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Jenny Smith Plush Artist

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Well, a lot has happened lately.  I got married last Thursday.  It was a tiny wedding with two friends as witnesses and a friend photographer as well.  We took a limo to a wedding chapel in Van Nuys.  The chapel was in a strip mall.  I had a good laugh when we rolled up in the limousine and the limo took up the whole parking lot!  But, I married my sweetheart and that was great!  We tried to go to Greystone Manor to get our photos done, but a menacing park ranger with a pronounced moustached kicked us out.  Apparently if you want to take photos in Beverly Hills at a public park, it costs $300.oo/ hour for a permit.  So, he escorted us out.  We did get some photos before said altercation, and some photos from our rooftop and we should have those this week sometime.

I had a bachelorette at Native Foods in Westwood and that was fun times!  This is me in my outfit.  It was pretty fun and I organized a few games and there were prizes.  Here’s a picture of the loot…Everyone had a fun time!

The day after my wedding, my new husband and I went to Universal Studios which is quite close to us.  When we got there we headed straight for the Tram tour.  It was well worth it and I definitely recommend it to anyone!  We got a priority pass and did all of the rides.  We even got to go on the newest ride, Transformers, which doesn’t open yet, but they let us try it out.  How cool is that?  Sorry there are no photos.  I didn’t feel like lugging my camera around. My favorite ride was the Jurassic Park water ride.  We did that one twice!

In exciting news, I just finished Fergus the Rollerskating Raccoon!  I will be submitting Fergus as one of my pieces for the Plush You Gallery Show in October in Seattle.  He is a big boy at 21 inches and completely adorable.  The rollerskates were a bit of a challenge, as I have never made them before, but they were fun to make.  I tried using buttons for wheels, but they just didn’t look right, so I needlefelted them out of wool instead.  I’ve got three softies to make for the show, and I am going with an 80’s theme.  I like the idea of using different skills with this exhibit, so I will be needlefelting accessories for them.  Stay tuned for an 80’s lion and hedgehog!

My friend Mary and I attended Unique L.A. this weekend.  It is a big craft show, held downtown on the 13th floor of a building in the fashion district.  It was quite fun and there was lots of great artists, food and a d.j.  I got a few things, then we headed to Michael Levine’s.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a huge fabric, sewing and needlework supply store.  To me, it’s pretty much the closest thing to heaven.  I got some wool roving, new fabric, and hemp string.  We were pretty exhausted by the end of it and happy to go home.

Okay, there is much crafting for me to get done and I will leaving you with another photo of dear Fergus…

Author: teddybearrepublic Jenny Smith

My name is Jenny Smith and I am a Teddy Bear Artist. I have a need to be creative many hours per day. I am currently living in West Hollywood and my Canadian blood is enjoying the sunny warmth of Southern California. When I am not sewing and creating, you can find me, running, working out, writing, drawing, reading, gardening and attending the occasional flea market.

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