Neko what?

When I did an art trade with Marcy of Moon’s Creations I felt terrible that I only sent her a critter and a half (a little Starlord with an even littler Groot) while she sent me FOUR awesome little crocheted bunnies. GAH. I had deadlines to meet for my upcoming book, but I vowed to send her more stuff once that was done. I recreated a Ponyo that I made years ago, and cooked up a new critter: a Neko Atsume cat! Snowball, to be specific.

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For those who havent’t played, Neko Atsume is the dumbest “game” in existence. I hesitate to call it a game because there’s nothing to play and there’s nothing to win or lose. You put imaginary cat food in an imaginary bowl in an imaginary yard, and imaginary cats show up. When the cats leave they’ll give you imaginary fish, which is apparently a new form of currency. You then use said fish to buy imaginary cat toys to leave out in your imaginary yard. To attract more imaginary cats. And if you feel like it, you can take pictures of these imaginary cats to save into albums.

That’s it. That’s all you do. You don’t even get to play with the cats. It’s a lazy man’s hybrid between Pokemon Go and Tamagotchi: you don’t have to leave the house to “catch ’em all”, and nothing dies if you neglect it. It’s all so, so stupid. AND I CAN’T STOP.

Oh, and there’s cat butts too. So. Many. Cat butts.

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So I couldn’t possibly leave that little detail out.

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BEHOLD. THE CAT BUTT. Look deep into it. Yep.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

I’ve written up the pattern for this kitty too if any of you hookers out there want to make a little Snowball of your own! Pattern is available for the low, low price of FREE! You can find the patternΒ here. Just a note that it hasn’t been tested, so drop me a line if you find any goofs in the pattern! Go forth, and make all the imaginary kitties!

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Bunny Troubles in Little China!

I’ve only done two other art trades in the past, but I’ve always had a good time with them. So I was particularly excited to be doing a trade with Marcy of Moon’s Creations. I was already a big fan of her work so I knew that doing a surprise trade with her was going to be a good time. We sent each other a list of each other’s interests, and let the other person run with it! She mentioned that she liked Guardians of the Galaxy, so I sent her a little Star Lord with a teeny tiny Groot:

Nothing could have prepared me for what AWESOMENESS Marcy was going to send me though. I mentioned that I loved campy cheezy movies, citing Big Trouble in Little China and Kung Fury as examples. When I got her package in the mail I couldn’t stop giggling.

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IT’S A LITTLE JACK BURTON. WITH A LIPSTICK MARK. OH MAH GAWD.

I LOVE her attention to detail. Just look at this 80’s-tastic hair:

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And the little kiss mark! It’s perfectly dabbed on there!

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BUT WAIT. THERE’S MORE.

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“It’s all in the reflexes”

It’s a Dead Lo-Pan. I couldn’t stop smiling at this, with the little knife in his forehead. If you haven’t seen Big Trouble in Little China, Lo-Pan’s death is a hilarious “welp, that didn’t work” moment.

…and there’s STILL MORE. GAH. It’s too much already! This one might have had me laughing the most:

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IT’S AN EXPLODING THUNDER.

Lookit the blush on this chubster! Lo-Pan’s death scene is already hilarious enough, but nothing tops the self-destruction of Thunder. For anyone who needs a reminder of how HILARIOUSLY AWESOME this scene was (skip to 1:41 to get right to the explosive greatness):

These are amazing. AMAZING. Shameless plug: Marcy has a store in case anyone wants to order some awesome bunnies of their own. They’re extremely well made and the attention to detail is incredible.

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And then. AND THEN. As if the three Big Trouble in Little China bunnies weren’t enough, she sent me ANOTHER bonus bunny! It’s one of my favorites that she’s made before, and I was absolutely thrilled that she sent me one of my own!

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The cutest, creepiest little Pinhead bunny EVER. I love it. LOVE IT. I feel like a jerk for only sending 1.5 critters, so I’ve already got more planned to send back to Marcy because I really need to step things up for this level of awesomeness and generosity. THANK YOU MARCY! πŸ™‚

To follow more of Marcy’s awesome bunnies, here’s her twitter, facebook, and her etsy store! GO GO GO!

“This DOES compute!”

My friend Katie does some pretty awesome stuff with a needle, thread, and some felt.

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My hands hurt just THINKING about how much work must have gone into this one.

A while back, she asked me if I was interested in doing an art trade. We listed off each other’s geeky interests, and based on those interests, we sent each other a surprise item! Here was the hefty list I sent her:

Video games: Zelda, Katamari Damacy, Super Mario Bros
Movies: My boyfriend’s a Star Wars fanatic. I’m particularly fond of Tarantino movies (Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs are my favorite). Also love Monty Python & the Holy Grail, This is Spinal Tap, and my absolute favorite movie is Amelie, but that’s more French than nerdy, haha.
TV: Adventure Time! And lately I’ve been religiously keeping up with Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. And I LOVE Downton Abbey, but I think that’s kinda straying from the nerdy category, haha.

