Pippa Alice

A little craft diary

Happy Halloween 31 October, 2010

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A bit late in the day but Happy Halloween from Pippa Alice

(I love Halloween even though my dress up this time was just wearing a bat necklace!!)


Also apparently Christmas is nearly upon us so I took the oppotunity to buy these awesome deers from Paperchase. They also have a stag with a nice necklace



27 October, 2010

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new business card design

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I’ve been playing around with drawing lettering and have created a quick business card (Moo mini card size) for the craft fair I am going to at the end of Nov.


Land Girl 24 October, 2010

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Land Girl

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New painting. Possibly for an exhibition. Hope you like


Last weekend (and stuff) 15 October, 2010

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I suppose I should write this up since it is nearly next weekend already!

Last weekend was full of artiness and craftiness. On Friday I went to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace. As I am not much of a sewer (I do like to sew by hand a bit but get frustrated with my ancient sewing machine and have never once been able to set the tension to something other than ‘incredibly annoying’.) so at least half of the exhibition is completely foreign to me. I cannot imagine a time where I will ever have the patience to sew a quilt.

But even so I bought a few things:

500g of wensleydale wool top and about 4-5g of dyed locks and two gorgeous patterns.
This book of vintage patterns. I am hoping I can make the Xmas sweater (not shown there) in time to wear to work on the 24th!
A lovely vintage style enamelled brooch by buddug.

I also looked at the Habu textiles yarn shop which was very gorgeous and completely overpriced for me. But the star of the show for me was The Glass Pingle. I’ve encountered these beautiful buttons and haberdashery before in Prick your finger, east London. She has an etsy and you can also buy the buttons in Loop. Expensive but unlike Habu 100% worth the cash.

Afterwards I went and sat out on the hill and looked at London and attempted to finish the beret I am knitting. (It went wrong. I am trying again. Wish me luck.) I met a nice doggie.

Alexandra Palace. It’s so romantic in autumn.

The Ally Pally transmitter. Not shown: The Doctor holding Maureen Lipman inna box.

Sunday I visited Kensington Gardens with Nikki to see the Anish Kapoor scultures. The first one we encountered was the small sky mirror which to be honest (and I love Anish Kapoor) was entirely underwhelming. Even the geese seemed rather unbothered. Though I’ve never seen a goose look really super interested in art.

The three other pieces were more interesting and I’ve always loved how interactive his work is. I always find myself taken in by the sweeping curves. Even though you can’t actually touch it you can move around and get a new experience every time and the unexpected shapes in the middle of the park are amazing.

Sadly I forgot my camera but you can see pictures of the pieces with the artist posing self consciously next to them here.

We also visited the Serpentine Gallery who are showing an exhibition of Kara Liden’s work. The work is very eclectic so there is probably at least one piece in there you will find yourself interested in. I vaguely liked the slowed down moonwalk video but my favourite pieces were the triptych of videos of the artist throwing bits of stuff into an urban river and a room of layered found posters.

Best of all, it was all free!!

My friend Katy is walking 78 miles through London for charity in memory of her father. Her sister brought her down this gorgeous puppet made by her father when he was 8. It’s incredible.

Katy and I went to the Things exhibit at the Wellcome yesterday. The blog and flickr group are already incredibly interesting.

These are the things I put in.

And here they are on the website. It was lovely to chat to the artist and to see all the things and curios and weirdness that people put in.

Katy put in some socks which used to belong to her father and now belong to her. I’ll put up the link when they are up on the web. She managed to persuade the artist to put them in on the 1st May which is the day she will be walking London.

Also Aug from the lovely H Bird has brought it to my attention that H Bird’s album Operation: Fascination is on Amazon. Which means my artwork is on Amazon. I can’t even begin to tell you how damn exciting this is.


very old blog entries ftw 13 October, 2010

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[this is an entry from a long time ago that I never posted. I guess now is as good a time as any]

I’d never thought of gingerbread as much of an art form before but I’ve spent all today looking at epicute.com which is a fantastic blog.

