Wednesday, December 31, 2008

welsh badges

Here are some badges I did for a custom order before Christmas. I love maps.

I am certain that 2009 will bring with it more badges - I have some very cool ideas I'm working on. I have decided I will take up the 365 photography challenge and Mr Pippa may join me, which will be nice. I might introduce you to his Flickr page sometime soon. I'm really feeling the need to get scrapbooking again and that jewellery-making craving isn't going away either. Hmmm, what else am I hoping to achieve in 2009? I'd like to draw more and do some more mixed media art work. I wonder what else I'll do - this time last year I had never thought I'd be able to make sock creatures, or that is would be sock creatures which would lead to me opening a shop!

Thank you for checking out my blog. Thanks to those of you who visit every so often and to those who visit regularly. The biggest thanks go to those of you who leave nice comments for me - you make blogging more fun :o)

Cheerio for now, see you in 2009.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I'm not used to this camera yet

While sewing on the ears on this spotty monkey, I just had to take a photo.

I love how every sock animal has a different personality. These two were Christmas orders. Unfortunately, the only pictures I managed to get of them before hurriedly posting them in time for Christmas were these awful out-of-focus shots.

Please forgive me: it was a new camera and I had it on the wrong setting. Fortunately, these monkeys didn't travel too far so I will be able to get some good photographs of them eventually.

Merry Christmas, fellow bloggers! I was planning on doing a little post over Christmas but it was busier than I expected and I'm now beginning the slow recovery back to my 'normal'. But I did enjoy Christmas. Here's a glimpse of what mine looked like (I'm getting the hang of the new camera now)...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

traveling monkeys

I had a lot of fun wrapping these monkeys ready for their travels. You know how much I love colour co-ordination, so I was especially pleased with the matching tissue paper.

Curled up and tucked in tight.

And ready to go...

That Folksy order brightened up a very bad week. Hooray for Folksy!

I am finally feeling festive (yes it has taken this long) and am actually looking forward to Christmas. Although, I'm also looking forward to January, when life gets back to normal. Also, I've been thinking about doing 365 days of photos. I'm sure you've seen other people doing it on Flickr and the like. I fancy doing it. All it involves is taking a picture of your life each day. I'm not sure that my pictures will be particularly arty, but I like the idea of capturing the mundane things in life: the things which normally go unphotographed.

Well, that's all for now. I'm going to photograph my new necklace - I'm so pleased with it!

Monday, December 15, 2008

I'm getting there

Again, I just wanted to say hello. I'm getting there. Blogging and creating will be completely back to normal after Christmas. For now, I'm just trying to keep on top of life. But I do have some exciting things to show you: not only has the sewing machine been out, but so has the scrapbooking and jewellery-making things. Right now, I'm wrapping some Folksy orders! So much happening!

I'll be back soon...

Monday, December 8, 2008

pb+j cupcakes

So to you Brits, these would be called Peanut Butter and Jam Cupcakes. Elsewhere, you might call them Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes. Either way, they are absolutely amazing... if you like peanut butter and strawberry jam.

They don't look that impressive, but they taste amazing. I cut off a bit of cake on the top and put the jam in that way. It doesn't even matter that they look messy because then they get covered in peanut butter icing. Mmmmmmm.

Mr Pippa made these cakes - I just told him what to do. They are absolutely yummy and they didn't last long with our weekend visitors. We will definitely be making some more of these.

I'm not properly back to blogging just yet. In fact, the tonsillitis has gone and has been replaced with the flu. I'm going back to bed to dream about PB&J cupcakes.

Ps I don't have a clue what's going on with the font size these days. I'll sort it another day. My eyes are watering too much to focus properly anyway. Achoo!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

thank you for your patience...your call is important to are being held in a queue...

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I've now had 6 sales on Folksy! Very exciting indeed. Unfortunately, I've been really busy. So of course, I've been feeling more rough than usual and I don't even know that I'll be able to catch-up with myself until after Christmas! I'll definitely have something to show you soon though. I'm working on two sock monkeys (custom orders), so they are on the way. Thank you for checking back and being patient with me. Your lovely comments mean so much to me :o)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

my first folksy sale

My first Folksy sale was that of two Narnia badges. Hooray!

The only envelope I had was a scribbled on used one, so I covered it in newspaper and - hey presto - a funky new envelope! I think I might cover all of my envelopes like this.

And as a little free gift, I included a little London map badge. I really enjoyed putting it all together. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

warm and snuggly

Another one in the shop.

the secret is out

So, what is it that I have been working on? Why have I been so reluctant to show you? Well, after the whole 'people-reading-my-mind' thing, I wanted to keep this quiet until I had actually finished them and put them in my shop. And what are they? Neck-warmers! I made one for myself back in March. Back then, I was calling it a snood. Some people would call it a cowl. But most people are confused, so I've decided to go with the unambiguous title of neck-warmer. And what is so different about these neck warmers? I've laced them up with ribbon!

Well? What do you think? I'm really quite excited. I'm excited because no-one else does this. It was my completely original idea (which all stemmed from me not being able to crochet properly) and I am very pleased with it indeed.

This is my 150th post by the way. Fancy that.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

featured artist

I will have some exciting new creations to show you this week, but for now, have a look at the Chronic Artists' Blog (where should that apostrophe be?) here. I feel very honoured to be their featured artist :o)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

the badgers are in the shop

No hang on that's badges, not badgers. There are no badgers here.

I was incredibly excited about putting my badges in my Folksy shop. The last time I had checked, there were no badges for sale on Folksy. Was I going to be the first to list badges on Folksy?? No. I waited too long. As if that didn't dampen my spirits enough, I was also really excited about selling badges of the London tube map. I thought it was a brilliant idea of mine and I've been meaning to make them for months (I even had a little collection of tube maps to use). Amongst the many badges now for sale on Folksy, there are badges made from tube maps. 'Gutted' doesn't even cut it. For a split second I actually thought that someone had copied my idea, but then I realised that I had only showed the blogging world yesterday, so that's impossible. I even began thinking that this seller had read my mind. No, we just had the same idea. Bummer.

I can't really sell these on Folksy now that I see someone else is selling them (you have no idea how disappointed I am). So that will mean another giveaway, I think!

I had got over that sadness when I saw that someone else was making badges out of comic books (remember a while ago I bought some comic annuals with the intention of making them into badges and envelopes). I'm just not quick enough! This is why I'm keeping my crocheted things a secret. Not that these people copied me at all - more that I was too slow and they read my mind.

Anyway! As you may have noticed, I've been playing around with packaging...

And I've been making more badges from a map of central London (I'm pretty sure no-one else is doing that!).

I've also been making badges from a vintage map of France. I like them.

These are now available in my Folksy shop. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

back to badges

Ooo I've been having lots of fun with badges lately. I would show you all of them but I don't want to overwhelm you, so here are just a few.

London Underground maps, a map of London, a map of france, a Playmobil catalogue and a page from a vintage children's book (it's a Narnia book, if you're interested). I will be putting these in my shop, but I just have to play around with packaging first.

Soon, I'll have some finished crocheted pieces to show you. At the moment, they're just waiting for a magical finishing touch. I'm really quite excited about them. Watch this space...