So I am a dog person (not that I dislike cats just prefer dogs) I have a lovely 9 year old Pug called Gizmo, well I say I’m a dog person he sort of is a catdog he sleeps all day and only really likes to walk and be fed. So maybe he’s not a catdog his just an extremely lazy!! Anyway, all of that has nothing to do with what I’m talking about and as this is the year of FOCUS! Maybe I should focus on what I’m meant to be talking about as this is just babble (a normal person would delete the above but I’m just going to keep trucking on)
RIGHT… cats, so for all the wonderful cat loving people I have been designing cat silhouettes, it was incredibly hard to pick what the cat should be doing – running, lying all snuggled up or just sitting. I went with the running/ walking cat and I’m not sure this was the right choice. Does it need to be a bit bigger / more sturdy? As it does look a bit delicate, it will be solid enough but is it me or does it look a bit weird? Am I having a self-doubt sort of moment? Questioning what the hell am I doing? Ow how I have fallen from my whale high!
What do you think? Can the cats make it into the Etsy shop? Or is this just an epic CATastrophe or should I be more PAWsitive Ok sorry about the cat puns I just couldn’t help myself, this year of focus is already very testing.
I’ve popped it up for sale on the Etsy shop but please let me know if it needs to be voted OUT?
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I did it! I cut out the cutest damn pair of Whales I’ve ever seen. It’s like I just plucked them out of the sea and magiced them into earrings! Ok so I am a little bit biased… so you can make up your own minds! I have put a few pics below for your approval and I’m open to all opinions.
A little background – the behind the scenes making – First I started by googling (other search engines are available) whale photos and copied a few favourites into illustrator. Drew a few silhouette drawings, tweaked, texted a few friends to see which one they preferred and picked the winner.
Printed the drawings in a range of sizes as I wasn’t sure what size I fancied cutting. Used spray adhesive and picked the size & stuck the whale drawing directly to my silver sheet.
Now the best bit… the cutting out!! tunes definitely help with my cutting and I sing along (unfortunately for the hubby, but I think he secretly loves my unique singing style) sawing out my tiny whale earrings.
I file them nice and smooth, solder the posts, pop them in the barrelling machine, spend 5 hours tried to find them in the mix of silver shots. (well 10 minutes but it feels like hours and there’s always one sneaky earringI can’t find) Give em a polish! my second favourite part as they’re sooooooo shiny (may have been a magpie in a former life.)
TA DAH! See them in action in my Etsy Shop
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Had to share – Love this beautiful work by Lisa Ericson. It’s so magical and charming I just want to dip my toes in this amazing world she has created!
In an ongoing series of acrylic on wood paintings, artist Lisa Ericson conjures fantastical hybrid animals, or chimeras, that only exist in her vivid imagination. Based in Portland, Oregon, Ericson studied painting at Yale but embarked on a career in illustration and graphic design before returning to painting in 2013. To see more wonderful…
via Contemporary Chimeras by Lisa Ericson — TwistedSifter
I have been lacking on the blogging front this year but I am upping my game grrrr! I’m going to really try to be creative and use my time well. Last year I am calling it a business write off, I was mainly on my maternity leave with the arrival of my beautiful baby girl and she was my work break and I just enjoyed every day with my little bundle of joy. But now I’m back to the work grind, only part-time but I want to really develop my business and be at home to enjoy every moment with my girl and work when she naps or just become a night owl. I don’t want to miss a trick and I want to be an inspirational mother who she can look up to.
This year is THE YEAR OF THE ANIMAL and I’m going all out, I will be wearing bells an everything! After careful consideration, I feel I need to focus on my shop instead of getting distracted and giving everything a go (I feel I’ve created a shop of random items, which I just fancied making.) The year of the animal is going to be my shining year of FOCUS!
I will be making the tiniest range of hand sawn animal earrings, so watch this space! I want each piece to be a wonderful piece of mini artwork, a piece of my soul. Every item will be designed and sawn by my fair hand. I won’t make a mould and get a lot of castings, I want each item to be unique, and I want the love to shine through each piece.
Ok so now I’ve made my weird handmade pledge I better get to work! If you guys have any idea of animals you would like to see just let me know and I will get making! Tonight I am testing out a new whale design and I’m excited. This year is just going to be AWESOME I can feel it in my bones.
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Today we received a couple of lovely reviews from a super lovely customer. It makes the designing an making of our Christmas tree decorations even more extra special. I design all of the decorations and they are made in England near the sea side in Brighton!
What’s really lovely is they all have a glass effect but if one drops off the tree have no fear as they won’t break, so great for kids an grown ups alike.
We love to hear from our amazing customers an so pleased to have so many lovely 5 star reviews.
Visit our shop to see more here.
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We received a wonderful new review for a custom order of our xmas reindeer but extra large!
“I had a custom order. The reindeers were made bigger & they are gorgeous! Exactly what I wanted. Cannot wait for Christmas to hang them on my tree! Thank you :-)”
Did you know we are selling our Christmas Reindeer now in 3 sizes! Or you can make a custom order too!
Here’s a photo of our new teeny tiny Reindeer below.
I hope your all getting g into the Christmas spirit or is it still to early?!
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We now have our lovely Robin Christmas Tree Decorations for sale on our Etsy shop.
Our Robins have a gorgeous laser etched breast with an elegant cut through on the wing. The Robins are drawn an designed by myself an made in wonderful England.
Made from acrylic so even through it looks delicate if it falls off the tree it won’t break!!
Only £3.99 or get a discount when you buy 3! Only 79 more days till Christmas
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