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Butterscotch and Toffee

Posted in constructions, dolls, etsy, handmade, plush critters with tags , , , , on June 6, 2010 by darcyarts

I have finished the custom order I’ve been working on since April, or at least the third part of it.  It’s an ongoing operation. The post office will be an oft visited destination as the letter number pillows are shipped off to Pennsylvania. There may be five or six boxes.

Whoo hoo. Look what came in the mail!

A gigantic lovely lump of butterscotch colored fleece. It is really soft and delicious but the best thing about it is that it is a gift.

That dear and sparkling engine of enthusiasm, Miss Emily, the significant other of my dear son Brian, found this fleece to fill the void of my caramel colored fleece, all used up in the creation of donut pillows.

 I will now be able to make a Maple Bar with red hearts for Emily.

This makes me very happy.

Pink Sprinkle donut, on its side. Yum.

Enchanted sweet things and things from the forest and the sea rendered with a measure of glamour ( a spell cast upon the observer)  are floating through my imagination.

I have chosen this range of color for my fantasy mushrooms and may dip into them to dress the twins — the Darcy dolls I am working up this month.

The mushroom series will begin with the giant ‘shroom I’m doing for the Alice in Wonderland ADO challenge. I have the caterpillar with the hookah to do, too.

I’m still working on the color of the caterpillar material. I haven’t got it quite right.

My doll work was interrupted this weekend by the happy demand for catnip squid.   Coincidently,  just as my early spring batch of homegrown organic catnip was harvested.

One last catnip squid will be stitched up this morning, readied for the post office tomorrow to go along with a couple of books I’ve sold through Amazon.

It’s part of an effort to balance out my book buying habit. Things meant to be read that sit too long untouched are jettisoned.

One of these (the black one) is a heavy-duty canvas catnip squid created by request for a woman with Siamese ripper cats. I began to think early this morning as the sun was coming up that I may have found a solution to the ridiculously large black canvas bean bags that are eating up a quarter of the space in our spare room.

I envisioned gutting them and cutting the black canvas into many, many heavy-duty squid. On close examination I discovered they have zippers so I won’t have to actually gut them. I do have a deep desire to see all our superfluous abundance transformed.

The two giant dog pillows I bought right after we moved into this house, meant to be tossed on the floor in front of the fire, may find themselves transformed into shoulder strapped messenger bags. I’ll use their stuffing for other things. The last time we had a prolonged roaring fire I think we got a touch of carbon monoxide poisoning. I now have candles in the hearth.

It’s a fantasy to, machine-like, alter the physical reality of my space by eliminating the unused in this way. A girl can dream, can’t she?


Thick Clouds

Posted in etsy, finds, gardening, nature, plush critters with tags , , , , on March 29, 2010 by darcyarts

There sits a deep blanket of clouds above this morning. The wind is blowing and rumour has it rain is in our immediate future.

I will be getting to work today on my giant peace symbol pattern and cutting material though right now I am severely tempted to go check out the sweet clean dumpster where I found my rusty old tire chains last week.

There maybe something cool that I should grab before the rain comes.

I noticed when out in the yard yesterday that we have a couple of iris readying themselves for bloom.

They are planted along the wooden fence you see here. For a few weeks each spring they make a pretty purple show. There are a few yellowish flowers that sneak in. They are my favorite.

The catnip is raging already, three buckets full.

We’ll have a bumper crop for my kitty catnip squid toys over at DarcyArts.

The homegrown is far superior to the catnip at our local health food store. The last time I was forced to buy it it was full of foxtails, stems and had little aroma.

I want the kitties who receive DarcyArts toys to be pleased and ecstatic. Most cat owners rave that the kitty is on to the squiddie the minute they open the box. Ah, success! Check out these satisfied customers.

Unos Cuantos Piquetitos

Posted in Art, constructions, etsy, family, handmade, plush critters with tags , , , , on February 21, 2010 by darcyarts

I spent Friday finishing off my two new plush squid. My son, Brian, mentioned that he thought my black and pink squid looked like a ninja. Here are a couple of pink squid, one with a half mask and one with a full hood.

Both have rhinestone eye sparkles.

They look a little devious, very stealthy and yet, at the same time, they have a touch of glamour.

This pink fleece is so pale and soft.

It will be interesting to see how Etsy shoppers react to the ninja squid.

I like to try to incorporate the ideas of my offspring.

