Today’s prompt for those simple little things in life was “plush toys.” I’ve always loved stuffed animals most, particularly teddy bears, but when I came to this prompt today, all I could think of were hamsters. So we have this little doodlewash of a group of hamster plush conspiring about something unknown. The reason hamsters came to mind was that when I was a kid, my mom entered a lot of craft fairs. I used to go with her to these and my specialty was making little round hamsters that were essentially a ball of fur with glued-on eyes. Interestingly, this form of tiny collectible plush is now all the rage, but the world just wasn’t ready back in the 70’s for my genius. And I only made hamsters, which made my product line quite limited. I don’t own a one of these today, but often wonder if the people who purchased them still kept them around.
My mother’s specialty was pink elephants. These were a much larger plush that wore suspenders made from recycled jeans. The idea of “seeing pink elephants” was a popular euphemism for having a drunken hallucination. In short, they sold extremely well. There were other items for sale, but I only remember the elephants and hamsters. I had dreams of expanding my line to other things, but being a 9 year old kid, I quickly moved on to other ideas entirely. By other ideas, I mean getting out of the craft business at a very young age to pursue a love of building marble contraptions, writing two page mystery stories, and really just about anything else that came to mind. This hasn’t really changed much as an adult until I discovered watercolor. After more than a year of sketching and painting daily, I’ve become quite fond of my little hobby.
Some days, I make something I’m really pleased with and others I just make something even I find a bit silly to get the urge out of my system. Much like what came out today. What feels great is finally finding something after all these years that I can stick with. Something that holds my interest and keeps my attention problems at bay. But like that little kid feverishly making things for the next craft show, I’m too entralled in the doing to worry much about where anything goes next. That’s the beauty of art as a means of relaxation. You can let your mind wander and play. Each day brings something new that wasn’t there before. And that’s really the most important part. I kind of like to think that not much has changed and I’m still just a little boy, filled with ideas, and ready to show the world his newly fashioned set of little plush hamsters.
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