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Jenny Smith Plush Artist

These are a few of my favorite things…

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I really would love to show you the latest thing that I have made, but it’s a surprise of sorts, kind of a commission.  And I am afraid that the person that it’s for, might check out my blog and all would be spoiled.  So, instead I’m going to show you a few of my favorite things!

Pancakes!  Especially mini ones because they are so cute and so yummy!  But, they must have REAL maple syrup on them.

Next is my record collection.  These records are my happy place.  Yesterday, I put a record on to overpower my neighbor who was blasting Enya, and I realized that I don’t listen to my records enough.  Probably because I share my turntable space with my sewing machine, but I won’t go into it…Next is my Jeffrey Brown book collection.  Jeff has a series of graphic novel type memoirs and his whimsical drawings combined with his semi-neurotic brain make it very endearing to me.  His newest book is Darth Vader and Son and it’s pretty great!My Newfoundland rug hooking.  My sister went to Newfoundland where we have ancestry and brought me back this awesome burlap rug hooking kit.   Back in the old days, there was no central heating in Newfie houses, so they used to recycle their burlap sacks and tear up old clothing and hook it into the burlap.  Then they would use them as rugs to help insulate and retain heat.  This one took me a whole summer and I added the door into the hooking, and I just love it!  My face mugs came from a store called Pinch in Northampton, Massachusetts.  I love the faces on them and if you use them to drink out of, there is a face looking at you! 

I love my tiny Jeremyville vinyl figures.  They are from Kidrobot and I don’t have the whole set, but I’ve tried and gotten many doubles.  I think the bunny and the sunshine are the best!  These are tiny and less than an inch tall.  If you go to the Tender Greens restaurant in Santa Monica, it’s decorated completely with Jeremyville paintings and prints.

I so very much love my little porcelain squirrel set.  There is a shop at the Grove that sells vintage toys etc, they they find in old warehouses that seem brand new.  They have so much good stuff in there that you think that everything is a knock-off, but it is totally authentic.  I bought myself those squirrels for my birthday and they are from the 50’s and were made in Japan. 

My sister(Keri Smith) made me this painting.  His name is Marcel and he is from Montmartre which is what it says on the back. 

Reg the Cat is one of my favorite things.  He came with my husband and has grown on me quite a bit.  If you have a black cat, you will understand just how difficult it is to take a photo of them.  The black just washes it all out.  This was the best I could do today.

This painting was given to me when I lived in Victoria, B.C.  It was done by a Nanaimo artist and it is a painting of his cat, dreaming of a female cat bringing him some freshly killed dinner.  It is painted on a used skateboard deck. 

And finally, anyone that knows me know that I love to garden and I love my little patio here in West Hollywood. 

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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