The One In Which The Things Got Done!

Hello kitty cats! Well I spoke too soon! COVID found me at the beginning of April – I’m glad it was the milder version and that I had 3 vaccines on board, it still managed to give me a horrendous cough, headache and shattering fatigue. The good news is I’m back to normal whatever that means lol!

Let’s have a look at what’s been happening, to do that we need to dial back to January- to when I started looking at goals for this year.

I read this book and followed Gemma James on Facebook ,Instagram you name it…

https://www.gemmajamescoaching.com

The key thing that resonated with me was Gemma’s use of the word upgrade – so I set about doing just that, first I wanted to upgrade my pet portraits so I have joined this ….

I’m working through the tutorials as we speak!

I did I live draw with Bonny a few weeks ago and this happened…..

A little Easter lamb

I have finally finished my crochet course, with an Ebook and a Facebook Group of tutorials ….

You can jump on this course by signing up here..

https://mailchi.mp/a59881afcc02/karenscrochetheroes

Once you’ve signed up I’ll send you a payment link and then the Ebook and FB group link will fly to your inbox – and did I mention that it’s only £5?

While all this excitement has been happening I’ve been working on getting some stock into my shop, including this cutie…

https://etsy.me/3s4mWBX

I’ve also started another order for my friends at Epic Bizzi Box – a shoal of angel fish….

My design

Finally there’s a new range coming! The teeny sweeties, here’s the lemon meringue lamb…

My Facebook group really helped me with this concept, are you in Darcey’s pack? Join here…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/darceyscrochetpack/

I think that’s enough for today – oh I forgot I shall be taking part in the Folksy spring Fair – I’ll pop the links and the discount code on soon!

Kisses

Karen

The One Where I Actually Did The Things

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….

I call her Emmy after my husbands german aunt.
It was a challenging piece to make but I’m super happy with it!

Then I managed to get one piece of Easter stock made and into my Etsy shop🎉 this is a Beau the bunny…

I can’t tell you how soft this yarn is!

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….

This is Teraji – a name that means hope or faith, we could all do with a bit of that!

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!

Kisses

Karen

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like ……you know the rest!

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,

Who remembers these as a kid? Gateway alcohol lol

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 Manchester United and a Trans Pride monster

A very special make for a little one heading into surgery this week…

This crazy wig was requested by his mum as he is not so good visually and needs a sensory experience

And of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a slice of cheese!

Made for customer who has a cheese obsessed friend

And so many more, including a festive sloth..

I found the cheeky thing swinging around my easel

But perhaps one of the most important things I made was this unicorn …

Gaia the ethicorn!

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!

This is where Darcey finds out that being kind is the best thing we can be

If you would like a free copy simply click the link and fill in the form

https://linktr.ee/whiledarceysleeps

Finally, I want to thank all my customers and everyone that interacts with my social media and reads this blog!

I’ll be back on Christmas Eve with some pics and on the first of January with plans for the New Year!

Look after yourselves

Kisses

Karen

Ps there is an awesome sale in my Etsy shop, 20% off cuties like this one.

Www.Etsy.com/uk/

Links:

https://www.gemmajamescoaching.com/ for the most practical advice you can get around manifestation

https://theloabox.com/ for their fantastic boxes filled with all your law of attraction needs

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!

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

Testing and Etsying!

Good morning my little cupcakes! I was no sooner back than I forgot to write a blog last week!! anyway lets take a lightning tour through what’s been happening!

I designed my first boy doll….

The customer had just had a new nephew and after I made these for her ……

She asked me to design a little boy! I think he turned out really well!

One of my best customers and now a dear friend commisioned these two….

A keyworker bear named George to help her grand babies understand the whole mask thing- purchases of this bear donates £2 to Mind.

And a T Rex called TJ who was for her son who has autism and is a gaming fan, this toy donates to a local autism charity.

The commissions didn’t end there! this giraffe girl and her little giraffe is going to a precious little one that turns three soon….

I think there will be lots of this onesie wearing dolls, so keep your eyes peeled.

Lets get the champagne out as I had an Etsy sale, I had just two things listed, and this one is now on they way to USA!

I will try really hard to get some stock in there soon!

I have also sent out a test kit … to my lovely mum and look what she did!

Although she is an experienced crocheter, she had a complete mental block around going around in the amigurumi style! I think she has done amazingly well. the next stage is to send both kits to another tester and the beginners kits to 2 complete beginners.

Finally, husband has had time off and has done an amazing job with the garden, “assisted” by these jokers…

Don”t they look serious?

Check back next week to see what we have been up to!

kisses

Karen

Oh Baby! We Have Been Busy!

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….

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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…..

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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!

