Monday, 30 November 2009

Something Completely Different!

My first ACEO - there, I've said it! A fun e-mail from Lynsey at the weekend prompted me to take up my pencil and do some drawing, which I haven't done for a while (apart from designing softies, of course!).

Today, I decided to take it one step further and have a go at creating an ACEO - I'm really not sure why, it just sort of happened. Anyhow, I really enjoyed the freedom of the pencil, and of course some Harris Tweed managed to make its way into the picture too! I decided to use the tweed to make 'accents' on the drawing, which to my mind worked quite well. I always think of Harris Tweed as part of the landscape, so perhaps it was a natural progression.

This one's available in my Etsy shop (the grown up one!). Well, it filled a space where my 'tweedie' draught excluder was! (The view is from my kitchen window by the way - the above pic is a detail from the ACEO).

P.S. ACEOs are miniature works of art for trading, collecting, framing, or just treasuring, and measure 3.5 inches x 2.5 inches.

Added Later: I spent some time at the weekend taking photographs of the landscape around my home - I thought this blurry one taken through the sun and the rain was quite interesting! Blurred because my camera wasn't powerful enough to zoom in this far (we live a mile or so from the sea):

Bye for Now :)

Thursday, 26 November 2009

my creative space . . . where it all began!

I've been feeling a bit reflective this week after winding down from my craft fair and a very busy month or so spent mostly making stock for the local Art Gallery shop here in Stornoway (I hope it all sells over the Christmas rush!).

Earlier in the week I hauled these two Harris Tweed jackets out of the back of my wardrobe. Believe it or not I made them myself many years ago when I was actually capable of following a sewing pattern (prior to having two children!) and made a few simple items of clothes for myself. They are both still waiting to be lined as I got a bit stuck at that point!

It was the remnants of these two tweed jackets which inspired me to start experimenting with making soft toys at home. I thought it would be a great fun idea to do something a little creative at home and earn myself a few pennies at the same time (I'm not so sure if the last part worked out according to plan - haha!).

It suddenly occured to me this morning just as I was about to do this post that I still had the prototypes I'd made with the remnants of fabric and here they are!

You can see the same brown and blue Harris Tweed in all the prototypes - they look really funny to me this morning, but I'm glad I kept them intact in their original packaging (I toiled for some time over how they should be packaged!)

It's now pretty much 3 years since I started my little 'tweedie' enterprise - I did my first craft fair on December 2nd 2006 to be exact! I'm not sure where it's all going to go from here but it's fun to look back at how it all started! Off to enjoy our Thanksgiving holiday now :)

More 'creative' types over here!

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating it!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Craft Fair Update

Tadaa! Here's the craft fair venue - our very own local Town Hall, lovely and draughty, and I froze my butt off (sorry, there's no polite way to say that!), sitting right next to the main entrance all day, hehe! Oh the glamorous life of a crafter - and would we have it any other way? Erm . . . don't answer that one!!

I think this was the start of the day where there was still some unpacking being done. I had a cosy spot in the corner which was actually quite well lit so it had some advantages (apart from being draughty!). I wouldn't say it was a very busy day but there was a slow stream of visitors and I made enough sales to make it worth my while (OK, about 50% of my customers were people I knew, but . . . hey, that's cool!!).

Here's a pic of part of my stall . . .

. . . and the stars of the show - my little lavender pouches!

. . . of which I sold 4 out of the 5 I had made for the fair! Well, it's only taken me 3 years to find something slightly less time consuming to make which I can price quite reasonably - these things take time you know! I did think they turned out quite nice and would make sweet little Christmas gifts - one lady was going to post her's off to family in Dubai, I hope it arrives safely!!

I was going to take my 3 'tweedie' draught excluders but only managed to take 2 as the previous evening I sold one on Etsy, which will be travelling all the way to Illinois, USA - needless to say this caused me great excitement and lots of jumping up and down! (Well it was quite exhilarating at the time!!)

Hope you are having a nice relaxing day - I plan to :)!

Cheerio an Drasda :)

Friday, 20 November 2009

More Bling!