They are looking at things with fresh eyes.


I am still working , oh, so slowly, on the clothing for my Frida doll.

Sometimes I am so very productive and some days I lag behind the schedule I set for myself.

I’ve made a sort of peasant blouse.

The Frida doll will have a full skirt. I was thinking at one point that I would add a banner to it. I’m not sure I will.

I had thought to use the banner from the painting in this photograph. It reads

“unos cuantos piquetitos” or a few small snips. The painting is pretty brutal. All those little cuts add up, don’t they, girls?

Chimp 6, 7, 8

Posted in Art, constructions, cute, plush critters, shopping with tags , , , , on June 20, 2009 by darcyarts

I was very good this week. Got three chimp bodies and heads united.

chimps678 003I really enjoy doing the details on the face. It’s relaxing and always fun to see how each stitch changes that particular face ever so slightly.

My goal was to have these three finished by Monday but a fabulous interruption may occur today. Daughter Jessica is traveling north from San Francisco. YEA!

JessnDavidThis is a dreamy photo of her on the streets of SF. I believe this shot has captured her at the gate to her house in the Excelsior neighborhood.

She was reading the new David Crosby biography. She finds all kinds of goodies in the shops.

We may go thrift shopping today!

She’s especially good at hooking up with cool furniture.

Check out the living area of her abode.

One of Jessica’s  finds was especially haunting. A painting, done in 1971, of a woman that looks amazingly like an old friend of mine.

SFBobbyPaintingABobby was someone I came to know, by strange circumstance,  in my 16th year.    She was a shining light, despite her attraction to substances, an adventurer, a Sagittarius, a philosopher and seeker.

Even though others have told Jessica the painting looks like someone they know. This is Bobby in every way.

Jessica gifted me with this smashing supa 70s creation.

Remember those stretchy zig zag design shirts? In the painting, you can see a bit of it’s collar in pink and maroon. The earring is perfect, too.

It appears to be a drawing that the artist affixed to a piece of wood (it’s nice and light). He then painted the piece and covered it with a lacquer or Mod Podge-type substance. I think he might have burned the edges first with one of the wood/ gourd roasting devices.

Memories. Kisses dear ones, where ever you are.

I made a lovely pink girly squid yesterday for  groovy Etsy shopper,  pinktoyballoon, in Albany, New York.

I should have taken a picture of her. She was a bit different than the squidopus shown here. I used brighter pink thread visible on the outer stitching and gave her heart eyes like my mini catnip squid.

Now, off to do a little work on the chimps until Jess arrives.

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.

Left Hemisphere Dragon Day

Posted in Art, dreams, plush critters with tags , , , on January 8, 2009 by darcyarts

Dragons will be the order of the day in my busy, busy workshop.

When it came time to go off to my job at the news factory last Friday it felt like a punishment. I had to leave the dragons and the monster squid behind and try to hit the ignition on my left brain skills.

giantcustomblacksquidI have Gemini Rising. I have been split since I came out of the womb.

I’m always invested in at least two pursuits at once. I’ve grown accustomed to the schiziness of my life.

This black squidopus is a heavy duty version of my fleece catnip squid made special order for a cat name Neko in Bloomington, Indiana. I love experimenting and I am finding I love to work with people to try to bring their vision into a 3-D reality.

Neko’s companion known as “Irisclara” suggested the heavy canvas material and the lining of the tentacles with red. It came out very well.

Neko paid in advance for the big ol’ squid and the dragons will be constructed, examined and then purchased if they suit the potential purchaser. I wanted to do it that way just in case I encountered any problems in putting them together.

With my success in bringing things from my imagination into existence in the world of time and space I have had to face the fact that I am a visually-oriented person. I think I am a right brained person.

Maybe I’m a good balance of both except for the math.

Here are description of functions from the Herald Sun, an australian paper:

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies

uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking

Sweet cuddles

Posted in Art with tags , , on December 13, 2008 by darcyarts

cutekittyIs this not the sweetest thing you’ve seen today?

I think I am in the process of making many, many kitties happy.

I have sold mass squid over the last week.  I’m stitching like a pro.

My granny’s cat was delirious when I gave him a new one packed with a super helping of catnip.

One day they will call me Queen of the felines.

People seem to like the gnome prints in my etsy shop.

I wish they would love prints of my paintings but when I think about it those faces are my passions.

People love Pete Townshend though.