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Welcome! My name is Chandra and I just moved back to the US from living for several years in Yokohama Japan with my husband. We moved back recently to be closer to our parents now that we have our baby boy who was born in Shibuya.

I went to college for Zoology but I took a break to work in an animal shelter and never went back, although I would like to finish my degree some day. Ever since, animal rescue has been my passion and I have worked in several shelters in various locations. I have always loved to craft however and have decided to combine my environmental nature and love of animals, as well as my love for all things geek, with my crafting, by making things I love and then giving a portion to charity!


I love trying to make new plush and get inspiration from nature, mythology, comic…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 8
  • Joined February 6, 2011

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fabric of any kind and lots of buttons

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About

Welcome! My name is Chandra and I just moved back to the US from living for several years in Yokohama Japan with my husband. We moved back recently to be closer to our parents now that we have our baby boy who was born in Shibuya.

I went to college for Zoology but I took a break to work in an animal shelter and never went back, although I would like to finish my degree some day. Ever since, animal rescue has been my passion and I have worked in several shelters in various locations. I have always loved to craft however and have decided to combine my environmental nature and love of animals, as well as my love for all things geek, with my crafting, by making things I love and then giving a portion to charity!


I love trying to make new plush and get inspiration from nature, mythology, comic books, video games, science, paleontology and of course the beauty of Japan, pretty much everything around me.

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How I started on making plush :

It started with a torn dog blanket, I realized that although it was torn and couldn't be a bed any more the fabric between the holes was still soft and in good condition. Working around the holes I was able to cut out the pieces for a plush cat. I went to Goodwill and found a button collection and added those for eyes. I didn't want to use polyester stuffing for my eco-friendly new kitty so I decided to use renewable bamboo stuffing although, I did have to switch to organic unbleached cotton for the stuffing since, oddly, I haven't been able to find bamboo stuffing in Japan.

All of my plushies since have had the same care for the environment. They are hand sewn and made from upcycled fabric, I use new organic unbleached cotton and sewing scraps for stuffing, cotton thread, even the buttons are cleaned and reused.

Story of the Baubles:

The first were made for my niece, a mouse, cat and puppy. They were made with more stuffing in the head than the body, making the body the perfect size, shape and softness for little baby hands to grip, and the ears are perfect for little mouths to nom on. The original three were some of my niece's favorite toys and now, four years later, she has not been able to damage them. She loved them so much and so many of my friends wanted some for themselves that I started making more and more. Visit the Baubles section of the shop here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/mypetmoon?section_id=10522312

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