Inspiring Inspirations: A Cleverly Titled Series…

Since I’ve been back I’ve been finding all sorts of things to inspired my new projects… I just haven’t started any of them!!

So to celebrate my brainstorming & give you a little insight into how my (slightly) warped mind works, I’m starting a new blog series to show you some awesome things that get my rusty wheels turning!

I’ll be sharing all sorts of fun stuff like:

TAXIDERMY!

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The Curious Taxidermy of Walter Potter via www.VictorianGothic.org

SCULPTING VIDEOS ON THE WEB!

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Stan Winston School of Character Arts: Video Tutorials

CARTOONS!

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One of the best cartoons of all time!!

SCULPTING MATERIALS & TOOLS!

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Working with Fantasy Film via www.amstamps.com

ARTISTS!

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Dragon by Dan The Monster Man via www.papermacheblog.com

 MINIATURES!

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Super creepy bunny costume for dolls! I’m in love with dollhouse miniatures right now!!

 

Most of these totally inspiring links can also be found on my SCULPTING STUFF Pinterest Board! I’m always Pinning cool stuff I find around the inter-webs so that I don’t forget about them!! So go check it out & follow me there!!

I’m Totally Famous! Star Trek Behind the Scenes

Yep, That’s right, I’m totally famous…. not really…

When I was working on the Movie-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named-Yet in Atlanta, one of the locals said ”I think I saw you on the Star Trek Into Darkness – Klingon Planet – Behind the Scenes

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Star Trek Into Darkness – Behind the Scenes

I hadn’t seen the “making of” part of the special features but remember the guy filming me while I was working (that actually happens quite a lot, but usually they don’t do anything with it).

But THIS time, there I am, in HD & SLOW-MO – AHHHH!!!

Check it out —- @ about 2 min 50 sec

 

Back to work with a BANG… a PoP… a… fizzle…

I’m officially back in LA!! OMG… it’s been too long…

For the past 4 months I was working & living (in a hotel) on location in Atlanta! I can’t technically tell you what super cool movie I was working on (cause I probably would be sued & never work another day in my life) but I will share photos in like a year or 2 after the movie(s) come out! They are BIG ones though, I know you’ve heard of them, the first movie in the series is probably one of my personal favs!

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Atlanta “Snowpocalypse” 2014! Can’t complain cause we don’t get snow days in LA!!

I’ve been home for almost 2 weeks, so I think I’ve had enough time to recover, sleep, eat, & hang out with my little family here, so I guess I’ll be getting back to my self-imposed grind! It’s tough to get back into the groove of things. I was on such a roll before I left & it doesn’t help that I am still pretty much BURNT out from working in the not-as-glamorous-as-you’d-think Movie Biz!!

But I have a TON of new sculpture, blog, & experiment-type ideas that I want to get started so I can share!!!

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Beautiful Jellies (which are inspiring some future sculpts) at the AMAZING Atlanta Aquarium

So Happy to be back, I’ll be getting my Etsy store up today & starting some fun projects (maybe… or I’ll say that I was already really productive this morning by actually blogging… then take a nap…)

 

From Patchwork to Atlanta, In 24 Hours!!

Oh, Man… I am sooooooo tired!!! So usually after a big craft show, I spend the next 2 days just sleeping & watching Netflix, but not this time! I did the Patchwork Santa Ana Show on Sunday (keep reading for more on that), got home unpacked everything, stayed up pretty much all night getting stuff ready to then leave at the crack of dawn on Monday for Atlanta!! AHHHH!!!

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Christmas Ornament Display at Patchwork Show Santa Ana

Sunday at the Patchwork Show was…. wait for it… LEGENDARY!!! OMG!! I wasn’t expecting much cause I was burnt out from getting everything ready between the show & traveling, that I was so super surprised when it ended up being MY BEST SHOW EVER, AGAIN!!! Patchwork bought me a new iPhone this Christmas!! Thank You!!

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A pile of Needle Felted Sushi!

So now I’m sitting in my SUPER fancy hotel suite, waiting on room service, and getting ready to call the hubby.

