A family friend was actually interested in my plush animals, and wanted me to make a few for her kids. She has a little boy who she wanted a pillow for (which I made the sea slug/ Nudibranch; it is his FIRST actual pillow!) and a frog that he could carry around (his first stuffed animal as well). For her little girl, she wanted a pink princess pony cause her daughter loves ponies and horses. I found a great pony pattern from a user named voodoo-tiki on DA who has many great patterns and tutorials on how you can make your own ponies/ horses.
I am also working on revising and creating patterns. I made up a few laying down patterns (I have one for horses/ ponies, cats, dogs, etc) because I intend on going to some craft fairs and want to make up a variety of animals for my display, and have been gathering feedback from locals on what they and their kids like. I am also trying to try different things. Not to mention where I am, it is very, very country so horses, ponies, pigs, cows, roosters- farm animals and farm life in general is very, very popular. Since people around here have been complimenting me on the pony I made I decided I would go and make up my own pattern. There is a mini pony/ horse pattern I am working on as well. I honestly never thought I would be making ponies. It's defiantly a switch from my usual, and I am glad that people like it. I purposely wanted it to look different than the usual ponies I see in the style of the actual cartoons.
I also was surprised that people adored the little frog I made, so I plan on making some more frogs as well. Plus I love frogs myself.
So for the new pattern- I decided I would try out an axolotl (of course I did). I think for the axolotls I will make the tail smaller and wider; cause it is very hard to get the tail fin to fit in such a small area. I think this pattern needs a little more poof to it. I still am in debate if I want the heads of the animals to be up like this one, or make it level with the body. Oh the decisions!
I am really excited to be doing all this new stuff, and if anybody has any advice on patterns, animals to make, colors, craft booth ideas, etc it would be greatly appreciated! I have worked many craft booths before with the company I design for, but I have been requested by various people to start working on my own booth because I make such "unique" items, I should show it and share them. So I am very excited to be involved locally and being able to network with other talented crafters around the area. It truly is a wonderful community to get involved in, and I feel so much more inspired to try new things.
Thanks again for looking!