Friday, October 31, 2008

number 11: the giraffe

Hello. I am Miss Giraffe and I love to read - plays, novels, dictionaries - just give me a book and I'm happy. Although, I do draw the line at 'celebrity' biographies. My ultimate dream would be to live in a library. But for now, a bookshelf is a very lovely place to be indeed. I don't say much (probably because I have no voice-box), but I'm a great listener and I love being around people.

Like her creator, Miss Giraffe falls asleep very easily. 

I think she's lovely. It took me two days solid to make her, which is why I might not sell her. I went overboard with taking photos of her, as you'll see on Flickr. She's just so friendly! Now, does she look like a giraffe in leopard print or does she just look like a giraffe? As you know, I didn't even think these socks were leopard print when I fist saw them. In fact my very thought was, "those socks would make a great giraffe!" So tell me, what do you think?

I'm off to put another layer on. Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

number 10

I'm off the wall, I am! Forget smashing pumpkins - I once smashed a watermelon on my head! Well, I didn't smash it exactly, it was more of a squeeze. Oh hang on, that was a watery lemon. Well, even so, I'd do anything for a laugh! I once lost an eye doing a somersault - it wasn't even my eye!

Number 10 is different, as you can see. You can call him funny-looking if you like - he loves his unique looks. 

The day I made number 10, I hadn't seen daylight for a few days and I wanted to do something different, but not overly taxing, with a sock creature. And this is what I came up with. It's only just occurred to me that number 10 doesn't look too out of place what with Halloween just around the corner. 
He'll be in my shop soon. What do you think?

Monday, October 27, 2008

number 9

I changed the design of this one (notice the skinny arms and the longer tail?), so from now on I'll call this style "skinny monkey". I think she is so cool. And, for a while, she was my favourite. But now she has gone to her new home where I am sure she will be very happy. She was for a newborn baby, so a big no-no to button eyes. I really like her. What do you think?

I've got a few things on the go at the moment, but they are all waiting to be finished. It's not that I've been lazy - I'm just waiting until I can find the magical ingredient. I might show you a sneak peak soon. As for sock creatures, I have two more very cool ones to show you and then I'm going to stop and wait for actual orders. Have you seen a pair of socks from the selection that you like? Would you like to make an order for Christmas? Just get in touch and I would be more than happy to keep the sewing machine out :o) At the moment, they are taking over the studio! When the sun decides to show its face, I might photograph the growing family of sock creatures - they look quite settled.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

number 8

"Hi! I used to be in the circus and I can do the splits and lift my leg up to my head. I like jumping about and doing cartwheels. I used to be in the circus, you know! Will you be my friend?"

Did you know (you may have guessed from the title) that this is sock creature number 8? I found that naming the sock creatures was getting more difficult and were looking like this: 'medium sized pink stripey sock monkey with black button eyes' - it's just so long! I'll call them by their number from now on. I've got two more to show you, but I don't want them to steal her thunder, so I'll show them to you after the weekend. I'm quite pleased with them - they're a bit different and I think that they are very cool. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

playmobil and housey envelopes

As promised, some creations from last week. I'm amazed at the response I got from those leopard print socks - perhaps I should just buy a load of those and sell them? Anyway...

Who doesn't love Playmobil? I love Playmobil. I thought that the Playmobil catalogue would make some happy little envelopes.

happy little envelopes

I quite liked the envelopes I made from home decor magazines too.

I thought it would be nice to make the Playmobil envelopes smaller. I think they're cute. 

I had an old theatre programme so made an envelope from that. This Bombay Dreams envelope is super sturdy!

Have an envelopey day :o)

Monday, October 20, 2008

bits and bobs

I actually got these little treats a week ago, but I've had so many other things to show you. 

I found these very exciting socks! Yes, I know, I have a sock-buying addiction and it's becoming a problem. But these ones will make a great sock creature! 

Which animal did you think of first when you saw these socks? Was it a giraffe? That's certainly what I thought of first. Mr Pippa was the one who pointed out (after I had started to get excited about making a sock giraffe) that it is actually leopard print. I'm still going to make a giraffe.

And as for the purple ones, I think they will just turn into an abstract sock monster.

My other treats were from the Charity Shop (or 'thrift store' to our US friends) - I'm cheap to keep! I got some maps and some comic annuals. I think these will be turned into badges and envelopes.

I love maps. Anyone getting rid of any out-of-date maps? Send them my way!

And from the junk shop, I picked up some vintage sheet music.

I couldn't help thinking of Sian's old blog (Spin a Song of Sixpence) when I saw this :o)

And then, of course, I had to model all of my goodies in my new super-green bag.

Tomorrow, I will actually have some creations to show you. Sa asked for a photograph of the inside of the yummy oreo cupcakes. Here you go. What better way is there to distract yourself from the incredibly wet weather than with cake and tea? Until tomorrow...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

oreo cupcakes

Just thought I'd share with you what Mr Pippa and I made yesterday - he did the tiring work like whisking and mixing and I gave him the directions (these weak arms aren't up to whisking just yet!). Cookies and cream cupcakes with mini oreo cookies on top. Mmmmmm. I actually have about 3 recipes for these. Obviously, we will have to try all three (we are cake monsters) and once we've picked a favourite then I'll share the recipe with you. I'm looking forward to having one of these with a great big cup of tea later. Hope you're having a lovely weekend :o)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

the super green shopping bag

I was minding my own business in Asda last night when a woman came up to me to admire my bag! She couldn't stop stroking it and was very impressed to hear that it was made entirely out of plastic carrier bags. I was very pleased indeed :o)

It worked very well on its trial run last night - spacious, light, stretchy, comfortable handles, completely unique and oh-so-funky. We have completely emptied our plastic bag stash now - that's about 50 less bags for the landfill. Could be more than 50 bags actually. Hooray for recycling!

+edited 17th Oct. As you'll remember if you saw my previous post, I crocheted this bag out of plarn (plastic yarn). My crochet skills aren't wonderful yet (thank you so much for teaching me, Sian!) so I made 5 separate panels and crocheted them together. From your responses (thank you so much), I think I will make another bag! Although, I'll need a little break from plarn first. I feel the socks calling me...

Monday, October 13, 2008

go on, have a nosey

I uploaded some pictures of my finished studio onto Flickr today. I'm so pleased we've got it sorted. It's the only room in the house which is completely sorted, but at least we've got one room done! Have a nosey if you like :o)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

chilling out

Hey man! I'm a chilled out sort of a guy. I like lying on the grass and looking up at the sky. I like the sea too; I like boats. There's so much rushing about these days - you've got to relax man. Yeah? Yeah. Cool.

Now available in my Folksy shop.