Jenny Smith Plush Artist

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Floppy Ears…

Good morning!   I just finished up this giant bunny for Tweak.  He is very large and his ears are quite floppy, although they can be flipped up also.

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This bunny was made with a new fur.  Originally, I thought it was grey, but upon closer inspection it’s dark chocolate underneath, with white and black frosted tips, which give the illusion of grey.  It’s very fun for an Easter/spring bunny!

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This small blue bunny is also new!  I love the teal/ rusty orange combination.  This guy is 12 inches.

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The two bunnies got along right away and even cuddled  for a bit!

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It’s a beautiful day and it’s going to get into the mid 70’s, so I need to take advantage of it!

I wanted to share a great blog post by Plushmaker Abby Glassenberg about having integrity in our work.  Just read it, it’s great! You’ll have to google “While She Naps”  blog.

Yours in crafting,

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Have a great weekend!

I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday, to pick up a few things and the woman said to me, “Have a great weekend”.  But, I am always sewing on the weekends and I don’t give myself Saturday off.  I guess it’s just a conventional, congenial expression.  I’ve been busy building up my inventory because I have a goal to reach.  There are a few big craft shows that I would like to participate in this summer and one of them is in San Francisco!  That could be a fun road trip!

I had a custom request this week from Tara from Tweak.  Her friends just had twins and a twin gift was in order.

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The lions are for siblings – a boy and a girl and they have custom embroidery on the back for a more personal gift.

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These two were a fun challenge and I hope the parents like them!

It’s back to sewing for this girl… Yours in crafting…



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Springtime Cuteness…

Well, it was warm last week and one day even got up to 80 F which was balmy.  Now this week it’s a bit chillier again(60’s) and last night it rained all night.  I woke up thinking that Los Angeles would be a bit greener today from the rainfall and I felt like it was Spring.  Nothing says spring quite like baby hedgehogs(hoglets) and bunnies.


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The bunny is made of a nice mint green faux fur and for her shirt I used vintage fabric.  This flowery fabric is from the late 60’s/early 70’s and reminds me of something that Marsha Brady would have worn.  I got the fabric new from a Silverlake art/craft/vintage show that I was in last year.  It was a couple yards of never used fabric that the woman got from an estate sale.  Such a great find!

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The hoglet has neon glasses which I love.  I’d like to have a pair of those bright pink glasses for myself.

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Today I am working on a lion and another hoglet.  I’m off to go for a walk and stop by Tweak to see how my gang of softies are doing there.

Oh and if you are into movies, I just saw “Safety Not Guaranteed” with Jake Johnson, Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass and I thought it was great!  Check it out.

Yours in crafting,

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Studio Envy…

Yesterday my husband and I did a big cleaning of the apartment.  Lots of scrubbing of walls and vacuuming into deep corners etc.  There is a great sense of relief and calm that follows a deep clean.  I spent most of the day organizing my craft cupboard and purging bags of scrap material, wool felt and just general craft things that I didn’t need or use anymore.  It took hours of spreading it all out and scrutinizing over each bit to make sure I wouldn’t be using it.  I am quite proud of my efforts and can breathe with a sense of extra ease.  Our apartment is from the early sixties and on the smallish side and  our hallway to the bedroom can be closed off as a separate room called a dressing hall.  So, although we have a lot of cupboard space, I have one small closet that is designated for my craft supplies.  You see, I don’t have a sewing studio, I am portable.  When I wish to make something, I have to pull everything out of the closet that I need.  Here is a photo.

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I apologize for my husband’s shoes.  Here is a close-up.

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So, considering my lack of space, I’m sure you can imagine just how unruly this cupboard can become!

I have to admit that I have studio envy at times.  When I am reading one of my favorite blogs and there is a studio space snapshot, I feel my skin fading to a dull green.  There is even  a magazine all about studio spaces, but I don’t have the nerve or the stomach to pick it up.  So, for now I just dream of a studio space to call my own.   Maybe I should form a support group for all of the crafters lacking a studio space.  We’ll call it – LSSA.  Lack of Studio Space Anonymous.

In other news, I finished a giant Koala.  He is quite precious and the size of a toddler.

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My favorite part about him/her are the shoes.

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I had better go as today is a day for bunnies and bears.  Here is one more…

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Yours in crafting,

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Hello Japan!

I’ve got 63 hits from Japan today and so I just wanted to say hello to Japan and thank-you(Domo Arigato) for looking at my blog!  I love Japan and I have had a lot of Japanese friends because I used to live in Whistler, B.C.  Whistler is known for having many Japanese and Aussies too, who come for the winter season to ski/snowboard and some of them love it so much, they never leave!

So Hey there Japan and I hope to see you again!  carmel baby lion

Yours in crafting,

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Down Under Cuteness

I love Koala bears.  I have since I was a child.  I used to have a stuffed one.  I also used to have a little clip on furry koala.  You would pinch his arms and he would clip onto your shirt or bag.  So, introducing Kroeger and baby Sampson.

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Kroeger is 19 inches and Sampson is 12 inches.  They were so much fun to make and I like that they are wearing the same outfit.  I listed them in my shop today if you absolutely need to have one of them!

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The pants consist of wool from the great shop in my sister’s hometown in Florence, MA.  I received it for Christmas and I am glad that I used it for these two.

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I love these outdoor photos of the koalas.  I took them up to the roof and they immediately started goofing around in the ficus trees.

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What a beautiful blue sky we have today here in West Hollywood!

In other news, I watched the documentary “Food for Change” last night and although some of it I already knew, it was nice to see different aspects and opinion bundled into this film.  It really made me think a lot about health and how much our diet is part of our overall health.  I ate a salad and an apple last night for dinner and I really focused on my mood afterwards and how good I felt from feeding my body such a healthy dinner.  I think everyone can benefit from watching this documentary.

Alright, now speaking of health, it’s time to go for a hike up into the hills and get my blood pumping.  Yours in crafting,

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