Friday, September 19, 2014

Welcome home Scotland!

I am so relieved that Scotland has decided to stay in the United Kingdom. I am sure this is an issue that is very hard for anyone outside the British Isles to understand but it's a really emotive one for us. I am Welsh, that means that genetically I have more in common with the Scots and Irish than I do with the English. There are plenty of 'Celts' in the British Isles who still see the English as Saxon (Saesnegg/Sassenach) invaders!

A large part of Ireland left us a long time ago, but for the rest of us Welsh, Irish and Scots there is always this dual identity, we are also British. It can rankle that to a certain extent we still get told what we can and can't do by the "English" government.

The English, on the other hand, seem to view 'English' and 'British' as one and the same thing. Or at least they do when the Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland team is doing well at a sporting event England already crashed out of ;o) I figure the easiest way to describe it is to say we are like warring siblings. All said and done, I think we are better, stronger, together. I hope we always stay that way, but also that we always remember to celebrate our differences.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New things in the shop

Yay, I feel like the United Nations of Computer hardware, I finally got my warring Mac and Printer to speak to each other... as a result lots of new items will be trickling into the shop over the next few weeks. Fist I have added to new Showgirls to the Vampire Cabaret Paper Art Doll set... don't they look cute all packaged up together?

First we have Seraphime, whose face is based on an old photo of silent movie siren Theda Bara, totally redrawn by me...

and then we also have cheeky Lola to bring the chorus line up to 5 lovely, slightly bonkers, ladies. In the next few weeks they will be joined by my first male Paper Doll, the great Suprendo... unless I can figure out a better name for him in the mean time.

I have just printed out the Baroque Witch and Broomhilda too, you can meet them properly tomorrow :o)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Slight delay!

OK, there will be a slight delay in getting the new Paper Dolls into the shop. Firstly, my newly changed around work room caused there to an unforeseen Printer Power Lead Shortage…. mainly because I put it 'somewhere safe' while moving the furniture last week and couldn't find it. I turned the whole house upside down over the weekend, even the attic, looking for the d*mn thing only to find it at the back of the Kitchen cutlery drawer! Why???

So, once it was located at around 7pm last night (when I went to make dinner) I headed over to print out the new dolls only to discover that my Mac has been sulking about the sudden absence of the Printer and is now refusing to recognise it's existence.

This could take a while… will keep you posted on developments.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sneak peek at Broomhilda

Here is another sneak peek at one of my new Glam Witch images: Broomhilda. If everything goes to plan, she and The Baroque Witch I featured in the last post should both be available in the shop tomorrow as both prints and paper dolls :o)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paper Dolls and Prints with a Halloween flavour on the way

Gosh, who is this glamorous looking soul, I hear you ask? Non other than the Baroque Witch, that's who!

You can get a better look at her later in the week when I have battled printer problems and gotten her all gussied up and ready for my etsy shop. She will be available as a Paper Doll and also prints and postcards. Then I am hoping to finish her equally entertaining friends. More soon :o)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

dust scuppers plans

Don't you just hate it when you have a free day to craft & create and then the sun comes out and reveals that actually, dusting is probably more essential right now? :o(

Friday, August 8, 2014

Creative Confessions No 1...

So I kind of work in chaos, it has always been my way. I am self employed and so have to drop whatever I am doing when work comes up and sometimes won't have time to return to the project for days or weeks on end.  Having a dedicated work room obviously helps me form going completely insane on that score. At the end of the working day I can close the door and walk away from the mess and reminders of what I left half done. But sometimes the mess encroaches on my design workspace or just  has a habit of distracting me… and so I do my patented "Instant Fix Tidy Up".

The "Instant Fix Tidy Up" is possibly one of my worst habits… it involves finding out you have a visitor coming round and making the house look tidy and "myopically" spotless (i.e.: don't look too closely) in under an hour and then dashing off for a shower so I can look all calm and "yes, it's always this tidy" on said visitors arrival. This was much easier to achieve in my youth as I had boundless energy, no surplus weight and sound knee joints: I once carried a huge vintage leather sofa from a room at the front of my London flat across a very narrow landing and down a barely sofa width corridor all by myself to a smaller living room at the back while my flatmates were away for the weekend because I got fed up of asking for help to rearrange the furniture (yes, correct, I WAS a nightmare to live with).  These days I am slower and more flustered and so needed to learn lots of sneaky tricks to achieve that "tidy to the untrained eye" look in under an hour.

One of those tricks has backfired. Whenever I am happily hat making or perhaps creating an outfit for an almost finished doll and I hear that perky ping of an email summoning me to actual paid work, I grab all the bits on my desk, shove them in a carrier bag and push that into the general confusion of the dresser cupboard and forget about it. I do that every time. The result after 14 months of living here is that my work room might look a haven of craftiness to a visitor but actually it's a mess. When I open that cupboard door a matted, tangled and often surprisingly sharp edged growing profusion of arts and craft supplies burst onto the floor. Yesterday I spent the whole day untangling, dematting and SORTING everything out. I actually started this project in the Spring but work beckoned and things have kind of returned to the previous mess. Somethings even got thrown away because they were too tangled! But now the rows of glass coffee and jam jars on the dresser shelves are all full and colour coded with buttons, beads and other tiny things. Everything else is grouped into little labelled boxes and neatly stacked away in the base.

I promise, I promise, I promise to keep it this way, because now if I even have just an hour free to do my own thing, I can come in here and find what I need to hand and actually achieve something. We will see how well I do with this new resolution.

PS: Dear Kirstie, I love your Jolly Hockey-sticks approach to the world and very much enjoyed your show about how we can all fill our houses for free (provided we have a few hundred pounds set aside for bits and bobs, know a few handy craftsmen with power tools who will volunteer their time for peanuts and most importantly; manage to get to all those Argas, Butler Sinks and French Armoires before the Salvage/Reclamation and Vintage/Antique dealers sniff them out). I have always furnished my many homes this way and can safely say that in the last 10/20 years it has become a lot harder to do on a budget (mine is usually about 50p and a few mismatched buttons) as the whole Shabby Chic look went mainstream and all sorts of pre-loved stuff became very sort after by people who want to make money from it. So the timing of your show is very interesting… do you think maybe people give you such good stuff for free just because you are Kirstie and are making a TV show???