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An Artist's Insight: Sinew & Waxed Polyester PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Friday, 04 May 2012 12:45

AnArtistsInsightHeaderSinew is another term for tendon, which is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue, joining muscles to bones. It has a gristle-like appearance and has been used for many things since ancient time, because sinew is strong and will not stretch.


Feeling Good About the Tatty Teddy Phenomenon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 10:24

stuffedhorseIt stinks being sick, doesn’t it? When I was a kid, I would sometimes pray to pass for being ill. I didn’t want to be truly suffering from a stomachache or a high fever, but if I could convince my mother that I was “under the weather,” I could stay in bed and cut out paper dolls, draw in my “Great Moments in Ballet” coloring book, and snuggle with my panda bear and stuffed horse. What more could an 8-year-old want?


An Artist's Insight: Appliquéd paw pads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:46

AnArtistsInsightHeaderCreate wonderful character in your next bear by adding these appliquéd paw pads. Take a look at the finished result. This can be achieved on alpaca mohair and even synthetic furs. This is a good way to give a soft look to your bear while adding realistic features. This is also a great way to add color to you work.


Martians and Moms: Let the plush powwow begin! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:03

MezcomarsattacksThere is an old adage that some folks have faces that only a mother can love: in the world of plush pals, that hardly ever seemed the case … until Mezco hit the scene. The renegade toy company creates plush critters, action figures, dolls, and other novelties that incorporate some of the darker elements of life. If your personality is more inclined toward lollipops, sunshine, and strolls in the park, Mezco Toyz is not your company. It is much more tuned into furtive tiptoeing in graveyards, moonlight, and things that go Pop in the night.


The Plush Life: My daughter is already rich in love, laughter, and soft pals to snuggle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 02 April 2012 10:33

money-pileThis weekend, I learned a little about my daughter, and a LOT about myself. It all began on Friday evening when we were gathered around our dinner table loudly discussing what we would do if we won the Mega Millions jackpot (it had climbed to over $600,000). I don’t play weekly, but every so often I can’t resist the siren call of fast, easy money — that is, if conjuring up six winning numbers from scratch counts as an easy task.


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