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Counting Down 2014/09/13

Filed under: Conventions and Appearances,Updates — sethsownstar @ 10:57 am
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SO.. I’ve almost got the 3 Siris’s finished! Just got to work out this darn mane of hair and making it fit on these little plushie heads. I’m so excited to share them with my friends at Hermit & Star when they’re finished as Siris is one of the characters from their book The Parliament of Twilight: Episode 1. He’s the first original character that I’ve made since I started my official Cuddle Buddy pattern. *excite*

I’ve got just under a week til I make my convention debut at RamenCon and I’m terrified super excited! I’m really happy with all of the plushies that I’ve got finished and I look forward to sharing them everyone who comes by my table. I would love you to stop by and say “hi” if you’re there!



Looking ahead 2014/08/15

OH it has been a hectic year already! I’ve been working 70+ hours at 3 jobs trying to make the dollar signs match.. thankfully I am finally able to step down from one of those jobs and will have more time to work on my real passion projects.. And right now is when I really need that creative time! I’ve got 2 conventions coming up this fall! Excite! *happydance*

September 19-21st I am going to be sharing a booth at RamenCon in Merrillville, Indiana with my besties over at Hermit Star Books. I am so excited to do my first convention after the disappointment in April with RiverCon falling through. :( I can’t wait to share the Happy Nakama Cuddle Buddies with a whole new audience! RamenCon is a slightly smaller convention so it’s not quite as daunting for my first outing.

Then October 18-19th is NijiCon in Pennsylvania. NijiCon is very exciting to get a table because it’s their first year! YaoiCon happens every year in California but the east coast has never had their own yaoi-centric convention. Again I will be sharing a table with Hermit Star Books because they’re my best friends but also because they’re brilliant writers. Plus I will be premiering plush versions of a few of their characters!

So it’s shaping up to be a very busy couple of months and I’m going to be sewing my little fingers off will they get here…


~ Seth






Dream Warrior Dragon 2014/04/25

Filed under: Commissions — happynakama @ 2:05 am
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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.





Filed under: Uncategorized — sethsownstar @ 2:25 am


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


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


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

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Flickr 2014/02/19

Filed under: Updates — sethsownstar @ 6:50 am
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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!




Mucking About 2013/12/24

Filed under: For Sale — sethsownstar @ 4:29 am

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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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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




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