Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Creative Crafting Summer Blog Tour

I am very excited to be participating in the Creative Crafting Summer Blog Tour this August.

It's going to be lots of fun and I'm really looking forward to exploring some new crafty blogs!

Friday, 26 July 2013


I seem to be on a bit of a roll this week! I've been a little unwell this last fortnight (which has reduced any desire to go out into the heat!) so I have been restricted to indoor activities.

A little more experimentation later, I have created this pretty butterfly from Liberty fabrics and very thin flower-arranging-wire (if it has a posh name, I can't remember it!). 

This is not as small as the miniature doll I made earlier this week. In fact it is approximately the size and shape of the Purple Emperor butterfly at rest (7cm or 2 3/4in across the wings).

The wings are made in the same way as the flowers in this post from last year. The whole process was VERY fiddly but I'm quite pleased with the result.

I hope you like it! 

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Creating in Miniature

I have been playing this weekend.

Playing with ideas and wire; embroidery thread and lace; wooden beads and glue.

And the outcome?

This teeny-tiny Thumbelina of a doll. Or perhaps she's a Minpin, Borrower or Lilliputian. 

I intended to try making a matchbox-sized doll and found a wooden bead of about the right size for the head (just under a centimetre in diameter). Only, I got a little distracted by another bead...

...a smaller bead...

...a bead that was more like 4mm in diameter. And I started thinking...

Strangely enough, the matchbox-sized doll hasn't been made yet. But I have made her a little doll to play with (when I get round to creating her)!

This teeny, tiny doll measures just 2cm tall (just over 3/4in). She is made from very thin wire wrapped with a single strand of embroidery cotton. Her hair and ribbon are also made from embroidery cotton. Her skirt is 12mm wide lace.

I really don't know why I strive to make everything so small, but there is definitely something about miniatures that makes me smile...

 ...and, of course, there is that little part of me that wishes there really were fairies in the garden, or Borrowers under the floorboards...

Have a lovely week everyone!

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