Thursday, May 26, 2016

TBT - The First Kirbys

In the sumer of 2012, before we were able to find manufactured Kirby plush, my son asked me to make some for him. He wanted four, in different colors: 


Yellow Kirby



Blue Kirby



Green Kirby



and Pink, aka Regular Kirby aka Kirby. You might notice that Pink's feet are different to the others, and that's because I later remade them so he would stand. I learned a few things about feet, like using cardboard or hard plastic in the bottoms (recycled yogurt lids) and making little beanbags to weight the bottoms. So pink can stand on its own, unlike the others. Eventually I intended to make the other three so they could stand as well, but as of yet, it hasn't happened. I guess it dropped off of the priority list. 



Since then he has amassed quite a collection of Kirby plush, manufactured, handmade by another maker (the large Dedede), and Mom-made:



He remains a true Kirby fan through and through! 



Thursday, May 19, 2016

TBT - Hobbes, I Will Always Love You

Remember awhile back when I wrote about how my spirit animal was a tiger when I was younger


The embodiment of that tiger was Hobbes. 

I even have Calvin and Hobbes tattooed on my ankle. 


So of course I had to make the plush. 


Because Hobbes! 


I feel there are no words to express how much Bill Watterson's characters, words, and wisdom meant to me. I've read ALL if the Calvin and Hobbes books to my son dozens of times over, and they've never gotten old. I never tire of reading them, and he never tires of them either.

I still wish he would bring them back to life and write more. I'll keep holding out hope. 



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bill Cipher From Gravity Falls, And a Pig That as it Turns Out, Looks Like Waddles

The pig was an accident. Well I mean, not really, but I hadn't seen the show Gravity Falls yet when my son asked me to make Bill Cipher. I only saw photos on the internet, and only of Bill. Talk about easy to make! I actually made an ornament of him first: 




I had fun with this easy ornament, so it was great with me when he then asked me to make a plush. The plush, of course, has the detail of the brickwork that Bill has...not sure it's really visible in the photo though. 


And when he asked me to make this little pig, I had zero idea that there was actually a pig in the show. I just thought he wanted it because it was cute. Because it is! So cute!


And then maybe even that day we began watching Gravity Falls together (which is a phenomenal cartoon, by the way) and I learned who and what I'd just made. Waddles! What? Well, maybe Waddles as a baby. But still!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

TBT - The First Plush I Ever Made - Boo

This is where it all began, folks. The first plush my son ever asked me to make. 



This was the one that started it all. 


Boo, from the Mario games. 



Now he has the professionally manufactured Boo from Nintendo, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart. 



My first Boo. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Kirby Army - Plush With a Mission

Around last Christmas my son got into having armies of things. First he asked me to make an Army of Kirbys - presumably for a plush series he has or had in the works - he is always coming up with all of these wonderfully creative ideas for plush series on YouTube, but his ideas amass faster than he can enact them. And then often he is onto the next thing before they come to fruition. Ah well. I don't mind making the plush, no matter what they get used for.

For Christmas I also got him ten penguin ball plush about the same size as the Kirbys. All of them are around 4" tall, and are very soft and easy to throw like snowballs - you know, in case a Kirby vs Penguin Ball war breaks out.