Logan requested that I make him a sewn, stuffed Pikachu. He insisted that Pikachu needed to be as big as Lane’s Stuart. I think he was going for a real size Pikachu – well… as real as a made-up character can be.
I thought and thought and thought about how I was going to make this thing.
There were no patterns for a stuffed Pikachu that I could find. So I was on my own with designing one for this project.
I used Logan’s Pokemon Index book for a reference as to how Pikachu was structured and then got to work making a pattern. Doesn’t that bottom pattern piece look strange? It actually worked! Although I admit I had to size it down quite a bit. Pikachu’s face came out looking a little Jay Leno (big chin). Ooops!
You can see from this picture that the bottom might have been a little big for Pikachu’s face if I hadn’t corrected it.
He’s looking OK here with the excess fabric folded underneath. Once I got the head and face done though, it was smooth sailing for making the pattern for the body. Phew!
I think I got Pikachu close to the cartoon. Stripes on the back, a lightening rod tail, cute red electric cheeks.
What do you think? This Pikachu took me just over 6 hours to make from start of making the pattern to finished product. And now I have a pattern to make another if I want – or more like if Logan’s friends need one for their birthday presents. It should only take me about 2 hours to make now. Designing the pattern is always the most difficult and time consuming part of the process.
The great thing about Pikachu – other than he’s about the size next to Logan of the cartoon character – is that his tail is stuffed so full that it acts as a balance.
Pikachu can stand on his own!
It’s really too much. All day yesterday Pikachu was standing behind my computer desk staring at me. Too much fun posing this little guy everywhere in our house!
My family is enjoying a nice little holiday at the ball park today. Have a fantastic Canada Day and an awesome summer!
I have two new little buddies keeping me company before they go to my son’s school. They are going to be auctioned off at the Parents Association BBQ on May 27th. Happy to support a great school!
Dave and Stuart Minion
This is probably the biggest announcement that Tawny Bee will ever make.
I’ve been struggling with this decision for several months now, but now is the time.
Tawny Bee will be closing up shop before September 2014.
With my daughter Lane starting Kindergarten in the fall, it’s time for me to go back to work. So it seems like the right time to close the virtual doors. I’m not finding any joy in it anymore and would rather focus my sewing talents on projects that I especially want to make instead of those that I feel I have to make to keep the shop afloat.
I have sewn the last item for my Etsy and Zibbet shops this week and will leave all listings up until they expire. I’ve reduced shipping on all items to “free” within Canada and the United States and have reduced shipping to destinations worldwide. I have also removed any custom-make items. Whatever is left is what is for sale.
Of course for those of you locally who know my products and would like me to make things for you, I’m still going to be doing that. No worries – you will get your minions, potty trainers, mama cloth etc. I just won’t be making any other items to place in the online shops and won’t be keeping any stock.
More details on this announcement to come in future posts.
It’s going to be a big adjustment for me but I believe it’s the right one to make for my future.
Thank you to all my fans and customers throughout these almost 6 years. I have appreciated your business and support more than you will ever know.
What are my thoughts on April you might ask?
Way back in the 1980s, my brother and I used to play a game on his SEGA system called Shinobi. This game was tons of fun and even I was pretty good at playing it.
Shinobi from way back in the 1980s
Skip ahead to the middle 2000s and whoever makes that Shinobi game released a new version. This was a simpler time before Terry and I had kids. We were living together in a little apartment. For entertainment, we would go to our local Blockbuster and rent video games.
Yeah… you could actually do that way back then – what a strange and foreign ritual.
Anywho – Shinobi was rented for the weekend way back in 2004. And it just wasn’t the same. Terry played it and it had all sorts of improved graphics and difficult game play.
What does this have to do with my thoughts on the month of April you are probably asking yourself about now.
Well, there was a particular level on this newer Shinobi game that Terry played over and over and never really got anywhere. The enemy boss thing kept repeating the same phrase over and over (or at least it seemed that way because Terry must have played that level about 485930485 times).
“The fun has just begun.”
I still think of that silly game whenever I think of this phrase. Now that it’s April I’m thinking about that phrase a lot.
April is my busiest month at Tawny Bee – or at least it has been in the past. And if the orders that are rolling in are any indication, nothing has changed.
