Sorry I couldn't think of a better title *facepalm* I've never stitched or printed an owl before and as they seem to be popular birds I turned this design into gift wrap. I have hand finished the eyes myself so each one has their own little character.
I'm snowed under at the moment with orders (well not so much the orders) but making things for a couple of events coming up. I'm hoping my work goes down well as i've been working super hard to make new things. I'll blog about the events nearer the time.
Monday, 29 October 2012
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
I do have to own up and say that this woodpecker has a bit of creative licence to it as it was influenced by both the Greater and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
In other news I am so very nearly at 10,000 blog hits I do hope some of them have been real life readers and not spiders and other creepy bots trawling my blog!
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Its my Birthday today, not that you would know it just seems like another day! It's my last year as a 20 something which i'm totally cool with. Even as a teenager I always thought my life would begin in my 30's.
So to treat myself I stitched this sparrow this morning. Our street is a real mecca for sparrows, I sometimes wonder if its the fact that the street has so few cats, in fact ive only ever seen one. They nest in our guttering and swoop along the neighbours gardens stopping for natters on a neighbours bush. I love watching them even if they are not the more exciting to look at.
So Happy Birthday to me...... x
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Friday, 5 October 2012
It's encased in a vintage style pocket watch and hung on green ribbon with a bird charm for extra detailing.
I'm sort of hooked on this little birdie so im thinking my next piece will be a brooch - watch this space!
Monday, 1 October 2012
He's one of my favourite pieces to date, of course I can see bits i'm not happy with but I really love how the eyes have turned out this time. I think she has a bit of personality which sometimes my embroideries lack - probably due to me trying to be so clinical with colours and shapes.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
This little robin only took about an hour whilst watching TV. I think it looks really cute although whether people still appreciate traditional cross stitch is another discussion.
I might make some of these for my Etsy shop, but at least my friends and family will receive one for xmas.
Friday, 21 September 2012
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Friday, 31 August 2012
I finished this little Robin off last night whilst Hubby was watching the football. *yawn* I had to use two tones for the breast as I didnt have the right colour but I think it looks quite cool. I've listed this on Etsy so hopefully he will find a new home!
Monday, 27 August 2012
We camped at Baconsthorpe a mile away from the ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle. We did some shopping in Holt which is an amazing little town full of independant shops and art galleries. We then went to Sheringham to have lunch by the sea and on the way home stopped off for tattoos. Here are some pictures I will blog about my buys and anniversary presents tomorrow.
Thursday, 23 August 2012
It's going to be strange being away from the children, DD will love it but my DS who is only three may struggle. Lets hope we don't get a desperate phone call from the MIL :S
I've packed the entire contents of my wardrobe which amounts to pretty much a suitcase anyway and i'm praying for fine weather and an incident free weekend.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
I'm stencil screen printing which is very easy and more cost effective (you can re-use screens) but it does limit you somewhat in what you can design. I have played about and this is my first effort. Ive tried it on different surfaces and the idea behind the design was that I could stitch in the block colours. (soz for poor images)
I showed the pieces to my dad and he suggested that they look quite nice just in black, so im working on adding some extra detailing in and hope to show you my progress soon.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Please do let me know what you think!
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Monday, 6 August 2012
This little print isn't purely based on Chris......lalalala I have a Robin that visits my garden regularly pretty much throughout the year. Sometimes I am lucky enough to see two which is quite a thing as they are so fiercely territorial. Anyhow this is my little Robin print which has been created using lino and I have coloured in the breast with my professional markers (the best things ever!!!) Hes been printed onto an Edith Holden book - The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady.
Enjoy and please don't shout at me for being so erm Christmasssssssssssy :P
Monday, 25 June 2012
I'm thinking it would be quite nice as a purse or little make up/storage bag. I think I may have to get my mum to help with that part lol
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Saturday, 23 June 2012
I was leafing through his sketchbook and stumbled across an image of some flowers and decided to use it as an embroidery pattern. Please excuse the dodgy photography I had the image scanned from his sketchbook so I could take it home with me.
