Sunday, 1 February 2015

Coasters, Mouse Mats, Mugs and Notebooks


 Here we are at the start of February already and the landscape begins to look a little more colourful. It is certainly very colourful around here with the arrival of new work from the print workshop.
I'm delighted with these new coasters. They are the same four designs that I had made into coasters back in December but the colours have come out better and are more true to the original pictures. 




The coasters come Gift Box as a treat to yourself or ready to give as a present. 


Also back in stock are all these Notebooks.

Pretty Bird Notebook
£5.95

My Notebooks are spiral bound and alternate between plain and ruled pages making them perfect for sketching and keeping notes.


I ran out of the design below last year so it's back by popular demand.



Lupins and Sheep Notebook
£5.95

Moon Gazing Hare Notebook
£5.95


Hannah's House Notebook
£5.95


Dolphin Notebook
£5.95


Island and Gulls Notebook
£5.95

Highland Cow Notebook
£5.95


Vibrant Hills Notebook
£5.95
You can find them all for sale here 

I was sorting through my printed cards the other day to see which designs needed topped up and was I was stunned to realise that I actually have around 35 different designs in stock! And yet I always seem to need more! haha

'Home for Supper' below is one of my constant best sellers and is now back in stock.


'Washing Day' is also popular and as with all my cards, they look great framed.


I'm pleased to have all four of my mug designs back in stock as well.


Each Mug comes with it's own matching Gift Box



I am planning a new addition to the mug collection. I have had this image in my head for months of mauvey hills and flowers in the foreground so I made it last week and have sent it off to the printers and hope to have the new mug very soon.

The original will go on sale as soon as I have a frame for it. This is a virtual frame. It's great fun playing around with all the colour options and wood effects. I generally opt for white stained wood with a double mount.
Below is the same frame in Ivory.
Feel free to comment on which you prefer :)


And last but not least, my printed Mouse Mats are back in stock.
There are four designs to choose from.
Cottage by The Stream, Harvey the Highland Cow, Distant Shore and Hannah's House.



So among all this frenzy of ordering exciting new things, I have also been busy working on orders and making a few boxes.

I got all my favourite fabrics and threads out the other week to make a background using my needle felting embellisher machine.
I really enjoy this process of choosing a variety of different materials in toning colours and meshing them all into a textured piece ready for over sewing.


The piece in question was a lid for a box featuring a dolphin for a change.
This box measures 10 x 10 x 6 cm and is made with Harris Tweed as well as vintage Shetland Tweed and the needle felted lid.



Another box I made recently was this raspberry red and green silk one for a commission. I teamed the felt lid up with a reddish pink Harris Tweed. I gave the lid a sparkling of gold and a bit of free machine embroidery just to add a bit of detail. 


That's me almost finished my commissions, just one to go. I'll be concentrating now on making some larger framed pieces for a Gallery and making stock for my upcoming events.



Sunday, 25 January 2015

Thistle's, Sheep and Forward Planning

January is usually a month to enjoy a bit of creative play time but I have had quite a few commission's to work on over the past couple of weeks and I'm constantly thinking ahead to what I need to make for shop orders and upcoming events so I haven't really had time to just play around with materials and let the creative process take over.

When I am working on commissions there is always a waiting time for felt to dry though, so I put that time to good use and made this picture last week.


The thistle's are a new addition. I hadn't tried them before. I began with using embroidery thread for the stems and leaves but it was too stark so I unpicked it all and needle felted the stems in two tone fibre instead. It has given a much more natural look.

I added some sheep and framed it and it sold as soon as it was finished. I have a request for another similar but will get one up for general sale as soon as I can.


I enjoyed needle felting the thistles onto the picture so much that I thought I would try an individual one on a brooch. I really like the three dimensional effect. I used little French knots to secure the felt and to add texture but I will try some tiny seed beads on the next one to see how that looks. The added 'bling' might be nice.




I was nearly out of Sheep Jewellery for a few weeks there but I have been working very hard to replenish stock in my Etsy shop.


Pendants £25


These pendants and brooches are now available. I'll be working on more earrings this week.


Brooches £18


Two dates for your diaries are March 14th and 15th for Edinburgh Yarn Festival at Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ
I will be there with all my woolly wares.


Although it sounds a long time away, Open Studios North Fife is on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May this year and all the participants are already working hard behind the scenes to bring you a wonderful weekend of inspiration and creativity. It is the 10th Anniversary year and some extra projects are in the pipeline.

I will be at my usual venue in Ladybank



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Hello 2015!

What a difference a couple of weeks makes! January always feels so different to December doesn't it? One day we are in the depths of the deepest darkest month, a couple of weeks a few parties later and we are out the other side with the light getting brighter and the winter sunshine lasting just that wee bit longer every day.

I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and got a bit of a break over the holidays.
We did all that we wanted too with walks walked, snow sledged, shops shopped, songs sung and time spent with family and friends. It was a busy couple of weeks and I don't feel like I have made anything for over a month! 


