4.11.14

My Minilla Monsters

I've been having a bit of fun lately - drawing monsters on manilla folders. Oh dear! Do you see a typo in my heading now?.... oooh. NOPE. These little monster guys may be drawn on manilla folders but they are called Minilla Monsters after I found out that the adopted monster children of Godzilla were in fact called Minilla Monsters (crazy huh).... so it's a fun play on words hehe.

Check these guys out, I love them! I've listed some in my felt store (here) and have printed some Christmas cards too. Will add them to my store as I draw them, you can even order a custom one of your family or a friend if you like...


And Christmas cards... (*these are now sold out)

Hope you're having a good week!

xx

31.10.14

Zoe and Quinn's Fancy Dress Birthday Party

Well, here goes a post full to the brim with photos!

At the beginning of this month we celebrated Zoe's 5th birthday and Quinn's 3rd birthday with a Fancy Dress themed party. To them though it was a horses and Frozen party with dress ups but that doesn't sound as good.

Quinn was Anna from Frozen and Zoe was a golden and white horse. She specifically requested that costume and for me to make it, so onto Pinterest I went and out came this gorgeous little scrappy pony. Heaps of fun. I made Joel dress up as a pirate and I was Pippi Longstockings... My whole family dressed up with Uncle Dean and Aunty Jane as Ninja Turtles and Marby and Pop as Snow White and a Knight. The kids thought it was fantastic and it was lovely seeing their faces as people arrived all dressed up for their birthday party.

For the food we had make-your-own ice-cream sundaes where the kids got to choose their toppings. They loved this and it made for a very fun and easy way to feed all the kids and adults too. I made the cakes for the first time in five years worth of parties, Zoe's was a strawberry cake and Quinn's was a triple layered chocolate cake. I iced them with buttercream and bought figurines for the toppers.

It was a crazy Auckland weather kind of day and so I planned indoor activities for the kids with tiara and crown creating, colouring pages in our theme, face painting and pass the parcel. Luckily it didn't rain the whole time and the kids got to play outside as well.

Check these cuties out...

 




I just wanted to say thank you to my family and friends that made this all possible, for the things you lent me and the time you gave me to help out. The kids had an awesome day and that's exactly what we wanted for them. So awesome making their dreams come true!

Our ice-cream cups, straws, party bags and drink bottles were all from The Pretty Baker - my favourite party shop! Everything else I collected from Kmart (the honey comb decorations were $3 each!), Warehouse Stationery and borrowed from friends and family.

29.10.14

Our Kindergarten Mural Project

One of the reasons I haven't been posting much (if at all) lately is this...


For the past three months or so I've been slowly chipping away at this mural for our kindy. It's main theme is community in West Auckland. It is made up of four panels, each 1200mm x 1200mm square and it will be hung up on a fence at the entrance of the kindy. It's very exciting and I've enjoyed it!  Can't wait until it's up and finished - it has been a slow process and all that's left to do is hang it up and tidy some edges.

The first panel shows the urban community and houses of West Auckland, and people enjoying the Oratia stream and walkway. The stream flows through to the next panel which shows the popular cycle-way and our kindy logo. This moves on showing the Waitakere ranges, native bush and Fairy Falls. The last panel ends with Lion Rock at Piha and the black sand beaches we all know so well.

I've coated it will this awesome stuff from Resene called Graffiti Shield so that if it happens to be tagged we should be able to clean the spray paint off without damaging the artwork or having to repaint anything. Brilliant. Lets hope it doesn't have to come to that though.

My little artist Zoe has helped me along the way, on every panel. She's so great at this stuff and it was awesome to have her involved since she went to the kindy as well. Both our names are on it :)


I really hope the kindy and the community love it like I do and I hope to post a picture up soon of it all up and running at the kindy. Stoked and pretty proud. Thanks to those that have helped make it happen!

31.8.14

My journey to the centre of Eretz ~ aka the day I met my favourite author Laini Taylor...

Eretz, also referred to as "Elsewhere", is one of the known universes in the Continuum. It is the world that chimaera originate from and reside in. It is also parallel to Earth and portals connect the two worlds. 

