I know its a few months away, but Christmas will be upon us in no time.
It actually scares me that no sooner have the children gone back to school, the shops start putting Christmas items onto the shelves. I have a few new products to launch this year. One of which I am very excited about. It is the first phase of my new collection entitled –
Bringing Children’s Dreams Alive.
The first item I will be launching from this new range of work is my personalised Angel.
This Angel is created from Children’s drawings and the idea behind it is to bring their Angel to life.
I have a feeling you will be seeing a lot more of this product over the next couple of months. *fingers crossed!*
When you have been hand making knitted and sewn products for as long as I have, its hardly surprising that after years of making the same (or variations on particular products) you start to crave the fun and excitement of the creative process again.
What I realised was I needed to make something completely new, something fresh, and something that I can get passionate about.
Its not that I don’t enjoy making mice, bunnies and dolls. I love dressing up dolls in clothes I have hand crafted, but after making over 300 bunnies and 1000 plus mice in under a year, I feel in need of a change. Not a complete change, just a revamp.
So, where to start? The way I always start, with a list.
This list was not my usual ‘Monday – things to do’ list, this was a list to help me focus on what is important to me? What inspires me?
The answer was right in front of me – Childhood.
I am fascinated by what makes a toy a favourite toy, the games we played as children, the books we read, the TV shows we watched and the happy memories they created.
What I wanted most as a child was for my toys and drawings to come to life.
The perfect place to start.
Over the last few weeks I have been making these BEAUTIFUL Angels for Clarissa Hulse (see link). They were so pleased I have already had another order.
Pictures of the dolls will be posted very soon…. they are very pretty with stunning Clarissa Hulse printed silk dresses.
Come and see these little birdies and lots of other beautiful hand made products in our little pop-up shop on Chancery Lane, London. We are only here for 2 weeks so don’t delay! Its the perfect chance to get organised and buy the perfect hand made Christmas gift. The shop is open Monday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-4.
POP UP @
formerly Mercer & Wells
15 Chichester Rents
A wedding wouldn’t be complete without Bridesmaids. This commission included three beautiful bridesmaids with little pink jackets and Audrey Hepburn hair.
Sometimes people contact me wanting dolls to remind them of a special time in their lives. A new baby is one of these occasions.
Some images of Bride and Groom dolls made over the last few months.
Each picture was taken using my phone just minutes before they were packed up and sent on their way.
I spend so much time creating each piece that I sometimes feel sad when they leave the studio. So when I get personal letters from customers saying thank you for the dolls I have made, it makes me feel very pleased and lucky to be able to do what I do.
Last night I received an email from a customer saying thank you for a Big Rag Dolly I made for them. I will be smiling all day! Thank you x
‘I have just received the Rag Dolly this morning. It is absolutely amazing. My wife has fallen in love with her, so has our next door neighbour. I’m sure it will be cherished for many, many years. A beautiful keepsake. You really are so talented.’
I have just finished creating lots of little bridesmaid dolls for the beautiful bridesmaid shop ‘Little Bevan’ in Pimlico, London.
The dresses are made using off-cuts from the real bridesmaid dresses and the pattern is a simplified version of the actual dress.
I hope these dolls will make lots of ‘Little Bevan’ customers very happy.
Mice for cheese cakes.
This month I introduced a new product to my wedding collection – Wedding mice.
These little mice have been designed to sit on top of a wedding cake made from cheese. I guess there must be lots of people with cheese wedding cakes this year, as in just a few days they have become one of my most popular items.