Thursday, 16 December 2010
Due to a family illness, I have decided to shut up shop for a while until things are more settled and then come back in the new year with new ideas and new gusto!
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Snowmen for girls...
as well as little embroidered keepsakes for the ladies...
Christmas is coming!!!
Monday, 22 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Monday, 15 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
So, I decided why not do a Felt Folksy Friday..? So I am!
First up, we have the fabulous Reindeer Wreath by Emily A.K.A. Dolly Doo
I love how jaunty this is - it's right up my street and would be perfect for a little one's first Christmas, don't you think? Emily has plenty of other felty delights for you to peruse...so bob on over to DollyDoo on Folksy.
Secondly, we have the utterly charming felt brooches of Liz at LizzyBeth's Felties. I am particularly enamoured with this chirpy little chap...
So simple but charming :) Liz has some equally fabulous whale brooches that are definitely worth a visit to her store.
Well that's it for my spur of the moment Folksy Friday - I've never done one before so I hope I've done it right & proper.
Hurrah! and coffee time reading joyousness :)
I'm off to put the kettle on and find a comfy seat.
Ooo quick update - just had an email from said Book People and they are offering free standard delivery til midday, Monday 15th Nov...enter code FREENOV at the checkout! Whoop!
Happy Friday folks!
Well, slap me silly - I totally forgot my darling little Kokeshi doll...shame on me :(
Here she is in all her notebook-y glory...
There now, all is right with the world, once more!
Right, cuppa, fire, sofa and beading I will go...
Friday, 5 November 2010
Here are a couple of my recent customs.
I had a lovely order from Etsy for two of my Monkey canvases - for a brother and sister and their newly decorated bathroom. It makes such a refreshing change when a customer changes the colours, however slightly, and adds little details - names and a bow in this case.
Next up was my hair-clip-loving friend's 'special' birthday and a chance for me to make something suitably glam and also something a bit kitsch - cue beaded cherries and art deco inspired designs.
Friday, 22 October 2010
whilst listening to The Sorcerer's Secret on my iPhone. Whatever you
are doing this fine Friday, I hope you're having fun!
Saturday, 2 October 2010
I had a few designs from 2009 that had been drawn and traced but I hadn't found the time to watercolour/scan/digitally colour them...so these were top of the To Do list.
The pear tree and snowman designs turned out perfectly and have made it to the Ditsy Bird Draws Etsy nest, a couple of others sadly didn't...but, you never know, fresh eyes and a little tweaking next year and they may make the flock!
Whilst at work one day (there is something about accounting that fires up the creative side of my brain with a fierce heat!) I came up with a couple of pages of new 'circle' designs, including Mr. Robin here - such a chirpy chap!
I hadn't planned on doing new design but hey, when the mood takes me, I've learned to embrace it and go with the flow. I really love these new designs and have a couple more, non seasonal ones still up my sleeve (or on my hard drive awaiting some colour!).
Part of the joy of putting these new cards together has been the discovery of Glaze 3D pens - I am incapable of printing designs and leaving them alone. I nearly always have to tinker with them and try and jazz them up in some way or other!
Another major factor in my delight at the way they all turned out, was the use of the most gorgeous recycled card from eco-craft ltd. It just feels so, well, good! Good quality, good colour and good (better) for the environment...win, win, win!
Monday, 27 September 2010
candy + painting = bliss!
(and I'd forgotten how enjoyable it is to paint with watercolours).
Hope you're all having a good Monday
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
I was asked to do this wonderful commision by a Twitter friend - she wanted to give it to her teacher husband as a 'happy new job' gift at the start of the new school year.
Part way through I did wonder whether it was going to work and then, as I added the little details (it's always the little details that make a design) it suddenly happened.
I'm so pleased with it and delighted that Alison asked me to do it - it was such a lot of fun!
Friday, 3 September 2010
George has been given the choice of what to do today and it is this:
•Watch TV in Mummy's bed whilst eating some sweets
•Go to Molly & Jacks for pressie giving, lovely walk to pick Moo up
from school then back & play for it bit
•McD's treat tea before going off to Daddy's for the weekend before
he goes away for a fortnight
The first week back shouldn't be too bad though as Paul has just
called to say he's finally booked us a holiday...to Thasos in Greece
for a week. So that's one week back then Thasos for a week to top up
his tan and then back to school. Ah what a life he has :)
Sunday, 29 August 2010
hand sewing...very relaxing!
Here's my latest bunting offering...I dare not even try and work out
when I actually started it, it would be WAY too long!
Happy Bank Holiday Sunday folks!
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
It's pretty tricky to find time to get on with work during school holidays, mainly due to a lack of time - going for walks and picnics is way more fun (who's spent too much time with a 7 yr old?? like dude!) than sitting at a pc uploading photos for listings; and going to parks and the seaside gobbles up any painting or sewing time that may have been eeked out of a day.
However, I have put my DBD (Ditsy Bird Designs) hat (beak? hahaha) on this week and got plenty done! George has been an absolute star on this matter too - happily entertaining himself with his new loves - Phineas & Ferb on the box whilst Fimo-ing. Happy creative days all round actually, and made more so by the torrential rain we had at the beginning of the week...it was very conducive to hunkering down indoors & 'getting on'.
I am pleased to say that I have ticked off at least one of my Summer goals: Separate my Etsy Ditsy Bird shop into three...
1. for paintings
2. for cards and other stationery type thingies
3. for all things stitched
So I now have three Etsy stores:
Ditsy Bird ( the original has been kept for my canvases coz, well, that's where it all started)
Ditsy Bird Draws (for my cards)
Ditsy Bird Sews (well, that one's a bit Ronseal really ;) )
It's been a welcome break from the endless butty making and packing up raincoats AND sunscreen...coz you just never know do you!?!?
Each shop has been shown a little love too, including new canvas designs for Ditsy Bird