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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

What is the worth of my work...

At the moment I'm in the process of figuring out a wholesale price for some of my stuff which I might be selling to an online shop. It's great, but it's also hard.

Very, very hard!

The price has to reflect the amount of time gone into making it, the materials, and, at least I think so, my idea, the brain work involved in the conception of the design/idea.

And I may also be responsible for photos of the item, and that takes time as well. Especially when you want it done well. I'm not happy presenting my creations just any old way. They are a reflection of me after all, right?

How do you put a price on the time that takes? You could say that it is completely free; I'm using the digital camera I already have, I don't have to hire someone to do it, there's no development of film involved. But it takes time to do some kind of set up, taking the pictures, maybe processing them on the computer. Time I could spend making new stuff!

So how do I make that a part of the price? If you have a shop, you have to pay for electricity, heating, advertising, not just your inventory, you don't expect your wholesalers to pay for your advertising, do you?

Am I wrong in assuming that my price should include a "photographer's fee"? In all likelihood, this 'venture' will be done by drop-shipping, so I will be doing most of the work: making things, taking pictures, shipping. The only things I won't be doing is putting stuff on the website in question. I don't want to sound too demanding, it's just what seems fair to me...

If anyone has any advice, please let me know (either in the comments or via email)! I'll be ever so grateful!

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Old paintings

I had a bit of tidy up of my things in my parents' loft and something I was looking through were some old paintings I've done years ago.

One of them is this old Berber (or maybe Tuareg...I can't remember) woman which I painted from a book. I think it's probably one of my best paintings ever. When it comes to portraits anyway. The face is so detailed, nice contrasts between light and dark areas. And I like the hood because it's so loose...

Unfortunately, the support has become damaged, and can't be saved, so the painting has to go the way of the bin. Along with some other, more or less finished, paintings.

It's funny to look at those paintings, how different they are! And it's kind of sad to have to throw them away. But I think my dad might just find a spot for a couple of them in their garage, like he's done with some other old paintings.

The rest of the old paintings are in this set on Flickr. Look for the ones called "Old painting - ".

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Flickr favourites roundup week two

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

TAST week 4

Guess what! The carry-on bag that my embroidery hoop + needle were in, got searched at the airport! But they didn't take the needle! I guess an embroidery needle isn't an illegal pointy object!

I didn't do any embroidery on the flight, though. But this afternoon I finished this thing for TAST.

I'd never used this particular stitch before (cretan or Open Cretan), but it's fast becoming a favourite of mine. I think it's really pretty.

And I'm so happy with how this little thing has turned out. The stitches looked kind of like coral to me, so I decided to use orange-y and blue colours. A wee embroidered coral reef...

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Denmark here we come!

We're leaving later this afternoon, and returning on Tuesday.

I've brought a few embroidery and drawing supplies. You know, in case I get some time to do a bit of crafting.

I actually have an embroidery hoop with ready strands of thread in my hand luggage + a needle. Fingers crossed that it goes through security without problems! ;-)

Maybe there'll be posts while we're away, maybe there won't. A plus!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Birthday bag


Bag with matching card
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This is a bag I've made for one of my friends in Denmark. It's her birthday tomorrow and we're seeing her on Friday. And I sincerely hope she's not reading this, cause if she is, I've blown the surprise!

I made the bag using the Süße Sac tutorial. It is pretty straight forward, but nevertheless I think I had to rip the seems three times! So much for my mad sewing skillzz!

The fabric on the outside (and the lining as well) is from IKEA. I've used the same fabric on the patchwork-y part. Actually when I had picked the different fabrics for the patchwork, I wasn't too sure how it would all turn out, but I think the colours do look pretty cute together.

And there's a matching card, just because I thought it'd be fun and I could use some of the scraps. I hate wasting fabric, and it almost doesn't matter how small a scrap it is!

I hope my friend likes it!

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Magazines I like

It occurred to me that it might be interesting to think about what magazines I like and why. Not sure if I've clarified (to myself or others) why I like them, but there you go. These are some of the magazines I like. In no particular order.

Artists & Illustrators. (UK) I draw and paint so I like to look at stuff other people paint and draw. But because this is also about illustrators, there's also stuff in it that's not "fine" art. And I like that. Especially because I don't really think there should be a divide between what is "fine" and what isn't.

Juxtapoz. (US) I just really dig this magazine. The art is so different and interesting. It inspires me to no end. Although a lot of it is 'dark' and I don't make dark stuff, I think it's really refreshing. Maybe as an antidote to all the cute and colourful..!