Last week I posted about how I sent her a little crocheted Frida Kahlo. Shortly after I sent out her little Frida, I received this in the mail:

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It’s BMO! The crazy little hand-held video game console that also serves as a video player, a camera, a detective (see “BMO Noire“), and well…he/she/it’s just a helpful little thing. I love it!

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I love that she took my interests in video games and Adventure Time and put them into one awesome piece.

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She even threw in this sweet little flower ring!

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It’ll go perfectly with my Bat-Finn and Robin-Jake!

You can find more of Katie’s awesome work at her blog, or you can contact her for commissions at kt.cowden [at] gmail.com. Hooray art trades!

Katie Cowden, Textile Artist

Blog: http://katiemakesart.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatieCowdenTextileArtist
Twitter: @katietakesfotos
E-mail: kt.cowden [at] gmail.com

“I leave you my portrait…”

A while back, a friend that I had met in passing in Austin asked me if I wanted to do an art trade. She does super awesome embroidery work, and I love her art, so I agreed. Then came the SUPER fun part. We decided to list off each other’s geeky interests, and we’d send off each other’s trades as a surprise! So here was her list of interests:

“Ok. I’m going to list favorite characters so this is easier. Bender from Futurama, LSP and Marceline from Adventure Time, Geordi and Worf from ST:TNG, Spike from Buffy, Darth Vader!, Aquaman and the Batman baddies- Riddler and Two Face are my faves.
In the not *quite* nerdy category, I also love Downton Abby, Frida Kahlo and old cameras.
Time to sketch!”

So many fun ideas! Bender would’ve been the perfect shape for crocheting. Making a tiny Two Face would’ve been a fun challenge too. But the one that immediately stood out to me was Frida Kahlo. Because HOW COULD I PASS UP MAKING A TINY UNIBROW?? And so I present to everyone, little Frida Kahlo:

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“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.” ~Frida Kahlo

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I had so much fun making this one that I actually made one for myself. I’ll be posting Katie’s surprise that she sent to me next week! In the meantime, check out her awesome work here. Hooray for art trades! πŸ˜€

Same ___ time, same ___ channel!

Is it the caped crusader?

And his boy wonder?

OR IS IT ANOTHER UBER-AWESOME ADVENTURING DUO?!?

A while ago I made a Finn & Jake for an art trade with Toygami. Weeks after sending off my crocheted Finn & Jake, I got a package from sunny California, and I couldn’t have been happier with the contents. This ain’t your elementary school playtime origami, yo. Come on, it’s freakin’ Finn and Jake. DRESSED AS BATMAN AND ROBIN. YESSSSS.

The details on these guys are awesome. I’d go nuts if I had to painstakingly carve out Jake’s ears, or to cut out the little spaces between the spikes on Bat-Finn’s gauntlets.

RESPECT THE EMBLEM.

It was a super fun trade, and I couldn’t have been happier to do a great trade-off with such a talent. πŸ™‚ You can check out his other works here. And if you want a Toygami of your own (holidays are coming up soon, guys!), you can contact him at Toygami [at] yahoo.com, or send him a tweet @Toygami for other inquiries!

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/toygami/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/toygami
E-mail: Toygami [at] yahoo.com
Photobook: Unfolding the Dream

WHAT TIME IS IT?!?!

…why, it’s freakin’ ADVENTURE TIME!!!

Finn is finally together with his bestie Jake!

They spent some time adventuring around my apartment, but now they’re on their way to California to hang out with Jovee Edwards of Toygami. Can’t wait to see the results of the paper awesomeness that he’ll be sending my way for this exchange!

You can check out more of his work here. Seriously some cool stuff being made with paper there. πŸ™‚

TOYGAMI from DJ EROK (LOS ANGELES) on Vimeo.

Is it Adventure Time yet?

No, not quite. But only because I’ve only got half of everyone’s favorite adventuring duo done so far. I was going to wait until I finished Jake to post these photos, but dammit, I’m pretty happy with how Finn turned out, so PICTURES FOR ALL!

It’s Finn the human! IN ALL HIS SKINNY, SPINDLY GLORY. Click on the photo to see him in super full-sized glory.

Finn wouldn’t be complete without his adventuring backpack.

Which has room to tote a few friends along while he waits on Jake to show up.

More photos to come once I finish up Jake. Then they’ll be sent off to Toygami in exchange for some Adventure Time themed awesomeness of his own making. Art trades = awesome. πŸ™‚