Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pen Sketch

Thinking up ideas

Monday, August 30, 2010

Plethora of sketches

So I've had at least five or six ideas for a series of drawings/paintings that I've been working on. Sketch one of animalistic ladies done under ten minutes in pen and colored pencil.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Vintage Mechanical

When they say they don't build em' like they used they have a point. So when I was fortunate enough to come across this New Home sewing machine at the Salvation Army of course I bought it. After making sure all the bits and pieces were there, of course. Now owning a few different vintage sewing machines I decided to do a little research.

Sewing machines have been around actually since the 18th century but it wasn't until the 1840's or so before a smaller home version was created (actually over the years there were home sewing machines made only on occasion the local tailors would destroy the machine to preserve their livlihood. Seriously, an angry mob of tailors...)
When the machines first came out they were so expensive that in order to buy one an entire community would have to pool their money.

Steampunk sewing machine. The one I picked up was a model 532 made in 1951 or so and I am currently haggling with the thread tension before I can begin sewing. Even so this machine works better than the one I recieved for my birthday a few years ago in which I spend more time yanking out jumbled stiches and fiddling constantly with the tension than I do actually sewing. Also the vintage one is made completely out of metal (and also weighs around fifty pounds) while the modern one is almost all plastic. Though if you are looking to make a buck off buying and selling vintage sewing machines don't bother, they aren't worth big bucks as they made them by the thousands during the economic boom in the 50's. In fact I see them quite regularly at thrift stores.

However they are beautiful bits of craftsmanship that, to me, work better than their modern counterparts and even after fifty or so years it still runs smoothly and all the bits and pieces are still in good shape. No, they really don't make them like they used to.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

64 Colors

The donuts are one of my favorite illustrations of 64 Colors. They totally need to be a plushie/vinyl figure.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Along the lines of Dreampets, one of my favorite kitschy toys in the world.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Recent Work

By far my favorite of the group, made in hopes of being displayed at a local business. Acrylic paint on a 14 X 18 canvas. No particular reason for the numbers, I only liked the idea and thought was unique.

The first I painted as just an idea.

All in all I have about seven paintings done and am hoping to get one or two more done.

More Deer

Here's his mate; green/purple deer

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Deer Mushroom

That deer took a lot of sewing; its all hand stitched with weird felt colors. I have a green and purple one I'll post next.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Weekend Bargains

Went to the local Bargain Bin and paid a total of $3.47 of everything you see here.
The books are published by the Peter Pauper Press and are from the fifties as is the book of poetry and prints of Hiroshige. You really never know what you'll find digging around at the very bottom of what most people consider trash.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Crafted Cute

Things I made last fall and am considering selling at a Con that will supposedly take place here in Reno in October. If we get enough people for said Con and I scrape up some money for a booth.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Over the years I have been fortunate enough to discover for myself some fantastic artists who inspire me and make me wish I was rich so I could buy tons of their things. 64 Colors is one of those artists (group artists? Illustrators?) that is just fantastic beyond words. They incorporate all of my favorite things; cute and strange things, bright colors and Japanese culture. So I hope they won't be too mad that I was so inspired by their wonderful illustrations that I made some felties based on some of those illustrations.

I remember a couple of years ago when they launched their Marshall vinyl toy by the time I had money to buy it, it was already sold out. I had to settle for buying one awesome tote bag instead. I'm looking forward to seeing their completed website and many more years of wonderful ideas, art and products.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Monster of a Plush

Still in the early stages of my plush obsession. The fabric I used is very soft, so he's fun to squeeze.

More to come!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Attack of the Plushies!

I've decided that after almost three years of sewing plushies that I should start catologing them. This is my very first plushie; not my design though. It was from one of the many books out there on sewing plushies.

He sits on my art desk. Next!

The second plushie I ever made! Bat Cat! This one is made from recycled materials I bought from second-hand stores. Old suits made fantastic fabrics for plushies.

I'm afraid to say that for a while I'll be posting only pictures of plushies as I've got about three (wait, no, FOUR!) drawing projects going on that's taking up all my time along with volunteering ect. ect. Don't worry I haven't stopped drawing.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Weekend Scores

A couple of things I picked up over the weekend.

Saturday, August 07, 2010


Another photograph of felted fruit people.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Alice Prototype 1

Alice from the Alice in Wonderland set in the book I just bought. For a first try it isn't too bad but I will be doing it again with some more adjustments (I want to see how it looks with yarn hair instead of felt which is all I have right now). The set includes Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the March Hare and the Doormouse. Alice took a really, REALLY long time to make (for me) at least 12 hours or more of constant sewing and it still turned out a bit wonky. Here's hoping the second time will be quicker and more attractive (note to self: need to buy more white fabric, or possibly use old bed sheets?). I'm actually really excited about making this set; they are pretty attractive.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Felt Mouse

Aw, so sweet. I like his pink little paws

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Costume Design

Somewhere, in hordes of junk that I own, there is this magazine that I bought because I wanted to draw/paint the lovely models. I do love costume design.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Pop-Up Update

Yet another watercolor from my pop-up idea. Zombie fun.

Monday, August 02, 2010

19th Century Fashion

Random internet-yanked photo