 From Patchwork to Atlanta, In 24 Hours!!

It’s sad when working 12 hours of manual labor is considered a “break”. I think it’s nice to just go & not have to think about much. I am the most hardcore boss I think I’ve ever had, but it’s refreshing to just work & make money… I just won’t be back to L.A. till… well… I don’t really know… I already miss my hubby & the kitties!!

Happy Thanksgiving! and grab some stuff from my Etsy shop before I’m gone…

Yea!! I just wanted to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!! We’ll be headed over to Hubby’s Antie’s house for a gluttonous afternoon of delicious food (not much turkey for me, I’ve never been much of a fan)

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ALSO…

Will you be out doing your holiday shopping this weekend???

Well, skip those dumb big box store, help support some local small businesses, and stop by the Patchwork Santa Ana Handmade Show on Sunday, Dec 1st! I’ll be there (with plenty of sushi ornaments) – Booth # 13

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AND FINALLY…

I’m sad to tell everybody that I will be having to limit the stuff in my Etsy shop after this weekend for the rest of the holiday season. I just got a call to go to Atlanta for my “real-life” movie job!! I’ll be gone for a few weeks, so I will only be offering a limited number of items in my shop. If there was anything BIG you had your eye on, be sure to stop over & grab it this week!! I’ll still be offering Sushi & Holiday Ornaments and Magnets, but none of the bigger needle felted sculptures!!

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Get Always Sugar Coated at A Little Known Shop!!

That’s right, you can now get my stuff at a real-life shop!! This is my first acceptance into a brick & mortar retail store! I’m so excited cause it just shows that all my hard work is finally starting to pay off!! More exposure, more new customers, more chances to get my stuff seen by a whole new audience!

A Little Known Shop Get Always Sugar Coated at A Little Known Shop!!

LOCATION:
Community
423 S. Brookhurst Street
Anaheim, CA 92804
HOURS:
Tues-Friday: 10am-7pm
Saturdays: 11:00am – 6:00pm

This place is AWESOME!! It’s a little shop down in Anaheim that is located in the cutest little Artist Community (mini strip mall). The whole strip is filled with little boutiques that are all handmade & artists shops. A Little Known Shop is kinda a showcase of local artists from all around the LA & Orange County areas.

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photo by Ahtee’s Designs – click & read more!

It’s a great place to stop by & help support local small businesses & artists. They have special events all the time that include Artists’ Galleries, craft shows, & fun community based activities that are super kid-friendly!

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photo by Our City Lights – click & read more!

Inside A Little Known Shop, you’ll find the most radical “gift-type shop” EVER! They have so much sweet stuff from many of the artists you might recognize if you ever go to the local fairs. It’s bright, beautiful, and you’ll find a variety of treasures for that special someone (or yourself) everywhere you look.

first dollar Get Always Sugar Coated at A Little Known Shop!!

Find out more about Eva & Danielle of A Little Known Shop from Academy of Handmade – click & read more!

Two of the coolest chicks in town, Eva & Danielle are super nice, knowledgable, and just fun to sit & chat with. Sometimes buying art from an artist can be a little… well… awkward cause we sometimes don’t always have the best social skills. They are the best handmade & small business ambassadors that a little startup like me can have!

And here are some of my little Needle Felted Sushi on display!! I can’t thank A Little Known Shop enough for working with me & becoming my new friends! With my previous business attempt, I think I kind of closed myself into my studio & waited for people to “find” me…. Now I’m making the effort to get myself out there. It’s kinda scary & for a mostly cat-lady-shut-in like me, they have made the transition a totally easy and fun one!!

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Felted Sushi at A Little Known Shop!! So cute on the little tree!! They look so fancy!!

Patchwork Long Beach – My Best Show So Far!!

WOW! What a wild couple of weeks! First Designer Con last weekend, then I did AWESOME at the Patchwork Show in Long Beach yesterday!!! It if officially THE BEST SHOW I’ve ever done!! And it was only 1 day, open for only 6 hours!! If I sold that much at every show, I’d be set!!

