That Was The Year That Was!

Hello my little cupcakes! How ya doing? it occurred to me that this is the last post for this year ( I’m a bit slow on the uptake) so lets have a look at what happened…….

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It wasn’t a great year health wise! finally, after 12 years I have a correct diagnosis for all my aches and pains, and by the beginning of next year I might have some effective treatment!

It was an AMAZING year for my teeny tiny company and it pretty much is all due to this…..

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This unicorn ( a copyright free pattern from the now defunct Craftseller magazine) was ordered a total of 6 times! for me that constituted a viral hit!

I then had a sell out fair……..

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Where I sold a bunch of bows and some things I had designed my self. This really gave me the confidence I needed to design for myself….

And this has meant that I have worked very single week since June and will be working up to Christmas Eve! Incredibly I was also asked to Kirstie Allsops Craft fair ( i couldn’t go as I had no stock!).

Whats in store for While Darcey Sleeps in the coming year? Im going to get child safety accreditation for my makes, I’m going to keep designing in the kawaii style (Japanese for cute), I’m going to sell patterns, kits and fabric felt and I’m going to plan to be ready for Kirstie this year!

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This blog started in December 2013, a year to the day after my first panic attack, that original blog post had a picture of a bag that had summed up how I felt……

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How appropriate that everything unicorn has made me have the most successful year!

The first person to follow my blog was Mrs P and she said “I can’t wait to see where that unicorn flies”, well Mrs P, that unicorn is getting turbo chargers!

Grab on everyone and lets see just how far this unicorn can fly!

Love you lots

Karen xxxx

 

Coming To A Blog Near You!!

Well good morning my little tiddly winks! have you missed me? I’ve missed you but I have been MAHOOSIVELY busy, I’ve been making these……..

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Teeny little unicorns with lavender scented hair! and I’ve made one of these of these…..

 

Only one as it is so tiny! and more than a few of these……

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Little baby Dino’s! and many of these…..

 

These teeny Frappucinos have been unicorn coloured, pumpkin lattes and festive for no apparent reason!

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And now I have a herd of these to make!

All of these little things are so important to me, not only because I sold lots (a girl can’t live on unicorn toast alone) but they are all my own patterns.

So, I am relaunching the blog! it will be almost completely focused on craft, and the things I am making but there will be times I need to tell you about a fab new lipstick and times when something has happened that has me completely riled!! and just as soon as I get time to write patterns down there will be free patterns and ones to buy!

I also have a new shop http://www.consciouscrafties.com/Crafties/while-darcey-sleeps, however the best place to keep up with new products and to nab them before they get to the shop, is to follow my page at http://www.facebook.com/whiledarceysleeps.

So, i’ll see you here on the first of every month, now off you go and be awesome!

Kisses

Karen xxx

The One In Which I Get Caught In A Stampede Of Unicorns!

Well good morning to you! I know, I’ve caught you at work, having a shower, changing the baby, making awesome things happen and all the wonderful things you do on a Monday but I really wanted to say hi and let you know whats been going on at WDS HQ.

I booked a fair at our local school for the 15th July, and a few weeks before I started making stuff to put on my stall, amongst a bunch of bows I made a unicorn from a pattern that was copyright free. I posted it on to my business Facebook page and it sold immediately and brought in two more orders! and now I have made so many I can’t count! I’ve made ones to cuddle……

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I’ve made pink ones……

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and i’ve made big ones…..

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In between I’ve made a Wolpertinger (magical creatures that live in the Zauberwald in Germany), this is Beau, he is a butterpupcorn, and he flew off to his new home within seconds of listing him….

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I did manage to get this mermaid to the fair……IMG_5668

This gorgeous picture was taken by her new owners mum.

On the day of the fair our stall was covered……

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By the time we finished we had nothing that was unicorn themed, about 6 bows and one mask, a really great day for us.

So now I’m in the process of designing some magical Christmas decorations, I’m really pleased with this baby unicorn, who wanted to be an angel for Christmas………

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I’m just waiting for some special yarns, some that are Christmas themed, some are scented! my life is more than a bit like this meme……..

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I have also opened a new shop on a platform for people with disabilities, its a very supportive space and I might be listing here more than on Folksy. Check it out at http://www.consciouscrafties.com/crafties/whiledarceysleeps.

Thanks for listening and I will see you soon

Kisses

Karen xxxx

Holy Hair Bow Batman! We Are Open!

Surprise!! its me! How are you? have you missed me? I have definitely missed youbut before  I bring you some exciting news I need to say a something about the series of horrendous events that have beset the UK over the last few weeks.

Firstly lets deal with the terrorists, and by that I mean the perpetrators of the Manchester arena attack, the Westminster attack, the London Bridge attack and the Finsbury Park mosque attack, the last attack being perpetrated by a white man who wanted to kill muslims. Why do I make that distinction? because terror is not owned by Jihadis – if you take actions to harm or kill someone based on your beliefs you are a terrorist. You also will not succeed, humanity will prevail because 98% of us are amazing.

