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Return Of The Sphinx

2022-02-08
MASKED BALL AT THE PALACE / 50 UNDER 50 / FEBFAN / CARVED BY WIND / COMPANION ROBOTICS / SQUEEZE THEM / ZIGGURAT BREAK / WHY I EYES YA / RELAXING IN A WINDMILL WITH MY DARLINGS, BELOVED OF THE TOWN / LINKS
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Back in December I did a holiday sale at the Dirt Palace and made a bunch of new stuffed animals for it. I made a ton, thinking that I'd put whatever didn't sell online, but then they all sold! So in the past month I made 50 more, and just this past weekend I built a little outbuilding off to the side of the castle as a storefront, from which to disperse them. I don't know how permanent that storefront is going to be, but it's been fun making things again so I might as well just keep at it. The storefront doesn't look like the rest of the site, it looks like a cool confident webstore. :) Anyway it's open now (Tuesday, February 8 2022, 11:30am) so go check it out, you don't even have to finish reading this page. It's outside the castle, on stage right. If you're in here reading this then you must've gone right past it. If you want a discount code for 25% off it's "FEBFAN" (no quotes).

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Regarding the stuffed animals, they are all the same sort, a design I think of as "a sphinx". Catlike, attentive, mysterious, and ultimately noseless, with protruding arms in front and a graceful line as though carved by desert wind. They are about the size of a small pet, all about 10-12 inches long and I guess 6 inches high, when seated. When I was at the Dirt Palace sale, two people (on two occasions) came up and asked me what they did, I was kind of dumbfounded by the question the first time but I was like, they sit there looking at you, it's exactly like a cat. You can squeeze them and decide that they love you, and then decide that they express this love with a certain flavor of disinterest. I don't think this is wrong although I wish at the time that I didn't hit the nail so directly on the head. I wasn't prepared.

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Later at the sale a mom and her adult daughter came over, staring at the table very critically for a long time and talking softly, and I was sure they were saying "this sucks, what's the deal here", because sometimes that's where my mind goes. But then I overheard them mentioning a "companion robot" so I butted in. As it turns out, they wanted to get one of these sphinxes for their mom/grandmother, who was feeling lonely!! And it was either this or a companion robot. They were worried that she'd forget to charge the robot, or that it's software would need to be updated. That's where I held the advantage, that and the price point. Well I don't love to be in competition with a robot but if it does happen I want to come out on top; I was delighted. I'd love to know if it worked out for everyone but at the same time it's none of my business. I hope it worked out.

Personally I find the sphinxes to be pleasant to be around, and they're nice to have on a couch, or to crook between one's head and shoulder, or to carry around in one's arm. They are really stuffed with stuffing, so you can really really squeeze them with all your might. I do that sometimes. Many people have told me that theirs sits on the couch in a specific location, maybe on top of a small ziggurat of throw pillows, and when it tumbles off due to some slight disturbance in the room, they run over and fix it. I'm into that.

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Construction Notes

I don't make these guys according to a pattern, so they all have slightly different aspects. I do this for two reasons: I like the result, and it's easier for me this way. The fabric varies according to taste, and the eyeball placement, eyeball quality, and eyeball number varies somewhat according to a certain unknown factor, as is customary for all things.

I took the liberty of naming each one on the storefront, which makes things easier on my end. I also wrote up a little personality description on each guy's individual page, just like a kitten adoption website. And there's a little video of each one, because it's hard to get a single representative pic of each guy. They're a really great shape in real life but I felt like it wasn't coming through in the pic.

I wasn't going to name them at first because there's a certain dignity to an animal without a human-knowable name. But then I thought about how mad Frankenstein (monster) was at not being given a name at the get-go, sooooooooo I felt I better name these guys. It's OK if you forget the name entirely, or if you rename them later, of if you discover that their personality is actually quite different.

I guess that's it?

Oh, if you have one of these guys already please send me a pic! I love seeing pictures. :)

Oh! And if something seems broken or not working on the storefront, or you're having any troubles, please email me right away- jacob@fujichia.com. I feel like I tested this extensively but one never knows, does one? If you're reading this on Tuesday 2022-02-08 and have a question or just want to say hi, I'll be hanging out by the pond for a few hours, casually picking flowers and feeding them to the fish. Feel free to drop by and do the same :)

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