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Pretty Pretty Kitties

Okay, I have to admit it – I am completely addicted to that TV show “The Great Bristish Sewing Bee”. It basically a show where contestants are challenged with various weekly sewing tasks – at the end of each week one contestant is eliminated leaving us with the final week where a winning “Sewing Bee” is crowned.

So – to get my creative juices flowing, I dusted off my trusted sewing machine and tackled making some softies that I have been imagining making for a while now. After lots of sketching, planning, pattern making, adjusting and re-adjusting – a litter of three kitties where born. What a proud mummy am I?

Naturally to put these new creations to the ultimate test I had to try them out on the smallest people I know – my twin niece and nephew. After much pulling, prodding, stroking, hugging and kissing my kitty trio where finally given the toddler seal of approval. Dominic did not want to go home without his new friends and Annabelle kept saying, “They are cute – They are cute!” – so I am super chuffed!

I thought I would give you a sneak preview of my little kittens. I plan on putting them (and more of their siblings) up on my online store (on Hello Pretty) – so watch this spot for more info. In the interim if you are interested in getting your paws on an original Pretty Pretty Kitty, let me know – I would love to create a kitty for you.

Pretty Pretty Kitty

Pretty Pretty Kitty

Pretty Pretty Kitty

Blog Makeovers and Website Design

Are you wanting to start 2014 on a fresh, clean note? Is your blog or website looking a little tired and in need of some love? Why not give me a shout, a Blog Makeover could be just what is needed.

Blog Makovers - Pretty Pretty

Yes, I know – you have every intention of attending to this daunting task, but you are super busy – and somehow your portfolio/website/blog design always gets reprioritized, eventually falling off the list entirely.
Well don’t waste anymore time putting off this simple and fun task – give me a shout now? I could help out!

Along with doing all sorts of digital design, I also love helping out fellow bloggers with livening up their much loved blogs.

Hey, giving your website/blog/portfolio a refresh should not be a painful experience – in fact it should give you the boost you need to make 2014 the best year yet, so give me a shout – I would love to help you get back in the swing of things.

Why not check out my portfolio to see some of the recent work I have done.

I look forward to a year of lots of fabulous makeovers – book yours now!

Delicious Food Pairing Cufflinks

Valentines day is less than a month away and the quest for the perfect gift for the man in your life has begun. If your fella is a bit of a foodie (and snappy dresser) then you are in luck. Check out my latest Pretty Pretty collection: the Food Pairing Cufflinks. There are Coffee and Doughnuts, Beer and Pretzels, Cookies and Milk and many more. Check it out on Hello Pretty and Hello Man.

Food Pairing Cufflinks

Hero Pins are finally available

As promised, I have loaded some of my new Hero Pins onto the Hello Pretty website. Check them out here. They are going for R120 each and would make a lovely gift for the man in your life (or even for yourself?)

Please also note that all my Crazy Animal Brooches are on a Spring Sale – only R100 each! Get them while you can.

Hero Pins

Hero Pins Coming Soon

I have been tinkering away at my latest craft project for a while now, and I thought I would share with you a sneak peak before I put any of my products onto Hello Pretty.

So, something for the boys… (with a little drum roll) here are a few of my Hero Pins. These old school war pins are in fact tiny cameos (illustrated by me) of the most recognisable silhouetted heros of all time. Amongst the bunch are John Wayne, ALfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein. I have cast each resin cameo in a little silver plague and finished it off with some matching grosgrain ribbon.
These cameos look so cool worn on a lapel of a smart suit jacket as well as a casual denim number. Very dapper and terribly suave!

Of course I have also made a girly equivalent and will be photographing and loading those soon.

Pretty Pretty Hero Pins

More Crazy Brooches

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Its been a while since I updated my stock of mad brooches, so here are four more little critters.
I am about to add a whole new collection to my Pretty Pretty Products so watch this space.

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In the meantime if you are keen to purchase any of these and other corsage brooches, take a trip to Hello Pretty, where you can find my entire collection (and lots of other gorgeous goodies!)

