July 27 2014, 09:21 PM
picture to break up all the text that’s been happening. this is a mini version of my dog Molly, with the other dogs i’ve made in the BG. i was having fun playing with my camera settings ^^

picture to break up all the text that’s been happening. this is a mini version of my dog Molly, with the other dogs i’ve made in the BG. i was having fun playing with my camera settings ^^

July 25 2014, 03:11 PM
Is the constellation animals (the lion,fox,polar bear,and the dog) for sale? And if they are wear can I find them?

they currently are not. if you mean the artwork, i really should set up a shop somewhere to sell prints! i haven’t really had anything worth selling up to this point, but i think those would be cool to have. 

if you mean the plush, i’m not sure if i’ll ever sell them, just because it was a personal/school project and i really like it, and i’d like to keep them for my personal collection and keep them one of a kind. eventually i maaay make one or two other lions and auction them off, but that’s probably the most i’d ever do. 

July 24 2014, 01:42 PM
do you mind if your response about artists wages/pricing is reblogged?

naw i dont mind! so long as it’s not being reblogged to shame the person who asked the question, because i’m sure they meant no harm and were just uninformed!!

July 24 2014, 12:15 PM
Thank you for your post on pricing. Sometimes I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle against people who assume that since they can get a stuffed animal at the dollar store that my work should be priced the same. So it always makes me smile to see an artist, especially a plush artist, standing up for the value of their skills. I tend to say often, "It's not overpriced, it's simply out of your personal price range. And that's okay. What's not okay is telling me how much I should make at my job."

Yes!! it definitely comes with the medium ;0; it’s really taken me a while to get to a point where i know i’m charging what i’m worth and i’m completely comfortable with it, so i love taking the opportunity to explain as best as i can why i price the way i do so people won’t misunderstand art prices, and maybe help other artists feel confident enough to charge what they’re worth as well! 

and that is totally the perfect response to a question like that haha. that should just be everyone’s tagline at the end of commission posts, i wonder if that would reduce the amount of people asking for a lower price :)

July 24 2014, 10:29 AM

coffeepott replied to your post: chase-the-breeze answered your post…

Gauging interest includes figuring out if your customers can afford the product in the first place though, right?

yeah, true. but it was more a post to see if i’d get enough business offering such a specific commission option than it was asking opinions on my price, which is pretty set in stone if i’m ever going to offer miniature commissions.

in the past i offered miniature plush commissions for about $40, but that price didn’t include tons of sketching and style negotiating and tons of email correspondence (which is honestly the most tiring part of what i do). in my head i charged that much, people would tell me what they want and understand they would get it in the style all my other mini’s were in, and i’d make it and send it to them with no fuss. but many people ended up being just as demanding and specific with mini plush as they were with my regular sized commissions without paying the higher price that i charge for such things, so i just closed those commissions altogether because it was tooooooooo much trouble. that is why i’m being so specific and charging more for these ones because i want to avoid that kind of thing this time around. it’s really just a fun thing for me so if nobody wants to pay for mini plush then i just won’t offer them instead of dropping the price. i don’t NEED mini commissions to make money, they’re just more fun for me, so long as they go well. ^^

July 24 2014, 10:18 AM
Hello! where do you find the fabric you use to make your plushes?

i buy minky from fabric.com and theminkyboutique.com, and the fabric i use for miniatures comes from this site :)

July 24 2014, 10:10 AM

chase-the-breeze answered your post: gauging interest

I like this idea. But not for 50$. Seems way over priced. I know it costs also your time. But 25 seems more reasonable.

well it’s a good thing i’m setting the prices and not you! haha

no but seriously i’ll explain why my prices are the way that they are, to clear up any misconceptions! (under a cut because i say a lot)

TL;DR: hourly wage goes up or down in relation to how much time it takes to train someone to do the job. minimum wage jobs take a couple weeks to train, but i’ve spent about ten years of my life sewing and currently go to school to learn even more arty things so i charge more.

