While Darcey Sleeps Workshop!

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….

Pete and his friend Coco chocolate

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….

Top row: Sid sprout , Bryon the Baileys coffee and Matt mince pie, bottom row , Coco hot chocolate, Pete and Edward nog

I have also been busy with your orders, this order was so pretty to make ….

A rainbow bear for Luna Moon Dyes

The customer runs a tie dye company, and wanted a suitably rainbow bear, and also a rainbow and a moon. Check out her beautiful creations here : http://www.instagram.com/Luna_moondyes

And now for the super exciting bit! My kit patterns have been out for testing and look ……

My sisters unicorn
And her polar bear
And a blingtastic unicorn from my mum

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.

Look after yourselves ❤️

Kisses

Karen xxx

My Little Piece Of Heaven!

Morning  (cough) dear (cough) reader (cough)! I have the worst chest infection in the world….ever, if you have had a bad chest infection this is it’s daddy! I was going to do a post on the comic con last week but thats going to have to wait as I haven’t edited the pics!

Anyhow shall we press on?  I am sure by now that you have realised I LURVE what I do! In fact I love it so much that it still doesn’t feel quite real, so in an effort to be more grown up and grounded in my profession I’ve got a workspace! Who wants to see? Of course you do, but that would be one heck of a short post so here’s your tour……


I have a lot of Harley Quinn and super hero stuff, I’m gradually been brought to the dark side by my husband.

And there’s ……


Lots of Alice stuff, the whole room will be all Alice eventually, this card is a promo for a musical and I like the slightly sinister feel of this rabbit, and will be using this for inspiration.

To try and ground me and help me focus ……..


The Rose Quartz and amethyst is meant to clear my energies, I don’t know if it works but they are so pretty.

For when I feel scared or lacking confidence…….


This quote from the Divergent books and film makes me feel kick ass!

There is combined cakes and Batgirl……..


Those felt macarons enable me to use the beautiful dish my mother in law gave me.

There is this inherited from my darling daughter………


I think I might start taking a few instant pictures when I’m out and about hunting for inspiration.

Finally, there are these………


Because this is my business and here are the cards to prove it!

And Finally!


There it is in all its glory, including a mannequin for when I can’t remember which way the elbow bends! And a twiggy tree full of bluebirds, my folder of to do lists. When I go to back to work on Monday this little slice of heaven will be my blogging space ( I didn’t put the laptop in, it’s Apple but it still ain’t pretty) and two years in I will say with confidence  I am a blogger and an artist and this is where I work.

Kisses

Karen

Etsy? You Betsy!!

So, after I quit the kvetching last week, I had a good hard think about what I could do to keep my business going while my arthritis is so bad….Drumroll please…..I’ve opened an Etsy Shop!!!

I will be stocking it as and when I have stuff, in the future that will include art works and cards with print of my art on them. In the mean time I have some pieces that were destined for craft fairs. Here’s a sample….

Ive got some Spring/ Easter things……..

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)
I’ve got these bathing beauties and their beach hut, perfect for setting a beach theme ……

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

There are some shabby chic hearts ,some Liberty corsage brooches and a tattoo inspired keyring……..

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

How about these teddies and their bunny friend, fully jointed with glass eyes, they are not intended as toys but make a lovely decor piece for a childs room.

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Last but not least, some Christmas items which will obviously be reduced……

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

I will be adding the Etsy button on here as soon as we are fully stocked, hopefully by Monday 21st March, in the meantime heres the link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WhileDarceySleeps

Finally, just for fun here’s one of the pictures of my dogs from their recent photo shoot…..

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Whoever sends in the funniest comment for the photo will win a surprise from the shop, closing date is 31.3.16 so get typing!

Have a cracking week

Kisses

Karen

 

 

From Naff To Nifty!

Lets be quite clear from the outset, I flipping love Christmas!!! I also love a Christmas jumper. My darling daughter however has declared the Christmas jumper passé. This left this little beauty homeless …

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

If I was the same size I would be happy as Larry but alas that is not the case, so who else might this fit, step forward Miss Darcey……

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

So with a few cuts and a bit of Velcro could we make a dog coat that would at least make it through the big day? Let’s give it a go!

First cut off the sleeves, Darcey is a bit of a Tom boy so I chopped them off quite short…….

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

I haven’t done any hemming as I only want this to be worn a couple of times, sew a little hem of you want this to last until New Year!

