Wow, what a month May was! I finally got started on Bonny Snowdon Academy course and mind blown!
I feel like I’ve been given the keys to a very special door, techniques I’ve never heard of and colour theory that I didn’t fully understand have all been beautifully explained – let’s start with the art I’ve done in the past….
As you can see it’s a watercolour pencil, with a sketchy feel, now let’s have a look at the more realistic studies I’ve been doing with coloured pencil…
I hope you can see that this is going to lead to more realistic portraits! But what’s been happening with the crochet Karen, I hear you ask!
Well for the first time in recorded history there’s stock in the shop!!
I’ve also been working on lots of monsters, these two sold in the Folksy Spring Market…..
There’s a brand new monster on the block, this is Nox..
I’m now open for orders, I have a few orders to process -mainly monster!
Oh and my new rose came out, behold…
What’s the coming month got in store? More of everything including a Black Forest themed bear!
Happy April everyone! March was a funny old month here at WDS HQ, COVID found my husband, but not me – yet, and I’ve managed to make progress on some things that mean a lot to me.
First, we need to welcome this little dachshund puppy, a lovely commission piece for a birthday girl….
Then I managed to get one piece of Easter stock made and into my Etsy shop🎉 this is a Beau the bunny…
The next piece is inspired by Christine Cherry from The Great Pottery Throwdown,
I was so sad to hear her story of not being able to find brown skinned fairy dolls. I hope it goes without saying that I would make darker skinned unicorn dolls if I’d been asked ….. but is that enough? No!
I want everyone to see makes that resonate with them when they look at my shops – so I needed to make this girl….
Finally, I’ve managed to progress my learn to crochet course! It’s going to be called 5 days to crochet hero, here’s a taste….
If you join me for this challenge you will receive an e book straight to your inbox, and there will be a private Facebook group for you to watch video tutorials and ask questions!
I’ll pop on here with the links just as soon as it’s ready, so keep your eyes peeled!
Hello kitties! Well that was a fun year 😬 I have never had so many vaccinations, but more of that later!
I have been incredibly fortunate this year to keep my little business afloat but many others have not. I shall be trying to do all my gift shopping from small businesses this coming year and I hope you will be supporting them too.
Small business is able to deliver your exact wishes better than anyone, just take a look at this lobster….
A new year is a time for new goals and my key one for next year is to make my toys more ecologically sustainable.
I started this journey last year with Gaia the Ethicorn…
I would like to transform these bunnies next, and try an embroidered eye for them too..
I will also need to retest these designs in line with the new CA mark for childrens toys.
This little one will be making a comeback and with a matching hat for the perfect newborn gift…
There will also be a sheep and a tiger version (it will be the year of the tiger soon!)
What about me? Well, it’s best summed up with this…
I shall be braver in my work and braver in what I wear! See the closing paragraph for my brave new hat!
Before go I need to say this, it’s been a horrible year and it hasn’t be helped by the “discussion “ that has happened around vaccines.
Let me be clear I am vaccinated as much as I can be, and if they offer me more I shall take more.
I want everyone to be safe but just because someone chooses not to take the jab, doesn’t mean I get the right to call them a covidiot- and similarly I don’t want to be called a sheep!
Let’s try and take the emotive language out of this and other debates and try and respect each other’s position, because one thing is for certain, we are and always will be better together, and we will need that unity to face this New Year.
So, I send you all my love and gratitude for your support this year, and I hope we all have a more peaceful 2022.
Karen ( in my cupcake kitten hat – pattern by Tiny Owl Knits)
Blimey! It’s July! How’s that happened? And July means that Pride month is over – except it isn’t, because for LGBTQ this is their lives 24/7 and 365 days of the year. Because of this I tell this story every year…if you’ve heard it before feel free to skip 😊
Let me tell you the story of Martin, a colleague of my grandmothers and the most fun human being you could meet, fond of riding his motorcycle to Fortnum and Masons and buying a big box of rose and violet creams.
When I was 14 I was taken to visit him in hospital – he’d been “queer bashed” a disgusting term for nearly being kicked to death for being gay.
He proudly showed me his hip where his attackers had kicked him so hard that a piece of his pelvis had come off – but he wanted me to see the print of the DM that his attacker had worn – “such an ugly shoe” he said. We gave him his violet creams and went outside to cry. It was that hospital room that changed my life for ever and makes me speak up and out for this community.
