Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Spotlight on SquidBullySquid

SquidBullySquid is a plush cephalopod designer with a happening and happy shop on Etsy. She's from Seattle. She rides her bike through all kinds of weather. She lived on a sailboat for three years and has a ball pit in her apartment. Oh, and she makes the coolest squids ever. I love me some Squiddy. Here's a list of random philosophical questions with her wonderful replies.
Q: What is your idea of earthly happiness?
A: Freedom, comfort, and a good smooth Scotch.
Q: The quality you most admire in a man?
A: I like it when men listen. Although, when I'm admiring them, I'm usually admiring their eyes, tattoos and ability to hold liquor.
Q: The quality you most admire in a woman?
A: Confidence, motivation, kindness and a healthy dose of adventure. A good figure never hurt either.
Squid in rust red and dark blue
Q: What is your favorite virtue?
A: Lust! No, patience? Crap, I misunderstood the question.
Q: Your favorite occupation?
A: I miss fixing boats. Classic wood boats have so much personality.
Q: Your most marked characteristic?
A: My skin! Ha! I have a bunch of tattoos!

Q: What are your favorite names?
A: October, Lunchbox, Tiberius
Q: Your favorite words?
A: I love you.
Q: Your favorite sounds?
A: The wind in the rigging and the gentle waves lapping against the hull of a boat.
Q: What is your motto?
A: Be awesome, have fun, smile lots, be nice to people. Always ALWAYS tip the bartender.
Q: What natural gift would you most like to possess?
A: I wish I could sing! I even took vocal lessons for nearly a year. The vocal coach said, "I can't make you good. But I can make you better."
Baby Giant Squid in teal and pink
Tell us about your Etsy shop and what you do there!
SquidBullySquid is pretty self-explanatory, I'd think. I crochet cute, yet anatomically approximate squids, festoon them with buttons, and hope the public loves them as much as I do. I've been working on branching out to other cephalopods. I hope to introduce octopuses and cuttlefish into the shop this year. The whole endeavor started as a way to get rid of my acrylic yarn, so I had room for fancy wool and other fibers for knitting. I taught myself the amigurumi style crochet from the internet and made some blobby looking sea creatures. Now I have more acrylic yarn than I know what to do with. Boxes and boxes of it! After a full year, I finally settled on a design I like. I don't have any written pattern, so I freehand every squid with a loose idea of formula. My favorite part is choosing colors and putting all the little button suckers at the end.
My goal is to sell another thirty squids on Etsy this year. Really though? I'm here for the community. Team Bacon! is the sweetest group of crafty people I've ever met. I adore all of my friends in the Etc. Forum, and I have so much fun being a part of this site.
Hearts and stars and love and sharks!
Yours truly from the dinohouse,