It is based on a Clematis and i've sourced some colours that would suit. I am hoping to do something a bit different with the finished piece maybe a purse or small cushion. I'm so glad I spotted this because I usually have a creative block for months after a craft fair and don't go near a needle and thread.
This is the progress so far, still a long way to go with lots of detail to add!
Monday, 18 June 2012
Of all the compositions I tried this had to be my favourite. I love the colours and the details I managed to show. Its actually quite difficult to photograph my jewellery as the glass shows reflections.
The actual piece is a development from my first necklaces where I hung it on a length of organza. I think the chain and little charm work quite well.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
I didn't sell any of my embroideries but cards, pin cushions, sewing kits and bunting did well which proved that people like to buy more affordable items and I needed more mainstream products. I didn't have to sacrifice my style to achieve this which was a great satisfaction.
I have to really credit Deanne and Michelle for the effort they put in, keeping us topped up with complimentary tea and coffee and making sure we were happy and having a good time. I think along with Julia of My Little Vintage they have to be the nicest and welcoming event holders i've ever met.
The customers were not plentiful but they were buying and very positive about mine and other peoples work. I think I will have to blog about some of the sellers as they really had a fab range of items.
High point... a lovely lady who really admired and appreciated my work - you cant put a price tag on someone being so kind.
Low Point... being opposite the cake stall! OMG they were the lushest cakes and cookies ive ever seen and being on a diet total torture. I was good and resisted temptation but I could have cleaned her out lol
Friday, 15 June 2012
It's well documented that over the last couple of years of blogging, me and craft fairs have a very turbulent relationship, I pretty much decided to take a break from it all. Warkton Craft Market has been a venue on my wishlist for a couple years now so refusal was NEVER an option. I am more relaxed about craft fairs now and I feel I can present a collection of work which best reflects me as a crafter- and that selling really is not just the only benefit you can take away. I cant wait to meet a new bunch of local crafters (although i'm extremely shy) and learning and listening to them can be really helpful and inspiring.
To give myself a fighting chance I am taking forward a few things I learnt from the last fair I did...
1) People wont buy what they cant see so i've been working on new and interesting displays which are now sat on my dining table being tested to make sure nothing falls apart. Gone will be the baskets that hide everything and tbh look pretty pants.
2) Smiling inanely wont make people talk to you, in fact they will probably run a mile in the opposite direction. Stepping forward and engaging with people and being proud of your work should rub off on the customer. Restrained enthusiasm is the key lol
3) Don't be too despondent if it all goes wrong. I royally threw my dummy out of the pram last time because I let myself down so badly. This fair like the fair before are the perfect venues for crafters (well organised, affordable, good location and marketed extremely well) but I couldn't make it work for me. Upon reflection I learnt that a) craft fairs may not be the place for me to sell and that b) if I did continue I would have to learn from my mistakes and rectify them not just threaten to give up doing the one thing that keeps me sane and that I love doing.
Even despite all the upset over craft fairs i'm soooo excited about tomorrow, there are amazing crafts on offer with lovely people and in a cute little village... what more could I want!
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
I purchased some pendant blanks with a view to make some embroidered keyrings. However in my parcel I received a complimentary glass cabochon and have done a little experimenting.
I really like the results so i've ordered some more and the proper glue to go with it. I might try and encase my little embroideries and see what happens!
Saturday, 9 June 2012
A couple days ago I posted about my Blue Tit WIP. Well here is the finished piece. As always I can find areas that could do with improvement but i'm pleased I tried out a new composition instead of my usual 'side on' embroideries.
I'm taking this lickle lovely to a local craft fair next Saturday (ill blog details in the week) I've pretty much decided that this is my last craft fair as my items just don't sell so i'm hoping to go out with a bang... or a tweet!