A Curious Collection of Child-Created Plushies
(A photo backlog blog with redundant writing style. Compiled during the precious few minutes of freetime in the car. Editing sponsored by poor quality control and insomnia.)
Once upon a world ago, when I first began teaching myself to sew and draft patterns for plush toys, my mom mentioned I should take a photo with myself and all these curious critters I’d dreamed (dragged?) into existence.
At the time I said I couldn’t becaus
12 hours on flowers! The promised eternal imposters.
Pattern made from tracing the real flower shape. Cut from two layers of cotton, prior fused with spray adhesive and ironed together.
Assembled with Tex 70 upholstery thread, just a few stitches, one bead and leaving long strings.
Tacky glue, Mildly dilute. Thread tails taped to hangers to try.
Tied some to a twine vine.
And made a branch f
Social butterfly? Not I. Awkward moth? A cut from my same cloth!
Costumes, and could not for the life of me concoct a clever cinematic story, much less meet a human to model. Made do, a messy music mashup of perturbing posing, 83 minutes of recording, swapping, screenshotting, and chopping into a 52 second video, then shrinking back to the studio.
My mom: “It’s too fast, my eyes!”
*Contemplates incinerating more seconds off*.
What's all this? It star
Upholstery from $10 hotel chairs from a market years ago, store display crib mattress foam, brown astroturf(?) rolls someone abandoned behind the store where my dad works (people dump the oddest articles there, once even a freezer still full) , PUL scraps, spray adhesive, garage spray paint and two $5 blankets.
~63 hours for two chairs.
Never any money for house things or what she needs.
It gets to me.
I cannot buy it...make it? I'll try it!
Feels so fine to frolic about in this fresh format!
Bugging my family. Pencil on tiny 3x4 watercolor paper, then laminated. As you may spot, I do not excel in matching the inner card decor to the outer. The predicament of buying primary colored card stock.
“.. Loved the World” -9x12.
Isn't it great, this place? The people? So many caring faces here on earth. I love each and every one of you, dear humankind.
“What About Us/Medical Zebras.
Hello! Painted this little Totoro in a cartoon style a long while ago (fall?), a style I never do so feels wrong, but wanted a laminated cover for password book. The printer didn’t do so well, but I’m too chicken to laminate the original. I think I used pen too? Can't remember.
That’s Porg, up there.
Some last-minute ornament friends for my dad’s coworkers. Wonderfully fun waiting room hand-amusement. 3hrs to make each.
And one for a neighbor + thanku cards fro
18x24” 140lb watercolor paper. Drawn a long while ago with pencil, started the painting with acrylics in May, taking long breaks until around September, when mania began. Finished December 6th, 2021.
Drawing time:? Painting time: About 280.7 hours/11.66 days. The longest time prior poured into a painting was 56 hours.
Reference was my brother at a Chess tournament in December 2019. Wanted the board in the painting, so MS paint spliced this facepalming player’s board in,
Sugar Plum Poppy! Her Christmas gift. Wanted to make a camo cardigan for Pug, but he’s sometimes a fashionably disagreeable little slug.
Made from a shrunken thermal shirt, scraps, and serged 3x fullness skirt from grandma’s basement gingham roll.
Pops, being a gracious midnight-thirty model.
A fireplace, a plan, energy, budget, indoor lights
Or a tree!
♫Every morning, every evening
Ain't we got fun?
My brother visited on his exact birthday, a merry, now rare, treat.
Skyline Lemon Cheesecake, design haphazardly generated using what I could find about two hours before baking it. Based on his city. Engulfed in lemon butter-mint dough and brush painted with gel food coloring and charcoal powder. Used an X-acto to cut out the window lights and filled them with yellow. Two hours decorating time, but I feel like the colorful clouds resemble a toxic explosion a little m
-Bambi, October 5, 2021.
In your honor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Csjb9HWCk8
I just left the lighter there?
*DUN DUN* [sur]P[r]IES
Complete life cycle condensed in 30 seconds. (AKA: Fast version of maunderings below)
Set sail at three am, a glorious distraction XD 90 minutes carving after sketch, 60 film/setup. Done with porcelain fill marker, carving tool, Xacto, electric bread knife, a
‘Ello! Can’t sleep, might as well pile it up in a big blog heap.
9x12, Ticonderoga, mechanical pencil, watercolor paper.
Unknown public-domain-reference subjects, except one with my grandma’s floofy dog + mysterious dog, presumably from another relative...?
I did a bad thing.
Sneaked down the street and stole a sign at 11 at night.
Forgot the wire cutters, took a second trip with double the fright.
Drew the cat, zip tied the sign back.
T-Rex Train Video
My dad has proven not to be steadfast around balloons again
They have the peculiar habit of swooning him
What a guilty pleasure
...a T-Rex as light as a feather!
(Dad’s antique toy train, balloons attached with dental floss, a snapped dowel, a giant zip tie and tape. Metal insulation tape track toothpicked down, fishing line to drag him across the ground.)
