I'm just too excited to wait another ten days! This image has been haunting me for months, and I'm so happy to finally have it finished and ready to share! It's a little big cos the artwork just doesn't look good smaller than this. Besides, it's still smaller than Aimster's!
Our community has grown in size and strength, with so many new people and new ideas about what Duffy means and why he matters (and Shellie, too!^^). I figure we ought to have a little more visibility with all the incredible things coming in 2012!
2011 has been an incredible inaugural year for us, and one that has really seen the emergence of some truly devoted, fantastically creative Duffy fans. I can't wait to see the sewing, painting, drawing, carving, cooking, building, decorating, shotsnapping genius that the Duffeteers have in store for us this year!
It's gonna be fluffing awesome!
*To add the banner to your own signature, just highlight with your left-click mouse button, right-click and copy, and then go into Settings at the top of your MiceChat page, look for Edit Signature on the left-hand side and paste it in. Takes less than two minutes! I know, cos I tried it myself!
You guys are the BEST! I love Duffy, and I the MiceChat Duffy community.^^
PS: Bit of New Year's trivia for ya...
ShellieMay's heartshell is a REAL thing!
The technical term is corculum cardissa, but its common name is "heart cockle." Yeah, like the old expression when you see something beautiful, nostalgic, inspiring or stirring and say, "Gosh, that really warms the cockles of my heart." There's more to say, for sure, about both the shell and the idiom, but I'll leave that to other folks.
I just wanna chime in with one more WOW at the extraordinary level of research and craftsmanship that has gone into every aspect of Duffy and ShellieMay's creation in Japan. The team is always striving to ground them deeply in the alternative reality of the parks, and merge it with our own so that we can always carry the magic with us. It's little touches like this that make the characters that much richer as we discover these hidden treasures. In fact, one might just say it's this caring attention to detail that warms the cockles of the heart.
PPS: I almost forgot!
This bottle is from an awesome "bottle meme" that went crazy viral on DeviantArt a couple years ago. Click this LINK for more great examples, and make your own!^^ The cake is clip art from the public domain, but getting it transparent was a pretty significant undertaking, I don't mind sayin'.