Monday, February 25, 2013

"Flow Zone" Block of the Month: March

Super thrilled to announce the March "Flow Zone" BOM! This month was Carol's choice and I promise she did not let us down!

I don't know if this block has a name, but it was the January block last year for the Sew, Mama, Sew's Modern Block of the Month by Alissa Haight Carlton. Check out this impressive block!

Here is my finished block. I can't wait to be impressed by everyone else's interpretation!

And...Don't forget to post your photos in the Flickr Group! Ready, set...SEW!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


If you've ever been to a Henry + The Invisibles show, you probably remember a "special guest from a far away planet" who sings 'Only Human'. A few years back, Henry Roland asked me to make a puppet that was silver with an alien shaped head. That same night, STROBE was born. Since this night, our beloved STROBE has performed at hundreds of shows and over time, he gradually lost his luster. Inevitably, STROBE needed reconstruction. So without further ado, I introduce to you a new generation of STROBE...STROBE 2.0!
Here is the original STROBE with his stuffing taken out. 
This photo shows STROBE and STROBE 2.0! Both puppets are made out of the same fabric. 
You can see that his luster is lacking and the mouth board needed repair from all of the singing!
Construction began!
Time to add the brains!
He's almost done. One special thing is missing...
Henry gave STROBE's old glasses a spit shine. No, I'm not joking.
As you can see, it was an emotional moment taking the glasses off! STROBE is a solid member the Phunk Fam! He's brought many laughs, joys, and heart-warming moments to the H + TI shows.
I felt much better as soon as I placed STROBE's old eyes on the new puppet. It reminded me of the saying, "The eyes are the window to the soul." 
We look forward to many new memories with STROBE 2.0!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Warren's Best Friend

Last year, when my cheerful friend Maggie was expecting her first baby, she asked me to create a puppet for him. Since she was expecting a boy, she requested a boy puppet, but left all of the creativity up to me! She trusted me to design a friend that would be perfect for her little boy, Warren.

So, I kept asking myself, "Where do I begin?" Well, if you know Maggie, she glows with enthusiasm. Since she is such a bright and bubbly person, I knew I had to parallel her high-spirited energy! I happily introduce to you "Warren's Best Friend"! All the way from Pooga Planet (the place in space where all my puppets originate)...Welcome to the world, little one!
What's not to love about this little guy? 
"Warren's Best Friend" is complete with a bright teal t-shirt, baseball cap, and lime green hair! Besides constructing his body, I really enjoyed sewing up the accessories. To take a vision in my mind and produce that vision with my own two hands is ultimate fulfillment. 
He's very confident, creative and has no problem expressing his emotions! 
All of my puppets are complete with their very own birth certificate! Actually, it's a birth album, known as "Birth of a Puppet"!

I know Maggie will use this puppet to the fullest! Her son, Warren, has lots of puppet play time in his future. Did you know that puppets are a wonderful and different way to interact with your baby? You can play peek-a-boo, read stories, laugh and talk! All of those things are perfect ways to introduce social interaction at a young age. I can't wait to hear about all the fun Maggie and Warren are going to have!

If you like this puppet, please like my Bettina Danger Facebook page! Send me a message and you could have one of these cuties in your own home!