Damn chell, back again with the plush

So, admittedly, blogging to keep track of my crafty comings and goings has had a bit of a lag. If it means anything, I’ve been blogging in my head. Or I guess technically that would just be logging? mind-journaling? we’ll workshop the name. In the meantime, aside from raising two hyperactive kiddos (which as you can imagine, takes up the bulk of my time), I have been doing some craftiness.

Last year, I was lucky enough to be involved in the very last Plush You at Schmancy (rip Schmancy!! not in a morbid way – Kristen is doing new awesome stuff). Here is a smattering of photos from that, and other crafty pursuits:

I’m going to get better at blogging for the rest of 2016. [insert preferred diety here] knows I have enough thoughts swirling around my head at any given time.

Zissou was right – part 2

The cute part:

So in times of great change, I am the great distractor. Should be packing a box? Nah, how about we sew. Clear out the clutter? Hmm, now is a good idea to inventory my threads.

My point is? I made some cute.

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Bunny donuts of various sizes

In an attempt to curb stress eating and distract myself from this huge impending change, I combined two of my favorite things – a bunny and a donut. Did it work for the craving? No, that’s silly talk. But it resulted in this cuteness, so it wasn’t totally futile. From the top- bunnykin (bunny donut hole), bunnynut (regular size bunny donut), and super bunnynut (super-sized bunny donut).

Ill have better pictures of them all once I unearth my camera from whatever moving box it found its way into.

Zissou was right – part 1

This is an adventure.

The emo part:

In a few days, we will be leaving Ohio. Bittersweet would be the best way to describe it (mostly because I prefer to use food words to describe feelings).

What was once a place two carefree kid-adults (kiddults?) came to pursue new opportunities became the place we set down roots. The place where we got married. The place where we started a family. The place where our oldest jellybean had her first day of school.  The place in the background of our pictures and beat memories.

Ive been in deep denial of our big move for a few weeks. We’re now at the point where, and excuse the bluntness, but sh*t just got real. Tomorrow movers are coming to pack up our belongings. Im trying to stay sane by finishing sewing projects and keep a smiling face for the girls’ sake. For all of its imperfections, I am struggling with letting go of this house and this town. Romanticizing & nostalgia have always been my strengths.

So, Ohio, it’s been a rough road at times, but I will miss you. I can see why LeBron wanted to come back. Be
nice to him.

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Via skeletor is love

Elusive: a tale of childrearing & creativity

Hi. Hello. How’s it going?

I know, I know. No, this blog hasn’t been abandoned. Well, not totally. If it helps, I’ve been blogging mentally for a long while. Most mental entries revolve around children’s cartoon shows, and my scathing critiques of certain episodes. Do you want to hear my opinions on Caillou? How i feel about the Fresh Beat Band switching Marinas out like no one would notice a new redhead? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Besides, I end up tweeting those random thoughts anyway. And really, what exactly is the end game with Special Agent Oso? Is there a market for a super helpful teddy bear espionage? Snarky-snark.

I took a not-so-brief hiatus from logging my thoughts. At the time, I had a not so great phone, and limited computer time…that’s not even really a great excuse. Honestly, I got caught up in hanging out with my kids. They are awesome and fun (read: chaotic whirlwinds composed of sticky fingers, glitter, sonic booms of squeals and infectious laughter).

Is it all easy-breezy? Nope. But it’s kind of dumb to expect it to be. Most nights, after the girls go to bed, I find myself lost in the wonderful world of Pinterest, where everything is perfectly lit, dressed, & presented deliciously. It’s modern day meditation. Instead of focusing on babbling streams gliding past, it’s a never-ending timeline of wonderful pins. Why yes, I would like to learn how to make a fire using common household items. Sure I can make that triple chocolate cupcake, right before I work on toning my buns. Oh Pinterest,  you’re my best good friend. That sounds creepy. Sorry, not sorry.

Other nights, I’m much like Goldie Hawn in Overboard, staring off into the distance, muttering to myself, trying to shake off enough of the residual energy still hanging in the air to enjoy the calm and quiet of the night. It’s a hard transition to make.

Crafty pursuits are saved for when impulsive fingers aren’t grabbing at my sharpest tools: nighttime. Sketches get doodled on whatever pieces of paper are handy – side note, why is it, no matter how many sketchbooks, notepads, etc you have, you can never find one when ideas hit? – Pieces of felt land around me as I turn drawings into reality. Fiberfill & discarded thread blow around at my feet. By the time it all gets vacuumed up the next day, it looks like several pillows had a party, then exploded. As one does, after a party…I imagine. Parties are for those who have energy. My parties consist of me (and the hubs) watching marathons of tv series & drinking homemade green tea lattes, but I digress. *introverts for life*

My point being, after a day of chasing kids around, trying to relax, create, and veg sufficiently,  I realize how late it is, and how much sleep I actually need to be a good [level-headed] mom the next morning. Disappearing for a spell while I worked out the kinks in scheduling. My bad. But not really. Cute things were made, some of which you will see soon.

In the meantime, I’m still here, making with the cute, lurking in the shadows,  mulling over where I can find a decent pair of high waisted shorts and Hello Kitty Vans in adult sizes, and raising two kick-ass little girls.

How fast did the summer go?

Superfast, man. Superfast. If you follow me on Instagram (screenname: sweetfructose), you may have seen that I’ve been super busy with the gumdrop and jellybean this summer.

I’ve managed to start some new plush, aimed for late summer/ early fall release, depending on how fast I can make my hands go and how long I can keep my eyes open after the kids go to bed 🙂

Now available @ Wholly Craft!!

