Practicing Plush: Mushrooms of all colors and sizes

Hello Everyone!

Today I want to talk about my plush work. I have been working on plush since I was a young girl. I liked to play with my toys until I was older than the recommended age on the box, but that didn’t stop me. Occasionally I would try to build or sew something for my dolls. I started with clothing and then made a pillow and a little plush baby. These were all cut from the same fabric and sewn on the outside, I still have them and will have to post a picture of them soon.

In the past 3 years I have gone back to working on plush of my own. After visiting Sweden for the first time for my honeymoon, I became fascinated with mushrooms. They blanket the floor, trees, rocks, these mushrooms grow everywhere. Some of the clusters look like tiny apartments for little creatures.

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Can you see what I mean?

The forests of Sweden are so whimsical and beautiful. The people of Southern Sweden seem to have a great view of living along side nature. They build AROUND the trees and forests, instead of through them like we do in the US.

While I was there, I couldn’t help but be inspired. Once we returned from our lovely trip, I started to sew.

Here are my first mushrooms.

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After I made many mushrooms, I started to try something different. I wanted to try to do different colors and sizes, but I think I needed to work on the shape of the top a little more. And the design needed to be a bit more natural and random.

I worked on making a larger mushroom too. I think that I have got the technique down now after working on the most recent design for 2 years.

Here are a few:

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These are my XL sized mushrooms and the variety of sizes as well.

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And these are the smaller mushrooms, sizes Medium and Large. You can check out which mushrooms I have available for purchase on my etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Squawberry I am always available to chat if you send me a message with any questions you may have.

As a designer and an artist I know that these plush mushrooms will continue to evolve, as they have already. I am excited to see what I will be working on next.

What are some projects that you have worked on and have noticed significant changes after working on it for some time? Any tips on how to keep the project exciting and new? Leave me a comment!

See you later,

Jackie

The French Press Makes All The difference

Confession time, I have never used a french press before today. I own one and I have coffee beans that I can grind and brew, but I haven’t really been brave enough to use it. After watching a couple of episodes of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, I really wanted to make myself a really good cup of coffee. The clips of coffee being made are kind of amazing. It really made me appreciate a simple cup of coffee even more.

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I love coffee.

This is pretty much all you need to make a couple of cups of coffee (below). Everything is from Juan Valdez, a wonderful gourmet coffee company from Colombia. My dear friend from Colombia gave us this set for our wedding.

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my new favorite way to make coffee.

I began grinding the coffee a handful at a time, this didn’t work out very well, so I started to put only 5 beans in at a time. After I had a quarter of a cup, I decided to stop. This was hard work! TIP: Now I grind coffee beans when I am watching TV so that I will never run out of fresh ground coffee. It’s great because I feel like I am working out a little bit, you really use your core when you are grinding the beans.

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Coffee ground by me.

Next I put the kettle on and waited for it to boil.

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Can you tell that I like yellow?

Once the kettle began to whistle, I knew the water was ready. First I put 2 teaspoons in the french press, then I added the water, about 8 oz. You want to let this brew for 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you want your coffee.

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French press at work.

You can make the coffee the way you normally like it, but I say that I like my milk with coffee in it. When the coffee was ready I poured it into a mug with sugar in it. After mixing the sugar and coffee together I added unsweetened vanilla almond milk to it.  Mix well and enjoy with  or without a pastry. I added a double chocolate shortbread cookie from the Honolulu Cookie Company. Delicious!

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Enjoy!

See you next time!

-Jackie

ModCloth Make The Cut Contest: ‘Prints Charming’

ModCloth Make The Cut Contest: ‘Prints Charming’ Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer?  Well now that dream can come true!  The ModCloth Make The Cut program is a recurring design contest that invites the ModCloth Community to design garments, graphics, or fabric prints. Its main purpose is to further their mission of democratizing fashion by producing clothing designed by community members. YOU can become a designer at ModCloth!

How does the contest work? Entrants will design a new print for a private label dress silhouette that is already being produced! Contestants have two weeks to submit designs. After the submission period, the ModCloth Creative Team will narrow down the submissions to 20, which will be sent to the guest judge, Amanda Needham, Costume Designer for Portlandia.  After Amanda has chosen the 10 finalists, they will be posted on the Be The Buyer page for voting. There will be a week for the Community to vote, then ModCloth will contact the winner and update the contest announcement with the big news!
• Contest is Live Now! • End of Submission Period: Friday 02/14/14 • Launch voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/03/14 • End voting on Be The Buyer: Monday 03/10/14 • Winner announced on ModCloth Blog (winner will be contacted personally): Wednesday 3/12/14
Send your entry in now and good luck!
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