August 31, 2011

Wonderland Wednesday Finale

What better way to wrap up this year's series of Alice in Wonderland-inspired plush than with her Royal Majesty, the Queen of Hearts?

She was featured along with her husband in STUFFED magazine's Winter 2010 issue, as well as making an appearance at the "Go Ask Alice" art show.

Her Majesty is wearing her red velvet robe with hearts and gold trim over her heart-themed dress, and has a large ruffled ribbon collar on. Her hair has red heart hand-embroidered highlights, and her cheeks, nose, and lips are heart shaped as well. Like her Royal husband, her skin is made from a heart printed cotton.

She graciously posed with a quick photo with Alice, as well as her husband. The Queen will be available in my etsy shop later today.

I hope that you enjoyed Wonderland Wednesdays as much as I did. I'll continue this series sometime next year, until then we'll say farewell to Alice and her friends.

August 27, 2011

Hipstamatic fun with Obi Wan & Yoda

Before I shipped these guys off to the Stitch Wars Strikes Back show in Florida, I had a little fun with my iphone. The show runs from now until September 25th at Bear and Bird Gallery.

August 24, 2011

Anyone need a Carpenter? ;D

As long as you don't mind an Oyster or two, this week's Wonderland Wednesday plush is the Walrus' friend and lackey, the Carpenter. Unfortunately for the Oysters, the Carpenter is very helpful in spotting and finding the Oyster bed, and as you can see, has managed to capture a few of the little guys. Originally made for the "Go Ask Alice" art show, the Carpenter will be available in my etsy shop later today.

Made from upcycled jeans and a thermal shirt, as well as fleece and felt, the Carpenter comes with his own carpenter's pencil tucked behind his ear. The unfortunate trio of Oysters he's captured have hand embroidered facial details.

Next week is the final Wonderland Wednesday of the year, can you guess who will be the final Wonderland Plush?

August 17, 2011

Wonderland Wednesday- Caterpillar edition

This week's Wonderland post is all about the twisty-tongued Caterpillar. After annoying Alice to no end with his riddle-ish way of talking, he tells her that if she eats a piece of mushroom from either side, one bite will make her taller and one will make her smaller.

I had this crazy bright green minky in my stash, and after looking at for a months, I realized that it would be the perfect material to make the Caterpillar's body. I really like the subtle checkered pattern that it has- and the color suggested a somewhat psychedelic color palette, which is why I chose the purple/white flowered cotton and the lime green/purple tear drop pattern. The tear drop pattern also reminded me of the segments of a caterpillar's body. I thought of the Caterpillar as a somewhat hoity-toity stoner, so I made him a bow tie.

He'll be available in my etsy shop later today.

Once August is gone, so are Wonderland Wednesdays, so stay tuned for the reveal of the final two characters for this year. :)

August 12, 2011

Stitch Wars Strikes Back- Opening TONIGHT!!

I can't wait to see all the great art created for this show! I've seen a few of the pieces online, but am waiting eagerly to see the rest.
The Stitch Wars Strikes Back show opens at the Bear and Bird Boutique & Gallery in Lauderhill, FL at 7pm. If you are in the neighborhood and a Star Wars fan, I highly recommend checking it out.

These are the pieces that I created for the show.
The Spirit of Obi Wan:

I wanted to create plush of characters that wouldn't be as obvious, and after some thinking, I decided to make Yoda and Obi Wan, but in Spirit form. I used tones of blue to indicate the blue glow that these characters have in the films after they pass on. I wanted to capture the serene confidence that Obi Wan has in the Force and in his voluntary death in the duel with Darth Vader in his expression.
It took me a few tries with scrap fabric (about 6!) to figure out how to make a functioning hood that was also the right shape.

