Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Latest Cassette Wallets

I just added a couple cassette wallets to my shop.


Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Mushroom!

I’m obsessed with realistic felt mushrooms. I didn’t get to sleep until 2am because I drew up a pattern for this wee bugger at quarter to 12 last night and had to follow through. I love the earthy, mycological colour combination of cream, taupe, and browns, outlined with the chicken-scratch thin dark brown thread. If I could make a set of three different types of fungi brooches, I’d be happy, preferably with a cornsilk yellow felt from Myriad. I’ll be devising while I’m at work.

Monday, 12 April 2010

A couple things I've been experimenting....

It's taken me a while, but I pushed myself to return to my Russian doll idea. This time, instead of a three piece felt family, I made one fine lady out of mixed fabrics and roosted her atop of my loose toilet paper roll.

I had this beautiful vintage Scandinavian cotton duck fabric I bought off Etsy a few months ago, and finally found the perfect usage for it. Lucky for me, the pattern suited the style I was going. I love how the black pinking shearish stripe runs down her front, to me, it looks like the embroidered opening of a jacket. The black velvety upholstery fabric [found for 99p at a charity shop btw, sweet] really illuminates the bright red of the ric rac. The pom pom trim was very necessary, I don't care what others may thing. Pom pom trim is ALWAYS necessary. Her face is embroidered with brown polyester thread on calico and I applied a wee dust of rose blush to her cheeks for good measure.



When I was in the fabric store in the city centre yesterday getting supplies, red and white polka dot fleece caught my eye. I ended up spending £35 on fabric but it was well worth it. I had to take a lovely saunter to the park because it was a unexpectedly brilliant sunny day. It's a rare thing here, so catching rays becomes a priority. When I returned to the flat, i sewed up this number...a toadstool plush. I was delighted with my brooch and figured a good ol' big brother should be made. It's made completely from fleece and packed so tightly with wadding that it's very solid, but cushy. I'm puttin' it up in the shop too.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Adipose dude

I've never watched Dr. Who in my life, but I might be missing out on some of the brilliant villains such as these guys, the Adipose. Apparently they are little fat sucking gaffers that multiply in large numbers. Awesome.

I made this for a friend of mine. Hope they like it!



I made it this morning, and didn't work from a pattern because I have no printer [lame!]. The legendary My Imaginary Boyfriend has a tutorial for the Adiposes here. I had to construct in it my head and do alot of trial and erroring, an used various images of toys and the actual characters. Luckily the basic shape is pretty simplistic, so it was more of a pleasant experiment than a challenge to make.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Toadstool Brooch

I had one of those half-awake dreams the other morning about me wearing a beautiful toadstool brooch on my jacket. So when I got up I immediately made this 'shroomie with some of my ultra awesome polka dot felt I had bought on my birthday. I'm really chuffed with the little delicate detail on the underbelly , it makes it a bit cartoony yet realistic. I'd love to make a whole range of different types of mushroom brooches, but I may be getting ahead of myself.



This chap is lightly stuffed with polyfill and has a bar brooch on the backside. He stands about 3 1/2 inches tall, so he's just small enough to be comfortable on a coat or bag, but large enough to stand out and make a statement. I was thinking of goggly eyes [I'm always thinking of goggly eyes], but I kinda like him just the way he is. I think I'm going to add him to the sellin' pile that I'll be putting up this weekend.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Fair-Weather House

I’m a huge fan of Hannah Kopacz of Made with Love By Hannah fame [I should be, I own nine of her cute A-Line skirts and two sweet shirts], and my latest craft I’ve whipped up last night really made me think of her. I’m so thrilled she loves weather houses too and that she introduced me to ric rac, I swear to god I never knew that fun braided trim existed until I stumbled across her site. I now cannot imagine working without it.

This is the first one I made. I made it up as I went along, and thought it turned out relatively well.



My father’s side of the family LOVED cuckoo clocks and weather houses. They lived in the very woodsy, traditional rural part of northern New Brunswick and thinking back, I realize just how many folk novelties my grandparents had. I remember the cuckoo clock that we had acquired after my grandfather passed away years ago, which my parents gave to my uncle [much to my dismay, but I suppose he grew up with it]. But the item that especially sticks with me is the sun bleached weather house they had on the windowsill over their kitchen sink. Out of all the beautiful old furniture and nifty little odds and ends that had accumulated in my grandparent’s house for years it was the cheap old dusty weather house that my father HAD to have.

I always thought it was so magical yet simple. If it’s sunny, out comes that lady. If it’s rainy out come the man. Brilliant! After a couple years of it at my parents place, my little nephew accidentally broke it. But it was as though my parents needed to have one in the kitchen, to carry on the tradition. And to be honest, the kitchen did feel a bit empty without it. They found one at Canadian Tire for like five bucks. The older one was packed away for safe keeping, and the new one sat gleaming, fresh and new, on the windowsill. They now give weather houses to friends and family who are difficult to buy for. A very interesting gift I think!

There are dozens of charity shops in my neighbourhood in Glasgow. I frequent them at least once every week or two in hopes of finding some good bargains and keepsakes [I usually do]. A couple years ago, I found a weather house for £1. It’s broken of course, and really old and dirty, bits missing. But I had to save it. It’s like, in my blood to have a weather house. It now sits on my mantle piece.



I’ve wanted to do something weather house themed for a little while now, but could never think of any cool ideas. I’m not sure how ‘cool’ this wall hanging is, but it certainly makes me smile. I couldn’t stop once I started last night, and was absolutely stumped on how I’d make the people so tiny out of felt…until I remembered the amazing weaved folk trim I had bought off etsy ages ago. They fit so perfectly!



I also used some cute Scandinavian inspired trim my friend gave me, vintage plastic deer things I bought from etsy, and wooden toadstools I bought from the dollar store when I visited Canada last year. I’ll put a couple in my shop soon

Monday, 15 March 2010

Cyclops Vampire Bunnies

My not so cuddly army of cyclops vampire rabbits are nearly ready to be unleashed to the public. See them in my shop soon.