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….
Then I managed to get one piece of Easter stock made and into my Etsy shop🎉 this is a Beau the bunny…
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….
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!
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
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Good morning my lovelies! How has 2019 been treating you? I have been super busy with orders which was a nice surprise but I have also been designing and planning out new things to bring you for the whole of the year! lets dive straight in shall we?
I have been designing some flower fairies that I hope will be popular for all sorts of occasions, here are the first two……
This is Amnesia Rose, she is inspired by these gorgeous and quite rare roses…..
She will feature the roses signature colours of pale lilac, coffee and dusty pink, she will have a rose charm and be scented with a traditional tea rose fragrance.
This is Freya Freesia…..
Inspired by the beautifully fragrant flower and this colour palette,…
She will also be scented to match her flower and have a tiny Freesia round her neck.
There will be more of these and I will also be looking at whether these can be CE tested for children under 10.
On to Easter! I shall be bringing back some designs from last year but with some added extras, this girl is coming back….
and there will be a sheep and maybe even a chick version, you can also choose to add a flower fragrance or chocolate or fudge..you get the idea!
There will also be lots of these bunnies….
Again these can be scented or opt for a full CE tested version 🙂
And we have a brand new design………
Meet Alejandro and Angelica Alpaca! they have a jolly saddle bag that will fit two kinder or creme eggs!
And what about the rest of the year?
There will be:
Proper dolls with a ballet theme.
Day of the dead girls
and loads more for Christmas!
Finally we have a reward scheme! this will run all year and I will keep track for you
Newsletter subscribers get postage and packing for a £1!
Your second order from me will be reduced by a £1!
your third order will be reduced by £2
Your 4th order by a whopping £3!
If you haven’t already, read the very first post on here, it detaIls how a very amusing bag helped me find my way out of depression and how unicorns have special meaning for me- so standby because this unicorn just got turbo!
Oh my loves how I have neglected you! I have literally been up to my elf ears in orders! I have also been to my first fair in a while….. lets see what happened!
As you can see the set up of my stall was very different to normal, I had read an article in Mollie Makes magazine, it said that your stall should look like your online images- so I made everything pastel and made some box shelves into little shops! the sign in the middle was a cheap purchase from http://www.Next.co.uk and actually changes colour!
It certainly worked! I sold a lot of unicorns…
These two went along with a couple of different colour ones which I failed to keep pictures of!
I did keep a picture of a Mercorn…
who also found their forever home. I also sold some bows and baubles like these ones .
so all in all a huge success!
Of course there were a million orders too!
There has been a couple of these flying out, one in his traditional Christmas PJs and one in some snappy blue ones……
Fa la La llama has been so popular that I am dreaming up a different kind of llama for you to put your Easter chocolates in!
Of course Christmas orders wouldn’t be complete without this guy…..
We have also sold a lot of these sleepy bunnies……
made from special yarn that is anti microbial, so preventing germs being carried to even the smallest of babies.
There were lots od unicorns including a customer request for a Victoria Sponge unicorn with blue hair! I must confess I wasn’t sure but……
She just might be my favourite!
I also made a bunch of videos for my Facebook advent calendar so pop over to @whiledarceysleeps on Facebook to see what I have been up to!
I would also like to thank my personal cheer squad Michelle, Tracy, Ilisa, Victoria and Lucy, you guys have kept me going through a tricky year health wise .
2018 has been my most successful year yet, but I have lots of plans for 2019 that are going to blow your socks off! and I will most certainly be following this advice from GBBO winner Nadiya Hussein
all that remains is to wish you a Happy Christmas and the most amazing 2019!!
Good Morning! its Me! in the middle of the month! who’s excited? I think you know I am!
Lets start with some good news! I have upgraded the blog so that soon you will be able to order and pay me on here! I will be clumping products into simple categories, for example CE tested (child safe) toys like these ……
Will be one category with a flat rate price of £8 and then I will put them into postage bands – Uk, Europe and the rest of the world. As a guide shipping will be about £5 from anywhere in this lovely world. Thats right we are shipping everywhere!!!
It also allows me to place videos! so expect see more of this….
Now, lets have a look at whats happened in the last couple of weeks! this commission was gifted, so now I can share with you…..
