Monday, July 7, 2014

Squirrel Momma Reveals "The Devil Inside Me"

For the current Plush Team challenge I had to come to terms with the sad fact that I have a devil inside me.

His name is Bob.



And although he may be red, and have horns and a tail, he is a rather bemused and perhaps slightly confused demonic creature. 




In fact, his taste in music isn't always that great, especially when he waxes nostalgic for 90's rock.


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Poor, poor misunderstood Bob.

(Bob and I would like to thank Nut Boy, aka the youngest squirreling, for producing this world premiere video)

Hello Plush lovers!

Anne-Claire from HibouDesigns here.
As some of you may know already, the PlushTeam organizes plush making challenges regularly. Our last one was a puppet making challenge. Our puppet had to, somehow, represent us, either literally or in spirit…. I chose the latter and this is what I came up with :)

I present to you my Carticorn Unidork…

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Part of the challenge was to make a photo story or a video of our puppet. I made the video and my husband helped me with the soundtrack and effects. It does take a village…. ;)

Here are a few detail pictures too.





I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Caticorn :) For more picture feel free to visit my Flickr account
To purchase or see some of our PlushTeam's members creations, go to our Etsy shop here.

Cheers,
AC aka Hibou

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Plush Team challenge May/June: Maike as a puppet

For the annual PT challenge this time the lovely Marcy from Moon's Creations and I (Maike from CreepyandCute) decided to let the members make themselves as a puppet.
Either a literal reference of themselves of as an alter ego. And let them make a little video or photo story with their puppet.

The results are all equally amazing but totally different as well. The following days you will see what everyone came up with.

Here's my submission:

I decided to go for the more "realistic" looking version of myself (However... I do not smile this maniacally all the time ;) ) and show several aspects of the plush making business with a little photo story.

First there's the sketching and research...

 Then the sewing...

The online marketing

And at lucky days even a sale and sending a package :)




Monday, June 2, 2014

The 2014 Plush Team Retreat

Hello Everyone!
Leeanna of Plush Goodness here. I can't believe that this time last month we were just starting the Plush Team's Retreat! Where does the time go?

The Plush Team tries to do a Retreat every year, where our members can come and spend a few days together talking shop, working on projects, hanging out, laughing, and doing some sight-seeing. It's a fantastic opportunity to see each other, and it's always a special event and a great time.

This year the Retreat was in Seattle, and a HUGE thanks to Abby of Abbydid, AC of Hibou Designs, Amy of SquirrelMomma, Diane of CutesybutnotCutesy, and Jessica of Plushroom Soup for traveling out to the West Coast for five days of fun at the beginning of May.  (Readers beware, this is a loooooong post- and still only captures some of the fun times we had! :D)

Okay, here we go on the PT Retreat re-cap! Are you buckled up and ready for the ride?

Here is the PT's headquarters for the Retreat- a fantastic house in West Seattle that had great views of the city:



We spent the first day of glorious sunny weather hanging around Alki Beach, eating amazing tacos (a PT tradition!) at Marination Ma Kai and coming home to the traditional and SUPER competitive White Elephant Swap.



For those of you who don't know what a White Elephant Swap is, it's when you buy something, usually a gag gift (in our swap, it's a piece of plush art, so a WIN for everyone :D) that everyone then wraps completely in white so you can't tell what's in it. Then you go around the group, everyone chooses a package, opens them, and then the stealing and mayhem begins! Each person gets a couple turns to either keep their plush or steal someone else's from them. Once a plush has been stolen 3 times, it can't be stolen anymore and stays with the last person it lands on. I can tell you from 3 years of doing these swaps, that the stealing is fast and furious, and there are layers and layers of strategy and cunning that are employed in order to end up with the plush you want. It's madness, I tell you! ;D

Diane trying to prevent Abby from stealing the piece of art she wants...
Jessica and Amy with the plush that they started out with from Plush Goodness and CutesybutnotCutesy- they ended up with different owners by the end though.
PT swap plush, as well as plush bought at the amazing Schmancy in Seattle.
After the hilarity and mayhem of the Swap, we spent the next day taking the water taxi into Seattle, sight-seeing at Pike Place Market, stopping in to Schmancy to say hi and buy plush from Kristen, 

Water Taxi here we come! 