Finally the horror that is Grenfell Tower, I just can’t find a appropriate word to describe my anger at the way successive governments have failed the occupants of that coffin in the sky,research continues into its cause but what was clear is our hanging by a thread Prime Minister failed. She failed to go and speak to people, she failed to allow them to vent their anger and their sadness. Who went to the tower? our 91 year old Queen in searing heat and for over an hour- oh and Jeremy Corbyn, the local MP who Teresa May couldn’t even pick up the phone too.

Praise without measure goes to our firefighters, ambulance staff and police officers. Praise also for the community who pulled together regardless of faith, Sikh helping Muslim, Muslim helping Christian. You demonstrated why the terrorists won’t win, because we are always better together.

Now for the good new my Folksy shop is open!! Skip over to http://www.Folksy.com/shops/whiledarceysleeps and take a peek! there is practically nothing in there at the moment but I am listing like a mad thing! Too tired to click the link here is whats in there at the moment….

and it will not be just bows, there will be dressing up masks, sleep masks, keyring and probably a lot of unicorn related stuff!!

I will let you crack on with your day now, behave your selves and I will see you soon.

Kisses

Karen xxx

 

Sale!!

Boo! me again! I have not got my head round the new style blog yet but I didn’t want you to miss out on my super Saturday sale!

I have put some of my bows on my Facebook page at bargainous prices! pop over to http://www.facebook.com/whiledarceysleeps and have a peek! and if you want to order and you live in far off lands ( lucky you!) ask me for postage rates!

Meanwhile enjoy the weekend and the majesty that is the British electoral system ūüôā

Kisses

Karen xxx

Under Construction!

Boo! I’m baaacckkkk!¬†that break¬†didn’t last long did it? ¬†because I am fundamentally a technological Twit I am going to turn this blog into my website, so this page will just have some details about me and what I do and I’ll be adding a page called Whats Going On! and that will have updates about what I’m working on, things that have caught my attention, things that I can’t live without, you know the drill. This page will be updated as and when, no fixed schedule so pop back often!

So, let me pop off and get busy and I’ll see you soon!

Big kisses

Karen xx

 

I Love You….

Morning Darceyettes, please excuse the tear stained computer because this is a hard post to write. Remember when I took on my friend Nikki’s New Years Resolution? She had decided that she would do all the same things but with 5-10% more effort. It made total sense to me and I fully implemented it from the get go. However, it turns out that I don’t necessarily have 10% to give. 

Almost as soon as I made this decision, parts of me started to fail, necks have got more painful, hands are intermittently numb and everything hurts. I have gradually built up my little business and that’s where I have decided that I must concentrate my very limited time. 

This blog has been better therapy than my fantastic therapist, it’s been a place where I have recieved the validation that I so desperately needed. It is down to you that I got enough confidence to start painting and ask people to pay me for it. It’s down to you that I made things, showed you makeup and reviewed restaurants. 

Not everything that has happened here has been joyful, there has been one too many “Je Suis” and we have discussed equality for everyone. 

So, what now? I am leaving this blog open and I’m sure I will pop back every now and again when I have something gorgeous to show you or something I need to talk about, I will also keep the gallery updated. I will be opening my Etsy shop next week and I am on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so if you can’t live without my stream of consciousness please come and follow me. 

So here we go, it’s goodbye to a weekly update and our precious time together, and I just want to say I love you, because I do, I really do.

A bientot my loves

Kisses

Karen

Tricky Trends And How To Tame Them!

Morning my little cupcakes! its been a proper terrifying week at WDS HQ! Mr Darcey Sleeps has had a mystery virus that landed him in Accident and Emergency, one bag of IV fluids and antibiotics and he is beginning to look a bit better. So, lets get on with these trends:

Ruffles and volume in general is a key trend and brands are sticking ruffles on anything that doesn’t move! for me, who is more than a little on the large and short side, this is not an easy trend but it is still doable….

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these skaters ( I bought both colours!)from http://www.simplybe.co.uk nail the ruffle trend and are super comfortable too.

I also bought this…..

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which is also from Simply Be, the ruffles are cleverly placed on this drawing the eye down rather than across.

Orange eyeshadow whoa nelly! do they really expect us to do this? But fear not loves its actually surprisingly wearable……..

This is courtesy of the gorgeous daughter (as I still have a boil on my eye) this shadow is from a palette called 35s by Morphe,  its strength is the subtle shimmer and the fact that it is more tangerine than orange. The daughter used a yellow wash up to the eyebrow, orange on lid and under the eye. She took the reddish orange from the palette, and took it under the eye and the outer part of the lid in a v shape. Black eyeliner and mascara finish the look , if you are convinced get yours at http://www.beautybay.co.uk.