Sorry I have not managed to respond to any of My Creative Space comments - I feel very rude! However, I will be catching up with everyone over the weekend after my craft fair tomorrow. Here's a close up of the 'tweedie' baubles I've been working on. I did manage to do some more quick items, but I will post pics of them later. Off to get organised, and hopefully will enjoy my day out, whether I make many sales or not!

Bye for Now :)

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

my creative space . . .

Getting ready for my craft fair this Saturday . . .

Scrabbling about on the floor making some of my 'tweedie' Christmas baubles, they look nice and take an age to make - crafter's dilemma - eeeek! I'm making them because I like them, so there! Harris Tweed, toy stuffing and some 'bling' - what more could a girl ask for!!?

I heard on the grapevine today that the craft fairs have been really quiet of late - just what I wanted to hear! Och, it's a day out - I'll report back on my return and hopefully will list some of my 'tweedie' bling in my Etsy shop.

The weather's not sounding too wonderful either and it sounds like the wind is whipping up here - another reason to keep the Christmas shoppers at home - Aaaargh!!! Wish me luck :) (I think I'll need it!!)

More creative space-making over here!

Cheerio an Drasda :)

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Wee Beasties

These little beasties are bound for my local art gallery shop tomorrow. I hope they behave themselves - they're looking a bit mischievous!

Only a couple of days to get some new stock for the craft fair on Saturday - Oh dear! - anyone got any time I can borrow?!

*Off, running, to get my crafting tools out* - back later in the week :)

Bye for Now!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Monday, Monday . . .

Half eaten toast and mugs of tea . . .

Perhaps I'll get some crafting done later today after I've picked up the remnants of 'teenage son's' breakfast, collected the army of shoes which accumulate after a Sunday at home and done a few other domestic tasks . . . of course, I don't leave any mess 'cos I'm super tidy, hehe!

What does Monday have in store for you - hope it's a fun one :)

Cheerio an Drasda!

Friday, 13 November 2009

A Lovely Week

I'm sorry, I've been a bit absent this week. No, I haven't been ill, or anything, just been having a busy week with one thing or another, and quite a lot of nice things happening in between!

This lovely package arrived for me from Mojca this week which was a total surprise and an absolute delight! Isn't the packaging sweet? :)

Inside was this beautiful bracelet - the colours are fabulous! Whisky inspired, haha!

I've really enjoyed following her blog and she very kindly featured my 'tweedie' bumblebee in a fab post all about her love of Harris Tweed.

I think he looks vey happy on her lovely Harris Tweed rucksack!

I can honestly say 'craftwise' that I didn't manage to complete much of what I had intended to do - some other things happened to come along which redirected my path, but in a good way! I had my first international order from my own website this week which gave me a lovely buzz and 'teenage son's' first school parent evening was nowhere near as intimidating as I expected and was actually quite a nice experience! How odd, haha!

On Thursday a nice man came to fix our dodgy central heating system - it turns out that he used to be a Harrris Tweed weaver not so long ago, funny old world! Anyway, we're all nice and toastie now - hurray!

I have a craft fair next Saturday so will probably be a bit absent again - wish I had more time to make lots of shiny, tweedie things but time is running out, again!!! Back soon :)

It's 'that' crazy time of year isn't it??

Cheerio an Drasda :)

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Last of the Dinosaurs

Hurray! This is the last of the dinosaurs for the Gallery shop order - I do have 5 more 'beastie' tweedies to make, but they will have to wait until the end of the month now.

Starting to see quite a bit of Christmas 'bling' on the go amongst my fellow craft bloggers, so I fancy a little fling with the sequins myself, to fit in with my next Craft Fair on the 21st November. I do like a bit of sparkly Harris Tweed! With any luck I'll get a bit of 'bling' into my Etsy shop before Christmas!

Last Christmas I got a bit caught up with doing online custom orders at the last minute in December so I've decided to draw a halt to custom orders at the beginning of December this year.

In summary, I will most likely be closing my own website on December 1st - January 4th (as all items on this site are made to order). My Etsy shops however will remain open until the second week in December (for items in stock). Now's the time to get your custom order in!

Now on to some fun 'tweedie' creativity at last - what shall I make today?? :)

Monday, 9 November 2009

Lovely Blog Award!

Hooray! - I've been awarded this lovely Blog Award by WendyCarole . The award was instigated by Auntpittypat.

