Another Flickr find is Artichoke Hearts, Gloria Koenigshof, who lives in the midwest with her husband and daughter in a beautiful old farmhouse that they're in the process of renovating. And through it all, Gloria still finds time to craft.
She paints whimsical characters and then takes them to another level as greeting cards, recipe cards, even as three dimensional softie characters. I love this idea, taking a familiar character from your artwork and transforming it into a toy. I'm sure that her daughter just adores these things and thinks she is the coolest mom on the planet.
(images from artichoke hearts)