Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throw Back Thursday - Angry Birds Edition

Angry Birds weren't the first plush I made, but they were the first group of plush I attempted. These are sort of great starter plush because they's almost all round, and their features are fairly simplistic. My only problem was not making them too big - I sort of think I did. I made these before Kiernen became so interested in being an actual collector. Before he had a preference for store-bought plush for their collectible value.

I made all of these around Fall/WInter 2012.

Bomb Bird

Orange Bird

King Pig

Blue Bird


Red Bird

Blue from Rio (this one had the most difficult details to get down)

Ice bird

Green Terrance

Monday, April 13, 2015

Everything is Awesome!

My family are HUGE LEGO fans. I mean, we pretty much embrace almost anything LEGO, and we have invested so much money in LEGO sets, videogames, apparel...yeah, we're fans. We're such fans that they know our family at our local LEGO store, and we get little special favors at events on occasion.

And remember how my kiddo is a huge plush collector, and has this awesome insanely large plush collection? And how he loves having plush of his favorite characters? 

Well, after we saw The LEGO Movie, we were lamenting that LEGO doesn't make plush...and Unikitty is a character that was born to be a cute cuddly plush, right? SO *I* made her into one, because Kiernen and I both wanted it to happen, if I'm honest. 

Everything is Awesome!

She stands 18" from bottom to top of her horn, and is Unikitty through and through. 

From the side

A close-up of her face. For being all rectangles (and a few circles), she was NOT as easy as I thought she would be to make! But she was worth it! 

Just ask this happy fan!

Maybe I'll make the other versions as well, one of these days. I'm thinking about trying to make them a bit smaller and more portable. We shall see what the Spoons allow!

Spoonikitty! Or How I Turned My Illness into a Rainbow Zebra Unicorn Butterfly Kitten

Here's the thing about chronic illness that no one ever tells you: it's like those potato chips: no one gets just one. No one with chronic illness has just the one thing happening, or just the one diagnosis - they ALL have comorbidities.

In case you're not sure what that means, comorbidity means the simultaneous presence of two or more chronic diseases or conditions in a patient. I have yet to meet a spoonie (that's what we call ourselves, us chronically ill folks, I'll get to that in a second) who has less than three chronic illnesses. For example, I have Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypothyroid, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, just to name a few. Many have overlapping symptoms, and maybe some are really a symptom of having the others. They're all related, but a person can have any one of my diseases without having any of the others. Lucky me, I hit the jackpot and got ALL of these (plus some I didn't name!)
Maybe there is that one person who just has the one thing, but I assert that if that is the case, they would be the exception rather than the rule. 

But I digress. My point is, we are many-faceted, we spoonies. Multi-layered. Complicated. Delicate snowflakes. Rainbow unicorn butterfly kittens.

And one day, someone posted this in my facebook feed:

And I saw it and said "YES!"

And then, "I must make that into a plush....only it needs to also have zebra stripes.

Why zebra stripes, you might be asking?
Want one? I'm selling them, too! In my Etsy store. 

The zebra is our mascot. There's a saying in western medicine, "When you hear hoof-beats, think horses, not zebras." It's meant to make doctors think of the most common causes of symptoms, not the rare ones. It often works - but zebras, though rare, DO exist. Doctors tend to forget this at times, which is why so many chronic and invisible illnesses take YEARS to diagnose. 

For many of us, this creates medical PTSD - not being believed, undergoing test after test, or worse, being told it's "all in our heads". It ISN'T. Our illnesses are real, and once we DO finally have a diagnosis, our lives are STILL spent in doctors offices, hospitals, physical therapy offices, and therapists' offices (for all of the medical PTSD and living in an ableist world with a disability, and all we've lost to these illnesses). 

Want one? I'm selling them, too! In my Etsy store. 
Sometimes it can help to know that we are not alone. That there are others like us, who have undergone the same arduous journey, who really GET what it's like to live with chronic and often invisible illness, who are cheering for each other, supporting each other, wanting us to do well and live the best life it is possible for us to live. 

That's where Spoonikitty was born. 

Want one? I'm selling them, too! In my Etsy store. 
"You keep talking about spoons...what on earth do spoons have to do with chronic illness???"

Well, a woman named Christine, who lives with lupus, wrote The Spoon Theory, which is a brilliant explanation of what it is like to live with a chronic illness. 

And it caught on like wildfire, spreading throughout the chronically ill like a beacon of light: We Are the Spoonies. 

Want one? I'm selling them, too! In my Etsy store. 

Spoonikitty represents us. And also, the support we so much need, and the understanding and love we have for each other. 

Spoonikitty is meant to offer comfort. And the reminder that we are all out here rooting for each other. Even when it's crazy hard. 

Want one? I'm selling them, too! In my Etsy store. 

Also, Spoonikitty is super adorable. And not just for us - for everyone. Everyone needs comfort and support every now and again.

Want one? I'm selling them, too! In my Etsy store. 

A portion of the proceeds go to paying for physical therapy and my mountain of medical bills. 

This is a detail of one of the types of wings. All are unique, so yours may vary. Also if you don't see the one you want in the shop, let me know, I'll make the one you prefer. I can do all one color (zebra-striped or plain), too.

They're delightfully snuggable. And unique in every way, just like you. And me. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hatty Hattington from The Behemoth Games

Castle Crashers plush sold by The Behemoth Games. 
My son is a huge gamer, and a huge fan of collectible plush. The two are incredibly compatible. One independent game company whose games he LOVES is The Behemoth Games. His favorites of theirs are Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater. He was delighted last christmas to get some authentic Castle Crashers plush from his grandfather - the blue and red knights.

But TBG didn't make one of his other favorite characters in plush form - Hatty Hattington. So he asked if I could give him a go.

I looked at photos I found on the internet and thought, oh, that looks easy! A big block head with a top hat on a doll body - sure, no problem! Kiernen also wanted me to make him proportional to his already existing Castle Crashers plush. Okay, I can do that, sure. 

I set about making him. I made three different heads in an effort to get them the exact right size to the body. And two different bodies. After those protypes, I found The Right Size. I was delighted! At last, I got him The Right Size! He is finished! Woohoo, I did it! 

Ta-daa!!! Hatty Hattington! Yes!
I showed him to Kiernen.

He said, "I like him. Can you make his suit, too?" 

His suit. A coat with tails, outlined with ribbon, pants, and an ascot. Oh man. Clothes. "Um....sure? I'll do my best."

Well, apparently my best is pretty good, because after 4 tries (yes, I made 4 whole different suits), I nailed it. I give you Hatty Hattington! Fanart made for my son, who is a huge TBG fan. 

And here is Hatty shown next to the professionally made castle Crashers plush, to show you I really did manage to make him proportional. This was no easy feat (for me)! I am impressed with myself, because I stuck it out and made it so.

He loves these three plush and takes extra special care of them. Tags are still on because though he plays with them, he likes to keep them collectible. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Early 2013 Kirby Plush

I might have mentioned I like to make plush, which was started by my son asking me to create some plush he couldn't find for sale. One of his favorites to ask me to make, and getting pretty easy to make, are Kirby plush from the Nintendo series of Kirby games. He is a HUGE fan.

These are a few of the Kirby plush I've made him in 2013, after I got my Kirby technique down. I suppose I COULD do some commissions of these in my Etsy shop, if someone asked me to.

The center photo is a mix of plush I made, storebought plush, and plush I commissioned someone else to do (that would be the giant King Dedede there). Top from right to left are: Chilly, Waddle Doo, Kirby....the blue one is Meta Knight unmasked, the bottom is Fighter Kirby. Then there is green, lemon and blue kirby in the middle photo, and some others.