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Time for an update on Winter Salon III from two fabulous ladies we’ve covered earlier this month.

AlfieWe showed the early stages of a jackalope sculpt by Carisa Swensonand it seems like we have been waiting for the finished pieces as long as we have been waiting for Santa to come down ye ol’ chimney. Wait no longer, because Alfie is here! Totally dressed for a Christmas sweater party or for a shindig at the Griswolds, Alfie the Jackalope has his holiday game face on, and is all about snatching the gingerbread cookies. Santa better watch his back because there may be no cookies left come Christmas Eve!  Fabulous job, Carisa.

Alfie2Next up is a quadruple showing from Megan Baehr aka Nonesuch Garden. We showcased Megan hard at work in a felt wonderland creating centaurs for the show, but little did we know she threw us a curveball with her creative mind. Megan went outside the box for holiday centaurs.
wintercentaursMegan didn’t just create holiday plush centaurs we know from classic mythology and Harry Potter, but she also made a Deertaur and Unicenta with deer antlers and a unicorn horn. This string of ponies consist of Nightmare and Ginger the centaurs, Lolly the Unicenta, and Elwood the Deertaur. We can tell that Megan had a blast making these, and now everyone else can see when the show opens this Friday at Stranger Factory.
elwood2The Winter Salon III runs December 6th – 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, December 6th from 6 – 9 PM.

Megan Baehr aka Nonesuch Garden is still rolling along full speed after her Halloween Skelve sold out a few weeks ago. Now with her sights set on Winter Salon III, she has a herd of plush ideas in store for us.
Cent progressMegan is hard at work creating a multitude of her favorite mythical creature, the centaur, for the show. As you can see, the color palette is ready, which leaves the arduous task of constructing all these one of a kind liminal beings.

If you aren’t familiar with a centaur, they are creatures based in Greek and Roman mythology with the head, arms, and torso of a human and the body and legs of a horse. Also, if you look to the sky on a clear night, constellation Centaurus is based on the same…well, you know.

Megan has chosen a fine specimen to recreate in her dolls. We will see more of the herd soon!

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You won’t have to travel to Thessaly to get one of these amazing dolls…probably just Albuquerque or the comfort of your computer. The Circus Posterus Winter Salon opens December 6!

hallowskelve1The original Nonesuch Skelve was an instant hit, so of course we would bring back another version, and this time it is the Halloween variant!

Megan of Nonesuch Garden has been busy for weeks with her needle and thread getting ready for Bewitching III. All the hard work comes to fruition when these plush skelves release this Friday!

A low edition of only 12, these Skelves are in their perfect orange Halloween costume with their signature top hats. Have them sitting down or standing up, but act fast because they will walk out of the door fast. We will release these at various times all throughout the day on Friday, October 25 in the Circus Posterus store here. Keep checking back because only a few will go up at a time. These are limited to one per household and $150 each.
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After months and months of planning, tweaking patterns, and executing the tiniest little stitches on the tiniest little top hats, the Nonesuch Skelves are ready for primetime! These precious hatted things are a collaboration work between plushmistress Megan Baehr and Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas, and we love them!

A small, very limited, edition of 10, the Nonesuch Skelves will be appearing in the Circus Posterus Store this Friday for $140 each. Remember to keep checking the store because these may appear at any time!

We got a chance to chat with Megan about the Nonesuch Skelve too!

CP: Tell us about the Nonesuch Dolls!
Megan:
The Nonesuch Dolls are little plush art dolls that stand approximately 4.75 inches tall. They are made out of merino wool felt, embroidery floss, polyester fiber fill, and a dash of love. They are hand sewn from my own original patterns that I designed specifically to be customizable. I wanted the possibilities to be endless while maintaining a unique style and point of view. I have not yet faced a custom request that I was not able to make into a Nonesuch Doll. I enjoy the challenge!

CP: What’s been the biggest challenge in translating the Skelve to plush form?
Megan:
Getting the proportions right was a challenge. My Nonesuch Doll design does have its limits and the Skelve pushed them all the way to the edge. But I kept working at it until both Brandt and I were satisfied.

