Friday, December 12, 2014

One more week for Christmas Orders!

Just a reminder....
To have your Cotton Monster arrive by Christmas, please order from the Etsy Shop by 
Thursday December 18th (within US only)
I can ship to you OR directly to the gift recipient! 
Be sure to let me know in the note section upon checkout if you would like me to include 
a note or to/from tag in the box!  
p.s. I always doodle all over the boxes and never include receipts 
(unless you ask otheriwise!)

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Heap! Saturday December 6th in Baltimore

I'm super dooper excited for Holiday Heap, my all time favorite show of the year!
You'll find Cotton Monster in the SMALL ROOM at booth #56
on Saturday December 6th from 10am-5pm
more info here! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cotton Monsters at Foe!

Here are three new beasties for "Common Threads"

November 14th- December 7th 

FOE Gallery 
114 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

More info here

Monday, October 06, 2014

PLUSH YOU! Opens this Friday @ Schmancy!

Here are my two submissions for this year's Plush You! Show at Schmancy in Seattle. I look forward to making something new every year for this awesome show, and I'm madly in love with these butterfly dudes! I hope they find super new homes after the show! 
Plush You! is an annual art show featuring over 60 artists from all around the world who have crafted cute, creepy, weird, and beautiful pieces of plush art. To add an extra layer of awesomeness, Schmancy is turning 10! Come by and help celebrate 10 years of showcasing the best in handmade art.
October 10th, 2014
5pm to 9pm
1972 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Calling all those fine folks in DC, MD, VA or anywhere nearby, 
Crafty Bastards is almost here and the monsters in my studio are piling up!!!
It is a two day event this year, outside under huge tents (rain or shine!) September 27th and 28th and full of amazing arts and crafts from all over the place! Cotton Monster will be there at booth # 74 with tons of brand new monsters, kitties, catnip toys, patches and other stuffed delights! 

(because one day is just not enough!) using code: VENDOR2014

Friday, September 05, 2014

Pajama Monsters and Weirdos!

Meet the newest Cotton Monster additions! 
Pajama Monsters are cute wee little guys clad in striped pj's 
with pocket mouths! Also in the shop are a bunch of utterly unique Weirdos, 
one-off monsters that I may or may not ever make again, 
so better snatch them up while they're in the shop! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Around the house: Recycled Limb Planters

 The past few years my mom and I have been tackling her attic, making space and donating things that were stuffed up there long ago, because, let's face it...letting go is hard, and you never know when you might need this or that. A lot of times, for better or worse, I end up with a trunk full of things to take home with me. A while back we uncovered some big zip-lock bags of my old barbies. Most had their hair cut off.  Some were missing heads.  On a mission to liberate their better parts from those weird alien torsos and permanently made-up faces (those that still had them), i dutifully did what seemed obvious and went about dismembering them further, ripping off legs and arms, averting my eyes and cutting them off with big wire cutters when necessary. 

I shoved those limbs into the dirt of planters and pots with succulents, cacti, aloe or whatever other spidery plants I already had around, they instantly gained a whole new personality (granted, the legs make for a bit more scandalous display)...
I love them.

Make your own:
1. Find your childhood Barbies or take some from a kid 
(and buy that kid a Cotton Monster to replace them)
2. Rip off the legs and arms (or carefully cut off with big wire cutters)
3. Stick 'em in your plants
4. Smile every time you see them

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Pocket Mouthed Monsters!

A new batch of medium sized monsters are now in the shop
These dudes are smaller then the "big" variety but with the same awesome 
pocket mouths for hiding little treasures. There's plenty to love about this squeezable crew!
See a video of a medium monster in action (devouring some action figures!)  HERE! 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pile of Craft is JUNE 7th!

I've been sweating away in the attic studio the past month gearing up for 
Charm City Craft Mafia's annual amazing craft show
on June 7th from 10am-5pm
at 2640 St. Paul Street 21218 (inside St. John's Church)
Here's the FB event page

Consider starting your shopping in the more chill SMALLER ROOM 
in the back of the church...
Find me there at booth # 46. Free High-fives for all! 
I'll have some brand new products with me (Blue and Red Crabs! Birdies! and more!
in addition to ol' lovable favorites, monsters of all varieties (of course), bunnies, kitties, 
patches and tons of new catnip toys! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Follow me on Instagram!

