This is me, trying to do some art and have some fun! AHOY THERE ME H-ARTY'S.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Artisans at The Palm House Craft Fair 2015

Hello Everyone :-)

So i took a slightly longer break than I had intended too! My poor social media pages have been a little neglected lately.  I have been working on custom orders in the background though so it hasn't been a complete waste of time.  Hopefully I can now come back feel fresh as a daisy brimming with new ideas!

So any of you who follow me regularly (or as regularly as I post :-P) will know that I had my first craft fair a couple of weeks a go.  I was super nervous that no one would buy my stuff!  I am happy to report that I did sell some things....yay!! I actually sold a couple of hats and gloves even though the sun was cracking the flags and it was like an oven in the actual Palm House!! I sold a few baby booties and brooches too.  I met some lovely people who have been doing craft fairs a while and gave me great advice.  All in all i would call it a success.  I've already signed up to another one in September and a couple more I'm waiting for replies on!

It really was a lovely couple of days.  A few of my friends came to see me and also brought me food from the lovely food stalls that were outside!  The only downside was I didn't have time to have a nose round myself.  I did pick up a couple of things from the stalls that were immediately around me. I got a lovely Bead bracelet from The beast Gecko, some bow hair clips from Moon&Bee and some lovely illustrated cards of Liverpool from Freida McKitrick.

Today I am planning to get super organised.  I'm pretty sure I say this at least once a month but i really really want to do it today :-P  I hope you all had a lovely Easter and I shall see you soon :-)

Friday, 20 March 2015

The countdown begins.....

So tomorrow I take part in my first ever Craft Fair...I may have mentioned it once or twice :-P I am excited and also nervous.  I'm not very good in new and unknown situations, I always imagine the worst possible things happening for no apparent reason.  I am excited too though because I know that I could sell lots of stuff and at least I'm giving out Business cards and chatting to like minded people.

The Palm House itself is a lovely place, it's an old Victorian building (I think but don't quote me on that) that has been restored and is now used for events like Weddings and this craft fair.  You can check out the Facebook page for more info and photos (Artisans in The Palm House).

This isn't a great photo of my new business cards but I haven't had a chance to sit down and get a good one.  I love them though.  I got them from Moo as I love their website and the choice of style of cards and stickers.  The quality is fab too, I went for Mat but I might try glossy next time! I'm hoping to make a little logo for myself at some point, that I can put on the back but I'm not the best at drawing it has to be said :-P

Lastly here is a selection of new things I've been working on! I didn't have time to make as many booties as I would have liked but I'm pretty pleased with the ones I have! I really like the little Mary Jane shoes.  I went a bit crazy with heart brooches in the end, i probably should have done more of other stuff like flowers but oh well :-P

After the craft fair I'm going to take a little break.  I have some custom orders to work on and I will be catching up on some Happy snail mail I've been meaning to send for an eternity!! I'm also going to work out some ideas for new bits and pieces I can sell over the summer!

Anyway that's it for now :-)

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Still knitting hats....

I feel like I am going a little mad knitting hats in March.  I have always considered this Spring time but it does seem very cold at times still!  I guess they are done now and I can always try and sell them in the actual winter time.  I think i'm coming to the end of the hat knitting though, I have a couple more colours in mind and then they are done.  In my defence they are for the craft fair i'm going to be doing soon......getting very nervous about this now I have to say!

My latest hat colour is a nice bright pink.  I don't actually like pink that much but every now and then a shade really catches my eye, usually a super bright shade like this!  It does look pretty cute on if I do say so myself haha!

I also made a steering wheel cover for a friend of a friend's daughter (I think).  This is it finished but upside down :-P I do have pictures of it on a steering wheel but i can't work out how to get them off my phone, technology eh! I was quite nervous about this as I'd never done it before but it worked out pretty well.  It's crochet which I find harder than knitting at the moment.

I've now started knitting mug hugs/cozys.  These are much quicker to knit so I thought it would be a good way to make sure I have a full table at the craft fair.  I have no clue how much to take and my biggest fear is not selling a single thing.  Everyone keeps saying that won't happen but I can't help imagining knitted stuff won't sell that well when it's not cold.  I will have a selection of brooches, mug hugs, baby booties and hats and all the winter stock will be on sale.  I'm also going to have a sheet for orders if people see something they like but i don't have the colours they want etc.

I haven't been very arty apart from knitting at the moment!  I think once the craft fair is done I will take some time out to do some me things!! Well that's the plan anyway!

