Monday, 31 March 2008

Debbie Hill

I paid it foward a few weeks ago and posted out the first of my packages a couple of weeks ago to Debbie Hill. I received a lovely little thankyou package in the post with these lovelies inside...
Here's to speading the word on Handmade!
Thanks Debbie

Beautiful postcards for my studio, I'm going to have to go and buy some frames to put them in.

Friday, 28 March 2008

100th post

Well, my 100th post! Pop the champagne, I'm still going strong 100 posts into my blog and still working hard and loving it! Thanks to everyone who has stopped by for a read, it's good to know you are out there.

So, I'm feeling another milestone has been reached, things are going well with sooziebee at the moment. My shop is slowly growing in size and I have a wedding commission to do later on this year. I'm enjoying the fact that I have two full days a week (most weeks) to spend on my work, and even though it would be nice to spend more time on it, I am lucky enough to have my day job to fall back on financially.

Who knows where I will be this time next year, I have my little tick list of things that I want to do and am pleased to say that things are getting ticked off on a regular basis.The big one most recently was to get my first Etsy sale, which, I am pleased to say was quickly followed by my 2nd!

So, things are looking up, watch this space for more work next week. I'm off to London with the girls from work this weekend to see Dirty Dancing so won't be posting over the weekend. But here is my most recent Etsy shop post. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Artist of the week - Karen Faulkner

Well, its time again for my artist/blog of the week, as I haven't done one for a wee while. This week I'm featuring a wonderful artist Karen Faulkner, whose work I discovered on Etsy. I particularly love her use of free flowing watercolours and the wonderful form of her pictures.#

Like me her background is in something else other than the Art worls,her background and education are actually in the business world. She has a Master of Business Administration from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and she has worked in Marketing Communications for a number of years. She says that she thinks that exposure to visual media/layout and design of printed materials has helped me develop her painting and that in fact she is amazingly mostly self-taught! Her inspiration comes from moods, nature, Asian painting styles and color. Like me her favorite subject is flowers, but she also enjoys painting birds, seashore subjects and larger abstracts in acrylic on canvas. She told me that she strives for a feeling of lightness and spontaneity, which I think she manages with ease. Her paintings are truly beautiful, and affordable. Treat yourself and check out her shop here

Here are a few of her pieces she has for sale in her Etsy shop, I just love them...

Monday, 24 March 2008

Just a couple of pics of where we are going for our hols this year!

Anyone recognise them? Yup, we are off to New England in the fall!! It's somewhere we have always wanted to go but with one thing and another we have never got around to booking. So today we did: four days in New York then up to Boston and off in a little car for a couple of weeks and flying back to Blighty from Boston.

Any top tips of places to visit please leave a comment...

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Collage papers in action!

My doodly collage papers I made this week have been transformed into... guess what... just for a change a teapot!! I'm really proud of this combo, which you can see in my Etsy shop here

As for other stuff, I have been doing a Nigella again this Easter weekend, cooking up a storm for a meal with friends tonight. We are having a bit of a curry feast, so will no doubt all stink of garlic (total up to yet 10 cloves!!) And for dessert we have made a praline semi-freddo courtesy of Jamie Oliver, which looks too naughty to be true. Very tasty though.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Been a busy bee again today, gold star for me! Posted a new Etsy item below the Seedhead and also have revamped a lot of my initial listings to make them a bit more professional looking.

Then I got round to.....
And this...

These are some more samples of my own patterns for collage projects. Watch this space, they may soon be turning into teapots!! The circles are so therapeutic to do!

Go Soozie!!

Drum roll....... Guess what.......I have sold my first Etsy item, a rolling autumn landscape, which I made using couched threads, wools and yarns onto a fibre felted background. So later today it will be winging its way over to Minnesota, US of A!

I feel like thats another milestone for me that has been reached, and feel rather pleased with myself!

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Collagey papers part2

I have done more collage papers, just messing about with watercolour. The thing is they are so nice I don't want to cut them up! And the spotty ones took bloomin' ages! Maybe I need to get my scanner out and scan them in so I don't have to keep doing them! Watch this space for finshed teapots.....

Monday, 17 March 2008

Make your own collage paper

I was saying to my sister a few days ago that I has run out of nice collage paper and she said to me 'why don't you make your own?' So thats what I did, using the colour palette from my holidays in Northumberland et voila....

Sunday, 16 March 2008

All teapots great and small!!

So how many more teapot titles can I think of for these posts?

A friend of mine asked me the other day 'why teapots?' I didn't really have an answer to her question, which got me thinking. I suppose it's just funny how a project takes you from your starting point of something quite general to something quite specific. This one started in the kitchen with all things foodie and utensil-based. Then when we were on holiday I found a lovely little chinese style teapot in the dresser and started sketching, and the more teapots I have seen I have realised how many different sizes and shapes teapots come in (a bit like people really!). Tall and skinny, elegant, curvy, short and dumpy, cute, trendy, funny, beautiful..... I could go on! So this is what I have wanted to try and show in my general exploration of planet teapot!

