“OH HAI THAR” dragon

"Oh hai...."

Oops, sorry about the hiatus. The last three weeks went like this:

April week 2: Caught plague from Sakuracon. And then both Monday and Tuesday were both 14 hour experiment days. Stupid old cells.
April week 3: Still recovering from plague, but diving back in.
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Xin nian kuai le!

新年快樂! Since it’s the year of the dragon, I made this little one:

Dragon with Deathcake

Aw, isn’t she adorable? She’ll get wings eventually, but I haven’t finished them yet since I tired of hand sewing tiny stiches. She’s a more appropriate 中國龍 this way too. I haven’t decided what I would like her to be holding, so I used some Cupcake Royale baby Deathcakes as props.

Tomorrow is the Lunar New Year, though it’s already hit China and one of my friends said it sounds like a warzone with all the exploding firecrackers. The celebrations haven’t really started here though. I went to Seattle’s International District and while there were a lot of people in shops (I waited 45 minutes to buy a BBQ duck! There’s usually never a line!), no real festivities. I did run into a lion dance troupe and they said to come back next week, when they’ll be going around to all the local shops. I suppose it make sense to scare away evil spirits when the new year actually starts since they could sneak back into your establishment in the 12 hours beforehand. So I will head back next week, because I love watching the lion dancers run amok.

If it doesn't stop traffic, it's not going to chase off evil spirits

Running through the produce aisle

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Stuffed animal farm

…so I went a little nuts making stuffed toys over the last month. Seriously. I started sewing right after Thanksgiving and, in that 30 day span, I’ve made eight elephants, a narwhal, and an angry eyepatch penguin.

Angry eyepatch penguin is angry.

Yes, an angry eyepatch penguin. I made a blue penguin for my husband, who has a self-professed soft spot for penguins, and he wanted detachable angry eyebrows, which are easy to do with fleece or felt. They eyepatch was a gag gift from his coworker. Now that I think about it, this could be called a “pirate penguin,” but eyepatch penguin has stuck. And hey, eyepatches aren’t exclusive to pirates. A lot of goth lolis wear eyepatches too. (Eyepatch is also a very odd looking word that WordPress spellcheck doesn’t recognize. In fact, “WordPress” and “spellcheck” aren’t recognized either.)
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