Spring has Sprung!

Hey kittens! Is it just me or is this year flying past! This is what happened in February!

I made 15 little starfish for my lovely friends at Epic Bizzi Box!

They really looked like a box of sunshine when they were packed!

After watching The Great Pottery Throwdown, and listening to Christine explain that she had difficulty finding brown skinned fairy dolls, I decided to make one of the unicorn dolls with a beautiful darker skin tone – here’s a work in progress pic…..

This beauty will be finished soon!

I also got to make a sleepy tiger for Leona Burton of Mums In Business International – if you are a mum or a woman in business, check them out, it’s an amazing, supportive organisation! https://mib.international/

Obviously the tiger had to be in MIBint colours …

This is Toko – it means hope

New commissions have also been flying in and I’m super excited to make a dachshund puppy ….

This is Emmy – named after my husbands aunt ❤️

In other news we had a storm, this tree in the wood near us, managed to crumple the steel fence separating the wood from the railway….

And while we are on the subject of the wood…..

The bluebells are here!!!! I can’t wait for their perfume

And finally, I can’t write without mentioning the situation in Ukraine, I hope that the conflict can be resolved without further loss and as I type there are negotiations happening.

It was appropriate that these came out over the weekend, flying the blue and yellow for Ukraine…

Look after yourselves and if you are in a position to donate, please try and support the various charities in the area.

Kisses

Karen xx

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

Welcome To The Unicorn Bakery!

Good evening or good morning to you depending where you are! The Unicorn Bakery is now open! It has been my most thought out project to date and I have had to acquire some new skills too! so without further ado here is Miss Victoria Sponge…..

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Everything about her is made and designed by me and she smells of vanilla buttercream!

She has a dear friend the Baroness Bertha Von Battenberg……

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This fancy lady smells of the marzipan that envelops the cake.

Both unicorns come with their own clay charm……..

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If these sweet unicorns are tickling your sweet tooth head over to http://www.facebook.com/whiledarceysleeps to order one 🙂

I have two more designs that you might be able to find a royal connection to….

20180521_105137Apologies for the terrible sketch but this lemon and elderflower lady will be very pretty and a lot slimmer once I have made her! she will be scented with lemon and elderflowers will finish her wings. Her mane will feature streaks of lemon to suggest a lemon curd filling!

And obviously there had to be a Harry……..

20180521_105208This boy unicorn will be carrot cake themed with a spicy cinnamon scent and I will be trying to incorporate something to suggest his military connections.

I have really enjoyed making the clay charms that come with these unicorns and may do some more of these in the future watch this space!

So, thats the month that was and as a thank you for reading this far here is a special  colouring page just for you! click on the image and open in a new window to print!

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Kisses

Karen

 

Everything Coming up Roses!

Bonjour tout le monde! Now you all know that I am a bag fanatic, I have so many because people are always making lovely new ones! I am equally addicted to shopping bags, I have this Ted Baker one…….

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

I have this tribute bag from the Alexander Mcqueen one from the V & A exhibition ……

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When I saw these bags from italian brand Kartell, I nearly fainted …….

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How gorgeous is that? but the price tag is also a bit swoon making….£254!

So with my thinking cap on I popped to the retro brand Sunjellies and bought this gorgeous number……..

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Just £17! I then sat down with my trusty Sizzix machine and cut some flower shapes……

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

You can also cut these shapes or similar by hand, just google “felt flower pattern”. I wasn’t keen on the black ones so I ended up with these………

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Before I got any further I received my inspiration box from Katie at Felted Fancies supplies, behold its loveliness……..

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Inside there was also some felt flowers and of course much nicer than mine so I glued my pink ones and Katie’s flowers straight onto the bag using my hot glue gun….

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

I also made some Chrysanthemum ones by folding a strip of felt in half, then cutting vertically every half centimetre almost to the bottom, roll up this strip and you have a flower! after much gluing this is the result……..

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Cute enough but it think it needs something else? my super talented daughter suggested more flowers gradually getting less as we move up the bag. I will be thinking about this alongside some new product development next week and i’ll hopefully post the updated picture next week.

In the meantime, here’s your links:

http://www.sunjellies.com

http://www.feltedfanciessupplies.co.uk

http://www.kartell.com

http://www.tedbaker.com

http://www.vam.ac.uk/shop

kisses

Karen

 

You Gotta Respect The Process!