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Fun little holiday wreath I finished up last week! So cute!!

★ Thoughts about Patchwork Show Long Beach ★

It was interesting cause at Designer Con I handed out, like 100′s of business cards and sold a bit of art…. but at Patchwork Show Long Beach I handed out a handful of cards, and sold the CRAP outta Felted Sushi & my Gingerbread Ornaments!!

People were at the Patchwork Show to SHOP, people were at Designer Con to DISCOVER. I totally get it, I liked networking & making new friends at DCON… but I LOVED selling and making $$$  — that sounds bad, cause I know that making connections will eventually lead to sales, but I’m not gonna lie… I could use the few extra bucks!!

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Gotta restock sooooo much sushi!! People FREAKED out over it!!

Also, here is a lesson to my fellow artists & crafters about NOT breaking down your booth before the closing time…. The show officially closed at 5pm & people were already packing up, moving stuff to their cars before then. Well, I don’t like to be “that person” who breaks down early so we chilled out & just as we were starting to pack up stuff, I made 2 additional sales!! Last minute shoppers are still spending $$, so just relax and wait till the end cause you just might make those last few desperate customers extremely happy!!

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These were also a big seller! I need to take photos this week so I can list them in my Etsy shop!

So I’m tired, thrilled, overwhelmed with the work I have to do in the next 2 weeks, and soooo excited for Patchwork Santa Ana!! December 1st, Booth #13 (just in case you didn’t pick up those felted sushi you were eyeballing yesterday!!) I hear that Patchwork Santa Ana is even BIGGER & BETTER than Patchwork Long Beach!!! Wish me luck!

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Patchwork Long Beach THIS Sunday!!!! YEA!!!

O.M.G…..

It feels like I just recovered from last weekend & now I have to do it again!! I’m not complaining, but am EXCITED cause I HAVE to do it again!!!

Join me this Sunday at Patchwork – A Modern Craft Festival from 11-5 !!

Help support very talented artists & SHOP HANDMADE, SHOP LOCAL!!
I’ll be at Booth #50!!

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I’ll have a ton of Felted Sushi Ornaments & my brand new Gingerbread Men Ornaments for all your holiday decorating & gift-giving needs!! ** sorry about the bad (yet slightly funny picts) I just haven’t had time to get some good photos done!! **

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Spooky Gingerbread Men Ornaments

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“Bite Me” Gingerbread Men Ornaments

Oh, The People You Meet – My First Celebrity Fan!

One of the BEST things about selling your art in real-life is meeting people!! Designer Con 2013 had such a fun, unique, mixed group of vendors and visitors.

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My first celebrity fan… If you don’t recognize him… just read on!!

There were so many interesting people we met & had long talks with: A Stop-Motion Puppeteer, A Sign Painter from Trader Joe’s, some awesome Bloggers who said they would feature me *fingers crossed*, an amazing couple who bought my Lucky Cat for their Lucky Cat MUSEUM (I’m totally gonna be in a museum!!), a few people who recognized my art from Etsy, a girl who actually owns a piece that I had made YEARS ago… and so many more… My only fear is that I won’t remember or recognize them the next time I see them!!! AHHH!!!

There are a couple of stories about “Celebrities” that just made the weekend even more AWESOME…. **I usually don’t get “star struck” cause I’ve seen all sorts of celebrities on movie sets & such, but it’s different when they like YOUR own art!!**


Overheard from FRANK KOZIK!!!

So hubby was standing in line somewhere & Frank Kozik was talking with some people. He is very recognizable & since he is kinda a gruff dude, is very intimidating. I’ve been a fan for years…

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PERSON - ”So what do you think of the show (Frank)?”

FRANK KOZIK - ”I don’t like most of the old people… (vendors that have been around)… But there are some good new people. There’s a person making some pretty cool wool sculptures…”

!!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAT !!!!!!!!!!