Plus I do love a nice cup of tea.

I'm liking the recycled aspect of using envelope insides, the colours and patterns are nice to work with, and there are no shortages of supplies!

Right off to put the kettle on!

Friday, 14 March 2008

Look what the postman brought

I recently ordered a pack of three delightful thankyou cards from Laurie Coyle's Etsy shop and they came through the post today with a little thankyou card from Laurie herself and a Mod Screen Birdsy Gocco card as well. They are lovely, I don't think I will want to give them away.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

I got teapots on my mind!

Ok then, I'm not being such a control freak now! I have loosened those threads and let my hems down and took a walk on the sewing machine wild-side.

I like it more!

Mixed media teapots

I'm finally getting into some mixed media, collage and stitch, which is what I have been wanting to do for ages! Just playing around with some vintage papers to see what they look like with the stitch. I think they look nice but I think am I being too precise and neat! Here are a couple of pictures anyway, it's getting posted on Etsy now. At least now I have found out that the collage and stitch elements sit well together.

By the way if you are thinking of reading The Kite Runner then do, it's a gorgeous book!

Time for a cuppa and some lunch!

Monday, 10 March 2008

Teapot II

Well, all that domesticity at the weekend has left me feeling really tired! Note to self: don't overdo it!! Work today has been so busy I'm just not going to rant on, instead here is teapot 2, the second of my series. Am not sure it's very exciting, but it will do for now!

For more lovely teapots check out this link a teapot orientated blog by Sam Usher!

Now I'm off to start my borrowed book The Kite Runner, with a cup of Ovaltine and then bed!

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Move over Nigella!

I don't want to brag or anything but today I have been even more of a domestic goddess than the marvellous Nigella Lawson!

I was out walking my dog before 9.30am, then made a roast beef dinner, butternut squash soup, a choc and ginger cake, and then did all the washing up and mopped the floors! Now I bet there are loads of you out there thinking 'big deal' but I'm not really the domestic type. Yes, I admit I do like cooking but as for all the cleaning etc, well, I do argue that life is too short! SO what got into me todayI don't know. Maybe it was the sunshine and significant whiff of Spring in the air, but I have been busy, so much for Sunday being the day of rest. But then I suppose I'm inot religion about as much as I am into cleaning!

Anyway I have spent a little bit of the afternoon doodling teapots. I want to expand my teapot range (currently 1) so I can do sets of prints in gorgeous colours to put in my kitchen and also to put in my Etsy shop. The thing is, now I have too many to choose from!

By the way, is there anyone out there. Doesn't anyone want to Pay it Forward? Come on....

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Featured on Mixed Plate

I know, its the first time.... the lovely Liana had featured me on her blog on her Friday Favourites on Mixed Plate . Check it out, she has shown my Lovely Yellow Daisy stitched watercolour picture. So thankyou Liana, I will def be adding Mixed Plate to my Daily Reads.


Friday, 7 March 2008

Tea for Three

Now that I'm trying to post an item on Etsy everyday (in an attempt to maximise my shop visitors) here is todays... Tea for three, linocut of three tea-pots, ideal for any tea-head, like me, who just can't live without it! I'm really enjoying the lino printing, and it's great to try out all of the inks I bought!
Don't forget to PAY IT FORWARD!! See below.......

Pay it Forward!

I've been thinking of doing this for a while but I wasn't sure I had enough readers!!!

Here is the pledge and how it works:

“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, which is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”
I don’t know what my handmade gifts will be, I think it will depend on who it goes too. And chances are, I will get to it a lot sooner than 365 days. This is exciting. And if there is only one who comments, then they get all 3 things! Here’s to Paying It Forward.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Etsy shop and blog of the week: Lynsey Hunter

Look what I found whilst browsing Etsy, the beautiful shop and blog of Lynsey Hunter, a Derbyshire artist who started doing illustration type work in her final year at Derby University, while doing Textile Design. She started selling her work through Etsy after she left college and has done a couple of exhibitions, one in Lincolnshire and one in London. She now works as a graphic designer for a childrenswear company producing designs for baby and toddler garments as prints and embroideries. I particularly like her use of collage, her individual and quirky illustrative style using a divine linear effect with collage elements (and also the content of her work, especially those cakes!)
Stop by her Etsy shop to feast your eyes on more of her lovely work!! I'm having one of those prints, just not sure which one!!

More print developments!

Been a busy bee today!!

AND also had some great news: I got the grant from the District Councils Economic Regeneration Dept!! I applied back in September when I was just starting up, applying for help with start-up costs, for machinery and marketing. So I sent all of my receipts off a few weeks ago, hoping I hadn't missed the deadline, and I have had a phone call today from the lovely Mr Briggs, who said that it is being sorted this week. GREAT NEWS!!!! Celebration time!!!

Etsy listing

I have a new Etsy listing. Yey!

After a lot of thought about the helpful comments on The Switchboards Forum about how to maximise selling potential, I have decided I need to devote more time to my shop.

So here is my post for the day and a little preview of my textile autumn piece.