I saw these penguins hanging out in our living room, and I wondered what was going on. Then I thought I would submit it to you for suggestions. This Portrait in Penguins features Willow in the blue sweater, Cinnamon in the middle, and Persimmon dressed in plaid and looking like Audrey Hepburn. Give us your best caption for this photo. Keep it clean and nice; just like our penguins.Continue reading A Portrait in Penguins: Caption This!
When we get word, either from Etsy or from our website, that one of our plushie penguins has been adopted, the first thing we do is we find the penguin. Our stuffed penguins are free range, so it can be a little difficult to locate the penguin in question. They’re very social and very curious. However, recently, they’ve been in the rookery that has formed on the back of our couch and arm chair. Peppy was hanging out with Franklin and their big sibling (who is still waiting to find a name). She was so excited to hear that she was going to Alaska, but she thought she might need a sweater.Continue reading Peppy Penguin Finds a Home
I look forward to when Cookie Saturday rolls around. Jenya doesn’t make cookies every Saturday because she gets busy working on her translation class or sewing penguins, but when she does make them, it’s amazing.Continue reading Cookie Saturday Offers Stress Relief and Penguins
In honor of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction turning 50, the Disney Expo 2017 held a contest for Pirates-related art. I convinced Jenya that we should try to win the prize using penguins in the “Take a Wench for a Bride” scene. I knew Disney was going to change the scene, sooner rather than later, but they hadn’t made an announcement. Jenya looked at some other scenes, but thought these outfits made for the funniest penguins. Because of the timing of the contest, Jenya had to make the pirate plushie penguins before the results about moving forward were in. We weren’t chosen, but we had all the penguins.Continue reading Pirate Plushie Penguins for 2017’s D23 Expo
Willow and Patch both got penguin sweaters recently. Patch was being a model for our friend Checkers Penguin, who lives in New Zealand where it’s winter. The neat thing about these sweaters is that they are made from a pattern used for actual penguins. But why would penguins need sweaters?Continue reading Penguin Sweaters for Stuffed Penguins
The world is a scary place, even now that I’m an adult. As a child, I had my mom to insulate me from the vagaries of bureaucratic nonsense and teachers who hated children. I had Saturday morning cartoons and professional wrestling to insulate me from the horrors of the news cycle. Better, there was no Internet, so I didn’t have to be bombarded with all of man’s inhumanity to men every second of the day. I had teachers who explored the beauty of literature, which protected me from succumbing to the numerous scams and conspiracy theories that are evermore present. Still, there was one time when the world was at its scariest. Night would fall, and I would be in my bed in the dark. Even there, I had my protectors: an elite fighting force of stuffed animals watched over and protected me while I slept.Continue reading Stuffed Animals Protected Me when I Slept
Sometime earlier this year, our friend Checkers Penguin and his mom decided to make Cookie Saturday a thing. They baked cookies every Saturday and shared them on Instagram. Even if we couldn’t actually taste them, we could share in the fun and imagine what they tasted like. My wife decided to get in the game and has made Cookie Saturday a thing for us as well. All you need to participate in Cookie Saturday is to know the hashtag (#CookieSaturday) and to make some cookies. Take a photo with your favorite baking companion, and enjoy the cookies.Continue reading Cookie Saturday: Bake with Your (Virtual) Friends and Family
In the southern hemisphere, there is a legend of a daredevil penguin who would perform great feats of daring. Some people claim to have seen him in action. Others say he stole their equipment. But none of them know the truth. First, those that claimed the penguin was a “he” never did a blood test, so the penguin’s sex remained unknown. Second, most of the feats of the Great Penguini are not the actions of a single penguin, but the actions of several penguins who learned from an early teacher and built on his/her legacy. This is the first feat accomplished by the Great Penguini.Continue reading The Daredevil Penguin: Who Is the Great Penguini?
When I released the Easter 2020 Penguin paper doll, I made a coupon code to give it away for free. If people wanted to, they could pay a dollar to get them or join our Patreon, which comes with other great benefits. While the paper doll is still available to our Patreon sponsors, the code has expired. Not a single person downloaded the Easter Penguin paper doll from my website. That’s fine. I’m sure it will happen again, but here’s what’s strange:Continue reading Fairy Penguin Paper Doll Now with Easter 2020 Collection
A long time ago before the world changed, about the second week of March 2020, my wife and I were going to move to the coast – probably in Oregon. We were going to open a shop. The details about how, where, and with what money we were going to do this were a little sketchy. I just assumed we would figure it out when we got there. All we needed to do was get our cat micro-chipped and wait for the arrival of Jenya’s passport and Green Card visa.Continue reading Our Store Plans for C.A.P.E. before COVID-19