Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A little parcel of happiness

Last week I was captured by a mini journal & 
treated myself to one of a kind treasure.

It arrived just as I imagined... 
A visual feast of the senses.
Emerald green leather, tea stained pages.
Beautiful vintage lace...
Details of an ornate verdigris patina frame.

Florentine paper, Linen, leather & lace
Ready to fill with mini thoughts or leave blank...

So much love, patience and a steady hand.
Experience and fine craftsmanship.
Handmade goodness at the fullest.

Thank you Louise from BIBLIOGRAPHICA for bringing 
these gorgeous journals to the world.

You can find her beautiful one of a kind work on Etsy & Felt

xx Gill

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Tiny Eyes journey begins!

2 weeks ago I was SUPER excited when Dee from Tiny Eyes invited me to be part of her Winter Collaboration Project for 2013! At first I was honored, then excited, then nervous... 
I mean look at the line up folks! Some amaaaazingly creative designers and crafters. It's not a competition but its funny when you are working alongside some clever people doubt creeps in about abilities, choices and designs when doing something completely different. Will my designs be too boring, can I seriously match fabrics together... eek!

But.... one night I lay awake in bed and then it HIT me...  BAM! The idea train came a rollin in and I could not get back to sleep. Images, fabrics, techniques and designs came flashing up in my head, I think I even suppressed a squeak or two of excitement & a few leg kicks in case I woke hubby. Now we all know brilliant ideas come to us in the night and only the clever people have a note book to write these night-time ideas into. I do not, so I willed my brain to retain the ideas and slowly went to sleep dreaming of this Doll. 

My main idea for the clothing part of my Doll was to screen print some fabric for her skirt. I have some screens in the garage and thought about designing a print, but then my awesome hubby suggested I use my favorite woodblock... which happens to be my Mudbird Ceramics signature print/pattern. That was just far to fabulous of an idea, being a Mudbird vibe doll it made perfect sense. I've never used it for its original purpose (it had a long life as a fabric printing block before I bought it in 1995)and was excited to give it a go last week. My first print was perfect!

 It was a busy Wednesday indeed... shopping for fabric, printing fabric and meeting a real life Tiny Eyes doll.
Thank you Juliet from Tartan Kiwi for lending me your daughter's doll while we had coffee!

 I chose a pale turquoise/aqua colour fabric paint and experimented on dark denim and also a light grey denim. Dark denim won. I went to the Make Cafe to get the contrasting fabrics & paint and compared my print alongside the doll to get a sense of scale. I think the block print will make a perfect skirt for her.

After much deliberation with fabrics I chose 2 from the shop and added another fabric I had at home. I'm not a great planner, more of a spur of the moment type of person I have discovered when choosing fabrics!

Packed them all up for Dee and couriered them off 2 days after printing the fabric.

You'll have to wait to see how its all put together and Dee will work her magic for sure.

I'm now going to make some itsy bitsy Mudbird products for this lovely Doll - this part I'm really looking forward to. Nothing like a challenge that's out of the box to make you look at other styles and ways of creating. 
You can follow my visual idea journey over on Instagram.

Thanks Dee, this is fun

x Gill

You can follow a few of the other designers 
who are joining in too!

Emma from Emma Makes
Rebekah from Bliss in a tea cup
Rhiannon from Croutons
Melissa from Tiny Happy

Monday, May 6, 2013

Drum roll please.....

If you know me well, or even just a little, hopefully you'll 
know I just love to give my pieces away...

So this year for Mother's Day I thought I'd host another little giveaway on my Facebook page just because all my likers are amazing, nothing was needed to be done to be in the draw and I was blown away by all the lovely comments, shares and likes - I totally didn't expect it all !

Originally I wanted to offer up just ONE gift, but I decided to offer up THREE instead. One for a Facebook Business page who likes my page and two for Facebook fans old or new!

So without further adieu... the winners are:


You can choose 1 ROUND DISH {top row of pics}

Ana Lydiate

You can choose 1 BIRD dish {middle row of pics}

Aimee Teddy

You can choose 1 TEA or JAM tag {bottom row of pics}


C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

Please make contact with me ASAP via email with your address & mobile number (incase I need to call) and I'll get your gift sent off to you! Or if it's a Mother's Day present, then send me a message and I'll send it direct to your Mum with a note!

Please feel free to pop over to the post on FB to make yourself known as one of the winners.

Till next time... I can't wait to share with you whats been happening over the last 3-4 weeks so stay tuned for the next blog post 

xx Gill