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IMG_6723Working with the stuffies, I’m always on the hunt for quality pieces in good condition. At times, I come across known characters that qualify. The problem with using them is they are often a bit too identifiable for just parts. Because of this, I’ll often just leave them behind, but it’d hard to resist when I come across a great one in pristine condition. When I got my hands on a group of vintage trophy supplies, I was able to try an idea I’d had for a while. I don’t agree with hunting for sport, so real trophies are a bit icky, but I did like the macabre humour of doing it with stuffed animal heads. Making them was fairly simple, I just took off the head, sewed the neck closed, to give it a more finished look, and altered the back slightly so it would sit properly against the plaque. Some even got engraved plates, if there was room. I’ve got a few others made so far, but Ernie is my favourite. As a child, I sympathized much more with Bert and had a few snickers at the thought of him finally snapping and Ernie ending up as TaxidErnie!

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flower crown

flower crown

Before we went through the last long, white winter, it was a fairly dreary fall. During one of those periods of grey weather and cold rain I indulged an urge for brightness and made a couple of flower crowns. Packed away in the stash was quite a range of beautiful faux flowers. Most were bought years before, when I was just starting to do the floral masks and are of a quality that I haven’t been able to find anymore. It was so much fun to sort them out into colour groups and put them together. Both ended up being ridiculously lush, but that makes them even more fun to wear. I confess that this one is my favourite of the two, but a chunk of that is the colour scheme. (and I love the peony and the two large lilies) I keep being tempted to paint a pair of very-realistic-but-fake deer horns I have in the dark charcoal black and add them, just to run with the whole Hannibal vibe I think it turned out to have. (which isn’t surprising since I’d burned through the accumulated season on the dvr, not long before doing it)

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It’s taken a while but the stuffed toy dog collection dogipide has gotten large enough that I’ve been able to keep up a slow trickle of Cerberus. Making the three-headed dogs means that I end with two extra bodies. In a few, very rare cases, I’ve also been able to find a fourth one of the same species as a completed Cerberus and make a dogipede. Splicing them together was a bit complected, but I do think the overall effect is a success. It also turned out to be a very good shape for cuddling and this one already has found a home! I’ll keep looking for more fourths to make more of this type of cutie.

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Cat a pillar

There is a terrible affliction that runs in my father’s family catapillar and while I don’t have full expression of it, occasionally I’ll still have bouts. That affliction is puns, and especially the bad ones. Sometimes it spills over into other mediums. When I got a group of new, white cat stuffies, I couldn’t resist making a cat-apillar. Having a group of the same stuffie is a new thing for me so it’s fun to be able to consider ways of combining them that weren’t possible without matching multiples and it has also been possible for me to make duplicates of a design! Since the first Cat-apillar found a home so quickly, I did make a couple more. The only issue with the Cat-apillar is that the simplicity of extending the body means a number of people seem to have trouble seeing that it has been altered. Unless you look carefully at the side, it just looks like a regular stuffed toy. I do have to say that watching the double-takes, as people figure it out, is always fun.

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I recently found a group of wooden lace-making bobbins.

decorated bobbins

It looks like only a few of them are actually old, but it’s hard to tell for certain since they are one of those specialized areas of study that I’m not up on. All had been decorated with beaded accents on their ends. I’m a bit of a purist, when it comes to using materials that are period appropriate, so when some of them turned out to be plastic, I couldn’t just leave them. A number therefore, had their decorations re-done, with a better mix of beads. It was a good way to showcase some of the more interesting wooden ones, from the stash, since they are rarely one of my first choices for jewellery.

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