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mightythesaurusrex:

CASUALLY SCREECHING INTO THE DISTANCE thank you, theserif for sending these so quickly! Hey go check out Muddle Designs to see more adorable plushies! (Don’t worry I’ll add the URL once I’m on my computer again)

I’m glad you like it!

mightythesaurusrex:

CASUALLY SCREECHING INTO THE DISTANCE
thank you, theserif for sending these so quickly!
Hey go check out Muddle Designs to see more adorable plushies! (Don’t worry I’ll add the URL once I’m on my computer again)

I’m glad you like it!

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New Shipping Policy.

Due to problems and inconsistencies with the post office that is my location, Muddle Designs is no longer shipping outside of the US without contacting me prior to purchasing.  If you are located outside of the US and would like to purchase from Muddle Designs, please contact me via email

muddledesigns@gmail.com

Before making any purchases.  I will put your item on hold, and hopefully I will be able to work with you, with the post office, and make sure they are able to ship to you before any purchases are made.  Once I am sure the redtape is cleared, the transaction can be completed, and your item shipped.

But at this time, MD is not shipping outside of the US.

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purplekecleon:

So it turns out that even if I say no, if a company doesn’t like my answer, they’ll do it anyway. A big “fuck you” to poprageous, who I contacted last year, received a reply that essentially said “no I won’t pay you,” and then did it anyway 12 months later (I suppose she hoped I would forget about her?).

Before I replied to her first scummy email where she only says that she’d send me a FREE PAIR (oh WOW), I made a blog post

I had recently undergone other companies trying to do the same thing and her email reply to me was just nothing short of incredibly shitty. After seeing my post (which didn’t mention her company or anything) she thought it would be a good idea to send me an email trying to make ME feel bad that I didn’t just ASK for money for using my artwork. That it was on ME to ask about royalties, not about her fucking company to actually fairly pay artists or anything.

"I saw your post - what do u want to get paid? Let’s work out a royalty.  jeeeez all u had to do was ask."

Like seriously?

All I had to do was ask? That’s pretty hilarious, considering she asked, I said no, and she went ahead with it anyway.

Regardless, this is shit. Companies shouldn’t act like this. People using creator’s works just because they exist and feel like they should be able to is just absolutely bullshit.

The most appalling thing about this is seriously the fact that I said no and she did it anyway. I said no and she did it anyway.

This is how little most companies respect and regard artists. Thanks a lot, Cher Park.

Feel free to let her know that it’s not acceptable to pull this bullshit with her company email, cher@poprageous.com - please don’t be rude or anything, but this is definitely not okay and she needs to not do this to other artists in the future.

Oh yes, let me not forgot to mention: she has no trace of credit on the image, this time. She posted an instagram earlier a year ago with credit to my name, but it seems she’d rather remove it so that I not find out, I guess.

Good job, Cher Park.

Stealing from artists is never okay.

(via goddamn-batgirl)

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thatweirdgirlzin asked: Hi there. I am a super huge fan of your designs and your War Rabbit is so freaking adorable. I was wondering 1: if you make fanbots for people sometimes (since this is your idea I wanted to ask you first since if anyone deserves money for it it would be you) or 2: if you have any tips for pointing someone in the right direction to make on of their own?

Aww, thank you!

Yes, yes, I do make fanbots.  Since you own them, you can commission people for them.  My prices for custom “Little Me” type dolls (like Little War Rabbit) start at $200.  Here is a link to my TOS.

Tips for how to make their own?  Trial and error, looking up jointed puppets (marionettes) online, and having an idea of sculpting.  Rabbit’s head actually started as a foam sculpt, which I then used some fursuit tutorials to help me get a head pattern for him.

I know I know, a lot of people hate furries.  But they do a lot of costume work, and have a lot of tips for how to make these costumes fit, look good, and last.  And these tutorials can be used for things other than mascot costumes.  Like sculpting a head out of foam, making a pattern, sewing the fabric, and then stuffing it.

Also look into sewing stitches if you have to hand sew, like the first War Rabbit was.  If you have a sewing machine, be ready for some really small pieces to be sewn.

Draw out your patterns.  You don’t have to be good at art to draw a pattern.  But drawing your details on the pattern helps you figure out placement so you don’t make pieces too big or too small.  Siding with this, don’t forget your seam allowance!  And pick your threads carefully.  I found that normal thread and embroidery thread does not make good jointing thread.

That’s all I can think of just now.  If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me!  And if you’re interested in a fanbot “Little Me” commission, go ahead and email me!

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remjie:

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Two goblin piglets and two moon birdlings are in my store!

Goblin piglets have only two feet but they are fast runners! Goblin piglets behave pretty much like real boar piglets, they’re just extremely small, fluffy and some people say they know some primitive ancient magic.

Moon birdlings are mysterious fuzzy lil fellas. Moon birdlings love soothe music, cuddles and soft glowing thingies like lava or salt lamps.

8cm (3 inches) tall. Details are cast in resin and the body is soft (no joints or skeleton armature inside), they have some plastic pellets in their belly to give them good balance. Their necklaces are made of dyed howlite, glass and onyx beads.

Attention! This is a piece of art. Not a toy for small children. Completely handmade, one of a kind.

