Aby-a-Day – June 18: Wordless Wedneday (Patients’ drawings of Jacoby)

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Aby-a-Day – November 4: Dona Nobis Pacem (Hipstamatic Monday)

“If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr” ~ Barbara L. Diamond

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Here’s how you can participate in the annual blog blast for peace.

Aby-a-Day – May 2: More Jacoby plushies

I recently finished some more Jake plushies. jolteonjakeplushieC08335

This isn’t really my “dream Jacoby doll” plushie, but it’s a super cute, kind of cartoony Aby that’s really nice to cuddle.

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Here’s a close-up of a back foot. I used real leather for the paw pads on all four paws.

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The markings were done with a white Sharpie paint pen and Copic markers in black and dark brown.

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This Jake plushie is a completely DeviantArt project, inspired by Clarobell’s take on Renegar-Kitsune’s Jolteon pattern (a Jolteon is a Pokemon animal), and the ears were made using Sakutarugirly’s awesome cat ear pattern.

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A 360° view of the “Jolteon Jake.”

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Jake seems to really like his not-so-mini-me.

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They’re actually almost the same size!

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I wonder what they’re plotting…and should I be concerned?

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I’ve actually made a few plush Abys for friends…this green-eyed version of the Jolteon Jake went to Abyfriend Bernd in Germany!

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This green-eyed Fella was made for Abyfriend Paula to match her boy Bowzer. I used the pattern by IsisMasshiro on DeviantArt.

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Bowzer’s mini-me is Jake-approved!

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I love the pawpads on this pattern so much. They’re a LOT of work, but they are so cute when they’re done.

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I used the same body pattern to make these twins for Abyfriend Amy. The head is from a commercial pattern.

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They are made of Minky with marking done with Copic pens.

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Jake is NOT amused with them being in his bed.

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Then I got my hands on the good stuff: Real German MOHAIR, just like the classic Steiff kitty I grew up with was made from.

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I was a little afraid to use such marvelous material…but it sews like an absolute dream. I used a modified commercial pattern and I want to have a second go at it because I’ve already made some more changes I want to try out. I love this little guy; he has a real classic feel to him.

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This is the head pattern I used for the twins above. You can see how a pattern can vary depending on material! He is jointed, his pawpads are leather, and he has glow-in-the-dark eyes!

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Better get back to sewing…Angel’s posse needs more members!

Aby-a-Day – April 25: Wordless Wednesday (Draw Something!)

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Aby-a-Day – April 1: The Center of Attention (as Usual!)

Jacoby is quite the star here in Boston

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He is, after all, on the cover of the current issue of The Improper Bostonian!

Fashion Friday Bonus: Toki on Moderncat, and a dressy girl Aby

Jake’s cousin Toki and his human Julie’s Etsy shop CatAtelier were featured on Moderncat this past Wednesday! So nice to see a familiar face 🙂

And, in the comments of that post, I was alerted to another fashion-forward Abyssinian on Etsy:

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I don’t know her name, but isn’t she lovely? And couldn’t you just see them all at a dance?

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Toki and Jake would fight over the pretty girl, wouldn’t they? Although I am told that “Toki would never wear the strawberry beret to a dance/ball! Since Jake has the elegant black tux and top hat, Toki would wear.. a deep grey suit with a silver and blue paisley cravat and midnight blue waistcoat.”

Aby-a-Day – July 28: Abyssinian art

As if I didn’t have enough interests and hobbies, I have recently discovered Art Clay Silver. This marvelous technological wonder is, basically, clay, which when fired becomes fine silver! The best part is, if you use the right kind of clay, you can fire it on your gas stove.

I took endless clay handbuilding classes from the time I was 5 or 6 until I was in my teens, and then in college I did a lot of metalworking, jewellery making, silversmithing and enamelling, so to discover silver clay was something of a revelation.

The first thing I wanted to make was a three-dimensional, silver version of this photo:

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Which is one of my all-time favourite shots of Jacoby and Angel. Probably an ambitious first project for someone new to the medium, but I am not the type to shrink from an artistic challenge.

Here is my “Ninja vs. Pirate” captured in silver:

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I couldn’t quite get Jake’s arms up the way they were in the photo…

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…but if you look very closely, you can see Angel’s only got one eye!

I also made a silver version of this photo of Tessie and Kylie from when Kylie was about 2½ months old:

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The bases are actually pieces of moose antler that I bought at a pet supply store – they’re sold as dog chews!