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Store Update – Olive & Orange Plushies!

Hi everyone!
I’m back with another store update and lots more plushies! As promised, this round I used up the last of my green fabrics — particularly olive green — with some orange and mango thrown in.

Here’s the new gang!
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In the olive camp we have some more Cthulhu plushies as well as one of my more popular characters, the Zombunny :B The huggable plush version has poor bitten ears and skull bunny markings while the pillow version has stitches all over. Both have that deadpan glare that always makes me laugh.

Next up are the orange versions of the narwhal and octopus plushies from last update as well as a new little fox character. Not doing a fox when I had orange fabric just seems like a waste x3 The other color I had was more of a yellow-orange, kind of mango color, so that got slipped in as well as this “golden” fox variation.
Lastly is a new group of Puff Monsters a la Bianca Roman-Stumpff. The last batch went over well with her fans, so I made more to see what they think!

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Another group of items I have up are these one-of-a-kind bunny hoodies. A while back I accidentally ordered the wrong kind of fleece online and got sweatshirt fleece instead. Instead of returning it, I thought I would use it to experiment with some new hoodie ideas. My extra-long bunny ear hoodies have proven to be popular in the past, so I took that plan and ran with it, making each hoodie a very particular style. The white gives off a bit of a mod/Lolita vibe, brown is more steampunk, black is a full-on biker jacket, and the red is more of a sleek moto jacket. Unfortunately because these were experiments I was only able to make them in one size – kind of a small/medium. But I had so much fun getting to try out new styles!

I hope you all like this week’s update! If all goes according to plan, the next update should be blue plushies! So stay tuned for lots of aqua, turquoise, and teal next time :D

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Freebie Friday! Box Pouch

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This project came about for the same reasons as the Ruffled Pouch. I could use a new place to store my toiletries and makeup in preparation for the next time I go traveling, and I’m trying out different shapes and sizes to see what works out best for me :D There are a lot of tutorials for similar kind of pouches out there, but I made mine with a certain size in mind, and also something that I could make with French seams so the lining is all sewn in place with no raw edges. Maybe this method will also work out for you!

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A new book! Awesome Duct Tape Projects!

Awesome Duct Tape Projects: More Than 50 Projects Including Washi, Masking, & FrogTape

Awesome Duct Tape Projects: More Than 50 Projects Including Washi, Masking, & FrogTape

I have another result of my semi-hiatus for the first part of the year! While I was gone I was also working on this fun book on duct tape :D It’s been up for sale for a little while, but it’s officially released on Amazon now, complete with the “Look Inside” feature so you can take a peek at the projects to see if it’s for you.

It’s no surprise that duct tape is a really popular medium right now, and this book has a huge selection of projects. There are lots of classics with a twist as well as some new ideas you might not have seen before. All of these are spread between 20 step by step projects and a huge idea gallery that’s sure to have something you’ll love. In the getting started section it goes over basic skills that will be helpful for whatever project you come up with, as well as some decorating ideas that you can apply to whatever sticks. If you’re still curious, you can check out more details about it on the main book page.

So if you’ve also been swept up in the duct tape craze, I hope you’ll give the book a look and see if it’s for you!

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Store Update – Plushies!

Whew! It’s been a while since I’ve had a proper store update, but that’s what I’ve been working on this past month! If you want to see what’s in store, just scroll down to the photos below. But if you want to hear more about the details then read on ^w^

The story behind this particular slew of items goes way back to my first book, Sew Kawaii! The book is filled with a good deal of plush patterns, so writing the book required loading up on a lot of plush fabrics like minky and faux fur. Needless to say, I had a lot of leftovers. I didn’t think much of it in 2011, but slowly the years went by and I kept getting plush commissions or I’d make things for friends. The problem was, no project ever called for the fabric I already had! I had to keep buying new minky just to get the specific colors I needed. So my collection kept growing xD Now three years later I have a whole bookcase filled with a rainbow of minky fabrics and I’m finally doing something about it!

