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)
Good morning kitty cats! I am so very sorry I haven’t blogged I forever but oh my goodness I have been busy! I have not had my traditionally quiet start to the year and a lot of this has been down to one little boy – more of that later.
So, grab a coffee and a seat, you are definitely going to need a seat, there are some pictures of such cuteness, your legs are going to give way! Here’s what’s happened …
I finished my Ezo Momonga! the cutest flying squirrel became a superhero squirrel with flower powers as her name is Aiko….
She soon flew off to her new home!
There was an a Easter fair which I have lost all the photos from but unicorn chicks were a big hit!
I have made a heap of things for this bundle of scruminess! His name is Tate and his mum and nana are huge fans of my stuff and apart from the elephant ( and Tate!) I made everything in this photo…..
I told you to sit down didn’t I? so, because Tate’s family are such great customers and now good friends it seemed a no brainer to crown him our brand representative!
In this photo he is wearing a handmade crown crafted by the super talented Andi, you can visit her at http://www.facebook.com/kwirkyknits. His blanket was also made by me, with a new style Oakley bunny that ties in with the fabulous Jody Pyott blanket design …
Tate will also now help me test baby specific makes, I need his teeny fingers to test holes for me!!
In between all this I opened an Etsy shop!
This is our cover picture and I will be stocking it as I go along.
I also read a very interesting article on branding so I spent some time with an app called Color Harmony which extracts colours from your photos, and made a pallet unique to While Darcey Sleeps….
You can expect all my social media to feature these colours and I will be redoing the blog to match our new identity.
Finally, in a spare few minutes I painted this commission ……
Such a privilege to paint the beautiful Molly for her owner who was missing her terribly. The commission came from a good friend and customer who has commissioned me twice before, for gifts for her friends, isn’t she a sweetie?
And breathe! so now you are all caught up I promise to be back more regularly and keep you up to date on some new products!
Well hello dear reader and can I just say you are looking amazing 🙂 its been a busy time as usual at WDS HQ and i have some new makes to show you but first i want to tell you about Ezo Momongas!
My mate Shell is always on top of whats super cute on the interwebs and look what she found…..
These are Ezo Momongas and they are Japanese flying squirrels and for me they were just crying out to be made! so I drew one…..
Hmmm….thats just a flying squirrel and this is when I realised that I have a definite style and always a story that goes with my designs, so here is Eiko…….
Eiko, whose name means Crystal child or flower child depending on how its written was born! She is a squirrel superhero and will help people young or old to build confidence with either the power of crystals or flower scents! I shall get cracking on bringing her alive very soon.
A design from the last blog is now a reality! this is Alejandro the alpaca…..
Now I must point out that his baskets are meant for creme eggs or mini eggs- but I ate them! so here he is with some daffodils. This design is CE tested and will be in my my craft shop in the next couple of days.
I also got sidetracked by a wonderful suggestion from another friend Tracy……
This cheeky unicorn decided to get himself a bunny hat (which is removable)! he will also be in the shop and you will be able to order him with a creme egg sized backpack or chocolate scent or both!!
I have put this bluebell themed unicorn in the shop, made to order..
This actual unicorn went off to a lady that has had a horrible time of it, I was inspired to gift her in the memory of a lovely young lady called Jenny who passed away. Her mother asks her followers to do a random act of kindness on Jenny’s birthday and to tell the recipient of that kindness that Jenny sent them.
I have also been making a huge order for a fantastic customer and I have made some of these blossom bunnies…
These are also in the shop to order from a variety of colours!
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! its Me! in the middle of the month! who’s excited? I think you know I am!
Lets start with some good news! I have upgraded the blog so that soon you will be able to order and pay me on here! I will be clumping products into simple categories, for example CE tested (child safe) toys like these ……
Will be one category with a flat rate price of £8 and then I will put them into postage bands – Uk, Europe and the rest of the world. As a guide shipping will be about £5 from anywhere in this lovely world. Thats right we are shipping everywhere!!!
It also allows me to place videos! so expect see more of this….
Now, lets have a look at whats happened in the last couple of weeks! this commission was gifted, so now I can share with you…..
I loved doing this, I have painted for this client before and she always supplies such amazing photos! this is her friends dog sitting in his going out chair!
My competition winners were announced, the over 10 winners mum ordered her a Battenburg unicorn, so with the under 10 and the runner up prizes this made a lovely queue for the post office!
Now, Andreja who won the under 10s prize chose the colours for her blue maned unicorn and that, together with some input from Mr Darcey Sleeps inspired this…
A mercorn! This design is well on its way, so you will have a finished picture soon.
I shall be spending the next couple of weeks on a mountain of gingerbread men, oh, and i’m just going to leave this here……
Confused? all will become clear! lol!
See you in a couple of weeks- with a video!!
UPDATE: I have added a couple of pages, by the time you come back in a couple of weeks they will be up and running!