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CP: What’s been the most enjoyable part of the Nonesuch Skelve process for you?
Megan:
Finishing them! Seeing them all lined up on my work table makes me feel like some sort of mad scientist who has discovered the process of cloning. Muwahaha! However, while they all look similar, each one has a unique personality. This is the joy of handmade.

CP: What other adorable and awesome things can we expect to see from you this year?
Megan
: I have plans to expand my Open Edition Nonesuch Doll line with several new designs this year. I would also like to focus on some more Limited Edition and OOAK pieces that include my other art doll venture, the Sproutlings.

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Above is one of Megan’s Sproutling dolls posing with a handsome bevy of Nonesuch Skelves. We promise that they will look similarly dashing in your Skelve OR plush collections. We definitely look forward to sending these squishy dapper gentleskulls onwards to their new homes!

And finally – here is a bad joke, courtesy of dear Megan.
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It’s incredible what can transpire in the course of a few days with the entrepreneurial plush master Megan Baehr (of Nonesuch Garden)! We have been giving you progress updates on the Nonesuch Garden x Circus Posterus Skelve collaboration for a few weeks, and now we are in the home stretch!

Megan just sent over some images of the almost complete plush Skelves she’s been working on, and if my arithmetic is correct, we may only have a very small decuple edition on our hands. Painstakingly hand sewn with tiny little blanket stitches, the Nonesuch Skelve blends the Megan’s plush wizardry with Kathie and Brandt’s classic design, and will be a perfect heirloom piece. The only thing missing on these dapper apparitions is a proper fitted hat, …so, the next update will quite certainly be release information!

No need to practice your F5 stretches yet, we will have the info soon.

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This weekend, we were hit with a left hook on the Circus Posterus Instagram.

The details are slim for now, but there seems to be a Nonesuch Garden and Circus Posterus collab Skelve on the horizon. We talked about Megan Baehr aka Nonesuch Garden last October before Designer Con about her amazing plush work, and now it looks as if there will be a crossover of epic proportions!

The images are of a plush Skelve adorned with a proper top hat in the same fashion as Megan’s Nonesuch Dolls. This Skelve has posable legs – for a sitting or standing position, or just getting ready for some good yoga.

We are beyond excited for this release. More details soon folks!

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I love the news coming in for Designer Con! Now I have a deluge of info for what Nonesuch Garden has coming to the Pasadena Convention Center, and you can file this under adorable!

Nonesuch Garden is the creations of Megan Baehr, who works some plush magic alongside painting as well. She will making her first trip to Designer Con, so everyone should stop by and say hello while picking up some sweet goods.

Ok enough banter, and let us take a look at what she has coming to Dcon!

Above we have The Berry Sproutlings
The Berry Sproutlings will be available for for an adoption fee of $415 each. You will also receive a copy of the Sproutling Care Guide, a Certificate of Authenticity, and a cute box to carry your Sproutling home in! Hooray!

The Sproutlings are created using air dry clay and a dry felting technique called needle felting. Needle felting is achieved by poking wool roving with a barbed needle over and over again until the desired shape forms. This method of felting is extremely time consuming, but the seamless results are well worth it! Sproutlings have a wire armature inside them that allows for gentle posing. No molds or patterns of any kind are used to make these one of a kind art dolls.

Also Sproutling brooches for $50 each, 1.5 inches high, made with the same materials as the full dolls. The grumpy faces are the best IMO!

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A collection of 24 different Nonesuch Dolls will be available. Adoption fees range from $75 to $175. I will also be taking pre-orders for designs I don’t have with me and accepting a limited number of custom orders from Designer Con attendees only for my November/December queue. All orders placed at the con will receive free shipping!

The Nonesuch Dolls were specifically designed to be customizable. I wanted the possibilities to be endless while maintaining a unique style and point of view. Each doll is hand sewn from my own, original patterns. They are made out of wool felt, embroidery floss, and polyester fiber fill. I sometimes use acrylic paint for details. They are typically 4.75 inches (12cm) tall and have string jointed arms and legs which allows them to hold simple poses.

Megan will also have the Tiny Monsters original watercolor paintings on hand.