Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Plushies!

So I started with a few animal designs for little crochet plushies. The most popular right away was the corgis (no surprise there).

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Their success got me thinking of a whole slew of other animals I could try making in this chibi style. So we have a sloth, elephant and owls!

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I must admit, I'm pretty smitten with this minty green/aqua color!

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Now, I'm working on a hedgehog pattern inspired by this doodle:

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So we'll see how things progress! I'm thinking of doing a pug dog next, but I'm open to suggestions!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Critter Jokes

I've been playing around with some jokes among my critters as I try and slowly accumulate fun ideas to include in the pattern book I'm working on.

So here are a few that I like especially for my fruit and veggie critters:

Oh and if any of you out there have any jokes you would like to see the critters perform, let me know! 😊

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Alexandria Gold Illustration Alexandria Gold Children's Books Illustrations Ria Art World Crochet Critters Amigurumi Handmade Kawaii



Alexandria Gold Illustration Alexandria Gold Children's Books Illustrations Ria Art World Crochet Critters Amigurumi Handmade Kawaii


Monday, May 22, 2017

Maker Faire

Over the weekend, I participated in the San Mateo Maker's Faire!

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Now, when ya think Maker Faire, I'm sure you naturally think of science, engineering or general inventiony-type stuff; however, there were many tents that had many lovely artsy and crafty things! Including the tent I was in, SF Bazaar, where there were tons of handcrafted goods!

Outside of the drone racing and robot inventing, there were some interesting crafty things! There were many 3D printing stations that were printing all kinds of shapes for people to decorate. My favorite was the booth that was making origami pieces with masking tape! There were all kinds of shape like animals and flowers to make.

So I think my critters fit in for the most part.

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There were 10 different zones, meaning 10 different large building and tents for people to weave in and out of all day. As a vendor it was overwhelming to find my spot and get set up, but I can't imagine how it must have been for the public trying to make it to each attraction!

SF Bazaar was more towards the outskirts of the Faire, so I don't think we got as much attention as the tents along the main path got. However, it was sill a lucrative show! A little slow, but steady and consistent.

All in all, it was not a bad place to be at all weekend, there was never a dull moment or lack of something to do!

The critters had a blast and give a very special thank you to all those that came out to support not only Ria Art but all of the other lovely vendors at SF Bazaar.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Critter Activities

When my little critters are not getting ready to be shipped off for Etsy or getting ready for a craft show, they are up to all kinds of things.

Like this penguin, who decided the arctic was not enough for him.

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So he grabbed his little piggy friend and high-tailed it to France for a little vacay!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Here is a little Mother's Day pun for ya!



So all you Raisins out there, don't forget to call your grapes today!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Little Treat

It's Saturday! The morning typically consists of me dragging my poor tired booty to the gym *sigh** and then some errand running. I know, epic Saturday morning-just kidding!

However today, was pretty nice because I went to Daiso! (Hey, you gotta appreciate the little pleasures in life!)

For those of you who don't know what Daiso is, it is the equivalent to a Dollar Store, only everything is from Japan! So all the items in the store are way more kawaii 💞

I like to save my change-as Sweet Peg is demonstrating here:

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Hmm, not so sure he approves of my savings method here...😏

Anyway! Since everything is so cheap, I can treat myself with some fun things from Daiso and my collected change!

So I got myself some washi tape! I know, I know, the last thing I probably need, but I can't help myself! I adore the cute patterns on washi tape and have all kinds of fun using them for scrapbooking, letter writing or making my Etsy packages look cuter.

Mr. Oragne and Arty Heart agree that this was a Saturday morning well spent 😄

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Doodles

In the midst of any deadline, I think it is important to just find a little time to do some mindless doodling.

I think the moments it takes to just sit down and draw freely, can be rejuvenating and help the quality of the work that needs to be submitted to an art director because I was able to take a little time and step away from the task at hand.

Especially if you ever get stuck with certain project, I think it can be helpful to put it away for a little while, no look at it, and concentrate on something else. When I go back to the project, I find that my fresh eyes help me to see things clearer.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Orders!

In the midst of creating drawings for the few books I'm working on, I've also been handling Etsy orders.

Etsy is usually at its peak for me right around the holidays, but I've been pleasantly surprised at the slow but sure consistency my shop has had over the last month. Considering I have not really updated anything or included any new listings since January, I have been enjoying the few order that have come my way!

My favorite is the custom order critter sets, since I adore seeing which critters pick!


