Saturday, October 31, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 31

The Corpse Bride is a stop-motion-animation film, directed by Tim Burton, based loosely on a 19th century Russian-Jewish folktale version of an older Jewish story.

Happy Halloween, Everyone!
Thanks for putting up with my silliness all October!

Friday, October 30, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 30

Twilight is a series of four vampire-based novels by author Stephenie Meyer. It charts a period in the life of Bella Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Forks, Washington and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 29

Dexter Morgan is a fictional character in a series of novels by Jeff Lindsay, turned popular television series. Dexter is a forensic blood spatter analyst for the Miami-Metro Police Department, but in his own time Dexter is a serial killer. He was taught by his adoptive father, Harry, only to kill those "who deserve it"; mainly, other killers who have escaped the traditional legal system or were never suspected in the first place.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 28

In English, death is often given the name the "Grim Reaper" and from the 15th century onwards came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood. In some cases, the Grim Reaper is able to actually cause the victim's death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one's life.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 27

"Vampire Hunter D" is a series of Japanese graphic novels written by Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. It was turned into a highly successful anime.

D is a dhampir, the half-breed child of a vampire father and human mother, the ideal vampire hunter. He is renowned for his skill and unearthly grace, but feared and despised for his mixed lineage: born of both races but belonging to neither.

Monday, October 26, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 26

"Beetlejuice" is a film, by Tim Burton, using the phonetic spelling of the main character's name, Betelgeuse. The plot revolves around a recently dead young couple who seek the help of an obnoxious, devious and mischievous "bio-exorcist" named Betelgeuse from the underworld in order to scare the new living inhabitants away permanently.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 25

The Vampire Chronicles is a series of novels by Anne Rice that revolves around the character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman made into a vampire in the 18th century.

The book and movie, Interview with the Vampire details the relationship between the vampires Louis, Lestat and Claudia.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 24

The Masque of the Red Death is an 1842 short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure in red enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. When Prospero confronts this stranger, he falls dead.

Friday, October 23, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 23

"Donnie Darko" is a 2001 psychological thriller film, which depicts the reality-bending venture of the eponymous character as he seeks the meaning and significance of his troubling end-of-the-world visions.

One of those visions is Frank, a man in a menacing bunny costume, who helps to guide Donnie.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 22

The Nurses are monsters in the Konami's survival horror video game series Silent Hill. They are the trademark enemy of the series, having appeared in some incarnation in four of the five released games and the Silent Hill film.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 21

Pris is from the 1982 science fiction film, Blade Runner, which questions what it is to be human, and why life is so precious. A "basic pleasure model" she joins a band of replicants, headed by Roy Batty as they hijack a ship to earth.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 20

Annabelle is a mysterious doll, from the comic "Nightmares and Fairy Tales" by Serena Valentino, and is the only character who's in every story. The premise of the comic is that all the stories are events that she has experienced and that the reader is seeing through her recollection. Her role in any given story can vary from barely even being shown to conversing with the main character. Her origins are never explained; she is very melancholy and is usually sympathetic to her tragic owners.

Monday, October 19, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 19th

From the book, "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman, The Other Mother is a sinister creature that created much of the 'Other' world. She cannot create, but only copy, twist and change things from the real world when constructing her version of it. She collects children, with whom she quickly becomes bored or frustrated, and imprisons them behind a magical mirror, slowly sucking the life from them.

And what could be in her carefully wrapped box? Could it be a set of button eyes for you?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 18

Dr. Salvador is a chainsaw-wielding villager who frequently serves as a sub-boss in the Resident Evil 4 video game. He wears a potato sack mask over his head and is armed with a Chainsaw.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 17

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.
Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1927) was a New England spinster who was the central figure in the hatchet murders of her father and stepmother on August 4, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. The murders, subsequent trial, and following trial by media became a cause célèbre. The fame of the incident has endured in American pop culture and criminology. Although Lizzie Borden was acquitted, no one else was ever arrested or tried, and she has remained notorious in American folklore. Dispute over the identity of the killer or killers continues to this day.

Friday, October 16, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 16

The "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" is a novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is about a London lawyer who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll and the misanthropic Mr Hyde.

The work is known for its vivid portrayal of a split personality, split in the sense that within the same person there is both an apparently good and an evil personality each being quite distinct from the other. The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next.

This is a unique Moon Bun that features two sides, with two unique personalities.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 15

Edward Scissorhands is a hauntingly beautiful movie directed by Tim Burton, which centers around the themes of self-discovery and isolation.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 14

The Crow, originally a comic book by James O'Barr, revolves around an unfortunate young man named Eric Draven. This comic was made even more popular with the 1994 movie, in which Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, portrayed Eric Draven. It was during filming, when Brandon Lee meet his tragic and untimely death.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 13th

Lenore, "the Cute Little Dead Girl" is a fictional character created by Roman Dirge. The comic tells of the adventures of the title character, Lenore, a 10 year-old undead girl who lives in a mansion with her other creepy friends. The primary focus of the graphic novel is dark humor. Lenore's actions often result in the death or injury to those around her however, she is not a malicious character, and often thinks she is doing good.

