September 27, 2010

Monster Girls and some bats

One last Halloween post for awhile! :D

Meet Fran K. Stein. Fran was named one of Monster Magazine's "Most Appealing Monsters of 2010." When not at her day job as a Public Relations mogul at "Stein, Wolf, and Dracula" Fran likes to relax at her home raising Venus Flytrap plants.
I had a ton of fun making Fran, with her asymmetrical haircut, mis-matched sized limbs, patchy skin, and her hand-embroidered stitches. I figured that since last Halloween was all about the boys, this year there needed to be some girl monster power.

Next, we have Vivian Vampire. A cousin of Victor and Vittorio, she teaches nocturnal gardening at the local Vampire Academy. She likes to rock her favorite spider web boots to show the world that teachers are cool, too.
Vivian comes with her own removable and reversible cape. Picking out fabrics for Vivian took awhile, but eventually I found the combination of patterns that worked for what I had in mind.

I decided to make some more Vampire Bats, and this time I made some mini versions to mix it up a bit. :)

I have uploaded my new Halloween plush to my etsy shop, and if you want to see more photos of all my plush, head on over to my flickr page. Have a great week!

September 25, 2010

More Halloween..

It wouldn't be Halloween without a Black Cat, and I couldn't do a cat without having some dog representation as well, so I made the Orange Dog with a subtle gray-on-black jack o lantern printed fabric.

I also made a couple of new sets of the Jack o Lantern ornaments, and as before, no two are the same. It was a little harder this time around. :)
These guys are up for sale now in my etsy shop. I will have at least one more set of Halloween items done in the next few days, and I will post them as soon as they are done. Hooray for Halloween- now if only we'd get some Fall weather around here... summer is putting up a good fight, let me tell you.
Happy Saturday!

September 20, 2010

Getting in the Halloween Spirit

I've finally had some time to dig out the Halloween fabric and make some Halloween items for the shop. I forgot how much fun it is making things for Halloween, there are way too many fun and spooky ideas this time of year!

First off I made two different sets of Jack O' Lantern ornaments, and each one is unique. I had a lot of fun making the individual facial expressions on each pumpkin.

I had the idea for Vampire Bats last year, but didn't have the time to make them. Here they are fully plushed. A light and dark gray version.

This is just the first wave of Halloween items to hit my etsy shop, more will be coming this week, so stay tuned!

September 18, 2010

My collection grows again...

Today we happened to drive by a sign for the Harvest Festival at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, and decided to check it out. This was the best thing about the fair, let me tell you! (Well, that and the candy apples as big as your head.)

These great needle felted pieces are by Kerry Howard-Schmidt. There were so many great pieces to choose from, it was hard to decide which ones to take home. We ended up with this Pumpkin Head guy, and the party-hat wearing Ghost. To see more of Kerry's awesome work, head on over to her etsy shop.

Doesn't this get you in the mood for Halloween? ;)

September 15, 2010

Fall leaf ornaments

I made these for the Plush Team's "tiny tuesday" promotion- I am really getting into the Fall mood lately. I think the cooler mornings and great fall colors are refreshing my creative spark. This time of year just makes me happy!

The leaves are made out of varying fabrics- all chosen for their fall colors. There are some flannel ones, some cotton ones, and the green maple leaf is made out of corduroy. I sewed on their cheeks, and then hand embroidered their eyes and mouths.
I like photographing them outside actually on a tree, but I thought some close ups taken in the light box might help to see their facial expressions better. To see more photos or take one of these leafy characters home, head on over to the Plush Team's etsy shop.
Oh- and Halloween items are coming soon to my etsy shop- so stay tuned! :D

September 9, 2010

Fat Fall Squirrels

I was inspired to make these as my contribution to the "Fall" section in the Plush Team's etsy shop by watching the squirrels run up and down my fence, carrying Walnut tree seeds and other assorted nuts and acorns. (Driving my dog nuts in the process- she gets a lot of exercise running up and down the fence this time of year.)

Last week I happened to notice a squirrel that was quite a bit heavier than its buddies, and that's how I got the idea to do "fat" fall squirrels. Some of our neighbors leave peanuts out for the squirrels and birds, and I think that this guy had eaten more than his faire share! :)

I decided to make a large and small version of the design, and it was really fun to get out the fall colored fabrics and make something to celebrate the beginning of my favorite time of year. (Which is basically from now until the awful summer heat kicks in. ;D)

The large Squirrel is rubbing his full tummy, while his smaller buddy is getting ready to chow down on his acorn.

I'm busy working on a lot of stuff right now, so there will be more blog posts in the next few weeks. If you are interested in giving these chubby squirrels a new home, click your way over to the Plush Team's etsy shop, where they are currently residing- along with a ton of great new plush!