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Dream Warrior Dragon 2014/04/25

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J.C.

J.C.

 

I am very excited to say that I’m almost finished with my first ever Baby Scrap Dragon commission!  My little dragons are something that I usually just make up with bits of leftover fabric. They’re kind of an artistic playtime, if you will. Not really working at anything – just playing around with colors, buttons, bits of ribbon and such. This will be the first one that I’ve made to a specific request.

My client was looking over my Etsy store and noticed that all of my Baby Scrap Dragons have their own little personalities. Specifically she was looking at JC and how he loves to knit sweaters. She asked if I could make a dragon who loves hugs and fights monsters in dreams.

Apparently her babysitter thought it would be fine for her 5 year old to watch “The Walking Dead”. I’ll be completely honest here and say that at 34 I can only watch a couple episodes at a time! So surprise! Her little boy is having nightmares.  She says he loves his stuffed animals and has been borrowing one of hers but he says it’s not strong enough because it doesn’t really belong to him.

In all honesty I was a little uncertain.. like I said, my baby dragons have always just come to me in playtime mode. I’ve never actually tried to call one up with a pre-determined personality. So I went to my fabric stash and kinda sifted through the pieces that I had set aside for future dragons and tried to think about her request. I was ecstatic when the fabrics responded and I was inspired.

Truly, this is why I make dolls – or any of my art, really. It’s to bring more joy into the world. I could not be happier than to make this little dragon to love her little boy and protect him in his dreams from the monsters so he can sleep soundly again.

 

~Seth

 

HUGH COMSTOCK’S FAIRYTALE COTTAGES BY THE SEA 2014/02/24

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sethsownstar:

I’m packing as we speak! lol

Originally posted on Once upon a time..Tales from Carmel by the Sea:

Carmel -by-the Sea has enchanting architecture. But the most enchanting to me are the fairytale cottages built by Hugh Comstock.  Hugh’s wife, Mayotta, made and sold rag dolls that she named “Otsy -Totsys”.  When her dolls outgrew their home , she asked Hugh to build her a Doll House to use for her sales and as a showroom. And so he built

HANSEL

In 1925, Hugh and Mayotta decided to build a second house on their parcel of land and named it

GRETEL

For more about Hansel click on the following links:

HANSEL AND GRETEL- HUGH COMSTOCK’S FIRST FAIRY TALE COTTAGES IN CARMEL « Once upon a time..Tales from Carmel by the Sea

THE FLOORPLAN FOR HANSEL- HUGH COMSTOCK’S FIRST ‘FAIRY HOUSE IN THE WOODS’ « Once upon a time..Tales from Carmel by the Sea

And in that same year, they built still another home of adobe and Carmel stone…

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Flickr 2014/02/19

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I’ve started updating my photo gallery on Flickr. I’ve still got a ways to go but at least it’s seeing some updated activity. So if you’re on Flickr, come check out my pictures. :)

 

Ta-da! 2013/12/27

Filed under: Updates — sethsownstar @ 9:51 pm

Well I think my fussy re-design of the site is all done! I’m really happy with the new look of the pages and I think the navigation flows better now. There’s lots of bright color and lots (and lots!) of pictures now..

I wonder if I should put up some of the black and whites that I haven’t colored yet… would anyone be interested in that? I mean, they’re not very exciting in black and white.. unless you enjoy the evolution from black and white to color.. Ah well, I’ll worry about that later.

 

I have some newer dolls that I haven’t gotten pictures of yet. I definitely need to get on that because I’m so so happy with the embroidered eyes. They’re really beautifull. I can’t wait to make some ponies with the embroidered eyes..

 

I’ve just finished the Spirit (Papa) from “Soul Eater” that I was working on right before Christmas. I’ll get those picture uploaded soon. :)

 

Let me know what you think of the site! The whole point is trying to make a shinier, easier to navigate site for you so I’d love your feedback on how I did!

 

~Seth

 

Mucking About 2013/12/24

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This is Lido. He’s my newest baby scrap dragon. He’s a little rockstar! Okay, well, not when he’s looking all cute and snuggly for naptime.. but when it’s karaoke time! Then he’s all air guitar and rock screams and stage dives off the speakers. Thank goodness he’s plush! He’s up for adoption right now in my Etsy store.

.Besides a rowdy little baby dragon, I’ve been making a mess of things myself recently! I’m in the process of updating all the website pages here (you might have noticed?). I’m hoping they will have better navigation and be brighter, more energetic. Shaking things up a bit for the New Year, ya know?

.Let me know what you think! And have a very very Merry Christmas!

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~Seth

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2013/09/24

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Is This Really Handmade? 2013/09/07

Filed under: Craftyness,Cuddle Buddies,Thinking Thoughts — sethsownstar @ 12:17 am
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What really makes something “handmade”?

I read an interesting article this morning about the debate over whether an item should be listed as handmade or not, based on what goes into the stages of its creation. This is a question constantly brewing in my mind because I sometimes feels shamed by what some people put in the Etsy store descriptions.

“100% Handmade. NO MACHINE SEWING. All hand sewing!”

This makes me feel like maybe I don’t have the right to call my Cuddle Buddies handmade, because I do use my sewing machine for the simpler parts of the process to speed up my work just a little. I don’t think it’s fair, though, to take away my handmade tag and want to put me in the same category as dolls mass-produced in factories and sweat shops. Yes, I do use a sewing machine, but every piece of my dolls is cut by hand and most, if not all, of their clothes are hand sewn on to their little body. At this point I hand-embroider their eyes but I may learn to do the embroidery on the machine eventually. Their hair is soft sculpted – I cut out all these little random pieces and stitch each one into place like assembling a puzzle.

