Hooray I have hit my 700th post! So to celebrate I will be giving away a toy duck to one of my lovely readers.
Im so happy with the blog and things will be changing soon, you will reach a static homepage and be able to find the shop, blog posts and other bits from this page. It might not be for awhile so keep an eye out for changes.
To win this patchwork duck just leave a comment telling me what you love about Ooh la Lapin!
Good Luck lovely readers!
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.
THE MADONNA INN, CALIFORNIA.
MY VINTAGE BOOK COLLECTION
Its possible to grow something even in the smallest of spaces. Maybe a work desk, used a centre piece on a dining table or on your bedside table. I think terrariums are just about the cutest things right now!
Yesterday I think I reached the bottom and had an out pouring of grief like I have never felt before. Sometimes perhaps you have to break to realise that you need fixing.
This morning I woke up and I produced three paintings in quick succession, more than I have painted in three months. Brave new feelings have been found and demons have been fought and destroyed. Taking solace in creativity is a wonderful thing, to take a blank page and fill it with colour, a pile of materials and make something new. Oh what a metaphor for life.
Some things that made me smile today…
Traditional eskimo folk art: Bear Emerging from Sea
Traditional wooden dolls.
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.
Really this just happens to be what I want for Christmas. Also searching through sites like Folksy (where I will have a store opening soon) I realise how important it is to photograph your products well. I digress and will write an article on the good the bad and the ugly of selling online.
So I hope you like the things I have picked out, I love them and they are truly adorable. The images themselves are stunning and living with a photographer has made me appreciate this so much more.
As a toymaker I am consistently surprised and delighted by the range of handmade/designer toys. From familiar animals to creatures from the imagination each one is pure joy.
I’m looking forward to finishing off a few toys this week for the opening of Untold Story where they will be for sale. I hope they find new homes where they will bring smiles and stories of there own.
… Karen Tyrrell
Well done for suggesting Hawthorne as a name, I shall email you to arrange postage hurrah!