Another little Love Beastie up for adoption… this little one is nursing a broken heart and needs some extra love!

Heart patch I made for my current WIP beastie!

Heart patch I made for my current WIP beastie!

Want your own little narwhal without the hassle of making it yourself? I’m now taking orders for custom baby narwhals and Mr. Narwhals in my shop! Choose from 19 colors :)


As always, you can also purchase the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry if you’d rather make your own!

I love your crafts! I need some advice though~ How do you find originality in your crafts when the world is so... unoriginal in a way? ><
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Aww, thanks! ^_^

Originality (or lack thereof) is a worry that is almost always at the back of my mind — and sometimes right there up front. The amazing explosion of sites like Etsy, Ravelry, DeviantArt, etc, is both a blessing and a curse, in a way. Suddenly we have an extraordinarily vast source of inspiration and can see unique things we never would otherwise. At the same time, it can  perpetuate that sinking feeling that everything worth doing has already been done.

To answer your question, I do a couple of things. One, I follow a lot of other artists on Tumblr, Facebook, Etsy, etc and just look at all the stuff they do that I like. And I try to figure out why I like them, which pieces of their art I like, which pieces feel like *me*. So when I make something, I feel like I have a better idea of what is “me” because I’ve been consciously thinking about it. Maybe I’ll take something that’s already been done, but tweak pieces of it to make it more “me”.

The other thing I do is more a state of mind, I guess. I’ve tried to worry less about individual pieces and more about the stuff I make as a whole. Maybe each thing I do isn’t the most original thing that’s ever been done, but the unique combination of all the things I’ve made represents who I am as a designer. It’s hard to make one thing that’s more original than anything else out there… but it’s much easier if you think about it as a portfolio telling a story, with all your pieces together painting a larger portrait of originality.

And then sometimes I don’t worry about it at all and just make something I’d like to have myself, without bothering to look and see if someone else has done it… because sometimes it doesn’t matter :)

Little love devil! He wants to give you a hug. Be careful with him around your chocolates, though. He likes to bite the heads off of Easter bunnies and hoard Nestle Crunch bars.

(psst — like him? like our shop? Check out our Facebook page!)

Made this little Hobbes for my friend whose son is named Calvin (so cute, right?) — you can make your own with Ann Stiver-Balla’s free Ravelry pattern!

The cute little narwhal family was just trying to have a good time. And then the pesky zombies have to show up. Battle ensues!

PDF pattern for Mr. Narwhal and Baby Narwhal for sale now in my Etsy shop and on Ravelry.


The completed zombie narwhals are also for sale on Etsy!

Sneak peak of my next pattern&#8230;. Mr. Narwhal! Coming soon, on Etsy and Ravelry.

Sneak peak of my next pattern…. Mr. Narwhal! Coming soon, on Etsy and Ravelry.

Bazinga! Inspired by my current TV obsession and favorite character, Sheldon Cooper. http://etsy.me/15a4K8W I’m not crazy — my mother had me tested!

Happy year of the black snake &lt;3

Happy year of the black snake <3