Then cut down the centre………

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Its at this this point you need to try it on your dog to see how it fits round the middle, I needed to chop out more on either side so that it fits snugly.

Next, use some iron on Velcro for an easy and stress free fastening….

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Position on both sides matching up your fluffy side with your spikes side……..

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

And there you go…..

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Miss Darcey looking suitably festive!

Remember if your dog is very tiny or very large, raid the charity shops for suitable jumpers. If you have a jumper that you like but it is way too big, try washing it at a hotter temperature than stated, this will usually shrink it!

kisses

 

Karen xxx

 

 

 

How To Be Berry Sparkly!

Isnt it great when a trend you like stays around for longer than 5 minutes? I’ve made no secret of my love of all thing sparkly and thank goodness the embellished trend is still with us! Couple that with the colours of the season, the lovely berry and burgundy tones, we are onto a winner!

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So, this combination inspired me to do another up cycling project, I have this pastel green short sleeved sweatshirt that is a great shape and good for these artic in the morning sweltering by lunchtime days! Perfect for a bit of an up Cycle! First it needed dyeing to a berry shade, I love Dylon dyes as they are so easy….

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This shade is called Burlesque Red ?!? Not sure what makes it burlesque but it is definitely a burgundy/ berry shade. Follow the instructions and bingo a more winter appropriate shade!

Next it needs a spot of embellishment, I had some lovely grey crystals salvaged from a shirt that my daughter threw out and a few lilac ones from I don’t know where! Play around with them until you get a look you like, I tried these first……..

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But finally settled on this one………

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Sew your embellishments in place and there you go….

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A much more glam sweat in a great colour for the winter!

Have a great week,

kisses

Karen xxx

Bling It On Baby!x

Who remembers the sparkly mini I bought in Beyond Retro? Way too small and way to bedazzled for me to wear, I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous cognac sequined fabric. To me it would be the perfect size for a bag, a bag for Christmas day that was big enough not only for the essentials but also for scarf and gloves, but still spandangly enough for the occasion.

So here is the skirt….image

First, I cut off the original hem and unpicked the waistband…..

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I then seamed the opened bottom, I used invisible nylon thread and hand stitched  it as the sequins were a bit tricky….

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I then turned it back to right side, and pinned a wide chocolate ribbon, leaving half ready to fold to the other side….

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I sewed this on again by hand using an overstitch, it would look much neater backstitched but im having problems with my right arm and I wanted to get it done for you! Then fold the other half of ribbon to the inside and sew down…….

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Because I am a too much is never enough kind of a girl, I wanted to add a large bow on the outside, giving it a kind of Great Gatsby feel……..

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Finally, the tricky subject of handles! as the ribbon I had bought was so wide and beautifully thick, I simply used a length of that.Et Voila!……..

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If you look carefully you will see the handles only pinned on, again that right arm had its way and called a halt to proceedings, if I  had more time I might have put a fastening on, and I might have reinforced it with some interfacing, but I am really pleased with the way it’s turned out, and I will be using it over the christmas season, of course I might need a new outfit to go with!

Suppliers:

Skirt from http://www.beyondretro.com

Ribbon from http://www.theribbonroom.co.uk

Kisses

Karen xx

How To Be Chic In A Shabby Way!

I love me a bit of shabby chic, my bathroom and loo were always destined for a faded glamour look, and to be honest it was easy to put together…….

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Lampshade from Dunelm and metal picture from a promotion on Achica.com

But then what are we going to cover the windows with? I had seen various panels on the net that used vintage material or handkerchiefs, as I am not the best with needle and thread and somewhat worse with a sewing machine here is my version of a vintage panel.

First you are going to need some old hankies, these are not hard to find, check any antique shops, flea markets and vintage fairs. …

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Then a piece of lightweight material roughly the size of your window,  if you want it to hang flat, be more generous if you want a more gathered look, allow 2cms for hems on the sides and bottom and 4 cams at the top to make the channel for your wire or curtain rod…….

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Start by hemming the sides and bottom, I do a simple hem, you can make it neater by turning a small hem of 1/2 cm and then turning back again……….

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The top needs a channel for your wire or rod, again either make a simple one just by turning up or by doing the small hem and turning it back again….

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Now you have your panel, simply stitch each hankie to the material, you can pin and arrange neatly or take a more relaxed approach, guess which one I do 🙂 …….

