What A Year That Was!

It is one year, 2 days since I started this blog and it truly has been the most amazing year!

When I started I was absolutely convinced that the only person who would read it was my mum!  But that very first blog was read by several people and got my first follower (thanks Mrs P!).

It was also the year that I started to paint again, first with these two, painted for my daughters friends mums!…….

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I started work officially in March and offered a painting as a prize in a charity auction, and things took off from there commissions have flowed thick and fast……..

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I have also crafted until my fingers have nearly fallen off, I will have done three craft fairs by the time you read this, here I am at Seddlescombe Vintage Happening……….

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This was the first time I had sold things I had designed myself, like these hearts…….

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So, in a year when my physical health has declined it is the sheer joy of doing what I love most, and getting paid for it, that has held my head together.

December 10th 2012 was my first panic attack and three years later I am self employed artist! from not being able to walk the few feet to the bin to this seems like a miracle, but like all miracles its hard work, support from all sorts of people and the will to get better that finds me here…I couldn’t be more grateful.

Finally, thanks again to all of you that drop by to this little but very precious space,you will never know how much you mean to me.

Extra big kisses

 

Karen

 

 

 

 

WIPs, Muffs and 50 Shades Of …Pretty!

Morning my lovelies! I did a post back in January about the plans I had for makes, so I thought it might be nice to see what happened. Ready? Follow me!

First, the little bears made from the boot fair fur…

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They are called the L’adorable brothers, Vanille and Menthe and if you look really hard Vanille has a little macaron charm that I think I will put on all my bears.

Next a couple of the cards I made from the lovely kit designed by Santoro and available from the Glitter Pot…..

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I think they are so pretty, and great for teen girls as well as grown ups.

I made these little tattoo hearts from a themed box from Felted Fancies Supplies ( they have a shop on Facebook).

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And staying with felt, this little flapper girl is my own design, as is the little brooch.

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Last felt pierces I promise! These eggs are made from a pattern by the hugely talented Sew Sweet, find her range of gorgeous patterns on Facebook and at http://www.sewsweet.co.uk.

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Last week I had the opportunity to knit a piece for Wool and The Gang who are a very trend aware company selling their own brand yarns and patterns. Unfortunately my tension was off so it won’t be going on the website, but I get to keep it! I am just embroidering on the deconstructed leopard print and I will be all set for next winter…

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And finally, I have decided that for next winter I need a muff, No sniggering in the back row please! it seems to me that it will solve the dog walking dilemma of having to remove gloves to pick up poo, dropping glove in said poo.. you get the picture! si I am making one from this book…….

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The talented Stephanie Dosen writes the most magical blog on wordpress called Tiny Owl Knits, here’s the violet covered muff that I will be attempting….

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And of course I will be painting, I have just finished a portrait of my brother’s children which I completely failed to take a picture of!

So, whats going on at your craft table/tray?lap? id love to see what you have going on!

kisses

Karen