Archive for Plush

Fancy, Punky ‘Shroom

Posted in handmade, projects with tags , , on September 15, 2011 by darcyarts

If the materials are visible I will make something. I have placed cloth that currently fascinates me right on my work table.

Here are my two latest creations:

The Pirate shroom is small and dark.

This is what comes of playing with last year’s Halloween material.

Spider web see-through cloth makes a strange punky mushroom.

The ruffle is made of pink gauzy stuff, soft shiny pink material and purple and black striped jersey.

I am obsessed with making ruffles because they can combine such interesting colors and textures. I love them as a stand in for complex organic shapes.

I think the little mushrooms like these pretty skirts. My mind dances with images of combined cloth. Closets and drawers are full of possibilities.

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!

Kawaii, Yeah

Posted in constructions, cute, design, etsy, handmade with tags , , , on September 12, 2010 by darcyarts

I had another great request to customize a DarcyArts creation. I love working with all you dreamers out there to create new things.

Etsian Bieniestar asked for Kawaii eyes on her Curly Star and Pink Sprinkle Donut. They look great. Thanks, Bieniestar ♥.

I will definitely be offering these in my shop for all you  lovers of Kawaii-style goodies. Click on the pix to go to the shop listing.

These are very large plushies — 18″ across for the donut and 27″ across for the star.

Spring Straitening

Posted in etsy, plush critters, projects with tags , , , on March 18, 2010 by darcyarts

I am about to embark on a weeks-long commission to make lovely puffy pillows that will serve as in-store decoration.

I get to make words, numbers, peace signs and hearts, all in colors that I like. What a great job!

The pillows will be jazzing up displays of young children’s clothes and that is more good vibe associations for me.

The person who contacted me did so because she dug my star pillows. Yea!

I had to organize the shelves that house my fleece and other cloth materials. It had been a long lonely winter of kinda shoving things back into place and I lost my color coordination. Can’t have that. They were so nice when I first did the area.I had to organize the shelves that house my fleece and other cloth materials. It had been a long lonely winter of kinda shoving things back into place and I lost my color coordination. Can’t have that. They were so nice when I first reorganized the living room work area.

The first shelf photo is from last year. Thought I’ve added more material and more clutter the second photo  is it’s current state after today’s straightening job.

As you can see the blue is minimized. Not my favorite color. I love the aqua but. . .

Sometimes I just can’t work if anything is out of order.

I thought I’d get a jump on this before it broke my concentration.

I’ll be pumping out the plush creations steadily after today.

The corner of this work space is much more cluttered, stacked up with things I’ve made for DarcyArts. Covering up my work table is bad form but I won’t fret about that now.

See Frida and Marla Headform hanging out in the piles of goods?

Time to get back to work.

I’m putting the finishing touches on the Coraline doll for the sweet Miss Rosemary in Louisiana.

I will have pictures tomorrow.

Handmade Wishes

Posted in etsy, plush critters with tags , , , on March 24, 2009 by darcyarts

fullwide1Jolly Squidopus with red licorice will start the morning for me.

Doesn’t he look a bit like a deer caught in the headlights?

After I sewed the fancy little squid for Wholly Craft I wanted to make a batch for the DarcyArts shop.

I love using my fleece scraps to make their head gear. Some of the adornments look like anemones.


This pink Squid loves candy, too.

I love the pink taffy in the yellow bowl.


I am definitely in a pink phase.

I’m also in a Facebook phase. My dear friend Patti Ramelli invited me and a whole slew of old friend. It’s a riot of cyber socialization.

It’s fitting that an Aquarius gal pulled us in.

Kiss My Flow

Posted in Art, dreams, etsy, plush critters, projects, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by darcyarts


The universe is shining its ethereal light on me.

The co-creator and recipient of my five Albi-like dragons wrote yesterday to let me know the quints had arrived safely.


She gifted her friends with them. They were all very surprised and pleased, she said, and then she proposed a new project!

Her boss at Mail Chimp had seen the dragons and wanted to know if I might try my hand at creating a version of  the businesses icon.

Dude, I get to make this really cute monkey. Am I stoked? In the most excellent way.


I prefer at this stage in my career to do the initial work “on spec” to make sure the client likes it. I make my prototype then send photos. It’s not as risky as it might sound. Stuffed animals are sooo cute they are nearly irresistible.

The client falls in love and then I really get to work making multiple critters.

Endless thanks to the dear English rose, Redd Horrocks, of Atlanta, Georgia!

This work allows me to “meet” warm, bright people and then I have the pleasure of watching the “cute” they’ve commissioned blossom out of fleece and thread and stuffing.

Kisses and hugs to the everyone in the now and in my future. XOXOXO

Toy Sushi, Cute, Kiss, Kiss

Posted in Art, dreams, etsy, film, plush critters, television with tags , , , on January 30, 2009 by darcyarts

There are some wonderfully weird plush toys out there.

In Japan they make stuffed sushi.

Heidi Kenney makes really cute things that also includes stuffed toy food items. Check out her artish blog, My Paper Crane.

There are dollies out there that, well,  appear to be emotionally disturbed. Look at Damned Dollies.

Bumblebird at Etsy has made some very cute dolls.

Experiencing some kind of warped Tim Burton loyalty, I pondered whether I would see the animated film Caroline.

Cinematically it looked slightly less than Burtonish. It was made by the “director” of Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick, but does not have Tim Burton as creator.

Instead it is Neil Gaiman. I had only a sort of negative association stuck in the back of my mind when I heard the name. A vague violent comics repulsion (Sandman?), but I don’t really know anything about his work. Hey, N. Gaiman is really cute, though.

Hmmm. Am I really that shallow?

No, but I will explore his ouvre more carefully.

He’s British. Nice green eyes.

I’m pretty sure I’ll see it now. I caught the 15-minute promo on HBO and drooled jealously over the lucky people engaged in the fine art work  rendering every element used for creating the stop-motion film. WOW. See that 15-minute promo if you can.

As 30-Rock’s Liz Lemon says about food-related temptations:

“I want to go to that place.”

Yesterday I relisted two old squid pals in my Etsy shop.

redstarsquidduoclI had taken these two red star squid to the Shasta Arts Council Holiday sale and secretly hoped no one would buy them. I’d formed an attachment to them, especially the big, wide one.

I was stoked to see them sitting there on  post-sale pick-up day. Ah, reunited and it feels so good. I will make a fresh pair for the next buyer.

I still have two redhead portraits from my “Pink” series and a lavender whale plush critter in the gift shop at Old City Hall. You can visit them there.


This was an experiment in a mod face. She seems like she would really ask you a lot of questions if she was at all interested in you.

The color I used for her lips remind me of an orchid.

On both of the redhead paintings I used small fakey crystal rhinestones in the eyes.

This photo looks like the “before” rhinestones. The next is “after”.

redhead2superclaAccusing Eyes!!!!!

I didn’t do it!!!!

For some reason this redhead looks old fashion to me.  I decided she would be a paramour of Homer Simpson father. Even though there is no time in cartoons I think she’s from the late 30s.