Right I'm off to the post office :-) as usual if you like anything you see on these pages please don't hesitate to email me for the shameless self promotion there!!

Monday, 16 February 2015

The Liebster Award

So I know I said I would Blog again on Friday and here I am on Monday....only a couple of days late which is pretty good for me :-P

Ok ok so here is my exciting news....I have been nominated for The Liebster Award by the lovely Crafty Milka.  I have to be honest I'd never heard of this before now but it's just so lovely that someone would nominate me and my little blog for such a thing!!

I have taken some information from Crafty Milka's Blog which I believe she got from other blogs, which helps explain what it's all about!

This award exists only on the Internet. It is given to bloggers by other bloggers. 
Award has German origins. The word "liebster" has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart.
This award follows similar principles as a chain letter, in a sense it should be passed forward to a certain number of people. 
The choice lies within each of us to accept the award and continue forwarding it. 
You are not obligated to accept the award and can stop the chain. 
Over the time, variations have been made to the "rules". 

There are also some Official rules which you follow if you accept the award.

The Official Rules of the Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for the Liebster Award and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster Award, following few simple rules.
1) Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog .
2) Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a "widget" or a "gadget". 
3) Answer 11 questions about yourself asked by the person who nominated you. 
4)  List 11 random facts about yourself. 
5) Nominate 5 - 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers.  
6) Create a new list of questions for the nominated bloggers to answer. 
7) List these rules in your post. 
8) Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

the above information was originally taken from The Wording Well.

So here are the questions I was asked by the person who nominated me!!

1) What made you decide to start a blog?
I actually don't really remember why i decided to do it in the first place.  I was getting more in to social media and searching for things I enjoyed on the Internet and reading more Blogs and thought it might be fun to give it a go!!  I decided to go with art/crafts because that's what I enjoy doing most.
2) What is the most rewarding thing about blogging? 
I really enjoy the community feel of it all!  I've made some lovely friends and received some lovely hand made gifts just by being involved in the Blogging community.
3) What is your favourite craft?
I'm always wanting to try new crafts, I love learning new things and ending up with something lovely at the end.  My favourite is knitting though.  I can spend all day knitting
4) What time of a day do you do most of your crafting? 
I'm an early riser so i like to get started as soon as possible after i get up!
5) What do you do with all the items you create?
I either give them away as presents or I sell them in my little shop Snow Bunnys Knits :-)
6) What is your favourite colour?
Red but i like most bright colours! 
7) What is your favourite instrument?
I'm not very musical so I can't play any but I like to listen to the clarinet!  I also like Spanish guitar music. 
8) What is your favourite season?
9) Which holiday is your favourite?
Christmas time.  I love everything about it! 
10) If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
There are too many places I would like to visit.  Japan, Machu Pichu, California...i could go on :-P
11) What makes the world go ´round for you?

11 Random Facts About Me
  1. My Dad was born in Wales making me half Welsh
  2. I am one of the only people I know who doesn't generally enjoy comedy films
  3. My dream is to meet The Rock
  4. I enjoy watching the obscure sporting events in the Olympics
  5. I have a degree in psychology
  6. I am super interested in ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians, Aztecs and Incas
  7. I love real life crime programmes (FBI files, forensic detectives etc)
  8. I would love to travel on the Orient Express like Poirot (minus the murder)
  9. I don't have any brothers or sisters
  10. My fave computer game is Fallout 3
  11. My fave drinks are coke and milk
 My Nominations
  1. How did you get in to Blogging?
  2. How did you come up with your Blog name?
  3. What is the best bit of Blogging?
  4. What is an art/craft you have always wanted to try?
  5. Where do you do most of your art/craft?
  6. What would be your dream job?
  7. Where is your favourite place in the world?
  8. can you speak more than one language?
  9. Where/how did you learn your art/craft?
  10. What is your favourite film?
  11. What is your dream for the future?
So there you go :-) I'm off to contact the lovely Blogs I have nominated :-D

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Knitting hats in February

Hello everyone!  I actually have a couple of Blog posts lined up but I'm going to start with this one today!  First I would like to thank everyone who commented on my last post about the amigurumi I've been trying!  I haven't had a chance to practise anymore as I'm bust prepping for my first ever craft fair, but I have taken everything everyone said on board  :-)

Even though its getting to the middle of February I've been trying to knit a new range of hats as personally i think it is still hat weather :-P Eventually I hope to have some matching hand warmers too!  That's the plan anyway!!

