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Once again Christmas is nearly upon us and I’m not sure how but it seems to manage to sneak up on me every year. Here I am again in that pre-holiday panic, it’s always the same…I seem to have to be totally unprpared and work like a mad woman until shipping deadlines are done. Then I move on to working like crazy on orders for more local people and gifts for my family. Normally this goes right up until Christmas Eve…maybe by next year I will learn!
I decided to find some Christmas themed plush on Etsy to share with you I have included plush from Europe and the US and one pattern. Depending on your location it may be too late to order and receive for this year…my advice? Start now for next year!!!
Seriously though, I hope you enjoy these.
I love, love, love these reindeer by Skripskrap from Latvia. they have mittens and socks! All the other plush dolls in this shop are equally adorable…I may have to treat myself to a bunny at some point.

 

reindeers by skripskrap
Next up is a plush Christmas tree by yours truly, in Canada, she has pompom ornaments and was inspired in part by vintage plush toys from Japan and the little cake toppers my Grandmother use to put on top of her Christmas cake.

 

christmas tree by scrumptious delight
If you want to make a gift or two how about this snowman pattern by Dolls and Daydreams, its an instant download so you could get started right away. It can be made in a variety of fabrics and can be made as a boy or girl.

 

snowman sewing pattern by dolls and daydreams
This fancy gingerbread cookie ornament by Anto Art Studio is just as sweet as the real thing, he comes from New York.

 

gingerbread cookie by antoartstudio
On the subject of gingerbread I wonder who else has bought those gingerbread house kits thinking, “Oh, I’m crafty and good at this kind of thing, this will be a fun project”…yeah, right! Been there, tried that, epic fail! The answer is this plush gingerbread house by Plusheez from the UK. this house could come out year after year without breaking apart and without going stale…plus it looks good!

 

Gingerbread house by Plusheez
How wonderful would this fairy ballet dancer doll look on top of a Christmas tree? She is by Camamiel from Spain, I love her whimsical and unique style.

 

fairy ballet dancer doll by Camamiel
Lastly what would Christmas be without the big guy himself, Santa? How about this Santa bear by the Big Forest who lives in lovely Brighton in th UK? Anything by The Big Forest looks festive with his use of colour and the rich detail work, check out the rest of his shop.

 

santa bear by the big forest
That’s it for the Christmas plush. I did also want to thank everyone who entered last month’s giveaway. Congratulations to the winner, Monique Cruz.
If you are near to Pawtucket, you might want to check out the gallery show “Don’t Play With Me” a group show by toy makers. the opening is on Sunday 7th and my flying monkey will be there.

 

flying monkey by scrumptious delight
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!!

 

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Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.

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Owlet Child, by Aimee Ray, 2014.

Owlet Child, by Aimee Ray, 2014.

I could easily feature Aimee Ray’s creations for all 26 of the Too Cute Tuesday posts I write each year. Her work is adorable, yes, but her designs have so much depth that they go far beyond cute.

Take this Owlet Child, for example. The details are wonderful — from the embroidered feather tufts on the felt chest to the soulful painted expression on her little face. Aimee’s work is always so layered and rich.

Owlet Child from behind. Wonderful details and layers.

Owlet Child from behind. Wonderful details and layers.

Spend some time on her blog (where she features tutorials and free projects) and browse in her Little Dear shop on etsy for embroidery patterns, felt craft patterns and one of a kind originals.

With a little sculpted owl!

With a little sculpted owl!

I’m lucky enough to own a Lolly Dollie made by Aimee herself that I purchased at the annual Plush You exhibition in Seattle, WA, back in 2009. The little doll hangs in my kitchen and keeps me company while I bake. She is beautiful, whimsical and always makes me smile!

Too Cute Tuesdays are brought to you in association with our friends over at Feeling Stitchy!

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Those of you who either love plush or are regular readers of Mr X Stitch or both, have most likely seen and admired the work of Chelsea Bloxsom, plush making superstar of  Love and a Sandwich.






Chelsea Bloxsom
Chelsea and I came to know each other (online) as we were both members of the Plushteam. I consider her part of my plush family, so I was incredibly excited and proud to learn that she has a craft book published! With her amazing talent and dedication to her craft, I can safely say that no one deserves this more.

 

Adventure Time Crafts

 

 

Adventure Time Crafts
She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

Chelsea, what an exciting new chapter (pun intended) in your career. How long have you been working on this project and how did it come about?
I was approached in late September by Potter Craft to do the Adventure Time Crafts book. They contacted me because they saw all the different Adventure Time crafts I had done in the past due to my obsession with it (embroidery hoops, plush, costumes, etc) I was pretty much in disbelief and incredible excitement when I read the email. I never really even dreamed that I would be asked to do something like this, and it is still pretty surreal to see my name next to Cartoon Network and Princess Bubblegum haha.

