Just wanted to drop a post here saying that if you picked up my business card at RamenCon thinking I was the artist of all that beautifull artwork, you will be disappointed to find I am in fact the plushie maker from our booth. My friend Nevi Star is actually the artist but their business cards didn’t get printed in time for RamenCon. You need to check out Hermit & Star for more of her artwork.
RamenCon Totally Happened! 2014/09/23
Curse that glare! Our booth looked awesome! This is a shot of our Day 3 set up. So proud of this! We learned fast after the 1st and 2nd day and adjusted the set up each day to show off more prints and plushies – though, as you can see, I didn’t have many plushies left by day 3. Maya – who I hadn’t even had a chance to post here before the convention – went home with a Doctor Who #11 cosplayer (how cool is that?) and Janky was adopted by this adorable lady in a cute little black hat who’s going to teach him to crochet. I love it! I’ve still got a few little plush friends who need homes but maybe they will find them at NijiCon next month..
I handed out tons on tons of rack cards and business cards so, with luck, maybe I’ll be drowning in commissions soon. lol
Everyone was so much fun and seeing all the cosplayers was a blast. Some of my favorites characters and I was really impressed by the quality. Loved talking to all the people as they stopped at the booth and chatting with our other neighbors in Artist Alley as well. We were lucky enough to be in some really fun company! The two ladies next door to us especially were great. They’re called “Toon Twins” because they are in fact twins who draw adorable little fanarts for badges and keychains and such. So cute! (I went home with and Undertaker badge – from Kuroshitsuji – that said “Got jokes?” and the besties got matching “Got yaoi?” badges for Junjou Romantica.) I also bought a couple of necklaces from the booth across the aisle – they were fun too – but sadly they don’t have a website for their killer steampunk jewelry…
We worked our butts off this weekend but I think we can all agree that this is definitely the life that we want – going to conventions, sharing our work, meeting people. Building our brands has become a much more serious focus. It was kind of surreal getting up and going back to work on Monday. It felt like we had an amazing adventure and then had to somehow just go back to our normal every day life.
I couldn’t have been happier with how my Cuddle Buddies were received. And it was nice to finally have my work appreciated and not hear people saying that I was charging too much – actually had a few who thought I wasn’t charging enough! Unfortunately my brain just never stops taking in inspiration and churning out new ideas so I have so many things going on in my head right now. If I get even half of what I’m thinking of in the works I will definitely need my own table when we start conventions again next year. BUT we’ve still got our table at NijiCon next month before I start gearing up with new ideas for future merch and conventions that we haven’t even applied to yet.
Counting Down 2014/09/13
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…
Dream Warrior Dragon 2014/04/25
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.
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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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. :)
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
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!