The One In Which It All Changed – And Got So Much Better

Hello again my lovelies! And here I am as advertised! It’s time to get a cuppa and find out all the excitement that’s coming your way in 2022!

But first the serious bit! Over the last few years I have got busier and busier, you have commissioned me to make – well everything! Here’s some of my faves….

Beautiful lizards
Chair bunnies of a rabbit charity( wearing his top hat to look more in charge)
And the coolest bats in town!

This has been fantastic but my poor arthritic hands and elbows have taken a hit, and I’ve been having steroid injections into joints to keep going .

Which is fine ( I have a lovely dr who does them) but not a situation that can continue forever.

So, from January I shall be limiting my commission orders to two per month and I’ll let you know when those spaces have been filled .

What happens if they don’t get filled?

For a start I shall be making stock for the shop and I shall be bringing you some of the designs that I keep promising, like this one….

Yes it’s a Christmas doll but I’ll be starting this in January 😉

And maybe more things you or your little ones can wear, like this ….

A little bunny hat – the new ones will be crocheted

Plus of course making things for Epic Bizzi Box like these …….

A box of turtles and crabs!

Let’s talk about paintings now, I have loved the commissions I’ve done this year, like these…….

What a cutie
How dapper is this guy?

I want to extend this part of my business this year, because it’s not quite as stressful on my joints, I shall taking more commissions and testing out whether I can paint some landscapes and flowers😊

While we are on the subject of testing, I have started doing some digital illustration …….

Miss Darcey in a very cartoon style

I’d like to try some portraits digitally and I will be looking for testers for these 😊

Finally, I am going to write a book! Welcome to Darcey’s Wood will come out next year, to be followed by Milo’s magical forest, both centring around the wood near our house!

I’ve actually got a free ebook coming out at the end of this month, here’s a sneak peek …….

It’s called Darcey and the Big Treat!

Follow me on Instagram to sign up for a free copy!

Thanks for reading and I hope you are as excited as me for the New Year!

Kisses

Karen xx

Oh wait! There’s one more thing, there might just be a couple of ideas for subscription boxes on the boil, here’s the vision board so far….

Sale!!

Boo! me again! I have not got my head round the new style blog yet but I didn’t want you to miss out on my super Saturday sale!

I have put some of my bows on my Facebook page at bargainous prices! pop over to http://www.facebook.com/whiledarceysleeps and have a peek! and if you want to order and you live in far off lands ( lucky you!) ask me for postage rates!

Meanwhile enjoy the weekend and the majesty that is the British electoral system 🙂

Kisses

Karen xxx

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face……

Hello cupcakes! Today’s post has only one photo, is unashamedly sentimental and maybe not your cup of tea. At  this point I would normally tell you that your excused, but I really hope you stick around this week.

My baby turns 18 this week….18! How did that happen? It seems like yesterday that the surgeon ( yes a Caesarian, due to her being 8lb 9 oz and insisting on laying sideways!) lifted her over the curtain. After being warned that she may be sleepy as she hadn’t had the stimulus of birth, I was not ready for the bright blue banshee that appeared. She was roaring like a lion and her fists were clenched ready to take on the world.

We went to a room on the labour ward as it was the only one available. My girl laid on my chest and as another brave mother yelled into their contractions, she looked at me and raised her eyebrow with the weary expression of someone who needed sleep. At that moment I knew I had met my best friend.

Fast forward through the no sleep nights, the trauma of the first day at school (with tights turned inside out as she couldn’t bear the feeling of seams), through Brownies and Guides, the endless consumption of sushi, the millions of shoes and everything else that brings us to today.

Still my best friend she is a remarkable person, funny, clever, beautiful with a drop dead sense of style. Like her mother she is able to look at a page in a fashion magazine and unerringly pick the most expensive item! She has more ankle boots than you can shake a stick at and a vast selection of make up. 

More importantly she is principled and able to stand up for those less fortunate. She is politically aware and able to see through the claims that politicians make. 

She is deciding on a direction at the moment and I am giving her the space to do so, because whatever she does is fine by me as long as she is happy.

If you are reading this absolutely sure that you don’t want children you are not alone, neither did I! But once I saw that kidney bean on the ultrasound I knew I would do anything to protect her. What was a definite surprise baby became the best gift I have ever recieved.

Why no pictures? Because she is intensely private and will be aghast if she reads this, but here’s the thing ..I had to tell you all how much I love her and have done from the first time ever I saw her face…

Kisses

Karen 

Resolve Those Resolutions!

I want to get a tattoo, just a small one, I want it to say Invictus which is a Latin word meaning unbroken, unsubdued and invincible.  I want that word because I am unbroken, I’ve survived all sorts of illness, and trials and tribulations and I have emerged if not with a smile on my face at least with some nice lipstick……..image

So what does that have to do with resolutions I hear you ask? it has everything to do  with it! I’m sure that like me you have made resolutions in the past and by February ( or January 5th if you are me!) they are a thing of the past because they are too difficult or you don’t have time….

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But here’s the thing: you are dropping that little resolution at the same time as working, looking after children, elderly relatives, housework and in some cases dealing with your own ill health! You organised Christmas and will be doing birthdays, holidays, play dates, MOTs and everything else that happens in your house. You are already INVICTUS!!!! You are INVINCIBLE!!! That little resolution is nothing compared to what you already achieve!!!

At this point there are a million and one motivational quotes I could give you that would illustrate this point but I want to give you something real, said by a real woman, here’s the Great British Bake Offs winner, Nadia to say it better than anyone………

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So lets say it together, say it loud! I can and I will!

Here’s to 2016, let it be the best year yet!

Kisses

 

Karen xxx