Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Cheese Burger, Please

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    My eldest loved the brooches that I worked on last week. So much so that I offered to make her one especially for her. And here it is, a tasty felt burger. Okay, now I'm so hungry for a cheese burger just from writing about this. I can't wait to present this burger brooch to my daughter.

    Are looking for clothing decoration that pops with colour? Check out my collection of felt brooches.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

No Wrong Way About It

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Page layout from my sketchbook
& my daughter's hand puppet

    For me there is no boundary between art and craft. There is no right way, no wrong way to be making things. This is a concept my kids are learning from me. They see me try stuff and realise that it is okay to use glue and staples when needle and thread is not readily available.
    Tell me, what interesting mix of materials you craft with?

Friday, 15 May 2015

Sweetness in Stock

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    Just look at what I have in my online store's stock. These tasty little felt brooches are perfect for anytime, any outfit, any season, any function, hoe down, shindig, hootenanny, you name it. Souther hemisphere dwellers,feeling the wintery blues, add these brooches to your clothes. Norther hemisphere dwellers, you too have an excuse to wear these brooches by celebrating summer. Check it out now! Be the first, be the only one with these brooches.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Making Sweet Little

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    This week I have been busy making sweet little, little sweet things. Pineapple, watermelon, strawberry, and ice-cream down. Just need to do make a cheese burger, and attach pins to the back of these felt brooches. Wonder what else I'll be making...

Friday, 8 May 2015

Hello Again Ragamuffin

Mixtape Issue 10

    This morning I took a trip into the past. One of the first doll designs that I came up with, years and years ago, appeared in a delightful zine called Mixtape. Then this morning as I was googling stuff I discovered an interesting photo on Flickr. Reddodge had made a Ragamuffin for their cat Nancy Drew. You can view the photo here.

    I wonder how many other Ragamuffins are out there in the world sleeping in cat beds right now.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Unveiling

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    I told you something special was in the works. Well here it is! After an epicly short week of planning I am pleased/proud/ecstatic to announce the unveiling of my first artistic display. Just one week ago serendipity worked her magic when Tim the Librarian invited me to put together my own display at Cheltenham Library. Thank you so, so much Tim. You rock!

    It was a such a busy, activity filled week. I felt like I was planning a stage play. I was measuring, drawing, conceptualising, cutting, gluing, painting, printing. And what you see here is the result of my endeavours...

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    For those living in the Cheltenham come visit Cheltenham Library, borrow a book, have a chat with the librarians and most definitely check out my doll display. You'll love it. The kids will love it.

Cheltenham Library
12 Stanley Ave, Cheltenham, 3192
Melway: 78 J6

Friday, 24 April 2015

Precious Heart, Precious Lungs

CurlyPops Fundraising

    If all things were fair there'd be no conflict, no sickness

    Over the years I have made friends with people who

    There is no easy way for me to start this dialogue. But there is something really cool I want to share, and to get there I've got to walk through a heart breaking subject. For some this is literal.

    A couple of years ago, via the online crafting community, I made the acquaintance of a crafter with a degenerative lung condition. I loved her beautiful crafts but I was just as invested in her actual life line. This individual was on a waiting list for lungs transplant. She had a couple of those 'close but no cigar' situations. Calls in the middle of the night saying that they might have a match. Then it happens, this woman finally gets her bitter sweet happy ending. The loss of one star means that another star may continue. I am happy to conclude that my acquaintance has had a healthy set of lungs encased in her body for two years and her life has been back on track.

    Now let me get to the point of my post. CurlyPops [aka Cam], the aforementioned survivor has participated in the creation of a colouring book as part of a fundraiser for the Heart & Lung Transplant Trust (Victoria) Inc. All profits of this book go toward funding "the second chance accommodation project, which helps to fund the costs of accommodation for Interstate and Country Victorian Heart and Lung Transplant patients during their compulsory three month post transplant rehabilitation program at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne". Check it out, while you're here visiting.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Big Little Plans

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Big Little project in the works.
I'll be hard at work next couple of days.
Stay tuned. More details to come.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Book of Life

    Yesterday hubby and I went on a cinema date, the first one in ages. I think the last time we went together was to see Tim Burton's The Lone Ranger. Yeah, that long ago. My Poppet had run a blog giveaway for which I had won tickets to see The Book of Life and I am so glad I got to see this movie. Oh man, it was just so pretty, with all those colours.

    And the voices! I am crushing on Manolo [voiced by Diego Luna]. Maria [Zoe Saldana] is the perfect heroine, and Joanquin [Channing Tatum] had me laughing at his bravado, and manly attempts to win a woman's heart.

    The film had me wishing I still knew my Spanish. I was reminded of my graceful high school Spanish language teacher, Ms Cerona. I thought about the illustrator, Catalina Estrada, and her work, that I like so much. Now I just want to immerse myself in more hispanic art. I also want to watch the The Book of Life again, and I can't wait to show my daughters - I know they would just love this one. Will just have to wait for the Blu-ray to come out.

    Now, I wonder if there are any dolls based on this film.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Sparkly Awesomeness

    Every project begins with the tiniest fragment of glimmering light. This glimmering light only takes a fraction of a second to explode into larger than life sparkly awesomeness.

    That is how it was for me when I saw this photo on Pinterest. I didn't know how or why but something about the fashion photo called to me… 

    So I 'liked' and saved the photo. After months of sitting in a pin file, me revisiting the photo and pondering over it, I finally came to the conclusion that I had to bring this faceless person to life. And so I did… 

    This is where I got my inspiration for the Avril fashion doll.
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You can find my Avril dolls in my store. Also just a reminder of a blog giveaway I've got going on - details here.