Latest Amigurumi ~ Crochet Olaf

So here's my latest crochet project, in fact I finished him just last night! He is awesome! So awesome! And of course the kids love him. I'll have to make another so they have one each. xx

Pattern by Like Crochet on Etsy.

Latest Amigurummi ~ Halflings

Loved making these!

Pattern by Lucy Ravenscar on Etsy.

New Painting

I finished this a few weeks ago, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil and impasto on canvas...

 While in progress:


Frozen Fancy Dresses

Yes of course my girls are obsessed with Frozen! Just like all little girls at the moment right? So after weeks of begging and pestering I finally caved and put together a couple of Elsa inspired pillowcase dresses with some aqua fabric-swap fabric I had in my stash. The kids love them and were so excited when I had finished. Quinn wears hers every day and will only answer to 'Queen Elsa' and stays in character the entire time. They have sung the songs to us over and over again and I'm not completely tired of it yet, they are just so cute! I am loving making their little dreams come true...


Etsy Shop Update

Just a quick note to say I've updated my Etsy Shop and added my custom portraits so they can be purchased through there or direct through me only. I have put my felt.co.nz store on a little holiday as I found juggling both was a bit silly, so don't look for me there!

I have plenty of postcards in stock, a few magnets and always welcome enquiries to purchase my original sketches. Thanks to those of you who already have and my regular customers, you're awesome.

Have a great day, I really should blog more...



Labyrinth Postcards now available in my Etsy store!

Click here if you're interested in purchasing a set of 5 postcards for yourself or for a friend! Thanks for your support, check out my other notecards while you're there too! View the original drawing here.


Latest Sketch ~ Vampirella

Well this is a bit different to my usual stuff isn't it? But it was fun!

This is my little version Vampirella. She is a comic book vampire superheroine from 1969/1970. Read more about her http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampirellahere.

I drew it as a wee tribute to my Mumsy who used to draw her years ago (and who's birthday was last week). She had these two huge Vampirella sketches stored in the back of my wardrobe as a kid. My sister and I used to get them out and stare at this mysterious woman our Mum had drawn. We thought they were both cool and scary and made us think Mum was so cool and an amazing artist. An inspiration!

If you'd like to see more, there are progress shots on my tumblr page here.


Latest Amigurumi ~ Full Size Lalaloopsy Doll

My biggest Amigurumi crochet project by far, I have just this past week finished a full sized Lalaloopsy doll!

She stands at approx 40m high and is made from a cotton blend yarn.

I got pain in my hands and arms twice during the time it took to make this and had to have breaks (so I made beanies instead) since I'm not so used to working with so many tight stitches.. for such long periods of time.

It was fun, although got boring in the big parts (underskirt, dress and head) but I loved making the hair and sewing on the face. I stupidly read the pattern wrong and managed to make the dress and underskirt way bigger than they were supposed to be... whoops. Even though this meant more yarn and time... and pain - it looks pretty good all the same. You can see all the work in the underskirt in the photo below.

I got the pattern from AmigurumiBB's Blog HERE. The pattern was easy to follow, and I just chose my own colour ways and made some things up along the way to suit any mistakes or dropped stitches I made.

The plan was to make one each for the girls but, umm.... this one is MINE! (and I only plan on making one!)


Latest Drawing ~ Old Mexican Man

Here's my latest drawing, this was a really long work in progress that I tinkered with over time. I used pencils and white pen on a piece of manila folder card. I did get a little lazy near the end and didn't take so much care with the details - of which I'm a little annoyed at but oh well! My Dad took the photo I used for reference while working in Mexico...


Our day at the Kids Art Festival at Corban Estate Arts Centre

I took Zoe to the Corban Estate Kids Art Festival this weekend and we both really enjoyed ourselves! We only made a small dent in the workshops that were available all day but we've recently realised quitting while we are ahead when out with the girls means no tantrums or over tired grumpy kids. So when Zoe mentioned lunch it was perfect timing for us but we could have spent many more hours there all day just soaking up the creativity and trying new creative things.

Zoe got to create a botanical print using inks and rollers and a large printing press of which she got to help turn the wheel. This print is my favourite - I'm completely in love with it and am hoping to find a frame suitable for it. There were heaps of botanical items and ink colours to choose from and Zoe had a great time getting stuck in.

We then went up to the Sensory Forest where Zoe put her hand into cardboard tree trunks to feel different textures. These were to inspire a texture collage made out of as many textures that you could hold after raiding what I thought was the most amazing texture table ever (I imagined it in a studio somewhere with so much creative potential eeeee) Zoe chose some lovely things and put a little scene together. She worked away at this for what seemed like ages and I just sat back and watched, lending a hand when asked as I didn't want to be too intrusive with her experimenting as I think I do tend to hover sometimes.

Next door to that was another sensory workshop where Zoe got to make her own playdough. I think she enjoyed this the most, measuring out the ingredients, adding colour, perfume and glitter and then getting her hands dirty mixing it all up. She was very proud that she'd done it and as you can see it's her favourite colour too.

Before we left we did one more craft, creating a white skull print on black paper. It was a carving method I hadn't seen before, using thin sheets of polystyrene and a ballpoint pen to draw and push to define the negative/positive space. I got right into it and did one of my own - much to the festival's volunteer's cheerful teasing! We rolled on white paint, printed our prints and were then lead to another large table with every kind of jewel and colourful fake flower to decorate our skulls with. We both really enjoyed this workshop and Zoe's skull had hair and a tiara.... even earrings!

We had a great time and will definitely go next year. It was wonderful seeing my little artist growing... and better yet, Quinn has started colouring in - not just scribbling. She's also started drawing people and faces - it's so exciting!