Sunday, March 25, 2012

I Wookie You

"I am not kidding--he really really loves them. I got him a pillow case with pockets and he uses them for Darth and Anakin, so they do not get lost while he sleeps. Really, he loves them."
So, my Darth Vader and Young Anakin went over so well with my client's son, that she commissioned me to do two more Star Wars characters as Easter gifts for him! I was planning to make Chewy, who had actually been an initial request from her the last time, so she decided on him paired with my Yoda.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy special yarn for this project, or if I wanted to try the brush technique that I used once before. Ultimately, I alternated browns and brushed him out so that it would give me full control over his layout, with no hassle. It's actually quite a pain to use this technique, but the outcome is fantastic. Then, since I was working with browns, I wanted to make sure his ammo belt pouch didn't blend in, so I used a lighter brown. When I stitched the grey in, it magically presented dashes on the other side, so it worked out perfectly.

Not to sound conceited or anything, but I'm really impressed with my Chewbacca. I want to take him everywhere like he was my little toy dog. Too adorable.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Since moving to Los Angeles last July, I have been almost-to-completely supporting my lifestyle with income solely from my art. But it gets tiring, and I'm new, and my labor wasn't always cutting it -- So! Last month, I picked up a full-time job to fund my endeavors. It's been different and challenging to not only work a new job, but to no longer be my own boss.

Although I'm not a terribly social person, I became friends with Saul, a fellow worker, emerging graphic artist, and sharer of the same birthday as me! We have both been having difficulties handling the job stress, but we share the same humor, so it's been really fun lightening the mood by exchanging jokes with one another. I was really excited when he told me he is now finally a US citizen, and I wanted to make him a congratulatory gift. I was going to give him a French Toast keychain, but realized that wouldn't be fitting at all. I had to think American, and then I thought: cheeseburger.

I'm a big fat girl at heart, so Cheesyburger has taken the lead as my current favorite. Plus, he makes a terrific pair with Mugstached Beer!

It's been a stressful and exhausting month, and it killed me to come home and not have the energy to create. But I think I am finally growing accustomed to my new schedule, and more importantly, I am so happy to still find inspiration and motivation even when my time is stunted.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Mugstached Expansion

One year ago I created my "Mugstached" line which consisted of mocha and beer mug keychains adorned with mustaches. This year, I decided to drop the keychains and turn them into sizable pals for your desktop:

Not only did I enlarge them, but I expanded the line, thanks to Stephanie, a supporter of mine, who suggested I do root beer versions for the younger audience! You may or may not know, but I have an affinity for root beer floats. In fact, last fall, I idiotically went on a root beer float diet. It was both a delicious, and a slightly regretful decision. Needless to say, I still love them, so, I introduce to you, my "Mugstached Root Beer Floats" -

I hadn't even realized it had been a year since I began this line. It's great to watch it and all of my creations grow over the years!