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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 …

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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!

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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….

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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 ……

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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!

Kisses

Karen xxx

 

 

The One In Which It Was Really Cold!

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…..

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Fortunately snow doesn’t stop work as I only have to commute to my armchair 🙂 I painted this commission ……….

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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…..

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These two thought it was a bit too cold to hop to their new homes!

I have lots to make for this great event………

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But I am not helping myself by being distracted by things like this……..

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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…..

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But one of my amazing customers snapped it up! along with this mermaid…..

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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

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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!

kisses

Karen xxx

 

If You Can Dream It Blah, Blah, Blah

Good Morning kitty cats! I’m sure if you have ever been on any social media, you will have seen many inspirational quotes about making your dreams a reality. You know the sort of stuff “dream it, do it” “dream big” etc, etc. But how to turn those wishes in reality? The book “The Secret” was a big proponent of putting out positive thoughts to the universe and then the universe would send it back to you, hmmm, I’m not entirely sure. 

I am persuaded by the concept of the wish board, where you pin pictures, quotes or anything that relates to your wishes, I think by doing so you make those wishes more real and then you inevitably take steps to achieve them ( no magic required). Here’s mine…….


So let’s start at the bottom with the rainbow semi circle and go roughly anti clockwise! ….

Wish 1: meditate more, this is a screen shot from the Buddhify app and I need to get back in the habit! It helps me focus and therefore achieve more.

Wish 2: Marks and Spencer’s Hollywood Deco china, just because! It’s the colour of a Laduree shop and therefore belongs in my macaron themed kitchen!

Wish 3: jazzy ankle boots! Now this wish means I will have to lose weight and get on medication that works for my arthritis, so it’s really 3 wishes in one!

Wish 4: Barre fit class, I’m desperate to do one, and again meds will have to change, but who knows if they work I will be buying that tutu.

Wish 5: Gemporia’s bridge rings ( tiny picture) they are a bargain and I would like lots!

Wish 6: Mollie Makes but specifically the cover kit, it is my dream to be the designer of one of those and as soon as I have a suitable design I will be submitting it.

Wish 7: multiple piercing, I want a pretty, teeny extra piercing in my ear.

Wish 8: an old fashioned, velvet button back sofa, this one is from good old Marks and Sparks!

Wish 9: “Meet Etsys Brightest Stars” self explanatory really, I want to be one!

Wish 10: Helen Mirren! No I don’t want to be her, but I would like to grow old in a glamorous way, however more importantly I want to grow old, if you have had cancer you lose your faith in immortality, so I need to get that faith back by taking the very best care of myself.

Writing this post has really focuses my mind and made me realise how much of what I want hinges on me taking care of myself! To that end I undertake to check in on this boards progress in the blog post on 31.12 who knows how far I will get?

Have you got a wish list? I’d love to hear it!

Kisses 

Karen

Xxx

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 ……

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

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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

 

 

It’s A ‘Poo Takeover

Morning human peeps! our mummy isn’t feeling so great so she has said that we can have her blog today!! Im sure that you know me, I’m Darcey, thats right the famous Darcey that the blog is named after but you might not know this scooby dufus…….

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This is Milo my brother from another mother, he’s a toy poodle which is a good name for him as he like a toy!!

Anyway we thought we would give you a quick insight into what we get up to during the day………

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We love walks!! can you see me licking my face? its ‘cos daddy had to take this photo and he had to bribe me!! And Milo is doing what he does a lot of, staring into rivers, puddles and mirrors and looking at the poodles that live there! I told you he is a moron!

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You can’t tell but in this picture but we are waiting for our friends Kira and Talulah to arrive, we love meeting up with our mates!

I promised mummy that I would show you what she’s doing when she’s not moaning about her arfuritis, so here is what she’s doing……

The baby socks are for two new babies, mummy says she needs to get cracking, I’m not sure you want socks that crack!

The two little pictures are of Mollie Makes, the free gift and the bunny bunting that mummy says she might put in the Etsy shop, i don’t know who Mollie she does way more craft than mummy!

The big picture is a real funny one! mummy ordered a kit from Germany to make that stripes hat, she says that her German isn’t quite as good as she thinks, I’m not sure what a German is but it sound like she really needs one!

She also says that she is making slow progress on this picture…..

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Its my cat sister Millie, I’m afraid that she has gone to heaven so it will be nice to have this on the wall so I can explain cats to Milo.

Oh well i’d better go, the stupid puppy has gone to sleep! look at him the big softie, mummy says that I am tomboy and Milo is a big girl, but I have checked and he is definitely a boy!

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Have a lovely week peeps, mummy will be back next week (if we let her!)

Hugs and licks

Darcey and Milo