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DIY Pink Feather Pen

Feeling very girly and inspired by the luminous pink spray paint staring at my on my desk – I thought I would try my hand at making a feather pen. Not a traditional old fashioned feather pen (you know, the kind you dip into an inkwell) but instead a thoroughly modern one with sporty go-faster stripes and all!

Feather DIY

Here is what you need to do to make this crazy cool feather pen:

What you will need:
A super long white feather.
Spray paint (in the colour of your choice)
Tape, I used washi tape as it’s not so sticky and wouldn’t ruin my feather when I pulled it off
A roller ball pen ink tube
Craft knife.

Step 1 & 2: Get all your goodies together.
Step 3: (Not pictured) Cut some tape to the thickness and lightly stick it on your feather. Lightly spray your feather – rather do a number of light coats to cover the feather completely than soak it in spray paint as it will go drippy and look horrid.
Step 4: Leave your feather to dry completely.
Step 5: Gently remove the tape.
Step 6: Cut off the tip of your feather then carefully cut your ink tube to fit inside the feather cavity – but be careful here as the ink might splash.
Step 7: Push your ink tube inside the feather – you may need to pop a drop of glue on the ink tube to secure it in place.

Voila – there you have it – a totally unique and very pretty feather pen, perfect for note taking and letter writing.

(Inspiration for this DIY came from Monster Circus – where they make a fab metallic version)

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

Brioche Pincushion

Brioche Pincushion

When I moved out of home I inherited my Mother’s lovely old pincushion. It’s a gorgeous vintage cushion made from silk and stuffed with sawdust (like they used to do in the old days). Sadly this much loved sewing box favourite is showing its age. The silk is slowly starting to perish and split and the sawdust is sneakily escaping – time for a new one.

So, on my next visit to the local fabric shop, I sifted through their stash of (not very exciting) pincushions. I wanted one that wasn’t too small and had some weight to it (else it would get would get knocked off tables etc too easily).
To my horror the nicest one they had cost R85. I could not bring myself to spend that kind of money on something that was really quite functional and not that lovely. After all, surely a pincushion is easy enough to make?

Never being one to dismiss a challenge I decided it had to be cheaper, and of course prettier, to make my own pincushion. So I set to work creating my new replacement. I used a brioche tin for the base (mainly to give the cushion a nice weight but also so that the pins wont poke through the bottom) and some quilting cotton for the top. I also covered the tiny button in the cotton and used embroidery thread to make the “segments”. Easy Peasy!
I bought extra moulds to play around with, so I am going to make the ladies in our family all their very own pincushions for Christmas.

Happiness – now my ever growing collection of pins have a very pretty new cushion to call home.

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)

Papernstitch

Thanks to my daily dose of Oh Joy! I found this fabulous “exhibition space” Papernstitch. It showcases artists and designers selling hand made goodies, there is some really amazing talent, well worth a visit. I find “dipping” into websites like this so inspiring. Now, if only I didn’t have to work today, I would love to potter about and attempt to make something pretty.

This gorgeous faun is from Sanfran67 one of the exhibitors on Papernstitch.

Sanfran67 also has some very pretty paper art on Etsy and well as on her website

Petit Patisserie

Just a quick post, seems I am going to be burning the midnight oil again. Here is a another example of calorie free pastries. These are made by KupKup. How cute!

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Cuckoo Clocks

I dream of one day having my own Cuckoo Clock, I love the idea of it chiming and ticking loudly, sort of reminds me of my childhood. In the interim I wouldn’t mind one of these delightful little Cuckoo Clock brooches. Made by Vienna Horses, you have to check out all the other gorgeous pieces, like a wolf with a bird in his tummy and a dreamy bird cloud brooch. Really cute.

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