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!
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Good morning my lovelies! How has 2019 been treating you? I have been super busy with orders which was a nice surprise but I have also been designing and planning out new things to bring you for the whole of the year! lets dive straight in shall we?
I have been designing some flower fairies that I hope will be popular for all sorts of occasions, here are the first two……
This is Amnesia Rose, she is inspired by these gorgeous and quite rare roses…..
She will feature the roses signature colours of pale lilac, coffee and dusty pink, she will have a rose charm and be scented with a traditional tea rose fragrance.
This is Freya Freesia…..
Inspired by the beautifully fragrant flower and this colour palette,…
She will also be scented to match her flower and have a tiny Freesia round her neck.
There will be more of these and I will also be looking at whether these can be CE tested for children under 10.
On to Easter! I shall be bringing back some designs from last year but with some added extras, this girl is coming back….
and there will be a sheep and maybe even a chick version, you can also choose to add a flower fragrance or chocolate or fudge..you get the idea!
There will also be lots of these bunnies….
Again these can be scented or opt for a full CE tested version 🙂
And we have a brand new design………
Meet Alejandro and Angelica Alpaca! they have a jolly saddle bag that will fit two kinder or creme eggs!
And what about the rest of the year?
There will be:
Proper dolls with a ballet theme.
Day of the dead girls
and loads more for Christmas!
Finally we have a reward scheme! this will run all year and I will keep track for you
Newsletter subscribers get postage and packing for a £1!
Your second order from me will be reduced by a £1!
your third order will be reduced by £2
Your 4th order by a whopping £3!
If you haven’t already, read the very first post on here, it detaIls how a very amusing bag helped me find my way out of depression and how unicorns have special meaning for me- so standby because this unicorn just got turbo!
Oh my loves how I have neglected you! I have literally been up to my elf ears in orders! I have also been to my first fair in a while….. lets see what happened!
As you can see the set up of my stall was very different to normal, I had read an article in Mollie Makes magazine, it said that your stall should look like your online images- so I made everything pastel and made some box shelves into little shops! the sign in the middle was a cheap purchase from http://www.Next.co.uk and actually changes colour!
It certainly worked! I sold a lot of unicorns…
These two went along with a couple of different colour ones which I failed to keep pictures of!
I did keep a picture of a Mercorn…
who also found their forever home. I also sold some bows and baubles like these ones .
so all in all a huge success!
Of course there were a million orders too!
There has been a couple of these flying out, one in his traditional Christmas PJs and one in some snappy blue ones……
Fa la La llama has been so popular that I am dreaming up a different kind of llama for you to put your Easter chocolates in!
Of course Christmas orders wouldn’t be complete without this guy…..
We have also sold a lot of these sleepy bunnies……
made from special yarn that is anti microbial, so preventing germs being carried to even the smallest of babies.
There were lots od unicorns including a customer request for a Victoria Sponge unicorn with blue hair! I must confess I wasn’t sure but……
She just might be my favourite!
I also made a bunch of videos for my Facebook advent calendar so pop over to @whiledarceysleeps on Facebook to see what I have been up to!
I would also like to thank my personal cheer squad Michelle, Tracy, Ilisa, Victoria and Lucy, you guys have kept me going through a tricky year health wise .
2018 has been my most successful year yet, but I have lots of plans for 2019 that are going to blow your socks off! and I will most certainly be following this advice from GBBO winner Nadiya Hussein
all that remains is to wish you a Happy Christmas and the most amazing 2019!!
Good morning my little Cupcakes!! Its been a busy 2 weeks and I have had some lovely comments about my imagination, especially on this video….
So rather than show you new makes, I thought today I would share some of my designing process with you!
Its fair to say that I can be a bit disorganised, lets take this blog for an example! I do have a tendency to just sit and babble on a bit, share some pictures and run away! but now I have this…….
A lovely free gift from The Girls Mean Business that came with my 2019 Awesome Marketing planner! It helps you plan out what you are going to say, so expect more coherence!!
My design process however is a bit more chaotic! now that I have confidence in my ability to design, inspiration comes at me from everywhere!
I see fairies sleeping with dormice in trees like this ….
which led to this ……
This book got me thinking ……
and one of my unicorns took a turn for the worse…….
Food inspires me all the time…….
So I have the inspiration, next I draw a design…….
Sometimes! a lot of the time I just go straight to the hook…
Like my Butterkittycorn Aurora! I am trying to be more organised and write the patterns down, in my lovely planner….
One of my goals for 2019 is to produce some patterns for you so that you can make your own magical critters.
I hope you have a little insight into my design process or the lack of it! while we are on the subject of next year, here is a little video about a material that will help me bring squishy magical creatures to life!
Have a magical couple of weeks and I will see you on Sunday the 18th November, but if you are local I will be at the Lindfield Bonfire Society fair at the King Edward Hall from 10.00am, if not and you feel like a bit of shopping from your sofa please join me and a lot of talented makers at this event……
Good morning to you and welcome to September! I have spent most of August making Christmas things and purple poodles!
Before we get to the goodies, I wondered if you would like to know a bit more about me? lets start with my qualifications for this business…
None! I have a C grade o level (ask your mum) in art and a few others none of which have anything to do with what I do now!
My business was a reaction to illness making me unable to work in my usual trade – working for the government -and rediscovering art after receiving therapy for what used to be called a nervous breakdown. My darling mum, retaught me to knit and crochet, bought me books and yarn and encouraged me to make.
While we are on the subject of family, I met my husband at work, he wooed me by making fishcakes and bringing them into work with rolls and tartare sauce- it was a no brainer! I moved into his flat that looked out onto the Thames (another no brainer) and very soon we had our daughter – the prettiest, smartest, funniest girl in the world.
We moved out of London when I quit work and now we live in Sussex – its a lovely place for 360 days of the year, the other 5 I have to get back into London, breathe the pollution, shop and eat in places I don’t usually, and return to the ‘burbs refreshed!
Oh and we got these two….
On the right you have Darcey, the girl with only 2 speeds – on or off, when I started this business I could only work while she was asleep- this was another no brainer moment, my business had to be called While Darcey Sleeps! on the left her slightly odd “brother from another mother’ Milo, he is a poodle ….and an evil genius!
Which as they say in the movies brings us to here! I have been working hard on marketing this year and for once started my Christmas makes in August, which is when you have to do it apparently! So, here are some of what you can expect from me, first up Noelle the Christmas fairy…..
This girl can be any colour you want , I just made a traditional one to get us all in the festive spirit! she features a handmade candy cane charm made by me!
What would a Christmas be without a unicorn make from me? heres something a little different, a tree bauble…..
Again you can have this in any colour you like, more festive, more sparkly just let me know!
A Christmas classic is the next make…..
smaller than my usual makes, they are designed to hang on the tree, not scented but could be? and if you fancy a larger one just shout!
Finally not Christmas related but an ideal gift, my first Patisserie Poodle!
This is Violetta the blossom macaron poodle, she is inspired by these kinds of macarons….
I made her blossom macaron charm and she will smell like parma violets- yum!
I will also start shipping to the rest of the world! next blog will have the shipping rates but if you cant wait to place an order drop me a message or email ( all details on the about page).
I will be back mid month to catch you up on whats going on in our little corner of heaven, in the meantime have a lovely couple of weeks!