Saturday, February 25, 2012

Chirimen Clown

Progress shot!

Miniature clown doll

He's a mix of Western (European pierrot) & Asian (Japanese chirimen fabric). :)

By some crazy fluke, this doll I've been (occasionally) working on for a month or two fit the theme for the Etsy Dollmakers Team February challenge: "circus"!

Although the leader had hoped to see some ringmasters and lion tamers, everyone made a clown lol... You can't blame me, though, I've been so busy with the new (writing) job and ballet classes that I already missed one challenge, and didn't see this one 'til now.

Here's to hoping I finish my clown in time at least... Just four days left in the month!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Neglected Shop...

...sells better?

I've been too busy since New Year's to enter Etsy team challenges, create treasuries or favourite people back, or add more than 1 new item to my shop. But I've actually sold 3 out of my inventory of 40-something items, yay!

I guess amigurumi are still really popular. I've never had an item sell this fast! :P

My niece has also never liked anything I've made as much as she liked this (blue) sock monkey!

I guess these were relatively popular BECAUSE I didn't have time to finish them off the way I would've liked -- ie. with a LOT more details and accessories. Less is more, I guess... just like how our houseplants always die from overwatering, lol. (Not that they fare much better with neglect!)

In the past month, I've also sold a hair accessory, and made another -- a simple one -- as a gift to the buyer. Now I just need to finish a long-belated Christmas gift, and I'll have time to concentrate on the shop again!

Goal: 50 items (again) ^ ^

Thursday, February 2, 2012


January has been a busy month! I've been writing for work -- mainly legal documents, which are surprisingly easy thanks to my otherwise useless philosophy degree -- and restarting ballet lessons.

(Left: Jess; Right: me)

I also saw the Bolshoi Ballet's production of Sleeping Beauty last weekend, thanks to Cinplex. Of course the music would've be much better live, and front-row seats would've been much nicer if we weren't staring at a giant movie screen, but it was really a great experience. I loved the gorgeous costumes and dancers!

As a bonus, I even stumbled upon this coupon for any of the Bolshoi ballets in the 2011/2012 season, posted by Maple Leaf Mommy. Thanks for sharing!