I know I'm a little late to the Instagram bandwagon, 
but I finally got an account set up and would 
love it if you followed me there @cottonmonsterjen 

Friday, April 04, 2014

tons of buns!

A dozen Mini Bunnies and a few BIG guys now in the shop! 

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Just added a dozen mini kitty cats into the SHOP

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Shop Update! Happy Spring!

Just put a new batch of small monsters in the shop
Enjoy and Happy Spring to everyone! 

Friday, March 07, 2014

Creek Monster comes to life!

Hey Austin folks! Have you heard of the Waller Creek Conservancy and the Creek Show? If not, stop what you are doing and check out those links to see what is going on in your hood!! (then come back and read the rest of this post!)

I had the pleasure of designing a Creek Monster plush, (pictured above being hugged!) inspired by the Pentagram designed logo, based on an illustration by artist Marc Burckhardt. The monster then went to Austin's White Star Manufacturing sewing house where they patterned, stitched and stuffed a limited edition batch of 50 of these cute, squishy and multi-eyed dudes. Ingrid Spencer, co-creator of the Creek Show, is the awesome lady who brought this plush baby to life, committing a ton of time, energy, and even fabric cutting skills to make this idea a reality!

Don't miss your chance to get your very own Creek Monster this weekend at SXSW Create and support the Waller Creek Conservancy in the process! Details below:

It's Alive!
The Creek Monster, star of the Pentagram-designed Creek Show logo, has been brought to life! Inspired by an illustration by artist Marc Burckhardt, designed by plush artist Jennifer Strunge, and hand sewn by Austin's White Star Manufacturing, each Creek Monster is a limited edition creation celebrating the transformations underway along Waller Creek in downtown Austin. 

The Creek Monster will be making its debut at SXSW Create [this weekend]! Visit us at the Long Center City Terrace and get your very own Creek Monster with a donation to the conservancy of $50 or more. Can't make it to SXSW but still want a Creek Monster? Look for Creek Monsters at the Blanton Museum Shop and on our website very soon!

SXSW Create Details
SXSW Create is free event with hands-on activities in a family-friendly environment that takes place during SXSW Interactive. 
March 7 - 911am to 6pm
City Terrace at the Long Center
Visit for more information. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Baltimore Threadquarters

This evening Baltimore Threadquarters in Highlandtown celebrates it's first year anniversary with a reception from 5-9pm! Come out and cozy up, eat some snacks, try out a sampling of new Cascade yarn! AND while you're there check out the window display of some big ol' Cotton Monster creations from my personal collection, as well as pieces in the workshop gallery by artist Robert Hoffman.  If you can't make it to this shindig, be sure to pop over during the month of March to visit the monsters in the window and pick up some yarn, fabric or notions for your next craft project. Bmore Threadquarters also offers lots of great workshops for both beginner and experienced fiber folk! More info can be found on their website!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Saturday, February 08, 2014


A batch of Crazy Hearts made from recycled sweatshirts, t-shirts 
and bits of fleece, felt and velour remnants now in the SHOP! 

Thursday, February 06, 2014

New in the Shop!

Slowly, but surely, I'm working on refilling the Cotton Monster Shop! I just added a dozen new beasties, and will be continuing to add more items as I make 'em this month. So keep checking back, or feel free to email me if you are looking for something in particular that you don't see. 

I got off to a slow start in the sewing studio this new year. I'm blaming it on getting over being sick, taking some time out to get my bookkeeping in order, co-teaching a ten day puppet residency with over 100 fifth graders, a trip to NYC, the icy cold winter and a general lack of sunshine! Phew! But I think I'm finally back on task (with the help of an occasional cup of coffee and back to back episodes of Twin Peaks)...and excited for what 2014 will bring!