Tagged: handmade plush

why, hello there!

I hope your 2011 has been going along nicely. Mine, so far, has started slowly. This January, for me, has been a month of observing.

I’m typically a do-er, a producer. I sew and photograph and blog. But in these last couple weeks, I’ve been listening, reading, and observing instead; I’ve been quieting myself down a bit so I can hear what’s going on in the outside world. All of it has been a nice respite from the pre-Christmas narwhal frenzy… even though I’m still making plenty.

But I don’t want to sit in my quiet little world forever. And now that Christmas gift-time is over, I can share some pictures of the custom narwhals that were requested over the holidays.

giant stuffed narwhal
A double-size narwhal! These were requested by multiple separate people, which I found interesting… maybe they should become a permanent Fluffyland fixture? They were definitely fun to make… it felt awesome to be making such large plush.

blue stuffed narwhal
A blue narwhal! I’ve considered adding an option to choose narwhals in other colors, but for now it’s by request only. It would make inventory considerably more difficult with a rainbow palette… so we’ll see how that looks in the future.

stuffed narwhal with a purple heart
And a stuffed narwhal with a little purple heart! I much prefer applique to embroidery. I didn’t have time to do any name embroideries this Christmas, plus they’re really not something I like to do. But every once in awhile, a narwhal just needs a little extra something and I understand that.

That certainly wasn’t all the special Christmas sewing I did… there were also the more exciting, out-of-the-box, completely narwhal-unrelated projects that I took on. I’ll post pictures of those tomorrow!

I’m currently wearing this woot shirt. It was a Christmas gift from my brother, and it matches this post quite well. ;)

bits of inspiration

flutter, hummingbird,
from flower to flower, give
what they need to bloom.

arthur sage!

This morning I whipped up the latest Arthur, Arthur Sage. He’s made from a finicky woven fabric; the weave is so loose that it likes to ravel like crazy! But I managed to hold him all together okay.

Then I taught another sewing lesson; my pupil made an adorable tote to use as a backpack next year. It came out really well, which was very encouraging for me as a first-time teacher. It’s hard to describe how nice it feels to share my favorite art form…. but it’s lots of fun.

And I’ve spent the last half hour or so “stumbling” around the web, and collecting bits of inspiration. have a taste!

cereal box books kool-aid dyed yarn really cute chair
cereal box books, kool aid dyed yarn, really cute chair

meet the arthurs!

if it feels right, go with it.
love it, learn from it.

meet the arthurs!

meet the arthurs!

Something possessed me to make these little bunnies out of all the heavy fabric I had around. “Delightfully handmade” is the best phrase I can think of to describe them… they’re quirky and fun in the way only handmade toys can be. And they’re all named Arthur. One-of-a-kind, huggable, carry-able… see them over at Fluffyland!

And now, for more shameless plugging: you can now become a fan of Fluffyland on Facebook! (and tell your friends!)