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Screaming Abdabs! by Magweno Screaming Abdabs! by Magweno
Abdabs
The little noisy ones

:skull: Now up for adoption via Etsy. :skull:

Abdabs were discovered back in 1931 by a young girl named Milly who was visiting her Aunts house with her Mother for morning breakfast. Her Aunt believed that children should be seen and not heard, speak only when spoken to and in all honesty, “one is better off without them”. When Milly, who was inquisitive and intelligent, was excused from the table after finishing her toast, she left quietly to explore her Aunt’s grand old Victorian rooms.

At the very top of the stairs was a small door that lead to what was once the Maid’s bedroom, but had been turned into a storage room for her Uncle’s mad passion for collecting curiosities. Her Uncle was currently travelling in Africa, but had brought back trinkets and gifts from all over the world over the years. There were dusty cases filled with the most radiant silks from India, that when you opened them they shone like gold. There were cabinets that had little drawers stuffed with interesting rocks with tiny meticulously written labels he had collected in Peru. There were carefully organised shells from the Northern hemisphere, given to him by whalers leaving from Scotland.

The most interesting thing that Milly found was a tiny skull and a pair of delicately preserved feet. The skull was surrounded by a thick fur ruff, and as she reached her hands around it she felt that the feet were attached to some short, dense pelt. She lifted it down from the shelf carefully. It was a little totem animal, but this collected curiosity had no label or note from where it was from, or even what it was… As she turned the creature over in her hands, she nearly dropped it in surprise as she felt it wriggle! It was alive! Its head was just a skull, but as she watched it, wide eyed, it turned its head up at her and let out a little whistle.

Scampering down the stairs with the creature cradled carefully in her hands she burst into the morning room, making her Mother and her Aunt jump and spill their tea. Without words and breathless but grinning from ear to ear, she shoved her hands in her Aunt’s face and opened them carefully. The little creature sat quite happily, and squeaked at her. Milly’s Aunt screamed so loudly it made the chandelier rock, then fell backwards in her chair, stuttering and yammering, tea all down her front and her little dainty feet waving in the air. It was such a ridiculous sight Milly couldn’t help but double up laughing, and the animal in her hands let out an unmistakably happy trill.

All her aunt could say was “adaabaadaba baa-aadaa abababadaa!”

And so the Screaming Abdab got it’s name.

Milly never found out where her Uncle found it, or what it actually was, and she and her Mother left so quickly she didn’t have time to put it back. The Abdab now lives quite happily in her bedroom, whistling and squeaking, sometimes screaming out of sheer joy, and keeps her company.

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In time to keep you company at Halloween!

Ivory Abdab | Brown & Grey Abdab | Grey Abdab | Black Abdab | Chocolate Abdab


Abdabs measure approximately 3" tall.
They are machine sewn from cuddlesoft fur, weighted with steel shot and stuffed with polyester.
Their ruffs are 100% fake fur.
Their heads and feet are cast polyurethane resin from an original sculpture, and hand painted with acrylics. They have been varnished and can withstand knocks and drops.

Abdabs are painted, sculpted, sewn and assembled all by me with great care, and this will mean that they will have many unique (slightly imperfect and handmade) details.

I accept requests for custom Abdabs, they are an additional 15%.
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:iconzombiehun:
ZombieHun Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
So cute! :love:
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:icontea-tigress:
Tea-Tigress Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I have a question, how much would it be to get a custom one of these cuties??
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
36 + P&P, send me a note if you'd like to order one! ^_^ I have a large batch of them being prepared for release on the 1st of October as well. They are orange, white and black with black manes. I also have some smaller ones with three different types of skulls being released then as well, and they will be about 12 each. :)
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:icontea-tigress:
Tea-Tigress Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay thanks! I will have to wait till I have the money, but I will totally keep you in mind if I do!
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Sci00 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I got the last one!! I'm so excited for it to arrive, it'll have a cherished spot on my desk from now on! :happybounce:
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Awesome!
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:iconcozmicdreamer:
CozmicDreamer Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Love these little ones! And ...Great story! "Wonderful!" ^^
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconzombiehun:
ZombieHun Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fuck it, I had to get one! This'll look darling on my nightstand ^_^
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love: Awesome! Little creeper can keep you company in the dark.
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:iconelreniagreenleaf:
ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
D'awww, how can something with no eyes and forelegs be so adorable?
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
ikr? really weird haha
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:iconithlini:
Ithlini Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Toooo cuuuute!
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Abwettar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good lord why why why are these so damn cute! And the story to go with them gosh these are perfect <3
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
<3
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:iconrookshock:
Rookshock Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh my gaaaawwwwd <3333
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Interesting design! And perfect for Halloween, as you mentioned. ;3

I love the story; it adds an adorable little charm to them that I didn't see at first.

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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's what my business advisors said, they didn't quite know what to think about them at first! 
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:iconbvanhorn:
bvanhorn Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Incredible back story.  Well done.

Critters are cute too.  :)
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :D
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:iconchickenfool:
ChickenFool Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So fluffy! >w</

Good job!
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:iconmanicminion:
ManicMinion Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
how cute!!! i was in the process of making a doll a little similar to this! by far yours looks alot!! cuter than my design
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'd love to see what you make, the more boney skull creatures the better!
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:iconmanicminion:
ManicMinion Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i would have to agree! :D
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:iconanimalartkingdom:
AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What unique and adorable little creatures!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
hehe little weirdos :D
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:iconanimalartkingdom:
AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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edoseck Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Pretty sure I just screamed out of sheer joy as well. I am such a softie for anything skull and bones. Soooo adorable <3

Sort of random, but have you ever given much thought to creative writing? The story you created for the Abdabs is brilliant. This would make a really cool short story...
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha I thought you might like these... :D

Ah yeah, it takes me a lot of work to produce anything half readable though! I'm not sure I'd have the stamina to write an entire story, but mini stories in descriptions is probably a good way to practice. 
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edoseck Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I'm really going to have to resist the urge to buy a whole army of them lol.

The mini stories would make great flash fiction...
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah man it's something I'm thinking more and more about now haha, hmm a creepy kids book with collectable abdab toys... hmmm... :D
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edoseck Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I would buy it for every kid (and kid-at-heart!) I knew lol...

(Just throwing it out there, but I'm getting my Masters degree in English/Fiction, so I'd be more than happy to help out with writing or editing work if you needed an extra hand ;) )
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh fantastic, I'll definitely take you up on that if I ever get to that stage! :D
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DeepWinter300 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
AHHHHH I LOVE THEM HOLY MOTHER OF ADORABLE!!! EEVVVVJFDASJFDJAOE

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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
hahaha :D
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:iconrhissanna:
Rhissanna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the story and I love these. The texture on the skull is wonderful!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! 
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:iconcmwyvern:
CMWyvern Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Your story is great! I love it!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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Treyos Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
They're very cute!  Plus, cool little story for them.  :D
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I got pretty carried away with this one hehe. Not sure I'll do it again, I'm not very good at writing well and it takes a long time to get anything half decent out of me
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Chumhra Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
LOVE the story, SO entertaining! Love the Abdabs too, very cute!!!!!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah thank you! I got a bit carried away with it, usually I only do a paragraph hehe
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:iconchumhra:
Chumhra Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Get carried away more often, I was highly entertained. :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconmystdragoon:
mystdragoon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so adorable!
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XdemonwolfX65 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I LOVE THESE!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love:
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the story behind them! They're very cute!
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:iconmagweno:
Magweno Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe thanks the story was pretty fun to write
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