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Joining forces

So a while ago I was all “dolls dolls dolls!”

I have a huge love for dolls they are the owners personality in a beautifully constructed miniature and I think they are just beautiful.

unfortunately my imagination just could get enough speed to finish them or make their stories.

but now I gave joined forces with an illustrator!!

he can actually take my dolls and make their back story come alive.

not only that but he has some great ideas for characters which I can bring off the page and give personalities!!

the possibilities are endless!! And the friends we can make are just right.

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Dolls

I love dolls, there I’ve said it.

I love their little personalities and the way we give them whole identities.

we tell them our troubles, they soak up a tear or two, the act out our dreams and they become best friends.

through my degree I made these beautiful things and since then I have tried to re create what I made then, with a bit of difficulty.

I’m not sure if I’m finding it hard because I don’t have good ideas or because I have too many.

I’m defiantly not giving up!! I want to create dolls to fit in your hand, to make you feel confident, to make little girls feel like they have a friend.

and to develop this idea I’ve created a Pinterest board (what else) for doll ideas and I have the whole weekend to work on a little friend.

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5 things ive thunk

Ok so think isent a real word but its a very nice one!!

And we begin

5 new work nerves, you know when you think your work is good…. Like Steve jobs good and you don’t know if you want to show anyone incase the pinch it and become billionaires on your idea!! Yeah that’s!! I love my sketches but I’m still protective parent over them.

4.i have too much wool, there I said it, I have a problem.

and unfortunately I want more but have told myself I cant until my current lot is gone. so grannie squares galore and blankets around the house I am crocheting my heart out, there may even be a present or two in the making. SavedPicture-201492312333.jpg

3. last years resolution I really thought about, I wanted to learn to crochet. and I did I made a Pinterest board and bought a book and I am not a happy hooker!! well we can work on the name. so this year what I promise to learn is just as important as I want to develop my skills and learn something new, knickers making was an option but finally its down to embroidery or printing? what do you think?

2. my sketch books are getting full I’ve even started a new one and I cant wait to get on with making some of my ideas, unfortunately life seems to get you down sometimes and I’m feeling a serious creative block at the moment.

another great way to start the year I feel!!!

and 1. IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!!! if you haven’t met me before I am the more excitable person about Christmas you will ever meet I love it!!! SavedPicture-201412212228.jpg

I love my family time and my tree, I love that I have a new part to my family this year and I love giving presents that I know my family will like, even if its a very expensive time of year the feeling of Christmas is priceless.

so merry Christmas and I hope to see you all soon

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5 things I’ve thought

So here we go again, its been a few weeks but I’ve been thinking lots and thankfully designing!!! Which felt very good

So….

5. My business, its even closer than its ever been, and with good news that’s due to come Friday (sorry but that’s all im alowed to say) my little dream may become a big dream.

And its been a long time coming almost worried it won’t happen.

Elsie’s is the name I think although that may change.

And Cardiff is the goal. Can’t wait!!

4. Christmas!!!!

I’m so excited my presents are almost done, my wrapping is taking some serious thought and my tree is being nagged for, he he he he.

3. Last week I started sewing again, its a really nice feeling, sitting at a table like uni and working at something. I need to think out some more patterns and characters coz once im done with Brenda bunnie I want to make more!!!

2. Hankies, I found a load of beautiful hand sewn hankies in a charity shop by my house 2 days ago and the stitch pattern is extremely kitsch but I have big plans for them!!!

1. Don’t we all want a collection? I used to collect stamps and still have a soft spot for them, but now I want to collect something I enjoy.

I had a think about the traditional choices and found them all a tad expensive and a bit boring.

Then I read about the button tin a beautiful little store/cafe on a pier and its owner who collects ( you’ve guessed it) BUTTONS!!!!

Its such a simple idea and so obvious, and the best part i already have an amazing amount!!!

So im collecting buttons and possibly hankies it only seems right, stay tuned to see what I do with them!!!

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The Lost Journal

I have a problem….. Notebooks.

I love then i cant get enough of them i buy a new one and never finish the old one, or i get anoyed when the ideas in one don’t work and i put it away.

I don’t just mean a few notepads… Oh no i means 40 or 50 dotted around the place.

Plain paper, lined paper, sketch ones and writing ones, watercolour, prints, some are cut out some are just covers with scraps of paper i even went though a phase of using old reading books as sketchbooks (which is a really liberating experience trust me!)

So this week i decoded to look through one or two and found last years ideas book.

Its amazing how only last January i was making and creating i was really flowing with ideas.

Life cab really knock the stuffing out of you and the consequences was this book full of ideas shoved in a cupboard to gather dust.

With mainly doll patterns and little musings in it i decided it was time to let it out into the world again.

So i made one of the dolls, a cute little rabbit and im gonna make more and more and when ive made them all……. Ill open another journal!!