Meet the Vendor: Plushgoodness
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Leeanna Butcher, and I am a textile artist that designs and creates my own stuffed animals. I have a blast creating all sorts of plush from animals to monsters, as well as custom plush portraits of people and pets. My goal is to inject a ton of personality into each one of a kind creation!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Craft show vending is fantastic because it allows me to interact with other artists and craftspeople who have the same interests at heart, it’s really inspirational to see all the work that each artist creates. The best thing about a show is that it gives me the opportunity to meet new people and have conversations with them about my work; it’s also a great place to have some face time with returning customers, some of whom I get to meet in person for the first time, which is awesome! I love seeing the response to my work in person, especially with the kids.
How did you get started in your business?
The first time I created a piece of plush, I was in an artist block on an illustration that I was painting. I wanted to do something totally different that was still creative; so I did a doodle, whipped out a few pieces of craft felt I had lying around, grabbed my emergency sewing kit from my dorm-room days, cut out and hand sewed my doodle into a 3D piece of plush. It was an amazing creative rush, and I was hooked from that moment! I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life and haven’t looked back since. That was in 2007, and I got the courage to open my etsy shop in October of 2008, and my first craft show experience was in 2010. I’ve come a long way since that first hand-sewn doodle, and I am continually upping my sewing game to keep pace with my imagination and the desires of my customers.
Is this a full-time business for you?
Yes, this is my full-time job, and I love it! (Well, most of the time- doing taxes and other business related stuff can be tedious and time-consuming when all I want to do is go sew, but that’s part of having your own business. You have to do the business stuff to keep the sewing/creative part going. It’s definitely a yin-yang thing.)
Who’s your biggest fan?
To look at my work you’d think my biggest fans would be kids, but most of the pieces I sell are for adults; whether they are buying for themselves or for other adults. I love having pieces that adults and kids can enjoy, since I’m a big kid myself! If it makes me chuckle when I’m designing it, whatever that may be, that’s when I know that I have a design that will get made. I like to think that the joy and laughs that I get creating the piece seep into the plush, and that’s why people appreciate and buy my work..