The Phantom Tollbooth turns 50

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I am so excited to talk today about the documentary film The Phantom Tollbooth Turns 50!

from the website: The Phantom Tollbooth turns 50 this year, and we’ve joined Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, Milo and Tock, and a host of authors, critics, teachers and kids – to celebrate the classic 1961 children’s book, by making the definitive documentary about this beloved work of the American imagination.

They have just launched a kickstarter campaign to help fund the project, and I was so excited to be asked to be a part of it.

25 backers can get a very special mini-tock plush (similar to the one I made for Norton Juster a few years ago…seen above) and 2 backers can get their very own handmade plush character from the book–backer’s choice! There are so many characters that would be fun for me to make :)

I hope you’ll consider supporting this project!

Ghost Girl


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Have you heard about the series of books ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley? I got an email a few days ago from Tonya because she wanted to see if I could make her some of my Halloween pillows from last year. We talked back and forth a bit and decided to trade (fun mail!). She’s sending me some ghostgirl goodies and bought the fabric…and I will make the pillows and send her some of my mypaprecrane goodies.

Well in the email exchanges she had mentioned how much she would love a ghost girl plush, and so I thought I would give it a go. It was fun to make! Sewing clothing is not really my forte but I am pretty comfortable with sleeves and dresses. It was the collar that was a bit of work, but I felt like it turned out in the end.

Check out her website to find out more about the books. I am actually working on another project right now that involves another author’s character…it’s kind of exciting. I should be able to post all the details before the end of September.