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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Five Monsters for 9/20-26

Alright, so last week wasn't a full week since I started this project in the middle of it. But I was able to complete five monsters! I made the two sock monsters earlier in the week and then yesterday went to Hancock Fabrics and saw these wonderful plaid flannels. I thought they were so warm and cozy and perfect for fall. I wanted to make one type of monster for all three with corresponding color schemes. I was racking my brain for design ideas and then finally decided to re create my design that I gave to my brother last year, Thud. He is also one of the pages of my coloring books. Their names all rhyme with Thud since they are related. If these turn out to be popular I will make more.

This is Bud. Bud enjoys carving pumpkins with his teeth, gravy Monster soup on Fall days, and curling up to watch his favorite horror flicks. He is very messy, but resourceful. His home is built out of trash and recyclables, simply because he never wants to clean up! If you love messes and Halloween activities then Bud is the monster for you!

Fud is a little slow. He likes to take walks around his yard to see if there are any birds. Usually his loud steps scare them away, but every once in a while he will see one and get very happy. He loves Jelly doughnuts and would eat them all day if he could, but he is only allowed two a day. He is frightened of ghost stories and all things scary, so if you are watching a scary movie hold him tight!

Jud loves camping in the wild outdoors. He loves to wrestle bears, alligators and spiders. He has never lost a wrestling match and will challenge anyone who gets in the way of his camping. He loves chili, monster football and camp fires. He likes getting his hands dirty so be prepared to keep up with him!

Dorothy is sick and tired of other monsters telling her what to do, even when they aren't. She is tired of your lip even when you haven't said anything and she will let you know! Dorothy loves to play on playgrounds and push other monsters in the dirt, hunt for buried treasures and keep them all to herself, and of course always eat the last monster cookie on the plate. She will provide many hours of entertainment if you can handle her sassy attitude.

Tom is such a nice guy. When he isn't visiting his grandma on the weekends he can be found playing a game of Monster kick ball in his neighborhood. He is always polite and lets others go first. He loves all sports, Italian cuisine and collecting interesting pencils. He says the pencils bring him good luck on his tests at school. Adopt him today if you want a little sweet monster in your family!

Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

260 Monsters Project

Okay. I have modified my last failed project for good reason. Monsters are not like one page plays that Suzan Lori Parks wrote. I can't necessarily make them anywhere without preparation. So instead of a monster a day I will be making five a week, totaling 260 a year. Ideally if this were my only job I would be making five or more a day, but that is not reality yet. I get busy, work, cooking, plans with friends and I think this project will allow for more flexibility and I wont feel bad if I don't make one on a certain day. So five a week. This can span out over 7 days, or make multiple in one day. I will make a post each week with pictures of the five creatures along with their numbers.
I just started reading Julie & Julia and I love it so far! It got me thinking again about a project that will keep me motivated and keep me producing. Because only good things can come from this. If I want steady sales I need steady production. So this is my plan! I am sticking to it and I know certain people, like Grant ;), will make me stick to it as well.
<3 Emma

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I have the creative itch

I need to make myself a schedule. Between work, chores, sleep my monsters are falling by the wayside. One of my favorite things about crafting is that I do it when I want to. I always feel so accomplished when I finish a monster or a project like my coloring book but I just have to start cranking them out. If I am ever going to get steady sales instead of pleasant surprises I need to produce at least five monsters a week and renewing every day at peak times.
I am not the most organized person, but it feels good when I am. I cleaned today, planned out my meals for the week and I need to plan my Zerumpees work schedule, instead of just working on things whenever.
I did finish my key chains which I am super excited about, and I got my monsters back from Stuffed Magazine, it's in Barnes and Noble now in the craft section, so check it out. I also applied for the Renegade Craft Holiday Fair. I am really hoping I get it, it would be so fun and a great experience to do a craft fair solo.

Craft Love to All! - Emma