Monday, 26 October 2009

Wizards, Elves & Robins

Here's a little fellow I created out of Fimo as a bit of fun. He's a Wizard (hopefully that bit is obvious) but I've made him look like my OH who has lovely long dark brown hair, a neat little goatee and specs. I couldn't resist it as my man always says he's magic. He hasn't seen him yet so I'm wondering if he'll see the funny side....... :-)

The model below also made from Fimo, took me a lot longer to do and still needs a lot of work on her yet. I need to make her some arms and legs and will probably make a fabric body over a wire skeleton. To finish I'll probably use some mohair for her hair and make so suitably Elvish garments for her to wear. When she's finished I'll have to think of a name for her or maybe ask my blog readers to name her? Maybe you could start thinking of something suitable and drop me a comment?!!?

Finally, but not least of all, I had my first customer for the bird food I put out a few days ago. I normally start feeding the birds about now as it's started to get a bit chillier and there are less bugs for them to eat.

It always surprises me how long it takes for them to build up the courage to start taking the food. On the menu they've got a choice of various seeds and several fat balls with bits and bobs in.

So there I was absent mindedly staring out of the window when I saw a flash of red and there gripping on to a fat ball was a lovely Robin. He was swinging about and pecking for dear life. Then he was gone again as quickly as he arrived.... although I could still hear him singing somewhere nearby.

In a way I'm glad a Robin was the first to dig in, as I think they are such lovely birds..... or 'tweets' and they are fondly known in our house. I'm sure he'll be back and no doubt he'll have told all of his mates about the new food source. Hopefully I'll get a photo of him and his friends digging in but I've just got to pop my camera on charge.

Anyway that's it for now. Cheerio

Thursday, 22 October 2009

I think my head's going to burst!

Hello Peeps, apologies for not posting for ages and ages. (seems that way even if it was only last week !)

Anyway, I think my head's gonna pop. I don't know why but I've got so many ideas buzzing around my brain that I can't seem to settle on any one thing long enough before my mind wanders and I find myself thinking about something totally unrelated to what I am working on. It's very frustrating, as the new idea then seems to take some of the shine off of what I'm working on at the time........ does anyone else get this?

Sometimes I think it would be nice to just have one area that I really feel is my thing... my specialist subject.... the thing that I put all of my effort and energies and creativity into but no...... I'm just greedy and want to have a go at everything and I want to do it NOW!

Soooo at the moment I have a few half finished projects which will one day, (hopefully soonish) feature here.

So for now here's something else I prepared earlier. It's a painting I did from a flickr photo that I thought was so special that I had to paint it. The picture was taken by Raymond Larose and I imagine that the lovely dog in the photo is his very own Jack Russell Terrier.

Everyone that's seen this painting seems to love it. The way the pup is just looking up just says 'come on then lets go and play!'

Anyway hope you like it. HOPEFULLY I'll be posting again in the next day or two!
Hope you are all fine and dandy!?!


Wednesday, 14 October 2009

More Felting

I'm having a week off from work but not going away anywhere as my man isn't able to get this week off from work, so I've been enjoying the lovely weather and doing a few crafty bits and bobs.

I thought I'd be blogging every day but there seem to be very few moments spare, what with one thing and another. I was hoping to get loads done but I've been suffering from crafter's brain. Too many options and not enough deciding and getting down to doing it!!! Trouble is there is so much to inspire both out and about and on the NET that I get caught up in all of the wonderful ideas and techniques. I don't think I could just stick to one thing, creatively speaking. I'm sure it would drive me potty.

Anyway here are a couple more felting critters that popped out of my head. The handsome redhead is Reynard the Fox and the little cute mouse is Appley Dappley. He's a pressie for my sis who is a little stressed out a the mo. It's a character from one of her favourite childhood books. 'The Black Hunting Whip' (can't remember who wrote it, sorry!) Anyway she mentioned this character the other day so I thought I'd create him for her.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a good creating day. Have fun! Bye for now!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Autumn Faerie Slippers

I knew I would fall for felting and so I did.
Here are a pair of little faerie slippers, just right for a jaunt in the autumn leaves! Well probably not as they'd get very wet!
They are inspired by the lovely faerie slippers of Annette Emms Unfortunately I didn't get her faerie slipper pattern that appeared in #50 of Stitch magazine, drat, they'd sold out! So I've improvised and designed these ones which came out OK.
Hand stitched and made from felt and faux suede with glass seed bead embellishments. They measure about 6cms long (2 and a bit inches in old money :-} ).
They are of course what your fashionable faeries will be wearing this autumn!
(They're not just faerie slippers they're M & S faerie slippers - that's Munchkin and Sprite the famous faerie shoemakers, but you knew that didn't you?)
I just love the bright orange felt. It just reminds me of all the lovely fat pumkins that are beginning to appear in the shops now. Anyway must dash - have a creative, fab week!