Sunday, December 07, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
It's been a long while since I last posted. Domestic stuff really. This month I've packed up all my belongings to move home. I've moved home. Then unpacked some belongingss. Internet got cut off briefly because the company who I subscribe with are total eejits, but I think these things are getting solved slowly but surely.
I've found time to make new gingerbread men embroidery designs for Christmas though! I'm hoping that now my telecommunications seem to be at a sort-of resumed service that I'll start posting regularly again.
Hopefully some pictures of the new house will follow, but my boyfriend is more casual than me when it comes to unpacking. Once he gets his arse in gear and sorts out those heaving cardboxes maybe I'll post some snaps on the blog.
Ta ta for now!
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
My website has been offline for a very long time. I've been unhappy with the mixed content. I tried showing some of my cute digital illustrations along side my cute handmade toys. Now it's concentrating on the craft side of my work and I think it works better for it! If I do any digital or painted illustrations I'll post them here or on flickr in the future :)
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tomorrow I'm going to a pirate fancy dress party and I've made myself a parrot to safety-pin on to my shoulder. I'm so pleased with him and I've called him Cocopetal after the Tao's parrot (a character from the epic 1980's cartoon series, "The Mysterious Cities of Gold"). He took ages to make, about 7 or 8 hours, but you can see every handmade stitch and I love his little wings! I've kept the templates, so I might make some more and sell them on Etsy, but this little guy ain't for sale!
Monday, August 04, 2008
I made some more lions recently. One got sold at a recent show, but this little chap has just been listed on Etsy. He's only 3.5 inches tall, but I got a new camera last week and it's been taking some great close ups of my various crafty critters, even the small ones.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday was amazing! I only took pictures of the craft table that i was sharing with Faye, but hopefully my friend, Tracey will be able to lend me her photos for this blog so you can see all the other brilliant things that were happening at the fayre. We had a great time and the people there were lovely. We sold more than we expected too!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I think these two have a haughty look to their hand-embroidered faces. Jack thinks they're nonchalant but I don't think they're apathetic little things... I think they're looking down their noses.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Oh no! The weather forecast for Saturday is thunder storms! Not very good for my craft stall at the summer fayre. I hope they've got their predictions all wrong.
I've photographed some of my newest critters, so I'll have lots of pictures to post over the next few weeks. I've decided to slow down with the sewing now, it's wearing me out and I think I have plenty of things for the weekend. It was a big worry for me... Not having enough items to sell. Now the problem is if people decide not to turn up because of rain! Grrr. At least if nobody shows or buys anything then I can list them on-line at my Etsy shop. I've been neglecting that for a bit, but normal service will resume by August.
Friday, July 04, 2008
I'm so excited about this! I have a craft table at Spellbound In Potton. It's a traditional summer fayre with live music, local ales, craft workshops, story telling, a treasure hunt and a tug of war. Phew! I've been sewing my little stripy socks off for weeks so I have lots of critters for sale on the day. Lots of foxes and dragons and dinosaurs. Please come and meet me if you're local! I'm going to photograph as much as I can so I will post my new creations up very soon and add some photos of the day.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Last week I found out that the elephant I entered in the softie awards won! How fab do I feel? it was decided by a public vote too! I can't wait for my prize! I should be receiving a rather smart softie book. it looks amazing!
I've been pretty slack with the old crafting and blogging... now that the sun has come out early for May I've been going to a lot of barbecues. Better watch that stomach of mine if I'm intending to go swimming this summer. Speaking of which I did find time to make a new mazestock eflyer. It's our own little private summer music festival that we have each year for our nearest and dearest.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I've a new job that's keeping me on my toes and Jack bought Mario Kart for the Wii, so instead of being busy with crafty antics and drawing in my evenings I've been driving a pixelated car around Marioland. Naughty, but fun!
A while back I entered the sofie awards, not really thinking that I'd get anywhere, but it turns out that from the 1000+ entrees for these awards, my hand-stitched elephant toy is in the final! Thank you judges! The final decision is down to public opinion, so have at look at the softie awards and get voting for your favourite, they're all really good!
My "competitors" have been busy with a campaign for their stuffies, so I decided to try the sympathy vote, ha ha! Silly huh?
Sunday, April 13, 2008
One of my little projects this week was to design a character and etsy banner for a lovely lady called Michele at Daydreams & Dandelions over on Etsy. She really liked my ACEO paintings and wanted something in a similar style. I guess she may be opening a new Etsy store called Pink Marmalade Girl as she wanted a pink illustration for it. My first thought was a sort of traditional milk maid character holding jars of pink marmalade, but Michele knew what she wanted and after a few tweaks she decided on a more contemporary-dressed girl in a funky top hat. More of a sort of honorable and modestly attired Lady Marmalade perhaps?
