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That Ain't Gonna Wash Off!

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This week something totally WILD happened - one of my great friends went out and got herself a fabulous smiley lion face tattoo featuring my design! What an incredible honour to have one of my drawings permanently inked onto someone else's body - I think it works really well as a cute and simple tattoo design. Tattoo by Tofu Tattoo, Perth, Australia You can see more work by the very talented artist who did the actual tattoo on  her Instagram .  This has reminded me; super fans will remember that I sold temporary tattoos a while ago, one of which was this design. What do we think - maybe they need to make a comeback? 😀 Bye for now! Sarah

Merino Wool Crochet Slippers

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I haven't posted for a while as I've been adjusting to some changes in my routine but I wanted to share my latest finished personal project - these fab crocheted slippers that I made all for myself! I have had the pattern for these for quite a long time and managed to find some merino yarn in my stash that worked with the pattern too. I've never made slippers or socks before, but found the pattern (a mix of double and treble crochet worked in the round) to be fairly easy and quick to make.  Since this was a stash project, I changed the colours from the original pattern but I really like the contrast of the green and purple that I used. I hear that merino wool regulates body temperature, wicks away sweat and eliminates odours so it's something of a super-fibre and probably great for slippers. They've certainly served me well so far and haven't slipped off my feet as I feared they might and the big pompoms make me feel very jolly. In progress I'm looking forwa

T-shirt Printing at the Forest Arts Centre

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Last week I took on a children's t-shirt printing workshop at the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton. I really wanted to give the workshop an eco-friendly angle, so I collected lots of found objects from discarded handles to single use plastics in various shapes and sizes and we used these dipped in specialist paint to create repeating and abstract patterns.  After giving minimal instructions I let the kids experiment on sheets of paper before printing their t-shirts and they came up with some wonderfully creative and colourful designs to wear on their Easter holidays. I'll let the shirts speak for themselves! A sample shirt created by me! A few experiments on paper... ...Before the real thing! I love how each t-shirt came out completely differently, with every one expressing something about the personality of its wearer. The children really seemed to enjoy it, they didn't get too messy and weren't phased by facing the blank white canvas of a t-shirt! A success all around

Upcoming Markets for Easter!

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If you've noticed that I've been a bit quiet the last month or so, it's because I've been busily preparing for two upcoming markets happening over Easter. The first is the epic South Coast Makers Market Pop Up at Bobby's Department Store in Bournemouth: And if you can't make it to that one (or you just can't get enough of me), then you can also find me at the always brilliant Handmade Wimborne on 10th April at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne. Hope to see you there! Sarah :)

You're Grrreat!

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Hello!  I unveiled a new card design last month; if you like my lion design but have always wondered where his body went, then this one is for you! It's available in my Etsy shop  and is perfect for many occasions; new babies, thank yous, birthdays, anniversaries and Mother's and Father's Day! Take a look at my  Greetings Cards  now! I'm looking forward to unveiling some more exciting news soon... but for now that's it from me. Sarah :)

Children's Craft Workshops for 2022 - Hampshire and New Forest

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Hi there! Further to my last blog post I can now announce that I have a really exciting craft workshop for kids coming up in the Easter holidays - Easter Egg t-shirt printing! Make your tummy look just like an Easter Egg by creating colourful printed patterns and shapes using reclaimed materials. For more information or to book, please use this link . This will be an exciting and artistic one for budding young designers, or just anyone who fancies expressing themselves creatively via the medium of the t-shirt! It might get messy so wear your casual comfies. 😉 See ya soon! Sarah

Adult Craft Workshops for 2022 - Hampshire and New Forest

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Hello! I'm really excited to share the first of my planned workshops for 2022, which are based in Hampshire. These are aimed at adults and we will be learning how to sew eco-friendly reusable cloth pads, which are great to keep or to gift for your eco-conscious friends! Visit the websites at  Ashcroft Arts Centre  or  Forest Arts Centre  to find out more and book. This is a project that I have been passionate about and planning to get underway for a while and I'm so excited that it's finally coming to fruition! If you can't make the classes but you're interested in making your own reusable pads you can buy my craft kit on Etsy . It comes with instructions and materials - you just need a basic sewing kit and sewing machine (although you could hand sew if you prefer)! I'm really looking forward to things picking back up again in 2022 after so much uncertainty over the last couple of years and I'll hope to see you at one of my classes or events. Bye for now, Sa

Folk Embroidered Felt Birds - Corinne Lapierre

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Happy new year one and all! For my first post of 2022 I wanted to write about this lovely book which I was given as a Christmas gift a few years ago from my friend Wendy Nutt because it's proven to be a really useful one that I go back to time and again to create unique gifts for my friends and family. If you're interested in embroidery and specifically want to give 3D creations a try, I would definitely recommend it! The book has full instructions and illustrations, with templates for each bird in the back. I've made around half of the birds in the book, here is some of my handiwork: Dove Robin Puffin Seagull Peacock Flamingo! City Dove Goose Parrot! I'm glad that I decided to write this blog post actually because it has really shown me how much my photography skills are improving (assisted by getting an updated phone). The 'Folk Embroidered Felt Birds' books inspired me so much that this Christmas I even had a go at drafting my own pattern for a partridge and