A Tiny Japanese Lesson, Bargains And Themes – They -Are A -Changing!

Its October! woohoo! its nearly my birthday!! I shall be 54 which actually seems quite old- good job I am still around 8 in my head! I have been super busy since we last spoke, with all of this!

So, lets kick off with our Japanese lesson! We are huge fans of Japanese culture in our house, we love sushi,cherry blossom and hello kitty! its this fascination thats helped me find my style- lets look at the words you will see if you follow me on Instagram!

 

Amigurumi (編みぐるみ, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. The word is a portmanteau of the Japanese words ami, meaningcrocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.

So you can see everything I make is an amigurumi, but theres another two aspects to my designs, first kawaii which means as an adjective….

Kawaii (in the context of Japanese popular culture) cute.
“she paints elephants that are extremely kawaii”
and as a noun,the quality of being cute, or items that are cute.
“even in a cosmopolitan city like Tokyo, kawaii is everywhere”
So cute like these……..
Finally there is the Chibi element, Chibi can be seen as an insult if you say it to a person as it mean short, very little etc. However, in the world of Japanese comics Chibi means drawing a person or animal shorter then normal, with an oversized head and shortened limbs, to appear more child or baby like…..
Roll all three together and you get these….
Cute little critters!!!
Now onto some of the other changes that have happened at WDS towers! First off and in the interests of full disclosure, I am now linked to two affiliate schemes- what does that mean?
Well, if you scroll right to the bottom of your page you will see a link to buy a Mollie Makes subscription and a link to a fantastic paper craft shop called Craft Stash. These links in very different ways will generate income for me if you click and purchase from them.
Now I will NEVER recommend a site that I do not believe in 100%, I have been a subscriber to Mollie Makes since it began and have frequently used their projects on this blog….

Craft Stash is an amazing paper crafting store with everything from card making, dies, stamps, to planners and journalling ( and you all know how much I love a planner). I will post a link to their special offers when I think its something you will love, and here is an offer you will definitely love!

Grab a Christmas Bargain At CraftStash! Up to 70% off dies , stamps & accessories!!

Last but not least I will be changing the appearance of the blog before I see you again to make it easier to find links and adverts and so they don’t interfere with content.

Right, I am off to finish a lovely Christmas make, off you pop and be awesome and I will see you here on the 15th!!!

Kisses

Karen xx

 

New Car, New Standards!

Whoops! I am so late with this months post! in my defence it has been unbelievably busy here at WDS HQ!

First up I bought a new car…….

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This is totally not the car that I went out to get, I was wedded to the idea of electric but it was just too expensive. Then there were nice cars but they didn’t come as automatic ( I can drive a manual, I just won’t!) so we ended up with this Nissan Juke which I love because it looks a bit like Batmans car that he takes to the supermarket! Thanks to Barnard and Brough (the oldest Nissan dealership in the country) for their usual marvellous service.

It was daughters birthday in March and also Mothers day, so we had a trip to London. We bought many books and ate much dim sum! my lovely girl bought me these…….

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I haven’t seen cut orchids so years and the bunch she got me filled two vases 🙂

On to crafty matters, March was spent making stuff for the Paper Daisy Easter Market. I designed a few more patterns including this rose flower fairy…

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and a spring time version of my baby unicorn…….

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It was a fantastic day, here is a bit of my stall……

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So onto the new standards! I am finally going to take the huge step of certifying my makes as child safe. I already ensure that I use safety filling and eyes and that yarns are baby safe, but this will make it official and allow me to put the CE mark on my makes.

Alongside that I would like to do some collectable and luxury versions intended for older children and grown ups, I am really looking for an excuse to use these yarns….

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Aren’t they fab? made locally by the super talented Bryony from Spectrum Fibre and they are even more amazing in the flesh! I can just see some fairies and dragons and all sorts of magic creatures made in this.

Finally, thanks to everyone that ordered from me in the first part of the year, you really help me to reach higher and further than I ever thought possible.

Next Monday will be the official reopening for orders, so hit me with your toy requests and don’t forget I am now available for portrait requests ( or anything else that you need painted).

So its kisses from me and goodbye from them ….

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The One In Which I Was Nearly Late…..

Good afternoon my darlings! So there I was reading my good friend Shell’s blog post when I realised I should have done one!! So here is what is happening at WDS HQ this month!

While we are on the subject of Shell, she ordered two mermaids from before Christmas, I was true to my New Years resolution and used the opportunity to design my own……….

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and this is Shell! she also ordered one for a friends daughter….

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Not sure if this one has a name but I do know that making these knotted wigs for them has been my favourite thing! I wish you still had to put your profession on your passport- because I would have mermaid wig maker!

I also redid my bunny pattern and used this amazing yarn which self patterning flowers …

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he also has a little backpack which you can fit a creme egg in! These have proved so popular that I cannot work quick enough to get any in the shop!

With the next make I went back to my beginning and made a bear, a bear that wants to play at unicorns…….

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This is Blossom and I will be putting her in my shop tomorrow, she is the softest bear with the sparkliest eyes! I hope she finds a special someone 🙂

I also got a commission for a portrait of some gorgeous dogs, can’t post a picture until its gifted but its a great commission as its in black and white- something I haven’t done in forever!

Finally, I am so excited to have a stall at the Paper Daisy Easter Boutique Market on the 31st March. I think i might have to grow more hands to keep up with orders and make some stock! If you are local to Sussex in the UK we will be at the Shoreham Centre all day 🙂

Right enough chatting to you lot, its back to Easter bunnies for me!

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

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

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