Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
The Chocolate Bunny Nubbin above was one of two prototypes I made for the Chocolate Bunny design...
I ultimately decided to make them with the felt ears and buck-teeth (the one on the right) but to make the ears a dark brown felt instead of the lighter brown. The bellies are done in the light brown, but are heart-shaped instead of square...
Keep your eyes peeled for them to be listed in my Etsy shop soon!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I was out running errands, my husband was working from home...and he called me and said, "Something came in the mail for you today."
"What is it?"
"Something you ordered."
I wasn't expecting it for a few more weeks! I only ordered it last week (finally!) and the site says to expect 3-4 weeks for delivery. It was a pleasant surprise. I have a voice for him, but I need to name him still. When I pick a name, I'll record a video and have him introduce himself!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The "M" is for Mary. My friend saw this monster as I was finishing it up at church last week (closing it up and adding the eyes), and she wanted to buy it to give to her friend (named Mary) who was coming to visit her this week. So she asked if I could add a little pocket on with an "M" on it...and, gladly, I obliged.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
(picture taken from "Dave's Garden")
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Now I'm no uber-enviromentalist or eco-freak, I just hate being wasteful. My protest to my husband is usually "But I can USE that for SOMETHING!" It's the curse of being an artist. I know it's got to drive him crazy sometimes, but he loves me anyway!
I love the idea of making something cool from stuff that most people would throw away. This is my first piece I've done like this. This is made of scrap wood (much cheaper that canvas!...like...FREE), some old mesh screen that I picked up off the curb once a while ago (also free), and some old audio cassette tapes I found yesterday. And of course...paint. And some hot glue. And screws (which were unfortunately too long and stick out the back...so I either need to figure out how to cut off the pointy ends sticking out the back...cover them with something...or just redo it with smaller screws).The tapes were ones I knew I wouldn't be listening to again, like mix tapes I'd made back before I had a CD player in my car. None of the tapes were pre-recorded ones. Even though cassettes are practically obsolete, I can't bear to destroy a pre-recorded one. One of the ones I found was a Rainbow Brite song tape. Rainbow Brite! You think I could put that on E-bay? Some 80's nostalgia nut might want it right? Others I found were some of my "nature story" tapes I used to listen to as a child...like Peter Cottontail. Those I am most definitely keepng. Aunt Grandma gave me those. I'm curious if they exist on CD or if I'm going to have to have my husband or father transfer them from the cassette to CD (or mp3).
How many people ou there still have cassette tape players? I have one in my car (in addition to a CD player) and one on a small CD/Cassette/Radio boom box. Right now I use the tape deck in my car to play my iPod...through one of those cassette adapters that was originally for playing a Discman (portable CD player) in the car. It basically looks like a cassette tape with a cord sticking out that you plug into the headphone jack.
They look a lot better in person. They photographed a little funky, due to the metallic paint I used for them.
The triquetra, or trinity knot, is one of my favorite celtic knotwork images. I love its beautiful simplicity, plus the symbolism of the three-in-one Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
"According to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish. " (from Wikipedia)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Oh...and who knew that today was "Pi Day"? March 14th...3/14...pi is approximately 3.14? Get it? Yeah. So...since it was Pi Day...we had pie. Kasey's mom made Shepherd's pie, apple pie, and (my favorite) pumpkin pie.
We all had a blast!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"Trilli wants to be a hairstylist when she grows up. But she just can't seem to pass beauty school. Every person's hair she dyes turns out green! Trilli doesn't know what the big deal is...everyone loves green hair right?"
I love the pink & green color combination! Not a typical color combo I would love...but for a monster, I think it works very well. It has a certain girly appeal. I think pink & green is the hip chick's pink & purple. And I gave her the same cornrow style hair as Zogra...so her hair is very play-able. I can see some 'tween girl absolutely loving her.
You can find her in my Etsy shop here.
Monday, March 9, 2009
(Luna thinking "Mommy...are you done yet?")
We have our own pottery wheel at home that my mom and grandma bought for us as a wedding present (I took a pottery class with my mom and some friends a few months before I got married)... but I don't use it as much as I'd like to. It tends to take a back seat to my other crafts (sewing and painting), especially now that I'm crafting more as a business lately than as a hobby. Plus, pottery is rather messy. I've thought about asking our friend/landlord about possibly setting it up in the basement where there is a concrete floor and a utility sink. I've also debated about taking my wheel out to "the farm" as well. It's more motivating when you know there's a kiln you can fire your work in the same building rather than having to wory about transporting your work in order to fire it (and worrying about breaking it the entire way). Plus, with three wheels, we can have a "pottery party"!
I don't know...I haven't decided anything yet...except that I miss practicing my pottery skills!
- Woo Hoo! I just hit 50 "hearts" on Etsy! (I know..."big deal" right? "Tell me when you make it to 100". Hey, fifty is a lot for a small time Etsy girl like me!)
- In other news...I sent out another box o' monsters out to Vegas to Mystery Rider. And he was nice enough to make this little mini-commercial for me on You Tube!
- Here's a rather fuzzy look at my rather fuzzy monsters at a not-really-so-fuzzy table at the First & Last: Arts & Crafts show at Spot on Friday.
- I added some of my art into the mix of monsters this week...and actually had a girl comission a piece based on the Luna Moth painting seen in the basket...
- I finished up 4 more sock monsters while I was sitting at the show (I like using the time there to get a lot of hand-sewing done). They'll be up on my Etsy shop soon.
Friday, March 6, 2009
I'll only be there tonight this weekend, but you can still check out the other artisans on Saturday and Sunday night. If you can't make it this weekend, mark your calanders for March 27th-29th and April 3rd-5th. (I'll be there April 3rd and 4th.)
Thursday, March 5, 2009
It's nice because I can use remnants of a sock that isn't really enough to make a whole monster, so I fill in the belly with a coordinating fuzzy sock material. I really would like to obtain some more of this fuzzy sock material, since I know eventually I'm going to run out. Anyone got any unwanted fuzzy socks?...send them my way!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
So long Nubbins! Have fun in Vegas! (but not the kind of fun that "stays in Vegas"!)
So I came up with the chick and chocolate bunny Nubbins.
And here's some shots of some in-process sock monsters