Scatterbox Originals on Etsy

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Variations on a theme

Hello hello.

Lately I've been busying myself with some designs for more coin purses...
If you click on the image you may be able to make sense of my scribblings. Some of these are slightly different versions of my shy bear purse and Rory the lion purse. The first owl purse should be finished soon and then I think my next design-to-make will be the curious cat :D

I'm also working on designs for the notebooks and some possible lunch bags. A lot of my new work for Scatterbox Originals is going to feature variations of a certain bear, who was my first ASTFA animal (and my profile picture on the right of this page) I've even designed a sticker for going onto parcels:

Now, it seems that lately I've been mainly developing and drawing ideas...but I have been productive, on some new things for Treacle Toffee...see next post :-)

Friday, 20 June 2008

Ode to a cupcake

Wonky cupcake
On the shelf
No one will buy you
You look sad by yourself
Fear not, sweet cupcake
Your saviour has come
In five minutes time
You will be in my tum.

This is a silly little poem I thought up while brainstorming ideas for my new notebook covers. I'm considering using it but not sure the many Americans on Etsy will understand 'wonky' (askew) or 'tum' (tummy)...

On that note, I am pleased to say that this week, Etsy published my article in their e-zine, The Storque:


Monday, 16 June 2008

Crafty getaway

Hello! I'm back after a very refreshing holiday in lovely Devon. By day we visited gardens, a waterfall, an abbey, a butterfly house, an otter sanctuary, galleries and many shops. By night, I sat up in bed scribbling ideas. I knew that I'd be bound to have lots of ideas while I was away - there's nothing like not being able to craft to make you want to! Luckily I brought a sketchbook and pen with me, and the sketchbook is over half full already with doodlings, workings-out etc.

When I got back, I condensed these ideas onto two sheets of A4 paper for ease of reference (click on the images to see bigger)

In Totnes, I couldn't resist going into the yarn shop. If it weren't for me being urgently told that the time was almost up on our car parking, I think I could have happily spent over an hour in there, gazing at all the colours and textures. I left the shop grinning from ear to ear, clutching these lovelies:

Dark blue wool, misty grey-blue cotton and beautiful light blue cashmerino. The woman at the till said "someone's going to have fun!" - she is, she really is! I just need one more material, and a new gizmo for my sewing machine, and I'll be all set to start on some of those doodlings I've been doing for my Treacle Toffee range.

There's some exciting new things in the pipeline for Scatterbox Originals too - among other things, I'm working on designs for a new type of notebook. I have a couple of my little handbound notebooks remaining, which I intend to put on etsy sometime soon and sell at a discount. I love them but they take so long to make, and several times cutting paper to size I've cut my fingers by accident and had to discard book blocks with spatters of A Positive on them - not good!
I've found a resource for really good quality blank notebooks, which I can sew a fabric cover for, and this new method of mine opens up design possibilities.

I'm eager to make a start on everything...I just need to decide what to do first!

(see for my holiday snaps)

Monday, 2 June 2008

While the Cat(herine)'s away...

On Friday morning I was rudely awoken by quite a kerfuffle (and a bit of a rumpus).
Wiping the sleep out of my eyes, I saw not three, but six myopic mice had sneaked out of their box and ventured out into the attic room, no doubt in search of cheese, and met a rather alarming neighbour...

Now these mice are silly mice indeed. When I finally got Maude (the most sensible of the six) to explain, it became clear that
a) the mice did not heed my warning when they first arrived at the Attic Shelter (that there is a grumpy lion living at the shelter who is best avoided, especially when you are a mouse) and
b) they thought they could get away with their early morning adventure because they thought I wouldn't be home to witness it. Clearly they misheard me saying when exactly it is that I'm going away. So, to avoid further confusion:

Luckily I won't have to worry about the mice being naughty and encountering Rory Lion again while I'm gone, as they shall be on their way to their new home by then!

I have a list of things to do/make before I go, including another felt animal - Clive the snake - some new bags and purses, more mobiles, coasters and fish for Treacle Toffee. I have quite a few other designs in mind, but since I'm not sure I'll get all of the aforementioned things done in time, these will have to wait until I get back:

These were put to paper while the ideas were coming to me - I know how they're going to look when they're done, even if they just look like hurried scribblings to the rest of the world...I'll hopefully have something more tangible by July.