Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Snowmen & Snowflakes

I've been busy with the hand stitching again - and with the odd bead or two sneaking in too...but all in the name of Christmas this time!

Snowmen for girls...

and boys...

as well as little embroidered keepsakes for the ladies...

Christmas is coming!!!

Monday, 22 November 2010


...I will be stuffing snowmen (!) and bestowing upon them, the gift of
sight. I am a benevolent creator ;)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

and the beading goes on, and on...

...and on!

a huge amount of beading went into this fruity beauty!

It seems that my current beading obsession shows no sign of waning so, on I bead...and photograph...and list and hope for sales!

the brooch

Strawberries were my 'thing' at the weekend with a heavily beaded one, followed by a pared down set of hair clip & brooch, letting the red of the felt really show through.

the hair clip

Then last night is was off to a Winter Wonderland with some snowflake hair clips in various colours

Some using buttons, and some using sequins...

...but all using my current addiction - seed beads.

My teeny (3cm x 3cm) ice skate also managed to get it's close up thanks to some Autumnal sunshine this morning!

What's your current creative obsession??


Friday, 12 November 2010

Felt Folksy Friday

Well I was heading for the sofa (or that was the plan) when I decided to upload some pics to the Folksy Flickr group and I happened upon some delightful felt creations.

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.


Quick post - Orla's 'Pattern'

For those of you out there who, like me, coveted Orla's book but not the price (£25)...The Book People have it in stock for a mere £9.99.
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!


I love stationery, always have. My usual quick 'cheer me up' fix always used to be a new pen (I have hundreds!) or a new notebook. Mmmm notebooks. I know I'm not the only one out there with a crush on all things paper, pen and pencil - otherwise Paperchase, WH Smith's etc wouldn't be making quite so much money out of funky designed ring binders and the like ;)

Imagine my delight when I happened upon Moleskine's eminently paintable Cahier notebooks! Oh the joy!

So I set too, with some of my current designs (you will have seen a few of these in my canvas shops if you've ever perused my wares), acrylic paints, paintbrush and cheer in my heart!

I've only done a few so far, just to test the waters, as well as the notebooks themselves. But I am very happy with them. This is just the kind of thing that would lift my spirits in the manner that only deliciously designed stationery can - pretty & functional...heaven!

I have listed the pussy cats and the pretty princess in my Folksy Ditsy Bird shop, but I'm afraid that the Tea-party notebook is destined for someone very special ♥

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

Recent commissions and gifts...

I love getting commissions or having a special gift to make for someone!
Here are a couple of my recent customs.

Little Monkeys:
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.

Beaded lovelies:
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.

(I love this picture!)

Happy birthday little man!:
Last but not least was the very first birthday of George's littlest brother, and off we go with a do over of an old design.

It's good to have a break from the norm!