I’m gearing up all of my eco-friendly potty trainers and mama cloth in order to keep up with all of the “Getting ready for Earth Day” orders. (Earth Day is on April 22nd). I’m so happy that lots of you decide to make an earth conscious switch to reusable pads and potty trainers in April and I’ll keep making em until I drop. Just for you.
Yeah, what he said.
THE FUN HAS JUST BEGUN.
I just finished sewing 6 potty trainers for an order today. I’ll be mailing out to BC tomorrow morning.
If you’re looking forward to potty training (or maybe you aren’t but it’s gotta be done sometime right?) – then check out the Potty Trainers section in either of my shops for awesome handmade bamboo and cotton Easy Up potty training pants.
You can buy them in a bulk custom listing for 6 potty trainers like the photo above, or you can buy them individually or in sets of 2 or 3. So many options and they work like cuckoo bananas – no joke!
Potty Trainers at Tawny Bee on Etsy
Potty Trainers at Tawny Bee on Zibbet
This month is I Love To Read month at my kids’ school. It’s also Staff Appreciation Week this week.
Tawny Bee was super happy to take a custom request that would help the School’s Parent Association celebrate these two events.
An Apple costume!
I know… it’s totally not Halloween and I get to make a costume! SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!
Costumes are my favourite.
Dawn (head of the Parents Council) handing out apples to the teachers and support staff in her apple costume.
The head of the Frontenac School Parents Council showed me a photo of the costume that she wanted. Normally I wouldn’t agree to knock off anyone’s handmade work – but this particular costume came from a mass manufacturer-type place and you could tell it wasn’t the best quality.
It was a basic felt apple costume with a bookworm sticking out of the front that you could use as a hand. (I put an extra hole along the edge of the apple costume just in case Dawn felt like using her arm without the worm as well).
The worm holding the basket of apples. Adorable!
I totally love requests like this! As I said before – costumes are my favourite!
Happy New Year everyone!
I bet a lot of you are busy organizing? Am I right? No? Just me?
Well… I’ve been busy for the past few days – basically since the 1st – organizing the Tawny Bee studio. Taking stock, ordering supplies and getting everything ready for 2014.
Phew! Let me tell you, that studio was a DISASTER!
And now it’s nice and clean and fresh and ready for another year of creating awesome stuff.
I put all my fabric on mini bolts
All the quilter’s cottons are on this shelf
All the fabric that was too small for a bolt is folded in neatly put in these two baskets (with bracelet snakey on top!)
I even hung some stuff up and placed my box full of shipping supplies neatly underneath.
All my knits and fleece are also on mini bolts and stored in bins under my cutting table.
And that lovely pile of upcyclables you see on top of my shelves is slowly getting cut up into the cutest little potty training pants you ever did see! Now just to sew them….
Here’s to a fantastic 2014!
I’m taking part in Etsy Canada’s Boxing Day Promotion! Receive 20% off your order from my Etsy Shop from today until Dec. 29th.
Visit Etsy’s Boxing Day page for all the details on which shops are participating.
***(USE COUPON CODE: “BOXINGDAY” AT CHECK OUT TO RECEIVE YOUR 20% OFF) ***
Last year I was lucky to be a part of an awesome last minute holiday shoppers handmade and vintage sale. And this year I’m doing it again!
I’m very excited about this show. Since I haven’t been doing too many local sales this year, this is the perfect chance to come out and meet me and pick up some last minute holiday gifts.
I’ll be bringing my left over minion stuff – I have 2 one-eyed Stuart stuffies, 1 two-eyed Dave stuffies, 1 purple minion stuffie, 1 each of Stuart and Dave youth winter hats, 2 adult purple minion winter hats left.
Here is a photo of a few of the fun minion items:
(Cute Kids not included.)
I’m also very excited to introduce a one-time only new Tawny Bee holiday item:
Caroling Dolls! They are loosely based on the shape of Ukrainian nesting dolls and they are the sweetest little things. I weighted them each at the bottom with either rice, popcorn kernels or beads so they stand up. Purchase a whole choir or just one special caroler for yourself or for a really cool handmade gift. They are $8 each and will be for sale only for this show. If there are any left, they will be put away until next year when I’ll be giving them away as holiday gifts.
So hop to it and come join me for the hottest shopping experience around. No malls, no long line ups, plenty of awesome music and treats and a relaxing environment. What more could you ask for?
Join the Facebook event here so that we know you’re coming – or just stop on by, we’re all hoping to see you.