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July 23 2014, 09:56 AM

dog commission replies

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July 22 2014, 10:42 PM

gauging interest

ok i have a commissions idea that i want to try out probably next month/round of commissions, and i want to see if anyone would even be interested. 

for a handful of reasons i have quit doing miniature commissions. i have a big long spiel that i won’t go into about why that is, but i want to open some more up. they’re going to be very specific though, since when they were open to anything they just ended up being more trouble than they were worth. 

so i want to open commissions specifically for miniature dog portraits like these:

i want to make a few more examples before i actually open up, so i may end up doing cats AND dogs, but right now the idea is just dogs. so like. pet portraits. i don’t want to do dog oc’s unless they are basically just a regular dog, no hair or crazy colors or different eyes or anything, because that doesn’t translate very easily in this style, and i only have natural colors in this fabric. BUT YEAH. pet/animal portraits, and the price range will be $50-$100. a more affordable little memento for your beloved pet or favorite animal. 

my reasons behind wanting to do these commissions are a. i really enjoy making them, and i’ve been feeling a little burnt-out doing a bunch of giant pokemon plush lately so it would be a nice change of pace and b. i don’t need a sewing machine or a lot of space to make them, so if they are successful enough i might do a bunch of these while i’m up at school, since my desk space situation is always in flux during school. (and my machine is kind of run down and needs a tune up, and i could work on these while i’m out a machine)

SO YEAH what do you think? would you be interested in somethign like this, either next month or sometime between sept-april?

July 22 2014, 09:42 PM
OMFG where did you get your life's sized vaporeon!!!!!!

I made it, like it says in the description on the post! (i’ve been getting this question a lot so i hope the description didn’t get deleted, that would stink.) and it’s not mine, somebody commissioned me for it, so it’s with the person who paid for it ;)

my FAQ is right here if you (or anyone else!) has any other general questions!

July 22 2014, 09:39 PM
Have you ever made a ninetails or a Vulpix?

yeah! i tag everything i post so if you’re curious if i’ve ever made a certain character you can type in like:

http://sewgoods.tumblr.com/tagged/vulpix

or

http://sewgoods.tumblr.com/tagged/ninetales

:)

July 20 2014, 02:49 PM
YO I’M TRYIN TO MAKE BUSINESS CARDS. the idea is i’ll have one front with my info and junk, and then there will be a few different backs on the other side. i want you guys’ opinion on a couple of these options. 
so the first two in the top left corner are going to be the front and back of some hang tags i’m making for my plush. i don’t really NEED help on that one because i’m pretty happy with it but if you have any feedback that’s cool. 
what i would like to know is if you like A or B better for the front of the card (top right) (one has a textured bg one is flat) and which of the numbered photo backs you like the best. OR if you like all of them, which one you think i should take out. based not only on content, but on the overall quality/look of the photograph. the ones with stars are the ones i will definitely be using. 
idk how big this pic will be when i post it, but i have a slightly bigger version here if it ends up being pretty small.
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YO I’M TRYIN TO MAKE BUSINESS CARDS. the idea is i’ll have one front with my info and junk, and then there will be a few different backs on the other side. i want you guys’ opinion on a couple of these options. 

so the first two in the top left corner are going to be the front and back of some hang tags i’m making for my plush. i don’t really NEED help on that one because i’m pretty happy with it but if you have any feedback that’s cool. 

what i would like to know is if you like A or B better for the front of the card (top right) (one has a textured bg one is flat) and which of the numbered photo backs you like the best. OR if you like all of them, which one you think i should take out. based not only on content, but on the overall quality/look of the photograph. the ones with stars are the ones i will definitely be using. 

idk how big this pic will be when i post it, but i have a slightly bigger version here if it ends up being pretty small.

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July 18 2014, 09:31 AM
Hi there, I really do love your plushies and congrats on getting accepted to the BFA Program. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of machine you use for the embroidered eyes on your plushies? I'm looking to buy a new sewing machine and thinking of getting one that does embroidery as well, and yours seems to work very well. Thanks a lot!

oh thank you dear! 

i use a brother innovis 950d. but i would suggest getting one or two steps up if you can afford it. this one cost me about $800 (it was on sale but i bet you could bet about that price if you hunt around) but the downside is that the embroidery area is only 4 inches square. 

more info under the cut because i’m long winded, but it’s good info if any of you are looking into an embroidery machine!

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July 17 2014, 07:32 PM

hey guess what??? i got accepted into the BFA program at my university! i’m gonna be makin ‘fine art’ plush now, not just ‘studio art’ plush haha. 

i’m mostly excited to have my own show when i graduate. i hope i can make a plush show cool enough that not-art people will think of it as art and not just a silly weird thing haha

July 17 2014, 04:16 PM

also a reminder that i’ve got a twitter where i (try to remember to) post WIPs! it’s @sewgoodsplush. follow that if you want to keep up on what i’m making :)