23 July 2009

parting is such sweet sorrow - sometimes

Every now and then, I make something that I wish I could keep for myself because I like it that much. This is one of those projects. I was so smitten with this bat that I had to quickly wrap it up and get it out the door lest I make it mine. It might seriously be my favorite bat ever.

22 July 2009

something kinda different

I have been working on a bunch of commissions the last couple of months. I haven't been diligent about photographing them or blogging about them. It's not very exciting, and I have little to say about them, so I don't post about them or anything. Mainly, I've been cranking them out and getting them out the door as quickly as possible. There have been a few projects lately, though, that I have truly savored and enjoyed working on immensely - so much that I have to share them with you. The little wizard and curly-headed dude puppets above are one of those commissions.

About a month or so ago, I was contacted by this guy on etsy who wanted me to make puppets for a stop-action animation film he was planning to work on for his fantasy baseball league. The whole thing sounded so unusual that naturally my curiosity was piqued. When he presented me with a list of characters, I became more intrigued. This definitely posed a challenge for me. For starters, I usually don't do "humanoid" toys or dolls. My one previous attempt at a doll was incredibly unsatisfying and downright mediocre. I wondered if I could do this and how. I took the project on because it sounded fun and forced me to do something outside of my comfort zone. And now I can say that I am super-happy that I took it on because it was a ton of fun.

The wizard was great to work on, but the curly-headed dude was the best. Trying to make a puppet in someone's likeness was totally different for me, but I think I captured the guy's expression and defining physical characteristics pretty well. I have to say, I LOVE sewing hair onto softies. Love. It. There's something quite zen about that process.

Working on this commission has inspired me to think about other possible human or humanoid dolls that I can make. But more on that soon....

20 July 2009

up up and away!

I just put up a batch of fingerpuppets and mini leafhoppers over at ye olde etsy shop. Have a gander - hope you find one that's just right for you.

16 July 2009

happy accidents!

lomo-like photo of kangapuppet

The other day I was working on a commission puppet and having a little bit of time trying to get just the right shape for the body. I was trying to sew an owl, and I felt that the form I ended up with was way too pointy for an owl. I put it aside to tinker with later while I worked on a new form for the owl puppet. It then occurred to me that this form would be perfect for a kangaroo puppet, and sure enough, it works! Well, mainly when you look at it head on. From the side, it looks a little... ahem... NSFW-ish.

This little guy and a few other puppets & mini-critters & owls will be part of a shop update on Monday. More details tomorrow or over the weekend....

14 July 2009

awww, thanks!

Thanks to everyone who voted for my finger puppet tutorial over at luvinthemommyhood. It won for best craft tutorial over there so thanks, again, people!

And thanks to the long thread for posting about the tutorial! If anyone has any finished finger puppets, I would love to see them.

In the meanwhile, I am working on puppets and commissions in between trips this summer and having an awesome time at it. Hope you're all having a wonderful summer, too!

09 July 2009

well, look at that!

What a pleasant surprise upon returning from a brief vacation! My finger puppet tutorial has been nominated for a top tutorial over at luvinthemommyhood. There's only one more day left to vote, so please do hop on over there. Thanks again for the nomination, Shannon!