Pippa Alice

A little craft diary

Gators gonna gait 28 February, 2011

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Some lovely linkspam to cheer your Monday:

I love this baby sno leopard so much it hurts a bit. I wish she was my very own sno leopard but tbh I don’t know how to care for her properly and she’d probably eat my cats. I am quite fond of my cats. I am a wee bit obsessed with snow leopards, they are beautiful creatures and they are very endangered.

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Dalek dress! Perfect for all cocktail parties hosted by people you don’t like.

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I don’t really understand, despite copious Googling, what this is about or where it is from:

But it makes me die a little inside of happiness. (NB if you do know what it is can you pls let me know so I can linkback to copyright holder)

Red hair fetishes are the best

I got my Wonder Woman make up on Friday, and a LOT of comics. I think I am geeked up for the next month or so!

 

A Quick One… 21 February, 2011

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H Bird the awesome band who I did artwork for had their album featured in Mojo magazine. Here’s a scan of the review. It’s a bit unfair to suggest they are quite so derivative but they do share a lot of heartbreak and good times with St Et. (click for big!)

H bird Mojo review

Anyway this is a super exciting thing because they deserve loads of recognition. YEY!

Remember you can download the album on iTunes, Amazon or on Corporate Records

 

Many Things 17 February, 2011

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Firstly, My dear, dear, snuggly and lovely friend, Bec has done an amazing thing. She is a writer and poet and currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing. This is her portfolio for the poetry element of her course. 1/ I love these kind of things, it’s like a dolls’ house and you don’t know what you will find hiding inside each door and 2/ two of the poems are based on drawings I did. She’s basically the most excellent person ever. I love her. ❤

Click here to have a read

Last night I emailed my favourite museum the Wellcome collection (My dream job would be working for them!) and said I’d love it if they ran an exhibition of medical based craft. I am completely obsessed with science and medicine craft. I will blog about it one day and it will take up a lot of space!

Secondly, I’ve been busy making recently:

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I’ve just finished this hat which I made with very old pure wool yarn from a charity shop. The colour is really soft and beautiful and it’s actually a nice yarn. I wanted to make a lacy beret but it turns out I wasn’t really sure how to do that so instead I made this weird gathered thing. I really love it though I doubt I could recreate it. It’s properly a I’m-not-sure-what-I’m-doing one of a kind. The brooch is my Grandma’s. It’s too delicate really to be on the hat but I think it looks cute for now. Finishing the hat was a bit difficult as Bob (My black cat.) kept attacking the yarn and I couldn’t get to it. Sigh.

I still have 2.5 balls of this stuff. Not really sure what to do with them. I am really being harsh on myself with buying yarn. And because I want to buy some to make something from my vintage knitting book I have decided to use up as much yarn as possible so I can BUY MORE!

Yeah I am a disgusting hoarder, I know.

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I also turned this mini top hat I made with handspun from Prick your finger into a pencil holder. I quite like this use for it. For ages it was sitting around So don’t ever give up on your finished objects, they may become something else that is awesome.

Tortoise

As part of my ‘Project knit things you haven’t before’ I knitted this toy Tortoise called Sheldon from Knitty.

I kind of love him and was sad to see him go off to his new home with a brand new tiny human.

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I have also made this little book as a birthday present for my friend Kate. I am planning on making her Beowulf socks but until this time she got this. More pics at my flickr.

I got the idea from one of the many craft blogs I follow. If I ever work out which one I will provide a link. I love mini books, I need to have a stronger idea of what I am drawing though. I just chose really random things for this one. The next time I do this I might use a hinge or something like that as the book cover.

I have several things on the TO DO pile. Most of them are either vintagey patterns (like the delicious and very difficult looking lace gloves which I’ve been meaning to make for aprox 3 years.) or Mori girl inspired. I love that woodland natural flow-y thing. My favourite pattern maker for that type of thing is currently Tiny Owl Knits. I love the deer poncho, kitten and bird’s nest mitts and the bo peep scarf. I clearly need to make ALL THESE THINGS!