Living Design. (DK) This is a Danish magazine which kinda reminds me of Wallpaper*. It used to be called LD+, but I guess that was too odd.

Embroidery. (UK) From Embroiderers' Guild. I only just discovered this magazine and from what I've seen by just flicking through it this afternoon (I'm saving it for the plane tomorrow!) it looks pretty damn good. Very inspiring. I think the kinds of magazines I'm most attracted to are the ones that inspire me to make something, but don't necessarily tell me what or how.

Modart. (EU) It's art, especially graffiti and street art related. I don't do graffiti, but I find the esthetic really inspiring.

Selvedge. (UK) This issue was the very first one I ever saw. Last February (or January) I went to Denmark and a lady on the plane was reading it. It looked interesting, but I couldn't quite gather what it was about. Now I know, and I totally love it. It has lovely photos and very insightful articles. Just a shame that it's so expensive! But I guess quality comes at a price, eh?

Cloth Paper Scissors. (US) Although I'm not really into the sort of things they do in this magazine, I find it very inspiring. I love the density of some of the artwork they feature. Layers and depth me like-y.

Art Actuel. (FR) A lovely French art magazine. I have this very issue, but it's almost 6 years old. I think I need to go to France soon!

Adorn. (US) Lots of colour in this magazine. And I like colour. The more the better. Although sometimes less is more too.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Bargains and not much else to say...

I found this pretty paper bag (one of those you get postcards in sometimes).

We went to T.K Maxx and I found these place mats in a bargain corner, reduced to £0.70. Oddly enough, there were two other pairs (one of them in a gorgeous blue colourway) which were reduced to £3. Yeah, that doesn't make any sense, so I only got these ones.

I got this book on sale at Borders. This is the back of it, which I think is prettier than the front. The book is White Hot by Tricia Guild. Below are some pretty pages from this lovely book.





Some pretty tissue paper which was half price at Paperchase. Picture doesn't do justice to the prettiness.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Procrastinatrix

I often think that I could do a lot more stuff, but I don't.

Because: I spend ages and ages reading stuff or looking at stuff on this here internet-type thing. Especially reading blogs on Bloglines is so addictive, and convenient. All my favourite blogs (you guys rock!) in one place.

"Just another five minutes. I'm just gonna read another couple of blogs. I'm gonna read this blog and then I'm switching off."

Yeah right, and in the meantime the laundry piles up, the mess gets worse (how can this be if I'm not doing anything?!) and my crafty projects are neglected...

And this post isn't helping! Right! I'm switching off now! And you should too if you're even remotely like me.

Switch off.

Now.

Oh who am I kidding. I'm just going to read another couple of blogs, eh?

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

A wee brooch


Embroidered brooch
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I made this for a friend of mine. Not sure if she actually reads this blog, so I'll say nothing else about her, cause the brooch is a surprise. ;-)

Inspired by that Japanese book, Freehand Embroidery and very sweet and pink if you ask me! The lighting of the picture isn't too great btw, it's not quite as orange in 'person'.

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Flickr favourites roundup week one

I 'favourite' a lot of photos on Flickr, and then I forget about them!! Well, to 'celebrate' these each week I'm going to make a mosaic (using the Mosaic Maker) of my most recent favourites. Maybe I'll see some patterns in the things I like that way..? Looks like there's an awful lot of blues this week...

1. Studio* Kookii:Kooky, 2. Studio* Kookii:Kooky, 3. Christmas Quilt, 4. Log Cabin Cushion, 5. Leaf Garland, 6. pom-poms galore, 7. vdayGarland, 8. Medusa nematocysta, 9. Petunia: A Snowlady, 10. 010907: Color Pencils, 11. Vintage Silk Braid from Bombay, 12. Giraffe 1, 13. TAST week 2 "Japanese", 14. Head in the Clouds, 15. tree wallhanging, 16. Machine Made Patchworks, 17. Machine Made Patchworks, 18. Machine Made Patchworks, 19. happy 2007, 20. fish fish, 21. wip02, 22. wip01, 23. Whoops! I botched my Whip-lash entry!, 24. Pytaia - Mercado Municipal S.Paulo, 25. DSC00999.JPG, 26. moleskine0001_061111.jpg, 27. squirrel and trees embroidery, 28. Japanese Embroidery Book, 29. Japanese Embroidery Book, 30. Rachael's Book, 31. ISBN4--529-04238-3, 32. onion bag, 33. embroidery book, 34. ISBN4-09-310377-1, 35. Cable Latch, 36. Hearts

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TAST week 3

Different sizes, and different types of thread, but it's all detached chain stitch. Or daisy stitch. Or whatever you call it. ;-) On felt. I love embroidering on felt...