I loved doing this, I have painted for this client before and she always supplies such amazing photos! this is her friends dog sitting in his going out chair!
My competition winners were announced, the over 10 winners mum ordered her a Battenburg unicorn, so with the under 10 and the runner up prizes this made a lovely queue for the post office!
Now, Andreja who won the under 10s prize chose the colours for her blue maned unicorn and that, together with some input from Mr Darcey Sleeps inspired this…
A mercorn! This design is well on its way, so you will have a finished picture soon.
I shall be spending the next couple of weeks on a mountain of gingerbread men, oh, and i’m just going to leave this here……
Confused? all will become clear! lol!
See you in a couple of weeks- with a video!!
UPDATE: I have added a couple of pages, by the time you come back in a couple of weeks they will be up and running!
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Good morning to you and welcome to September! I have spent most of August making Christmas things and purple poodles!
Before we get to the goodies, I wondered if you would like to know a bit more about me? lets start with my qualifications for this business…
None! I have a C grade o level (ask your mum) in art and a few others none of which have anything to do with what I do now!
My business was a reaction to illness making me unable to work in my usual trade – working for the government -and rediscovering art after receiving therapy for what used to be called a nervous breakdown. My darling mum, retaught me to knit and crochet, bought me books and yarn and encouraged me to make.
While we are on the subject of family, I met my husband at work, he wooed me by making fishcakes and bringing them into work with rolls and tartare sauce- it was a no brainer! I moved into his flat that looked out onto the Thames (another no brainer) and very soon we had our daughter – the prettiest, smartest, funniest girl in the world.
We moved out of London when I quit work and now we live in Sussex – its a lovely place for 360 days of the year, the other 5 I have to get back into London, breathe the pollution, shop and eat in places I don’t usually, and return to the ‘burbs refreshed!
Oh and we got these two….
On the right you have Darcey, the girl with only 2 speeds – on or off, when I started this business I could only work while she was asleep- this was another no brainer moment, my business had to be called While Darcey Sleeps! on the left her slightly odd “brother from another mother’ Milo, he is a poodle ….and an evil genius!
Which as they say in the movies brings us to here! I have been working hard on marketing this year and for once started my Christmas makes in August, which is when you have to do it apparently! So, here are some of what you can expect from me, first up Noelle the Christmas fairy…..
This girl can be any colour you want , I just made a traditional one to get us all in the festive spirit! she features a handmade candy cane charm made by me!
What would a Christmas be without a unicorn make from me? heres something a little different, a tree bauble…..
Again you can have this in any colour you like, more festive, more sparkly just let me know!
A Christmas classic is the next make…..
smaller than my usual makes, they are designed to hang on the tree, not scented but could be? and if you fancy a larger one just shout!
Finally not Christmas related but an ideal gift, my first Patisserie Poodle!
This is Violetta the blossom macaron poodle, she is inspired by these kinds of macarons….
I made her blossom macaron charm and she will smell like parma violets- yum!
I will also start shipping to the rest of the world! next blog will have the shipping rates but if you cant wait to place an order drop me a message or email ( all details on the about page).
I will be back mid month to catch you up on whats going on in our little corner of heaven, in the meantime have a lovely couple of weeks!
Good morning to you my lovelies! I am so happy that more people seem to be dropping in to my little corner of heaven! Here is whats been happening at WDS HQ this past – Very hot- July ……
Lets just get the weather out of the way first, its been boiling!! I live in lovely, leafy Sussex in the UK, except now it looks more like the Serengeti! this has however been a bumper year for flowers especially roses, heres my fave…..
This is called buff beauty and is very cafe au lait colour in the flesh. Why is there focus in the corner? because that is what I have been, super focused on getting a couple of things done and perfect.
Firstly, CE testing! I have been talking, faffing, talking some more and generally not getting it done until now!
I have spared you the pictures but all these makes are now CE tested….
I have one more to add to what is now my CE tested range and these will be available in a range of colours. I will soon be posting a colour chart here and on my Facebook page so that you can choose your very own combinations 🙂
The second thing is clay charms, there was such a lovely reaction to the charms that went with The Unicorn Bakery makes that I decided to make some more!
Now, full disclosure, I am a rip open the box, throw the instructions away kinda gal! I have never practiced anything in my life! But this took work, sometimes in 34 degree heat! but eventually we moved from the charm on the right to the charm on the left….
