O Pato Desafinado in Italy created a Coraline-themed box and Doll from my papercraft Coraline Doll. They look really well made and awesome. More pictures at Caffè Delle Tre. Grazie tanto for sending these to me!
I took a brief break from my Mad Tea duties, and am late for it today as well. But better late than never, as they say. MAD TEA stands for Monster Art Dolls Toy Etsy Artists. It’s a stretch I know. See this page for details about MAD TEA. Today’s Etsy Monster Artist is Melissa Sue Stanley. This post also goes in the “It’s safe to tell you now I’ve ordered mine.” category because I got one of her creations.
Melissa Sue designs and creates creatures and creations. You can order pre-made items from her store, or you can ask for something custom. It looks like she doesn’t make Amigurumi anymore, which is too bad. For the uninitiated, Amigurumi is a Japanese art of making knitted or crocheted anthropomorphic shapes or stuffed animals. I guess it’s kind of moot now, though, except: She is selling a couple of pre-made ones.
I’m going to shut up now and let the photos do the talking. These are great soft-sculpture objects.
I wanted a friend for the Diabolical Dr. Francois, so I ordered a custom Melancholy Monster. We traded a few Etsy “convos”, which are what Etsy refers to as messages about an item. I didn’t realize until I ordered this monster that Etsy is pretty well set up to do custom orders and commissions. You can basically pick an artist, write up a proposal for what you want, and offer a price. The artist can accept, decline, or haggle. It ends up being an interesting process.
I sent in my commission and Melissa Sue sent back this drawing.
I suggested some changes to the head gear, and this is what resulted.
Here’s the finished product, with the Diabolical Dr. Francois.
Dr. Francois isn’t looking as sinister and menacing as usual, because I caught him off-guard with this gift.
Melissa Sue, like most Etsy artists, has a blogger blog which it looks like she updates fairly regularly. You should check it out. There’s a lot of cool stuff. Well, that’s it for this week’s installment of MAD TEA. See you next week for more Monster Art Doll Toy Etsy Artists.
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The dark night of your stay in the curious old hotel is punctuated by the faint sound of sneaking back and forth outside your door. The carpet barely muffles the floorboards in this place but no new visitors clomp down the hall. But are you imagining the sound of small feet? Or brushing tails? The hint of a purr? Sometimes mewing or a screech is heard as if some cats were having a brief argument down the hall. Something about the sounds make you think they are either too big or too small, or maybe both. But that could only be the acoustics of the tall ceilings in this ancient structure, or an overactive imagination. You bury your head under your pillow and resolve to bring your stay here to an end tomorrow.
In the morning you wake to find the sun streaming through the windows of your room and laugh at your foolishness the evening before. As you exit your room, this ominous piece of furniture greets you in the hallway and you can’t help but wonder if there are crafty animals under the cover. Did it just move?
It’s my birthday. Of course I can’t tell you how old I am, or the agents will visit again and remind me to be discreet. In honor of my birthday, however, I have decided give you a present. I wrote you a story about Ominous Furniture. Happy Birthday to me!
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