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Friday, June 11

A YEAR IN REVIEW





LEFTZ turns 1!

Even though my creations are so young and still new to a lot of people, I thought I would take this time to show how far I have come in 1 year. From the moment I started, sewing became my passion. It allows me to be creative and to do things I thought weren't possible. Let's take a look at a couple of early designs.


Though I'm not allowed to choose favorites, secretly I do, and Dale has won. Dale's basic body shape hasn't changed too much, but now his "scars" are more defined, and his blank stare is replaced with a spark of playfulness.


Luke the giraffe has taken big strides and now has legs to run around on. He steps away from being a wallflower and comes to life with definition and character.


Along with figuring out how to make my plush more than just flat objects, I discovered how to photograph them so that they came to life. The contrast on my older photos was insanely too high and the true colors were difficult to tell. I try to tell a story with my new photos but without cluttering them with tons of objects.


As you can see my lighting and angles have changed. My photos have gone from dark, poorly lit to well lit with interesting angles, showing off all the features of my creations.


This year has been full of laughter and tears. I've discovered a love for sewing that I never knew I had. I've surprised myself with designs that I didn't think I could create. I've gone from swearing off sewing because I can't follow patterns to being published in a magazine dedicated to plush. -- No books, no patterns, just me.

Everyone I have met along the way has had their part in my creations. From silly late night conversations to words of encouragement from friends, all these things together have kept me on my toes and yearning to learn and create more.

Thank you to everyone who has smiled at the sight of a one-eyed plush and thought,
"I wonder if she hugged or punched that one..?" ;)

16 comments:

baahar said...

Congratulations !! You really have come a long way. And Dale is my secret fav too ;)

Molly O'Bryon-Welpott said...

AWESOME! I feel special getting to interview you during your first year, you are really an amazing talent and I expect to see many future birthday parties!

NeverTooOld said...

Happy Birthday Leftz!! You've an imagination that's limitless and your plush creations are wonderfully unique. It's amazing to see your growth thru your photos. A special CONGRATS for your works being published in Plush Mag!! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!!

sassypackrat said...

How wonderful to see your progression! Makes me have hope for my little creations. Happy Anniversary!

Raggy Rat said...

lovely to see the changes .... gosh, i have been at this for years, and dont ever see any changes ... hmmmm ....

Virtue Natural said...

Congrats again! Love the evolution of your art! You're so talented... :)

ArtTales said...

Thank you everyone! Your happy wishes and encouragement means a lot to me :))

Mytutorlist.com said...

It's funny how we get better and forget all the work that took to get there! It's very obvious when you put those photos side by side that you've come leaps and bounds. Great work on the Leftz and keep up the fabulous work! Peanut sends you cheers from his hallowed spot on my dresser.

Pikithins said...

=D =D =D You've come a long way from the first plushies you made. =D =sniffles= Your a big girl now!

-Piki

out of the frame said...

I didn't realise you'd only been making plush for 1 year! amazing! What got you started with plush making?

ArtTales said...

Thanks everyone!

Out of the frame, my mom was cleaning out her craft room and I ended up with bags of scrap fabric. I really had no idea what to do with it. I had tried sewing before (quilts) but they never lined up right. We found a Singer sewing machine at a garage sale for $25 and I started playing around. Since then I havent been able to stop :))

Matalonga Jorge said...

Beautiful plushies you have here!

ArtTales said...

Thank you Matalonga Jorge :))

mkdreambig said...

Congrats!!!! Looking at these pics makes me laugh because we own half of them..LOL!!

ArtTales said...

Kellie you are right hehe I need to make you a LEFTZ fan shirt :p

mkdreambig said...

LOL, I can wear it to work on dress down days and promote your business! LOL

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