My Cuddle Buddies are assembled one by one with my two hands. Each one is different from all the others. Even when I make two or three dolls at the same time, they never come out all the same. Every one of my cuddly little babies is unique. While I may use a sewing machine, I am not a machine. I cannot mass produce the exact same toy over and over so that when you put them on the shelf they are carbon copies of each other.

I put love and great attention to detail in every doll that I make. I give every doll its own special care and treatment. I sit here in my crafty space or at work or watching tv with my family and work on my dolls. I am not an assembly line.

I make all of my Cuddle Buddies with the intention of spreading joy to whoever takes them home. And I think that is what makes something handmade. Not whether you used a sewing machine but whether you sewed with love and happyness in your heart for your creation and the soul who would receive it when you sent it out into the world.

 

~ Seth

 

 

 

 

 

Conventions next year! 2013/09/01

Filed under: Conventions and Appearances,Cuddle Buddies — happynakama @ 10:54 am
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So my roommate got a message from the people who set up RamenCon and it looks like we weren’t personally shunned (yay!) just that they were having some serious problems with their networking and communication. Also, apparently, they’re having a row with the host hotel, but that’s another matter entirely.

Since we have missed the chance to get into this year’s convention because of these miscommunications on their part, they have offered us a reserved spot in the Artist’s Alley for next year’s convention. Woot! So it looks like we need to get back to building up some stock for the table next year.

I’m happy to hear that it was a problem on their end because we had all been looking really forward to getting a table in their Artist’s Alley this year. I was, of course, going to be selling my Cuddle Buddies, as well as some other projects I was working on – character cosplay hoodies (like the My Little Pony ones I’ve made), some character face purses. And the besties were going to be selling their books from Wandering Stars Press. They’ve already published book one of Monster, Inertia, and Ghost House, with book two of Monster about to publish.

So we’re all excited about next year! We might even hit another convention before RamenCon – which is in September – if we get the opportunity.

 

~ Seth

 

 

 

Looking ahead 2013/08/31

Filed under: Commissions,Cuddle Buddies — happynakama @ 6:47 pm
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Ban and Ginji

Ban and Ginji

So I sold 4 dolls this month! Wow! I know that may not seem like a lot, but up to this point my commissions and adoptions have been coming in one or two at a time. Suddenly, my Etsy shop is looking kinda empty! lol Now that’s the kind of problem that I like to have, you know?

I guess that I will have to start finishing up some of the projects that I’ve been working on recently so I can get some more plushies in stock. I’ve also got some commissions spaces that I’m going to list there I think.

Right now I’m working on a commission of Mashiro and  Shuujin from the anime Bakuman. I’m making an extra set to list in my store when they’re done. After working on these guys, I may have to make myself an Eiji (he’s my favorite character).

The person who bought my Ban and Ginji plushies expressed interest in an Akabane (I’m assuming to torture the Ginji plush when Ban’s not looking) so I may end up making one of those.

I’m excited at the idea of finally getting some notice online! Especially since the amazing video review I had got taken down for some reason and the shop that contacted me about carrying my dolls locally never got back to me. I have faith that everything will work out in the end, so I’ll just keep sewing in the mean time. :)

 

~ Seth

 

 

 

 

Happy dance! Happy dance! 2013/08/13

 

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filly Pinkie Pie

 

It might seem silly but I get so excited every time someone adopts one of my dolls or they request a custom order. I just start thinking about sending my little plushie creation off to its new home and the big smile on the face of its new owner when they open the package. That giggle as they can’t help but give their new Cuddle Buddy a hug.. It just gives me such a feeling of joy!

Every plushie that I make – my schwoopie dolls, dragons, ponies – have so much love and happyness put into their creation. I won’t pretend that there aren’t some complicated parts or that the hand-embroidering on the eyes I’m doing now isn’t tedious or time-consuming, but it’s all done with joy in my heart knowing how happy they are going to make someone.

I also love the exploration of doll-making. Trying new techniques, new fabrics, playing with ribbons, flowers, rick rack and buttons. I really enjoy the process of building the dolls layer by layer, stitch by stitch. I settle in at my work space with my music up and my headphones on to shut out any roommate distractions (not their fault really, I am easily distracted!). I pick out a couple of my favorite albums and put them on repeat and I’m chair-dancing my way to creative bliss.  I do my best, of course, to keep the singing at a reasonable volume, but they tell me I pretty much fail at that since I can’t actually hear how loud I am. LOL. It’s especially lovely in my little crafty corner with the vibrant new valance I created.

Although I will confess the floor in my room gets to be a bit of a disaster – little bits of stray fabric and thread. I try really hard to make sure I catch all the little pins though. Don’t want to find those the hard way in the middle of the night. And no matter how many times I “straighten up” and “organize the fabric stash” there always seem to be piles of fabric and old clothes piled here and there. My stash really is out of hand, I confess, but I have such a hard time getting rid of anything for fear I will find the perfect project to use it on as soon as it’s gone… I’m sure I’m not the only sewist with this paralyzing fear.

So how do you keep your overflowing stash under control? Are you any better at it than I am?

 

~ Seth

 

 

 

 

 
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