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

Merry Christmas! Have A Piece Of cake!

I have had this happy blog post ready to roll since the beginning of the week and yet again the saddest of events has happened in the meantime, yet again I’m extending sympathy, this time to the people of Germany. I’m so sorry that there is nothing more to say than I wish this would stop ­čśŽ 

Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel!, Froliche Weinachten!,Buon Natale! and in my best year 9 latin Felicim Natalem Christi! Apologies if I’ve missed your country, my aged brain can only cope with so many languages!

Now in the past the Christmas Eve post has contained no more than a pretty picture and some good wishes, but this year I have not exactly a tutorial, more of a pattern review, any way lots of pictures! do you remember me showing you this book?…..

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Its a great book with loads of actually quite useful patterns, but not the pattern I needed which was a sewing machine cover! so I adapted the pattern for a stand mixer…..strawberry_small2

I had none of the above colours, so mine looks bit more like raspberry cheesecake! I measured the length, width and height of the sewing machine and made this……….

 

Then a row of scallops round the top edge to look like icing……….


I then crocheted a panel for the top…………


I joined the top to the sides with some surface crochet to hopefully look like piped cream…..


I made a fruit for the top, its a bit of a strawberry/raspberry hybrid, plus some slices and a bit of “piped cream”…….


And it turned out like this (shamelessly festive photo alert!) ………

I’m so happy with it!

All that remains is to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

Kisses

Karen

 

 

Going With The Flow!

Morning kitty cats! do you know what flow is? flow is where whatever you are doing becomes effortless, where you sail through you day achieving greatness left, right and centre. I have definitely had a couple of days of flow this week, one particular painting was giving me grief so I turned my attention to other things, heres what happened….

I designed, drew a pattern and cut out a little felt girl, no prizes for guessing what flower she is based on!

I cut out these espadrilles, from this gorgeous fabric…

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The flow got a bit carried away at this point and cut out without leaving a seam allowance! back to the cutting board.

Then I cut out a purse from this fabric…..

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You know I’m addicted to the macaron theme! its also practice for the bag line I want to design, its a fact that my design skills are way above my actual making skills so I need to get making.

I crocheted like a demon, to finish my Dolce inspired backpack …….

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And promptly ran out of yarn! and this Wool and the Gang recycled denim is so popular (and rightly so) its a 3-4 week wait before its back in stock, aaarrgghh!

I am hoping that the flow is strong next week and I can finish some of these and get back to painting.

I also managed ┬áto write my first post for http://www.MyTrendingStories.com, I will be aiming to post for them on a wednesday (which will be a repeat of what appears here) and also on Sunday which will be new content that won’t appear here, so if you need more of me you need to pop over to them and look in the lifestyle section!

May the flow be with you!

Kisses

Karen

 

The Well Laid Plans Of Mice And Men……

Hello loves, well I had a cast iron plan for this weeks post, I was going to show you my Dolce and Gabbana inspired backpack complete with handmade little flowers, but this week didn’t go according to plan…….it started for me with great excitement, out of nowhere I got asked to write for a new blogging community website! Mytrendingstories.com is gathering together a community of bloggers who write on a wide range of subjects and they want me to join their lifestyle section! To say I’m pleased is an understatement!

Then the news of the Orlando shooting came ( I am writing a separate blog about this), I went to hospital for a bit ( nothing to worry about, just medication related issues) and then the MP Jo Cox was murdered, so I’ve spent the time I should have been creating basically pondering what the hell is going on in the world.

Anyway, here is what progress has been made so far, first I started with this pattern………

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It’s from Simply Crochet and it really is fantastic, simple and quick to make. However to make it a bit more D and G it needed bling and lots of it, the originals have a mix of small flowers and gems, so I started to gather sparkly bits, first this gorgeous brooch bought for ┬ú3 at a boot fair…..

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Then some glitter and faux leather for the flowers and of course a flower template………………

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For the little flowers I cut some rose gold faux leather and a similar shade of glitter, I sewed them together with a smokey grey crystal at the centre. I have only managed to complete one and only the base of the backpack but I have set out a few to give you an idea ……………….

