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Shop Talk: Mini Valentines

4 Feb

I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, but, weirdly enough, I do like me some valentines! Especially those old-timey ones with terrible puns and adorable drawings on them. (Do you guys remember the Vintage Valentines Wreath I made last year??) In the spirit of pun-i-ness, I decided to create some of my own little valentines.

ckurpeski_bat

This is the first valentine that I made. I always liked the Valentine-y greeting “Batty for you”, so I decided to draw a lovely bat delivering a box of chocolates.

ckurpeski_bee

Then I drew this happy little bee wearing happy little boots. I kind of imagine that high fives are being given with both of its non-flower-holding hands.

ckurpeski_goldfish

I was thinking “great catch” because of the whole fishing thing (though do people fish for goldfish?), but I thought it was funny to draw this chipper fishie as a cowboy with a lasso (to “catch” their valentine).

ckurpeski_deer

And here we have a hopeful deer delivering a valentine. Here’s hoping he also gets an “x” and “o” in return!

ckurpeski_minivals

I had these printed on the same textured cream-colored card stock that I use for my greeting cards. To figure out what size they should be, I found small envelopes that I thought worked well (#3 coin envelopes did the trick). They’re definitely too small to send in the mail, but they’re perfect for hand-delivering to your favorite valentine(s?).

These designs are all available in my shop: www.etsy.com/listing/121079409/mini-valentines-day-valentines-4-pack. There are other Valentine’s Day cards available as well; they’re all available in the “greeting card” section: www.etsy.com/shop/absolutelyicebox?section_id=12594395.

By the way: Since I never throw anything out, I still have some my favorite valentines I got from my classmates when I was a kid. I keep these two up in my studio:

ckurpeski_faveval

On the left: Hulk Hogan! I got this in 1st or 2nd grade from a boy named Mike. We had to give everyone in our class a valentine, and I’m so glad that I was the lucky recipient of this unintentional hilariousness. It makes me giggle every time I see it. (I’m giggling right now!) The one on the right is from my good friend Sarah from when we went to school together. This one makes me so happy!

Shop Talk: Cute’thulhu!

10 Dec

Hey All! I’m really happy to talk to you about my favorite cute little star-spawn:

Cute'thulhu!

Cute’thulhu!

Cute’thulhu is my first foray in to crochet amigurumi design. A couple of years ago, after making a crocheted C’thulhu from a pattern, I thought a smaller-shaped C’thulhu would be even more adorable. I couldn’t find a pattern, so I decided to create my own! After some experimenting, I came up with teeny little Cute’thulhu.

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He has three little face tentacles, teeny little arm flaps, and a set of itty bitty wings!

He’s about 3.5″ tall, though he’s a bit squish-able and can be slightly flattened or pulled up slightly taller. I used acrylic yarn and hard plastic safety cat eyes, and stuffed him with poly-fil.

I love this little guy so much! When I first created him, I took a bunch of random pics of him around the house.

In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cute'thulhu waits dreaming.

In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cute’thulhu waits dreaming.

Cute'thulhu creepin' in the corner, snacking on Christmas ornaments.

Cute’thulhu creepin’ in the corner, snacking on Christmas ornaments.

Cute'thulhu's helping!

Cute’thulhu’s helping!

Crocheting his teeny little face tentacles with a teeny little crochet hook (I use a size C – 2.75 mm) is kind of a pain, so it takes a bit for me to be motivated to make a bunch of these. But for now, there’s a cute little green dude available in my shop: Cute’thulhu – cute teeny C’thulhu amigurumi.

Shop Talk: Shop Til You Drop

26 Nov

Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately. I’ve been busy getting my Etsy shop up and running! This is something that I’ve been working on for a while, and I now (finally!) have some items posted: etsy.com/shop/absolutelyicebox

It’s pretty small at the moment, though I already have lots of plans for the upcoming year. One of the things I’m concentrating on right now is greeting cards. I love making greeting cards for my friends and family, and making cards available in my shop is a natural extension of that. So some of the designs may be familiar to a few of you, but here are a couple that are brand-new.

“Abominably Gifted Snowman” (c) by Chrissy Kurpeski

“Abominably Gifted Snowman” greeting card. Who doesn’t love an abominable snowman bearing gifts?

“Abominably Gifted Snowfolk” (c) by Chrissy Kurpeski

“Abominably Gifted Snowfolk” greeting card. Once I drew one, I had to draw three more. 😀 😀 😀

Okay, so this next one isn’t a new design (though I re-did the illustration), but there’s a story behind it.

“Nice Catch!” (c) by Chrissy Kurpeski

“Nice Catch!” greeting card: Every year, my large immediate family does a gift grab at Christmas, and one year I got my dad. He usually includes at least one fairly meta thing on his list each year (like “world peace”), and this particular year, he joked with one of my sisters that he wanted “a monkey and a boat” for Christmas. Haha, whaaaaaat. But I had a way to counteract his smart-ass-iness with smart-ass-iness of my own: I drew a monkey on a boat, and turned the drawing in to Christmas cards to send to all of my family and friends. And I wrote on the back of the cards, “My Dad asked for a monkey and a boat for Christmas, but all he got was this lousy drawing.” I thought I was being so clever with this whole monkey/boat business! But on Christmas morning, when I presented him with his own card and told him the story, he had no recollection of the conversation he had with my sister. Bawwwwww. But I ended up really liking this sassy monkey on a boat fishing for love! Fun fact: in the original drawing I did, the boat had the name “S.S. Nikto” on it. I don’t know why, I think I had slyly asked my dad what he would name a boat if he had one. (Army of Darkness is one of his fave movies.)

There are more cards available in the shop, as well as a few little crochet items. I’m hoping to have a few more crochet cuties up this week, and after that, who knows? I’ll keep ya updated!