When I first heard whispers of the possible New Zealand visit of my favourite author Laini Taylor, I outwardly gasped and secretly held my fingers crossed behind my back for what seemed like months. If you're a long term reader of this blog, you'll know that I'm a big fan and that Laini wrote Daughter of Smoke and Bone - a book of which I raved about on here. AND the two books following it; Days of Blood and Starlight and most recently the final in the trilogy Dreams of Gods and Monsters. So you could imagine that getting the chance to meet Laini (first name basis now, we go way back...) is pretty darn fantastic and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Luckily my southern partner in crime Angela was with me as I journeyed into the centre of Eretz and met the beautiful mastermind behind the whole thing...

We spotted her on the street, outside her boutique hotel on Auckland's High St. The gasping started again and the giddy fangirl in me reared her ditzy-wide-eyed head and I may have jumped up and down clapping my hands and staring longingly into Angela's eyes. flutter flutter...

It all went very fast but oh it was good. SO GOOD. We'd brought cake. I thought chocolate cake would be pretty cool since it happened to make an appearance a fair few times in Zuzana's dialogue but mostly in the novella A Night of Cake and Puppets. We ate the cake with teaspoons on vintage saucers (yup I hauled all that stuff up that street and into that hotel... no one was going to stop me). I was very happy when Laini took charge and happily cut the cake and served it to us! WIN.

Of course all my questions left my head as soon as I saw her and the cake wasn't doing me any favours so I sat and listened to Angela's questions and friendly banter. It was awesome hearing that Laini had been working on screenplay drafts for the movie adaptation of DOSB and hearing about what music and surroundings helped her to zone out and dive into her writing. (Persian rock, local caf├ęs, hotels and noise canceling headphones). I learned Laini hasn't closed the land of Eretz completely and that there is definitely potential for more to come from Elsewhere...

I felt the time slipping away and since Laini was so nice and so down to earth it all went very fast (we only had 45mins!) I acted quickly and remembered we had brought our books along to be signed. This is when it all got a bit real and I realised who I was sitting next to. I'd actually tucked into one of the books some pictures of my high school sketches and my most recent sketches that I had brought along, with the idea of showing Laini if the interview happen to go that way. It all kind of tumbled out of my mouth when I saw them but I got the majority of what I wanted to say out regardless. I wanted to let her know why the main character Karou resonated with me and so told her about my drawing angels, dragons and my wings obsession and how it was somehow similar to my own life at that time (err... I didn't have hamsas tattooed to my hands or a Brimstone behind a secret door but hey you get me). I may have choked up a little and forgot to tell her I had also (like Karou) made giant wings for a school project that hung on my wall too. Angela said we'd had a moment... there may have been more gasping and more eye gazing, it was all such a magical blur.. I can't really remember.

We finished up and left Laini with a very cute, very NZ inspired DOSB style gift and headed to Remuera Library to hear her speak. It was fantastic hearing more about who she is and why she wrote DOSB and how she got where she is today with her writing and creative career. I loved the way she motivated the younger members of the audience to hone their craft and to do what they love. She was very professional and full of advice and also had a wonderful knack for expanding each question the audience had put to her, adding in snippets of her life, family and inspiration.

She made us laugh and I almost cried again and to close the event she asked the most FaerySarah question to the audience... Of which I knew my answer STRAIGHT AWAY. If you could use one wish to fly would you; a) fly like superman, no wings, just you OR b) totally have wings. WELL DUH. Wings! Come on! I did have to mention to Angela that my wings would also be magical and hide under clothing when not being used... Which would you choose? a or b? (Although that would mean I'd either have ripped clothing for be completely naked whilst I flew so I might need to think that one through a bit more...)


Thank you so much to Ruby at Hachette for making this happen, to Laini for sparing some time for us and to Angela for coming with me! Mwah!

I'm back on Earth now and everything is back to normal, but I am so glad that I can go to Eretz whenever the heck I want to just by opening up one of my books... you should too!

Get Daughter of Smoke and Bone here
Get Days of Blood and Starlight here
Get Dreams of Gods and Monsters here
Get A Night of Cake and Puppets here

6.8.14

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:

1.7.14

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...



26.6.14

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...

www.etsy.com/shop/FaerySarah




19.6.14

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.


17.6.14

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.