I'm in a shop!!!

I mentioned in a previous post how supportive the lovely ladies in the Textile Workshop have been. I popped back in this week and dropped some things off with Karen, and I'm pleased to say they went on display immediately, complete with the cute tags Mr Shortcake made!!!

These lovely ladies are finished now, complete with dresses, jewelry and some underwear! I've got another which will be going on Etsy when I have the time to list it!! I loved making these so there will be more to follow!

Here are some purses that I made. It's so satisfying to see them amongst the other lovely things.

I made quite a few and as with the doll they will go online eventually! My buddy Laura over at Delightfully Delirious is having a charity sale soon too so she's gonna have some things from me too!

The contrasting linings make me smile. I'm planning some more, maybe embellished....

My current obsession, Birds!!!! I'm addicted to these things, I've got six other bird paintings on the go at the moment and a sketchbook with a load more waiting to happen. I've got plans for some plushies and some brooches, but with all the other plans I make I'm not sure when they will happen! :)

Its done wonders for my confidence and its certainly helped my inspiration. It's amazing how inspiring a purpose can be!!!

Toodles for now!


Mr Shortcake is always supportive, last weekend I made him happy by talking about my work with others so to show how pleased he was he agreed to help me 'merchandise'! We popped to Hobbycraft and purchased some colored card and a tag shaped paper punch (I was super excited by managed to hold it in!!).

The idea was to print my logo as a repeat and punch out the tags so I can attached them to the various different products. Mr Shortcake set to work, plotting out the repeat on my little laptop, only for it to crash after 2 hours work as it ran out of ram!!! He hadn't managed to save the file as it was too big!!! I felt so bad! But after a dinner break he carried on and eventually produced these.....

I'm really pleased with them! I get a real satisfaction out of punching these little things out. I'm planning to create some patterned ones to use as gift tags! They are sooo Cute!


Ruts, interviews and other excuses....... :)

Well, I just had a shock! I've just seen the date of my last post, very bad!

It's been a strange few months actually, I finally got the courage up to apply for University to do my teacher training, the interviews came through really quickly and after a full stress out and unnecessary panicking I have accepted a place! Roll on September!

I've also been snowboarding in Austria, which was A-mazing!!! BUT I twisted my knee on the first day trying to conquer a drag lift (if you don't know what that is, it's better off that way, they are not friendly to snowboarders!), which I coped with fine until the last day when I decided to go for it and started to practice jumps....oh dear! I spent 3 weeks strapped up when I got home and wobbled around on crutches for a little while!!! Still, the NHS were good to me and it appears to be fine now!

Hopefully I have also started to conquer my creativity rut. I'm one of those frustrating people that can dole out advice to others but never listen to it myself! I have a terrible fear of rejection and no confidence in my work at all, even when I have people ordering paintings and other things I just don't see it!! That was part of the reason why I started this blog, to get my products out there for some feedback, but instead I have shied away from putting things on, giving reasons like 'it's not finished yet', 'I've not listed it on Etsy yet' (which, by the way, doesn't happen either!) and various other excuses!

Well, I bit the bullet yesterday and visited my local craft shop The Textile Workshop. I needed to have a chat with Karen about a placement before my course starts so I thought I'd take some things up and see what she thought. I'm really pleased to say she liked them all! I took a couple of dolls, paintings, my knitting needle case and some purses I've been working on, which she would be pleased to put in the shop for me. We had a lovely chat and I came away feeling positive and inspired. It's half-term for me this week so I'm planning to finish things off, label up and pop them up to the shop for display. The remaining things WILL go on Etsy and Folksy and I WILL create some more!!!!

I suppose the moral of the story is to just do it, as the old skool Nike ads used to say! Having a chat with Karen was the best idea I've had for a while, I only wish I'd done it sooner! Oh well! It's all good now!!

Right, off the Hobbycraft to stock up on supplies!!
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