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Each of these customers picked the carrot! In my mind, the octopus is my favorite, so I always think people would pick them, but it's always something different!

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There was also an order for one of my pig plushies!! This is exciting for me because so far, only my Corgi plushies are selling, but this time it was the pig (Yes!)

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You can see a cute boomerang of a Corgi plushie that was ordered this last month here:


This Corgi went all the way to Denmark! However, the package arrived damaged sadly and the customer didn't get their Corgi 😥   The images looked like the package was a victim of mail theft-so sad!

This has never happened to me before on Etsy, and even though I realize that there is always the risk that a customer could be taking advantage of the situation, I prefer to just give the benefit of the doubt.

After all, this is a rare occasion, and I would rather have a happy customer than suffer a bad review of my shop! So I refunded the transaction. and I chalk it up to the cost of business.

I would be curious to know how others handle situations such as these on Etsy though.

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I also received an order for some fun Ria Art Fan Art! I love Adventure Time and this was also a first purchase for my Adventure Time buttons. They went all the way to Canada!



The second piece of fan art was a crochet Totoro and I made a boomerang for that too:



Hopefully, I will have time to upload new things to my shop this summer so that I can keep things fresh! I especially would like to start including crochet patterns too. Suggestions are always welcome!




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Drawing!

So I began sketches for a new children's book back in April that I've been hired for.

The book is about a little girl named Margo who is told that she will be an older sister soon. Naturally, she is not the most excited about this, but after seeing one of her friends bullied and her older sister comes to the rescue, she starts to have a change of heart.

Here are some character sketches for Margo, her dog, Fin and some of the other characters in the book!



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I think it is kind of fun to see the process behind how the illustrations for a book come together and its many stages. So I want to share the first round of roughs soon, so stay tuned! 💖

Monday, May 8, 2017

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I wanted to share the images I posted throughout April, that are really sweet and springy!

I usually post fairly regularly to instagram, but I have to admit, I haven't been the best with my blog lately. 😓  Sorry blog! *pats blog on the head**

Even though we are in May, my shower of April posts are bringing in a full-bloom May!

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This little pink chick is welcoming her cousins from out of town!


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Spring critters are having all kinds of fun together 💓

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Easter Bunny!

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Someone said that these look like school pictures of my critters! I thought this was so funny! I want to draw 'school pictures' for all of my critters! 😂 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pattern Test

During March Meet the Maker, I received a request from one of my most favorite fellow crocheters to test two of her patterns.

Her name is Vivika Vania and she is the amazing creator behind The Wandering Deer. You can check out her Etsy store here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWanderingDeer?ref=l2-shopheader-name

If you plan to sell you crochet patterns, I think getting someone to test out your pattern before you put it up for sale is a good idea. Sometimes, the things that make sense to you, won't make sense to someone else. Or you could just miss something entirely. A second set of eyes is always good!

I love pattern testing too! I must admit, I'm a bit obsessed with seeing how crocheters write out their patterns, there are a few distinct ways of writing and I certainly have my own preferences.

The Wandering Deer's patterns are right up my alley however, and I certainly recommend them to anyone who is beginning or just loves to crochet!

The first pattern I tested was a little Onigiri. I went to school for a little while in Kyoto when I thought I wanted to work as a translator, so this little guy was super nice for me to test-it made me feel all nostalgic!

Then naturally, I just had to go out for sushi when I was finished so we could have a little photoshoot together. 🍙  🍣  😍

Here is the link to this pattern if you would like to buy it and test it for yourself!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/522186961/onigiri-amigurumi-pattern-onigiri?ref=shop_home_active_20



The next amigurumi she asked me to try was a pineapple! Now I was feeling pretty smug with myself because I finally came up with a miniature critter pattern for a pineapple in the beginning of the new year, but her pineapple buddies are soooo darn cute!


I was using a gold color to make my mini pineapples, but I love that she uses a bright yellow for hers. It makes them so much more cheerier and ties in well with a spring feeling.

So when I finished testing it, I wanted to make a little baby to go along with him! I used my pattern, but he had to be yellow too-naturally of course!🍍

Here is the pattern for The Wandering Deer's pattern:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/508559272/pineapple-amigurumi-pattern-pineapple?ref=shop_home_active_1




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

March Meet the Maker Wrap Up

The remaining weeks of March and beginning weeks of April were filled with big deadlines and events! I can't talk about some of the projects I'm working on in the children's book world, but I will update the events section.

