Archive | March, 2010

A4 Draw

31 Mar

I WON ONE

Wow, lucky me!  Literally through the luck of the draw, I managed to win the piece created by Will Holder!  I meant to post about this earlier, but better late than never …

Logo © A4 draw

Logo © A4 draw


It was a great concept – a competition draw to win one of 25 A4 sized drawings by various artists and students, including the well known Gemma Correll, Kate Forrester, and of course Will Holder.  Two of my faves included the cute birds by artist Amy Blackwell, and the meerkat by Ben Stanbury (one of the students that arranged the event). You can see all the items that were up for grabs on their A4 Draw blog.

The final year BA (Hons) Graphic Design students from South Essex College created this as a fund raising activity for putting on their degree shows.  (I think it was a genius idea – wish I’d thought of something like that for my show).

The tickets were only £4 available from their A4 Draw Folksy Shop (N.B. the competition has now closed).

However, if you want to keep up to date with their show progress take a look at their new One & A Dozen blog.

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Sunset

24 Mar

OVER BLIGHTY…

Sunset over the fields

Sunset over the fields of Blighty

So, it doesn’t always rain in good ol’ Blighty, as this little piccie proves…

It was a quick snapshot I took overlooking the fields, on my way home from a craft fair earlier this month.  The colours were a warm glow, but you can never quite capture these things on a camera can you?…  I can’t anyway   😉

Ain’t nature brilliant?



Mothers Day

11 Mar

IS ON ITS WAY

So, I’m just realising that Mothering Sunday is this weekend, not next! Doh.

I’ve recently finished some Mother goodies, including a new range of recycled notepads which could make a lovely gift.  Recycled tags are attached and hand-stamped with various messages, and hand-punched with either a heart or star motif.

I also have a new range of Mother/Mum/Mummy cards, which are blank inside so could be used all year round for birthdays, thank yous, invites, etc.

For other designs, check out my Folksy SHOP.


I’ve been sewing and stamping

10 Mar

NEW CREATIONS

Getting ready for the double event weekend thats just gone, I was manically sewing new ‘felt bib’ necklaces – using reclaimed felt for their backings, and vintage/reclaimed buttons to embelish, finished with co-ordinating new ribbon. They are a new experiment for me – what do you think?


Grey felt bib necklace © Original Minnie

Grey felt bib necklace © Original Minnie

Pink felt bib necklace © Original Minnie

Pink felt bib necklace © Original Minnie


I also want to expand my stationery range, so have sourced some simple, cute little notepads (made from recycled paper/card of course) which I’ve then embellished with tags (also recycled), and then hand stamped little messages onto them.  Simple but effective.

I’m also developing a ‘basic’ range of cards which are simpler to make and don’t have inserts (unlike my other cards), so will be that bit more affordable – I will update my Folksy shop, so keep checking to see the new designs…


Original Minnie 'HOPE' Notepad

'HOPE' Notepad © Original Minnie



Quick Weekend Report Part 2

9 Mar

DOUBLE WHAMMY EVENT WEEKEND

… on Sunday I was at Arts and Crafts for Spring at Woodhall Spa, in Lincolnshire.  The venue was very picturesque – Petwood Hotel has massive gardens surrounding it. (It actually has much prettier bits of the garden – this was just a quick snap, as I was on my way home.)

Petwood gardenGardens at Petwood Hotel

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It was built in Victorian times in a tudor style, but I think you can also see a Victorian Gothic influence on the stunning main entrance.

Petwood Main EntranceEntrance to Petwood Hotel

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Its actually got more history than your average craft venue – it was used as the base for the Dambusters squadron in 2ndWW!

Petwood Bouncing PrototypeBouncing Bomb prototype at Petwood Hotel

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Anyway, back to the crafts, I had a lovely sunny spot next to the window to display some of my new designs – I will post more about them soon.

Original Minnie StallMy stall ‘ready to start’ the day

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There were lots of friendly stallholders there of course including Gingham Heart Crafts, Donna Evans, and DaisyFleur.

Now I’m thinking ahead to where the next event will be……?


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Quick Weekend Report Part 1

9 Mar

DOUBLE WHAMMY EVENT WEEKEND

Original Minnie 'dont forget' recycled notepadI created some new necklaces and stationery for the whammy weekend, including this hand stamped ‘dont forget’ recycled notepad

© Original Minnie


So, on Saturday I was in Leicester at Fabrika Independant Arts Centre, (a few doors down from Primark).  It’s an interesting building project – The Arts Organisation in Leicester is re-developing it at the moment – the room we were in, is to be a public Gallery space apparently.  Some parts of the building are still being painted and spruced up, but with a cafe there already, and plans for a monthly craft market, I think it’s somewhere to be put on the radar…  I am not familiar with Leicester, so I intend to go back some time to properly explore…


The event was organised by Wood Jewellery who works with an amazing range of naturally colourful woods – think much more than just ‘brown’.  I also met some lovely stallholders including Adelina Lucas who recycles scraps of fabric and plastic bags into attractive gifts and accessories, and Bee Designs who makes beautiful stationery, and whom was also at the craft event I did the next day – it’s a small world!


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