Sunday, 21 August 2016


YES! I did it, I graduated.
I am sorry that I have not posted for such a long time but life has been very very busy to say the least. I finished my degree at the end of June. I gradutated on 12th July and I was awardered a 2.1 of which I was over the moon with. I am also pleased to say that I am now working as a plush toy designer for a company called 8th Wonder. I am really enjoying my new job which is full time and based in Wigan so involves a bit a travelling for me.  Sadly I have not managed to find any time to sew.  However, I did buy a pattern on a recent trip to Amsterdam, (Little Amsterdam) and last Sunday I made three of the houses in the pattern. It felt so strange but its a start and hopefully as I continue to adjust to working full-time I will fit in my sewing eventually. X

Monday, 18 April 2016

Folk Bunny.

My folk bunny.
Image on the original pattern.
Yesterday I was surfing the web looking for further inspiration for my final uni project when I came across this adorable "Folk Bunny" pattern by CottonWood Country.  Well it doesn't take much to distract me at the minute and before I knew it I'd bought the pattern.  A few minutes later I was making my own Folk bunny.  She only took a few hours to make and I have to say I enjoyed every minute. I love her to bits, she is adorable.  However, it has been pointed out to me that my Folk Bunny looks like (to quote my sister) "she has the weight of the world on her shoulders" and bless her doesn't she just. DH said, "she looks very depressed and instead of putting the carrot seed tag on her I she should of put a perscription for diazapan on her"! Nothing like family to say it like it is. :) In my defence I did followed the pattern for her facial features but there is a big differnce. Oh well even with her very furlone face she is much loved and is sitting on my desk in my sewing room.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Hare today gone tomorrow....

After having a severe case of creative block for weeks, making myself ill and being very stressed I am pleased to say that I am once again enjoying being creative. Today I thought I would share one of the pieces I am currently working on and hoping to use as part of my final exhibition.  I decided my chosen topic, collections, was not working so I went back to the forest for inspiration and began looking at woodland animals. I picked several animals as a starting point gathered loads of imagery, a pencil and began to draw them.  Before I knew it I was off and running with lots of ideas and inspiration for new pieces of work.  This guy is from one of my drawings of Hares in my sketch book and I decided he just had to be transformed into fabric. I think he is great, ( I know, nothing like flying your own kite, which I don't often do) but on this occasion I love him.  I started him on Friday and he is now waiting to be layered and quilted. I have another piece in my minds eye based on an owl but for now, I need to get him and the other pieces I am working on finished before starting anything else.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Collection crash...

Oh dear I only managed 14 days of my blog a collection a day for the month of February. I had the delightful company of my beautiful grandson Cole on Sunday and we had an amazing creative and playful time that I completely forgot to post a collection. It was not until the next day I realised and the challenge was now broken. Normally I would get all upset and beat myself up over failing to complete a task but this time I thought, ok I didn't manage to post a collection every day for the month of February but it was fun for the two weeks that I did so its not a complete failure.  

So gone are the collection posts, its time to move on. I was stuck in a very bad creative block place with my last uni module but after spending a great creative day with Cole just doing things we love I have a completely new direction. I am rather excited as it is everything I love. Craft, soft toys, journaling, fabric, mixed media, play, play, play. So today I thought I'd share what Cole and I made on Sunday. Cole picked all the fabric, which we then cut into pieces and then he sat at the sewing machine and slowly with my guidance he sewed them all together. We then added the head pieces of fabric and cut out a wiggle shape. I did her face. Cole picked her button eyes and helped sew them on buy pulling the needle through and finally it was his idea to put a ribbon in he ear. He has named her Lucy. I think she is delightful and very special. I have to say, I was quite intrigued as to why he had decided to make a girl creature?  He told me he just wanted a girlie friend, Not a girl friend that's totally different :)! After we made Lucy it was back to the serious task of play with his wrestling figures and watching wrestling matches on the Ipad.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Cat family.

Today's collection is my three ceramic cats they sit on the kitchen windowsill.  I am not a big ornament person but I love my little cat family. They where a Christmas gift from a friend many years ago. I adore them but when I took there photo I realised I have never given them names, which is unusual as I often name inanimate things.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Beach Combing.

Today's collection is my beautiful beach finds.  These are things I have found on Crosby beach and Freshfield beach. However, three of the finds are precious gifts. The white whelk shell was given to me by my lovely friend Gill as was the spider crab. These two little gifts started me on my own beach combing journey. It was seeing Gills own displays of her forage collections, which I am in total awe of because they are amazing, inspired me to have a go at displaying my own finds.  The third gift is the big pinky stone above the spider crab, this was a gift from my adorable Grandson Cole.  Who picked it up from a pebble beach in Wales whilst on holiday in the summer with his other Nan and brought it home for me. He actually brought me three back the other two are displayed on the windowsill in my sewing room. 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Can't find a pen, will a pencil do?

Today's collection is my pencil collection. I have a 100+.  I am not 100% sure but I think this collection began when we went on our very first holiday abroad in 2001 to Spain. Whilst there we visited PortAventura (Universal Studios) and I bought a pencil with their mascot, the famous Woody Wood Pecker.  Back home I decided not to use said pencil and placed it in a jar, it became a keepsake and every time I looked at it I was reminded of our fantasic holiday.  This became my thing, to buy a pencil every time I visited somewhere. It enables me to have a little record of the place Iv'e visited and best of all it doesn't cost much. All the pencils are from places I have physically been to and bought on the spot. You would not believe how disapointed I am when I visit a place and the do not have a pencil with there brand or name on it.  In the early days, of this collection, Michaela went to Jamaica and brought me a pencil back with a little raster mans head on it. She was confused when I put it in the jar of pencils I use everyday, until I explained I didn't collect pencils for pencils sake, I collected them as a keepsake of places I've been.  However, it was lovely that she really thought of me when she was buying it. 

I would also like to share one more thing to today its not a collection but it is pencil related and it is one of my most treasured possession. 

It is my Flash pencil top, he is so cool, he swings around the pencil. I have had him a long, long time.  One day my dad just randomly said, "I've got something for you" and put it in my hand. It was in a plastic wrapper but I could see it was a little kids toy of some kind but I didn't know what it was until I took it out the wrapper.  He told me he got it in a his box of cereal, it brought back memorys from my childhood when it was a regular thing to get little gifts and toys in cereals. I can remember a few squables over these as we where not allowed to open the packet and rumage for the gift, sometimes it would not be on the top and we would have to wait a couple of days for said item to fall out. I thought he was giving it to me for one of the children but he said no it was for me. It was such a random thing and he never said why it was specifically for me. Flash has lived ontop of a pencil in the jar of pencils I have on my desk which I use everyday.  I can't help but twirl him if I use the pencil he is on and watch Flash fly round and round.  I will never tire of him, even my grandson Cole takes him out of the jar, spins him before he draws a picture. He always puts him back and has never asked if he can take him home I think he knows he belongs here with me for the moment.