Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Burger Baby

Last year I was commissioned by Aaron of UHOH Toys to make a burger bride and groom for his friend's wedding. The result was too cute, and I was so happy to hear that the newlyweds loved them. I still can't help but smile every time I look at this photo of the bride with them on her wedding day: 

Fast forward nine months, and a baby burger girl was required to match the growing Burger Family. Weighing in at a couple ounces, a slider adorned with a giant bow and pink skirt was birthed!  

I have yet to see them united, but I was told that the Burger Family adorably sits together in their home. I haven't a clue as to what I'll do if they have a boy, but I'm super excited to watch this family expand!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mikey Turnt Down

There aren't many shows or icons out there that can not only survive for decades, but also revive themselves into the hearts of a younger generation. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has dominated the lives of most children of the '80s, and are an even fearsomer fighting team today. With all the new toys, cartoons, and movie coming out this year, it was only right for iam8bit to celebrate our favorite heroes in a half shell's 30 year anniversary with an art show.

So much of my childhood surrounded itself with love for the turtles, from countless hours on Turtles in Time, to secret daydreams of making Raphael mine. Some of the very first crochet pieces I made in 2005 were my Tiny Mutant Ninja Turtles:

For this art show, instead of doing my classic style, I wanted to do a larger scale parody piece. I've always admired the turtles' ability to devour so much pizza, yet still be able to fight crime at the beep of a turtle comm. I wanted to see a world where the turtles could just keep chilling in the sewers eating pizza 24/7, so I decided to crochet it to life. Even though Rapael is my favorite, for this spoof I had to use the most pizza obsessed, party dude there is -- Michaelangelo!

You can see my little tubby Mikey along with dozens of other totally rad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles art on display till the end of July at iam8bit!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Belly Bones

I apologize for my recent absence, but the last month and a half of my life was dedicated to a rather large and intricate project. I was invited to iam8bit's second annual Grace and Ritual all-women art show. I struggled with the theme this year, "Hidden," because I was unsure of what hidden parts of my life were worth sharing and expressing with the public. But after sitting, and eating on the idea, I realized that my steady junk food habits are what keep me alive and make me, me. So I decided to do a large scale piece of a mini skeletal Leesasaur with my terribly great diet.

Although I've always enjoyed skeleton printed items, I haven't studied human skeletal anatomy since making a paper cut-out of one in grade school. I knew that my piece was going to be condensed, but I wanted to be somewhat exact about it, so I went through a lot of reference pictures, and re-educated myself on various parts. Ultimately, I struggled with the skull the most, but it turned into the most impressive part of Belly Bones. I was a bit hesitant to use any wiring at first, but ended up running wiring through about 85% of the body to make him articulated. Because the hands, feet, and head are the only non-enclosed extremities, I sprayed them with fabric stiffener for extra support.

Whenever I needed a little break from making bones, I worked on the diet section of my piece. I make smaller sizes of some of the food used, but the bacon, pizza, and ice cream cone are new pieces I love. I'm already working on pizza slices to put in the shop, so you can look forward to that!

I'm such a proud and happy mommy with how my Belly Bones turned out. I only wish I gave myself more time before a piece better seen in person, so try your best to stop by the iam8bit gallery before the end of May! If you're interested in adopting Belly Bones you can do so here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lee DeWyze Fights

Last year, I was approached about my pieces, The Dead Essential and I Agore You Coyote being featured in a music video for American Idol winner, Lee DeWyze. Although I don't follow the show, I really enjoyed the music his manager sent me, and was stoked to help out. They had me create a mini Lee DeWyze with a guitar, and rent out a handful of amigurumi from my personal collection. I don't often make human figures, so that's always a tricky treat to do, but I think I managed pretty well! I actually love, and had the most difficulty making the guitar.

I'm only posting about this piece now, because they just released the music video for the single "Fight" two days ago! It's quite an action-packed love story focused on my Lee DeWyze and The Dead Essential figure (who looks a bit like his wife). You can check it out here:

I think my favorite part is the alien abduction scene, but I was pleasantly surprised by a lot of it. It's cool to see what magic people come up with when they listen to a song, especially because the storyboard I drafted for them that they didnt use, was so much different!

P.S. I don't know why they credited me as "leesa slay" in the video, but it's really me, guys!

Saturday, March 1, 2014


My inbox gets filled with many random custom requests, but a very special commission was pitched to me in the form of a story and comic. The lovely Jennifer Lima requested that I crochet a character called "Ninjaman." She told me of her daughter's 10-year-old friend, Thomas, who was diagnosed with cancer this past summer, and since, has been drawing comics of hero Ninjaman destroying cancer.

I've always found great therapeutic value in creating characters and drawing comics, but such an expression can often be a very intimate and private matter. I know it takes much bravery to share your work with others, that's why I'm so proud of Thomas for expressing himself this way. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to encourage and support Thomas on his literal and creative journey with a piece of my art work inspired by him.

I've been updated that Ninjaman and Thomas have been united, and are already creating iPad movies together! I'm so excited for all the adventures that await them, and wish nothing but the absolute best for them both.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Lolligag makes cute shirts and goodies for girls young and old, featuring an adorable girl with a bit of an attitude on her. I knew Lolligag was releasing their first vinyl figure, but I had no clue they were doing a custom show until I was invited! I haven't been making super cutesy pieces in a while, so I thought it'd be really fun to do this custom.

Originally I envisioned doing a powered wig colonial take on her, but realized she basically was a modern day 1800's girl already. So my next thought went into transforming her big hair into something fun -- Immediately I thought of Carmen Miranda and her lovely fruit hats. The rest was tedious and repetitive work, but I was inspired the whole way through.

Behold the fruits of my labor, and a couple dozen other custom Lolligags at Toy Art Gallery January 11th - February 1st!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kirby Who

It seems Kirby has consumed more than he can handle with my recent commission from Benjamin of Urban Vinyl Daily. In addition to my previous Kirby Mario and Yoshi hats, Benjamin requested Kirby Luigi, Captain Falcon, and Donkey Kong versions as well.

Since I'm very familiar with making Mario hats, a Luigi hat was no problem. However, Donkey Kong and Captain Falcon were new accessories, that required Kirby to actually be fitted in in order to be worn. This made the task tricky but super fun.

Kirby Kong

Kirby Falcon

Kirby Luigi

I'm really happy with how these turned out and am so glad I got to continue my Kirby Super Smash Brothers line!