Small Creatures…..

That’s the new range. I know, I know, I’ve had at least 20 new ranges this year, Angel Mice, Cosplay Mice, the Artists etc but I think that’s what you have to do in this line of work, constantly evolve and try new things. I don’t want you lovely lot to get bored now do I?

First up are the meeces! Both made of gorgeous Harris Tweed and with individual decorations, including a bead necklace and a headdress of ribbon roses a la Frida Kahlo.

 

 

Then came the fox and the badger…

And then of course, being the owner of one of these strange beasts, I had to make a Frenchie!

You can now buy my little creations directly from this blog via Paypal, so why not treat yourself! Or if you prefer, head over to my etsy page for more information!

I’m still adding stock to the shop but you can soon find all of my available mice and brooches on the following link….. ‘Shop’

Right, I’m off to do some work on my Christmas stock…yes it’s still August but I need to get ahead of the game!

 

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Keeping busy…

I have found my creative mojo. There’s no telling how long I’ll keep it for this time so I’m making the most of every day!

As you know, I already design my own patterns for my larger embellished birds, like the peacock, swan etc. Lots of trial and error goes into those birds, even after I’ve used the pattern many times I’m still tweaking and adjusting.

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But with my little birds, it was pure laziness that kept me going back to the fabulous pattern that started all of this, the Ann Wood Handmade pattern.

I had a massive clean up of my craft room, which had (to my shame) got in a bit of a state in recent months. It meant that I rediscovered so many different fabrics that I knew I needed to start using them or it was just a waste. It was this that got me fiddling around with paper and fabric to work on my own pattern. It’s very basic because I prefer the decoration aspect rather than the construction.

I know that my larger birds are out of the price range of many people (me included to be honest) but because of the sheer amount of work and hours that goes into them, I can’t realistically charge a small amount. I wanted to make a bird that can be affordable to most.

My first diversion with the birds has been to use fabric with lovely images on and incorporate them into the design. I had some gorgeous butterfly and peacock fabrics which were perfect.

Unfortunately I have a limited amount of these fabrics and the fabric shop that I use is low on them as well, so I’ll be sourcing more of this type of pattern.

My little ‘Birds and the Bees’ range has come into being purely by accident. I managed to find a shape that I was happy with and was messing around with putting embroidery on the bird itself when I realised that maybe the wings would be a better canvas. This resulted in my first, a vibrant green bird with a little ladybird on the wing.

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This has turned into quite a collection of birds with embellishment as you can see below.

Both of these collections have sold very quickly and I know that some of you have missed out. I will be making more of different fabric and embroidery combinations but if you see a design that you like, send me a message on Facebook (you’ll also find more images of the birds on there) and I’ll see what I can do. Remember, it won’t be exactly the same, the shape will differ and I will make the embroidery slightly different so that each bird retains it’s uniqueness.

You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and of course on my Etsy shop, where I currently have a few birds and where I try to upload a bird on a regular basis at the moment.

So, make the most of my creative mojo, it’ll likely be moving on soon!!!

It’s been so long….

since I posted anything!

We are still trying to tackle the garden of this beautiful house that we moved into last year, so whenever there has been a lovely day, I’m out there, if not weeding, then sunbathing 🙂

I managed to finish a small Snowy Owl, he’s still available on my etsy shop by the way.

I may not have made very many birds but tried a few new techniques. I know that my work, especially the larger pieces can be quite expensive so I really wanted to make some more affordable pieces but still retain the artistic and unique elements of my work.

I played around with fabric paints, there was a disaster which went in the bin, then a lovely robin, which gave me a little more confidence.

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Then I tried a flamingo, a lot smaller than the usual ones and bloody hell that was tricky doing that neck and beak! He’s ended up as a giveaway prize as although he’s lovely, I didn’t feel as though I could charge anyone for him…

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Then another Robin but this time with some embroidery elements, taking it back to my embellished birds.

And the most recent one, a Blue Tit!

 

Both of these birds are available on my Folksy shop 🙂

I’m not sure where I’m going next. It’s really hard to get motivated at the moment with so much else going on. It’s a strong consideration to wind the business down at the moment as well. Registering as a sole trader, having to do those bloody tax returns takes a lot of joy out of creating for me and am entering CBA (Can’t be Arsed) mode again.

I’m such a child! LOL.

Have a great weekend!

Where now?

I feel as though I’ve been working on this Osprey forever. I suppose I have, if only because my back problem kept me from doing much to him. I still have the problem but pain meds, physio and acupuncture have given me a bit more movement and less pain.

He’s now available in my etsy shop  so pop along to see how much he is, there. Or if you are interested and don’t want to go through that, you can send me a message on my facebook page and we can go from there using paypal. (Same price as on etsy).

Now the next problem is………

 

WHAT NEXT? Suggestions always welcome 😀

 

The problem with birds….

…..is that there are so many of them. I’m now at a stage where they are practically flying around my head like a scene from Cinderella. I have so many plans but simply not enough time to put them into action.

This week I finished a Kingfisher commission, I think he was the best yet shape wise and he was posted off, safely cushioned in his box of tissue and shredded wood.

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I really like him on that No Fishing sign!

Anyway, then I started on this week’s project – a very tiny wren.

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I had two beak breakages, that polymer clay stuff is the bane of my creative life! I’m hoping to finish this little lady today, although the house looks like a bomb site and my laundry pile makes Ben Nevis look like a small hillock. I need more pairs of hands and a clock that has 36 hours in the day!

I do a lot of my business through my facebook page (the link is on the right) and if you are interested in commissioning a bird from me, I recommend you use the Facebook messaging to ask me about timeframes & prices etc. That way I have a conversation to refer back to. It’s getting harder and harder to find comments from people, that I’ve replied to with information. Also, by communicating via message, it keeps the information private, especially useful if you are buying one of my birds as a gift. You can also Email Me with any questions.

I recommend that you take a wander through my photo albums to see what sort of birds I make, they are being added to on a regular basis – if you can’t see the bird you would like, message me and we can talk about what you want.

Oh, listen….can you hear that? I think there’s someone living in my laundry pile, either that or the shirts are staging a mutiny…..