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Jenny Smith Plush Artist


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Barnabus and Siggy

Meet Barnabus and Siggy.  I’ve slightly changed my approach to my softies.  I used to sew a wool felt circle on the face and then add the eyes, nose etc.  Now, without the circle, my softies have furrier faces and this makes them cuddlier and cuter. 

It is pouring rain here in Los Angeles and that’s just the way I like it because it keeps me cozy and indoors and I am able to get a lot of sewing done. 

I have a MOCA order to complete and there is no time likes the present to be productive.

I am going to listen to the rain and pretend that it’s snowing outside as I think of all of my Whistler friends shredding the snow today.  I’ve traded in my snowboard for a sewing machine!  Yours in crafting,


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Sewing Frenzy…

I am busy doing some fun things right now.  I am making a little hedgehog for Jayden, my friend’s little neice who is recovering from Leukemia.  My friend wanted to buy one, but I insisted that I wanted to give her one.  What a brave and special little girl.  I will post a photo when it’s finished.

I have been hanging out with Boo Boo the cat.  His owners went away for a Thanksgiving and so Boo Boo and I have a little cuddle session everyday and he gets some treats.  He’s quite old, but he has become increasingly affectionate with me.  Cats are so challenging to photograph.  They are so squirmy. 

These guys got sent off to Massachusetts.  I hope they arrive safely.  I was trying to create a softie “totem” effect here.

I had a lovely dinner the other night at my friend’s place in Santa Monica.  She cooked up a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, pescatarian style, with salmon instead of turkey!  It was delicious.

We had vegan pumpkin pie, with a pumpkin whipped cream.  It was great!

I stayed over in Santa Monica because I didn’t want to drive home late at night and the best was brunch at a cafe called Huckleberry.  I highly recommend this place if you are in Santa Monica.  It’s near 9th and Wilshire.  I had eggs with kale, and grilled tomatoes and pesto.  How awesome is it to put kale in a breakfast dish? 

Alright, I am off to sew some incredibly cute and cuddly things today.  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and didn’t get too sucked into all of the Black Friday shopping. And that you supported your local businesses on Small Business Saturday!  Yours in crafting,

 


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Sweet Saturday!

It’s a very pleasant temperature here in WeHo.  It’s 75F and feels like it may get a bit hotter.  It’s sunny and I have been cat sitting for a very pleasant and adorable cat named Boo Boo!

I have been extremely busy sewing and am sending off some new pieces today to the Crompton Collective in Worcester, MA.  Here are a few of them.  

Here are some separate photos of each of them.

I love this little lion and this grey wolf has sweet glasses.

And this Raccoon is actually a superhero because he has a cape and can fly!

I am off to a girls Thanksgiving in Santa Monica and it should be a lot of fun!  Saturday night + females + wine + food + laughs = good times!    Yours in Crafting,


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Sunday oh Sunday.

Well, the rain has finally stopped here in West Hollywood and the sun was out today for a brisk, autumn day.  I just baked cheesecake swirl brownies from scratch for a friend’s dinner that we are attending tonight.  I hope they like cheesecake.

The reason I am posting is to show you the finished sasquatches, Archibald and Ignacio.  I quite like how they came out.

That is Ignacio above and below is Archibald the Sasquatch Mixologist.

I am off to a dinner with friends and cheesecake brownies for dessert.  I hope they taste okay!  Yours in crafting,


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These Sasquatches are all over Movember!

In exciting news, my softies are now for sale right here in West Hollywood at Tweak on Beverly!

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This is a wonderful shop that I happened to wander into one day on a brisk walk.  It’s full of great gifts and you can choose something and it comes already wrapped, which is a great convenience.  I think my softies are very happy there and in the company of the delightful owner of the shop, Tara.

It is currently pouring rain here in L.A. and there is quite the downpour happening.  It reminds me of Vancouver, which I affectionately call “Raincouver”.  November is the rainy season I guess, but here at my place the Sasquatches are partaking in “Movember”.  See for yourself!

This is cut and pasted from the Movember website…

OVERVIEW OF MOVEMBER

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

Well, it turns out the Bigfoot isn’t just a monster, but has a heart!

I’m just glad they are so kind.  Well, I feel kind of stranded here today because Los Angeles isn’t a great place to drive in the rain.  People are very agressive here and when you add wet roads to that scenario, the result is a lot of careless driving and accidents.  I think I’ll finish up these Sasquatches and watch a cheesy movie.  Yours in crafting,