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Elf Chum pattern in the shop. It’s Elf time!

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Whoopsie! Little Elf Chums sure can be mischievous. She claims she just wanted to hug it. Sure, sure. If you dare to unleash the naughtyness and also the friendliness, you can now make your own squad of Elf Chums by purchasing the pattern or kit! The pattern is in the shop but I am still working on writing out the details of the kit, so you’ll have to email me about that for now, if you are interested.

Elf Chums from the Workshop
On Saturday we had the Elf Chum workshop at Gallery Hanahou. It was gaggles of fun. I loved seeing the fabric combinations that people chose to make their Chums. I brought two bags of fabric and some folks were surprised at how much fabric I had. Oh darlings, you don’t know the half of it! Or maybe I should say the one thousandth. It was especially nice to do some hand sewing instead of being surrounded by a bunch of noisy machines. We went overtime, but now I know that it takes five hours for a group of nine people to make one Elf Chum each. I also learned a lot from my students which was very helpful in writing out the instructions for the Elf Chum pattern. I took 46 pictures and tried to include as much detail and tips and hints in the step by step directions as possible. There is always room for improvement, so if you get the pattern and make one or some of these guys, I’d love to hear your feedback. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Many thanks to everyone who attended!

Gallery Hanahou has 31 pictures of the workshop in their Luv-able + Hug-able set on Flickr. Start here and click through and enjoy!

I’ve also started a Flickr group called Pomly Pals where you can share pictures of your own Elf Chums. It’s also a place for stuff made from my other patterns and tutorials, or fan art, or pics of my creatures at home with you or whatever adventures you’ve gone on together. Please join in on the fun and add some pictures!

elfs and elves
After the Elf Chums were made, these guys posed with some of the famous Mochimochi Land elves. Having the workshop in the gallery space was really wonderful. To be surrounded by awesome plush while making little plushes with friendly people was simply a fantasy within a dream. The space is small but bright which translates into cozy and cheerful. Big thanks to Gallery Hanahou for hosting my workshop!

Chums on tree
Here are three chums on our tree, which arrived yesterday and smells so good. Christmas time is more magical than ever now that my big boy is four. Putting up the tree and breaking out the ornament boxes was quite joyous and exciting. Deckity deck the halls!


slugs on tree
Some little slugs came along to check out the glittery light-flashing action. They were a gift from Anna. Thank you Anna! You can make your own slugs from Anna’s free pattern.

Are you ready for your closeup? + workshop reminder

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

I love taking closeup photos. When it comes to my creatures, it can get kind of silly. But silly is my favorite. I also decided that I should start framing my pictures in Photoshop. I think it looks swell, but unless I can figure out how to make an automatic action for it, I am not sure how long I will keep it up. Oh the tedium. It reminds me of my previous life as an animator. Here are some beauty shots of some guys I just put in the shop.

Barky Boombalarky
Barky Boombalarky

The Rainbow Mother
The Rainbow Mother

My camera is making funny noises. I hope it doesn’t die. It’s kind of making little electronical wheezes that weren’t there before. Well, it’s either dying or coming to life. Maybe it was hit with radiation from the Allspark. Yes, we have been watching the Transformers movie way too many times around here. Life with a 4 yr old boy is fun and full of popcorn.

If you are looking to do some holiday shopping that is also charitable and will make you feel good spending your money, please visit the Hope for Jasenn Etsy shop. Linda set up this little shop to help out her sister’s family. What a nice thing to do! Jasenn, the daddy, has cancer. I donated a Moldy Cloud but it was bought before I had a chance to even write about it.
Sending love their way…xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Reminder: the elf workshop is this Saturday!!!
elf chums
Hmmm I think this picture needs a fancy border, don’t you?

Come and make a little Elf Chum!

Plush Workshop with Jenny Harada
Make an ornament-size plush with Jenny using hand-sewing techniques!
WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 1-4 pm
WHERE: gallery hanahou / 611 Broadway, Suite 730, NYC
COST: $20 (includes materials)
Email the gallery to reserve a space.

Two little fellers

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

These two guys, looking for love, have been added to the shop this evening:

Cloudy Puff Puff
Cloudy Puff Puff

And how are you this evening? I am feeling giddy as a school bus over Santa Claus’ impending visit! Big boy is FOUR now and it’s all about the Bionicle this year. I can’t wait to PLAY! I can’t wait to make cookies for Santa and eat them all up. I can’t wait to get out the decorations. I’ve been meaning to do it for days now. Ok I gotta go into the basement and get them now. Bye!

Wild Wild Kingdom plush show starts tonight in L.A.

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Snorglor the bold
Snorglor the old
Snorglor is very very very very cold
Under the sea
That where he be
Under they very cold very old sea

Pictured with small human for size reference.
Why does he look so happy hugging this old cold soggy undersea Snorglor?

Weemaway uh Weemaway uh Weemaway uh Weemaway WHOOOOOAAAAA!

Pictured with small human for size reference

These two fools can be found at Wild Wild Kingdom, starting tonight! Also, Brunzi who originally made his debut at the Crammed Organisms show back in June is joining them.

Wild Wild Kingdom plush show opening tonight!

Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery proudly presents

our 4th annual handmade plush and doll show

Handmade Plush of the Animal Kind

December 6 – December 31
Opening reception: Saturday, December 6th, 4pm-8pm

20+ fabric artists from all over will be showing off their skills! With a special exclusive collaboration set of plush and art books by Josh Taylor and ip2much.

Artists include: Heidi Kenney, Anna Chambers, 13:11, Sara Lanzillotta, Clara Boo of Curioddities, Aglaia Mortcheva, Toys from Saturn, I Heart Guts, Couch Tomato, Josh Taylor/ip2much, ichae ackso, Nancy of MinJae, Cimmi Mills, Nataka Moya Moya, Tsai-fi, Douglas Alvarez, Kathryn Keys, Renee Lawter, Beenznrice, Terri "Tooter" Berman, 9-Kei, Winona Regan, j. fuchs, 3 Sheets, Krystle Swaving, Vera Paras, Glenda Rolle, Lucy & Otis, Randy Kono, Jake Dino Miller, Natalie, Zola and more….

Pieces will be available to take home after the opening.

Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery
1618 1/2 Silver Lake Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Beware the Vampberry!

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Vampberry ornament in hibiscus tree

It will suck the juice out of your holiday ham! It will bite your chocolate yule log cake right in half! It will nibble every one of your rum balls! (Sounds kinda like your great uncle Filbert, doesn’t it?)

Vampberry ornaments in hibiscus tree

Or maybe it will just hang on your tree lookin’ cute. Or scary. Or scary-cute.

Find them at the Art Star 4th Annual Holiday Show. And you can order right from their website too. How handy!

Here are the plushes

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Tonight is the opening of Luv-able and Hug-able in NYC! I’ll be there on the early side with kidlets on tow. Hope to see you there! For those of you not able to attend, you can check out the good stuff and shop for hugs here:
Luv-able + Hug-able shop at Junie Moon

Nautalark has a fancy horn.
It is excellent for skewering corn.
It’s been that way since she was born.

Somebody peek-a-booed Grand Hugga’s photo session.
Grand Hugga

Luv-able + Hug-able

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Luv-able + Hug-able

December 4 – January 7
Opening Party: December 4, 6-9 pm rsvp

gallery hanahou
611 Broadway, Suite 730 NYC

Due to popular demand, this holiday season the plushes return to gallery hanahou!
Made with love by 30+ artists and crafters from all over the world, these original and affordable soft toys will range from cooky critters to adorable anthropomorphic objects. Nab an armful of plushes at the December 4th opening party, or order from our online shop at for your hug-able holiday gifts!

Participating Artists
Anna Chambers * Anna Hrachovec * Ayumi Sato – Junie Moon * Betz White * Blythe Church * Christina Gordon (Jamfancy) * Corinne Dean * Doinky Doodles * Eloole * girlsavage * Heide Murray * Heidi Kenney * Helle Jorgensen * Hello, Brute * IMAI SAYAKA * Katie Park (caffaknitted) * Kup Kup Land * Lexi Franks * Lizette Greco + Grecolaborativo * Lynda Lye * Nicole Gastonguay * The Ossu! Syugeibu * rei?komurasaki * SPOOKS by Kobayashi Mayu * Weebco * Yuko Hara * Yuriko Sera

Artists recommended by Plush You!
Ariana Marinelli * Coco Howard * Flying Star Toys by Florence Forrest * Hansigurumi * Jenny Harada * Made By Moxie * Robyn Fabsits * Aaron B of SOWA

As an added holiday treat, plush artist Jenny Harada will hold a workshop at the gallery on December 13!

Newish Things

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Hello hey hey I added three new things to my Etsy shop today. Well whaddayaknow, I am so proud of myself. I also renewed five older items and listed one thing on ebay and one thing on craigslist. I am just free as a bird, so busy hopping all over the internets. Whee! See you later, I am gonna go virtually relax on Facebook now and leave you with this pretty picture. Well I think it’s pretty anyway.

Self Watering Rockflower
It is a little art I made for Secret Art Works, a charity art benefit for Art Works gallery in Cincinnati. The show is over now, so I am able to reveal this secret art!

Self Watering Rockflower

Oh but wait, I have something else to share! Look at these beautiful coloring pages I found via the Crafty Crow today. We love coloring pages around here and these ones are so fun with all the little details. It makes me want to draw up some pretty pages like this too. So inspiring! I’ve been wanting to make a coloring book for some time now, but it never seems to surface at the top of my list. Can’t wait to print these out and color tomorrow. I try to have one activity ready for after school every day. I couldn’t be luckier because my kiddo loves making stuff and being creative as much as I do. We had so much fun with this gingerbread boy project. He said, “Daddy is going to be so in love with us when he sees this!”

gingerbread boy

Let’s be chums

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

elf chums

Come and make a little Elf Chum!

Plush Workshop with Jenny Harada
Make an ornament-size plush with Jenny using hand-sewing techniques!
WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 1-4 pm
WHERE: gallery hanahou / 611 Broadway, Suite 730, NYC
COST: $20 (includes materials)

elf chum twins