Monday, October 12, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 12th

Count Orlok from the German Expressionist vampire horror film, Nosferatu. The movie was in essence an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel.

The ending of Nosferatu single-handedly created the concept that vampires can be physically harmed by sunlight. While this was a common element of many other mythical creatures, pre-Nosferatu vampires disliked but could endure daylight. Since Nosferatu's release, the vampire legends have quickly incorporated the idea of fearing, or being destroyed by, the sun.

31 Amigurumi in October - October 8-11

While I was away, these were the designs that were uploaded to my shop!

Jiang Shi Moon Bun
Sometimes called Chinese vampires, Jiang Shi bear a closer resemblance to zombies. They are reanimated corpses that hop around, killing living creatures to absorb life essence from their victims. They are said to be created when a person's soul fails to leave the deceased's body, due to improper death, suicide, or just wanting to cause trouble.

Alex Moon Bun
Alex DeLarge, from the movie A Clockwork Orange, is a charismatic, psychopathic delinquent whose pleasures are classical music and ultra-violence.

Edgar A. Poe Moon Bun
Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

The Ghost of Anne Bolyen Moon Bun
Anne Boleyn was Queen of England as the second wife of King Henry VIII, the mother of Queen Elizabeth I, and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. In April 1536, Henry had Anne investigated for high treason. Tried and found guilty, she was beheaded on 19 May. Her headless ghost is said to haunt the area around the Green Tower

Off with her head!

Since she's a ghost, she also glows!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 7

It's Ashley J. "Ash" Williams Moon Bun from the Evil Dead films, where he deals with "deadites", which are demons created by the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis.

Ash is armed with his chainsaw hand and his "Boomstick" (it's on the other side, you can see the barrel).

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 6

The cartoon, Invader Zim revolves around the life of Zim and his malfunctioning SIR Unit, GIR, as they try to take over the earth.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Plush You

Hey lovlies! I'll be leaving town this weekend.
From October 8-11th, I'll be in Seattle for the Plush You show.

While I'm gone, the fantastic Sang of Wari Washi Goods will be updating my shop with the 31 Amigurumi in October series. Since I don't want to be more of a burden on her, I'll be posting a review of those days on Monday when I get back.

Until Monday, there will not be any posts here, only in my store.
I hate to toot my own horn, but (toot toot) you don't want to miss the designs she'll be posting.

31 Amigurumi in October - October 5

Appearing first in Resident Evil 2, the Licker is a further mutation caused by the V-ACT process, which mutates normal Zombies into the extremely agile and vicious Crimson Head. The name "Licker" was given to this creature by the officers at the Raccoon Police Department for their incredibly long tongues.

Other changes from normal Zombies to Lickers include the brain swelling and becoming visible, an increase in muscle development and the total loss of skin.

Lickers have lost the use of their eyes entirely and cannot track prey by sight. Their super developed hearing however more than compensates for the loss. Upon detecting potential prey it will attack full force with teeth, tongue and claws, often alerting others of its kind in the vicinity as well.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 4

Jack the Ripper is a pseudonym given to a brutal and bloody serial killer who was active in Whitechapel and adjacent districts of London in late 1888. The name originated from a letter sent to the London Central News Agency by someone claiming to be the murderer.

To this day, the killer's identity has never been confirmed.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 3

Countess Elizabeth Báthory (August 7, 1560 - August 21, 1614) was a Hungarian countess from the renowned Báthory family. She is possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history and is remembered as the "Blood Countess" and as the "Bloody Lady of Csejte", after the castle near Trencsén in the Kingdom of Hungary, where she spent most of her adult life.

After her husband's death, she and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls and young women, with one witness attributing to them over 600 victims. In 1610, she was imprisoned in the Csejte Castle, where she remained bricked in a set of rooms until her death four years later.

The case of Elizabeth Báthory inspired numerous stories during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The most common motif of these works was that of the countess bathing in her victims' blood in order to retain beauty or youth.

This Moon Bun has been dipped in "blood" and allowed to have it seep into and through her dress.

Friday, October 2, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 2

The 2nd piece in 2009's 31 Amigurumi in October series, Count Dracula.

Bram Stoker moved against the depiction of the vampires of Eastern European folklore as repulsive, corpse-like creatures. Dracula exuded a veneer of aristocratic charm which masked his unfathomable evil and, many say, started our love affair with the Vampire.

This is just to show, how the weather hates me. When I'm looking for a cloudy day for dark vampire photos, I get bright sunshine. haha!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

31 Amigurumi in October - October 1

"They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're all together ooky,
The Addams Family."

That's right the first "design" for the 31 Amigurumi in October series is the Addams Family. Sadly my lightbox is too skinny for a group shot. The set is broken up into two family memebers each, to make them more affordable. Please visit my shop for more information.

Gomez and Morticia

Wednesday and Lurch

Uncle Fester and Pugsley

Cousin Itt and Grandmama