Friday, September 30, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness day yarnbomb

So I follow this VERY active/awesome yarnbomber on twitter @nightknitpixie and she recently posted a link to an international yarnbombing event that involved crocheting boobs.  With victorian sensibilities by nature, I would never think of doing such a thing...but for breast cancer awareness why not?  You can find out more info here:

But if I had the choice between wearing a pink ribbon and crocheting some boobs...boobs all the way.  I'm not one of those super active for charities or diseases kind of people (although we all should be), but breast cancer is entirely too close to home to ignore.

When I was 15, my mom was diagnosed with a particularly gnarly kind of breast cancer.  Within weeks she had a breast removed, and began chemotherapy.  It was perhaps the scariest time of my life. When you're 15, you hate/love your mom simultaneously, and the thought of being left alone in this world with my dad and my brother was terrifying.  My mom is my rock.  I'm a terrible daughter...but she has always been an incredibly devoted mother.

So, for my mom...and all the other moms, sisters, and daughters...a pair of lovely boobs with the stay classy saying "i <3 boobs" to be found on the Venice boardwalk near north Venice. 

And remember to get those lovely lady lumps checked ladies!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dolls back at Giant Robot, and some custom orders

Okay okay, so I have officially dropped off some more dolls at Giant Robot.  Hopefully there as successful in store as they were at Comic Con!

The rest of this blog is more of a photo dump of things I've been working on for other people.  Most recently a regular Etsy customer who has ordered my entire Totoro collection as well as custom orders including a killer tomato...for his dad who starred in attack of the killer tomatos....He's a faithful customer for sure, and he loves to challenge me.  Most recently he asked me if I could work up a Gamera looks a little something like this:

He's a crazy Japanese turtle monster thing.  I'm not super familiar, but you get the idea.  This is what I came up with:  

It's hard to not make crocheted dolls much cuter than their inspirations.  It just is.

Also, my friend Karis needed a Chica Chicken doll....for a co-worker's daughter, and I'm pretty proud of this one:

It's just so cute!  I don't know much about the character.  I watched a brief you tube's a chicken that sounds like a kazoo?  I don't see the appeal personally, but I liked the aesthetics of the character, so I worked it up.

For another friend, who has nephews who like ax-wielding vikings:

I loved doing the hair and mustache for this guy.  I have a thing for vikings Eric Northman on True Blood...and I guess also because I studied viking history and literature in college.  It was a phase.

Finally, for the little boy who has securely wormed his way into my heart and insists I don't make him dolls, for Finnegan, a Superman doll:

He sleeps with it.  It's pretty cute.

Okay that's my project dump.  You are officially up to date on what I've been working on so feverishly.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Musical Journey Part 3: Iron & Wine/Sam Cooke

These albums are a little less well known as iconic works of art, but they're significance as parts of what I consider to be a rich musical journey cannot be underestimated.  Iron & Wine is just poetry really.  Truthfully, I don't know a lot about music when it comes to the technical aspects of it.  I can't play any instruments, but I know a thing or two about words...and a little bit about vocals, and Sam Beam never ceases to amaze me with his words. Never. so that's why I had to do this album cover for the creek drank the cradle, which was really simple in design, but I kind of love the simplicity of it.

Next is Sam Cooke.  I can't remember a time when I didn't love Sam Cooke.  I feel like he's ingrained in my earliest memories.  Finnegan's favorite song is Bring it on home to me.  I like Havin' a Party, but we'll shake our bottoms to both of them together, and sing them in the car together.  I have to's pretty damn cute when we do it.

This was more challenging.  The album "twistin' the night away" is just a red background with a grayscale image of Sam Cooke smiling.  It's really hard to capture the minutiae of his face in this medium, so it's a little abstract or if you're a nerd..pixelated, but you get the point.

I have one more album to do.  I don't know when I'll get to it.  I think Giant Robot is going to take on some more of my dolls, which is always exciting, and they're support is always appreciated.  I'm currently taking suggestions for new dolls.  I'd like to get some new content in the shop before the holidays.

In other news...this is making me happy this week.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Crochet Shield Trick or Treat Bag

So, your kid says he wants to be a knight.  So you employ your mom to hand make a rather elaborate knight costume, and he gets it and says he needs a shield.  And you think about halloween, and you think about the costume and the sword, and now a shield, and how he's going to carry it all...and you know he's not.  He's going to make you carry it because he's going to be too busy keeping his eye on the prize.  the prize being...the candy.  So, in order to resolve this, I decided I would make the shield a multipurpose tool....half shield/half trick or treat bag, and i'm over the moon with how it turned out.

It has the Forsyth Coat of arms on it...because we're also has a handle on the back so he can hold it like a shield (it's fortified with cardboard so it's actually firm like a well as handles on the top so he can do his trick or treating with ease.  It's not a big bag, but he's only 3 and realistically one loop around the block is all we're really going to do.

So here it is.  For the record handcutting out felt griffons is a total pain.

Also, the musical journey project is still going, but we've been busy traveling....I have 2 more albums done, and 1 to go.  Will post when all the albums are complete.