Monday, March 29, 2010

Figurines and Flowers

I've been getting quite a few inquiries on my bride and groom owls and wanted to think of different ones that I could make. Since I had the wedding theme covered, I started thinking about making a cute baby owl for baby showers. What could be cuter than a baby owl?
I made the mama owl cradling the baby and thought of combining it with some flowers and a "Welcome Baby" banner for a unique baby shower gift. I think a mom-to-be would love a gift that celebrates a new born baby as well as having a nice remembrance of the anticipated time before the baby actually arrives :)
Showers of happiness with gofigurette!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Large Penguin Bride & Groom Cake Topper

Most of what Myrna and I do are on the small scale, but recently I got a convo via our Etsy site asking if I could do a 5" bride and groom penguin. So although it didn't make 5 inches, it was 4.75" tall. It's pretty big but very cute.We've definitely been getting more inquiries for custom cake toppers for weddings. Especially for Myrna's super cute bride and groom owls! Thank you to all our wonderful gofigurette! clients and custom orders! We are so appreciative of the business!

Monday, March 15, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Penguins for My Son's Classmates

St. Patrick's Day is something special to my husband because he is half Irish and it kills him that our son calls it Leprechaun Day! Something created by Hollywood. Anyway, I wanted to make something to share Aidan's ethnic background with his classmates and also to share some traditions his grandmother passed on to her kids and hopefully one day to Aidan.
A tradition in the Phillips' family is Irish soda bread. So I'm attempting to make it for Aidan's classmates so he can share a little about his heritage with the kids, but at the same time take something home that's cute and fun and in honor of St. Patrick's Day! I made an iron-on transfer with a 4 leaf clover and a St. Patrick's Day greeting. So cute!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Critters Posted on Etsy

I've been really behind with making figurines for gofigurette!, since I was busy making favors for my Grandmother's 90th birthday party. Flower boxes for the ladies and penguins for the kids. Diane was sweet enough to design an awesome favor card for me and it just pulled everything together :)
With day light savings time here and Easter right around the corner (time has just been flying by!), I wanted to make my little chicks for the Easter holiday. When I was trying to figure out how to make a tiny cake topper arrangement, I found that egg cups work just great -how fitting for Easter!
I thought that the egg cups worked out so well that I was thinking about other figurines that I could make and came up with clown babies for baby showers. I think this would make a super cute cake topper and a nice keepsake for the mom-to-be.
Lastly, I wanted to make a few new animals and also go back to making a few familiar ones. The raccoon was something I had made when I gave a gift to Diane, so I thought one would be cute sitting on top of an egg cup. And although I thought I had enough of my dinosaur (flashback Aidan's birthday party, lol), I figured one single one with some rocks and flowers would make a cute topper for a boy's birthday party. The bear with flowers was just to celebrate spring! I think my absolute favorite is my angel-winged pig. What I was really trying to do is match the unusual cup that I found and the pink just made me think of pigs and the saying "When pigs fly".

Being that this saying is an old one and it's not heard that often anymore, maybe this would come in handy as a Mother's day or Father's day cake topper! LOL

Friday, March 5, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Gift

I couldn't get myself in gear to work on flowers after working on the favors for my son's upcoming yet 1 month late birthday party. So I stayed in the figurine mode and whipped up this. Myrna was the first one to make tree stumps way back when she made her theme project for certification and she had sent me this cute raccoon family in a latte cup and it had a this uber cute tree stump. It's such a great idea so I made some St. Patrick's Day penguins with 4 leaf clovers and tried to think of what I could create. I thought about the cupcake, but then decided that wouldn't work given the size of each penguin. Then I thought about the one Myrna had made for me with the raccoons.

So, I wanted to make something for my aunt and uncle who are like parents to me and a grandparents to Aidan. My uncle is Irish and with St. Patrick's Day coming up I thought I'd make them something. So I made a tree stump with flowers and a glittered shamrock with the two penguins sitting in a garden of flowers and of course a lucky golden horseshoe! I tell you this stuff is addicting.

Today it's back to running errands for the party and working on my flower orders. Must stay focused!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Flowers and Cupcakes - Just in Time for Spring!

I don't know about you, but I sure am ready for some sunshine and warm weather. It's been a really wet winter in California and I know for Myrna, New Jersey has been bitterly cold and more snow than she'd prefer to shovel.
We've been tossing around this idea of combining the cupcakes and our flowers and making one of those flower cupcakes you so often see in the florist shops. It was a bit of a learning curve on how I was going to make it, but here's the first one! I think they would make a great decoration for a baby shower, bridal shower, birthday or just to give to someone you think is special. Who doesn't love cupcakes and flowers? So they are a perfect combination!
As I get more time I hope to create a couple other versions with different flowers and colors! The sun is out, but more rain is to come, but for now, I can enjoy this nice pre-Spring day! Before I finish this post, I also made this cute little mini cupcake with my oh so cute monkey with a plumeria flower. This would make a super cute gift and Christmas ornament!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Monkeying Around

I should seriously be working on my bridal bouquet orders, but I decided to take a little bit of time and post some of the items I worked on in the last few weeks on Etsy as well as create a new piece. When I first started, I didn't dare make bodies for my figurine heads. As I got more confident with my figurines I decided to try and make simple bodies. After all, we're going for cute. So I'm a big fan of cute monkey critters. My son's favorite stuffed animal is still Curious George and he was my favorite too growing up. I decided to play around or shall I say, "monkey around" with another figurine concept. I decided to make a cute monkey scratching it's head under a palm tree. I think it came out really cute. It can't be complete without lovely & fragrant plumeria flowers!
Anyway, check out our gofigurette! site on Etsy as we just listed a few new items! Don't forget St. Patrick's Day on 3/17 and Easter on 4/4! Happy Shopping!
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