Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The commission piece I finished back before Thanksgiving was given to Jessie (the recipient) last night. So it's safe for me to post the picks from this project. Above is the doodle I did of Jessie.
Jessie is a local tattoo artist her in KC and she's the best. Both my husband and I have gotten tattoo's from her. My husband goes back for another in a month. I've been thinking of what I want next. This pic is of my husband from June when we went to get our tattoos.
Here are some progress shots of her. Like all my plus, I start with the head first. Inserted into the head is a dowel rod that also runs through the body. Helps stabalize the head.
Here you can see the rod coming out of her waste.
This is the first time I've ever added a tattoo to a plush. It took some figuring out. I wasn't sure how I was going to do it. I ended up using the iron on transfer paper that you can send through your printer. I didn't think it would work well on fleece but it did. I did about three transfers before I was really happy. And yes that is Jessie's tattoo. I redrew it in Photoshop and printed it out. Her tattoo of course wraps all the way around her arm. I ran into problems doing this because I ironed on the transfer before I sewed it together. There is no way it would have lined up and looked good so I went with just showing the tattoo on the front.
I decided not to cut the dowel rod off. The only down fall to this is that she can't be removed from her base. I think it's more stable this way. Some people may not like having there plush attached to a permanent base.
Close up of arm. Very happy with how this turned out.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Last week we had a ornament exchange at work. I decided to make a tree topper like we have on our tree. It's basically a stuffed ball on a dowel rod. I didn't have time to take a proper pic of the snowman on top of a tree. But the way it works is, you shove the rod down the center of the top of the tree, and if you have an artificial tree, you wrap the top branch around the rod and it holds it in place. Simple as that.
Friday, December 18, 2009
My ice cream guys are in the current issue of Stuffed Magazine. I just got mine in the mail the other day. They hit stores January 1st. I really love how they staged the photo. They look so cute and edible! Some of these guys are also in the Luv-able & Hug-able show going on right now.There is still one more ice cream guy in my Etsy store. Click image to see larger.
Here is the cover of Stuffed Volume 3. Love the Cotton Candy by Scrumptios Delight. Looks for the current magazine in your local bookstore January 1st. My local Borders has carried all the past issues.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
We finished the stove and sink last night. We are thrilled at how it turned out. Neither one of us are wood workers by any means and to have put this together ourselves feels really good. We hit a few snags along the way but nothing major. We have enough MDF left that we may make a small fridge. Maybe for her birthday. It would be nice extra storage. I'm afraid all the food and stuff I've made and bought isn't all going to fit in the stove.
Decided on three shelves instead of the original four.
Found this rack at Lowes. Thought it would be great as added storage. We also added a rack in the oven along with a push light.
The only thing left to do is paint a V in the circle on the back splash.
We stayed almost exact to the original sketch I did about 3 months ago.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Ok, so the theme for Wordpress that I was using, that I altered to fit my needs, is all jacked up. What a mess! So I'm back to picking a new theme and making it fit what I want. So things look a bit weird right now. I hope to find some time to fix it. Most all my information is here, it's just not very pretty.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Besides the few commission pieces I'm finishing up I'm still working on my daughters stove and sink. The construction is basically done. There is some trim that goes on the back splash and that's the last of the cutting and nailing to do. I finished painting the burners today. Those too aren't nailed down yet. We had to bring it in from the garage because it's to cold to paint. I started painting the inside of the stove this evening. It's orange. I hope to at least have the back splash done and have it primed tomorrow.
Friday, December 11, 2009
For the past couple of weeks, off and on. I've been working on this elf costume for my daughter. It turned out ridiculously cute. I used Simplicity pattern 2537. Picked it up at Joanns over Halloween for $1. Can't beat a buck. I'm thinking next year I'm gonna have to make the reindeer and add a red nose.
We'll get two more wearings out of this when we visit family for Christmas.
By the way, Santa loved it and said he might put her to work. Ha!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I'm working with wood this weekend.
This is day two of working on the stove. It's coming along . The sink and faucet are just sitting in place. In fact we've decided not to fasten the sink down. Would hate for my daughter to pour anything into it. It would be a pain to get out. The garage is covered in a thin layer of sawdust. I just know when we go to blow it all out it's going to be like 20 degrees that day.
Here's what we hope the finish would look like. Lots of little details to come. My favorite part. Imagine the color apple green too.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Stuff This! opens tomorrow night at Rivet Gallery in Columbus, OH. Show includes 30 artists. Opening reception is from 7pm-10pm. My Ice Cream Monster and Ice Cream Cone ornament will be for sale. Follow the link to see all the artists involved as well as their plush work.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Though these adorable ice cream guys seem happy, that couldn’t be further from the truth. You see, Ice Cream People live a very short life — usually only a few hours once they leave the safety of their frozen homes. When one of them does decide the time has come to venture out and make someone happy, they choose to live life to the fullest. They put on a happy face, get all dolled up in their hot fudge and toppings and eagerly await the chance to put a smile on a kid’s face.
Here is Hot Fudge and Mint Chocolate Chip (my personal favorite) I decided to make two new Ice Cream guys and put them up for sale on Etsy. These guys measure 11" tall and 4 1/2" wide. Click on link or shop button to get to Etsy.
So I posted these on our family blog and thought I'd post them here too. Last night I got carried away and made some digital silhouettes of my daughter. If you have Photoshop this will be easy. I just took a profile shot of my daughter. This was actually the hardest step. Try getting a 21 month old to sit still. So after about 50 shots I finally got two that looked ok. I then uploaded my photo to my computer and opened them in Photoshop. I created a new layer went in and redrew the face with the selection tool and filled it in with a color. You could then print this out, cut out the head and use it as a template to trace onto a heavier card stock to cut out. This is by no means how real cut paper silhouettes are created. In fact it's kind of cheating. But I don't have the skill to free hand cut a silhouette, or the patience to deal with my squirmy daughter. But over all I love the look.