We’re half way through 2016 and things haven’t improved. Since the beginning of the year my family had to deal with health problems but the biggest hit was to lose a dear family member and now my mom is facing health problems which bring back sad memories.
To be honest I kept putting off writing about what has happened because I know I am in my dark place again. I do appreciate people taking time to try and comfort me by talking or sharing their beliefs but I can’t find comfort about the loss of my aunt, even to this day all I feel is sadness and for some reason anger, this is one of those times where my feelings trumps reason. But I know my battle is not over and as long as I am here I need to get up and continue and that is what I will do.
When we decided to start this blog we decided it was going to be about our hobbies and things we love making; we always want to come here to share only pleasant events. However, this New Year started pretty bad for us and our family and it has gotten worse as the year continued.
The reason of this post is not to whine but to request something that might be seen as “silly” to some people but it is something we are asking from the bottom of our hearts. We are asking for “PRAYERS FOR OUR AUNT” who has been battling a terminal illness and whose condition had gotten worse in the past weeks.
We do understand that there are things/events that are inevitable but we ask for prayers for our aunt so she can live the time she has left the best way that she can. She is a fighter and she is willing to keep fighting or at least that is what she told us the last time we visited her [a few days ago]. We are not giving up on her and we’ll do anything in our human power to help her but the rest is in God’s Hands which is why we ask people who wish to help her to pray or send her positive energy. We’ll be forever grateful for every wish and minute of prayer for her.
EkkE and Mekka
After so many tries, I have perfected the patterns I was trying to write, well, to be honest I don’t know if someone could understand my so called patterns. I am still in the process of learning, and it is tough when you’re learning on your own.
The normal thing to do when learning a new craft is to start with easy projects, maybe knit a pot holder, a washcloth, or a scarf but not me, oh no, I don’t know what I think I am but I dive right into more challenging projects.
I looked around for knitting patterns or clothes for my 80’s Strawberry Shortcake dolls but there are not many available and their original clothes cost more than the doll itself. I know it would be awesome to have their original clothes but now you are free to give them new styles, new personalities, right?
This particular outfit was inspired by the work of Holly Hobbie, Joan Walsh Anglund, Betsey Clark, Tasha Tudor, and Beatrix Potter among others great illustrators whose work captures/depicts the warmth, and innocence and the joy in small things in life.
This is 2 of 2 commissions for JulianaJealousy on DA
So, here is our beloved Ryuusei!! My sister asked me many times if she could keep him… she was willing to give a refund . . . can you believe her?
We got a picture of him and Tomoko in their new home [which we love] and I noticed that his hair was all messed up… I have to find a better product to keep the hair style [Maybe a can of hairspray…] If anyone knows of a good product to stiff yarn, please let me know. [To make the curls I use steam but they don’t stay for too long….] And that is one of the things I need to improve or I’ll have to use felt…
This is 1 of 2 commissions for JulianaJealousy on DA.
This is the second time we make a plushie based on a real person. It is always a challenge to find a suitable expression and eye design for plushies when they are based on real people; Therefore we kind of focus on the outfit because that is pretty much what will tell people who they are supposed to be. [And that is our crazy thinking… The End]
We got a picture of her and Ryuusei at their new home. They sure are happy with their new friends and that made our day!!
This little fellow is the only Chibi Jack Skellington that will be made using this triple pinstripe fabric because the fabric is not longer available.
Last year we made two Jack Skellington Art Dolls and there was some remnants of the white deersuede and the pinstripe fabric that we didn’t want to just throw away [we cannot afford wasting any material]. So, I took the challenge to put all the small pieces together and see if I was able to make a chibi plushie. Well, the result is this Super Chibi Jack which makes me so happy to have made it using only the remnants/scraps.
We are selling this plush at half the price since we still need some extra cash to pay for the new sewing machine we bought awhile ago and like I said before some money is better than no money.
You can find him at our Artfire store by clicking on the image.
This was the last plushie on the list but some circumstances made us finish it before the other commissions for which we apologize to the commissioners who placed their commission before this one. We sincerely apologize.
This commission is for Cynstra on DA and the character is Shirayuki Mizore from Rosario + Vampire.
For some reason this plushie gave us so much trouble to complete. Usually we don’t make the clothes removable but we made an exception for this one because we don’t like saying no without trying first. So, the top, skirt, socks and shoes are removable. Would we make it again? Probably not. Finding suitable fabric to make each plush is time-consuming enough to spend more time finding small notions like tiny zippers, buttons and other stuff. If it is a personal project not a commission we sure don’t mind spending a lot of time working on details and finding those small notions but other than that, I don’t think we would make another plush with removable clothes.
Anyway, I do enjoy making plushies but I’m under too much pressure at the moment that I just feel crappy. I hope the commissioner likes it.
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