I’m just gonna assume he was talking about me (cause it makes me feel good)!! There was another felted there, but he’s been around for a while & I’m NEW!!!! To think that my stuff made an impression at DESIGNER CON on FRANK KOZIK!!!!!!

!!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!!

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Totally My New BFF… PAUL FRANK!!!!

The other story is funny cause it’s about THE PAUL FRANK (who is the funny & awesome dude in the photo above!). He was there with his new company Park La Fun!!

Paul Frank Oh, The People You Meet   My First Celebrity Fan!

On Friday when we were setting up, the guy from the booth across from us was totally building a completely new booth for himself. He was screwing together wall flats, tracing & cutting out foam core, etc. We committed about how much work it looked like (but looked good).

He saw my giant Koi early that day and said “Did you make that?!?!?! That’s AWESOME! … so great… badass…”

The next day Hubby’s cousin stopped by and told us that the guy who was working hard building his own booth was actually PAUL FRANK!!!! !!!!WHAAAAAAAAT!!!!!! Paul Frank thought my stuff was BADASS!!!! !!!!WHAAAAAAAT!!!!!!

Thinking back on the day, I remember people taking pictures with him & getting his autograph, makes sense now!!!

Paul Frank Wallet Oh, The People You Meet   My First Celebrity Fan!

My New Park La Fun (Paul Frank) Wallet

So Sunday, I went over & bought a wallet from him (cause it was super cute) and to strike up a conversation…. well… we ended up chatting with him for like 30 minutes!! He was super interested in my art, asked all sorts of questions, was super nice & funny, took my business card, and was soooo cool! He laughed that he was up late the night before sewing (even the big guys do it)!! Then he gave me some business advice that I’m sure as HELL take!! “Just start going around to the shops to see if they want to carry your stuff. That’s how I started… They might like it, they might not… just do it”

So when it got slower in the day, I asked him to take a photo with my Koi: I couldn’t let him get away! So I officially have my first celebrity fan!!!

What a Weekend…. Oh, Designer Con… I Love YOU!!

… I’m all jazzed up just thinking about how much fun we had last weekend!! …

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Paul Frank and Always Sugar Coated

OMG, Designer Con… You Rocked My World!

DCon 2013…WHAT A WEEKEND!!!!

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My Brand New BANNER! I love it! Drawn on the iPad & printed SUPER giant! I

I’m finally recovered from my grand adventure-of-a-weekend at Designer Con 2013!! All the hard work, blood, sweat, & tears have finally paid off! Even up till the last-minute, I was unsure how people would like my art… well… PEOPLE LOVED IT!!! YEA!!

It can be so stressful & terrifying presenting yourself to a public & not knowing what will happen. But when you’re finally there, meeting all the amazing fans, talking with new friends (Howdy new friends!), and making a bit of money, you feel justified.

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I totally had to rush order more business cards for next weekend!!

I got sooooo many compliments on my Needle Felted Characters, it was unbelievable! Fans said they saw them from across the aisle & HAD to come over and check them out! I was also pleasantly surprised that more & more people actually know what Needle Felting is! 4-5 years ago when I started, they had no idea what needle felted wool was (I think I was just ahead of my time!!!) So many people saying “I’ve never seen anything like it… It’s AMAZING!” It’s lit a fire under my butt to create some new ones!! It’s been a while since I’ve done any Needle Felting, but I’ve already got a couple of ideas for some new characters so keep an eye out!

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Everyone gushed over my giant needle felted koi!

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So many pictures taken of my little needle felted characters! Hopefully I’ll get some inter-webs press from them!

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Little Mustache Cupcakes got new fancy boxes with funny stickers!!

I have a few funny stories that I’ll share with you in the next couple days, but I really just wanted to give a big fat THANK YOU to all my family & friends & new fans that were there to support me over this weekend! ★ Especially the Hubby, who without him, there’s no way I could have done it ♥♥

Thank You All… and Designer Con 2014… HERE I COME!!

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Brand new X-Mas ornaments were a hot seller!

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‘Tis the season to eat HAM!!

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Sweet little hand cast & painted magnets and pins!