And the BTS mess:
Dino Derailment Video
Had to make a
Then recreated some scenes from Tangled. I didn’t have much else planned between two and five in the morning, needed purpose. Taken over six days with laser level tripod contraption and iPhone shutter remote, straining to see the thumbnail of the movie screenshot for pose reference. Then I thought “Took extra rubbish photos, could be low quality stop motion?” (Was going to anonymize, but was convinced not to this time for the sake of the recreations. So here’s the unfiltered goofery of attempti
[Translation: Lacked a quality title.]
A little art. 9x12's, Ticonderogas, and mechanical on watercolor paper. Not much blog material this time (mid painting, big project and also just staring at the ceiling).
Ninja-inspired outfit made from scraps of unwanted tee shirts (slapdash tired sewing). French seams, mitered corners, six-panel skirt and first try at drafting a twist top. Swordthing from grandmother #2. Apparently she would go to fields and use it to cut hay for her ho
Pencil pictures, 9x12s on watercolor paper. First try at using a mechanical pencil after basic shading and stuff with Ticonderogas . Probably a frowned upon method (?) but it bringeth this uneducated one much joy. (Topic for the one.)
In September my mom bestowed these tapestry runners to me for fun dissection, destruction and dismemberment. Later became a laced bodice thanks to an old waterbed sheet, leather scraps and ribbon from my grandma’s basement.
Then it needed a
Recent chipmunk, 9X12 acrylic + pencil on watercolor paper. Drawing time: ? Painting time: 42 hours.
The drawing was from last year and not heavily detailed (done with a flashlight during a road trip).
Drawings from the past few months, 9x12s. I lacked access to a reference photo for one of them, so that accidentally resulted in a drawing of me as a mere primordial mush’. The last two are smaller, old/not very good (2018-2019, flashlight car art) ones with some newly added
It appears as though it’s maybe time to resume aimlessly cluttering the region with creations...
4x5.75” Beta fish, acrylic on watercolor paper, done for greeting cards.
Brain: A small painting will be faster....Reality: Spends 22 hours gleefully obsessing over the details.
And a few somewhat recent 9x12 pencil drawings that I remembered to scan but forgot to watermark...oh well...
(French seams) Went to Walmart to buy a shirt...then realized the 3yrd. indigo fab
First try at leather shoes + shoemaking with my lasts. Started them about five months ago but didn’t have the time/supplies to complete them until last week. Ballet flats don’t normally use welted sole construction, but I wanted to try the technique. Used the narrow German welt method.
Made from a 20ish year old suede jacket (outer and lining), ¼” thick veg tan leather (insoles, outsoles, welt), faux leather (stiffener), ¼” wide leather reinforcement tape, ⅛ in thick cork (filler), ba
Just a vague tutorial, recent random artstuffspam and things.
So a lot of months ago I made a mini costume 3D face-face mask just to see if it was possible.
Wanted to try again on a larger one for someone else aka my mom the test subject, so here’s how to make one, if you’d like.
One cotton face mask that matches the skin tone of the human model. I used a one-layer mask so the paint wouldn’t stain the lining. Paint mask before sewing to lining for multiple layers.
(I would like to preface this by apologizing if posting off-brand brick creations isn’t allowed. I am sorry if not. This is probably so wrong, but I’m afraid it would be bothersome to ask.)
I rediscovered the old dungeon castle MB bricks while sorting through the childhood Lego tote. The MB’s had not been used in years, and so many miscellaneous things had migrated into that box. K'nex, random tools, rubbish, doodles of Toad, office supplies, and those utility building pieces from monopoly
It has been wild lately. Medical TMI warning, I’m sorry in advance.
But first, a of couple creations. Just a shirt and chess-cake cheesecake for my brother. Stoked that he finally was able to visit.
The cake was really rough-looking.I made charcoal-dyed lemon butter-mint dough to cover it because I didn’t have fondant. Kind of floppy and hard to work with, and was totally last-minute.
Finally got to apply some newly-learned sewing techniques
Just some artstuffs!
9X12 Lop ear bunny, finished last month. Acrylic, pencil and watercolor paper. I feel like the leaves look kind of odd/over-detailed....The reference photo had a bokeh background. It's so hard to decide when it's done.
Drawing time:? Painting time 31 hours.
A happy little pumpkin panda with bamboo. White wood fill markers and black china markers will stick to pumpkin skin (Yaygaragestuff)
That color wheel feel when an art idea materi
Or maybe blocks of wood turned into my feet.
After three years of making inferior-quality fabric shoes (with some slippers, some flat shoes, and ballet slippers being the only not-absolutely-weird-looking exceptions) the realization that a shoe last is a necessary thing has soaked in...Thanks to the discovery of some new, enthralling shoemaking tutorials on Youtube!
Apparently one needs a last before they can make leather shoes. I couldn’t find a wooden shoe last in my size any
Just a crown. Not really worth posting, definitely not in a topic, but I had a merry time with it. The back is held together with a tiny rubber band (Also one piece on the front, because it was broken).
Should Bionicle be fashion?
Should Bionicle be fashion in this manner?
No, probably not. But that definitely did not prevent me from going totally fantasy-medieval-princess with it.
Yay for tablecloth capes, letter opener daggers, that plush bear that frighte