Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ninja Giveaway

The weather is getting a bit chilly and plushies need some people to snuggle up to, even ninjas.
This Ninja Whabbler is looking for a fun home to play in, he promises not to hurt you with his throwing stars when he gives you a hug.

He is made from sturdy poplin fabric to hold up to lots of play. His face panel felt, hand sewn on with safety eyes so that children can play with him. Poly pellets are used to weigh the bottom down and then polyfill for the remaining stuffing. His bottom closure is covered with felt hand sewn into place, while his top closure is covered with a hat made from the toe section of a black tube sock, hand sewn into place.

His approximate size is 6 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches wide.
He was made in a smoke-free, pet-free home.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Helene Hedwig Muller Fritzsche

I enjoy creating toys that make people smile. I grew up helping my Oma (German for grandmother) with local charity organizations and it shaped me into the person I am today. Even though she is no longer with me I still continue to share what we started together, giving comfort to others in little ways. I love to see people smile when they see my toys; it is what drives me to continue on the path I have chosen for my art, the huggable kind.

When I create a toy I think about how people will feel when they see it. While working on a sketch or with the fabric I try to bring it to life in a way that will affect others in a positive manner. I keep most of my toys safe for little ones by using safety eyes and embroidery to avoid choking hazards. I love how the light reflects off of safety eyes to give them a bit of life, or an embroidered crooked smile makes them a bit mischievous. By keeping the toys kid friendly they can be a great comfort for all ages, because no matter how old we are there is still a little kid in each of us. The use of fabric and fibers helps keep the toys huggable, we all need a hug with a special friend from time to time.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Plushies Do Stack !

Check out the very cool online photo collaboration project that Seth Apter is putting together over at his blog, The Altered Page.

Today is the day to post a picture of your stack.
My time as of late has been focused on getting plushies made for an exhibit I have coming up next month. The picture seems a bit fuzzy, but they were pushing each other around as I was trying to take their photo.

Head on over to Seth's blog to see a list of everyone who is participating so you can take a look at everyone's stacks.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My First Wheel !

The Little Diana, a nice little size for the apartment dweller =)

She will get her own name once I start working with her more. Spending time today with her and getting familiar with the feel of her peddle.

Looking for some good sites on the spinning basics. I have checked out some YouTube videos already on spinning, but any recommendations would be great.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Yup! They are all over the place in my studio space, which has currently invaded the living room.

September 21 bill bring about a collaboration of stacks. Check out The Altered Page the great stuff there along with the great idea to all post a picture of our stack on the same day, September 21. Check it out here:

"One week from today, on Wednesday September 21st, The Altered Page will host Paper Stacks, an online collaboration. Please leave a comment on this post if you would like to participate. All you need to do is post an image on 9/21 on your own blog of your stacks - be they papers, books, journals, or anything else of your liking. On the 21st I will post a list of all participating artists on my blog so that you can be sure to find all the links to the stacks. Feel free to let your own readers know about this project by spotlighting it on a post on or prior to reveal day. Please (and this is important) email me with a link when your post goes up so I know to add you to the posted list on my blog.

This is one time when the higher your stacks of stuff, the better. "

I wonder if I can find a way to stack the plushies =)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Inspired by Goldfish Crackers!

Nom Nom Nom....

Plate of goldfish =9
Can't eat these ones though, well I guess you could if you wanted a bit of dry mouth.

I made some penguins a few weeks back and it has been bugging me that I did not have any fish for them to snack on. While these ones are a bit big for them they are cute. I think I will dig out my thinner yarn to whip up some fish for the penguins.

Another inspiration with these fish is that I was thinking of displaying them in a glass bowl with blue marbles on the bottom, a co-worker suggested a crochet bowl... even though you can't see through the crocheted bowl I like her suggestion of a color game with a child, have the fish in different colors (like the yummy rainbow goldfish crackers) and they can put them in the fish bowl. I think I will crochet the bottom section of the bowl in blue like water and the upper area in white. I was thinking when I change colors I will section off the inside and stuff it to help with the structure. I hope I can get this done in time for the hospital show inventory list which is due Monday. I want to have all the items complete when I turn in the list, nothing holding over my head.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Peculiar Poppet Mermaid Princess Perriana

I've been busy working on toys for an exhibit coming up at the University of Michigan Hospital. My peculiar poppets will be part of my Huggable Art collection.

Perriana has a handspun yarn (purchased at a fiber show) necklace and a horn that calls to one of her special friends.
Her hair is made from handspun/hand-dyed yarn from Carla at cjkojo designs along with a couple other handspun finds. She has a cute little crown of three pearl beads =)
You can find Carla's beautiful fibers on etsy:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Knitting Circle

The weather is cooling down, time to start working on those knitting projects!

These lovely Poppets meet in the Peculiar place of the meadow to work on their scarves.

Do you knit too?
What project are you working on?

I am working on a pair of toe up socks. I found a cast on that I absolutely LOVE and I'm hooked! I used to do cuff down but found that I was so afraid of running out of yarn and the foot ended up being to short. One of the gals at the day job kept getting handmade socks because they wouldn't fit me =(

Friday, September 2, 2011

Troupe of Gophers

I chose felt teeth over beads to keep them kid friendly... They are Huggable art after all =)