Friday, 30 January 2009

DING DONG...

...Avon calling!

ooo there's nothing I loved more as a wee lassy than an Avon catalogue...mainly cos I usually copped a freebie when Mum was doing the housekeeping on lippy.

My particular faves were the novelty bits they did; my collection included a pig in a hat that dispensed handcream, penguin perfume (not literally, altho I've never sniffed a penguin, so I might be wrong)...and a frankly outstanding collection of pommanders...we're talking Spanish fans, hats, a Victorian boot (just the one), bells, balls...you name it and Avon stuffed it with lavender for your sniffing, hanging pleasure

So with that in mind, I have combined the painty/stitchyness with my love of the Avon novelty pommander to bring you...Niffy Budgies



These are hand painted with acrylics this time, but I've kept the paint watery so you get the same sort of watercoloury effect as my canvas pieces, but will be washable without the picture disappearing!




I've then hand embroidered with all the usual suspects; glittery bits, french knots, glass beads and even bits that jingle to keep them amused. Two have a whiff of lavender whilst the other has a niff of clovey/orangeyness for a change.



So you've got bright cheery budgies, you've got jingly glitteryness and you've got stinky stuff to soothe away the stresses of the day...what's not to love? :0)



Appearing at MisoFunky real soon

Also in the news... looky what I got!





I've been hankering after one of these for a long time so when the wonderous Aimee Ray, author of Doodle Stitching and all round stitchy genius, recently got in touch to offer an art trade, I was there like a shot! So Chas n Dave bunny snuck through customs, avoided quarantine and is now resident in the US and I have my very own personalised Mimi Love Fat Kitty...Yay for Aimee Ray!


I've also been mucking around with my website, there's still a few bits that need tweaking, but think I prefer it to it's previous incarnation...all comments and offers of free web design are always welcome...

TTFN x:0)

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Bunny Bits

Well a very Happy New Year to one and all....11 days in but better late than never eh!? And also a big thank you to all the lovely emails and comments over the festivities, does a girls heart good! ;)

So in between the festive madness, disease and work I finally managed to get the needles out...huzzah!...and so without further ado I present......with a flourish.....

.....ChasnDaveRabbittThankyouverymuch....




See Mr. Bun all in amongst the undergrowth there!
As with most of these things I'm never sure which way I'm going with them til I'm off and rocking with the threads. As the saying goes: “Which came first the rabbit or Chas n Dave?" (Well in this instance the rabbit...but that's beside the point!)



To be honest I wasn't going to put any wordery on this one at all, but it just seemed plain wrong without it.



Either way here he is, a watercoloury bun in amongst a positive rainbow of frondery n grassy stuff all hand stitched in a variety of silks n cottons. Random sprinklings of beads and a few wee embroidered bunnies to keep him company too. I haven't counted how many actual "Rabbits", but quite a few

So I hope we all had a good one. My Christmas/New Year, in between working, was mainly spent under a mountain of tissues and the fear that my lungs were going to fall off. However I am now fully recovered all bar an occassional explosive barky cough that makes me sound like a startled walrus...

Here is a pic o my tree...



see that fairy on top?



She's older than me she is...my deccies are the closest thing I have to family heirlooms...there is a smattering of glass ballies, a tinkly bell that still tinkles, various angels, animals and Santas, all of which belonged to my mum, many years before I came along to trash the joint, but I can't part with them n it wouldn't be Christmas without them!

And talking of aging fairies...

I battled on through nightsweats and general rancidness like the trooper I am (hmm), finished the tutu and bolstered by a heady combo of Lemsip, Snowballs and a distinct whiff of Vapour Rub could be found prancing around on Christmas Eve dressed as a punk fairy....voila!


Curiously I have had 3 orders for my handbleached T-shirt since...I see a whole new range being added to the MimiLove line...it's amazing wotcha can do with a Maris Piper n a bottle of Domestos innit!?



(Note to anyone else wanting one, pattern will vary from picture on account of the fact the original spud has now gone off)

So I'm off to muck around with my website...it's time for a change I feel. I'm also starting work on a range of budgie inspred stufferies....watch this space!

Ta ta for now! x;0)