Over the next few weeks I shall be doing more practice and some more designs and putting them onto necklaces and keyrings. Hopefully they will be on sale in late August.
This charm went out yesterday on a collectors edition Unicorn cake unicorn…..
I have also been designing for Christmas but to see those designs you have to subscribe to my newsletter! They will be on my Facebook page at the end of august.
Thanks for popping by I shall have lots more to show you next month, in the meantime its kisses from me and kisses from these ….
Hello Darceyettes! It certainly has been a busy month at WDS HQ! the Unicorn Bakery unicorns were very well received and the two that were all ready made were sold on the night and I got orders for two more – for me with my limited capabilities that constitutes a sell out! you have seen Victoria sponge and Baroness Bertha Von Battenburg but here is Harry……..
As you can see Harry is a carrot cake unicorn, he has sparkly blue eyes and wears the colours of the Blues and Royals on his wings, as this Harry is a military unicorn! He smells beautifully of cinnamon and wears a slice of carrot cake round his neck.
This Harry has gone to live in Scotland and didn’t wait long enough to see his Meghan
( see what I did there ). So here she is ……
Meghan is a lovely sponge cake unicorn with a lemon and elderflower cream mane, have you noticed that she looks a bit different? this is because she is going to be CE tested! this means she will be certified safe for children over 3. I have had to change my design a little bit, like embroidering her signature flowers instead of making them separately. It does however mean that she will be pushed and pulled this week – don’t worry I will spare you the pictures!
I have definitely decided to do some more polymer clay, my Pinterest boards are filled with images like this……..
I hope that gives you an idea where this is headed. Sign up for the newsletter to find out more!
I have also received a commission for a new dog portrait but I am sworn to secrecy for quite a few weeks! so, heres an oldie but goldie to prove that I can paint!
Finally I have booked a fair for November, not a Christmas fair but for our local Bonfire society, we have lots of these in Sussex the most famous being the Lewes celebrations staged by several societies. It is very popular and can get a crowd of 90 000! Here is a typical picture….
That has been my month and I have even more lovely things to do in the weeks ahead, to be honest I have the best job ever!!
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…..
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……
This fancy lady smells of the marzipan that envelops the cake.
I have two more designs that you might be able to find a royal connection to….
Apologies 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……..
This 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!
Good Morning Darceyettes and welcome to May! there has been much activity at WDS HQ and its pretty much all down to this and my lovely daughter! first ……..
This is the Awesome Marketing Planner from the equally awesome Claire at The Girls Mean Business.
It is no exaggeration that this has completely changed my mindset and will change my business overtime . It helps you with every aspect of managing your business and is on offer at a 1/3 of retail price making it just £10.00! If you have a small business I give you permission to click through to here http://www.thegirlsmeanbusiness.com. Not only do you receive the planner there are online tutorials and an amazing wall chart!
Now on to the more sparkly, unicorny news! I have decided on my first make to face the CE test! this unicorn will be tweaked and tested by the middle of the summer………
I have sourced all the relevant material and just need to get my testing gear together!
And while we are on the subject of unicorns, in a quiet moment at our last craft fair, my super clever daughter came up with the idea of themed unicorns aimed at children over 10 and adult collectors.
The theme we have decided to start with is cake! so, I present to you ………..
I have decided on two initial designs………
On the left is Victoria sponge and on the right the gloriously named Baroness Bertha Von Battenburg! Bertha got named by my mate Shell at http://www.facebook.com/ShellsCCC, isn’t it fab!
I have all the supplies arriving for these this week including scents! Each unicorn will also have a slice of cake charm, I tried crocheting one……
But i’m not delighted with the result so I will be making one from polymer clay.
In the future there will be two more British favourites and then European favourites like macarons from the Unicorn Patisserie and American specialities from the Unicorn Bake House!
There is no doubt it has been a super busy month so when we have had a chance me and the CEO Darcey ( and VP Milo) have made the most of this……
the ancient bluebell wood that is a stones throw from WDS HQ, I wish I could give you some idea of the smell!
By next month I hope I will have sorted out a newsletter sign up which will have all the other news that doesn’t make the blog, and special offers.