my paper crane

i first found my paper crane when i first discovered the renegade craft fair. one woman show heidi kenney won me over with plush tampons and a seafoam green toilet (not dissimilar from chairy) check out her etsy shop and awesome plush dandelions in her flickr.  turns out she specializes in cute – not just plush but edible too.

candy mice

cherries, hershey kisses + almonds = cute! eyes!

owl cupcakes

YES a reason to buy double stuffed oreos!

cat cupcakes

+ not just sweets – veggies are cute with eyes too

mice potatoes

do i need a child or party or excuse to make food with a face?

by mummy sam

murray by mummysam

i am not bashful; there are simply not enough words to describe why i find modern handmade plush toys so sophisticated and appealing.

reminiscing over the non-descript gloworm and wall of available cabbage patch kids at t.r.u – everything was everywhere and everyone had it.  at 8 years old, this defined cool: to have the same doll as your friends had but with hair color matching to your own.

by ashley anna brown

fern animal by ashley anna brown

welcome to the resurgence of hand-crafted, thoughtful toys and i welcome you to my adoration.

chubbikin by erin ellis

chubbikin by erin ellis

internet shopping does not offer everything (i think? i hate absolutes – all of them), but it is a fantastic outlet for artists, and resource for buyers, looking to support handwork, tradition, and creativity.  these characters may not be traditionally ‘useful’ purchases, but with modern day spirits in a rut – they are certainly an uplifting alternative to another grey sweater.

several similar online shops offer plush toys – these three happen to have been found on etsy.