Looking for a little something to cheer you up? This ought to do the trick!
Abbey Hambright, or abbeychristine as she’s known to the crafting world, has created the cutest, coolest and most brilliant felt puppets to help you get your favorite pop culture icons wrapped around your finger. Starting in 2005, Abbey’s clever (and might I add, quite thoughtful) idea to make finger puppets for her nephew’s third birthday sparked a charming new project, and lucky for the rest of us, she decided to share it with the world!
Abbey’s finger puppets are inspired by big names from every platform of prominence, from music to TV to philosophy, and all the way to the White House. Some of you may also notice a particularly special affinity for Wes Anderson…
AND, not only are they adorable and entertaining, they’re also eco-friendly! Every little guy and gal is crafted from 100% recycled Eco-fi polyester felt created from discarded plastic bottles. See? Recycling can be good for the world and the soul!
Check out some of the famous faces who’ve made their felt debuts (I dare you not to smile):
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Clockwise from top left: Harold & Maude, Frida Kahlo, Johnny Cash, Omar (The Wire), and Steve Martin
Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything)
Pee Wee Herman, Larry David, and The Royal Tenenbaums
All of the little fellows above can be purchased online from her Etsy shop or Renegade Handmade; though, if you’re lucky enough to live nearby these retailers, you can meet them in person. They tend to run around $17.00, give or take, so this is a totally realistic gift idea (even if it is a gift from you, to you…).
As if that first helping wasn’t enough, I found my way to her facebook page, where I found loads more of her adorable creations from times past. AND I learned that she does custom orders, which is how a lot of the little guys below were born. So, if you want to get really creative for your next present-giving occasion, Abbey suggests:
“What could be better than that special somebody made felty and 4″ tall with a neck-less bullet-shaped body?!”
Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie), John and Yoko, Raphie (A Christmas Story), Martha Stewart, Charles Darwin, Allen Ginsberg
The Breakfast Club, Flight of the Conchords, Harry Potter, NKOTB, Obama, and Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)