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I know I’ve posted enough giraffe plushies to last a lifetime, but I promise this is the last time!

After giving the Naughty Dog guys the first giraffe plush, they said they would sign one for the Child’s Play Charity Dinner Auction. I was in awe when I got the giraffe back.

This pair of giraffes will be auctioned off at the Child’s Play Charity Dinner Auction tonight, December 5,  in Seattle.

During Desert Bus for Hope, my Pacific Rim plush raised $1850, and my Plush Pyth raised more than $900 for Child’s Play. Let’s do this for the children in hospitals!

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

I’m basically writing this post to put as many pictures as possible to show how awesome the people at Naughty Dog are. I mean, check out these autographs!!

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

Giraffe plushies for the Child's Play Dinner Auction

These are the last giraffes I’ll ever make. I’m sealing the patterns. So if you’re a fan of The Last of Us or Naughty Dog or huggable plushy giraffes, this giraffe will forever be with you long after the apocalypse!

There are tons more photos of the signed giraffe on the “Giraffe plushies for the Child’s Play Charity Auction Dinner” set on my flickr!

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After I made the giraffe plush and gave it to the good people of Naughty Dog at PAX, I asked them if they could sign another giraffe plush for the Child’s Play’s Charity Dinner Auction which takes place in December every year. Originally I was going to have them sign the same plush I gave them, but because of the spots on giraffe and its fuzzy fleece material I thought it’d be hard to sign and/or recognize the autographs. So I made a “blank” giraffe plush out of muslin.

Soon after I dropped off the blank giraffe to be signed, I started making something as a small thank you for the Naughty Dog team for signing it.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak and Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us
created and stuffed: November 2013

There’s some Naughty Dog related stuff scattered around in the Last of Us and these guys are one of them. They looked simple enough (as the most projects do at the beginning) Except the Jak’s spiky hair that defies gravity.

Jak & Daxter reference

To make his hair I didn’t want use flat layers of cloth like an anime plush, so I investigated my options. Yarn seemed to be the most common option but it took a while to find the right way to put the yarn on the head.

Unfortunately & not-so-surprisingly, most of the dolls with yarn hair are girls. Long strands of yarns, sewn onto the top of the head, so you can do pig tails, pony tails, or just let it down. But this wouldn’t work for Jak so I had to find a method so the hair could be planted on top like a human head.

I made a long braided string with a couple strands of yarn, and sewed it onto the head in a spiral pattern starting from the top. Then with a knitting needle, I’d pull a strand of yarn through the braid, put it through a loop and pull it tightly. Then repeated it hundreds of times. It actually wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Sew Liberated by Meg McElwee explains this process very well with a lot of photos!

After I was done with the blond hair, I did the same with the green hair. And I weaved around the yarn with a thread at the bottom of Jak’s head to keep some hair up.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

All the clothes were supposed to be made with felt, so I wouldn’t have to do any hemming. But after making the hair, it didn’t look like felt would work quality/balance wise. So I got flannel and made the shirt and pants, with treated hems and collar.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

I made the headband, goggles, the cloth on the wrist, and shoes with the mixture of felt and flannel. The plush in-game had some details removed to simplify the character, so I added back some details that were noticeable and easy to make, such as the third strap on the backpack, gauntlet, and scopes on the goggle.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

I love making small accessories. I had fun making the tiny backpack, just like I did with Raz from Psychonauts and iota from Tearaway.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

I even made the Precursor Eggs!

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

Daxter was actually just as simple as I thought. A big relief. I also added some details like the gloves, and the stripes on the arms.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

Then there were the eyes…

I tried making the eyes just like the in-game plush but they looked waaaay too anime-like. Way too much that it didn’t look good with with the rest of the plush anymore. So I made several different styles of eyes. But if one style looked good for either Jak or Daxter, it’d look weird on the other plush. In the end, to keep the consistency for Jak and Daxter as a pair, I had to go with solid blue round eyes. They could’ve been better but this was the best solution I could come up with. But I kind of like their soulless eyes now.

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

It took way too long for me to decide the eyes though. I’m good at copying but I really suck at making decisions by myself. :/

Anyway, here’s the comparison.

Jak & Daxter reference

stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us

Scale was a bit off, but close enough, eh?

A couple of weeks later, I got the signed giraffe back from Naughty Dog and I was blown away. I will post tons of photos of this giraffe later.

Giraffe plush from the Last of Us & Giraffe plush signed by Naughty Dog crew

Replica of the giraffe plush from the game & signed blank giraffe

They are HUGGING each other. Okay?

They are HUGGING. This was the only way to fit in the box I had.

Naughty Dog, damn you guys! <3

For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Jak & Daxter Easter Egg plush from the Last of Us set!

You can also check out more stuffed stuff on my flickr.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I haven’t made video game themed food recently because I haven’t played games that made me want to eat them.

But the moment I saw Tearaway, I was in love.

I knew exactly which ingredients I needed to make Tearaway themed food and I couldn’t be more excited to make it out of food and eat it. Also since it uses turkey, I thought this would be the best time to make it.

Non-bento #50: atoi & iota turkey sandwich

Non-bento #50: Tearaway open face turkey sandwich
created and eaten: 11/28/2013 [ - Click to continue reading! - ]

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Today is November 22nd, which means Tearaway by Media Molecule has finally launched! I had the opportunity to play it early and totally fell in love with the game. I actually bought a Vita just so I could play Tearaway.

My brand new Vita is so shiny and naked, and after playing Tearaway for a little bit, I knew what I had to do.

This should keep me smiling when I'm not playing Tearaway.

The Media Molecule people loved it, but I wasn’t done yet.

stuffed stuff: Tearaway iota Vita case

stuffed stuff: Tearaway iota Vita case

stuffed stuff: Tearaway iota Vita case

stuffed stuff: Tearaway iota Vita case
created and stuffed: November 2013

Tearaway takes place in a colorful world that looks like it’s crafted entirely out of paper. It has characters that are adorably designed, dialogue that makes you chuckle, and music that makes you hum and dance. Everything about the game puts a huge smile on your face. [ - Click to continue reading! - ]

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Around Valentine’s day this year, Naughty Dog put some adorable Valentine’s day themed illustrations by Alexandria Neonakis (@Beavs) on their website. The characters were from the Uncharted series and The Last of Us, but in the most adorable style I’ve ever seen. Alexa is the UI designer for Naughty Dog. But she also draws adorable illustrations for the marketing team like the illustration below or this adorable Brock the Brick.

The Last of Us Valentine's Day by Alexandria Neonakis

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They were all really cute but I especially liked this guy.

stuffed stuff: Runner from the Last of Us

stuffed stuff: Runner/Fungi (a.k.a. Fun guy) from the Last of Us, designed by Alexandria Neonakis
created and stuffed: November 2013

Well, okay, I may have made something from one of the illustrations in a few hours and left it for Alexa when I was in L.A. for IndieCade. I wanted to do a quick project but as more time passed, I thought her illustration needs a proper plush project. [ - Click to continue reading! - ]

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