Crowdfunding Arrivals: Mewshrooms and Vampires

I have been known to support crowdfunding campaigns, which means I sometimes get shiny things. Or very fungusy things. Here are my crowdfunding rewards crops for the season.

First is the mewshroom by Stitchmind (Andrew E. Yang). The mewshroom is a mushroom cat toy, who quickly settled in helping with the decorations.

Mushroom cat toy with tinsel

Image Caption: A cuddly toy mushroom cat. The cat has a large red head with embroidered white spots, a white body, frill just under the cap, and a fluffy ball on the end of its tail. The mewshroom is playing with tinsel on a festive plaid backdrop (red and green with gold strands).

Mushroom cat toy with snowflake ornament

Image Caption: Mewshroom faces forwards, showing two dark eyes and an embroidered nose. It stands on a sparkly snowflake ornament.

I backed the campaign at the level for just the toy, though also got a sticker and badge thrown in. The fur is soft and it does stand up despite the huge cap. They come in other colours, but I went with traditional red. Stitchmind has a website where the toys are on sale, and a Zazzle store with related merchandise.

Second is an ebook of Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This is a vampire novel set in Mexico City. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ll review it when I do. Tinsel probably doesn’t say horror and vampires, but it has some black in it so I’m sure that counts. I own a lot of tinsel.

Silvia has a website with more about her writing, and the book is for sale on Amazon.

Book cover on an iPad with tinsel around it

Image Caption: An iPad on a background of silver/black tinsel and cloth. The screen shows the cover of Certain Dark Things: a face in black and white, with fire and red patterns overlaid. The iPad camera is covered by a sparkly mushroom sticker.

Bobble Robin Cupcakes

‘Tis the season for festive cupcakes. This year, I went for making cupcake toppers, rather than elaborate edible decoration. These cakes have white chocolate and glitter coating, with bobble robin toppers. I made the robins from felt, beads and cocktail sticks (I’ve been getting into the whole handmade felt thing… it’s a great material to work with). Managed to stop anyone trying to eat one of the robins…

Here they are in their birdly glory:

robincake

Zazzle Store Opening

I’ve talked about this on Twitter, but it’s now time to make it a bit more widely known. I’ve started up a Zazzle store. This is a print-on-demand art site, where they’ll print designs on many things. Postcards, badges, clocks, t-shirts, cookies… all sorts of thing.

The initial designs are mostly older pictures of mine, including the clouds from above photographs and my shiny blue mushroom. Some of my older work can’t be sold. For example, a lot of zoos have a no commercial photography agreement. And some of it is too small to print well. But I’ll put up the things that don’t have those issues.

My first new design is also finished, which came from thinking it’d be great to have a smiley face design, only with spiders. I’ll be adding to the store when I can, but until then, here it is:

My Zazzle Store is here!

Solstice Octopus!

I got an Amazon giftcard for the solstice and I used it to get this octopus. It’s very soft! And made by Wild Republic.

Cuddly octopus

Cuddly octopus from the top

Cuddly octopus is watching you

(The photographs show a realistically-shaped octopus toy. It sits resting on its tentacles. The main part of the body is short fur fabric, with a mottled light brown and black pattern. The underside of the tentacles is pale fur fabric. The eyes are light brown with black horizontal slit pupils, like real octopus eyes. It’s sitting on blue towel fabric, and is well lit.)

Story/Art at Unlikely Story

Cartoon Honeybee

In my (probably) last story of the year, “On Shine Wings” is up at Unlikely Story. It’s part of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology and it’s all about bees! In space!

Story Link: On Shine Wings

You’ll also note the artist for the story has a stunning resemblance to me, making this my first art sale. The art piece is titled “Spacebees”, because my ability to title doesn’t when it comes to pictures. It’s acrylic paint, tea and ink on watercolour paper.