Goodie Goodie Yum Yum…

I’m a little over excited because today the snow finally arrived and the view from my studio is this

which makes me and the kids very happy.  They went out to play the moment it was light enough and lucky C has the day off pre-school as they’ve decided not to open (this is Kent, even a hint of a snowflake and the County shuts down).  I am also happy as I’m the recipient of many lovely new things which I’d like to share with you.

This happens a lot on my desk, please note, this is not a posed shot I am dreadfully guilty of putting my coffee cup down on anything available (including pattern pieces) as the desk is an old Victorian trestle table that’s oiled and waxed and marks if I put a hot coffee cup on it, so when I saw this post over at Mia’s fabulous blog I decided to treat myself to some of her Christmas coasters.

I’ve been meaning to buy something from Mia for ages, she makes the most amazing felted/knitted/tweed pouches and bags with needle felted birds, foxes and snowmen and I wasn’t disappointed.  The packaging was lovely and included the sweet little bird you can see attached plus a matching hand-made card.

I was so impressed I went back to Mia’s shop to buy more (this time to be sent out as a Christmas present)

This time Mia was generous enough to include a beautifully made matching bag, now how about that for service?

I did sneak in a little treat for myself, a key ring, key fob with a sweet little bird, as you do 😉

I also wanted to show you my ‘recent’ purchase by Hidden Eloise/HidenSeek.

Magically packaged, as always.

And incorporating one of my favourite of her designs ‘My Captain…We’ve reached the end of the world’

I love this, I’ve bought mirrors (as presents for F’s school friends) and postcards before but I so love the new jewellery and see there’s a Sale on along with some great new prints.

I’m sure I have more to show but need to collect F so I think we’ll leave it there for today 🙂

Busy, busy, busy…

It’s still all very hectic around here but I am starting to feel like I’m getting there.  Thanks for all your great comments on the Ballerina and Fairy Mice, they’ve rather flown and many to people who read this blog, which is always a pleasure.

There’s one Ballerina left here and three Fairies spread between my site and Folksy.  My sister has put an order in for any that don’t sell soon (she is one of my best customers and has lots of friends with young children, sometimes I have to hide things from her or she tries to buy them before I can list them.  I know, I’m very lucky) so I’m happy knowing they will all go to good homes.

I also found a few more Lavender Birds that have been added to the SALE section and whilst I was stuffing those (I always stuff all my lavender bags to order so that they go out ‘fresh’) I filled a few more blackbirds as they seem to be selling quite well (also in the SALE).

Today I managed to take extra photographs of the new Lavender Birds,

I know many of you were kind enough to tell me there was nothing wrong with the original images but the ‘blue’ tone on the white background was really annoying me so I’ve taken them backed on a slightly off-white paper, it feels a little softer.

So, my plan is to crack on next week and in an ideal world finish all my commissions and also the Superhero Mice (which I know some of you are waiting for) then, quite frankly, take a sewing break.  I’m desperate to give the house a good clean and the garden is in need of a tidy plus I’ve promised the boys we’ll get our tree.  I’d like to approach Christmas at a calmer pace (I still have many…oh, OK, most of my presents to buy although I do have some goodies to show you in my next post) and part of that involves admitting defeat in that any further plans I had for Christmas shop products need to get shelved until next year and I feel OK with that, I managed quite a lot in rather a short time so I’m happy 🙂

Fairy and Ballerina Mice…

First, huge thanks for the response to the monster purse in the last post, sorry I haven’t replied to any of the comments yet, I’m a bit stressed at the moment and slightly loosing the plot.  Basically, it sounds like if I made these and popped them in the shop they might well sell, it simply comes down to time, first I need to crack on with promised Christmas commissions and we’ll see how it goes.

And so, as the title suggests I have finally finished the Fairy and Ballerina Mice.  I have to say, for some really odd reason these little ladies rather stretched me to the limit, I have broken 12 needles (yes, 12!!!!), thrown 10 little ballet shoe wearing legs in the bin (ribbons too short or twisted and unrecoverable) and twice stitched the fairy wings into a side seam.

The turning out of each Mouse was a squash and a squeeze.

But, I got there in the end and every little bit of effort was worth it as I love them.

So here they are.

Listed here

and here.

I couldn’t resist adding little ribbon roses, so they come with the obligatory ‘not suitable for children under 36 months’ but you could always remove the roses from the Ballerina mice.

I’ve shared them out between Folksy and my shop (as linked above) and now I feel a well deserved pink silk break, it’s on with Superhero Mice next!

PS, Spot the mistake in that last photo 🙂

Something for the boy…

Just a quickie as I’m elbow deep in tutus and ballet shoes right now.