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sewserif:

New from Muddle Designs!

Puppies!  Yes, you read that right.  We’ve had a litter of puppies appear in the Muddle studios!  And they’re looking for great homes.

Sadie adores playing fetch. The stick is thrown, she chases after it, brings it back, and it’s thrown again! What could be better! She is soft and cuddly, warm and welcoming! Ready for hours of play!

Dak loves to rough house. Jump, run, pounce, and play, he seems to never run out of energy, and is already ready to get dirty and dusty! He is soft and cuddly, warm and welcoming! Hope you can keep up!

Find them, and all their friends, on the Muddle Designs Etsy page!

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Anonymous asked: $22 for a stuffed animal is crazy, you need to drop your prices.

I have been sitting on this one for a few days now, trying to think how best to answer it.  Let me explain a few things to you guys.

I buy most of my materials from Joann’s.  Yes, there are other stores I can get my fabric and thread and stuffing from.  Probably better companies.  So why do I get my things from there?

The employees.  The staff there are great!  Most know me by name, they joke how I’m in “Again?!” They have a great time with me.  I like to support THEM.  Other fabric stores I’ve been in don’t feel so great.  One that I’d love to support watch me like hawks the moment I come in, as though I’m going to slip a bolt of fabric into my pocket or something.  One cashier actually did tell me they thought I was up to no good.  So I frequent stores that are kind to me.

Anyway.  I buy my things from Joann’s, which allows me to find their prices online for fast reference.  I’m rounding all numbers to something easy to do math with.

  • A 32oz bag of fiberfill is $10.  I can make five toys out of one bag. (I use the ten pound box now, but have not finished it so I don’t know how many animals yet.) So $2 an animal.
  • Fat Quarters are $2.50.  I can get two animals out of two fat quarters, so we’ll just call it one fat quarter per animal for ease.  Would it be cheaper to get a whole yard of fabric?  Yes.  Why don’t I?  If I have eight animals all exactly the same, they won’t be very interesting or one of a kind, would they?
  • Sand is $3. I can get five animals out of one bag of sand. So $0.60
  • Thread. I get the big spools whenever I can, so we’ll call it. $3.50.  I can get three animals out of one spool, so $1.15.
  • Interfacing is $2 a yard.  I can’t really tell you how many animals I get out of this, because an elephant uses more than a giraffe, but an owl uses more than an elephant.  Let’s call it six out of one yard, so $0.35.
  • Embroidery Floss is $1, and I get five out of one skein, so $0.20
  • Machine needles, $4 for five. $0.80.
  • $0.20 listing fee for each item on Esty.

Let’s start there, with just the materials for one animal.  Let’s say one giraffe.  That’s $7.80 of just materials, base cost, IF I buy things online. 

So out of my $22, I have $14.20 in profit.  Wow that’s a lot!  No, not really.  See, because from the moment I open the fabric to iron it, to when the giraffe gets tossed in the wash, is three hours.  Four if I do two at one time.  (Chain piecing, you are a blessing.)

Then after I wash them, I take pictures, edit photos, and upload to Etsy.  That takes another half hour to forty five minutes.

That’s if I don’t stop at all.  No having to wind bobbins, no replacing thread, no re-threading my machine, no replacing needles, no going to the bathroom or getting the mail.

Also, I don’t only make one or two animals a day.  I’m working on pouches, lip balms, new patterns, emails, etc.  I put in an eight hour day, every day.  Even when I’m not sewing.  But, we’re just doing those three and a half hours for this.

Let’s see, California minimum wage is $8, so for three and a half hours that’s $28.

Oh.  Oops.

So, now I’m -$6.20.

Don’t forget, I have to pay my electricity bill for sewing those animals, my water bill for washing those animals, either gas or a bus pass to get the things I need, and at some point I have to eat!  There’s also my $35 a month phone bill.  Considering as I do a lot of business from my phone, I can’t really be without that.  I also still owe $2,500 left of my loan for a college that I never got to finish.  (I have one class left to graduate, and because of budget cuts they cut the class.  So I’m SOL.)

Let’s also remember that it takes me at least one day to design and make the pattern, I have to test-sew the pattern, and then correct what needs fixing.  All of that is unpaid.

So please tell me again that $22 is too much for a one of a kind, hand made, stuffed animal that comes with a name, backstory, and personality? I’d like to see these for $40.  But no one would buy them at $22, who’s going to buy them at $40?

This is my job.  My one job.  This is my living, my life.  I’m not a factory that buys fabric at $0.80 a bolt.  I’m not some factory that has an industrial cutter, I cut my fabric out by hand.  I trace my pattern from my cut out paper pieces to the fabric by hand.  I sit for hours in the store with pieces of fabric trying to find the best match.  I fussy cut to get the flower in the ear just right.

Buy local, buy hand made.  Because we are our own sweatshops, underselling ourselves.  But we have pride in our work.

Filed under hand made diy etsy handmade sellers artists Anonymous Edited for typos

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Our submissions are open!  Have you bought a toy from Muddle Designs?  Do you go on adventures?  Want to give your honest feedback?  Our submission box is open for all posts and pictures!  Come show others what fun you have!

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