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Obviously on the finished bag this ornamentation will go on the flap and then I will have to make a decision about straps and fastenings.

So, from now on my regular Saturday blog will be repeated over at Mytrendingstories.com and I will be writing another piece in the middle of the week exclusively for them.

Let’s hope that this week brings less hate and more love, less intolerance and more acceptance, take care of yourselves,

Kisses
Karen

 

This Week I Have Mainly Been………

Good morning dear reader, I am afraid that this week has been a bit of a washout for me, I have pleurisy! This is making the simple act of breathing demanding enough. So this weeks post is a bit sucky.. It has crap photos taken on my lap and a picture of antibiotics……..

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Apart from taking those bad boys I have been painting the lovely Isis……

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I have been slowly making festive tattoo hearts………

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I have made a start on this lovely blanket that my mum and dad got me for my birthday……

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it cam from the marvellously named spitspotloves.com, they have all manner of vaguely Cath Kinston inspired goodies.

And when the wool arrives I’m going to make a few of these Liebkuchen from Mollie Makes, Liebkuchen are spiced biscuits from Germany and as my husband is half German I love to make things that refer to his heritage.

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Finally, when the coughing has got too much, I have just gazed upon the loveliness that is the Laduree key ring that Neil got me for my birthday……..

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Can you see it has a poodle on it? Milo is very impressed! there are all sorts of prettiness at laduree.com.

Lets all keep everything crossed and by next week I should be better and more blog capable!

kisses

karen

Stop Press: Karen And Bunting Announce Surprise Reunion!

I like bunting, I really do but I think like some Hollywood stars it has suffered from over exposure. I like bunting when it is quirky or made of fabulous material where the pattern takes pride of place.

I was having a browse through this book…

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and found this beautiful embellished bunting

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Eline Pellinkhof has a very muted palette, but I used her idea for some bunting for my kitchen. Do you want to make some? Follow me!

First some fabric, maybe some odd size pieces that you can’t find a use for, and a bunting template, give it a Google and loads will appear! The one I used has a handy fold over top. You will also need some ribbon to ┬ástring it all together. Of course, as its going in the kitchen it had to have some french patisserie themed fabric.

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I used some lace paper, mine is from the absolutely brilliant http://www.glitterpot.co.uk, if you scrapbook, make cards or any paper based craft, you must check them out.

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I also had some crochet flowers destined for another project, here’s Darcey helping me make them…

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After cutting your bunting shapes work out what your order will be..

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Then get gluing! I could have sewn a hem around the triangles but I was feeling lazy, and managed to glue it all together in 15 minutes! Perfect for last minute bunting emergencies, and here it is!

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Get involved in the debate that is more important than the election, are you a bunting fan or not?

Kisses

Karen

P.S great excitement at WDS HQ, we are off to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the V and A at the weekend! If I can get some photos it will be on next Wednesdays post xxxx

 

 

 

 

 

If It’s Macarong, I don’t want to be right!

I am OBSESSED by macarons! Obviously they are an absolute joy to eat, crisp outer shells, slight chewiness and luscious cream centres, but they are so much more to me, the cute chubbiness of their shape and the myriad of pastel colours. ┬áPantone have predicted pastels colours again for fashion this year ( more of that next week) so let’s embrace the pale hued wonders that are macarons!

My obsession started with my kitchen, and in particular these worktop protectors.

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This lead to my entire kitchen taking on a full on patisserie theme, here is the top cupboards, the base ones are violet.

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So that led to a whole bunch of macaron craftiness, these little macarons are a free pattern from http://www.craft-seller.com

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These feltie ones are from Mollie Makes

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This little keyring I made myself, inspired by the gorgeous ones that they sell at Laduree, the best macaron shop in my humble opinion! I might do a tutorial for this, if you want!

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Finally,┬áand before we suffer a sugar overdose, here is Nina Ricci’s perfume La Tentation de Nina which smells of …..a macaron shop! Laduree again to be precise.

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So there we are my sweeties, now tell me what consumes you, what your passion is.

kisses

 

Karen xxxxx