Amiibo customizing

Lou convinced me to start customizing some Amiibo figurines. (I mentioned one in my previous post.) In case you don’t know what an Amiibo is, it’s basically an electronic figurine that you use in conjunction with some Nintendo games. They’re fun to collect (even if you don’t use them for the games) and there’s some really cute ones.

This is Deku Link. Lou suggested this one. It’s a character from Zelda: Majora’s Mask. I customized this one from a regular Toon Link Amiibo. You can see a few more angles that Lou put in a little album here.

Clearly you can tell what this guy is. Andddd again with the food. I know. I have a problem. Hopefully I’ll have time to make more soon! They’ve kind of relaxing.

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Munny customizing

Here’s how my customized mini Munny figure came out! HOW adorable is that cotton candy??

The deadline to vote is passed. I’m kind of miffed about it though. I feel like the voting portion wasn’t well thought out. People were allowed to submit their designs to be immediately cast in the pool of voting pretty much as soon as they received their LootCrate with the Munny figurine included (for the contest). So essentially, if you already had a customized Munny that fit the theme, or were very fast at customizing one, you could get a good head start on everyone and gather a lot more votes just due to the extra exposure you got.
I’m not trying to be a sore loser. I was just hoping the voting portion of the contest would be a little more fair to everyone. Why not accept entries until a certain point, and THEN open it to voting once everyone is accounted for?
But I won’t dwell. I’m really happy with how my little circus kitty came out and I might not have pushed myself to give it a try if it weren’t for this contest. Not to mention I still have a shot to win the “Judge’s Pick”, which isn’t based on most votes. So that would still be awesome. Fingers crossed!

I’m also working on another custom wedding cake topper. This will be my last cake topper commission for a little while. I have so many projects that I need to catch up on! But look how cute these guys are. They’re modeled after the Android robot mascot dude.

Here’s a little sneak peak of another custom Amiibo I’m working on.

I also picked up a new sketchbook. It’s like a new pair of socks. Nice and cozy. I can’t wait to do some more two-dimensional pieces!

Last week I made some steamed pork dumplings. They were pretty awesome. But I forgot how time consuming it is to make them! Next time I’ll take the recipe writer’s advice and make a whole bunch to freeze too. Then I’ll have mountains of dumplings for later! I also made some kimchi fried rice with an egg on top.

And finally…an Eevee pic. Just a typical “I’m trying to work” day  being ruined by the “slow blink” cuteness.

Customizing vinyls and other crafty bits

I have all kinds of projects going on at the same time. Here’s a few of what I’ve been working on.

This was a Trikky vinyl figurine that I’ve literally had sitting on my desk for three years blank. I had performance anxiety or something. I just couldn’t decide what to make! I finally forced myself to make a move. Naturally, I went with two of my favorite subjects. Cats and food. I’m still pondering if I want to add a nose. I think he looks so cute without one. But also kind of strange.

I tried to loosely base the figurine’s coloring on my cat Spike. This is an older pic of when I caught him in my light box. NOW I know why there’s always cat hair all over my desk.

I also started another custom Munny figurine. LootCrate is running a design competition, so I thought I’d give it a try. There’s less than two weeks left before the deadline, so I’m scrambling. I couldn’t help making another Spike replica too. I know…I have a problem. Still working out how I want the face to look.

I just finished a little custom family set as well. I have to take some proper pics and then I can mail them off to the recipient! I hope they like them!

As if I don’t have enough going on, Lou convinced me to start customizing Amiibo figures too. I’ll save that for another post though!

new designs

Well we were supposed to have something like 100 feet of snow last week. I can’t help feeling slighted. I didn’t WANT that much snow. But I just don’t like when people (the media, meteorologists, every one on facebook) are swearing up and down terrifying us all that I must run to the store and buy all the milk, bread and eggs I can find before the movie The Day After Tomorrow happens in real life. And now everyone’s standing around with their hands in their pockets, heads down, kicking at pebbles saying “uh…I don’t recall saying that”.

I know people farther up north still got hit with the snow pretty hard and I’m thankful we didn’t in Delaware, but it drives me bonkers when news reporters say with 100% certainty that something monumental or devastating with the weather is going to happen and then it doesn’t. Haven’t they read The Boy Who Cried Wolf? Have they learned nothing?? A lot of people are now saying “Better over prepared than under prepared”. I can agree with that. I do have a nice stock load of White Russian and Espresso-tini ingredients now.

Aside from the impending snow-doom, I’ve been busily chipping away at some new figurine designs. Here’s a few things I’m working on! Most of these gals are going to This N That Gift Gallery in Carrboro, NC, so sadly they won’t be available in my shop. But if you’re in the Triangle area, be sure to stop by!

I was waiting on these adorable little flowers that I ordered to arrive. They’re soooo cute and tiny! They’ll be used for bouquets and maybe little head pieces for the bride figurines of my cake toppers. I’m also going to offer little painted bases for them to stand on with customizable writing.

New Year, New creations

Say goodbye to this purple Moogle tie! By the time I write this, it should be arriving at its destination very soon. I was worried that bright purple would be a little too bold of a color, but then I remembered that all of these neckties I paint feature crazy characters anyways…so that’s probably the least of someone’s concern. I’d like to paint some more Final Fantasy-themed neckties soon. I just have to figure out what!

With the new year here, I’m starting to gear up for “wedding season”! I have a lot of new cake topper ideas in the works, including some cats and foxes!
As usual, I’m all over the place and plans may change. (I’m also working on something super top secret!) But as of right now, cake toppers – that’s my focus! Well…and maybe shoes…and maybe neckties. Gah! I need more hands. As always, I still take custom requests, so even if I don’t have what you’re looking for listed, chances are I can make it for you.


My Halloween Costume

Well it’s practically Christmas, so why not FINALLY make an update about how my Halloween costume turned out? I mostly blame my broken phone and the difficulty I had in getting the photos off of it. I slightly blame my laziness. Ok and I also partly blame my memory for forgetting I could find most of the photos on my Instagram and Facebook. SHH.

Say hello to Fox McCloud! (I’ll get to that other crazy character next to me in a second…)

I’m really happy with how everything turned out. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few updates here and there about the costume. Fur color and painting it, the gun, yadda yadda. After all my drama with the fox fur, I think it came together pretty well! I was mostly just winging the whole thing the night before Halloween. The fox ears have A LOT of hot glue holding their shape. Hot glue is your friend.

The fox ears and tail were a little rough to the touch after I painted them the color I wanted with acrylics, but from far away I think they work great! I pinned the tail to my pants with a giant safety pin (sadly I don’t have a good shot of it on, but you can see it poking out from the side) and the ears are on a thin plastic headband. Surprisingly, it’s very hard to drive while wearing fox ears and a tail.

I painted a Nerf gun with acrylic paints as best I could. I know nothing about guns or what they’re supposed to look like. But hey…this is the future. My gun can look however it wants! I also made a holster out of thick felt and sponged it with more paint to try and look leathery. Next time, I’d definitely like to make it out of real leather since the felt was kind of flimsy. For one Halloween night, it got the job done. I also added another strappy belt around my leg for more holstery stability. I don’t know. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Having a gun prop was a lot of fun. I wanted to shoot everything! The only problem was I only had three darts and kept having to retrieve them. If I could rig something up where they’re attached to a little string that I could easily reel back in…oh man…that would be the best.

The headset was made out of an old Xbox headset. I painted an empty playing card box, added some red foam and slid it onto the headset. I found a pair of hippy green glasses at the Halloween store and cut out the little green shape I needed for the eye piece. Then by the power of hot glue and electrical tape, I used some thick black wire to attach it all together. I’m actually really surprised this all worked out alright. It’s a little janky, but it totally works!

If I have more time, I’d like to go back and fix the headset, maybe replace it. This was Lou’s old headset, and his giant head stretched the shape out a lot. Even a light breeze was blowing it off my head.

The belt buckle is made out of thick foam. This is another piece I’d like to redo, but at the time I was just working with what I had. I free-handed the Fox emblem onto the foam and painted it silver, adding some loops so I could easily slide it onto my belt. It looks just like a buckle, but it’s not very durable. I risked crushing it anytime I sat down.

I’d also like to add shin covers on my boots similar to the Smash Bros. Fox version (there’s a few different ones spanning all the different games). I didn’t have enough time before Halloween.

This is probably one of the most comfortable costumes I’ve put together, despite all my head accessories. I can’t wait to try it out at a convention.

The hilarious icing on the costume cake…you may or may not recognize the character standing next to me in the first photo. So my friend Yesenia wouldn’t tell me what her costume was. I knew she was making something, but I had no idea what. She’s a sneaky sneak like that. I show up in my costume and what do I see but FALCO staring back at me. Another character from Star Fox! Dis bish just leveled up my costume into an epic group costume!

Now we just have to convince Lou or her husband to be Slippy the Frog (also from StarFox) and we’ll be set. For now, we’re part Star Fox, a bartender, Ness from Earthbound and a shark dog. And that’s a wrap Halloween 2014!

Necktie updates

Things have been super hectic around here with Christmas just around the corner. But I tried my hardest to get a few more neckties listed in the shop in time to be used as gifts…or wear yourself! Everything bought between now and Christmas will ship same or next business day. Upgraded shipping is also available for an additional cost! I plan on keeping the shop open through Christmas and New Years, but keep in mind that nothing will ship Dec 24 – 26 and Dec 31 – Jan 2.

These are the last new ties I’ll have available through the new year.

I also just finished a custom Growlithe necktie! This one is already spoken for, but I might add more to the shop later. It’s hard to know which Pokemon to choose for neckties unless it’s a custom order. There’s just so many! Everyone has a different favorite.