Years past and Martin left for his native Wales to open a wine bar, but the next time I saw him he was on the breakfast news. You see by then he had AIDS and he wanted to be able to swim in his local pool- but they had banned him, society wasn’t finished with kicking him.
Now, you’re thinking but that was years ago- and it was but it was only 2 or 3 years ago that a gay couple were beaten in Brighton, so for us not in the community June is Pride month but for them it’s everyday and they deserve to live those days in peace.
If Martin was alive he’d be saying enough of this lovey show them what you made! so let’s go… here’s the latest tutorial I’ve done for my coloured pencil course….
I’m not ashamed to say I’m dead proud of this! I’m loving learning these tips and tricks that are elevating my art further than I thought I could go! It’s Labrador eye next 😬
I’ve been designing for Christmas- I know it’s early but I have several things that I realllly want to make before I get too busy, like this Christmas train…
And this Christmas monster …..
To be honest that is me 😂 this lovely order went out this week..
We also had the first trip into London for 2 years and tripped gleefully around the Victoria and Albert museum, this is just some of the gorgeousness we saw….
It was bliss! And lunch in the dining rooms where these tiles line the walls…
Is the biggest treat!
Finally, I have to get a tiny surgery on my left hand at the end of the year so if you need a crochet something in your life – now’s the time!
Hello kitty cats! Well I spoke too soon! COVID found me at the beginning of April – I’m glad it was the milder version and that I had 3 vaccines on board, it still managed to give me a horrendous cough, headache and shattering fatigue. The good news is I’m back to normal whatever that means lol!
Let’s have a look at what’s been happening, to do that we need to dial back to January- to when I started looking at goals for this year.
I read this book and followed Gemma James on Facebook ,Instagram you name it…
The key thing that resonated with me was Gemma’s use of the word upgrade – so I set about doing just that, first I wanted to upgrade my pet portraits so I have joined this ….
I did I live draw with Bonny a few weeks ago and this happened…..
I have finally finished my crochet course, with an Ebook and a Facebook Group of tutorials ….
Hey kittens! Is it just me or is this year flying past! This is what happened in February!
I made 15 little starfish for my lovely friends at Epic Bizzi Box!
After watching The Great Pottery Throwdown, and listening to Christine explain that she had difficulty finding brown skinned fairy dolls, I decided to make one of the unicorn dolls with a beautiful darker skin tone – here’s a work in progress pic…..
I also got to make a sleepy tiger for Leona Burton of Mums In Business International – if you are a mum or a woman in business, check them out, it’s an amazing, supportive organisation! https://mib.international/
Obviously the tiger had to be in MIBint colours …
New commissions have also been flying in and I’m super excited to make a dachshund puppy ….
In other news we had a storm, this tree in the wood near us, managed to crumple the steel fence separating the wood from the railway….
And while we are on the subject of the wood…..
And finally, I can’t write without mentioning the situation in Ukraine, I hope that the conflict can be resolved without further loss and as I type there are negotiations happening.
It was appropriate that these came out over the weekend, flying the blue and yellow for Ukraine…
Look after yourselves and if you are in a position to donate, please try and support the various charities in the area.
I’m not going to lie peeps, it’s chaos at WDS HQ! It’s been my busiest year yet and I’m still beavering away!
First of all, I was invited to apply for Kirsties Homemade Christmas- I didn’t get on but it made me design new Christmas decorations like this retrotastic snowball,
Shall we have a look at what else I’ve been up to this year, I think you will agree my customers have the best ideas!
These hugs and kisses monsters have been one of my faves…
A very special make for a little one heading into surgery this week…
And of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a slice of cheese!
And so many more, including a festive sloth..
But perhaps one of the most important things I made was this unicorn …
This unicorn was made with organic and recycled yarns with a recycled plastic bottle stuffing. Plastic eyes were substituted with embroidered eyes and I think you will agree she’s beautiful.
Sustainability is going to be a big push for me this coming year, and I hope that I can offer all of my core designs in a sustainable version by mid 2022.
When I’ve not being crocheting I have been writing a book! This year has brought me some wonderful connections to some talented women I’m going to put their links at the end) – who have taught me you can do anything! So, I wrote a free E book for children called Darcey and the Big Treat!
If you would like a free copy simply click the link and fill in the form
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