turned out and I’m anxious to start on another soon! Normally I use acrylic’s, I have never really played around with watercolor but I’m really starting to like watercolor. I used to paint way back in the day, religiously. I never went a day without painitng, then my hands started to get shaky. I got extremely frustrated with a shaky hand, couldn’t keep my lines straight and I gave it up. I’m only 27, so the shaky hands were a bit odd. Over the years it has gone away and I decided to give it a go again, so glad I did! I have ways to control the shaking now, so you’ll be seeing a lot more painting coming from me again!

INTERVIEW: Heidi Kenny from My Paper Crane!

Tell us a little about yourself…

Hello, I am Heidi Kenney a 33 year old plush maker living in Pennsylvania. My favorite color is green, and my favorite food is probably baked ziti. I am a thrift shop addict, and share a collection of Alice In Wonderland books with my husband. We have two boys ages 7 and 15.

What sort of crafts do you make and how long you have been making them?

I make a lot of plush, but I also dabble in other things too like little things made from cut paper, fabric design, and I used to even spin my own yarn.

What does your workspace look like and what is your work time schedule for the things you make?

My studio is the third floor of our house. it used to be an unfinished attic but half of it was finished off, and now it works perfectly for a studio. I have lots of shelves of fabric, bins of paper, and finished plush. It can get really messy when I am in the midst of a sewing frenzy, but since it is on the 3rd floor it is easy to just close the door.

Inspiration, where does yours come from? Any favorite artists or people/groups you admire?

My kids are always a big inspiration, they always like to add their input on anything new I am making. I love vintage toys, paper, and books. I have quite a ever growing collection of vintage children’s books.

Mary Blair, Henry Darger, and Richard Scarry, are amazingly inspirational. There are so many amazing people I’ve met through the shows I’ve done, and they all inspire me. Plush wise I love my friend Jenny Harada. Design wise husband and wife duo Somethings Hiding In Here (Shauna and Stephen) constantly blow me away. Painting and drawing Miss Emily from The Black Apple. Of course there are a million more, this list could go on and on!


Do you have any tips you could give to beginners that dabble in your sort of crafts?

Don’t worry so much about making mistakes, or your first few projects not coming out the way you want them to. Like all good things -practice makes perfect. Enjoy the process, and try not to stress yourself out. I think making things should be fun, relaxing, and should inspire you! If your stressing out over the finished project that can sometimes take away from the joy you might get from the process. Take the pressure off yourself to be good at something the first time you try it. Instead realize that you might make mistakes, but don’t let it stop you from trying again and again simply for the joy of making.

Where can we find you?

Sneak Peek!

Working on a few sketches tonight of some upcoming plush! The Ponyo inspired plush I mentioned earlier on top and the Max inspired monster. I think I might do a felt crown for the Max inspired one, but I’m toying with the idea of maybe needle felting it or crocheting the crown as well. Still not 100% sure, like always haha! I’m really excited about both of these plush, they are going to be a blast to put together! I’m just about done with the parts for one of the kitty commissions (yay), only one more to go and I’ll start on these guys next! Eeep!

Making Plush

Working on the last 2 commissioned plush, a white and orange kitty. The teal plush head in the picture was just a little fun, I made the head a while back and decided to stuff it and give it a face. Not sure what I’ll do with it yet, he’s just hanging around for now. 🙂 I have been SO slow at getting these last two plush done that it has pushed me to delay making new ones for the shop in guilt of getting them done and not these haha! I’m hoping to finish up these guys here soon and get to working on a few idea’s I’ve had in my head. One is plush inspired by Max from “Where The Wild Things Are” and one based off of Ponyo! I’m such a fan of Ponyo, love the movie, so it was time to make an inspired monster plush! I’m really not sure how I’m going to do the monster plush “Ponyo” yet, I think I will mainly base the color inspiration from her somehow and maybe add a few pieces of the character on my own plush. It’s going to be a fun one for sure!

Check back tomorrow on the blog for a great mini interview with Heidi Kenney from My Paper Crane!

Website Services

I’m now offering a small website service! You get your own domain and custom site, plus extra hours from me to update your site for you!  A few sites I have worked on:

My rate: $255 = Includes the domain, hosting and custom site, also including extra hours on the side to update your site later on (like if you wanted to add a page, update an old page, etc)

More Spinning

My order form Amazon and Spun Right Round arrived today, good mail day! I’m ready to dive into Soul Pancake and start spinning up this batt, also swapped out purses with this gnarly hand printed tote (also from Spun Right Round). I skimmed though Soul Pancake the other day at the bookstore and was very interested in the book, after reading a little bit more through it… I really love this book! I’m hoping it will get my brain moving and think more outside the box with my plush creations. I’ve been looking for inspiration like crazy lately, normally I get my color inspiration from graffiti, but there is none around here really. Most would think it’s a good thing, but I think it really blows. I love seeing graffiti, it’s gorgeous! I might make a trip into Phoenix here soon to get my graffiti fix.

So, back to my mail day! I got this gorgeous 2.2 ounce batt from Spun Right Round. That is by far my favorite shop for batts, the colors are amazing and there are some awesome color blends. I like unusual color combo’s and Renee’s batts fill that color love of mine. They spin like butter and there is always a surprise popping up in the twist. I used to card batts a couple years ago and loved it, they remind me a lot of my old batts I would make, maybe that’s why I just love them so much? Anyways, I still have another one of her batts partially spun on my Ashford spindle so I think I’ll throw this on my bulky spindle. I’ve only messed with it a few times and it’s an amazing spindle. The weight of it feels very strong, you know your getting a good twist on it. You can see the spindle above (with the spider web).

This was the other batt I was talking about, it’s also a Spun Right Round batt. I’m spinning it up on my favorite spindle, and Ashford Student spindle. I gotta say, my 2 year old dropped it a couple times and it feels a little off balance. It tends to wobble lately… which sucks. But it still gets the job done and continues to spin like butta’. I think the yarn I’ve spun is around fingering weight, so after I ply it I’m hoping it will be close to worsted weight, maybe more DK.