Needless to say, my poor blog was neglected for a bit. However, I hope to get it up to speed this week because an outdated blog is a sad blog, and I would like for mine to be happy!

So today, I am going wrap up March Meet the Maker, starting from the last day and working my way down to the day I left off at, including some final thoughts here:

This was my first year participating in March Meet the Maker and it was a great experience. Not only do you learn about yourself and your creative business, but you become more connected with others makers within this great big creative world.

I also made it to 1,000 followers on Instagram, which I know is small-fry, but it was a big deal for me to have gained some pretty amazing supporters for Ria Art World. I'm not so sure this would have happened if it were not for March Meet the Maker. I hope to do some sort of a give-away soon as a thank you!

It was so much fun and inspirational to see how other makers would go about sharing each topic. I found myself making a few notes during each topic with little tips on how I should go about doing things for my own business.

It was a little sad when it ended, but I'm so excited for next year's Maker Meet!

So without further ado...the rest of March Meet the Maker!



Day 31: Customers

I was at Wondercon during this prompt, so I was interacting with customers all day, which is always a good experience. It's nice being able to meet customers face to face. So I made a boomerang of my friends who owns a few of my plushies now.

She is actually a comic book artist and was my table mate at this event. Check her out at @heyjoiecomics

Her little *squee* dance was too good to pass up capturing! You can view it here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSUWSDtg_j_/?taken-by=riaartworld



Day 30: Top Tip

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"Don't compare yourselves!" Said Sweet Peg. "Each of you are special in your own way." 


Comparison can ruin your joy & this is something I wish I would have understood long ago & still need to do more of! 🤔  so my top tip is to not let comparison hold you back! Keep going & enjoy your own pace in life 😊  🎉



Day 29: Can't Live Without

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Sooo I can't live without coffee ☕️  my hands 🙌  and of course being creative every single day! 🎨


What can't you live without?




Day 28: Organize

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Honestly, my studio looks like a bomb went off most of the time! 💣 🙈  my drawing stuff is way easier to keep under control, but my crochet world has become infinitely more manageable with the addition of peg boards!! 🐙  my octopi keychains love to dangle up high too. 💓




Day 27: Goals

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This could very easily be a long list for me, but in short, I just want to keep going! I always say that in most creative businesses, you're a turtle! Small steps that take time, but with tenacity, you will succeed. 🐢 🏆




Day 26: Why I Do This

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That's an easy answer! When I'm creating, it's when I feel then most complete! I've been creative ever since I can remember & it's not going to change!❤️




Day 25: Packaging

I made a stop motion video to demonstrate how I package my crochet creations when I receive Etsy orders. 

I feel like packaging can be especially important for customers who order online because they have to pay for shipping and they are taking a chance on my store. So I want their shipment to come to them in an extra special way!

My tiny critters get candy packaging because they are just so sweet & my little plushies get handmade drawstring pouches ❤️





Day 24: Milestone

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Just this past year, two of the children's books I illustrated were published! 


To me this is a big accomplishment-I learned a lot & I am excited for what is coming next! Arty Heart & Mr. Orange agree 😊  ❤️  🍊


Day 23: Recent Make


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So here is a cute plump little owl that was a custom order from my friend ❤️  Such a great request!💓  I want to make all sorts of cute colored owls now!




Day 22: Close Up

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"We're ready for our close-up now!" Shouted the little octopi!!🐙 ❤️ 💜


 Even though I do this quite often since critters are so small, they still love having their picture taken. 😊  📸



Day 21: Inspiration

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While there are many things & people who inspire me, it's all about the little things for me usually. 


Minimal is not in my vocabulary, I like to be surrounded by my small treasures while I work❤️




Day 20: Sketchbook

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"Hey! You need to get to work this month!" Said the little piggy 🐷 ❤️  I use at least 2; one for drawing & one for crochet, but none of it would get done if it were not for my giant agenda sketchbook telling me what to do & when!




Day 19: Helper

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Here is my little helper, Burmew the cat, with her mouse-one of the first things I ever successfully crocheted!




Day 18: Hyperlapse

This is another video (obviously) so you can view it here! It's super cute, so you won't want to miss it!



It is a drawing of a Shiba Inu sending you some Saturday ❤️  I love how they look like plump foxes. This will definitely need to be the next crochet plushie addition! 🐶




Day 17: Feedback

This has been my most heart warming review so far❤️  I'm so very grateful to all of my supporters, without you, the critters would have no homes! 🏡  😊  💓


You can see all of my ratings in my Etsy shop: