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Black Alien Squid

Posted in cute, dolls, gardening, handmade, plush critters, projects with tags , , on August 18, 2011 by darcyarts

This morning was spent cleaning up my harvested catnip.

I started a series of Black Alien Squid catnip toys early this year and haven’t got back to them yet. Here are a few photos. I need to be schooled on how to shoot black! Frank is taking a digital photo class. He will be able to teach me.

The little strips of stripes are amusing.

Can I rock that adornment? Later.

The squid on the left in the group photos looks a little guilty.

What did you do?

Rainy Morning with James Franco and Spiders

Posted in dolls, film, plush critters, projects with tags , , , , on December 22, 2010 by darcyarts

Up early and actually finding time to read the Advocate article/interview with James Franco.

It’s very good.

An excerpt:

It was hard for us to imagine anyone being able to embody a young Allen, but James just threw himself into the role and knew what was going on emotionally and intellectually for Ginsberg in every line of the script. He so gets into Allen’s skin. It never feels like impersonation. It feels like a deep, nuanced understanding.”

That first impression doesn’t surprise Vince Jolivette, Franco’s close friend and producing partner. “James is probably more similar to Ginsberg than any other character he’s had to play,” Jolivette says. “They’re both writers. They’re both poets. And they’re both fascinated by art and who gets to decide what art is.”

Men after my own heart!

Now, I want to share a visit from a spider. The creature explored a portion of the plushie terrain in the DarcyArts kitchen studio. It was a very interesting looking spider. Hello Kitty and Ninja Squid 1 were the plushies explored.

“Creep, crawly, creepy crawly . . . “

Boris the Spider

Have a good day. I’m off to the work space to make a doll face.

Rest Or Rev

Posted in constructions, cute, etsy, plush critters with tags , , on December 14, 2010 by darcyarts

Good day ya’ll. Monday was a pleasant day and one in which my body said  “Rest.” After making up a squid set in the early morning hours, I chilled.

I needed the rest and it’s a good thing I took advantage of a little down time.

This morning I find I have had requests for two more squid sets and two little Albi-like Dragons. My favorites! I’m not alone in my Flight of the Conchords love.


I miss rambling here but I’ll be back.

I’m off to bring critters into the 3-D realm.

Yes, chil’ren we live in 3-D. Dig it.

Semi-Fresh Work

Posted in Art, constructions, cute, design, etsy, finds, handmade, plush critters with tags , , , , on November 11, 2010 by darcyarts

Eleven donuts done and shipped. Whoo hoo!

They were a gas to see stacked on my work tables.

Shortly after I finished them off I had a request to go small.

Could I make a Kawaii-style pink donut about 18 cms?

Certainly. It’s going to be a new listing at DarcyArts as soon as I get the last stitches in.

She looks big in the close up but she’s a mini.

Each eye is dotted with a tiny rhinestone.

There is also a bit of silver glitter on the round black eye.

I’ll be playing with this design a bit. the facial elements are simple but I am going to tweak them to suit my vision.

How about rainbow eyes?

Increase the color level please!

I think I like it.

One of my goals this year was to refine existing designs.

Now, I must say, that the word refine is a bit cold and hints at perfecting a thing so maybe I’ll use the word amplify. I’m increasing the vibrational level of the mini donut eyes, moving the color level knob closer to 11.

Oh, my, yes. Better. The rainbow rings give the mini donut a kind of psychedelic owl effect.

I’m tweaking the eyes on my black octosquid, too. One simple element — a remnant of fleece with a rainbow circle pattern set off the experimenting. Serendipity.

Rainbow Whale Swimming

Posted in Art, constructions, cute, etsy, handmade, nature, plush critters with tags , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by darcyarts

The Rainbow Whale is up over at DarcyArts at Etsy, swimming free and easy through a sea that is sometimes rough but always life-giving.

We all need to remember that there are so many creatures in the sea and each one is a special shining  jewel on this planet.

This soft sculpture was created for all the brave, true souls who struggle to claim their identity and come through that experience victorious. I love you all. You make a big difference just by being you!

Will Work for Color

Posted in Art, constructions, cute, dolls, etsy, finds, plush critters, shopping with tags , , on October 11, 2010 by darcyarts

Looking around Etsy I can see that a sort of drab low-key color range is the fashion. I have a hard time finding the smallest scrap of desire to lower the volume on my color palate.

I am nothing if not changeable — Gemini Rising — so there may come a time when I just don’t need the intense values anymore but that  time is not now.

I couldn’t walk out of  the local JoAnn store without this remnant of rainbow circles.

I’m not sure what I will use is to create but it will get used. I had found some striped Rainbow material last year and decided to use it to make a whale. I still need to sew his belly.

I’ll have Rainbow Whales in my Etsy shop next week.

Rainbows are good and meaningful as a symbol of alterna-pride and inclusion. I don’t know if anybody, except Frank, notices but I often feel like a gay man trapped in a woman’s body. I have always been drawn to smart brave people who carry on with their  own stylie thing, joys, pleasures, ways of negotiating the world regardless of how many dullards tell them they shouldn’t or can’t do it that way. That is one definition of the inventive, artistic soul.

I’m working on Curly Stars that will have little Kawaii faces for Etsian Dezyner. They are so cute and cuddly.

I love color.

It’s one of the joys of having human eyeballs.


Look what I found at my favorite thrift store last week,

It’s Eve and Adam before the fall. That irresistible apple is still the property of the snake slithering in the garden.

I don’t believe in resisting all temptation and I’m not big on biblical tales, especially one that holds that knowledge should be forbidden.

Don’t blame Eve. Somebody has to question authority. Sure, we could laze around the garden with not a thought in our head but what’s the point of living without a struggle, without each of us being allowed to make our own way through the maze?

I saw work like this from a sculptor/maker on Crafters Coast to Coast a few years back. I’ll have to search through YouTube to find him.

I’m working on another Mick.

This Mick Jagger doll is for the four-year-old niece of the buyer of the first Mick. Whoo hoo! Success is to have your work judged desirable in the eyes of a child. ♥

Black and Orange Creeping In

Posted in constructions, etsy, gardening, handmade, plush critters with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by darcyarts

I think I might get into the old trad spooky swing of the coming holiday season. I love autumn colors and Halloween is the capper of Autumnal harvest festivity.

I was moved to do Halloweenie Big Plush Donuts. I love orange so I started there. It’s low-key high contrast and I do like the look. 

In the next few days I’ll do donuts with black icing and really cool orange skull beads, some with white little ghosties and or skulls hand cut from fleece pieces. The iconic black arched-back cat would look good on the orange. Maybe I’ll get to it.

I’m super stoked to have plenty of work, orders to fill and a head full of ideas. All you folks out there keep adding great touches to my creations with your requests. It is a great symbiosis.

This morning is all about stuffing big plush squid with the organic catnip I’ve grown in the garden all summer.

I am still harvesting bags full of fresh catnip and it drives the kitties wild. The plushie toys are plenty big for kitty to really wrestle with and adoringly rub their kitty heads all over.

I believe we recently had an incident of kitty thieving. A package I sent to Austin, with two red catnip squiddies was snatched off a porch before the buyer had a chance to get home and claim it.  The morning I took that box to the post office I noticed the two folds on the bottom of the box didn’t quite meet. There was a gap between the pieces. I had taped it securely but you could really smell the aroma of the fresh kitty-tempting herb.

“It’s a good thing there are no cats in this building,” I said to the clerk. “They’d be all over this box.”

Most people who leave feedback on their catnip squid orders tell me their felines are all over the box the minute it enters the house. That’s what I call success.