"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
How Drowsy Aurora was created:
I started Drowsy Aurora in the beginning of 2013 in a one bedroom apartment in San Angelo, Texas, soon after my husband and I got married. I set up our folding card table, popped open a chair, sat down with a pile of felt, thread, and stuffing from Michael's, and began to create.
My original plush was Chell from Portal, who now sits on my desk and watches me create.
Since then, I've moved several times, including my most recent move to England in September of 2014. It was a big change, but I'm working on getting my business back on track!
Why "Drowsy Aurora"?
I sleep. A lot.
The Disney princess I'm most like is Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.
My sister and I had decided when we were children that she was dark and I was light. "Aurora" means "dawn" or is used to refer to the Northern Lights.
Each and every plush is handcrafted by myself, Abby B. I create my own patterns to fit my style, hand cut each piece, stuff the tiny bodies, and sew the pieces together by hand. It can take anywhere from three hours for a simple Hobbit Sized (2.5") plush to three eight-or-more-hour days for some of the more complicated Standard Sized (6") plush.
I do have a sewing machine, but I can't use it for my humanoid plushies due to their small and intricate nature.
I do use my sewing machine for some things like Muffin Tops, coffee sleeves, and some of the miscellaneous items in my shop and portfolio.
The materials that I use
I use mainly a felt that was created from recycled plastic bottles. It's available in most of the colors I use.
The stuffing I use is 100% polyester. I've considered using the fur that my three cats shed, but those with allergies might not approve.
What sort of environment do you create in?
As I mention above, I do have three cats. They do have access to my studio, so naturally their fur does end up on some of my products. I always pick off the fur before packaging an item, but, as those with long-haired animals know, some always ends up everywhere. If you have severe pet allergies, just be advised that there may be some fur within your package.
I don't smoke, so my products are free from the smell of cigarettes.
What else do I do?
Drowsy Aurora is my full-time job. Most days I spend eight or more hours working. I am trying out some new things on the side though, including a subscription box service called Nerdisan Boxes. We're beta testing September through December of 2015 and I hope to continue after that! Each month's boxes will contain handmade items inspired by one particular nerdy fandom. I've been networking with vendors and we have some amazing boxes put together!