And that's about it.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Yikes! I think I'm in love

Look at those skirts. I mean, just LOOK at them!! They are frigging GORGEOUS!! I think my favourite is the green one. No. The coral one. Or the blue one. Or...

Yep, I'm in love with the Tree Top skirts from Made With Love by Hannah.

I wonder if I can persuade T that I NEED one of these skirts...

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Friday, January 19, 2007

What am I thinking, giving these away?!


Embroidered bracelets
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Hey-ho. Looky, looky at these bracelets I've been working on for a Swap-bot swap. They are of course inspired by this lovely, lovely book. And I feel slightly mad for actually giving them away, just like that. But I guess I can always make other ones. Goodkarma and all that... ;-)

I sometimes make stuff that I am so happy with that I can barely believe that I actually made it. Like these bracelets. I have a warm fuzzy feeling inside when I look at them.

I also have a real difficult time saying "I made this and it totally rrrrrocks!". Anyone else have that problem? I sometimes almost feel like pretending I didn't make it. Is it some kind of embarrassment over getting praise or maybe a feeling that, by making things and (hopefully!) making them well, you're kind of showing off?

I don't know. And that's actually not what this post was going to be about, but now I've confused myself... Huh...

Ah yes. I really like how the top bracelet has turned out. And I wasn't sure that I would because I've used some colours for it that I rarely use,let alone in combination. Brown and a sort of mustard-y yellow.

I don't know why, but I rarely ever use yellow. It's weird, cause it's a nice, happy colour, but I just don't go for it. I guess it's good to get out of your my comfort zone from time to time.

And speaking of warming to certain colours/colourways. The photo below shows the backs of the bracelets and the fabric on the yellow-brown's back comes from a thrifted pillow case which I picked up for no particular reason, cause the colours aren't ones I normally zone in on: white,grey, yellow and a sort of rusty colour.

But I'm glad I did, it was perfect for this bracelet! And I've had it lying on the table for a couple of days now and the more I look at it, the better I like it. Isn't that funny?!

Are there colours you rarely use? Why? Have you started using them more anyway? How? Why? ;-)
Embroidered bracelets: and backs

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Soft and woolly


My new cardigan
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T's parents gave me a top for Christmas, but it wasn't completely my kind of thing, so they took it back and gave the money so I could buy something myself.

And I'd been looking loads of places, also in Monsoon which is one of my favourite shops. It's usually too expensive for me, but now with the January sales, it's within reach. ;-)

The first time we went to have a look, I didn't find anything I really liked, but on Saturday I insisted we go there again and lo! I found this baby! Oh, it's so so soft: mostly angora and wool.

And I so love the details on the sleeves and that it has the purl (I think that's what it's called) of the knitting that is showing. It makes it look delicate and different.

I swear, I almost squealed with delight when I saw it! ;-)

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Redwork - another swap!

I've gone and signed up for another swap. And I'm really excited about it! Cause it's an embroidery swap, redwork to be precise.

What is redwork, you ask? Well, it's basically embroidery done with a single colour (that's right: red!) and traditionally backstitch, stem stitch and outline stitch were used. Read more about redwork here if you like.

Sign up for this swap closes on Monday so get yourself over and sign up. Just click on the badge below.

redwork swap badge

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

More softies


I *heart* orange
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I'm taking a wee break from posting stuff on Etsy. I've been meaning to put stuff on there for ages! Now I'm working less, I finally have the time to do it. But boy, does it take ages! Or maybe it's just because I'm slow?

There's still loads I need to put in the shop, but you can go have a look now already: my Etsy shop. And pass on the link to anyone who might be interested! ;-)

This little one will be in the shop too. Although I almost can't part with her, she's so darn cute! I mean, just look at that hair! And I totally love the colours. Who would have thought that a dish towel could become something so adorable?! Love. That. Hair.

I made another one of those softies (I really! need to think of a name for them!) for a swap I'm participating in over on Swap-bot. It had to be made from something recycled, so I made it from one of my mum's old skirts. I think it turned out pretty darn cute too. I just hope the recipient likes it!
I *heart* pink

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Sublime Stitching

I got this book for Christmas (I asked for it) and was really excited: an embroidery book by Jenny Hart who makes cool stuff like this and this!

