Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Sailboats, apples, and Muffin Disaster...

A couple of new designs to show off! Finished these today... A sailboat, and an apple, bothe slightly stuffed plush pins for my Pippin Designs shop. I can't stop making them!

Unfortunately, I don't seem to be quite as prolific and brilliant (haha) at baking, however.
Last night, I had a muffin disaster. Normally they come out beautiful. But today, they look like this.
Ooooooops. They taste good though. Next time I make a pretty batch, I'll post them here to prove my worth, hehe.
Right,off to list the new goodies. Byeeee. xxx

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

British Craft and Mexican birds...

This weekend was the British Craft Trade fair, in my lovely hometown of Harrogate. Its basically a huge event for British and Irish crafters, which buyers from gift shops, galleries, interior designers, magazine journalists etc come to to source new artists and new products. All very exciting, especially for a craft magpie like me.

Lots of very lovely gorgeousness, as you can see. Its always very inspiring to see what everyone else is doing, and interesting to watch the habits of the buyers too, so its a good place to visit. As you can see from my winnings, in this photo. I must have a million business cards by now, but I'll never get enough. They're like little cardboard jewels.
In other news, I also listed a new mobile in my PippinDesigns shop, which I'm quite pleased with, its influenced by a childhood memory of a mexican mobile in a friends home somewhere, and I want to make another, perhaps bigger, with vintage floral fabrics, and bells. I'd love to make one as a door screen too. Prettyful and fun.

Here it is! Right, now I am off to enjoy a lovely omelette for my din-dins. Laters! xxx

Monday, 7 April 2008

UK Front page again!

Just a quick post to rejoice in the fact that my pink UK treasury was on the front page again over the weekend! Woop woop!

Here it is, with a big thankyou muchly to the fabulous lostintheforest for the screenshot

The treasury has expired now, but included fabulous pink things from... lupin, siansburys, kankalin hats, kezzaroo, beaky, clothcat, gracefell, karen hilton designs, moocow handknits, swank, memake and cherrypips. Congrats all!

More later... xxx

Tuesday, 1 April 2008


Guess what? I opened a new shop! I felt like it was getting a bit messy, so I'm going to seperate out the more novelty items from the luxury ones. And the result is Pippin Designs! Woop!

Pop over and have a look see if you haven't already.
There's lots of exciting things like these...

Its all very exciting, like a new slate, and I've had a sale already! Well, it was to my sister, but still... hehe.

Anyway, I liked the idea of creating a more affordable collection, something ideal for presents, plus, I just love working with felt. A lot of it is the fabulous stuff I bought from Lupin, which is so lovely to use, just amazingly soft blocks of colour. So yes, that's my news.
Enjoy! xx

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Beaches, rabbits and fondant fancies...

I haven't blogged in days. My apologies. I must try harder. But I've been rather busy piffling my days away doing very little. And at the same time, doing quite a lot. Here is a brief synopsis (in pictures...)

The beach on monday... cold, but beautiful.


... and having a bunny punched in my ticket by the clearly insane conductor, bless him.

... and today, the discovery of a very delicious confectionary delight, the Betty's fondant fancy. A gastronomic pleasure which I owe to a very intriguing man.

I would have taken a picture of the actual cake, but well, I ate it too fast. I think I need to go back and try the yellow one next week. Yes.
Good few days, actually. Here's to more... x

Saturday, 22 March 2008


Introducing the newest member of my bag family, Billie. She's the third of five bag shapes which will for the basis of my new collection, and she's soooo purdy.
Don't you think?

You can't really tell all that well from this picture, but she's all voluminous at the front, and she's generally spiffing. She joins 'Edith'...

and 'Kathryn'...

and this week will also gain her final two friends. Then, they're all off on a trip to be proffessionally photographed for my new brochure! It's ever so exciting.

In other news, I'm feeling much more cheerful than in my last blog, thankyou for everyone's kind words. It's amazing what a little attention and text messaging does for the soul...

Happy Easter! xxx

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

In the red...

Guess what? My treasury was on the front page again! Woop! So chuffed, especially because all the featured productss were from some of my favourite UK makers! I wanted to include loads more people, because there are some amazing makers here in UK etsy land!

Here's the treasury, with thanks to the lovely Kala for the screenshot!

It was on really early this morning, so I missed it, but I'm still excited. It featured these fab makers: Lupin, Abiban(saldesign!), Sea Urchin, LostInTheForest, Swank, Hippy Of Doom, Siansburys, LauraFallulah, Greygoat, Cute Designs, Illustrator Jen, and KMC designs. The alternates were from Urban Knit, Veronica's Buttons, Heidi Burton, and Gorjuss.

Thanks so much to everyone for their lovely comments, especially Cute, Cara and LauraFallulah for blogging it!

Woop! Happy Days!