How about a little colour goodness to perk up this bum-numbingly cold week? This is the cheerful, non-wintery picture I chose to challenge Gabrielle with earlier in the week:
I'm not sure what she's done with it, but the rumour is it involves some kind of free download. Head over to the green gal to find out (and help yourself).
Also, in real-life-away-from-the-internet-but-still-involving-me-and-Gabrielle exciting news, we're going to be taking a few of our handmade wares out and about this coming weekend. We have another Handmade at Home event on Friday evening, and on Saturday we're off to Craftacular in Guildford. If you're in the UK (specifically the south-east) and want to make an early start on your Christmas shopping, I'm guessing the latter will be a pretty good place to start. The details are on the Craftacular Facebook page and if you are able to come along, it goes without saying we'd love to see you there (on the strict proviso you come and say 'hello', obviously).
I have some small friends to introduce.
I've been working on these little illustrations for a while now. Each of them is hand-drawn and then finished with a whole range of materials - paper scraps, fabric, felt, lacy trims, the smallest of buttons and you might even have a spotted a polka-dot feather up there on Clara (named for maybe the most famous of flappers).
They're perfect for framing, like this one:
Or just for propping up in a spot that needs some extra pretty.
Every time I finish one, I'm just a bit tempted to keep it for myself, but I think it's going to be even more fun sending them off into the world and seeing where they end up. If you'd like to give one a good home, they're in the shop now, with more to come soon.
Happy Sunday, lovelies.
What do you say we combine today's Palette Pingpong with a little Etsy update? The gloomy weather this week has been messing with my product photos, but I think those below will just about cut it for the time being.
Rather than using it to make something digitally, I (gasp!) printed it out and headed for the fabric cupboard. One of my favourite new products from our shopping party last week was a line of quilted felt and fabric corsage pins. You can find a handful in the shop right now, along with the three new ones made to celebrate today's pingpong swatch. My original plan was to make just the one, but somehow, I got carried away by the choices - so much fabric, lots of pretty felt and . . . well, you get the idea.
Despite the fact they all take their colour inspiration from the same palette, each pin has quite a different look. I cheated just a little bit with the one below, picking a charcoal-coloured felt for the flower background, rather than selecting a shade from the palette. It does a pretty good job of showcasing the brighter colours, though, so I think we'll let it slip by, yes?
The pins themselves are multi-purpose, which I love. Those with rosette-style ribbons can be worn on coats, jackets, bags, scarves, hats, sweaters and so on, while those without the ribbon trim have an opening behind the brooch pin which allows them to also slide over a hairband, ribbon choker or bangle so you can wear them as jewellery. So, from the back, they look like this:
As an extra thank you to everyone who visits here to read posts and leave comments (let's call you blog readers) I'm offering 20% off all of the corsage pins in my shop, including the three above, between now and Sunday 21st November. Just quote PPP in the 'note to seller' box, and I'll refund the discount via Paypal.
In case you hadn’t already noticed, things were a little quiet around here last week, but I promise it was all in a very good cause. This post over at The Green Gal goes a little way to explaining what I’ve been up to, along with the lovely Miss Gabs, and the photos below are proof that our little joint venture finally launched just a couple of days ago.
The two of us packed up our wares, headed across the country to our first host’s house and set things up so her party guests could shop as they chatted, ate, drank and generally had a jolly time. It was probably a little more relaxing for them than it was for us (oh, nerves!), but we enjoyed it all the same and got some fantastic feedback, as well as a nice little pile of orders.
For me, though, what’s just as exciting is that I now have enough product to stock up my online shop. You can see a few sneak peeks in the photos here, but I’ll be taking proper, individual shots and gradually uploading things over the next few days. I’ll keep you posted as I go, not least because I’m very keen to find out what you think. Gabrielle’s shop in the meantime, is already up and flourishing, just in case you’re as smitten as I am with her pretty prints and heart-shaped bunting.
It's been a little quiet around here this week, don't you think? I do have very good reasons though - making and selling things reasons (more of which very soon), plus there's been much behind-the-scenes activity taking place in respect of the Copy+Paste 12Days class which begins today.
But, back to this morning's colourful task-at-hand - Palette Pingpong. After last week's little spook-fest, it was my turn to challenge Gabrielle for not-at-all unlucky Week No.13, and this was the photo I picked.
Borrowed from one of my very favourite Flickr friends (not to mention brilliant blogger and genius digi-designer), Danielle Thompson, I'd say it's guaranteed to inspire the prettiest of palettes. Exactly what else Miss Gabs will have done with it, you'll just have to go and see for yourself.
On weekday mornings, the alarm in our house goes off at around 5.20am. I am an early bird out of necessity, rather than by nature, but there are a few things that make it all worthwhile. Things like the view from the end of our driveway as I wave Mr P off to work each day.