So. Many. Chocobos. And all shiny.
"Kaisai" is Japanese for "jubilation", and that's quite fitting. There's never a time when Kaisai isn't chipper and ready to bring a smile to someone's face. Sure that can make her personality a bit... overwhelming at times, but she has a big heart and is always willing to lend an ear.
Well. Certainly the most demanding chocobo I have ever encountered. Not only did she make the demand to have her own decorative armor, but to have bead accents as well. She encompasses well over a week of work, and that armor is surprisingly heavy. Of course she's worth it, just look at her! Utterly fabulous.
Yes, of course I made that armor. Link by link. Then embellished it with AB siam Swarovski crystals. For clearly that makes everything a million times more awesome. Kaisai herself is embellished with the same AB siam Swarovski crystals, and dozens of little tiny size 11 peacock-hued seed beads.Her body and beak are crocheted, legs are incredibly strong (read: annoying to work with) wire wrapped with yarn. She stands at about 8 inches high, and all of it fabulous.
Jamari (left) is more than likely growing up to be a natural-born leader. At least, most of the other young chocobos would agree with the way that they follow her around. It's good, then, that she uses her power and influence for good... and the occasional "see if the handlers brought sugar cubes" raids. But you know, that doesn't happen too often.
Leif (right) has quite possibly taken nothing seriously over the whole of his life. That's not to say he's flippant about anything; it's only to say that he never lets a negative moment pass without making it positive. Quite a nice thing, that.
Likes: summer days, the smell of the forest, digging for the sake of digging
Dislikes: getting bathed after digging, when the seasons turn cold
My camera will never capture that particular shade of dark green just right. Ah well. Ivy's pretty easy-going.
Likes: crisp mornings, fresh snow, celebrations
Dislikes: "scrooges", people shaking presents
My camera will never capture that particular shade of dark green just right. Ah well. Green, red, holly!
Likes: marshmallows, plush things, big soft patches of grass
Dislikes: loud noises, the term "wingdings"
Well, I don't know... he just looks like a Harvey.
Gavin is the younger, and freely willing to indulge in it. Oh, he'll mind what he's told... he just likes to push the limits and respond with that big-eyed adorable look. Works every time.
Guinevere is definitely the "kindly mother-type". She tends to act that way with all ages of chocobos and handlers alike--meaning that if you mess with any of them, you will be in very deep trouble.
Galina (left) is a quiet, unassuming little ray of sunshine... until the handlers turn their backs. Now, I'm not saying she's a trouble maker, but I am saying... be careful when you turn your back. If you have any candy on you at all, it may go missing.
Izzy (left) is... simply... Izzy. She's a very unique personality, to say the least; a little spastic, a little manic... but she's full of a lot of love. And may also respond extremely favorably to sugar.
It's Francisco, the giant rainbow chocobo! He's a bit of a show-off, I must say--but he's a sweetheart and would take any poor chick under his wing if they ever needed his help. He's extra soft and an astounding 14 inches to the top of his crest. Crocheted, like the others--with larger plush yarn and a lot more stuffing. I'm currently of the belief that there is a conspiracy theory centered around why his left side refuses to photograph at all well, but I'm sure his fabulousness comes through regardless.
I will not go into the complications I ran into while trying to make a giant crocheted chocobo, but I will say that it's been a learning experience. And very worthwhile.