Pike Place babes: SquirrelMomma, HibouDesigns, CutesybutnotCutesy, Plushroom Soup, and Abbydid.
and having an amazing lunch of tacos (you're sensing that we love tacos, aren't you?) at Barrio, and then browsing around Elliott Bay Books before getting ice cream at Molly Moon's and heading off to browse the Kinokuniya Bookstore in the International District. Phew! 

Amazing tacos and drinks at Barrio

Chinese dragons guard the entrances to the International District

Then it was home for some more shop-talk, crafting, and finally off to bed. (On our way home on the Water Taxi, we were absorbed into the melee of cyclers from the Dead Baby Bike Gang, who were headed into West Seattle to "go where the pedals take you, man!")

Amy of SquirrelMomma looks mighty impressed by those bikers, while HibouDesigns and I look on. ;D
The next day we spent in various pursuits: Amy, Diane, and I headed off to the Theo Chocolate Factory to do a tour (did I forget to mention that most of us are chocoholics as well? :D) Diane spent some time with the Fremont Troll:




We had a great lunch at the Easy Street Cafe and then it was back to the house for a night of hilarity and crafting with the awesome Kristen of Schmancy and Moxie of MadebyMoxie. SO MUCH LAUGHING!
The Easy Street Cafe and record shop
PT craft night hilarity with magical cookies and desserts, Diane losing her mind laughing, and an instagram circle!

Our last day (insert sad faces here) was spent crafting, with one last trip to Marination Ma Kai for more tacos, where we table danced to our hearts content:



and then we were back at the house to pack, craft some more- where we came up with the idea to each make a raindrop, which we would then suspend from a cloud to commemorate the 2014 Retreat:


Raindrops by (top to bottom): Hibou Designs, Plush Goodness, SquirrelMomma, Abbydid, Plushroom Soup and CutesybutnotCutesy.
and then prepare the traditional (and last for this trip) PT Retreat Taco Night! This was just one of the interesting sinks at the house, which we affectionately dubbed "the snake wash."



Well, there you go- another PT Retreat come and gone! It was an AMAZING time, and we are all looking very much forward to next year's. We know it's going to be great! Cannot wait to see more of my fellow PTers and talk shop and catch up. See you next year! :D

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day with Plush

From the folks at the PlushTeam, I present a selection of eco friendly and mother earth inspired plush and plush wares.                                




The talented Squirrel Momma crafted this version of our beloved mascot, PT Stitchy on top of the world.  He has a world domination fixation, but I think he's perfect for a celebration of Earth Day 2014.


Rain Forest Boy by Raggy Rat
Bloom the Seedling by Creepy and Cute
Reuseable Cup Cozies with PT Stitchy










And to finish our selections, here is a hand embroidered Spirit of the Earth Voodoo Doll by Hibou Designs.  All hand stitched on wool felt with lovely details.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Not just plush

You already know that Plush Team members are all awesome plush makers, but did you know that many of us don't make just plush? It's true! For a lot of us, working in a couple of different mediums helps fuel our plush-making and spurs us on to use new techniques or experiment a little. Plus, changing things up is fun! Here's a brief rundown of what some of the PT members are working on that's NOT plush:
If you want to keep up with everything that Plush Team members are making, check out the Plush Team member facebook page list or the list of Plush Team members on twitter! You can also "like" the Plush Team page on facebook or follow the Plush Team twitter account, too. See you there!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Gone To The Dogs


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Yes, that's right. A couple of Plush Team members have gone to the dogs. A dog book, that is. On April 15 Rockport Publishers will be releasing the fabulous new book of dog art called "1,000 Dog Portraits: From the People Who Love Them" and two Plush Team members have their art included in the book, Denise from Yummy Pancake and me, Patti Haskins. We won't know which work of ours is in the book until its release, but in the meantime if you go over to Amazon you can sneak a peak by clicking on the blue "look inside" banner on the cover photo. I spied one of my pieces that way, the same piece that is used on the 1,000 Dog Portraits Facebook page, my hot pink flying dog pillow. This is the first time I'm looking forward to April 15. Check it out. Woof!

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