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IMG_6878So we got full confirmation that I’ll be part of the Artists Alley at Fan Expo in Toronto this Labour Day weekend! I haven’t been back since 2012 but had a great time at Comic Con this March. (Fan Expo is much bigger and busier, so I have to expect that it will be quite a bit more tiring) I will be sticking to pretty much only the stuffies since space is so limited. While most will be my usual range of plush curiosities, I’m also indulging myself with making some fanart bears. I’ve been loving the Marvel movie Avengers and couldn’t resist making a few Winter Soldier versions of Bucky Barnes. (there is a whole thing in the fandom about Bucky Bear) The few I brought with me all got snatched up at Comic Con, so I’ve been working on a some more for Fan Expo. (and putting a few of them up in the Etsy shop as well) This is one that I just finished and I especially love his face. The base bear was a limited edition one, so it isn’t surprising that he’s so nice, but the outfit and arm prosthetic turned out really well too. I’ve got a few more one-off pieces that are underway too (I want to have at least one in honour of Agent Carter star Haley Atwell, who is one of the guests) and have been hunting some bits and pieces for them. When you find yourself saying things like, ”Look! I just found the cutest mini sub-machine gun!” you start to wonder if you’re heading down the right path in life…

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IMG_6706I’ll be away from the store this Saturday and Sunday and vending at the Oxford Ren Fest. It’s great to have a full scale Renaissance festival so close! (it’s at the Woodstock Fair grounds) There will be a great range of acts and even real jousting! The store will still be open, but if you want to talk to me, you’ll have to come out to the faire.

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I’ve got a number of shows I’ll be attending this fall Quetzalcoatl and have been working on some new stuffed creations. One I’d wanted to do for a while is a version of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent. When we found this lovely, large snake, I knew it was a perfect base and got started right away. He’s all done and is ready to be shown for the first time this weekend! We’ll both be at the Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo on Saturday, the 20th, so stop by and say “Hi!”, if you’re there. The gallery will still be open, if you’re coming through Shakespeare, but I won’t be there to do framing consultations.

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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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The hunt is always one for suitable spider bear components,

Small spider bear

Small spider bear

but they have been scarce lately. Eventually I was able to find a pair of smaller bears that still have the great, slightly broken coat fur that works so well for the spiders. One of the good things about working with bears of a similar type is that I have figured out some consistent ways to achieve the look I want. So at least it’s a bit easier to both round out the body to a more spidery shape as well as knowing where all the extra limbs are going to go. Each face is a bit different though. Figuring out what eyes fit best with it’s existing ones and where they’ll go is something that changes every time. The palps also need to be a bit different on each spider too. This one got a pair of slightly longer and narrower ones since they better suited her narrow muzzle. Even after to long wait for me to have a new one I can’t say that I’ve now got her around since she’s already headed off to a home across the border. Oh well, back to the bear hunting for me!

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