I’ve found the best way to work through a fabric collection like this is to go by color, so this first store update is nothing but lime green plushies :D

First up, I did a little collaboration with a very good artist friend of mine named Bianca Roman-Stumpff. She does these utterly adorable Puff Monster paintings. Each one is filled with so much character and are completely one-of-a-kind. For her recent birthday, I made one of her favorite Puff Monsters into a plush. She was so grateful for it :D but she did have one request: make more! So I did! If it turns out her fans like them I’ll probably do more colors ^-^ but for now, here’s the green gang!

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After that are my original creations, which include a little assortment of octopi that have different colored bottom accents, and some chubby narwhals with spiral horns. There’s also a little huggable Cthulhu and one of what I hope will be a larger collection, one of my punk bunnies! I’ve made hats of these little guys before and now they’re alive in plush form, complete with frayed plaid details on the ears.

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I hope you’ll give them a look if you’re a fellow plush lover! As for what’s next? I still have a bit of green left, but this time olive green. Then shortly after that will be orange! So stay tuned if you’re waiting for your favorite color to come up :D I’ll be sure to announce it here!

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New Freebie for October!

Hello, internet land!

Are you all enjoying the start of fall? I know I am :D I’m so glad it’s finally October. I’m working on a lot of projects that I’m hoping to share with you in the coming weeks, and the weather down here in Florida is slowly getting more bearable.

Last week I had another giveaway for my Nyan-Cat Quilt to celebrate a pageview milestone that went really well! Looking at the numbers, it might be a little while before the next giveaway, so at least it will give me a good long time to come up with something great to give away! Here are the stats:
DeviantArt pageviews: 124,969/150,000 = 83%
DeviantArt watchers: 4,396/5,000 = 88%
Facebook likes: 1,457/2,000 = 73%
Tumblr followers: 759/1,000 = 76%
Wordpress followers: 1,385/2,000 = 69%

But onto the patterns! The newest free pattern I’m giving away for October is this little Shrimp Tempura Plush!
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This one is really simple but classic – just a little plush made to look like a plump tempura shrimp. I’m most of us have had tempura or at least fried shrimp at some point. Of course tempura is a bit different because it uses a completely different batter that, when fried perfectly, results in a finish that’s perfectly crispy and non-greasy. I know in my personal culinary efforts I have yet to perfect my deep frying technique, so I know it’s something I’ll have to keep trying at x3

You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me. Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from September when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) Though you can also purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during November to see the newest creation!

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Freebie Friday! Collapsible Fabric Boxes

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Time for more patchwork! I’m slowly chipping away at my stash of quilting cottons, and today I’m killing two birds with one stone. I made some extra storage boxes for my scraps with my scraps. I’m hoping I won’t need to use them all the time, so I made them collapsible so I can tuck them away when my stores of fabric aren’t quite so huge. The sides are held in place with bits of Velcro, so they come apart and fold up easily. The sides are made stable with Peltex, which is about the most rigid interfacing you can find. I needed two boxes, so I made mine in a brick layout design and a diamond layout design. I’ll show you how to do both here, so just be sure to pay attention to whichever one you want to do.

You could make yours with whole cloth of course, but either way I think they’ll come in handy if you need a temporary storage solution or even if you just like the patchwork design used here. They’re cube shaped, which makes them ideal for a lot of the cube-centered modular furniture you see out there, like stuff from Ikea.

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Nyan Cat Quilt Giveaway!

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Hello everyone!

I’m pleased to announce that on Saturday I met another one of my kiriban goals! This time for deviantArt pageviews: 123,456! A silly number, I know, but choosing a more even number like 150k or 200k seemed too far :B So, starting today, I’m holding another giveaway!

The winner of this giveaway will receive this handmade Nyan Cat quilt! You might recognize it from the Nyan Cat quilt-along I did last year. I knew as soon as I made it that I wanted to give it away as a prize, and now seemed like an ideal time because I have some current projects that are still a few weeks off from being ready to share.

Since the giveaway is due to my kiriban on DeviantArt, I’m actually hosting the giveaway there :) So to get all the details and enter you’ll need to visit my DeviantArt page directly (and make an account if you don’t already have one). I just wanted all of my followers on here to get the heads up as well ^o^

Good luck to everyone who enters!

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