My fingers are on fire. Last night I stayed up till 2 am working on my latest craze - plush toys, and my fingers turned into pincushions. I've been looking at all the Etsy shops lately and realized that everything plush is selling. So why not my plush toys? I've determined to be the next big toy maker. I got off to somewhat of a bumpy start last night. After some extravagant shopping at the fabric store, I had no reason not to make the next best thing since the teddy bear. Instead, I ended up with a sad, chunky manatee. She didn't end up at all like I'd envisioned - I've discovered the the second you put stuffing inside a toy they take on a personality of their own and no amount of cajoling can make them something they are not. I've named her Gwendolyn. Cher loves her to no end. I'm especially smug about the "Girls Scout Days '98 - San Antonio Sea World" patch on her rump. I'm going to run to Rite Aid today and get her some great fake eyelashes to sew on.
Another really simple idea I have for gifts (boutique selling?) are the chromosome pillows. They take about 10 minutes to make and I think they are really cute. Do me a favor, everyone. Tell me if this is something that would catch your attention in a shop (either for babies or friends) and tell me how much you would pay for the XX or XY set. I'm thinking of doing the XY set in some kind of manly fabric like camo or faux leather. These are really plushy and great for little kids to snuggle around. So tell me, am I the only geek who thinks decorating with chromosomes could be the next big thing?
I've got five huge bags of great fabric in my closet and can't wait to get started on more projects! I'm going to open up an Etsy shop as soon as I have ten or so items and see if the world approves of my juvenile sewing skills. Any ideas for a brand name? Flakey Friends? Flake Made? This is going to be so fun!