Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Handmade Christmas: Chickies

Hi guys! I'm re-promoting this post I wrote much earlier in this blog. I thought these little guys could make cute stocking stuffers! You could also make them in different colors with circles around their eyes to make cute mini owls. Instructions are below the break!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tip: How to Shine Dull Plastic Eyes

I found out this tip while on vacation. Sometimes micro-scratches from daily wear and tear will dull a stuffed animal's eyes, but I got sunscreen on one of my plush's eyes and the compounds in the lotion dulled the surface. I used a nail buffer by Revlon, the Crazy Shine Nail Buffer, you can get at Target or most drug stores. 

Buff the eyes carefully with the grey foam back of the buffer in a circular motion, this will "roughen" the surface and it will look satiny or even velvety. Then, buff with the white side using the same motions. This will restore the shine to your plushie's eyes!

I would recommend testing this in an inconspicuous area of the eye, maybe near the fur, before buffing the whole eye, just in case this method doesn't work with the particular type of plastic you have. I'm so glad I found out this tip that turned my toy's dull, dead eyes back into shiny, lively ones!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Introducing: The Bouncing Belly Button!

Hi guys!

Long time no see! I'm currently working on some small, beginner-level plush patterns to put in my Etsy store. I'm hoping that they will be useful as quick, easy stocking stuffer gifts for those of us who are still searching for the perfect thing for that special someone!

My first release is the Bouncing Belly Button Mouse Pattern.  The pattern is illustrated, so it is very easy to follow along. I can make one of these guys in about an hour-or-so. With a little time and practice you could have a whole basket full of these guys made in time for the holidays!

There are FOUR different sizes included, Mini (80%), Small (90%), Medium (100%), and JUMBO (110%)! Stuff a mini with catnip for your kitty or make a Jumbo as a fun toy for a toddler!

I hope to be publishing some more easy-level patterns before the month is over, so keep checking!