Merry Christmas!

24 12 2015

And Happy Holidays!
jane and greg christmas

Peppermint Girl

17 12 2015

Feeding mints to a little bird in Peppermint Land…

Peppermint Girl

Wine Bird

15 12 2015

Always wanted to play with drawing over a photo… Egh, not sure how it became this way.

Wine Bird.jpg

Little Snail

8 12 2015


This little guy was on my window the other day. What a cutie!


More art stuff to come soon, just a crazy time now with work/life.

Vulture Plushie

3 12 2015

This is a year late in posting! But for ages I’ve wanted to make vulture stuffed animals. Unfortunately, I know next to nothing about sewing, and less about designing a pattern for something like this. So – my future line of vulture plushies are still in “trial and error” phase.

So this is not a DIY or tutorial. More like a “how not to.” (Also, sorry for the crappy iPhone pic quality.)

vulture pillow1

Above, my first attempt at a pattern and trying to decide which buttons to use for the eyes. And okay, I realize that vultures don’t really have yellow feet and beaks, but I just thought it would translate better.

Cutting out my first attempt:

vulture pillow2

The hard part (for me) is that the head/beak/feet are made from different color cloth and have to be added in there somehow on the front side, but then the whole thing has to be sewed in reverse (so you can’t really see how much you’re encroaching on the pattern).

vulture pillow3

Cuties! Front and back of attempt #1, above. Sadly, attempt #1, while the cutest, had some trouble. So I tried 2 more attempts (e.g. instead of shaped colors on top of the black print, using each color without backing):

vulture pillow4

The feet kept getting continuously bigger as I would sew them and then not have enough room to pull all of the feet rightside out.

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Lol. My 3 attempts pre-stuffing. The left one is the first, and IMO still the cutest. However, you can see its stupid, unturned feet and too much black around the beak. The second one did not turn out right at ALL. The third, on the right, just doesn’t say “vulture” to me, but that’s the one I finished cause I could turn its full beak and feet out:

vulture pillow6

Okay, it’s a little cute, right?

vulture pillow7

Even though its beak looks wonky.

Finished product, perched on my dresser!:

vulture pillow8

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