 

Adventure time hoop

 

 

The reviews I have read have all been glowing, people are impressed with the clear and easy to follow instructions. What skill level are the projects?
The book was purposely made with the intention of being for all different skill levels, and all different types of crafting techniques. There are some childhood craft techniques like Perler beads and Shrinky Dinks and then more complicated items for the craftily confident like painted shoes and clothing.

 

Adventure Time Finger Puppets

 

I imagine this will be an enormously popular Christmas gift. Where can we get a copy? Will you have any signed copies available through your store?
They are currently available through Amazon and Random House if you want to purchase them online. You’ll have to check with your local book store if they’re being carried there. Sadly I’ve given away most of the ones that I had to fans, but I do have one left to giveaway!

 

Adventure Time Finger Puppets

 

What is next for Love and a Sandwich? Will there be more books in the future?
I don’t know! I sure hope there is. No plans currently, I try to live mostly in the now and it’s worked out for me so far hahah.

 

Chelsea Bloxsom and her sister

 

 

Chelsea has generously offered a signed copy for a giveaway. For a chance to win leave a comment under this post. If you don’t already you should flow Chelsea on instagram here and like her facebook page here. I will draw the winner on November 8th, the winner will be announced on the Love and a Sandwich Facebook page and Instagram feed and the winner will be contacted directly. Good luck!

 

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Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.

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I am feeling particularly excited about Halloween this year so it’s a super Halloweeny treat to have interviewed artist Catherine Zacchino, otherwise known as Junker Jane.
It’s Halloween all year round with Junker Jane and in my opinion no other plush artist does Halloween better

 



Junker Jane, halloween colours!

 

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How would you define the style of your work and where do you draw inspiration from?

-I am inspired to create my creepy cute characters by my childhood love of fairy tales and make-believe.You could always find me with my nose in a book, reading stories that were magical or mysterious. These fascinations with the magical and whimsical have stood with me into my adult years and now I bring imagination to life through my dolls and paintings. Other ways I get inspiration are the set design or costume design from fashion, movies and interiors. Decadence that has been worn or weathered is often the best inspiration for me. I like my dolls to look as if a child has dragged it all over during playtime! Sometimes my dolls and characters have a melancholy look, but I do not set out to make sad characters, I feel that they wear a weary look rather than sad. As if they have traveled a long weary road and just need a little rest.

 

Junker Jane ooak  art doll
Is this time of year your favourite time of year and what do you do to celebrate Halloween
-Halloween is a huge part of why I make dolls as well. It has always been my favorite holiday! Oh, the childhood memories! Nothing compares with Halloween childhood memories. It’s pure magic! I try to capture the magical season of Fall and Halloween in all of my work. Keeping the spirit of the season alive! All year round, hopefully! I always try to dress up in a costume completely unlike my daily plain Jane look. I love wigs and makeup! Usually I get dressed up and take my kids Trick or Treating! As the they get older though, I would love to create a haunted house to be the biggest Halloween house on the street!

 

Junker Jane devil boy art doll

 

Junker Jane art dolls
I especially love you pieces that have a doll arm, a plastic spider or such. What are your favourite materials to work with?
-My favorite materials to work with are a mix of new and vintage fabrics. I also love to incorporate misfit pieces to my fabric dolls such as plastic doll arms and legs. Rusty parts like bottle caps is another favorite add on for me. It’s really all about the misfit mix for me. I like juxtapostion. It makes the pieces come alive for me.

 

Junker Jane ooak  art doll
Are there any tools you can’t be without?
-I really don’t have a tool I can’t be without. Obviously, the sewing machine is key. I do add an equal amount of hand stitches to my dolls but for this I use basic needles. I can say embroidery floss is huge on my supply list though!

 

Junker Jane art dolls
Are there other plush artists or doll artists whose work you love?
There are so many wonderful doll artists out there that are inspiring! I really love Robyn Moore of Forever Fall, Sandy Mastroni, YOU! Scrumptious Delight, Sheri De Bow , Jennybird Alacantara, Kerry Kate, Jess Quinn, Heather Louise, Scott Radke,Horka Dolls, Amanda Louise, Sharon Dorsey, Mr Finch, Doinky Doodles…the list goes on! There are so many crazy creative artists out there!

 

Junker Jane bunny dolls
Your work is regularly featured in magazines, which magazines are these and where else can we find your work?
My dolls have been published in various Stampington Magazines including STUFFED, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging. My dolls have been in several galleries and I continue to show at galleries, but I mainly sell my work through my Etsy shop. Occasionally I teach a class and I have two classes coming up at Art &Soul in Portland 2015.
I have several ideas for future projects, so keep an eye out!

 

Junker Jane clown dolls
Follow the links to see more of Catherine’s work:
Catherine Zacchino aka Junker Jane
Oregon artist
her Etsy store

her blog 

Art & Soul retreat

 

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Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.

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