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Good morning cupcakes! well winter has well and truly come to my little corner of Sussex! we have had actual snow – which is a big deal for the south of England, look at my silly poodle pretending to be Scott of the Antarctic…..
Fortunately snow doesn’t stop work as I only have to commute to my armchair 🙂 I painted this commission ……….
It really was such a great exercise as I haven’t done monochrome for ages, I had to buy a lot more shades of black and grey (yes there are different ones!) and found out that Chinese Ink is a lovely warm black which makes for great depth.
I crocheted a herd of these bunnies with their creme egg backpacks…..
These two thought it was a bit too cold to hop to their new homes!
I have lots to make for this great event………
But I am not helping myself by being distracted by things like this……..
This past fashion week Gucci sent their models down the runway with these dragons, it really got me thinking about some pet dragons I could make – maybe pastel, maybe linked to your birthstone? I am going to try and resist the temptation to make some until after my fair.
I had made this Easter Bunny girl for my fair…..
But one of my amazing customers snapped it up! along with this mermaid…..
I have found the only way to keep myself organised with my work schedule is to plan and plan again! and the only way you can keep me interested in planning is if I have amazing stationery! so in the picture you can see my unicorn latte bookmark from my mate Shell at http://www.shellsccc.com, beautiful stickers from What The Fox Designs (you can find her on Etsy.com) and peeking out is my lovely planner from http://www.kikki-k.com
So enough of this chit chat kittens, you need to go to bed or work or school or whatever awesomeness you are doing and I had best crack on and make some stuff!
Good afternoon my darlings! So there I was reading my good friend Shell’s blog post when I realised I should have done one!! So here is what is happening at WDS HQ this month!
While we are on the subject of Shell, she ordered two mermaids from before Christmas, I was true to my New Years resolution and used the opportunity to design my own……….
and this is Shell! she also ordered one for a friends daughter….
Not sure if this one has a name but I do know that making these knotted wigs for them has been my favourite thing! I wish you still had to put your profession on your passport- because I would have mermaid wig maker!
I also redid my bunny pattern and used this amazing yarn which self patterning flowers …
he also has a little backpack which you can fit a creme egg in! These have proved so popular that I cannot work quick enough to get any in the shop!
With the next make I went back to my beginning and made a bear, a bear that wants to play at unicorns…….
This is Blossom and I will be putting her in my shop tomorrow, she is the softest bear with the sparkliest eyes! I hope she finds a special someone 🙂
I also got a commission for a portrait of some gorgeous dogs, can’t post a picture until its gifted but its a great commission as its in black and white- something I haven’t done in forever!
Finally, I am so excited to have a stall at the Paper Daisy Easter Boutique Market on the 31st March. I think i might have to grow more hands to keep up with orders and make some stock! If you are local to Sussex in the UK we will be at the Shoreham Centre all day 🙂
Right enough chatting to you lot, its back to Easter bunnies for me!
Hello my loves! hows everybody head? I’ll try and keep it quiet 🙂 Here we are with a whole New Year, a slate wiped clean, 365 days of potential, 52 weeks to get all manner of things done……
We all know how easy it is to let life interfere with…well life, the one we want, the thinner, fitter, trendier, more successful life that we all dream of.
So Mrs know it all ( I hear you say) what can we do? I can only share one pearl of wisdom with you- plan, plan and plan again! get yourself a really lovely planner or notebook, there’s this one………
This pink Kikki K one is my hub for all things business related, I put my work schedule – what I am making on a week to week basis in there, I also jot down patterns and ideas and list materials, knowledge and tools that I need to get to make those ideas happen.
And this one………
This Daily Greatness journal is arguably the most powerful, its the one that makes you list things you are grateful for or the mindset that I want to channel for the day, it effortlessly lets you focus on being open to new things. It also allows you to set goals weekly, quarterly and for the year. Its expensive so I bought mine on Ebay!, here is
If you need any help with a positive mindset, why not channel this oldie but goldie from Nadiya Hussain from the Great British Bake Off…….
Does all this positive thinking and endless planning work? yes it does, but it’s not all pretty planners and positive thoughts. It’s sometimes about just keeping going, keep picking yourself up, keep trying to eat better, exercise more and make that business idea a reality. It’s perseverance and slog that gets the job done.
I shall be slogging away with you, even though last year was the most successful I have had, I shall be striving for more.
The materials I use will be upgraded……
There will definitely be more sparkle!
Every single item will be of my own design……
and each design will be refined, this bunny will be getting a backpack, big enough to hold some Easter chocolate!
I will start the process to ensure that all my makes can carry the child safety mark…..
This unicorn will be one of those both redesigned and tested for safety.
On a less serious note I will keep dreaming………
Because mostly every plan starts with a dream!
All that is left is to wish each and every one of you a 2018 full of love, health and happiness.
Ps if you want to keep up to date on the daily goings on at While Darcey Sleeps HQ pop over to http://www.Facebook.com/whiledarceysleeps, there is also a handy shop now button that takes you through to my shop ( you can also commission a portrait through it!)