Morning my little cupcakes, you find me in a sunnier mood and ready to share with you the process of designing one of my felt doodads and at the end of the post a giveaway! And a sneak peek!  Yay!

Let’s start with what’s on telly, yes I have to work in the living room and I have to have the telly on to keep my mind from flying away! So for the last few weeks, this has been absorbing my spare brain capacity……


Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are phenomenal as a President and First Lady hell bent on furthering their own careers.

So we start with lots of drawing that eventually turns into a design…….


I decided to start with the Chinese New Year character, 2017 being the year of the rooster.

The design then gets reduced to simplified lines and stuck to card………


The tiger balm is omnipresent at WDS HQ as a nice alternative to more painkillers! Then i cut the pieces and because they are teeny tiny I bung them in a sandwich bag……………


I draw round the pattern pieces using a Pilot Frixxion pen that erases with a blast from your hairdryer…….


Except this is where life in blog land went wrong and I used a biro!

Sewing and embroidering commences, for this little girl I wanted a face that was a bit like a Blythe doll……….


Many apologies for the light quality here, it has been a super grey week in normally sunny Sussex!

Finally, when all is done we have this………….


This little girl is made in the traditional good luck colours of red, gold and pink and could be yours if you pop over to our Facebook and like this picture on our page ! All the lovely likers will be entered into a draw for this lucky rooster to pop on your keyring or hang where you need it most!

Finally, there will be new products coming to While Darcey Sleeps, here is a little teaser picture of some phenomenal supplies courtesy of http://www.sewsweet.co.uk………..


Oooooooh who’s excited?

Have a a super week

Kisses 

Karen xxx

She’s Sew Sweet!

In the last of my reviews of Facebook businesses, this time we are taking a peek at the work of the super talented Emma from Sew Sweet…

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Emma designs her own PDF patterns and sells them via Etsy and Facebook, she also makes various feltie goodies, I love these felt cactii…

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She has a great range of Kits too….

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Emma is always developing new products, like these quotation hoops…..

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and here is her very latest pattern…….

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How cute is that? Emma also made a move into the high street and her products are stocked at Blighty Bazaar, take a look at this lovely shop at http://www.Facebook.com/BlightyBazaar.

You can find Emma”s products at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewsweetuk

http://www.payhip.com/sewsweet

As promised next Saturday we will have a tutorial for a shabby chic curtain.

Kisses

Karen xxx

Never Mind The Election, Girls are still running the world!l

After all that we didn’t get a hung parliament or another coalition, I love politics but I have had enough for the moment and feel the need to get back to talking about what we all love – pretty stuff! As promised this week we are featuring Samantha Goddard and her journey from a Facebook business to the high street.

Sam started out by setting up a business called the Tea Party Company that specialises in the hire of vintage china for everything from small parties to weddings, check out these beauties…

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Sam then ventured into a shared space selling vintage china and other goods, it was at this time that she got interested in up cycling furniture so she decided to leave that space and concentrate on this and the Tea Party Company.

Fate stepped in at this point and the beautiful indoor market Martha and Daisy’s opened locally…

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this set Sam on to a new business idea and Rose and Bea was born. she is now selling new goods and her beautiful up cycled pieces, feast your eyes…

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I would have liked enough room for the blue dresser but had to settle for the lovely Katie and Alice mug. So, that is how Sam achieves the elusive work/life balance and is able to do what she loves as well as raise her family.

Whilst I was at Martha and Daisy’s I had to have a snoop around and it is fantastic! there are all sorts of stalls, selling everything you can imagine all with a vintage/handmade feel, here are some of my favourites…..

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There was also the gloriously bonkers Ice Cream Bike, selling ice cream as it should be, made with cream and milk…

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So if you live anywhere near to Burgess Hill in West Sussex, you need to take a peek.

Following the little technical disaster I had with the blog on Sunday (well done MrsP for spotting it, I owe you one), I have decided to move publication day to Saturday, it seems my Facebook reach and visibility are much better at the weekend. So this Saturday will be the last of my reviews of Facebook businesses, it will feature the super talented Emma from Sew Sweet.

The following Saturday will be a tutorial for a shabby chic curtain, start gathering hankies everyone!

Kisses

Karen xx