Obi Wan is made from wool (his cloak), fleece/felt for his face, linen for his turtleneck, and his robes are made from noie silk- I had to search for a nubby fabric that would evoke the texture of his robes like they are in the films. It took some searching to find that and the right fabric in the right color blue for his cloak that worked within the color system I wanted.

and last but not least, the Spirit of Yoda:

I wanted the same mood with Yoda: serenity and a zen-like calm. He has a slightly different color system, since Yoda has a green face in "life", I wanted a light blue that was more in the aqua tones than Obi Wan's to convey that difference. I had fun knotting all the embroidery floss to make his flyaway wispy hair. :D

Here they are together: I made Yoda slightly bigger than he is - and Obi Wan smaller, since I didn't want these plush to be too big. Obi Wan is 13 inches tall with his hood up, and Yoda is 7 inches.

If you'd like to see all the Gallery photos from the original Stitch Wars show held in 2009, click here. To see photos of just my pieces from the last Stitch Wars show, click here.

August 10, 2011

The King of Hearts

Royalty is the theme of this week's edition of Wonderland Wednesdays. Here is my version of the King of Hearts. This guy was featured in STUFFED magazine's Winter 2010 issue, as well as the "Go Ask Alice" art show, along with his wife, the Queen of Hearts.

The King likes to sneak off and go fishing when he can- it gives him a respite from all the drama that comes with being married to the Queen. ;D

Aside from all the obvious hearts on his Royal Highness here, I made his mustache slightly heart shaped as a more subtle continuation of the hearts theme, as well as adding a heart shaped buckle to his belt.

Here is a rare photo of the King with Alice, it was taken quickly while the Queen was distracted. We are all aware that she needs to be the center of attention at all times, and woe betide those who steal her thunder. I felt lucky to get this photo taken without her finding out. ;D
The King will be available in my etsy shop later today, and his wife will follow sometime in the next little while, so stay tuned!

August 7, 2011

Garry Potter

Isn't this hand-painted Android vinyl version of Harry Potter by Gary Ham terrific? So much fun! Another great Comic Con find. I can't believe that I forgot to include him in my other Comic Con posts. Better late than never! :)

August 6, 2011

Comic Con loot- part 2

I had asked Ben to find me a Rose Vampire from the Super7 booth, if they had one, and he comes back with all these wonderful goodies. Nice! :D

The large Rose Vampire is glow-in-the-dark, as is my new favorite character, Leroy C, on the far right. The flame Honoo, Milton, and the Mummy Boy in the red smoking jacket are terrific as well. If you haven't checked out the awesomeness that is Super7, you can head to their brick-and-mortar shop in Haight Ashbury, or browse their toys and other goodness online.

August 3, 2011

Wonderland Wednesday continues...

with our oyster eating friend, the Walrus.
The Walrus, (from the story of the Walrus and Carpenter, as told to Alice by Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee) was walking along the beach with his friend and lackey, the Caprenter. The Carpenter spies some Oysters in their oyster bed, and the Walrus manages to convince the poor little Oysters to come and take a walk with them. Tragically, the Oysters don't survive their walk when they become lunch for the greedy Walrus...

I choose to make his vest out of a great plate/knife and fork patterned cotton- a subtle hint that he is ready to eat, and the buttons on his vest are iridescent; which is reminiscent of the mother-of-pearl found in oyster shells.
The Walrus was a fun design to make, and was created for the "Go Ask Alice" art show at the Paul Cumes Gallery in Santa Barbara. I've been hanging on to him and my other "Alice" inspired plush until I could get enough of a group together to offer up in my etsy shop. He will be making his appearance there later today.
Check back next week for the reveal of my next Wonderland-inspired plush!

August 1, 2011

Comic Con Loot -part one

I just LOOoooove these ultracute soft vinyl toys of Marshall, the marshmallow boy, and his dog, Gumdrop. Designed by 64 colors, the strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate Marshalls are scented, and Gumdrop actually glows in the dark. How fun is that?! Although I think that my favorite is the toasted Marshall- reminds me of campfire cookouts. :)