Hil'Lesha! And what a very cool blog she has, too...check it out!
I thought I'd give you guys a little sneak preview of something new I'm working on. I've had this gorgeous piece of Schulte mohair in my supply closet for a few months now, and I finally got up the courage to cut into it. I'm working on a little bear from a pattern I'm kind of making up as I go. Even though he's small (about 4.25" high) he is taking for.ev.er. to make. Getting the arms and legs to match in size is the trickiest part so far.
No face yet--I'm waiting for my German glass eyes to arrive. But thanks to the magic of Photoshop, I was able to sketch in what I'm thinking of doing.
This is the big one, guys...leave a comment, win an Original Sock Cat! This is the last giveaway for a while, so get your name in while you can! The winner will be chosen and announced on the blog Thursday morning at 8 AM CST.
Ava the Birdbrain
Born: January 5, 2008
Breed: Domestic shorthair, velour socks
"Birds are my friends. Sparrows, chickadees, robins...they're all so wonderful! And as long as I keep myself covered in bird seed, they seem to like me too. Last spring, a bluebird built a nest between my ears. I had to lie still for quite a while till those babies finally flew the coop. Oh, how I miss them!"
One shelter in Payson, Arizona has the right idea...they've posted a video on YouTube to ask for help.
Please watch this video if you have a moment and give it a 5-star rating (which will help keep it in front of more possible donors)! And if you feel the urge, you can send a small donation to help the shelter build a new facility for all of the animals in their care. Thanks!
The winner this week is lucky #7... Monica! (Check out her very cool bilingual blog!) Congrats Monica--and enjoy your note cards!
I thought I'd use this post to give you guys a little sneak peek at my latest Original Sock Dog. I've been wanting to try a Boston Terrier again for a while now. I made a custom one a couple of years ago when I was just starting up, but my style has evolved since then, so I wanted to see what I could come up with now.
Here's the early version (from 2005):
And here's the new version:
I'll be bringing her to the Kansas City Etsy Trunk Show with me on June 6. If you're in town, swing by and say hello! (I'll also be making one for the shop in the near future.)
Here's the prize of the week--three blank notecards featuring dogs from the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. The "Thank You" card features Trevor, the "Miss You" card features Angel, and the "Hello" card stars the charming Lilly the Basset Hound. (All three dogs have found good homes...yay!)
Just leave a comment and you're entered to win. I'll choose the winner on Thursday morning at 8 AM (Central) and announce it here on the blog. Good luck!
I wasn't planning to say anything until I knew the outcome, but this is a story that needs to be told on this blog right now!
Baby spent most of her life in a puppy mill, and was assigned a number instead of a name. Her vocal cords were cut to keep her quiet, and she had so much damage to her bones from malnourishment that her left front leg had to be amputated after she was rescued. I'm sure most of you know about these "mills", where dogs are kept in squalid, cramped conditions, and used solely for breeding purposes. Puppies are quickly taken away from their mothers (who are soon after impregnated once more) and sold to pet stores across the country. But if you don't know and would like to find out more, there is a lot of good information on Baby's web site. I urge you to visit it.
Fortunately, Baby has a happy ending. She's now in a loving home with a woman who has written and published her story. And Baby is headed to Washington DC to put an end to puppy mills once and for all.
Now, here's where I come in. I was asked, as one of a handful of artists, to create a plush version of Baby that will be used as a prototype for the official Baby stuffed animal, to be sold on Baby's web site. (If you see a photo of a plush in the "Products" section on her site, it's not mine...I think it was a preliminary design.) One design will be chosen from those submitted, and that doll will go on tour with Baby, making appearances at bookstores and even on Good Morning America on June 2! No matter the outcome, I am so flattered and honored to be a part of this.
For now, I'm keeping my version of Baby top secret. I will post photos of her once the decision has been made. I'll let you know what happens...but until then, please read more about Baby on her site. Anyone who loves and cares for animals should be aware of this terrible practice. Hopefully very soon, puppy mills will be a thing of the past.
Fortunately, she doesn't have Naomi Campbell's cell-phone-throwing abilities, Tyra Banks' craziness or Kate Moss'...er...issues.
My Felted Pups and Kitties were in need of someone to hold them in their photo shoots for etsy. And after seeing all those Flickr sets of Blythe dolls, I couldn't resist anymore and headed over to ebay. To be honest, I find Blythe dolls to be both cute and freaky...what a fabulous combination. And no, I don't think it's stupid for a 34 year old to play with dolls. Nyah!
Meet Gretel Hildegard Hsu, pictured with her new friend Amici (who is still looking for a good home)!
Gretel will be much more stylin' soon, in a new dress from this shop.