I feel sometimes as though I’m in cloud cuckoo land. I’m lucky enough that I have endless support in my crafting adventures from a very patient husband. He listens to me rattling on about nonsense on a regular basis and smiles and nods. I know he’s really going through guitar chords in his head but it’s the thought that counts.
I’ve made a few more butterfly catchers, another beekeeper but I’m always looking to make something different.
Baking Mouse – £25 + p & p
The Beekeeper – £25 + p & p
This week my little mouse making adventures has taken me down a whole new avenue.
For those of you not in the know, its this…
the practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga or anime.
I spent most of Friday making a start on my accounts. April and May are already gone and I have a lot of receipts floating around. I do not want to wait till next year, having a mad panic so I downloaded Quickbooks and set to work. 3 hours later, I kid you not, I’m only halfway through. I had to take a break.
I’ve introduced the husband to The Walking Dead. Having seen it all the way through three times, it was bugging him what I found so great about it. Friday night I knew we were due to get to the episode that introduced Negan. I love Negan. Well, to be accurate, I love Jeffery Dean Morgan and have ever since he was Sam & Dean Winchester’s dad in Supernatural.
What better way to relax than making a Negan Mouse…..or rather a Cosplaying Mouse who likes Negan.
“I’m on Easy Street” oh that song!
The ideas are coming thick and fast now 🙂
If you are interested in any of my mice, you can find them at my Etsy Shop
P.S I’m sorry for putting Easy Street into your head…..
an insane week of sewing.
I feel almost possessed, if I’m not sewing, I’m thinking about sewing, dreaming about sewing or talking about sewing. I’m exhausted by it so god alone knows how the husband is feeling, having to listen to me witter on.
It’s 9.56pm on a Tuesday night and I’m only just putting down tools. I’ve spent the past 2 hours packing up parcels for tomorrow’s post, cutting out mice and making feet, hands and tails. Normally I make them as I go but tonight I just felt like getting some of the time consuming bits out of the way.
Hands & Feet
Harris Tweed Shapes
I have been searching for a weaver of Harris Tweed for a while now. I had been buying from a great little shop on Etsy but it didn’t seem as though I was getting much for my money and they were very generic colours. There wasn’t any ‘history’ to the fabric either. It said ‘Harris Tweed’ and came with the official labels but I didn’t know who made it or what part of the Outer Hebrides it came from. As I now spend my Sunday mornings in bed with a coffee perusing the ipad for craft supplies, I stumbled across a Harris weaver from Stornaway. She had literally just put up a facebook post about some new tweeds that she had ready and I was off and running. It’s a great price (it’s still expensive compared to normal fabrics but that’s to be expected, it’s Harris Tweed!) and the colours were perfect. She had a gorgeous grey and an almost mustardy brown available.
I bought them on Sunday, they arrived today, Tuesday and they were every bit as lovely as I thought they would be. So lovely in fact that I’ve just invested in a metre of a gorgeous Red which will be put aside for Christmas mice. It’s a good job I did because she sold out very quickly.
This week on the making front, we’ve had a real smorgasbord of mice! Mice with binoculars, mice with a gardening trug. I went NUTS!
This little oatmeal Harris Tweed mouse has a little bird
The Butterfly Catcher – £25 + p & p
The bumble bee
The Gardener – £25 + p & p
Catch a Fallen Star
Mother of the Bride
Librarian – £25 + p & p
Anyway, more tweed is now cut and I have plans for at least one Great British Bake Off inspired mouse tomorrow, with cakes and all 🙂
Have a great night, oh wait, it’s over, I’m going to bed 😀
I mean, I’ve always doodled or drawn, whether it’s quick sketches or filling in a notepad page while chatting on the phone but with my work, I tend to just have an idea in my head and go from there. Most of my birds have taken shape properly, after a third or fourth pattern attempt. But recently, after making several little birds with butterfly applique, I had the grand idea of trying to put my little birds onto a stamp and using that for lavender bags. This idea hasn’t panned out, although I still have the Speedball linocut block at the ready, just in case.
I was sketching and colouring in one of my birds when I started sketching a mouse.
And the rest they say…is history. I have been having a blast, working on improving the shapes, making the bases neater and easier. I’ve also improved the shape I think.
I really thought this would be it but my brain has been working overtime and I’ve been adding more and more work to these little mice, giving them real characters. Here’s a few of the most popular ones.
Beekeeper Mouse with hat and honeycomb frame
Green Tweed Mouse with golf club and ball
Small Blackwatch Tartan mouse with sporran
Graduation – Small white and silver mouse with diploma and mortar board
Mother of the Bride with handbag and floral hat
The Lepidopterist – with butterfly, book and glasses
Butterfly Catcher mouse with net and butterfly
Butterfly Catcher Mouse with net and butterfly
Last but not least, I also made some small Angel Mice. These lovely little mice were so nice to make and it was a really special thing for me to know that they were bought by people as reminders or gifts for people who had lost loved family or friends.
Angel mice with small felt and organza wings
I’ll add these to my portfolio page and will continue to do so as I add more variations. If you are interested in any of my mice or birds but can’t see any on my Etsy shop, please send me a message on my FB page and I’ll see what I can do . Some of these mice sell very quickly, within a
Have a great weekend x
She’s now available on Ebay – and she will start at £65 for seven days.
I’m totally in love with her, she is really lovely. I can’t seem to capture just how nice she is in the flesh so to speak. The camera just doesn’t do it justice. Enjoy 🙂