Monday, March 31, 2008

Mini Monster Giveaway

Oh my, two posts in one day!! I am in the process of making five of these mini monster pin cushions, but I've managed to finish these two already, and couldn't wait to show you. I'm going to give one away to a lucky reader, to enter just leave a comment below, I'll draw the winner on Monday the 7th of April, and they'll be able to pick their favourite (I should have at least three more by then).

Bugs and Beads

Hi there, sorry it's been a while since my last post, I've been ill. I thought I was going a bit mad, as I had a succession of symptoms, without being really sick. It started with a sore back, then the next day it was shivers and a slight temp, the next few days I had a rash, that seemed to come and go a bit, then all my joints swelled up and became stiff and painful. That's the point I went to the doctors, turned out I'd had some sort of nasty bug, (phew, thought I was becoming a hypochondriac). I'm now on anti-inflammatory drugs which are starting to work their magic. So, I'm afraid I haven't much felting to share with you. It's been horrible not being physically able to felt, instead I had to make do with sketch book work, which has led to more felting ideas! Not that I needed any more, I already have a big list of things to try out. I did manage this necklace, I bought the glass beads at the bead fair, then made felt beads to match.

For those of you wanting to try out felt beads you should visit Mill Girl, she has an excellent tutorial.

I'd also like to say a big thank you to The Funky Felter for featuring me on her blog.

And here's another idea I'm working on, coasters, H is not so keen as they're not symmetrical!

Talking of H, he was very sweet at the weekend and took the kids out for lunch, the cinema and even the art gallery, so I could rest at home :) It was bliss, just what I needed before another week of entertaining them before they go back to school and pre-school.

Is anyone else sick of having chocolate eggs in the house, I am constantly being nagged for more chocolate, the sooner they're gone the better. I might even have to help deplete the stocks after they've gone to bed - is that a bad parent thing to do?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Alfred and Charles

These two monster bags have just gone into the shop.

I promise the next post will be monster free. I've just had a fab weekend shopping with my Mum, we went down to Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC on Saturday, then on Sunday we went to the bead fair (which is just around the corner from me). So you can expect some sewing and jewellery pictures in the next post!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Custom Made Felted Monster

Here's a monster I've been work on. As I've made him for a custom order I feel he should remain nameless, I'm sure he'll be given a name when he arrives at his new home. He has a few special features, like Gertrude he has a bit of a problem with one of his eyes, and a little tongue that pops out when he doesn't get his own way. He's also had a bit of surgery recently and is waiting for his scar to heal. But the best thing about this monster is that hiding under his tie is a little pocket just the right size to hold keepsakes.

There's a few people waiting on monster bags, so I'm going to try and finish a few off this afternoon.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by Copperheart
(check out her Jewellery, it's lovely)

Here are the rules of tagging:
1. Link to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

So here goes:
  1. This is more difficult than I thought...erm...I am a serial crafter and have spent my life moving from one type of craft to another, it creates serious storage problems, the looms are now temporarily stored in the garage, until I have more time.
  2. When I was little I lived in Germany for a while.
  3. I briefly lived in London, but it wasn't for me, I'm a Northern lass.
  4. I have a problem with eyeballs - very screamish, and yet I love creating my felted pop out eyes?
  5. When I was little I witnessed my pet cat eating my pet mouse, a hard way to learn about the food chain.
  6. Now I'm struggling.......I'm addicted to Haribo, I have a big bag to myself every Friday night... I don't even like to share them with my kids (it's because I don't want them to develop a sweet tooth, honest).
Now who shall I tag, chances are they've been tagged before, but here goes:

And because I don't like to write a post without any images, here's a tree I made for my brother's birthday, it's at a funny angle to avoid the reflections on the glass, (note to self - photograph the art work before it's framed).

As promised, more Monsters in the making

Here's a sneaky peak at some monsters I've been making. The green bag will be heading into the Etsy shop and the blue monster is a commissioned piece. I was hoping to have more made, but my daughter has been off school with a throat infection. Maybe I'll manage more today, I'll let you know as soon as they're listed on Etsy.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

More monsters are on the way

Yesterday was a good day, Gertrude, my little felted monster bag was featured on the craftzine blog and boingboing !! So a big hello to any new visitors who found me through either blog. I am pleased to say both Gertrude and Duncan have now found new homes, I hope they have lots of exciting adventures with their new families.

Here is a picture of some hand carded wool, waiting to be turned into some new little monster bags.

Also, I'd like to thank everyone for their comments on the blog, I really appreciate it, it's nice to know that people enjoy my work and take inspiration from it. I'm not very good at replying individually, I just don't seem to have any spare time, so instead I'm going to have another give away in the near future. Not sure what it's going to be yet, but I think following the success of Gertrude it might have to be monster this space!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Introducing Duncan the bag with a face

Meet Duncan Bag, he's a little forgetful (and not very bright) but he has a heart of gold and is very friendly. He's looking for an owner to take good care of him, and maybe take him to see wonderful things he's only ever dreamt of.

He's been wet felted from hand blended merino wool (beautifully soft) with a little needle felting as well, but don't worry Duncan was under full anesthetic and didn't feel a thing. He's 30 cms across at the widest point and 14 cms across at the opening. He's 21 cms deep (not including the handles).

I had a lot of fun with this bag, I've just listed him on Etsy along with this brooch.

and here's another WIP....

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Bags, Bags, Bags

I'm having a bag week! Here's two which I've just listed on Etsy, and I have two more waiting to be finished. I've also had a request for a bag in different colours via etsy, the fustrating thing is I've made two and they just keep going wrong, the shape is felting unevenly so they end up skew-wif, and because it's a custom order I want it to be as perfect as possible. Lets hope it's third time lucky!I've also gone a bit monster mad, here's some work in progress.