Thursday, 26 November 2009

My Creative Space

I've been a busy little bee lately, making lots of pretty and colourful things for my stall at Flair Fair, which is in just over a week now!

scarvesButton Monsters in the making and complete - all ready for mayhem!and some highlights from my trial run laying out the stock on a huge piece of paper which is the size of the stall - (top) various flowers, necklaces, monster and bangles, (bottom) felt brooches, silver bangles and house brooches.

I have been making some more pretty silver bracelets today, and I'm getting another go at the laser cutter on Tuesday which will hopefully be productive. I've been a little stressed out getting ready for Flair and trying to balance it with uni work. It's going to be a fantastic experience, and I think once it's all done I will be very proud, right at this moment though I'm pretty much tired out! This evening I am relaxing in my pjs with series one of "Big Bang Theory" which I think I more than deserve!

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Sunday, 15 November 2009

An Exciting Weekend!

I have had a very exciting weekend! On Friday I came home to this;

How fab! I will be attending Flair in Wolverhampton!

My very first craft fair! It will be on December 5th at the Lighthouse in Wolverhampton, and I can't wait!
And, an weekend of firsts -it's official - I have my very first London Stockist! It's so exciting, I've been in contact with Lauren for a little while now, and yesterday I met up with her and took some stock for her lovely shop! Lauren's shop is in the OXO tower on the South Bank, and it's a fabulous colourful little nook!It's absolutely lovely, and I'm so thrilled that my work will be a part of it!
Our London trip was amazing, we arrived at 10am, had a lovely cup of tea in the National Gallery, and saw the Sunflowers which is my most favourite! Then we mooched on down to Dazzle jewellery exhibition. There was lots of exquisite things, some that I was aware of and some new, but all very inspirational! Then we went to see Lauren, and then on to Tate Modern. We had a cup of (extremely sugary) tea in the British Film Institute, nearly got blown into the Thames walking back over the bridge (it was REALLY windy!) and had a quick stop in the Institute of Contemporary art. We walked back up to Covent Garden, had a look in the shops, had a good look around the African section of the British museum, and walked back to the car via Edward and Todd, the pop boutique, ArtBox, and Forbidden Planet! A huge jam-packed day! My purchases included:
Mr Fox Soop ring (number 6!)
and a Hannah Waldron owl mask finger puppet brooch - gorgeous! Also picked up two notebooks, three art books, and a little fabric pouch! We had a really lovely day, and we're looking forward to our big trip after Christmas!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

My Creative Space

My creative space this week is a bit of a weird and wacky mish-mash of all sorts of things...

I'm in full blown making craziness in the run up to the festive season, with a new stockist, an exhibition, an auction and (hopefully) a stall at a huge craft fair. Today I've been doing some boring paperworky stuff, which seems to be a necessary evil at this point, but I've also been making some bangles, and have had a new idea for a line of earrings...

Freshly de-moulded bangles, they need to be sanded and polished, but that is a job for tomorrow at uni
And some big blank pieces which I plan to mess around with tomorrow

and this is my selection of samples that are coloured with herbs and spices, and whilst paprika (top left) was icky, Turmeric (the bright yellow ones) was a triumph!

At uni this week I have been making copper samples of a design that I've been working on, here's a sneaky preview....

And just for good measure and to prove that I am not as organised as I sound, the bangle that's in four pieces...

I am proud to say that I am still managing to find a little time to knit my scarf (having found the illusive fifth ball of wool that I needed after an unfortunate selling-out incident!), and am totally engrossed in the "Twilight" Saga, I'm up to "Eclipse" now, and enjoying it thoroughly! I've taken some advice off a wonderful friend, that part of my work is to look after myself, and I'm finding that making a little time to do things just because I want, to is doing me good. I doubt I'll feel that way in a couple of weeks when all the panic sets in at once...

I am having a little sale in my etsy shop at the mo, I will be listing some new goodies very soon!

So that's me for today, my to do list is getting longer as it gets shorter as usual, but I only have five things left to do for today... until I think of more! Head on over to kootoyoo for more creative loveliness!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Fantastic haul!

Had a good shop with my sister yesterday, got some fab goodies!

8 pairs of vintage knitting needles

A Bakelite wool dispenser for knitting2 vintage floral plates 2 lots of floral fabric

and two fantastic albums, one of photographs and another of teeny postcards from all around the world. Both are from the 1920s/1930s, and they're beautiful!

These are from Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare's house, and Ann Hathaway's house.

This is my favourite photograph, it's just lovely.

We had a fantastic time at the open night of a new exhibition at First Edition, there was some really lovely work there. Today is all about uni work, have a load of inspiration at the moment!

Monday, 2 November 2009

More Makings and the Tale of Squished Fingers!

This is the second little creature I made today, she doesn't have a name yet...she's been too sleepy to tell me!

The little blue bit on her chest is a heart (it's not awfully clear from the pic!), I love her stripey ears!

Been to Knit and Natter tonight, and I'm pleased to report that my scarf is definitely getting longer! I've used two and a half balls so far and it looks pretty good! I'm also pleased to report that after a silly car door mishap, my fingers are much better! I squished three fingers on my right hand on Saturday night after my sister's birthday shindig (I must be clear that I was utterly sober at the time, which makes it all the worse!), and so yesterday was entirely crafty-making free and I just about managed to finish the bit of my dissertation that I was working on. So pretty glad that they've stopped throbbing now, I'm sure the yummy cherry cake that hubby bought for me helped....


Had to stay home today, had a bit of a housey mishap, kitchen a bit flooded etc. Nothing serious, just a dodgy seal on the shower. I stayed home to keep an eye on everything so I've been making...
This is just a little prototype kind of thing. Her name is Wanda!