Cloth bunny workshop!

On Saturday 19th July you will be able to join me at Make for a toy rabbit workshop.

The workshop has been especially developed for Make with an exclusive toy patterned designed by me for you to keep and use again. The class is suitable for ages 8 and up, but can be enjoyed by all ages. I would recommend if a young crafter wants to come that they team up with an adult partner as we will be using sewing machines.

Apart from it being heaps of fun as you get to bring to life your own Ooh la Lapin bunny you will also learn skills like hand embroidery, basic machine sewing and toy design.

Here are the details:

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Saturday 19th July 10am – 12noon

Cost – £20 includes all materials and toy pattern.

Make – Southsea Craft Cafe,  4 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH

Places are limited so book by calling Make on 023 9282 2026 or email lnfo@makesouthsea.com or oohlalapin@gmail.com

 

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Toys of the most recent variety.

I have now moved into my lovely studio space at Neon Studios in Portsmouth, I’m very happily pottering away and making lovely characters.

The tortoise family seems to be a big hit and lots of orders have come flooding in. Remember if you see something you like just email oohlalapin@gmail.com and I will make you a friend or two!

 

 

 

 

 

Visual treats.

Hooray it’s Monday, whether you like it or not it’s the idea for a fresh week ahead with endless possibilities. I felt a little uninspired last week and didn’t get any art work done, I’m hoping this week I can knuckle down and get creative.

NEEDLE AND THREAD BY: VIRGINIA KRALJEVIC ON ETSY.

Lululand/Flickr

THE MADONNA INN, CALIFORNIA.

JOSE PARRONDO

MY VINTAGE BOOK COLLECTION

FROM Bukubuku

Workspace, dog place and more.

Im so so thrilled to at last have a studio space again! Its been over a year since I last had a work space to make in.

Our little dog Margot is settling in so well, she sleeps by my feet under the desk as I sew and embroider.

We have faced so many hardships over the past year as a family and I can at last try and have some peace, quiet and space to think and relax in. I don’t underestimate what a special thing this is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Sea Birds will be available next week exclusively from Southsea Coffee!

 

Friday oh yeah!

Yes it’s the end of another week! A hard fought and won week which saw me visit hospital twice, nearly lose my house and spend most of it feeling crappity crap.

However today I am going to make cinnamon buns, finish sewing my next batch of toys for Flo & Stan and you can kick back and enjoy the video my boyfriend made for Southsea Coffee Co.

cinnamonbun

 

Image and recipe via Smitten Kitchen

Makes 18 buns. Note I did not say “servings”. That’s between you and your buns.

Dough
1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups (or more) unbleached all purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise or instant yeast (from 1 envelope yeast)
1 teaspoon salt
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Filling
3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Pinch of salt

Glaze
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For full instructions go over to Smitten Kitchen

 

Im also loving these beautiful toys from Adantine on etsy.

 

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Ideas for new makes

Let’s get fresh with some ideas for making super awesome things. It’s not hard just use your hands and begin to create something new.

Sometimes it’s hard to set aside a time for being creative. I find early mornings with a cup of coffee work well and sometimes I just don’t ‘feel’ like I can do it.

(click on images for links, yay)

Japanese Craft Books

I have a small yet impressive collection of Japanese crafts books and I feel a serious addiction could form if I let it. I keep the books right next to the sofa so when I am sipping on a cup of tea I leaf through them dreamily.

I dream of all the tiny creature I could crochet and the array of slightly quirky and wonky toys I could craft.

Perhaps today I will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colour inspiration

I have been doing a lot of painting and drawing this week, designing a banner for my Folksy shop that will launch in the New Year and some rabbit paintings.

When faced with a palette of water colours I know the amount of colours I could mix is endless and sometimes it helps to have some images to inspire your use of colour.