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Friday, 14 December 2007

That Friday feeling

Tax return finally out of the way on Friday afternoon, I made some more of the brooches for etsy. One of them is a highly edible looking combo of chocolate browns and gingers that puts me in mind of Crunchie bars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crunchie if you're not fortunate enough to have this delicacy where you live) Unfortunately it was so grey and dreary outside, the lighting meant I wasn't able to take decent photographs in time to list anything new before my Christmas break began on Monday afternoon.
I'm now visiting my parents, so all serious etsy-ing is now postponed until after Christmas, which is conveniently also after the winter solstice (December 21st), so the days will gradually be getting longer again and I can recommence photographing in natural light.
I'm looking forward to making a start on making things from my ideas list, but in the meantime I've got some mince pies and hot mulled apple juice to see to :)

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

The hare that never was, but shall be

Part way through making Fergus, it became apparent that I needed to rethink the structure of his ears in order for them to stand upright, true hare-fashion. I never waste fabric if I can possibly avoid it, so I decided instead to make Arnott. Arnott is a chocolate brown bunny who has been hopping about in the back of my imagination for some time, thumping his extra-long hind legs trying to get my attention (I attribute my recent headaches and sore left eye to this). He has an unfortunate tendency to sulk if he doesn't get his own way, and in the end, I gave in. Despite his attention-seeking nature, Arnott is a sweet bunny really, who just wants to be loved.
Also popping up in my etsy shop soon are some more chunky felt brooches, mostly rich red and brown ones but one or two other colourways as well. I've almost entirely run out of cranberry red felt, but I will be making enquiries with my supplier to see if they can get hold of some more for me, it's one of my favourite colours right now.

Now that international shipping deadlines have passed, I'm gearing down on production in preparation for my Christmas break. I'm taking purchases from UK customers right up until the afternoon of Monday 17th of December, making one last trip to the post office that afternoon, then packing my bags for my holiday.

In the new year, things will be back into full swing so expect to see more things like
* wristwarmers
* jewellery - necklaces, bracelets, brooches
* ASTFA animals, including Fergus and some Lost Pigs
* totes and shoulderbags

Saturday, 8 December 2007

The wakeful hare sleeps with her eyes open

I must offer up my apologies once again to my blog readers, for the as yet unfulfilled promise of one stuffed felt hare.
I've been beavering away at items for etsy and making custom orders, plus working every weekend in my 'day job', plus getting my Christmas shopping done, plus chasing up my landlord over broken fixtures, and it seems to have taken its toll on my health. I'm going to do my best to get Fergus the hare finished and listed on etsy by Monday lunchtime-ish (UK time), followed by one or two other items I've got in the works if possible. Its all depending on if my home remedy for December fatigue (homemade pie, hot chocolate, schmaltsy movies and a hot water bottle) works, and how much time I have after the trip to the post office on Monday, when I will be dispatching any last minute orders from America.
Its a little bit ironic (and only just occurred to me) that both the hare and the trio of mice are animals with eye-related issues, and the reason I've been delayed in making and listing them is partly due to health problems with my own eyes.
The weather here has been so awful, I think work at the shop tomorrow will be quiet. I'm tempted to spend my free moments making more origami boxes for the assorted items I plan on adding to my jewellery range in the future. I had about a half an hour lull in the shop at the end of today, where I tore up an old London street map and made cute itsy bitsy little boxes, so now I'm on the lookout for old books with bigger pages that I can use for necklaces, bracelets etc.

Monday, 3 December 2007

Best laid plans of mice and craftswomen

The plan for today was to have various things listed on my etsy shop in time for my showcase...all in all, I got most of the planned items ready and up in time, but two items in particular are running late. The first of these is a trio of myopic mice, and the second is also a new resident for the Attic Shelter for Troubled Felt Animals (ASTFA), a hare with a habit of falling asleep and an unfortunate aversion to tortoises.
Slow and steady wins the race though, and I have finally managed to list the special printed tape that I've had in-progress for almost a week. The idea of the tape is to wrap it around presents and parcels as you would ribbon, but I have also noticed it could have other uses. Here is a picture of Mr Snail (a creation from the very talented Ladysnail) sporting a scarf made out of a bit of tape that went a little awry. Even felt animals need to be kept warm on these chilly days, and I'm sorely tempted to make some scarves for ASTFA in future...I'll just add it to the list of things to make!

People often ask me how I manage to think of all these things to make. I honestly couldn't say...but I do so wish the ideas would come further in advance of the Christmas rush next time!

The new ASTFA animals should hopefully make it onto the shop in the next couple of days, certainly in time for last Christmas orders. :)

Thursday, 8 November 2007

All the stars were out that night

Clear skies on these crisp autumn nights have been inspiring new items for my etsy shop with a definite celestial theme...christmas decorations, cuffs and necklaces all coming soon :-) I appear to have run out of midnight blue wool...

Saturday, 27 October 2007

A hint of things to come..




Thursday, 18 October 2007

I've been making brooches with layers cut from my chunky handmade felt, corduroy and embroidered linen. There will be more to come soon, in rich and autumnal colours.



Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Felt soup

My old cheap bowl that I got for my first year of university has a chip in the rim and now is mainly used for holding things other than food. For instance, the felt beads I'm making which will hopefully become lovely fun jewellery in time for Christmas (watch this space!) I'm really enjoying making these, its strangely theraputic sitting cross-legged on the floor with soapy hands, music playing and watching the felt form into shape. :-)