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New Tin Sets

These tin sets have been so popular, I am working my way through all the designs I currently have, and am creating more of my own. If you have an idea for one let me know! These are great for birthday gifts, travel, quiet time (church, doctor’s office visit, long family dinners), Easter baskets and Stocking Stuffers. Office desks at work… Just sayin’.

Find all current tin sets here. And individual sets are linked below.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What are your plans for today? A Shamrock Shake might be on my list.

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Happy New Year!

Hello 2023! I am working on plans for this year – what I want to accomplish, new projects, redirections. What works, what isn’t working – all the new things. But first, I am taking a short break, for an epic adventure. I will share more on that later.

My Etsy store will be in vacation mode until mid-January; that is also when I will start making new things from my list and prepping for spring shows. If you have any requests, leave a comment!

That is all for now – see you in a couple of weeks!

New Elf Sweaters 10.25

Starting up on some new Elf designs. I made these 5 sweaters last night and I am setting up for more sweaters and some fun COSTUMES! These will all fit the standard elf friend that sits shelf-like and taunts your children with fun games, messes to clean up, general naughty or nice shenanigans!

I can’t show the elf face in the photos, but be sure that I use the popular traditional elf that sits in a tree, on a table, in the refrigerator, on a shelf… you get the idea!

The other super teeny tiny costumes fit the mini baby elf twins. Those costumes are designed for the miniature baby elf that is about 4 1/2″ tall hat to feet. Made out of fleece, the items slip over the head. If you want to see the elf used in the costume photo in those listings, do a search on Amazon for “elf dolls mini twins”.

But anything that says “elf sweater” or “elf costume” that does NOT start with “Lil” is for the full size traditional elf.

I just want to be clear on this – I have had several requests in the past few weeks to translate the teeny tiny mini elf costumes into costumes for humans, and dogs. And that is just not possible for me to do. I don’t have a tiny human, and I don’t make costumes for my dachshunds – they would be disproportionate to say the least! So if you are looking for a Lil Peanut 4″ costume or a Basketball elf costume to fit your own tiny human or giant dog – this is not the place. Please find an amazing tiny human costume maker or a dog costume maker and ask them!

On to the new sweaters. They are linked below – and let me know of any specific designs or costumes you are looking for. The time to ask is now as I will only get busier. Thanks and have a great Tuesday!

Sweaters are linked below, or you can shop on Etsy here.

New for Halloween

Hello and Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s one week until Halloween. Do you have your costume? Are you trick-or-treating this year? I wish I could pause time because it’s coming fast and I haven’t made all the things yet!

I did make some new finger puppets and have had them at local shows, but forgot to photograph and add them to the website. Oops. So now they are up! I also finished the new Ooky Spooky Family Tin Set, and restocked Fairytale Princesses A and B – I have 7 of each tin set ready to ship!

I still need to make more horror guys and restock those. What else are you looking for? I’m getting requests for Christmas items, but I can’t forget the poor turkey, either!

Let me know what else you would like to see. I have plenty of items made that I need to re-photograph and list so I’m trying to get through those, and make new for the holidays.

I hope you all have a wonderful festive week! Links below, or main shop home page here: Rainy Day Designs Studiohttps://www.rainydaydesigns.studio

New Halloween Tin Sets + More

Hello! The last “New Tin Sets” post I had was back in March, and I’ve made a few new sets since then. Not all festive for Halloween, but I do have a few new Halloween ones, and some for other holidays, just to keep in the back of your mind! These are great for travel, quiet time, church, long family dinners, doctor visits, zoom meetings, long phone calls, meetings that could have been an email that could have been a post-it note… you get the idea.

I’ve had kids and adults alike fall in love with these tins – adults get them for kids for reasons mentioned above and more. And adults get them for themselves for the zoom meetings, the long phone calls, the fidget toys, and just because they are so darn cute!

I am working on restocking Fairytale Princesses now, and On the Farm next. I also have several others in the works. I’m trying to get one more out before my next show – think Ooky Spooky. And I have ideas for other seasonal themes coming up! If there is an idea you are looking for, let me know! If one is out of stock and you want me to bump it to the top of the restock list, let m know!

You can see all the tin sets here. New ones are listed below, and are linked for specific details!

Anyone have any fun, festive plans for the weekend?

Cosplay Contest

Did you know that I could make costumes? Neither did I!

