Shhh……..

Don’t tell anyone but even I need a little break from Christmas! So here is a little floral spring bird to take our minds off the grey weather. She’s made of a soft pastel Tilda fabric with small green beads and a tiny ceramic beak.

She’ll be on my etsy shop later today 🙂

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Now, back to packing some commissions!

From an original pattern by ann wood – http://www.annwoodhandmade.com

Etsy!!!!

Three little birds have just fluttered off to my Etsy shop and are now FOR SALE!

You can find them here 🙂

These are two free standing Robins that are listed.

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There is one silver Christmas tree bird for sale as well.

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Little silver hanging angle

Right, I have some orders to finish before I can even think about starting any new patterns, to top it all off, I have the beginnings of a flu thing….ick!

Blog? What blog?

Oh, this blog!

I have been busy crafting little birds. It was not my intention, in fact once I had finished Tilly’s bird, I was intending to start on a new bug but it went slightly bonkers after I put up the 3rd bird. He of the little red breast and the spindly legs. A dear friend from the US (and one of her friends) wanted some. I pointed them in the direction of some amazing bird makers on Facebook (I’ll list them at the end of this post) but was told by my friend that she only wanted one by me. I ain’t that good but I agreed. She wanted one each for her grandchildren (5) and so I carried on, including an extra one for her friend Randa.

I’m apologising before you get them Karen, they are still my early efforts and there may be a wonky leg or a squinty eye. I’m not registered as a business, nor as self employed so I didn’t ask for money. I don’t want to get on that roundabout just yet!  So the other day, I parcelled up those little birds and they started their little flight across the pond to the USA.

This is the Randa bird 🙂

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Then I made one for my daughter’s friend – here is the ‘Ashley’ bird below.

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So now this is where it’s all going a bit bonkers. Since the 2nd of November (ten days ago) I’ve gained over 150 new page likes on Facebook (see link on the right). I’ve networked a bit on some brilliant pages including Handmade in the UK, UK Hand Made etc but no more than usual. It’s lovely to have likes and comments, it can confirm you are doing a great job or not which is always a good thing. The most disturbing thing of all is the request buy them. I had fully intended to start selling them in an etsy shop this week but after trying to work my way through the maze of registering with the HMRC and all the other very important stuff, I’m going to have to put that on hold until I’ve decided one way or the other whether I actually want to sell my birds.

It’s easy to get carried away especially as I seem to be doing a much better job with each one and I’m not bored yet which is always a good thing. I already have plans for lovebirds leading up to Valentine’s Day and Easter Chicks etc. It’s another thing entirely to devote time to bookkeeping, admin and all that stuff that I don’t have to worry about right now, which would take time away from doing what I love, which is crafting and messing around with fabric.

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I really didn’t realise I would get the overwhelming response that I have and I am pretty humbled by it, so thank you all.

So here’s the decision. I am going away for a lovely break for my birthday next week. The husband and I are going to discuss my options. I’m then going to speak to someone about all the financial and legal nitty gritty involved. I will carry on crafting little robins because I will be handing them out instead of Christmas cards this year to those I really like 🙂 *evil laugh* and also so that I have some in stock to etsy bomb you with if my decision is to start trading 🙂

There are traders out there who aren’t registered and I do NOT want to be one of them. It’s too much hassle when (notice I don’t say ‘if’ – ‘cos there is NO ‘if’ about it) you get caught and if there’s only two certainties in this life, it’s death and taxes. If you are a trader who hasn’t registered yet, I suggest you get your arse in gear and make it legal.

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I know that’s probably not what some of you wanted to hear but you’ll know the outcome by the beginning of December (while there’s still time to post the wee birdies).

So on that note, here are some truly talented bird crafters on Facebook, that sell their beautiful creations. Be quick tho’ they are hugely popular.

https://www.facebook.com/AnnetteMackieHandmade

https://www.facebook.com/MadebyDi

https://www.facebook.com/daisychaincreations1

As you know, I use the brilliant pattern by Ann Wood, please take some time to head over to her page and take a look at some of her stunning work. I’m a massive fan of her owls, they are perfection.
COPYRIGHT:
The Little Bird pattern was designed by Ann Wood, copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

https://www.annwoodhandmade.com/shop/little-bird-pattern/

P.S if you got all the way through that long ramble, pst, here’s a secret……

I’ll be doing a giveaway when I get to 1000 likes, let’s hope it’s before I take my break next week! Shhhh….don’t tell anyone.

Ann Wood Birdy take 2

I meant what I said, I was going to try a different material and went straight for some lovely cotton fabric from our local fabric shop. And guess what? It was much easier and I got a far better result.

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These were taken before his wings went on and right now, his beak is drying so please come back to see the finished article later on, when I’ll add the photos to this post. I’ve also shortened the tail so that he is more Robin like and he will also be perched on a branch, if I can find a suitable clip, I think he’ll perch on the Christmas tree perfectly.

Again, if you are interested in having a go at this pattern, you can find it on Ann Wood’s page http://www.annwoodhandmade.com

Christmas planning….

Every year, I make the grand-daughter a decoration for the Christmas tree. Last year I made a padded hessian robin so this year I thought I’d improve and go for a full on 3d standing bird. I can make bugs, they have a hell of a lot more legs than birds, so how hard can this be. Oh the folly of self confidence.

I spent the past week doing my research, looking at some very talented artists who frankly took my breath away with their work. Take a look at Donya Coward’s ‘Magpie’ – this is a truly stunning 3d piece. I know there are lots of very clever bird crafters on Facebook, including Annette Mackie – I’ve been after one of her little birds for so long but as you can imagine, they sell out very fast. Anyway, during my search I went back to Ann Wood’s page – you might remember that I mentioned her before because she gave a great tip about creating legs using wire and florist tape. Well she also sells a pattern to make her little birds. here.

I have tons of red fabric but not a lot of brown although I did have a wonderful pack of felt.

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There was the mistake right there. Gorgeous to look at, fabulous to work with but not for this project. That’s the benefit of hindsight! Anyway, Ann’s pattern is really easy to follow and she even links to a youtube video to give you that extra bit of guidance. Here’s the finished article.

Robin 1

I’m not too sure about the stitching down the back and if I make any more I probably won’t do it. I also think he needed more stuffing but this felt has a huge amount of stretch factor going on. I stuffed it as much as I could but could feel it ‘giving’.

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Check out those knees! I created the knobbly bit by using a sequin with a bead stuck to it, which I put under the florist’s tape….ignore the feet, I’m not entirely sure what was going on there!

Below is the finished article standing next to a mug and a cotton reel to give you some idea of size. BTW If you don’t know who Jensen Ackles is, I suggest you google him, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

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I’m off to the fabric shop later to see what browns they have in stock, I really want to make another one of these and give it the bead and embellishment treatment. But I’m also considering making a plain washed linen one and seeing how that turns out. If you want to have a go, check out the link above to Ann’s page and buy the pattern. It’s so inexpensive and worth far more than she sells it for.

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