One of the highlights of our holidays was taking another trip into highland Perthshire and walking beyond The Hermitage over to The Rumbling Bridge.


It was a glorious day with a light frost on the ground making it much less muddy for walking.


In all my years visiting The Hermitage I had never taken the path up and over the moor. It was beautiful.


 The Braan River tumbles spectacularly down an incredible drop under the Rumbling Bridge, giving the bridge it's name. It was actually really hard to capture on camera for fear of falling over the edge of the bridge or down the steep sides of the gully.


It looks lovely and calm here in between the little falls in the distance and the great drop just a bit further on.


Another highlight was going in search of some snow! We promised our daughter and her wee friend that we would take them sledging so we set off for Glenshee in the hope that the snow they'd had hadn't melted yet.



It didn't look too promising on the journey up but as we rounded the bend at Cairnwell we could see there were plenty of patches suitable for sledging.


I got very wet because I landed in a burn but we will gloss over that!

The view coming back down the glen was stunning.



As the sun rays broke through the clouds the whole scene before us changed and we were treated to a little dancing light show.


The two weeks of madness were rounded off with my Mums annual party where songs were sung, tunes were played and plenty of food and drink were enjoyed.


I'm trying my best to get back into work mode and started by making some new felt yesterday.


I bought the fibres before the holidays and was very excited to finally use them. Not sure what I am going to make yet but I have a few ideas ruminating. 

My SALE is still ongoing and can be found here
Many items are Half Price including my 2015 Calendar. 



My next event is Edinburgh Yarn Festival on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of March. I know it's only January but if you are into all things knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and dying, you will want to add this event to your Calendar now.
Here is a link to the list of vendors attending. It's very exciting! I'll be working on all things felty and sheepy for my stall.



Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Annual SALE now on.

My annual SALE is now online in my Folksy shop.

I have many items available at Half Price or less.


Pendants from £10


Earrings from £7.50


Brooches from £7.50


Prints from £18

Only one available of most items.
Guest check out is available.
You can see everything on offer here
Items are displayed over two pages. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
aileenclarkecrafts@yahoo.com

I'd like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has supported me and my work this year. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to lots of good things in 2015.




Wednesday, 10 December 2014

December


I've been trying to update my blog for over two weeks now but keep getting interrupted with one thing or another. I've had these photos of Loch Tay loaded since the end of November! First thing I would like to say though is a big hello and thank you to all of you who follow along by email notification. It's great to have you all there and I appreciate your interest in my work.
Things have calmed down a little bit since the craziness of October and November but I still have lots to keep me busy.

We took a day off a couple of weeks ago and drove up to Loch Tay on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon to revisit all the places that my husband and I went to on the day he proposed 12 years ago.


I have always loved this area and never tire of going back. 
After so many dull days in November, it was wonderful to see the sun again.



The Autumn colours on the north side of the loch shone gold in the late afternoon sun.


It brought to mind the words of The Loch Tay Boat Song

'When I've done my work of day
And I row my boat away,
Down the waters of Loch Tay
As the evening light is fading.
And I look upon Ben Lawers
Where the after glory glows,
And I think on two bright eyes 
And the merry mouth below.'



The sun was gone by the time we reached The Hermitage but a bright moon shone through the trees.



Back to what's new though, I've been busy making lots of jewellery for wholesale orders and got some made for my Etsy shop as well.

Only two bracelets available at the moment.
£20 including Gift Box


Lots of pendants and earrings though.
Pendants £24 and £20
Earrings £18


It is very difficult to convey in a photo the iridescent qualities of the fabrics I use in my jewellery. When I add the glass or resin on top, it magnifies the iridescence even more so I have tried to capture the effect in this video clip.
I know I need to work on my videoing skills but you get the idea.






The square pendants measure 3.3 x 3.3 cm and really catch the light beautifully.



These earrings are all on handmade sterling silver ear wires made by Anne Miller at Newburgh. I love Anne's ear wires. Each pair is slightly different and the quality is excellent.





I have closed my order book for cushions and coasters as they take a while to get to me and then have to be posted on and may get delayed with the busy post at this time of year.
I do have one of each of these in stock and ready to post though.


Harvey the Highland Cow measures 30 x 30cm
£28 plus p+p


And I have these two larger cushions at 45 x 45 cm
£38 plus p+p

They have both turned out well but I particularly like the greens and blues in the one above.


                                               

I also have a few sets of coasters ready to post. 


They come gift wrapped and well packaged for safe delivery. I can also add a note and send directly to the recipient at no extra cost.

Coasters £14.95 plus p+p


I've had a wee commission to work on this week which has been nice. Some new felt making supplies have also arrived so I am looking forward to putting them to good use.
I love making felt for the sheer pleasure of seeing how the fibres work together and the spontaneous results that ensue. 

I've been toying with the idea of having some knitting bags printed. This is quite a nice sized jute bag with one of my pictures printed on it. I'll continue developing the idea and let you know when they are available.







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