Finally, and this is a real disaster for me…

Yellow!!!! yellow is a no no if you are my colouring, I am blonde and pale skinned and can tend towards looking naked if I wear yellow! but wait there is always handbags …..

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Look at this little poppet from Dune! More buttercup than daffodil, with a pretty scallop detail it goes by the delightful name of Dinidipley and is available from http://www.dune.co.uk and other retailers.

Before we part company, can I just say how profoundly glad I am that I live in the UK with an NHS which is struggling but still able to deliver world class care. I also want to make the point that in our hospital that care is being delivered by people from every corner of this world. I have to vote in two elections over the coming months and I will be voting for the party that will support those people in saying in the UK.

See you next week for a whats going on at WDS HQ post

Kisses

Karen xxx

Do Believe The Hype!!

Good morning Darcey’s Angels! I was supposed to help you through the tricky trends that are flying about at the moment but I really need to tell you about my new favourite company! I kept hearing about this new beauty brand, as my favourite drag queen Jinkx Monsoon said….

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“it was in all the Magazines”

So if you are make up obsessed and you like luxury brands but your income is more SuperDrug than Chanel, Allons-y!

The company is called Beauty Pie and its the brainchild of Marcia Kilgore who started brands like Soap and Glory and Bliss. The idea is you purchase membership to Beauty Pie (mine costs ¬£10 a month) and then the products are available to you at the bare bones price – no fancy packaging, no making the containers heavy just because that feels like “quality” and no middle men. That bare bones price is RIDICULOUSLY cheap, come and have a look……..

My first purchase was some foundation…….

This is an amazing product and I would show you what it looks like on but I have a boil on my eye!! I know TMI! ¬†back to the foundation , its a fluid but medium coverage product, it does not budge and it doesn’t upset my skin! how much I hear you ask? ¬£5.06!!! reviewers on the site are comparing it to Chanel and Dior!

Next a lippie…………..

This is Heartthrob Pink Future Lipstick in Matte, it is gorgeous lightweight, silky ¬†and not at all drying as some mattes are. It also leaves a stain on the lip for most of the day, and this jewel is….¬£2.24!!

Finally ( for the moment) is this mascara……

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This is the Radical Lash Super Volumizing and its £1.99! because of the whole boil/eye scenario its being modelled by my daughter and as you can see its fantastic! instant volume and no clumps!

Finally, Beauty Pie are bringing out new products daily and I have just ordered some moisturiser, i’ll let you know how it performs.

Ps no bluebells were harmed in the making of this blog ,these are from my garden!

Have a lovely week

Kisses

Karen xx

From Titans To Trash – I Love Them All!

Morning kitty cats! I expect that very soon there will be thousands of english lit. students cramming facts on this years set books. To me this force feeding of literature is the opposite of what reading should be. We should meander through books, changing subjects according to mood and how much attention we can give to reading in that moment.

Let me illustrate with a wander of the titles on my Kindle:

First and definitely in the titan category………..

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This is a stunningly written, decadent tale of a couple whose fragile marriage is kept afloat by their reckless spending. Rich with the kind of detail that creates the most wonderful images in your head, I can’t wait for it to be turned into a Baz Luhrmann film like the Great Gatsby ( and if you haven’t seen it you are excused to go and watch it).

Next a really modern tale that will make you look at your iPhone differently………

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I also occasionally feel the need to understand an issue better, this is why I downloaded this…

 

Radical, by Maajid Nawaz, this is a true story, brutally honest account of how an ordinary english boy joined a radical islamist group. He also details how he came out the other side, in these troubled times I felt like I needed to understand the process of radicalisation better and this book really does give you an insight.

Sometimes great literature can be as easy to read as a gossip column……

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L’assommoir by Emile Zola is just such a book, based around the cheap liqour bars that bear this name (it means to stun or knock out in french). The heroine Gervaise struggles her way out of poverty to open a laundry shop, only to see all her efforts gradually wasted by her alcoholic husband. The characters are so vivid you quickly become Team Gervaise and try and will her to succeed.

Finally, a book that I haven’t finished…….

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High rise by JG Balllard, I downloaded this as I saw a trailer for the film but couldn’t stay up to watch it. So far it has been fascinating, set in a luxury tower block, it chronicles the residents descent into anarchy. I am half way through and can’t imagine how it will end!

And just in case you think I only read serious books I have a number of these…

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Fun and full of desciptions of amazing shopping trips, they are made for me!

I am taking next week off as I have a big craft fair to prepare for, I’m attending the Paper Daisy Events Easter Boutique Market at the Bright helm Centre In Brighton. Please pop along and say hello if you are local.

I will return the week after with Tricky Trends and How To Wear Them!

Kisses

Karen xxxxxx