Monday, November 28, 2011

I Am Your Future

For a while I have been wanting to expand my Star Wars amigurumi (because "twin suns of Tatooine taught me everything I know"), but most of the time I'm filling orders or making what I'm commissioned to make. That's why I was pleased when I was approached by a client to do some characters. She changed her mind a couple times but in the end decided to go with Darth Vader and young Anakin.

It was a really fun project and shoot! As you can see, even my turtle, Pluto, couldn't resist joining in! I also love that Anakin looks a bit like He-Man.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

French Toast Giveaway

I wanted to do a quick giveaway for the holidays! If you couldn't tell, my favorite piece to make and adorn, is my French Toast amigurumi! From now until Saturday, December, 3rd, 12:00am, you have a chance to don your very own!

I'm accepting multiple entries and submitting everyone in a random number generator to choose the winner!

Leave me a comment below with your email address and all the ways you helped spread the word for my French Toast Giveaway!


I can even have it mailed to a friend for the holidays : ) Good luck!

♥ Giveaway Closed! -- Lono'ae'a Pua'a Wins!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Fishy Surprise

After releasing my Yoshi amigurumi, my work caught the attention of Marie, a very fun and sweet new client of mine. She had seen my giant Bomb-omb and Goomba on Facebook, and requested I make her a "Hangyodon" that size. He is a Sanrio character that has recently resurfaced in light of the 2010 Sanrio 50th Anniversary, even though he was created over two decades ago. I hadn't known of him till I discovered him in my magnet set as well as pullover, and although I found him more disturbing than amusing, I took his recurrence as a signal that I should do this project.

It was challenging to find photos of his entire body, and I had to piece through multiple photos to get his exactness. In the end, I spent more time working on his gills and feet than anything else. I had to create the right proportions and detailing, and luckily, taking out double-stitching doesn't compromise the yarn much, because there was a lot of redoing and undoing.

After construction of him, I couldn't help but hug him and pose him in his wacky positions for my amusement. I grew somewhat attached, to the amigurumi of him at least, and now understand how Marie could find him attractive because of his silliness.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Jake the Dog

This project was created while watching copious amounts of Adventure Time. It's a fairly new animation series on Cartoon Network that I had only seen a few clips of prior to the commission. I already had an endearment for the character, Jake, for having the same voice as Bender from Futurama, who I love, so I was happy to create him. Plus the "Candy Kingdom" looks very similar to Leesasaur Kingdom!

This cartoon has all the right wackiness, cuteness, and fun music to make it appreciable, and I'm really glad that this project gave me the extra push to give the show an honest try.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hello Childhood

My childhood was pretty saturated in Sanrio. I've always been a huge sticker and stationary collector so getting new items from them almost every weekend was a regular thing growing up. As the years went by, their characters became more of a hit or miss; however, I did grow an admiration for "Pandapple," which was the only Sanrio character I had made a couple years ago:

Now when I look at Sanrio items, I don't feel the same excitement as I used to, but they have become very nostalgic to me. So when I was commissioned to crochet Hello Kitty, I wanted to do her the way I remember her as a kid, in her yellow shirt and blue overalls.

I improvised to make her overalls look more realistic with the crisscross and buttons. After doing her and Ness, I realized I enjoy the bulky-leg look on my amigurumi, so maybe I'll start changing it up on my original pieces too.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tell Me A Story

Finally I had time to add to what is actually my favorite line: Damaged Goods! From birth, it has always symbolized and held a deeper connection to me than any of my other creations. The band-aid gives them character and allows room for stories and imagination per viewer. People ask me why they have bandages on their heads, but I rather they direct that question to themselves. Since the start of this line I always had the goal in mind to make the band-aid the new mustache. The only difference is that the significance is not as superficial as a style or color, which is perfect for you to tell me a story! Interact! Connect! Identify!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Surrender Now

...Or prepare to fight!

This Halloween I didn't have time to make the costume I had planned to last year, but I thought of a cute one for my friend and I: Team Rocket! The response to this costume from every friend was, "So Asian!" Yes, but pretty legit. I made Pokeballs and hand sewed our outfits. I don't have any full length quality photos, but I had a fun night dancing to Joy Division and Gary Numan.

And even though nobody asked, I do still know the entire Team Rocket motto by heart.