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Keep going until the panel is covered and you will be left with a panel that looks like a gorgeous piece of patched and well loved vintage fabric……..

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So there we go, falling off a log simple and cheap as chips! Next week I will show you round some of my favourite vintage shops in Brighton.

Kisses

Karen

Friends With Fringe Benefits!

We’re you a child in the Seventies? If you were you will remember fringing and tassels, and maybe not fondly! Fringing was on everything, I had a rather stupendous faux suede fringed bikini! If you are  good I’ll dig out the picture.

Well the good/ bad news is fringing is back BIG TIME…….

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And a rummage through the handbag wardrobe revealed this….

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Pretty much bang on trend, this little beauty will do me for this trend, but what if you are fringe less but don’t fancy the £500+ price tag for this Yves St Laurent fringe fest….

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So my lovelies grab your supplies:

A plain object you want to be fringetastic, bags are a no brainer but what about a pair of shoes with an ankle strap like the pink shoes in the first image.

Fringe! Mine came from New Trimmings.co.uk  and I bought a metre – I should have bought two and then I could have fringed both sides!

A glue that bonds all materials, there are loads available check out your local hardware or craft shop.

Scissors!

Here are my supplies….

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Then start measuring lengths of fringe and work your way up from the bottom if your doing multiple layers…

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Keep going….

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Et voila! One little fringed clutch for approximately a tenner…

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Let me know if there are any other trends you would like to try, there are some great floral painted bags around I might give that a try!

 

Kisses

Karen xxx

Stop Press: Karen And Bunting Announce Surprise Reunion!

I like bunting, I really do but I think like some Hollywood stars it has suffered from over exposure. I like bunting when it is quirky or made of fabulous material where the pattern takes pride of place.

I was having a browse through this book…

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and found this beautiful embellished bunting

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Eline Pellinkhof has a very muted palette, but I used her idea for some bunting for my kitchen. Do you want to make some? Follow me!

First some fabric, maybe some odd size pieces that you can’t find a use for, and a bunting template, give it a Google and loads will appear! The one I used has a handy fold over top. You will also need some ribbon to  string it all together. Of course, as its going in the kitchen it had to have some french patisserie themed fabric.

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I used some lace paper, mine is from the absolutely brilliant http://www.glitterpot.co.uk, if you scrapbook, make cards or any paper based craft, you must check them out.

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I also had some crochet flowers destined for another project, here’s Darcey helping me make them…

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After cutting your bunting shapes work out what your order will be..

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Then get gluing! I could have sewn a hem around the triangles but I was feeling lazy, and managed to glue it all together in 15 minutes! Perfect for last minute bunting emergencies, and here it is!

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Get involved in the debate that is more important than the election, are you a bunting fan or not?

Kisses

Karen

P.S great excitement at WDS HQ, we are off to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the V and A at the weekend! If I can get some photos it will be on next Wednesdays post xxxx

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Power!

Good Morning my lovelies! Spring has definitely sprung at WDS HQ, everything is coming up crocuses!image

The only flower that has not flourished is our winter pansies and that’s a shame because I love them, look at this beauty,

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In this situation there is only one thing to do, make one! Here’s my scribbles,

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If you want to make one, you will need some paper for your pattern, felt for the petals and leaves, embroidery thread in either toning or clashing colours, and beads (optional ).

First I drew a fat figure 8 to make one set of petals,

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Cut this out and draw around it twice to make two sets of petals

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Cut these out and place one on top of the other at right angles so that you can see 4 petals,

Starting in the middle, with one of your embroidery silks and using two strands, make long and short stitches to give the pansy its face,

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Then take your second colour and make the same stitches in a row around the first,

 

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The next step is to decide whether you will embroider the centre, I suggest a yellow toned silk in a french knot or beads, because I wanted a more vintage look I put a faux pearl in the centre, I also drew a larger figure 8 for a set of leaves,

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And what to do with it now? You could stick a flat brooch back to it, you could use it as a card topper, I used a slightly different flower to make this wreath,

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I put crystals in the centre of these flowers and tucked ribbon loops in between, a nice make for Mother’s Day! All felt and ribbons come from Felted Fancies Supplies, they don’t sponsor me i just love Katie and her lovely themed boxes and the fact that she sends you a packet of fizzers!

Have a great week and watch out for next weeks post which will feature my trip to what I’m told is London’s best haberdashers- Kleins of Soho!

Kisses

 

Karen