F has to sometimes take money into school, he’s recently decided he wants to buy his fruit at break, instead of getting the free fruit given to all Key Stage 1 kids (school say this is fine, I think he just likes the idea of handing over money and choosing) so I made him a quick small monster….’purse’?….

F chose the colours and specified 3 eyes and horns, so that’s what he got.

On the back I did a quick bit of machine embroidery, just to make sure it can’t get lost and there is a catch to attach it to F’s book bag.

Inside is lined with striped cotton and it’s a nice neat size, I was hoping it might fit in his trouser pocket but that’s unlikely.

Right, need to dash as the school run calls, hope he likes it!

New Winter Lavender Birds…

Well, as the title suggests I have finally completed the new lavender birds

they are both in fabrics I bought last year specifically for the project, the fabulous Snow Flower/Blossom (which is the nicest Christmas fabric ever, not too over the top but the perfect shade of red) by Dena Designs for Free Spirit Fabrics and Amy Butler’s Wall Flower in gold.

I’ve exchanged the usual brown bead eye for black glass, I love the little glass bead eyes on my felt birds, they always seem to really bring them alive so I’m following suit here.

Although the designs are led by the fabrics used, I also took inspiration from this postcard which faces me every day as it is pinned to my noticeboard; it’s by ‘Belle & Boo‘ and I love the mix of red, beige and white,  so decided to use a similar combination for the Snow Flower bird tail.

In fact, whilst I’m mentioning Mandy Sutcliffe’s lovely work, I should also show you this cushion bought really quite a long time ago but never blogged (at least I think not blogged, apologies if I’m showing you this twice).

These colours are all very ‘me’ and fit perfectly into our house, I love the hand embroidered detail on the tree.

Back to the birds.  Again, I’m struggling to get decent photos, I really need to invest in some professional lights, not just for photographs but it’s becoming quite difficult to work in the evenings as I can’t really see what I’m doing,

still, I figured it was more important to get the new birds listed, I can always change the images at a later date.

Both birds can be found on Folksy and at my on-line Shop and any Lavender Birds from past Seasons are now in the SALE section so grab a bargain whilst you can.

Flying Bunnies….

I feel a bit guilty writing this post as essentially I’m writing to say that the Tweed Bunnies are finally listed in The Shop….only most have sold 😦 Sorry.  I listed them the other night and planned to follow up with an immediate post, but the photos aren’t great and I was hoping for better light today to get some new snaps and then show you the new additions but as it’s tipping it down right now, that’s not going to happen.

And so, here we have the new green purse, after an age searching the internet for decently priced feathers (as used in my own version) I had to abandon that idea and opt for a gold and bead collar similar to the brown purses.  Although these have sold out on my site, as this time of writing there are still 3 available on Folksy.  I have enough fabric to make a couple more, but these have already been promised to Family.

The turquoise and pink version (shocking photos, sorry) are also listed on my shop.  Again, this is the last of them as I only had limited amounts of tweed in these colours.

Right now, the brown tweed version has sold out but I will (hopefully) be making more.  To be honest, I need to concentrate on Linen Mice this week, but as a general rule the Bunny Purses are here to stay and will pop up every now and again in new seasonal colours, it just might not be for a while.  At least that’s that plan 🙂

Right, back to work, orders to pack and little boys to pick up.

Remember, remember….

This is going to be another quick post as my morning has disappeared (yet again) in a flurry of sparkler buying and dashing here and there.

Last night I finally got around to replacing my beloved remembrance poppies that had belonged to my Gran.  As you can see they are a little worse for wear and certainly can’t be worn any more.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever mentioned this before but I do have a bit of a ‘thing’ about the First and Second World Wars.  I wrote my A level History of Art dissertation on WW1 War Artists and my Degree dissertation on Fashion during the Second World War.  I spent a few years working at the Imperial War Museum as a Museum Assistant, the pay was crap quite frankly but it remains one of my favourite jobs purely for getting to meet so many people with such interesting and sadly, often horrific stories.  I think it’s very important that all aspects of this period of history are remembered and for me I like the personal detail of hearing my own Grandparents talk about it and I’m sad that my boys wont be able to hear it first hand for themselves, for them it will just be ‘History’.  But there you go.  I wont chat more as I’m sure that there are many bloggers who can give a much more eloquent view, on with the sewing bit.

Last year I bought the above poppy from Wychbury on Folksy, as you would expect they donate money for each poppy sold to The Royal British Legion Poppy appeal 2010.

This year I’ve made my own version, I’m sure many of you saw this one coming when you noticed the poppy on the recent Bunny Tweed Purses and it is where the idea started.  I have, of course, also donated my money to the British Legion Appeal and will do so each year that I wear the above, that goes without saying really.

OK, I need to get back to work, I have to pick C up in a moment and I haven’t managed any sewing yet today.  Too much to do and all that 🙂