Friday, February 29, 2008


Yippee!!!!! I can finally talk about this killer show that's going to take place in St. Louis this June. I am one of the judges for this show and I am super honored to have been asked to be involved. Here's the low down:
Crammed Organisms is the world's largest plush show!
Nowhere on earth have so many stuffed creatures been collected under a single banner! Asia cowers before the might of
Crammed Organisms, Europe shakes in its boots, South America secretly yearns for such glory, and North America glows
with pride as tons of cotton fill its streets and cloud the sky!
Fairy, Folk, and Fable (the three F's of Crammed Organism's 2008 theme) have been terribly absent from St Louis and
even the world itself! Without stuffed representations of our hopes and dreams we stand no chance of ever achieving
them! How can you possible afford to miss such a thing? What sort of person are you anyway?
Crammed Organisms, is being hosted by multiple independently owned businesses here in St. Louis.

There is a ton more info at
I have posted a link on the side here that will take you directly to the APPLY ONLINE PAGE.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Here's the plush I mentioned I was working on before Hansel. I started it this week and worked on it just about every night to get it done and out of the way. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I not only was inspired by the retro tin robot toys but also circus punks. I love the box too. i alwyas like to add a little something else to my plush. Whether that's a base or plaque or in this case a box. Yes there is a glare on the robots face. It's because I used clear vinyl to encase his face. I was thinking the whole space man helmet look. The box window also has the vinyl. It was pretty easy to sew in to place. I was afraid it would slide but it didn't.
I've been trying to come up with a simple shape that I could do quickly and still embelish it like crazy like I love to do. I was thinking something like this I could do rather quickly and maybe sell on etsy. Of course when I get time. haha!
This is getting mailed off to a magazine publisher for possible publication. It's just for submission, but who knows what may come of it.


So per the request of my husband, as well as others, here are some close up detail shots of Gretel. These give you a better shot of not only her bloomers but some of the detailing.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Well I finished Gretel and I can't wait to start Hansel and see them standing side by side. I just noticed that you can't see her bloomers in this picture. But they are there. The next picture I take I'll make sure to get them in there. This isn't the greatest photo. The shadows are a bit harsh. Hopefully it will warm up a bit amd I can get a good picture outside in natural light. I prefer doing that but when it's 27 outside that's not gonna happen for a while.
I have a slight detour before I can start Hansel. I'm working on a quick piece for a magazine submission for possible publication. I may actually have that done tonight or tomorrow, that's my goal anyway.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


Well here's the pic of Hansel and Gretels heads. I think they are about 9" wide and they are quite heavy. They are stuffed pretty tight. I have paper templates made of the bodies but haven't yet started those. I got side tracked this weekend and decided I needed to start some sketches of pieces I need to have done this summer and fall. I've been procrastinating doing these. I feel better now that I have something scribbled down. I hate thinking that far out but if I don't anxiety will set in. I've got a total of ten pieces I need to have finished by the end of September plus the new baby. I know I'm crazy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


So I wanted to post a pic of Hansel and Gretel's heads but I ran into a snag last night that set me back a bit. I had one of those nights where I sewed on the hair three times and every time it just sucked. I was on the verge of tossing the whole thing in the trash. I was so frustrated. I haven't had a night like that in a while. Guess I was due. But he is better now. His hair is being sewn on right now.
So I thought I'd post a pic of this toddler jacket I finished up. This is the last of the baby projects I had to do. Nothing really fancy about the construction just thought I'd add the fuzzy stripe and ears. The stripe actually goes all the way down the back. Makes me ponder other critter type apparel I could come up with.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


I feel like I haven't posted in forever and it's only been a week. I've been working on sketches for a couple of plushies I want to start or have worked out before baby arrives. I don't mention that to much on this blog but I've got a little over 3 weeks to go. So I'm rushing to finish up other projects and think about upcoming shows for this summer and fall. I know that seems really far out but I have to think about them now if I want to have work done.
So I've been working on sketches for Hansel and Gretel as well as the witch. I don't have anything finalized for her yet. I loved the sketches so much I took ithem finish and did a tight illustration. I hope to stay as close as possible to the color pallette.
So I started working on her head Tuesday night and I'll probably have that done tonight or tomorrow. My dilema is wether to go further with her or start his head. It might make things more consistant if I just start his head next. I'll try and post a pic of how far I am this weekend. So far it's pretty large. Larger than I planned. I fear that the witch will end up being 3 ft tall if I want them all proportional to each other. If what I invision in my head turns out, I think they'll be pretty cool.