(I prefer picture blogs in a lot of ways, it takes me a long time to disseminate words but it’s so easy to look at a picture and drinking it in. The pleasure of looking is so different from the pleasure of reading. If I read a beautiful sentence it wurrs my brain into gear and I think about lots of things, which is what takes me time to read anything but looking is so instant and it kind of exists for itself so I don’t have to look at it 100 times to understand it or to think about it. /blether)

Gingerbread birdhouse! Seriously amazing

Mini gingerbread house for your latte

This fashion-y house is just gorgeous

Valentine’s gingerbread

Incredibly true to the film UP! gingerbread house

If you only feel like clicking one link click the UP! one.

(NB. I’ve never entirely understood putting so much hard work into something edible unless it is for a very special occasion but I guess the impermanence of it is part of the art. Still I feel sad that something really beautiful will be nommed. Even if it is really REALLY nommy)

In other arty crafty news. Trust me to find a flickr group called superhero fine art.

My favourite painting is this one of Rogue

The Superman

Well what is it?


Batgirl looking, well, a bit confused but still gorgeous.

The Wonder


WW and Ivy

And here is my quickly sketched drawing of my favourite super villian Harley

Harley Quinn

Action figures tiered cake.


Starting with a little light linkspam 7 October, 2010

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Starting with a little light linkspam

Amazing intense double rainbow necklace

(It took me ages to catch on to the double rainbow thing. Amanda F Palmer kept going on about it but I thought it was another one of her impenetrable ‘fan’ things that I never understand.)

I want to cry at the beauty of this lady’s house. And at the mess my house is. (I realise crafty bloggers are supposed to sell the domestic goddess dream but mine is more the ‘where the hell is the remote?’ ‘what the hell is that doing there’ (as I trip up) dream.)

I am a geek, and a crafty person so I love this plush representation of the Discworld.

I’d really like something similar but solid as a coffee table (Okay, so, I have only read 2 Discworld novels but look at the thing, it is amazing!)

Everyone has blogged this but look at the updated xkcd map of online communities. Click on it to bring it up bigger. The detail is insane.


I’ve been attempting CRAFT and ART recently. Yesterday I came home to a big bag of wool left for me by my Mum. I’ve picked out about 300g of grey blue pure wool which must be at least 20 years old but looks good as new. It was spun in Peru I am reliably informed by the label. I’m going to make a beret with it but after that I am slightly stumped (I am also stumped as to the location of the beret I bought last year hence me having to make one.)

I also recently made a pinboard. I bought the pretty pins you see here in advance. Then I realised I needed a pinboard.

a pin board with pins

I reasoned that pretty pinboards are expensive so therefore making one will be cheap. Anyone with a scientific background will realise that this is nonsense and that there doesn’t have to be a correlation between handmade things being cheaper and shopbought ones being more expensive.

Anyway… so I bought a gigantic frame of doom on ebay (It’s just huge, A2 sized and then a bit more) and some cork which was marketed to people who like to set up toy trains.

Then I bought a vast amount of superglue and went about inaccurately gluing the cork in two layers. Only I ran out of glue and left the second part of cork on the floor. My cat, Ginny, got hold of it and ripped it to shreds. She then tried to eat it. *facepalms* Anyway I managed to salvage enough and I glued on the second layer. Instead of using a knife I just ripped out bits where it didn’t fit. Anyway, it looks quite nice as long as you don’t look at the back!

And because everyone loves a process post I though I’d show you how I turn a sketch into a finished item.

Here is a page from my sketchbook (cruelly ripped out to go on the lightbox) that I started with when designing ‘Fort Awesome’ the living space of my dear friend Bec. Bec is a white stripes fan, hence the flag and O.

And here is the finished thing. It’s a tiny bit wonky but that’s the thing with hand-drawn stuff. I basically just drew round the outline and then took it away from the lightbox and filled it in. I changed some things, made some towers bigger etc, which I find works quite well with drawings of buildings but can be complicated when doing faces as a tiny change to a face changes the whole expression.

Tomorrow I am going to the knitting and stitching show. The past 2-3 years I have always said I WILL GO TO THIS THING and I have always been shockingly broke in October. I am still broke but am going to go anyway.


Dinos 6 October, 2010

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Originally uploaded by gemma correll

I adore Gemma Correll and I adore dinosaurs and I adore being a veggie so I give this illustration 10/10.