Quite regularly I make batches of game pieces/cards to replace lost ones from the Myatt Garden School Storysacks Library – missing pieces stop play! Some years ago I scanned all the Storysack game pieces, so when they are lost I can print them out on paper, glue them to cardboard and seal with more glue – making new pieces so the games and Storysacks can continue to be used!
Occasionally I need to make replacement clothes for character dolls, this week it was a pair of new pj’s for the lazy farmer in the Farmer Duck Storysack – a few weeks ago a tiny shirt for Nelligan from the Pig in the Pond Storysack. Recently all the dinosaurs were ‘lost’ from ‘Harry & the Bucketful of Dinosaurs Storysack, so I did some scanning (from the storybook) and drawing in Photoshop to make ‘lollystick puppets’, then found some great Harry and the Dinosaurs activities online, improving the educational value of the sack too!
I was very keen to try out chalk pen art this Christmas, so bought an Edding 4095 chalk marker (bullet nip) from Amazon (although since then have noticed WH Smith have a few different ones, including colours). I drew out my designs on paper first, taped them to the outside of the window, then ‘traced’ on the inside of the glass with the chalk pen – took the paper off and drew more little branches, baubles and ‘snow’ to balance the design here and there. It was really fun and also inadvertantly provided street entertainment for the people visiting the school fair over the road!! AND – I won a prize from Folksy as part of #12daysoffolksy Instagram challenge ‘Let it snow’ !!!
This year’s door wreath is a bit early – to be part of #12daysoffolksy Instagram challenge – it’s entirely made of cuttings from the garden and some green gardening wire.
Introducing the No19 – a new ‘bib and skirt’ apron design – in the Folksy and Etsy shops today.
No19:2 – A black linen bib apron with a heavy lace trim, inspired by Austrian Tyrol folk dress – we had a wonderful summer holiday there once, when I was 11, on Sunday women passed the hotel in their way to church, dressed in long plum colored skirts, lace and big black hats! Folksy
No19:3 – A royal blue cotton canvas apron, inspired by 1940’s wartime ultility clothing. Etsy
Very pleased to discover Folksy added No12 blue denim Makers Market Apron to ‘Folksy Favourites’ this week (appears on rotation on the Folksy homepage) and last night No12 ochre denim Makers Market Apron appeared on their ‘Gifts for Makers’ gift ideas selection, alongside my No 4:3 and No7 crossback aprons already there! The ‘No12 Makers Market Apron’ has taken quite a bit of time to develop, I realise it’s a bit niche, so I’m particularly pleased it’s getting a spotlight.
‘Celebrate Handmade’ weekend is an antidote to the ‘race-to-the-bottom’ of the Black Friday and Cyber Weekend Sales, which seem to last a week either side too!
In contrast ‘Celebrate Handmade’ encourages shoppers to avoid the global high street chains and choose to buy direct from UK independent designers and makers – Find a wealth of diverse, unique and beautifully crafted work, to be treasured.
I’ve been pondering doing a children’s crossback apron for quite a while – a couple of weeks ago a lady contacted me via Etsy to ask for just that! Her husband had bought her one of my No 4:3 aprons, which loves, and she wanted a couple like it for her young son.
I made a version of the adult No 7, so that the apron could be size/age adjustable age 4-7. I used the long side offcuts from cutting denim No 4 & No 7, seaming the aprons down the middle. This will reduce the final price of the apron a bit, when added to the making time which is only 40 minutes less than making than an adult size apron, plus webbing, d-rings and thread.
I’m exhibiting the ‘In The Making-Aprons’ range at the South East Makers Club ‘Makers Market’ this week 14-16 September – the weekend celebration of South East London makers work is part of the London Design Festival.