Narwhal season is ramping up, and my coffee table is the current Narwhal Factory HQ. I’m churning out the standard gray-and-gray cuties, but also experimenting with some new things. We’ll see where this goes… I’m of the opinion that all narwhal experiments end adorably.
I’ve had graduation on my mind lately. And when the idea to make a tiny Graduation Narwhal popped into my head, I couldn’t shake it.
So here he is, a very intelligent narwhal. He’s so proud to wear his cap. Of course, it pins on… so when graduation day is over, the cap can be easily removed.
I couldn’t resist taking a class photo… because what good is a graduation cap if it doesn’t go airborne?
Hopefully now that this idea’s out of my head, I can finally finish the last of my homework (ever!) !
(“so how did you use your photography minor?” “well, i’m pretty good at taking adorable pictures of stuffed animals…”)
The little guys are made from the softest gray fleece in the world. I don’t know what it is about heather gray, but it even looks softer than all the other fleece colors. I love working with it, and I love how the little guys are coming out.
But my favorite part of the new narwhals, by far, is the striped tusk. Could it be any cuter? I’m in doubt.
Redesigning the narwhals has been a fun process for me. They’ve been the same for so long, and I was never quite thrilled with them, because I didn’t feel they conveyed my personality. As a maker of things, I like my things to reflect who I am… and the tan & cream just wasn’t doing it for me. I think they’re cute, yes, but I knew that they could be better. And that was the hardest hurdle to get over – why change your best-selling product? Why risk ruining a good thing? But I finally took the challenge, and now I feel I’ve perfected the stuffed narwhal, and it makes me very happy.
I know I built up a lot of suspense, and I apologize for not having this be a completely earth-shattering new creation :) But I think they’re pretty cute! And I’m excited to make lots of them now.