I have now moved into my lovely studio space at Neon Studios in Portsmouth, I’m very happily pottering away and making lovely characters.
The tortoise family seems to be a big hit and lots of orders have come flooding in. Remember if you see something you like just email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make you a friend or two!
This girls heart went all a flutter upon hearing the news that Liberty have leant there beautiful fabric prints to Vans for a special edition collection. I am huge fan of both and will be getting my paws on some as soon as my bank balance allows. Im not sure which are my favourite though.
I’m fed up with shirts that won’t button over my boobs, skirts and trousers that sit on my hips rather than on my waist and boring fabrics, colours and quality.
Its a bit of a plunge venturing into the world of making your own clothes. I guess I can only make a few types of top and dress at the moment, maybe easy a-line skirts. I make my own patterns and draw directly onto the fabric, pinning and sticking as i go until it fits. Sometimes a bit wonky and imperfect but really beautiful.
This is a top Im working on at the moment, I can’t wait to show you the final thing!
Don’t be afraid to give handmade, crafted or vintage as gifts.
A staggering 80% of my birthday gifts this year were handmade or vintage/charity shopped. I think a good rule to give yourself for buying gifts this Christmas could be 50/50, it’s manageable and fun to track down locally produced goods and the other 50% can be whatever you like. If you can manage 100% local shopping, handmade/designed/crafted then that’s fantastic, but my 6 year old wants a Furby and even though I am self employed as a toy maker by trade not even I can manage to make one of those annoying things!
I will be trying to stick to my 50/50 rule and hopefully get a bit more handmade so perhaps a 70/30 split?
I actually think it makes you happier, I can’t scientifically prove it but I think it does. Here are some gift ideas to make you happy.
Noodoll stamp set
Oooh Betty (who donates 25% profit to charity)
Felt Mountain Studio
I have been amassing quite a selection of clothing and accessories on my Pinterest. Sometimes you just pin and pin and forget to look at that board and enjoy/be inspired by the things you’ve saved. So here are some of my favourites, I hope you like them. Lots of mustards, browns and earthy tones.
As our little seaside community gets battered by Autumnal storms a merry band of crafters met together on a Sunday afternoon to collage animals. The workshop was run by the uber talented Lorna Apps-Woodland (ace name!) and was held at craft cafe Make.
We arrived to find an A4 envelope with our names on and inside everything we needed to get started including templates of a hare, fox, owl, bird and cat drawn by Lorna. The large table behind us was covered in all kinds of paper ephemera, vintage magazines, books and washi tape. For nearly 2 and a half hours I was in absolute heaven, cups of hot tea were supplied as well as yummy cake and relaxing music. If you have never been to a workshop before I thoroughly recommend it. Although I am an artist and make toys /illustrate most of the week you can never learn too much especially from other artists. Be inspired and make time to make.
I made two dachshund collages inspired by my beautiful dog Margot and can’t wait to make more at home
I have some lovely soft cuddly Japanese printed linen kittens now in my store. Many more little ornaments coming soon, crochet and woodland themed toys. Check out the redesigned Ooh la Lapin shop.
Hope you like the new logo too, cotton presentation bags for all purchases will be printed with the round rabbit and stickers and pin badges will be available soon. All purchases will include these for free!
It’s time to make some room on the shelves of the little Ooh la Lapin shop. Most toys have a generous 50% off so its a great opportunity to treat yourself to a new friend or save one for someone special as a gift! Handmade cards are also in the sale at only 90p each.
The sale only lasts for one week so I hope you find a happy stitchy friend to love!
Nothing captivates me more than exploring the work of other creatives. The internet allows you to be a curator, to visit virtual galleries and see work you otherwise might never experience.
Here are some inspiring creations, enjoy.
Ceramics by Amanda Lynch Smith
Fox by Sarah Young
Stunning textile birds by Abigail Brown
The captivating photography of Luisa Brimble who works with the likes of Kinfolk and Frankie magazine.
Jewellery by Datter Industries, I would love this little guy.
Apples in my garden.
Cobnuts in the kitchen.
Cute cup from the charity shop.
Brooch in the post from my pen friend Donna.
The gorgeous Frankie magazine.