First off, I wanted to say thank you all for a wonderful year! Everyone’s support means so much to me.
I’ve been spending some time looking back on all the plushies I've made this year and I wanted to share some of my favorites:
In January I created my cockatiel gryphon which was my only unique plushie for the month, the rest were all different color variations of my patterns. It actually stayed with me until March when I sold it to help cover unexpected medical costs for my own cockatiel right before a convention when all my money was tied up in convention stock, making this a personally significant plush.
February saw the creation of my very cute giraffe pattern. While this isn’t as popular with my regular customers, it’s been a big hit at birthdays and baby showers for my cousins and nephew!
March brought about the creation of my first printed pillows when Spoonflower released minky fabric. This opened up a world of possibility for custom fabrics and allowed me to bring some lower priced items to conventions for the first time.
For April, I chose my poseable galaxy bee plush doll. The amount of detail work that went into this plush was enormous, but I was so happy when my hard work paid off.
May was graduation month for many of my college friends who graduated a year later than I did. I created the starwhale for a friend of mine to celebrate. Looking at it makes me almost want to cry, art school was an experience I’ll never forget and always look back on fondly.
In June I created the first of my carousel horses. These were another leap in complexity with poses, detailing, and the ability to balance on (and be removed from) bases. I’m still so proud of them.
July saw an increase in popularity with my galaxy bats when I released a purple variation that everyone loved. Since I am also a huge fan of purple, I was thrilled to see all the love for them.
For the first time ever in August, I made a plushie fully out of custom printed minky using my own digital painting over my pattern. This betta fish plush is still one of my favorites and I plan on utilizing the method of mixing digital painting and plushing more in 2016.
September was mostly convention prep, but I did create a beautifully cute doctor who dragon!
October was another month full of conventions. The new comer to my line up, the sushi cat, took the conventions by storm, everyone loved them!
November held the creation of my cockatiel plushies, personal favorites since I own cockatiels myself.
Finally, December saw the creation of two new patterns, my cardinal and deer patterns. It as hard to choose which one to feature, but in the end I decided to go with the galaxy deer because it makes me very happy to see!
What’s next? My goals for 2016 are to take some chances and try more techniques. I want to produce more one of a kind, unique plushies, and move more to stocking items rather than taking orders. I’d also like to release a new pattern each month, perhaps even more!
So stay tuned because this is going to be an exciting year.