Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pillow Monsters for Sale!

I would just like to make an official announcement that my pillow monsters are available for purchase on Etsy! I have had a few of them posted alongside my illustration in my primary Etsy shop, but I have decided to move them to a storefront dedicated to them exclusively at the following address:

I took this screen shot to entice you. No pressure though! ;)

And here are a few pictures of my recent keychain accessory / ornament pillow monster creations. I hope they are enjoyed by those who will be receiving them as gifts shortly!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cross-Country Driving and More Monsters

Hi! I am in St. Louis currently - just passing through on my way home. In case you didn't know, I left Maine two days ago to return to Kansas City for Thanksgiving. Yesterday was quite an adventure. I hope to avoid driving 13 hours straight on my own in the future if possible. But, thank you very much to Katie in New York City and Mark in Louisville for letting me stay with them along the way. Two stops is a lot better than none - especially two stops with free guest beds and friends and family to visit. :)

And for the latest pillow monster update, I'd like to share with you the two pillow monsters that I just dropped off in Louisville. I made these for my cousins Kelsey and Morgan.

And now I'll be meeting a friend at Kaldi's in Clayton, my favorite (the best) coffee shop in St. Louis, and then embarking on the last stretch of driving before I finally get home!

P.S. In case anyone is anxious to purchase one of these pillow monsters, they will finally be available in my Etsy shop within the next week. I promise. :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Latest Pillow Monsters

And now for another pillow monster update! Here are some images of my latest creations, based on some of the plans I included in my last post.

An overhead view of the three larger ones.

And here are some additional shots of my favorite details. I've been having fun with colorful yarn with these ones.

And a little something I decided to do on a whim last night. Meet tiny pillow monster ornament! This one is based on my favorite of the three larger designs depicted above (the girly one, of course).

I've already had a request for a mini pillow monster stuffed with potpourri for use as a rear view mirror accessory. I am excited about the possibilities for these tiny ones. :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pillow Monsters in the Works

Hello again! I have been having a blast with my pillow monsters since my last post. I picked up a bunch of new supplies - more fabrics in new colors, thread and yarn for decoration.

I was greatly inspired by an order for five pillow monsters to be gifted for the holidays. (If anyone else is interested, I should still have time to make more before Christmas! Currently prices remain negotiable.)

Here's the part I am eager to share - my current plans for upcoming pillow monsters. :)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pillow Monsters

Welcome friends to my brand new and first ever blog, where hopefully the future will hold some interesting content related to my life, my inspiration and my artistic endeavors. In accordance with my love of images, you can expect to see a lot of visual material here.

I intended for this blog to primarily emphasize my pursuits in illustration, but what's exciting me today is an ongoing hand-sewing adventure which I've just picked up again: pillow monsters! It began a few years ago with a basic fleece blanket I found on the $2.50 rack at Target. And the first vaguely cat-like pillow monster with big eyes and fangs and an enormously disproportionately large head was born from that and a bit of cotton fluff.

So without further adieu, here is my latest creation:

Here are a few very much-loved (thus the worn appearance) older examples:

They're wonderfully soft and warm, generally 20-24 inches tall, a few inches thick, and stuffed with potential use as a pillow in mind. I've been using them as pillows as well as adorable snuggly bed and couch accessories for years.

My new pillow monster and more future pillow monsters will be coming to my Etsy shop (which I urge you to check out) soon! Would anyone be interested?

Finally, onward with more!