Earlier this year, I was reading a book about babies and one of the moms in it mentioned that her baby had a chicken rattle. I thought, That is hilarious and brilliant! I have to make one. I finally got around to making it this month and here’s how it turned out:
In the video, I named the drumstick the Turducken Plushie Rattle in my hand-drawn sketch. A turducken is a dish made from a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey. Because I couldn’t decide what kind of poultry the drumstick should be, I named it after allll the poultries. Also, I snuck in a Monty Python reference just for lols … goorrrn.
A big thank you to Bear Woods Supply in BC, the place where I bought the wooden bits for the rattle. I emailed to ask if they could test some of their woods parts for rattle-ability before I bought them online, and Stephen, the President, did it for me the very same day. That’s some seriously good customer service!
I’m not planning to make and sell the drumstick rattles on Etsy or anything like that, but I probably will make some in the future as thank-you gifts for YouTube subscribers. If you absolutely have to have one and don’t want to DIY, there’s a toymaker I came across while DuckDuckGoing to see whether anyone else had made something similar. Her company is called Janie XY and she makes all the toys herself with her boyfriend in Los Angeles. Her drumstick rattle is incredibly cute and squishy-looking and has really clever packaging.
Coming up next in Sketchbook (I haven’t forgotten about the leather and cotton tote, btw, but it is on hold for a bit) are some wintery projects. After doing the tea-dyeing for the drumstick plushie, I started reading a ton about using natural dyes and fabrics. I have a whole bunch of interesting things planned for the next few months, so stay tuned.
Thank you for making 2016 a great year for Nuddy Bar, and I hope you all have a happy and healthy new year! 2017, here we come!