June 27, 2012

Napoleon Dynamite

It took me awhile to narrow down what I wanted to make for the "Sew Nerdy" show that opens this Friday at Bear and Bird Gallery in Lauderhill, FL. After a bunch of googling and sketching up different ideas, I decided that Napoleon and Pedro from the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" would be so much fun to make. Gotta love those moon boots!
This is one of my quick sketches:

Here's everyone's favorite Liger-drawing, tater-tot eating, and tetherball playing nerd, in plush form:

I created my own iron-on transfer for his t-shirt, since I couldn't find those iron-on letters in a small enough size- and they were way too small for me to cut out individually in felt. It was really fun figuring out how to make his moon boots look puffy. I sewed them to his jeans and then pre-stuffed them with polyfill and sewed the seam lines on each boot to keep the stuffing in place.

Napoleon's side-kick and Class President hopeful, Pedro:

I hadn't made a bolo tie before either- luckily I found some cording in the right thickness at my local fabric store. His bolo is made from layers of felt sewn together. His belt and cowboy boots are made from a faux-leather fabric.

Here they are together:

Napoleon: "I don't even have any good skills."

Pedro: "What do you mean?"

Napoleon: "You know, like... nunchuck skills, bow-hunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills."

Love this movie! If you haven't seen it, I'd highly recommend it- you have to like a certain amount of awkward quirky weirdness in your movies to enjoy it though.

If you are in the Lauderhill, FL area and are in the mood to indulge your inner nerd- head on over to Bear and Bird Gallery and see the show! There has been some amazing work created for it. You can see some images of work created for the show on their facebook page, just click here.

June 21, 2012

Coloring Book Show!

How fun is this?

It was awesome to get out the pens and come up with a black and white sketch to be included in this show. I love that I will get a copy of the coloring book filled with drawings from all 64 artists. Can't wait to see it. :D If you are in the St. Petersburg, FL area, head on over to eve-N-odd gallery this friday for the opening of the show. 

We were asked to keep the drawings family-friendly (no worries there ;D), so here's what I came up with:

I know that clowns are scary for some people, but hopefully this one isn't! ;D I also got invited to do an ATC (artist trading card) swap by Brian of goobeesta, which is Disney character themed, so I will post an image of that small watercolor sketch next week, along with my plush pieces for the awesomeness that is the "Sew Nerdy" Show. Stay Tuned!

June 7, 2012

More Bears!

Here are a couple more fruit-themed bears; I made these for the Plush Team Retreat, and am just now getting around to posting about them. That fruit patterned cotton print was full of inspiration. :)

Cherry Bear was created for the PT White Elephant Swap, and went to the terrifically talented Nonesuch Garden, while her cousin, Blue Raspberry Bear went to the amazing Cutesy but not Cutesy as a thank you for touring me around the great city of Philadelphia.

If you want to have a Bear of your own, there are three up for sale in my etsy shop, waiting to be adopted. They are child-friendly and make great baby gifts. :)

June 3, 2012

The magic of Scrumptious Delight

If you haven't seen the plush made by my good friend and fellow Plush Teamer, Scrumptious Delight, you are missing out. Her plush are absolutely fantastic! Here are a few examples of the awesomeness that I am talking about:

Banana Split! by Scrumptious Delight.

She creates all sorts of adorable food plush, as well as giving life to regular inanimate objects like coffee pots, gum ball machines, and refrigerators:

Plush Fridge by Scrumptious Delight.

She also makes the best plush pickles- I have a jar full of them on my kitchen counter that make me smile every day.

You can find pickles and more fantastic plush in her etsy shop, just click here - you won't be disappointed in the cuteness you find there, believe me. :)