I have a handful of new things to add to my Etsy shop this week, starting with a downloadable tutorial which shows you how to make Supergirl and her pals, Pirate, Sweet Japanese Girl, Music Fan, Ms Beehive and Wizard Who May Or May Not Be Harry Potter.
You can find the tutorial - all super-detailed 15 pages of it - right here, should you be on the lookout for such a thing.
The remaining updates will happen throughout this week, and to celebrate I'm hosting a giveaway. Comment numbers here on the blog are nearing a thousand, and although I'm going to be cagey about exactly how many more it'll take to get there (random is more fun), the 1000th commenter will win a $25 gift certificate to spend in the shop. You can comment on any post - old or new - and if you want to enter more than once, well that's ok, too. Just please don't leave multiple, spammy comments on any single blog post (although I know you wouldn't, because you're awesome like that).
NB. If you buy something in the shop this week and then turn out to be Lucky Commenter No.1000, you can choose whether to spend your gift certificate on something else, have your earlier purchase refunded or a combination of the two, depending on the amounts in question.
Which, as everyone knows, is code for 'I have beans to spill'. Namely, an upcoming project in which I'm very happy to be involved.
GIRL is a Custom Planner featuring illustrations by around 60 different Etsy artists. The fact there are so many amazing people taking part made me (a) wonder if they really meant it when I was asked to join in, and (b) say yes in a heartbeat. You can find out much more about the project here, and enjoy a couple of sneaky previews below:
I've also put together an Etsy treasury of illustrations by some of the other contributors, just because I think they're quite marvellous.
In other news, you can find the original illustrated Florence (my contribution to the project), lurking in the aisle of le shop, along with two more Little Clementines, who I somehow managed to overlook when I listed the initial set. These are the final few from my first batch of originals, but there are more on the way very soon.
If you live in a part of the world which celebrates Mother's Day this coming weekend, these printable gift tags are new in my Etsy shop.
As well as being a cute addition to Mother's Day gifts, they can also be used on scrapbook layouts after the event if you're that way inclined. And because I'm fully bilingual, they even say 'Mom' instead of 'Mum'. (Should you need a 'Mum' set, you're very welcome to convo me.)
I'll also be adding a few more tag sets early next week, to include birthdays and more general sentiments, along with a special blog-reader discount for anyone who's bought previous sets (whether Christmas, Valentine's Day or this new Mother's Day version).
The last time I went to a street party, I had such bad sunburn my dad had to take me home less than an hour after it started. I spent the rest of the day sitting alone on the sofa, wearing just my underpants and a liberal coating of calamine lotion. Thanks to a fresh bottle of factor 50 and the showery forecast, it's pretty unlikely today will see a repeat performance, so when Zoe at The Making Spot asked if I wanted to join in with their virtual street party, I jumped at the chance.
I love outdoor celebrations, be they smart garden parties, picnics in the park or impromptu Saturday night barbecues. The fact they're only possible for a few months each year here in the UK makes them all the more special, and I really wanted to share a project which would work both today if you're heading off to a royal wedding party, and throughout the rest of the summer. Even if you don't have anything special planned, it would work as a quick, easy and inexpensive way to turn an outdoor lunch into something a little fancier.
:: Begin by cutting out a 7cm square of paper and folding it in half diagonally. Press along the fold to create a neat crease, then smooth the paper out and fold across the opposite diagonal. Crease this fold in the same way, then flatten the paper again.
:: Add a small amount of glue to one side of the straw (this is just to hold the windmill in place as you finish it off). Press the back of the folded paper shape down onto the glue, and take the thread around the back of the straw.
:: Pull the thread ends tight and knot together in front of the button to secure. Snip away any excess to finish off.
The (almost slightly) patriotic red, white and blue windmill above is made with fabric, rather than paper. You can just as easily work this project with material if you're more likely to have fabric than paper scraps on hand. Either stiffen a single square with starch or iron two pieces together with a layer of fusible webbing in between, then finish as per the paper instructions above.
If you're here via The Making Spot blog hop today, then I need to be super-cryptic and hand over the letter 'L' as part of your quest, before sending you off to visit the very lovely Shimelle (she's a treasure, and I happen to know she hosts the best parties, too). If you're a regular visitor, or occasional caller with no idea what I'm talking about, then you should probably go back to the beginning. Check out Zoe's post at The Making Spot, which will link you to everyone taking part in the virtual street party (we're celebrating a wedding . . . have you heard?), and also explain how you can enter a fantastic competition.
As a little extra, you can also enter here to win a prize of your choice from my Etsy shop, Hello Clementine. Just leave a message in the comments below, letting me know what you'd like and I'll pick a winner at random. The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, 3rd May.
Good luck, and whether it's your first visit or your hundred-and-first, thanks so much for stopping by this morning.
If you're my sister or parents, please look away now . . .
These cheery little cards are currently winging their way across the country to a few extra-special people, but I wanted to share them here as well, just in case you're still looking for inspiration to make Easter-y greetings of your own.
The rabbits are from the printable kit I posted about last week, and are variously decorated with repurposed fabric, a favourite Liberty print, the softest silk ribbon and a tiny scrap of duck-egg blue leather.
However you're planning to spend the next few (holi)days, I hope they're suitably wonderful.
In a triumph of efficiency over sense, I'm managing to combine three things in just one blog post today. Inspired by both Easter and the picture Gabrielle sent me for this week's Palette Pingpong, I have a shop update and a special blog-reader offer for you.
One thing at a time though, yes?
First of all, you can find Gabrielle's very lovely picture over at her blog (she's been posting a lot of pretty pictures there lately). This was the palette it inspired . . .
. . . and this is the Easter-ish printable I've just added to the shop.
You might recognise them as cousins of last year's Halloween ghostie garland, but this time round, I've made a full kit of printable goodies. As well as two basic rabbits, there are sheets of accessories and clothes, plus 8 printable patterns, either for dressing your bunnies or using as backgrounds. The clothing and accessories come in full coloured/patterned versions, as well as black and white, which you can colour yourself or print out onto sheets of patterned paper.
The garland is really simple to make, but you're obviously not limited to stringing up your rabbits - they'd also work on cards and gift tags, as applique and embroidery patterns, or even printed out onto transfer sheets and ironed onto a t-shirt.
As a special blog-reader bonus, I've also created two printable sheets of fully-dressed (they're the same ones used in the images above). You can't customise them as you can with the rest of the kit, but if you're in a rush to get down to some serious Easter egg eating and don't have time to cut out rabbits and outfits individually, they make the process much quicker.
If you'd like a set along with the kit, all you need to do is leave me a quick message in Etsy's 'note to seller' field at the time of purchase, and I'll email them along with the PDF.
Don't forget to hop over to Gabrielle's for the Pingpong picture.
And yes, I'm fully ashamed of such feeble punning.
This week, I'm working on a couple of little shop updates, the first of which is a new version of an existing product.
Yep, the animal finger puppets are now available as a digital pattern, as well as in kit form. If you already have plenty of felt and fabric scraps at home, this is a great way to use them up and it's also a pretty economical option for making children's birthday presents (I love the whole 'buy once, use as many times as you like' option digital offers). Similarly, if you're looking for Easter projects, they'd be great fun to make along with kidlets - yours or anyone else's - during the holidays.
You can find both the original kit and the new digi-version in le shop right now.
Happy Wednesday, chicas!