Monday, October 2, 2017

Softies, Softies Everywhere

Six weeks until Open Studio Hartford!  It's hard to believe that the holiday season of arts & crafts shows is nearly here (mainly because it was so hot last week.)  But today is a little more autumn-feeling.  I am wearing a sweatshirt and noticing red and brown leaves on the grass.  It's these little things that help signal my brain as to what's to come and what I need to focus on.
 
Once upon a time, I only did one craft show: Open Studio Hartford.  This year I have three!  Open Studio Hartford, a weekend at West Elm, and the WeHa Artists Emporium Art Market.  That's three times the product I usually have to have on stock.  But - because of the increase - I've been busy making things all year long.  So I'm actually in good shape.

The other day I went into the basement and laid out all of my softies.  (This is how I do inventory.)

Softies by J. C. Phillipps

I've gotten into a nice little habit of cutting my fabric in the morning, doing the handwork while watching TV during my lunch break, and then finishing the little creature off in the afternoon or evening.  I've churned out quite a few that way.  But it seems like there are plenty of cute little guys in the mix.  I can probably stand to ease off a bit.

Here are a couple recent favorites.

Raccoon Softie by J. C. Phillipps

I loved this shifty-eyes Raccoon so much that I basically used the same pattern to make a shift-eyed fox.  I used a striped sock for the tail and I'll need to find another one if I want to make more raccoons.

Fox Softie by J. C. Phillipps

Then I thought, If I'm doing shifty-eyed creatures, I should probably do a rat.  So I did.  I love his scraggly whiskers.

Shifty Rat Softie by J. C. Phillipps

Sometimes  like to do stubby arms and legs because then I can just make them part of the body, but I did like the long limbs of those recent three.  And sometimes I eliminate the arms and legs altogether.
These very simple sleeping kittens have been a big hit each time that I've made them. 

Sleeping Kittens by J. C. Phillipps

 I have a ton of pink fleece, so I might have to make a couple pigs and a flamingo before I'm through.  But really - unless there's a crazy rush on handmade stuffed animals - I think I"mm good. 

Now I have to take stock of my prints.

Hope you all are enjoying some cooler weather.  Happy Autumn!
Thanks so much for stopping in!

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