The rules of The Aunt Pitty Pat's award are: Accept the award and post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Here goes FIVE lovely 'newish' blogs which I'd like to pass the award onto (I couldn't manage 15!) Enjoy :)

Angels and Blossoms - fab blog about love of craft, style and everyday life! (Slovenia)

The Mrs - lovely, sumptuous blog about sewing, craft and family life. (The Netherlands)

Embroidered Originals Blog - the ins and outs of running a successful crafts business. (Scotland)

Uist Lady - entertaining reflections about life on a Hebridean Island (North Uist, Outer Hebrides)

The Empty Nest - great fun blog by a very crafty lady! (Virginia, USA) - not so new to me!

All of the blogs have something different about them that I like and there's a bit of an international mix! Some are newly discovered and some not so new. Hope my recipients don't mind me mentioning them, and I understand that not all will be able to/or have time, to pass the award on! But it's nice to get an award anyway on a Monday morning :)

Hope you enjoy visiting them - you never know, they might even offer you some tea and cake while you're there, hehe!! (I'm sure they all make some kind of cake - they're very hospitable!) I'm off to have my breakfast now 'cos it's very early for me to be blogging - byeee :)

P.S. If you get any cake, tell me - I'll be demanding some myself, haha!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

All Ablaze . . .

Our leftover palettes made a good bonfire last night - Guy Fawkes was of course on November 5th, but quite a few folk leave their bonfire celebrations till the weekend. It was the perfect night for it, clear and still. 'Teenage Son' did his own thing with his pals, so we were a small group, but I think 'Little S' enjoyed it all the same.

It was nice to see various bonfires all lit up, dotted about here and there, and to see our neighbour's fireworks bursting into the sky (that's the advantage of living on top of a hill - we have a good viewpoint of the surrounding area!).

There's nothing like a good bonfire on a lovely starry night (and the toasted marshmallows were quite nice too, hehe!)

Happy Sunday :)

Thursday, 5 November 2009

my creative space . . .

Pattern (c) Tweed Delights 2007

More work on that Gallery 'consignment' order - but I will be pretty much finished by the weekend. Here's a pic of my 'tweedie' dinosaurs being cut out - I'm going to be sewing a few of them up today. I think this is really a crafter's dilemma when you are making multitudes of the same item (in my book FIVE is a multitude!!).

It has to be done sometimes, and I think you just have to get your head down and get on with it! It is satisfying though when they're done and I must make a point of going in to the Gallery shop next week to see how my 'tweedies' look in their little bundles!

Outside, my 'creative space' looks pretty good this morning - a view out the back . . .

. . . and a view out the front . . .

The plan is to schedule in a nice bracing walk later on today, so I'd better get my skates on and get 'tweedying' and 'tidying' - the former, of course, being the preferable option!!

More lovely creative types over here!

Cheerio an Drasda :)

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Teddy Bear Mountain

Sorry, I've been a bit quiet of late - due to this little pile of teddies above. This is part of the Gallery shop order I'm working on this week. Very hard work as they're all individually handsewn and the features are hand embroidered too. I think I will try and have a little stock of these guys in the future, as making them in batches like this can be exhausting (note to self for next year!) Anyway, it's nice to see them all done and ready for packaging.

These are really my 'bread and butter' line and sell quite well in the Gallery shop. I'm looking forward to finishing my 'tweedies' this week though and getting back to some fun, experimental stuff for the craft fair at the end of the month. It'll all go a bit mad from now till Christmas, so I'm just going to go with the flow and enjoy the ride!

Many apologies if I haven't been commenting much on blogs (or responding to comments), but I will be back on track next week hopefully!

P.S. The little teddies are also available to order on my own website too :)

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Watch the Birdie

This little bird was making a menacing, scratchy noise inside the guttering of our house this morning as I took a little plod around 'the garden' (I use the term loosely!). When he eventually emerged, he looked quite friendly and fluffy - I was beginning to envisage some huge spider with scratchy claws, so this little fellow came as a bit of a relief! Sorry about the fuzzy pic - best I could get with my 'point and shoot' camera.

He's quite a nice compact little shape though isn't he?

Happy Sunday :)