I guess I should have explored the Sublime Stitching website before asking for the book, cause I was expecting something else than what the book actually was. The website claims that "there are no geese in bonnets". And it's true, there isn't a goose or a bonnet in sight. But there sure is enough of cute (the bad cute, in my very humble opinion) things in the book: Kittens! Sundaes! Dogs! Drinks!

I SO wasn't expecting that after looking at the Jenny Hart website. I was expecting a book that would inspire me, you know, lots of pictures of interesting things to embroider. Not a book virtually lacking in photos, with most of the pages being transfers and the rest being an embroidery primer.

Hopefully, Jenny Hart does another book sometime, one that is more like her own work and less like this book. But perhaps I'm not the "target" for this book. I know how to embroider and I don't need transfers or anybody else's ideas for what to make...

Anyway, I'm swapping the book for the Happy Hooker - maybe I'll finally learn to crochet! ;-)

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Winter Wonderland


Winter Wonderland
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I missed the last Pincushion Challenge because I didn't sign up for the swap involved in time, but this time I'm doing it, yay!

When I saw the theme for this one, Winter Wonderland, I had only two thoughts in my head: snow globes and Elvis' singing Winter Wonderland.

And since I couldn't figure out how to make a pincushion in the shape of Elvis singing that song, I went for the snow globe in stead. I had big plans for what I was going to embroider on it, but I decided to keep it simple.

When I was embroidering the house I wasn't sure if I'd be happy with the outcome, but I think it turned out rather cute! I think the thing I like the best is the snow at the top. It's just so nice to run your fingers over them...

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

TAST week two


TAST week two: buttonhole stitch
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Like I haven't got enough things I want to do, I stumbled upon something called theTake A Stitch Tuesday challenge. It's basically taking one embroidery stitch every week and experimenting with it.

This is perfect for me, because one of my resolutions this year is to get to know a lot more about embroidery; the history, embroidery in different countries etc. So having a bit of fun with it like this is just great!

I missed the first week (I guess I could always go back and do it anyway), so I'm starting with week two: the buttonhole stitch. I haven't had time to really experiment with it, like using different threads, so changing the size and doing the stitches on top of each other will have to do!

Apart from the blurry picture, I'm quite happy with it. I like how it kinda looks like a weird landscape of sorts. But what I really like, and what is one of the things I love about embroidery, is how it feels to run my fingers over the layered stitches. Very tactile.

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Baby gifts


We went to see baby Amelia today, and she was quite adorable. And you know this must be true, coming from me, cause I ain't one to swoon over babies normally! ;-)

As you can see, I made another softie, which I also quite like, so I don't feel bad for not giving them the one I had originally intended. I actually think the face is cuter on this one; look at the little freckles on the cheeks!


The two onesies (I believe this is what they are called..?) are store-bought, but I stencilled the text on them using freezer paper - this is an absolutely fabulous invention!

And I think they liked all of it. Which makes me very happy. To be honest, I wasn't sure if they'd appreciate home made stuff...

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Friday, January 12, 2007

A new softie and she's (mostly) pink!


I've actually been making some new stuff this week. One of them is this softie, which I was going to give to T's little new niece (she's 3 days old and is called Amelia), but since I'm quite in love with it, I don't think I will. Also because I'm not completely sure that the parents will appreciate my home made softies the way they should be appreciated (and loved!). So I think I'm keeping this one and then I'll make another one...


I'm not sure how I got the idea to make the softie from patchwork, but I did and I like the way it turned out. Of course I had to take a picture of the patchwork piece before I cut it. Cause the colours are just so darn appealing to me. pink with some other colours. I love it. It's like looking at candy, only it's fabric! Yum!

I've been thinking that I might make a tutorial for this softie. Not that it's particularly difficult to suss out how it's made... ;-) Below are a couple of extra pictures of it.


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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Another happy, beautiful book

Yes, another book! But it's because I'm not completely ready to show the projects I'm working on at the moment. I got this book along with the other Japanese one, and this one is also in Japanese. So not much luck in the reading department - but I got it for the pictures anyway. ;-)

It is full of pictures of ceramics from Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. Don't ask me what the name of the book actually is (other than possibly Sugar Bowl, Creamer & Tea Pot, etc...), but here's the ISBN 4-86021-264-9.

Isn't this design wonderful? So simple and happy. But I'm a sucker for the pink-green combination, and throw in some flowers and I'm happy as can be!

It is funny to see all these cups and saucers etc, cause they are so very familiar to me. Even the ones I've not seen before. They remind me of things in my parents' and (mostly) my grandparents' homes. For example, the cup in the picture above, I'm pretty sure my (paternal) grandparents had. I'll have to take the book to Denmark next time and ask my parents...