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Kara at Innocent Charms got in contact with me to redesign her Etsy logos and banners for her website, blog etc. Her handmade jewelry is unique and the title of her shop is very ethereal. She wanted an angel character in specific colours, greys and pinks. I'm so pleased because she likes the design and she was such a nice person to work for. I'm also pretty chuffed that she decided to contact me to do this for her!
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
This elephant toy is a new pattern I am playing around with. I like his hat. When I was little I always had to share a bedroom with my sister. We get on, but we are like chalk and cheese. When my family extended the house, I finally got a bedroom to myself and the material I've used to make the elephant used to be the curtains in my first very own bedroom when I was a teenager! When I moved out, my mum made some of it into cushions for me, so the fabric feels like a part of me. Sadly, some of these cushions are getting pretty battered beyond repair and are full of holes, but I can't just throw them away, so I am using some of it for crafting now!
This elephant is called Paulie. Jack is on tour, so I've the flat to myself for a while. I thought I'd like the peace and quiet, but I'm actually getting a bit bored now. Paulie is going to sit with me and watch the Sopranos this evening.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
For almost a year now I've had a url and website space and I've done nothing with it! Well now I've got my act together and made a proper website! It's very simple with no animation or flashy graphics on it, but I'm feeling very pleased that I managed to work out how to put it together all by myself. I did get quite vexed though at some points!
Anyway, my website is like a "best of blog". I hope it's working ok. If anyone spots any disasters with it like missing links or out of sync tables then let me know and I'll try to fix it.
One thing I should do is put a little description on each of the images. If you have anymore suggestions then let me know! Nothing too complicated though, I'm not some sort of web wizard, just a mere apprentice.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
These three Russian doll images are part of a set of twelve for a digital embroidery design range for Ashlea over at Bunnycup. The whole set is shaping up and looking great and I hope she's going to love them! I spent the day doing this because it's been snowing and I have a bit of a cold. It's a public holiday today too, but I really just needed to stay in, but I had to be productive. I can't ever just sit and do nothing. Jack is at the pub now, but I didn't want to go with him and venture into the arctic conditions for a cold beer.
Oh! And my sister had a baby boy today! He doesn't have a name yet, and I haven't been to visit because of my sniffles, but I can't wait to meet him. I hope he grows up like a music and computer games geek like me, rather than a sporty type! Ha ha!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I've been waiting for the phone to ring all morning and I've been doodling all that time. I might have to eat some cake to calm my nerves now before I start something new.
Oh, and of course, Happy Easter to everyone too! I hope you all enjoy your nice long weekend.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I spent the day doodling again on the computer. The painting style is different to the one I did yesterday. The girl got through about twenty different hairstyles, I was pretty indecisive as to what her hair should be like. It's weird because the rabbit took no time at all.
Jack bought me some chocolate eggs to cheer me up. I was pretty zombified this morning and really grumpy. It's all this anxiety. The chocolate is definitely working it's magic at the moment though!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Now that I've been out of work, I'm spending my days sorting out my CV and portfolio. Not sure what to do with my long term future, still, but on Thursday I'm expecting to hear some news about a job, so I've all my digits crossed.
I did this painting today in photoshop and corel painter as I need to take my mind off things. I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out, but my original file has more contrast. I think the "save for web" function has washed it out a tad.
Now I'm going to go to the shop to buy some nice bread as I fancy making some soup for supper and that will cheer me up. Especially if i have a glass of rioja with it ;)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
This spotty lion is made from an upcycled sock (washed!). He's got a green mane.
I'm feeling really tired right now... Since the redundancy I've been making lists of things to do, my mind feels tired. I've been busy for twelve and half hours today I haven't got all the things I wanted done completed yet. I'll have to get up extra early tomorrow to do these nagging bits and pieces, but I don't enjoy being at my desk before Jack has left home for work.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
This is a rabbit made from the same pattern that I created from before, but I have changed it's ears. I think I prefer them this way.
On Friday I was told the greetings card company that I work full time for has ceased trading. This means I'm now officially redundant along with everyone else at the company with immediate effect. Not great news and I'm feeling really down, a bit lost and very worried about my finances and about the direction my career is suppose to be heading in. Not sure what to do with myself really.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Still scruffy. I ran out of fluffy purple trim before I got a chance to make a tail, so I'll have to plan that better next time. Also tried to improve the ears, better than sticking two pieces of triangular felt to the mane I think. Oh, and he has little freckles too.