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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I Get Pierced And The President Turns Orange!

Hello my little mince pies! This has been a bit of a week! First I got my ear pierced! Read on for the details, then my consultant has changed my diagnosis again, so I won’t be getting the treatment I thought, just medication for symptoms, and then what had started as a joke became a reality…President elect Donald Trump! This will be an interesting 4 years!

So what do we need in a time of uncertainty? People we can rely on! Here are some companies that are just great at giving you exactly what you need. Sorry for the stock photos, it’s all arthritis fault, keep reading and you will be rewarded ;).

First that piercing…..

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This was done for me at ……….


Swift, reasonably priced and completely professional I will be going back!

Just down the road is this………

This is Cass Art, simply the best art supplies shop there is, regular promotions make them budget friendly and the range of materials run from half term supplies to the high grade professional.

Now to my online go getters ……….


This German retailer blows all its competitors out of the water! I’ve just bought Dr Hauschka moisturiser ( which retails for £29.50)and a relaxing bath set (£17) for £32 including delivery! And don’t worry if your German isn’t great just hit the Uk flag and the page will translate and display the prices in sterling.

At this time of year I get through a lot of felt, my go to for super quality felt and embellishments is…..


Swift delivery, beautiful felt and a sweetie in every pack makes this company a winner.

Finally, one of the many yarn suppliers I use……


Apart from their so cute logo, this company is so competitive on price and has a lot of hard to find yarns.

And here is your gift for putting up with the stock photos, my ‘poo crew hitting the skate park hard!

 


How sweet are they? Now I’ve finally loaded video successfully I will be doing some watch me work videos and some DIYS in the New Year.

Here’s to a peaceful week

Kisses

Karen

Hair For Every Princess!

Morning all! I have been a busy bee this week helping out the most wonderful charity,Cancer Hair Care provides a range of uplifting services for adults and children undergoing cancer treatment. The charity was started by a hairdresser- Jasmin Julia Gupta who felt that the trauma of hair loss was something that she could help with. Her charity provides wigs, customised hats for children and teenagers, image counselling, even school uniform designs. Their latest project is customising the soft caps the children wear with yarn wigs…..

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I thought that a soft band would be a good idea as I  didn’t want to use any fastenings that would irritate. So, if you are having a band you might as well have a crown, am I right?

The yarn choice was going to be so important, I thought cotton would be best, hospitals are so hot usually and side effects can make you hotter still, so this machine washable cotton in …ahem…chilly colours looked perfect….

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)I made a band with two rows of double crochet, a row of trebles and finished with another row of double crochet, the tiara effect was achieved with three repeats of the aptly named crown picot stitch…..

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You will see a lot of freezer bags as we go on as I have to keep the work as clean as possible to protect the vulnerable wearers.

Now I needed a lot of hair, so I cut a lot of lengths, that once attached would make two princess plaits……

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Once the hair was attached and plaited, it looked like this (with a clean pillowcase for protection)……….

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

I will be posting it off this week, I’m hoping that I can include some Frozen bobbles but will check with the charity first and then I will turn my attention to the second hat and see what other royal hair do’s I can think of!

It could have been quite a sad project to work on but it really has given me a lift, the thought that this might make a poorly poppet smile has really helped me get my own health problems in perspective. It also has helped me live up to my promise of carrying a bit of goodness in my heart.

If you have any tips or ideas for this project please get in touch or if you fancy having a go yourself pop over to their website http://www.cancerhaircare.co.uk

 

Kisses

 

karen