I love the colours in the jam pots (I think they are) on the left in the picture above. I'm more of the bold colours kinda gal than the earth tones. Although they can be lovely too.
And aren't these fantastic?? I want them - I wonder if they're made in pink? Although I could happily settle with the green ones.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

House Proud

I saw this book at the local W H Smith: House Proud: Hip Craft for the Modern Homemaker. If it's on sale sometime, I might get it. Although there were some cool and fun projects in it, it doesn't justify buying it at this moment in time. But maybe one day...

Or maybe the library has it... there's a thought. ;-)

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Freehand Embroidery


Oh my word! I am so so in love with this book (ISBN4-579-11012-9)! It is just perfect: the layout and the projects in it. I've been wanting to get some Japanese craft books to see what all the buzz was about (it seems like every single craft blogger out there is enamoured with these!), and I finally had the excuse to get one (Christmas present from my parents). And my hopes (expectations) have certainly not been let down one bit. And to think I had second thoughts about it and almost cancelled the order!


Just look at that bag, aren't the decorations lovely?? You may have to click on the image to see them better...


This book is so inspiring, and it has already had an impact on my way of embroidering. It has made me realise that you can do lines, almost like you would when you draw, but you don't have to necessarily stitch it all. What a time saver!


I've already started on some little projects (pics of those next week) which are heavily inspired by this book, but the decorations on this top is definitely something I want to try. I have an old cardigan which could definitely do with some embroidery to give it new life.



This picture is just to show one of the diagram pages at the back of the book. I think they are pretty in themselves. Even if I don't understand a single word of the instructions. I wonder if I'm too old to learn Japanese...?

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

New fabric


Don't you just love IKEA? The fabrics in this post are all from IKEA, they have so many lovely designs at the moment. I want most of it! ;-)


This actually isn't a fabric they have there, it was in a scrap bin, it's a huge piece (I think it might have been a curtain or something) and I got it for £5! I said to T: I HAVE to have this! He didn't complain at all! I think it's because he likes purple (which I didn't know till recently..) so he could see some sense in it coming home with us!

I might use it to make some cushions covers for the living room. It feels like we need a bit of change in there... But it could also just as easily become a bag, as it is quite thick.


I can't wait to do some sewing again. The last couple of months it has mainly been little things, because I couldn't be bothered after being at work. But now I'll be working a lot less, so I'll have lots of time to do all the fun stuff again! ;-)

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Hockney drawings


In the spirit of the previous post, here is some more drawing goodness.

I've had a thing for David Hockney's stuff for ages (seeing an exhibition with it at Danish art museum Louisiana a few years ago was amazing!), and I'm excited to have found a link to some of his drawings.

The above picture is from the 70's. Isn't it just amazing?! Drawing, or painting water, for that matter, is something that still seems like a mystery to me.

There are drawings from the 50's to the 00's. I love seeing how they change and somehow stay the same....

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Turner in sketches!


Way back in October I mentioned seeing some of JMW Turner's sketchbooks at Tate Britain, and I was moaning a bit about not being able to find any books with more of them (I couldn't really find any pictures of them online either. Well! By chance I stumbled upon a link to loads and loads and loads of his sketchbooks. On the Tate's website! (why I didn't think to look there, really is beyond me!).


The pictures in this post are all taken from the sketchbook called from Copenhagen to Dresden Sketchbook [Finberg CCCVII], of special interest to me for obvious reasons! ;-)


I don't know how to explain how... moving I find it to look something like this. In many cases I much prefer the sketches than the finished work (whatever form or medium it takes). There's just something fresh and immediate about sketches that are rarely found in a "finished" work. Maybe because sketches are less "serious", and you just do it. It's more physical, from the heart, than a finished piece perhaps...


They really should make a book with some of those sketches; I'd definitely buy it, and I'm sure others would too!

Go have a look at the sketchbooks, but be warned: there are lots and lots - from the 1780's through the 1840's!!

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy Noooooooooo Year!


Felt owl brooches
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Here's to a fantastic 2007 with lots of craft and creativity!

I have lots of things I want to make -although I haven't got any plans as such yet...- painting, drawing, sewing, embroidery... and who knows, maybe this is the year I finally learn to crochet!

And I'm definitely going to make more brooches, like these owls I made as a Christmas present for my sister. She loves birds and owls and stuff, and her favourite colours are red and brown - I hope she'll be using them!

Happy New Year to everyone reading this; I hope you have the things you want, meet the people you want to meet and learn new things!

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