 

 

 

New Product – Beasty Trophies

Pretty Pretty Beasty Trophies

New Collection – the Beasty Trophies.
I can happily say that only a small menagerie of plastic animals where harmed in the making of these little adornments. I can also vouch for the fact that each creature lead a full and happy exsistance and voluntarily gave their life for fashion, so that they could be immortalized in one of my new little Beasty Trophies.

Each Beasty Trophy brooch costs R125 (excluding postage)
Postage to anywhere within South Africa is around R25.
If you’re purchasing from beyond our shores, then please and I will get a quote for the postage.

Have you made your pick, which is your favorite?
If you are interested in purchasing any of these brooches , and let me know exactly which beastie took your fancy. I will then send you my banking details and pop the your Beasty Trophy in the post to you.

Watch this space – more Trophies are being hunted

Latest addition: Black Cats

Pretty Pretty Black Cats
Pretty Pretty Black Cats
Pretty Pretty Black Cats
Pretty Pretty Black Cats

Finally they are here, please welcome the Black Cat Collection.
For those of you who have seen these little gems before, they where inspired by a 50 movie audition (see previous post here).

Each Black Cat brooch costs R125 (excluding postage)
Postage to anywhere within South Africa is around R25.
If you’re purchasing from beyond our shores, then please and I will get a quote for the postage.

So which little Black Cat has stolen your heart?
If you are interested in purchasing any of these brooches , and let me know exactly which beastie took your fancy. I will then send you my banking details and pop your Black Cat in the post to you.

Watch out for the Beasty Trophies, soon to be released

New Brooch Collection – Ugly Ducklings

Pretty Pretty Ugly Ducklings

Please welcome Lily, Rosie and Emma – the three Ugly Ducklings.
These demure little ducklings are perfect for a pretty sundress or even on the brim of a straw hat.

Each Ugly Duckling brooch costs R125 (excluding postage)
Postage to anywhere within South Africa is around R25.
If you’re purchasing from beyond our shores, then please and I will get a quote for the postage.

Interested in adopting an Ugly Duckling?
If you are interested in purchasing any of these brooches , and let me know exactly which beastie took your fancy. I will then send you my banking details and pop the lucky Duck in the post to you.

Up next – Black Cats

New Product – Wild Beastie Brooches

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Please welcome the Wild Beasties Collection.
Finally my first batch of brooches are ready for the outside world. This little gathering of wild (and not so wild) animals are all dying to be pinned to a pretty blouse or dashing lapel. Each brooch is completely unique and individually named.

Each Wild Beastie brooch costs R125 (excluding postage)
Postage to anywhere within South Africa is around R25.
If you’re purchasing from beyond our shores, then please and I will get a quote for the postage.

Have you made your pick, which is your favorite?
If you are interested in purchasing any of these brooches , and let me know exactly which beastie took your fancy. I will then send you my banking details and pop the lucky Wild Beastie in the post to you.

Soon to be revealed, the next Brooch Collection – Ugly Ducklings!

Black Cats Sneak Peek

Yippee, I am nearly ready to reveal my little treasures to the world!
The last few weeks have been a mad cycle of photographing and editing and re-photographing and re-editing but finally I see light at the end of this crazy tunnel.

For someone who’s design career thus far has been entirely online, I feel surprisingly nervous putting my product up for everyone to gawk at. I am sure lots of crafters have had similar experiences?
I suppose its because what I do, as a craft, is so much more intimate than my digital design work. Not that I don’t get really passionate about my digital work, but with that work there is always a client and a brief and a (normally mad) deadline to keep in mind, so lots of external factors influence each digital design.
However, with my crafting, each piece is made with no one other than me in mind. If I think something is going to be pretty, or cute, or to die for, then that’s what I make. Simple!

As I am so excited to finally see all my little babies coming to life, I thought I would post a quick sneak peek of one of the ranges of my brooches. This little collection is called “Black Cats” and is inspired by this wonderful series of photos (by Ralph Crane) from 1961. It is thought that these audition photos could have been for Roger Corman’s “Tales of Terror” (1962), which is a film adaptation of a trio of Edgar Allen Poe stories including “The Black Cat”.
Read more here and see all the pics here.

I just love how the all the cat owners where so beautifully dressed and how pampered those black kitties looked. I simply had to immortalise these hollywood starlets in a brooch.


(photos from: LIFE, click here for more)