I don't think I'm going to put these in my etsy shop, at least not yet. I have possible other plans for them to be sold in a store, we'll see if it pans out.
My train of thought for the crab spider went something like this:
I want to make a spider
What kind of spider?
Black widows are cool
Yeah, maybe I'll make a black widow
No, I don't have a lot of black fleece left
What other spider could I make
I have lots of white fabric
Aha - crab spider!
It's got a legspan of about 16" - there are wires in the legs so it can stand up.
As for the spittlebug - I started off wanting to make an ichneumon wasp (it will happen someday), but I wasn't quite in the mood- I was scanning through one of my insect books with my roommate and she suggested the spittlebug. So of course I dug through all my bags and boxes of pompoms and scrounged for every single white pompom.
Here's to hoping I won't come up with another project that requires white pompoms, because I'm all out! And believe it or not, the twig and everything manages to stand up on its own. I put some polybeads in the bottom and if you position it just right, it'll stay up.
I'm currently working on a potentially HUGE project - a wasp nest. So far I'm making the hexagonal cells, each about 4" wide and taking a long time to make. There are going to be eggs, larvae, adults, and I envision the whole thing being able to be hung on a wall. It won't be an entire nest, but like the beginning of one, with about 25 chambers or so. I currently have only 9 chambers and already ran out of that color fabric, haha. This will surely take me a while.