These are the three hats I've done so far!  The mustard yellow one sold within a day which i wasn't expecting at all!  I am going to redo it and make the hand warmers to match to make a little set!  I've started on the rusty red mittens, just waiting for more yarn supplies!  The hats are £12 each and I pretty much do them in any colour people ask for!  So far I've done a forest green with grey bobble, a purple and cream hat with a lime green bobble and a black and white hat with a black bobble!  It never ceases to amaze me the different colours people like :-) I keep meaning to make myself one but I never seem to have the time!

I'm currently working away on some brooches for the craft fair.  I'm really nervous as I've never done one before and March is quite late so knitting might not sell as well as it does in winter, but I guess it is all practise!  I've also started work on a new mixed media project but that may have to be put on the back burner for a little while!

This is just a first draft, I will probably draw her again too!  I want to work on the mouth and make her look a little happier.  I drew the glasses to look like my own but I'm not sure it's worked, I may try a different shape, we shall see :-)

Well that's it for now.  I have an exciting Blog post I will be doing on Friday hopefully, well its exciting to me :-P Oh if any of you are interested in the hats then please don't hesitate to email ;-) 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Mixed Media Mermaid

As usual I have left it so long between blogging.  I always think it's only been a week or so when it's usually closer to two weeks!  Time just seems to pass me by without me noticing at all.  Especially since I started working on Snow Bunnys Knits pretty much full time.  I'm super busy and always have a to-do list as long as my arm but because I enjoy knitting and crochet time does go a lot quicker than when i worked in retail.  I do worry about time though, that I'm not getting things done quickly enough, that I'm not updating my shop enough, that new ideas take too long!

Anyway, in a Blog a few months a go I wrote about starting a mixed media mermaid class that was taking me ages to do because i never had enough time (there's that phrase again) to do it.  I finally decided to dedicate a fixed day and time slot to art and I'm so glad I did!  I finally managed to finish her!

I didn't actually have all the right tools or colours but I just went for it anyway and despite the fact the paper is curling up like crazy (pretty sure I shouldn't have used cold pressed paper) and I went crazy with the spray ink at the end and covered her face in a light mist of blue, I'm very happy with the result!!

This is where I last took photos, i forgot to take photos as I was going though DUR!

 Adding colour to the background

 I probably should have left it at this point but I decided to add more colour!

I don't know if you can tell from here but her face is now darker where I tried to get rid of the blue spray :-P

Here is the finished painting.  It's terrible lighting so I will try and take a better one at some point!

I'm going to be starting a new class this week but I will most definitely be going back to the mermaid at some point, with better paper and different colours!  At least I can finally say I finished it though which is the main thing as I never seem to finish any of these personal projects at the moment! So I'm giving myself a pat on the back for that!!

I've also been trying to teach myself crochet and that's going very well indeed!  I'm trying to come up with cute amigurumi animals that i could maybe sell one day (looking in to CE testing has scared me slightly though :-P).

Here is what I have so far! You can't really tell in these pictures but the one on the top has come out a lot bigger because his body is fatter! I really like the big head of the bear though! I'm planning to use the same body and head so they all look similar even when they are different animals.  Which combo do you guys like best?  Ah decisions decisions!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Secret Santa

I'm still trying to catch up with my Christmas posts :-p I'm almost there!  Then I can try and catch up on all the arty stuff I've been doing over Christmas too!!

I participated in two Secret Santa's this time.  I love the idea of secret Santa, getting a complete surprise off someone who could be from anywhere.  For my secret Santa's a bought a few bits that I thought they would like from what I'd seen on FB and their Blogs and i tried to knit them a little something too.  I went to a really big Winter Arts market at the beginning of December so I got a few nice bits from there.  The only problem I have with these sorts of things is that I never know if I've bought enough!

I have to confess that I'm unsure which Secret Santa gift was from which one but either way the gifts where amazing!  The first one included a book about Gaudi, a frozen cocktail, a sketchbook, cat socks, chocolates, nail files and an incense oil burner.  I can't even tell you how amazing this gift is.  It's literally everything I love in one gift!  I am so grateful to Ally for these amazing gifts!

My second gift was from Gertie and me over on Facebook (Here).  These beautiful pieces were hand made for me and i adore them!!  I wasn't expecting something so amazing as these.  I haven't used them yet and I'm not sure if I will.  Again I was hugely grateful for the thought that went in to this.

So there you have my Secret Santa gifts for Christmas 2014.  I will definitely be doing it again this year if I get the chance.  I just hope that the recipients of my gifts liked them as much as I liked mine!!

Signing off for now!