I also really want to make the William it was really nothing gloves (I have the pattern, just need the yarn…oh except I am not allowed new yarn…BOO!) and I am currently in love with these steampunk patterns by the Jane Victoria. (I do like a nice slice of Victoriana) :

And these ones by sanguine gryphon. Clearly before I begin my course I am making myself some greek vase socks. I might design one with the ladies watering dildos on them. (did I dream this? Is it an actual vase pattern?)

One more link (which appears to be down atm! :/), if you haven’t read Darwin Carmichael is going to hell I strongly recommend it. It’s the story of an alternate universe where mythical characters hang around. Darwin is going to hell because he cause the Dali Lama brain damage and is currently trying to reset his karma. I am not sure that description really makes it sound as good as it is. It’s written and drawn by two girls and is funny and clever and has a very cute Tween Manticore. What more can you want?

I finish this post with a picture of Ginny in her bed because cats rule the internet.

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Craft Fair 16 February, 2011

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Right I totally suck, I still haven’t written up the winter craft fair I was at months ago. After this I will post about my finished crafts and other assorted things I need to remember.

This was my first craft fair and it was Very Very cold. However it was also fun and I got to meet lots of other crafty people and illustrators. Also two people bought me mulled wine. One of them was a complete stranger who also bought a few cards. Thank you complete stranger, you cheered my day up no end.

I am quite shy, not painfully ‘I cannot possibly ever talk’ shy, but ‘oh what do I say now? I’ve caused an akward silence, oh the shame!’ shy.

At no point when preparing for the fair had I thought about this aspect of it, I had a float, I had stock and pretty displays, I had price tags, however I had no idea what to say when my first customer came up. This was me —> “…”.

And I panicked. Which made the silence worse. Luckily my other brain, which seems to kick in when I have completely lost it, told me off and started asking how first customer was and talking about what I do. Phew! By the end I was much more ‘BUY MY STUFF, It’s pretty awesome, right?’. I didn’t even know I had that in me.

I have so far entirely failed to look up new craft fairs to attend. I really need to sort that. I suppose having about a million things to do hasn’t really helped this year get off to a punchy start. It’s more ‘omg RUSH SORT THE THING OUT OMG OMG! RUN!!!!’

So this is my set up for the day. It’s in the lovely (but quite cold in winter!!) Fox and Firkin beer garden.

There were two lovely black cats as well who kept trying to hide under people’s armpits to warm up. One of them came crashing through my display (it was a pub table with seats on and she fell through between the seat and table.) and walked from out of the table pretending that hadn’t happened.

I also got to see some lovely work by others.

I absolutely love Sarah Gooch’s robots. Robots really rule! As do her lovely tea illustrations. This is her stall, shared with Vicky Scott who is also an awesome illustrator. She uses collage which I really like. This is my favourite piece by her, if anyone wants to buy it for me that’d be ace. ^_^ (Click for the link to buy!)

Bothered Owl are pretty much entirely up my street, they do very cool knitting supplies and jewellery. Mostly featuring Lego minifigs. I completely love Lego (Am especially obsessed with the Poison Ivy and Harley minifigs.) and she also had some little batman purses. I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything at the fair because I was being all profit focused (I like that my business mind made about £20 but spent that on groceries on the way home!) but if I had this is what I would have bought. Do check out their blog and folksy.

I had a nice chat with Jane Cameron about her glass work. I would be completely scared of anything that hot! Not least I am a massive klutz. I’d probably end up embedding glass into myself somehow. I just love the really strong colours. Her scarves are also beautifully coloured. I like the bat ones on her Folksy.

These are Marcia’s lovely knitted and crocheted pieces.

Little Miss B organised the whole thing. YAY her! I am completely in love with her sweet hats and hair clips.

I don’t have a website for Laura but here are her Steampunk inspired necklaces.