This weekend, in Columbus, Ohio, there is a convention called Power-Con. Honestly, I had never heard of it until last year, when it was in Anaheim, and I got a Disney trip out of it while my boys had a convention day. My son had so much fun last year meeting animators and toy designers and more – mostly related to Masters of the Universe, and there was a costume contest.

This year, not solely focused on Masters of the Universe, but more a general toy convention, he still wanted to enter the Cosplay Contest – and he wanted to be Orko. As the self-proclaimed “Orko’s Biggest Fan”, I would have a hard time getting him to select something else, like – I don’t even know – something easy.

He had this vision in his head with a mash-up of different Orko designs he has seen. We went to Joann to select fabric – we ended up with red velvet, stretchy sparkly glitter, gold mesh, purple crushed velvet – some of the most difficult fabrics to work with. I have a decent sewing machine – it’s great for flat things like quilts. It is NOT an industrial sewing machine so it was pretty frustrating to put some of this together.

I made the robe first – I thought that might be the most difficult, and it would also be the majority of the look. I used a Harry Potter Wizard Robe pattern and modified it as needed. I think the robe could have been a little longer, but the velvet we found was not very wide so I had to improvise at the base – I added some more sparkly black to hide the wire in, helps to give it some volume, and help to see him as floating.

The purple scarf was next – we went back and forth with a long scarf to wrap around, or cut it short and add velcro to the back – we decided on a long scarf, and attach it to the nose.

The face cover was tricky in that you’re not supposed to see his eyes, but he still needed to see! Initially he was going to enter on a hoverboard, but that was scrapped at the last minute due to the limitations of the room. I had to double up some black mesh so he could see, but you couldn’t see his eyes, and then add to the yellow eyes, and then add to the stretchy face cover, that could tuck in under the hat, scarf and robe – with a scarf attached to the nose.

And finally, the hat. My husband found this perfect hat on Etsy, placed the order, left a note asking about rushing shipping to have it in time, she said it would be delivered in time, we waited. It never shipped. He contacted her – she said “Oh I thought you meant October, not August.” So I had to make a hat.

Making the hat was not fun – I found a basic hat design I could use, downloaded, turns out it was all in cm, but did have US Letter printing options. I printed that, followed the instructions – it didn’t fit! I mean it’s sewing in circles so things get off, I thought I had done something wrong. We backtracked and double checked – the initial pattern, even if everything was perfect, still would not have fit. So we made some modifications, and made it fit. The tricky part about the hat is the ears. We found some latex ears, painted them blue, and then sewed them in to keep them in place. Because of course he has to have ears sticking out of his hat. I was not a fan of making the hat, but I think it turned out pretty good – and it fit!

Going into this – first costume made – I didn’t actually think we’d win. Hopeful! But didn’t feel it. I did want him to have fun and kind of feel like Orko in it. They said they received a lot of compliments – from the general public, other cosplayers, and the judges, and a lot of people wanted a photo with Orko, so I think he had fun with that!

They called me after the contest – and we didn’t win. I guess the winner was transformative – it wasn’t a Transformer costume, but something like that where it came off in pieces and turned to something else? 3D printed I think. But we did get and Honorable Mention – one of the judges talked to them afterwards, and she said she really liked the fabrics we used, and how we tried to bring Orko to life.

Do I see more costumes in my future? I don’t know. I do need to focus on some Cosplay Disney Running Skirts though, I need to figure out my base shape and build on the design from there. Luckily those don’t have hats!

Super Tiny Baby Elf Costumes

Hello there! It is the end of July and I need to start thinking about Christmas. It is literally Feels like 97ยบ at this very moment, and I’m deep in Fleece and red and green and costuming! And the cicadas are going crazy.

Are you planning for the Holiday season yet?

Among other things, I need to ramp up production on the Elf Emporium. I still have several more Elf Sweaters to make as options for this year, but costumes were popular last year, too! I thought I might whip up some Mini Baby Elf costumes first – the nice thing about these elves is that they are so so tiny, and for about $11 you can have 2 tiny elves and 2 sleeping bags. Here is a non-sponsored link on Amazon.

Last year I made the tiny pickle costume, the peanut, the snowman, and the poop and unicorn poop. This weekend I made several more! I may have more coming in the future in this size, but this is what I have available now. Some of these were easier to get into / out of than others. I may try and see if I can modify the final stitching so it is easier to costume the little elf.

See all available options in the Baby Elf Costumes category. Do you have an idea for another costume? Let me know below. Which one is your favorite?