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
https://claire.simplero.com/ the original and best marketing coach and even though you are too late for the hard copy planner, there is now an awesome digital version! I will earn a commission if you purchase one but to be honest I’ve been recommending Claire for years!
Hello my lovelies! I’m so sorry it’s been so long but in my defence I have been sooooo busy! So busy, that it’s feeling like Santa’s workshop or in our case Darcey’s workshop! And there will be more about that further down 😊
But first let me tell you what I have been up to, I have finally got my festive food and drink decorations range finished! And one of them has become a runaway success, please meet Pete, the pig in a blanket….
We are a partially vegan household and I had to find a meat free version for my range!
I obviously also needed a mince pie, this is Matt….
He’s in his metal tin because he knows you are too busy to make them all the time, and he promises not to tell anyone 😉
Here’s the finished box, which will be in my Etsy shop soon….
I have also been busy with your orders, this order was so pretty to make ….
And now for the super exciting bit! My kit patterns have been out for testing and look ……
These kits will be on sale in my Etsy shop on 1.11.20 and will come with everything you need including a hook, needles, yarn and stuffing. They will be branded Darcey’s Workshop as you guys will be doing the work,
I will let you know when they are in there and will try and get more festive goodies in there too.
Ding dong merrily on high! who’s excited for Christmas? For me it literally is “the most wonderful time of the year”but it is also the most expensive time of the year!
In my family I’m known as a bit of a personal shopper, able to hunt out the best gifts and the unexpected at the drop of the hat, so let’s have a look at a few items that could be on your Christmas lists with a handy splurge/save option according to your available finances!
Perfume features high on a lot of peoples wish lists, the new perfume from Alexander McQueen really is something special……….
With notes of three night flowering blooms; Sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang, it is exotic and mysterious, and that my darlings is why this bottle will set you back £285! to be fair there are smaller bottles starting at £50.
So how about a save option? I am a super fan of the clever folks at Shay and Blue, this offering hits similar mysterious notes….
Atropa belladonna is inspired by deadly nightshade, with a heart of cassis berries, and notes of narcissus, jasmine and bourbon vanilla, it is a more pocket friendly £30 for 30ml.
How about a glamorous nail polish to see you into New Years Eve? let me present the most glamorous varnish on the market……..
Take a minute to breath in the exquisite design of the shoe designer Christian Louboutin, this is a bottle that deserves a place on your dressing table, but glamour comes with a price tag…£36 to be precise.
I’ll be honest kids, there isn’t a save option for this one,
however if cool polish is what you are looking for, look no further……
Soigne (translates as take care of) polish has up to 85% botanical ingredients, is free from the 5 carcinogens that can be in polish, is not tested on animals and is vegan friendly! hit their sale and you can grab a bottle for £4.80, it normally retails at £11.
While we are on the subject of New Years Eve, it is a great time to try the new trend of flat party shoes. If money is no object there is no better designer that Valentino for this new alternative to heels…
Yum! but at £615 it would give me heart failure to wear them!
Mercifully this is where ASOS rides in with these cuties……
Sorry for the screen shot but at least you have all the info!
Finally, and this might be a niche market, I have an obsession with decorations from bauble makers to the stars Bombki, their macaron set is a dream purchase……..
At £59… to be honest I don’t know if I would risk it, but thats ok because look what Anthropologie have……
These are currently in the sale at £18.20! and I like these a bit more!
Heres your links if you fancy purchasing any of the above or just want to admire from afar!
Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year, I adore that you can breakfast on Quality Street ( is that just me?), glitter nail polish can be worn everyday and your house can be as festively mad as you want.
It is also a fantastic time for the crafty amongst us, magazines and books start whipping us into a frenzy from September onwards, and I have stitched, knitted, beaded and crocheted more than my fair share.
In years gone by I have ruthlessly colour schemed, set themes for each room and quilted table mats accordingly. I have reached a point now where for me it’s more about the history that comes with each piece , or that it’s so cute or kitsch that I have to have it.
So here is a little taste of what Christmas looks like at WDS HQ and remember the only purpose of decorations should be to make you smile!
An idea nicked from Pinterest!
Hello Kitties in the bathroom!
Remember paper concertina decorations? These are ENORMOUS ones from Rockett St.George.
And here’s a roundup of stuff either made by me or my super talented mum!
Finally, here is Darcey, the reason my blog is called While Darcey Sleeps is because I only really get creative while she is napping! I think she’s gorgeous I hope you do too,