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handmade eco friendly hand puppetsMeet Geoffrey, Pingwin and Pinkey. A few weeks ago, on another’s behalf, a good friend asked… could you make hand puppets? Um. Sure! A few test-puppets and dye-buckets later and here they are. It might sound strange, but I do love making things with faces. They are hemp-cotton corduroy (55%/45% respectively) with wool felt and embroidered embellishment. If these go down well there’s another potential hand puppet customer lined up, too. I just have to try really hard not to get attached…

The christmas build up is keeping me busy. I have a table at a school fair on the 9th and at The Ship Inn in Guisborough on the 19th, and at the same time I’m trying to stock up my Etsy shop, fulfil various requests and do my christmas shopping (online shopping, how I love you).  The snow here is pretty epic compared to previous years — and for the benefit of those who aren’t British, we here in the UK cannot under any circumstances cope with snow. I think it’s because we enjoy complaining about the weather so much :)

Stay warm wherever you are!

P.S. See my last post of the year at Sew Green, here!

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First, here’s my latest post over at Sew Green – Better Back to School Shopping.

Last month was a good month for me, in between Gala days and designing Wedding invitations (although sadly not my own. Yet). My struggle now is to try and keep up this momentum, as despite my successes I’m still on a very limited budget! So I’d like to introduce you to some of the new items in my Etsy shop…

reclaimed silk crystal cuffreclaimed silk crystal cuffCuff/corsage made from reclaimed Indian silks and backed with organic cotton. The centre of the rose is embellished with crystal beads, and the body of the cuff is hand quilted with coloured silk threads (have I mentioned before how much I love sewing by hand?) £30. Available on Etsy: click here. I’m planning a bridal ivory/nude version for, and matching headband and choker. I’ve had these silks for a while, just waiting for the right idea to come along. It’s really satisfying to finally use them!!

handmade patterned eco friendly purse collectioneco friendly handbag and purse setPurses & wristlet made from a mixture of reclaimed, sustainable, vintage and organic materials (£20 and £45 respectively).  These guys are so cute, and each colour/pattern combination is limited edition because when I run out of any reclaimed/vintage fabric, it’s gone for good! The pattern for those little purses took so long to perfect — I’m used to visualising something, making it, and then making more because I like it. But with these I think I made four or five frustrating, fiddly failures before getting it right! See my bags & purses on Etsy: click here.

handmade jersey bell wish braceletshandmade jersey bell wish braceletsJersey Wish Bracelets, made from cotton jersey, mostly salvaged from old t-shirts. At just £1 each, these have proven amazingly popular with girls of all ages! I’m going to be creating more non-bell charm bracelets soon, with some new purple and powder blue bands (:

I’m loving the chill in the air this past week or two, though there’s still the odd warm afternoon to sit out in the garden. Our neighbours on one side have trees that shed really early, so our lawn is covered in crispy crunchy leaves already. And I’ve just started planning my christmas shopping (don’t hit me!). This is my favourite time of year. (:

yellow wood sorrel leaves

yellow wood sorrel leaves

The yellow wood sorrel growing abundantly in our garden. I love the colours of the leaves and the patterns they make.

I have a table at a Gala day tomorrow, and for once I have everything ready in advance. No late night for me tonight! I spend this morning taking photographs of what I’m going to sell. Of course, I forgot to photograph one of my best sellers, so you’ll have to wait to see those. Have a look at the photos on facebook. Let’s hope the clouds are all rained out by tomorrow…

handmade eco-friendly hemp and organic cotton handbagLook! At last! Here it is! The first release of the new collection! This is the Small Adventure bag (£60/$87). Say hello! :)

I should be in bed, but I had to share the news. I’m sure when I look at the listing tomorrow I’ll have to amend it straight away, having unwittingly left out some vital details… but click here to see the Etsy listing anyway! I’m considering listing these on Folksy too, as they will be made to order (they have customisable elements). It might save my UK fans from feeling alienated!

With this collection, I really wanted to push my ethos further. So as usual, I have used my favourite hemp and organic cottons – but now many of these are also fair trade, so they’re ethical too! The shape of the bag itself was designed to waste as little fabric as possible – geometric shapes lend themselves to efficient pattern cutting. Plus it’s durable – not just in a physical sense, but in a design sense too. I can change the lining and the pattern panel to create a whole new look.

At first I was very taken with the idea that the outside of the bag would show glimpses of a more vibrant interior – and I’m really pleased with how that panned out. The teasing glimpse of the pink lining on the seams, and the full reveal of the patterned panel when you open the bag are details that I’m very pleased with. Also… I managed to wrangle a lot of hand stitching into the construction, so I’m a happy Maimy. :)

I hope you like it!

Minor disaster. My camera is missing. A week yesterday I had it in the garden with me, brought it back inside and set it on the kitchen table. When I went to get it the next morning, it was gone. Gone! I had that camera for four years, now I feel lost without it. There’s always another (often better) camera around for me to use, but still… I want my camera! It’s so frustrating, I’ve looked everywhere (right down to the recycling bins, the fridge, and the box where the toilet paper lives). Sigh…

Anyway. I borrowed my Dad’s camera last week so I have something to show you…

This is Buffy, my other little helper. She’s Dinah’s sister (though they couldn’t be more different). She’s very talkative and a bit grumpy. She likes chicken and anything that comes out of a can (because anything that comes out of a can could be fish, you know). She’s also a master seat-stealer. She dislikes the rats that have come to stay with us (more on those in a moment) and her sister. When she was a kitten, she thought she was a lion.

Buffy (the cat) and one of the new handbags

You’ve seen this bag (pre-completion) before – this is it finished. I haven’t settled on a name for this collection yet – I’ve changed my mind two or three times already. I find it really difficult for some reason!

And this is the big sister bag, which is what I was making in my last post. :)

My last piece of news: a mischief of rats has temporarily moved in to our home (clean and tidy pet rats, that is). Most of them are living in a big cage in the shed, but two lady rats have the privilege of living in the house because…

A litter of baby rats

They have kittens! This is one of the litters at 10 days old. They have since all opened their eyes and are a right handful :) They’re so lovely!

And just for the record, we are a hygienic household and animals do not come into contact with my work (as hard as the cats try to sleep on all my expensive fabric…)!

I’m listening to lots of vintage Iron Maiden to try and boost my energy levels today — it’s very cold and very grey (which makes me feel cold & grey. Boo). But some good news: I have two new products for January which are available not only on Etsy, but are (or soon will be) also found at The Green Apple (thanks Mickey!) alongside some really fantastic designers.

Crochet Charm Purse

Recycled Sari Peep Bag

Colour colour colour colour! Need more colour! Bring on spring time!

I feel like I’ve had a really busy couple of weeks, and it’s not about to slow down. Two house parties later, and I think maybe greetings cards are the way forward! Speaking of which, I listed a set on Etsy last week:

Visit my Etsy shop to see them, and look out for matching gift tags on a printable PDF! Each design is a digital print of one of my original watercolours (which were painted on hemp paper, also used as the background for the final designs). They are printed on to sustainable card and have a beautiful smooth, matte finish – they’re surprisingly tactile!

This Friday is my graduation ceremony, then on Sunday I’ll be at Designer’s Marketplace with the girls, then the following Thursday will be my house party…

If you’re anything like me, though, you’re already thinking ahead to spring/summer 2010. I have a bunch of exciting new ideas that I’m hoping to realise by February – if I can wait that long ;) I’m thinking a mix of digital and hand block printing, lots of colour and beautiful, tactile eco fabrics. Sound good?

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