Saturday, April 5, 2008

The 2nd Annual Softie Awards and a Bunch of Blythe Goings-Ons (is that a real word?)

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all your congratulations on my little ami bunny softies. I appreciate it so much!So there is even more softie fun to be had! The 2nd Annual Softie Awards Contest is now in session! There are a lot of fun categories this year -- Picnic Food, Elephant Tribute, Cutest Face, Pink or Plaid, and Embroidered to Death. Consider entering if you haven't already. It's so much fun to play along! Do check out the Softies Central Flickr group to see all the entries so far and prepare to be inspired!
I think I will enter my little Albino Koala in the Cutest Face category. That's her face peeking out of my banner up there. She was the first softie I ever made of my own design so she is very dear to my heart. It was inspired by a real life albino koala, Onya-Birri.

For the Pink or Plaid category I plan to enter my Good Luck Cat.

This week in Blythe I finished this nutty strawberry sundae hat for Gina & her girls. Thank you Gina!

I also made this sketch of a dress that's been bouncing around in my noggin for awhile. It's a very simple sundress, which features a gathered patchwork skirt. I like the idea of it, but I think it's in danger of turning out sort of hippie looking, which is not the look I'm going for. I want it to be sweet, childlike and playful.
I've chosen these fabrics for the dress so far. I stuck to pastel colors (with lots of pink :) and dainty prints, which hopefully will avoid the whole hippie issue. Another fear that I have is that all the seams in the skirt will make it look rather stiff. To avoid that I've chosen the lightest, most airiest fabrics from my stash -- cotton gauzes, handkerchief linens, and London lawns.

Next step is to draft the pattern. If all goes well you'll see the final product in my next post.

Take care until then!


Pihcol said...

Good luck on your contest! You're koala's face will definitely warm the hearts of those who haven't seen it yet.

I love your dress idea, and i don't feel it's hippie looking. It looks very playful and happy.

You don't seem to have a limit to your creations. I wish that I could have a quarter of your talents.

I can't wait to see how your dress turns out. Goodluck again on both of your entries!

rainiedoll said...

OMG!!! Ur Blythe is such a beauty, with her blue hair. I love the dress she is wearing and the panda t shirt.. Especially the kitchan set u have there. How i wish a have one of that too..

Marcia said...

You are definitely on the right track with your dress. It's gonna be so cute! Your koala and kat are too sweet. The way you make their's wonderful. Good luck with your entries, they look like winners.

Tizzalicious said...

oooh, I might enter one of my softies :D

the enchanted pumpkin said...

i love the albino koala! and the kitty too! you should enter them! i bet you could win! the hat is really cute too! i bet the dress will be adorable! you are so creative! huggs!

Megumi said...

Yay for your softies!! I hope you will win again(^-^)!!

Woot! A lot of pretty fabric!! I can't wait to see the finished dress!!

Morgan said...

I'm sure your dress will come out very precious. I can't wait to see it!

Sandy said...

Your plushes are gorgeous-good luck! I love the hat that Gina ordered as well. How much are you selling them for?


LindaJ said...

Hi Rima, Loovee, and Gachapin!

I look forward to seeing your softies win over lots of crafty folks. Your entries are so pretty!

Your idea for that dress is so cute. I know what you mean about getting dangerously close to hippie, but I'm sure you will create something very sweet, child-like and playful. All of your creations have those qualities.

I hope that you are well and that spring is off to a wonderful start for you all!

Linda, Molli, Zelda, and Ramona

Sandy said...

Hi Rima! How much with postage though? Sorry, I wrote here but I don't have your e-mail address...Sand:0)

Sam said...

Those softies are super cute! I'm sure they'll be as successful as the ami bunnies.

I can't wait to see how that dress turns out, it looks amazing!

alexander said...

Very nice and unusual. :)
Good luck on both of your entries!

Alex's World! -

Milkberry said...

good luck for the contest sweetie! are you getting the cancan cat? she has blue hair too! (and cat ears LOL).

Constance Blythe said...

Your koala and your cat are just gorgeous I love them both. Love the design for the summer dress and the fabrics you have chosen, can hardly wait for the next post!

60-60 said...

I like your lucky cat too! Good luck in the contest! :)
I can't wait to see your pink sundress! Fabrics are fab, good choices!


Cait said...

Your softies are so darling! Good luck on the new contests and keep us updated!
Hmm, I'm all about the hippie look but I can see how pink and sweet would better suit Loovee and her new dress =)

Katy said...

That koala is the cutest thing I have seen in AGES!

Sonnja said...

Your little Albino Koala and Good Luck Cat are Lovely.
Kind regards

Beertje Zonn

Gina2424 said...

Hi Rima-love your new banner! I sent you an email to two different addresses to thank you for the Sundae hat! It is wonderful. I hope my mail finds you. I'm headed to check out all the softies and embroidering-I love it all! Thanks,

Fliss said...

The fabrics you have chosen for the dress are stunning! I can imagine very easily the effect you are going for and can't wait to see the finished results :D I love your work :D

Zari said...

these softies are wonderful!