Hellooo Columbus!!

Sweetfructose plush are now available at Wholly Craft!!

Here are a few of my astropopopuses (say that 5x fast!) showcased cutely with stinky bomb brand soap4th of july goodness available here!

Plush You 2012

*Sweeps cobwebs away* Helloooo?  Oh, hey there you are. Hello.

So it turns out this has been slumbering in the drafts bin for months and months. Whoopsie. At least I found it now, right? haha…sigh.

Let’s all think back to a simpler time. The year was 2012. The month? October. The place? Seattle, Washington. The occasion? Plush You 2012.

Now I couldn’t make it in person, but I sent 3 plushes to Seattle to celebrate the occasion:

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I have a bunch of new things on the horizon for 2013. Some little things, some fun things. Good things to come, especially now that I have a real craft desk again. I mentioned that I gave birth to 2 days after we moved in to our new home, right? Fun times.

 

 

 

 

Hiatus over…kinda. but yes.

It’s been awhile right? hahaha..ahh, sigh. sorry 

 

Well, I explained a lot of what’s been going on here, but in short:

Jellybean got older, things got a bit complicated & worrisome, now she’s older and we’re getting back on track…she’s such a smartypants gumdrop.

We moved [again].

We added a new jellybean to our family in May…3 days after we moved to our new place. The kid has a knack for timing, what can I say?

then:

may 2012- newborn jellybean

 

and now:

almost 5 months later

yeah, it’s kind of been a busy, hectic year. such is life.

but i’m back now, and will be providing random acts of intermittent plushiness. especially since I am part of Schmancy’s PLUSH YOU 2012!! huzzah! I will post my submissions soon. Yknow, when I’m not being drooled on or fetching cereal bars.

later gators.

Go buy my stuff at Salty! um…please :)

how can you deny those faces?
I just sent over a bunch of adorable plush [if i may say so myself] to the Salty Not Sweet boutique! They are located at 2074 W. 25th St. Cleveland, OH 44113. Right down the street from the historic West Side Market. (if you remember from a previous post, I did a plush window installation for them a few moons back). They took the picture above once the products arrived in store 🙂
Wait, are you still here reading?  Go. Go now! Ok, stop at the West Side Market First, get some fresh produce, walk around a bit, enjoy the sites, then go buy my stuff. Please and thank you.

Fun with the Shrinky Dink Machine

It's Alive!!

The Shrinky Dink Machine was a gift from my mom, many, many moons ago. It’s made it through 3 moves and 2 states. Yet it never saw the light of day until this month.

I was rearranging my craft nook (located in a large closet in the guest room) for the bazillionith time, trying to find balance between working space & displaying cute and wonderful things. The eternal form vs. function battle royale was happening, but on a less grand scale. See, like most of my craft spaces over the years, items have a way of…creeping out…and sprawling. Kind of like when the blob- the 80s version- starts small then starts to take over that movie theater? Wait, or was that “The Stuff”? Hmm. In my memory it looks more like grape jelly than evil, possessed marshmallow fluff…but I digress. Cheeky craft supplies. The Shrinky Dink machine had found itself in a hidden away corner under the desk, somewhat covered in fabric scraps and polyester fiberfill runaways. So I pulled it out and set it aside with a dusty pile of other forgotten supplies to a better home:  My ikea sideboard. Man that thing has been good to me. It has served me loyally since ’04, and been everything from a food pantry, to a workbench, to a temporary changing table , and now, it had recently become the housing for Jellybean’s arts & crafts supplies, as well as craft supply overflow.

Weeks later, while fetching more paper for the mini-artist out of the sideboard, I came across the machine again. I realized I had just about every thing I needed to shrinky dink. Yep, i’m using it as a verb. Deal with it. there’s gonna be more of that coming up. Then I saw this post from Heidi Kenney’s blog a week later. I deemed it a crafty sign.

The machine came with a few sheets of the shrinky dink film. I also had a separate pack of the film, as well as a pack of some sort of off brand shrinky dink film that I don’t quite remember buying (so that means it was way before I was broke). I followed the instructions: I screwed in the light bulb, turned the machine on, & let it warm up.

everything laid out before shrinky-dinking

The night before, I made sketches of the drawings I wanted to test. I taped the sketch paper to the film and used colored pencils, per the instructions recommendations, to trace and color on the rough side of the film to make the pictures. After I filled up a page, I cut around each design and put them in a box so I wouldn’t lose them.

rarin to go

After the regulation 30 min warm up period, I put my first film on one of the 2 trays the machine came with, and slid it on in.

Science!

Important notes before shrinkying your dink (whether you use the machine or any other heating method):

  • if you want to make words, remember to draw it backwards on the rough side-the smooth side will be the front when all is said and done.
  • are you going to be hanging your dinks? Be sure to punch holes in them BEFORE you shink them. I repeat, BEFORE. and make the hole bigger than you think you’ll need. Remember, the hole will shrink, too.

It only takes a few minutes for the shrinking to happen. The instruction packet recommends 3-5 minutes. I don’t know who came up with the idea for the viewing window, but they deserve a cookie. It was really fun to watch them shrink down through the little viewfinder window while singing “she blinded me with science”. Honestly, it’s kind of hard not to when you’re harnessing the power, albeit low-level heat from a light bulb.

Anyway, once they’ve shrunk completely, the tray gets slid over to the cooling chamber, with the help of the handy tray nudger stick thing that comes with the machine. And once they’re nice and cool? Presto!

lil lovelies in hand

Good times had by all 🙂 I’ll def be doing these again soon! Here are some more photos from the adventure: