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So for the time being I’ve closed my Etsy shop. I just need some time to really re-evaluate what I want to sell and do with the place, and I want to focus on making more new items for it. I might reopen it by Christmas, but probably not until after New Years. I want to have a bunch more NEW inventory before I open it, and I have a lot of plans! I’ll keep you all updated!

bucklesx5s

Done.
Done.
DONE.
FINALLY DONE.

This has been my life for 3 months.

This all started a few months ago when I was contacted by Aasman Brand Communications to redesign the character Buckles the Husky for Yukon Highways & Public Works. More info about the redesign and stuff here. Well, this is the 2nd part of the project, they contracted me to make 5 “Buckles” plush! Patterned from scratch, and this took multiple revisions until both I, and the buyer were pleased with it, but now, they’re done, and I am extremely proud of this project. The raw, blistered hand and wrecked back was worth it LOL ^^; Can’t wait to get them up to the buyer and I sure hope they’re happy with them!!

Learned a lot taking on a project this large, such as:

  • Next time need better time management
  • UPS sucks
  • Stop trying so hard to make them be “identical”. Impossible with handmade plush.
  • Next time need to record work hours at the start. This took far, far longer than I anticipated.
  • Prototyping is a royal pain in the ass, but is so very worth it.
  • Apparently I can still sew with every single finger bandaged.
  • Water soluble stabilizer and minky don’t really mix.
  • Machines only break down on you at the most inopportune time.

Plush Details:

  • Number of Different Prototype Pieces: 10 Heads, 5 hind legs, 4 bodies, 4 noses, 2 tails, 3 ears
  • Height: 18 inches / 45.72cm
  • Fabric: Snow White Minky, Ash Grey Minky
  • Embroidery: Eyes, freckles, and “Buckles” signature on bottom of paws all from Madiera thread.
  • Stuffing: Approx 12 pounds / 5.44kg of polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Machine Sewing: All pieces
  • Hand sewing: Paws and mouth details, ears, legs, tail, and head attachment to body.
  • Hours: Lost count around 100

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A new website I’ve been working on in my free time is live, Curiosities of the Forest ! The site is dedicated to the Signpost Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon, and all it’s wonders. Please enjoy the collections of photographs taken of all the weird, wonderful, and wild items hidden within the forest!

So, for now, Canada Post is keeping to normal operations so the shop is back!

 Hi everyone! Due to the upcoming strike by Canada Post, I’m forced to temporarily close my shop, as Canada Post is the only shipping option I have available in my community. I am SO sorry about this, but I cannot fill orders if Canada Post won’t ship them! 🙁 I’ll be back as soon as Canada Post gets their stuff together!