November 27, 2008

New - Holiday Rabbits in the shop tomorrow!

Meet the newest inhabitants of Rabbit World. From left to right, Clarence, Ivy, Holly, and Nick. They are already so excited that December is here that they decided to dress in their favorite holiday clothes. Ivy and Holly are roommates who work at the botanical gardens. Ivy focuses on the climbing vine species, while Holly works with flowering shrubs and trees. Clarence owns the local hardware store, and Nick just moved into the neighborhood. Nick already has a reputation as something of a "player"- you can see it in the way he stands, his choice of clothes, and the expression on his face.
If you or someone you know could use a new Rabbit friend this holiday season, all will be available in my etsy shop!

November 23, 2008

The holiday season is almost here

All I can say is "how did it get here so fast?!!!" I'm busy making as much as I can, so the posts will probably be coming slower over the next few weeks. This is an extreme close up of something I'm working on at the moment. As I was working on this, it really brought it home to me that Thanksgiving is this week (OMG have to get a turkey still..) and that Christmas is really only a month away now. 0_o Crazy how time flies. There are many houses in my neighborhood with their Christmas lights up and on, so I guess it's time to break out the holiday music!

November 21, 2008

The happy couple

So here I am in plush form. Hopefully this reads as me- since I don't wear dresses (unless forced by some momentous occasion, like my sister's upcoming wedding), have short hair, don't have my ears pierced (Ben has enough for the both of us), and thought it would be weird in a plush made for a 5 year old for me to have a curvy figure. Since I couldn't rely on the obvious symbols for "girl", I settled for adding eyelashes and a pink mouth/cheeks. Green is my favorite color, hence the green shirt, and the jeans are made from an old pair of my jeans. It was a weird experience for me to design myself, it's so much easier to be objective when you're designing someone else! :D Have a great weekend everyone.

November 19, 2008

Ben gets plushed!

We were joking around this summer about Ben being a good plush because he's soft and huggable, and that led to the brainstorm of making plush versions of myself, himself, and our niece Haylie. We only get to see Haylie once or twice a year, so I thought it would be fun for her to have plush versions of ourselves to play with when we're not around. Of course I'm leaving this almost to the last minute (typical artist procrastination until the deadline is looming! They're her Christmas gift), but "we're" done now. I will post the pics of myself later- I ran out of stuffing and was unable to get me totally finished. It was fun designing Ben (although I almost forgot to include his eyebrow piercings when I was sewing him!) and Haylie, but weird to design a plush "self portrait." You can see Ben's self portrait (if you scroll down a bit) here. For more pics, head on over to my flickr.

November 17, 2008

Tilly at her new home

The first sale in my shop! YAY! Thanks to Shelley for emailing me this picture of Tilly with her cat Yammy. Tilly matches the comforter quite well, and looks like she'll get along just fine with Yammy. :)

November 14, 2008

Fresh from Crammed Organisms!

I received my box from the folks at Crammed Organisms yesterday, along with my copy of the book, YAY! I'm putting my plush from the show up for sale in my etsy shop. There are a couple of them that will be hard to let go, but I'll be happy to see them go off to new homes whenever they sell. They'll be posted there later today. So get them while they're hot! :D

I've been busy on the Christmas projects, finishing up one that I'll be able to post here in the next few days. Let's just say that it involves a plush version of a certain bearded husband of mine, and leave it at that. Happy friday everyone! :)

November 9, 2008

PLUSH YOU! in San Francisco

Plush You! opened friday night at Double Punch Gallery in San Francisco, and it was a great show! We got there towards the end of the evening, and there were lots of fun pieces still for sale. I couldn't resist the yeti with the mohawk. (He's the one on the left in the second picture.) For more pics of the show, head on over to my flickr. If you're in the area, you have until November 30th to go check it out. Support your local art galleries and plush artists! :)

November 5, 2008

Monster Art Rally - Gallery 1988 SF

Monster Art Rally - Gallery 1988 SF
Originally uploaded by DesignsbyL

Pictures are up on my flickr now! Check out the all the great pieces.

November 4, 2008

Additions to my plush collection

This weekend we went and checked the "Monster Art Rally" show at Gallery 1988 in San Francisco. The show was amazing! Great stuff from some amazing artists. (Monster Factory, Anna Chambers, Intimidnation, 12PUNT3, Jellibat, Dan Goodsell, DGPH, and Heidi Kenney to name just a few.) I wanted to buy the whole show, but since I am on the "B" word ( "budget" - which is a total downer when faced with 3 huge walls filled with plush art...) I was really good and bought pieces that were totally different from anything I had, and fell within my budget. I will have the pics of the show up on my flickr tomorrow.

So here's the skinny on my purchases:
We love the sparkly vinyl look and colors of the pieces by Mycryptonauts
This one is called Azteca, and it's 8" tall.
The cutie on the bottom is a Mini Zippy by Eyebone and he's only 5" tall.
They are the first vinyl pieces in my collection, and probably not the last.

I'm deep into the Christmas gift manufacturing, so my posts will probably be sporadic- I won't be able to post stuff here because friends and family check out my blog- I'll post what's safe. Happy Holiday (okay, WHERE did the year go?!) shopping/creating to you all! :D