Arch-nemesis of Plushie the Vampire Slayer. Legend in his own right. This is Vamplush the Vampire. He may look harmless but those fangs can really do some damage. Well, they could do, but old Vamplush has given up the biting game and prefers just to sup on a glass of warm blood before bedtime. If you ask me, he's gone a bit soft since he watched an episode of Angel.
Best suited to: horror fans, people who wear a lot of black, creatures of the night.
With halloween approaching I thought he would be an appropriate choice!
We all know that mad scientist Frankenstein created a giant 8 foot monster with a bolt through his neck, but did you know that he also created a plush version, probably to cuddle up to in bed?
No? Well he did! Frankenstein's Plush Monster may measure only 10" tall, but he's just as menacing as the real thing. Of course it turned out that he wasn't really that menacing at all, just misunderstood (Go read the book!)
Best suited to: horror fans, people who wear a lot of black, mad scientists.
We've had a rubbish summer overall in the UK, but September and October have had some gorgeous sunny days, although I think that is pretty much all over now. OK it does look sunny outside as I'm typing this, but by the fact that my hands are so cold they're going numb, I'd say it doesn't exactly feel warm out there!
Well to make the most of these warm Autumn days we took Tigsy on a few days out to the South Coast. He even fitted in a spot of sunbathing at Camber Sands. I'd never been there before and was surprised at what a lovely sandy beach it was, especially as Hastings just down the road is just pebbles (although I'm not knocking Hastings!).
As I predicted, some of the other plushies are a little jealous of Tigsy because he's always off visiting new places, so Goldie came along to Camber Sands too. She used to go everywhere with me when I was little and I think she was feeling a bit left out (although she has pride of place at home).
Another day we had a drive to Rye Harbour and did a spot of blackberry picking. You should have seen the state of Tigsy once he'd finished! Luckily I had wet wipes to hand.
It's horrible to think that we have to wait about 5 months now for some warm weather, but I guess there are some benefits to winter
This weeks feature creature from my shop is..........
Who ate all the pies? Who ate all the pies? Sizable Stomach did I'm afraid. Every last one of them. And he loved it.
He may be a little overweight, constantly hungry and a stranger to exercise, but that doesn't make him a bad plushie does it?
With Christmas approaching he'd make a great gift, but be warned that you'll probably need to buy a bigger turkey!
Best suited to: Well, with a diet imminent, maybe a fellow dieter or someone who has recently lost weight. He definitely needs a diet buddy! Or perhaps someone who has gone through, or about to go through, some sort of stomach surgery?
So to continue the summer adventures of Tigsy the Tiger-Moose; after a short nights sleep in Portsmouth Tigsy was up and about early ready to catch the 3 hour ferry to France. He managed a little nap on board and kept himself amused by reading his French phrasebook and looking out the window.
Once settled into the gite Tigsy soon adapted to the laid back French way of life, and tucked into many a croissant, pain au chocolat, baguette and stinky cheese. He soon developed a taste for the French wine too! Not speaking much French, Tigsy found it quite tough when out and about, but he did manage to visit some sites. He enjoyed a trip to a Chateau and a Tank Museum.
The highlight of his holiday was absolutely the trip to the zoo. Tigsy loved the giraffes and thought they looked even stranger than he does!
Tigsy was quite sad when the 2 weeks in france were over, but he did have one last adventure - the trip home was on an aeroplane! He was scared to begin with but by the time he had got used to being in the air, it was time to land. Back home again.
The Etsy Plush Street Team that I a member of, recently had a pitch at a huge craft fair in Chicago. Unfortunately it was a very wet weekend so sales weren't quite as good as predicted, but many plushies still found new homes. Here they are on display at Renegade Chicago:
I sent 10 plushies over for the event and 2 of them sold, which I was very happy with. The others were sent back to me and arrived yesterday. They were so excited about their big adventure and couldn't wait to tell the others all about it! But not until they had one last group hug in the box they'd called home for the last week!
One of the Etsy teams I am a member of is called the Mad Scientists of Etsy (MSOE) and as the name suggests, it is made up of scientists who are also crafters. There are over 100 members now, and we make a huge range of different items; from plush to jewellery, photography to toiletries, and everything in between!
There is a link to the new team website and blog on the sidebar of this page if you would like to learn more about us. Just search for 'msoe team' or 'msoeteam challenge' under the tags section on the Etsy website for our items.
Every month we vote on a team challenge topic and so far I have managed to conjure up an entry for each one (although Octobers is looking unlikely - the topic is geothermal!).
These have been my entries so far:
April - Science as Art: 'On the Origin of Plush...'
May - Organic Chemistry: Carbon Coasters and Carbon Canvas
June - Leonardo da Vinci: 'The Vitruvian Plush' and 'The Vitruvian Plush Canvas'
July - Platypus: 'Purple Pete the Plush Platypus'
August - Microbiology: 'Plush Red and White Blood Cells'
September - Nicholas Copernicus: 'I Am Copernicus'
Don't forget to look at other member's challenge entries too!