Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Giveaway Coming Soon...

I'm excited to announce that I'm getting ready to launch The Toy Cove's first ever giveaway!

The prize is a Plush Piggy Bank.

The contest will be held on Facebook, and all you'll need to do is like and comment on The Toy Cove's Facebook page.
It starts as soon as I get the new product pages finished on (about another two days). So, if you haven't already, like the page and subscribe to this blog so you'll be kept informed!

(if you don't want to wait and take the chance, Plush Piggy Bank is also available on The Toy Cove's Etsy page.)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Visit The Toy Cove on Ebay

The Toy Cove has finally branched out to Ebay. Though the account is about a year old, it has only two articles of feedback. You can see on The Toy Cove's page my well-established personal account, in case the small feedback is worrisome.

Hope to see you there!

P.S., with November just a few days away, I'm getting ready to release some Christmas-themed plushies! I've learned that it is never to early to get started on holiday shopping.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Dolls!

Just in time for Day of the Dead, here's a delicious sugar skull.

Plush Calavera de Azucar

Ready to celebrate!

I've never seen a sugar skull decorated in the back, but it looked so plain unadorned.

So I added a flower.

(Available through The Toy Cove on Etsy.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Poison Dart Frog Plushie

I present The Toy Cove's latest addition: The poison dart frog!

He's quite a personality, as you can see.

My sweetheart suggested an orange and black poison dart frog for Halloween, and I must admit it was a very good idea.

"You can't see me!"

He seems like the Halloween-y type. Just as long as he stays away from anyone wanting his toes for a potion...

He's 11'' long, crafted from eco-fi rainbow felt (made in the USA from recycled plastic bottles), and sports two neon green safety eyes.

He's available for adoption on Etsy.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Introducing Plushie Babies

It would seem The Toy Cove has a new best-seller:
The Baby Owl.

When you have so many owls roosting about, you're surely going to end up with a hatchling.

...or two...

And with so many frogs, you know a few tadpoles will show up too.

The response to the babies has been surprising. It would seem everyone loves a baby owl (I haven't given the tadpole to a test audience yet, so no statistics on him yet).
I hope to have a few of these up on Etsy tomorrow, and on the The Toy Cove's website shortly thereafter.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Autumn Jubilee

Well, we're back from the Autumn Jubilee craft show.

It was The Toy Cove's first big show, and the toys and I have been working non-stop for the past few weeks in preparation.

Many toys got ready for what we all hoped would be their adoption day. It was an emotional time for all, especially as prototypes and adoptable plushies say their goodbyes.

The studio had been getting more and more hectic as the day drew nearer; pigs and frogs were piled up everywhere, last-minute fixes were being made, heads were being counted, and every now and again someone cried out, "But I don't have a tail yet!"


At the same time, displays were being touched up and loaded into the car, and I was double-checking the promotional material.

Brochure and business cards  

Personalized bags
My very first eraser stamp (the business is on a budget).

I loaded everyone up in their car seats (moving boxes) on Friday night, and early Saturday morning, we set off.

Thousands of people come to the Autumn Jubilee every year, so we were expecting to say goodbye to many friends as they found their new families.
A quick phone image of The Toy Cove's booth

Unfortunately, despite the park being absolutely mobbed, during the eight hours we were there, only one baby owl was adopted.

At six o'clock, everyone got back into their boxes. I assured them that tomorrow was another day, and that it would certainly be better.

On Sunday morning, I awoke to find that it was raining outside, and had been all night long. At eight a.m. I called the park to see if the show would go on (it was still dark and pouring), and found that all vendors were expected to show up. Thankfully, we had a canopy to sit under.

The day was cold and damp, but a few hundred people still showed up. Another baby owl was adopted.

One of the Pocket Pigs was feeling a little down (and who could blame him?), so I let him come down from the display shelf and curl up in my lap.

Pig in a blanket

All in all, the show was a flop, but not just for us. Many other vendors complained of their astonishingly low sales (especially compared to the high turnout). Although I had never been to the Jubilee as a vendor, I had at least expected to earn back the cost of my spot.

But, it was very validating to see so many people pause at the booth and fawn over all the toys. Over and over again, a passing child's eyes would pop, and they'd try to escape their parent to run to a display and squeal over a frog or pig.

"Mama look! Frogs!"

"I want this little pig! Please? I really want him."

"You can zip them; they have a pocket. Look!"

I was disappointed, at first, by the lack of sales, but even after a long, cold day, the toys were all beaming with pride and delight. It's impossible to stay bummed when a Long-Leggity Frog is about to burst with happiness at being so loved by strangers.

Visit The Toy Cove's website or Etsy Shop.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thanks to FatFreeCart, the world can now buy plushies directly from The Toy Cove's website.

It's pretty much the same as buying through Etsy as far as shipping and product costs to the buyer. In fact, you might prefer Etsy because of its feedback system. Or you might prefer and Google Checkout for their simplicity.

The choice is yours. :)