Life

Craft/Charity Shop Haul

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Sue and I had a mooch in Boyes yesterday to stock up on some threads, elastic and a few other bits and bobs and I came away with a whole stash – Haha! Can’t wait to try out those Glow-in-the-dark fabric pens and have a play with them 😉

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I picked up The Vampire Book and The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman in Scope as part of their wonderful 2 Hardback’s for £1 offer. I finished The Vampire Book last night – wonderful illustrations! – and I’m a few chapters into The Dove Keepers – it’s wonderfully raw so far.

I very much liked the look of Abigail Gibbs’ The Dark Heroine and it’s next on the list! Boyfriend found a copy Stranger in a Strange Land and I bought it on his recommendation – it being his favourite book and he thinks I’ll enjoy it!

I’d actually seen the Scarab Beetle a few times in BHF but didn’t really fancy it. However, after having a dream that it came alive and scurried off to find me good things, I snapped it up and took it home. Superstition is worth £1.29 any day!

The Monster High friendship necklaces were a find in the Pound Shop, after I killed my other MH necklace with Mosquito repellent whilst in Cuba 😦 We have Draculaura on one and Frankie on the other – I might pop one of them on Stabby!

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WP_20141012_010I found this sweet little Hamster ornament in Billingham’s BHF ^.^

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Haloween Confetti featuring orange Pumpkins, purple Bats, white Ghosts, green Witches, black Spiders and silver Cobwebs: Wilkinson’s – £1

Trick or Treat Orange Bag: Poundstretcher – £1. I’m gonna keep my sewing crafty bits in here ❤

Life

The Adventures of Stabby the Hamster

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Stabby is a stuffed toy Hamster I bought for my youngest sister during a school trip to Bellingham in my last year of Primary School and joined the arm of stuffed toys in her Toy boxes for a number of years. About 5 years ago, my parents cleaned out their attic and went through binbags of our old stuff to sort out and poor Stabby was rescued and reunited with me after 15 years.

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Keen to make a fresh start on our relationship, I started taking him out…
Enjoying a Pint at The Bridge Tavern in Newcastle:

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Stabby rootled through the drawers in the Outside area and found a Willy – YOU’RE IT!

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Cuddling THIS IS LAGER at Brewdog Bar Newcastle:

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And an aptly-sized bottle of wine:

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Meeting the Boyfriend – who picked his name:

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Assisting me in Customer Services 😀

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Long story short, a Customer had had a bit of a bad experience with another Gear maker so was understandably quite thorough and detailed about the specifications. I sent mock-ups – something we don’t usually do as I’d never be off the laptop, but made an exception to reassure he was gonna be looked after – and confirmed everything and he placed an order. He asked yesterday if he could have updates about the stages as and when the Gear was being worked on, I said sure but warned it might run along the lines of “Cut”, “Printed” “Sewn” etc and get a bit tedious and that I’d try to make it a bit exciting for him and Stabby stepped up to the plate 😀 He was a bit over the moon with it, said it’d made his week – Haha!
Stabby’s going on my CV as an example of “Please describe an occasion where you’ve gone above and beyond in Customer Services” 🙂

Indie Artists

Rainbows, Critters & Unicorns

SugarDreams Kawaii Gift Shoppe. Knoxville, USA

SugarDreams creates cute gifts for the young and the Young at Heart and her Online jewellery shop is cross between an absolute nostalgia feast for 80’s kids and a Confectionery Shop for Sweet Lolita’s.
The My Little Pony necklaces (I’m also quite fond of the Purple one!) lightens my feelings slightly towards the newer Generation of MLP’s because Back In My Day™, they had big bottoms and were more loved for it!
College Student Christina creates necklaces, charm bracelets, rings and earrings adorned with adorable kawaii accessories – from plush creatures, Vintage [Pre-CGI, kids ;)] Disney Characters and 80’s cartoon favourites to the amazingly realistic Food-themed Jewellery which includes Squishy and yummy cake slices, Mouth-watering Strawberries dipped in Chocolate and Cupcakes adorned with icing and sprinkles as well as Apple Pies, Pancakes and Doughnuts!

Morumoto. Sherwood, USA

Morumoto, Japanese for “Guinea Pig”, creates unique Plushies for small animal lovers and crafts the most life-like small mammals I’ve ever seen, and as a Fellow Guinea Pig Enthusiast, this is very important!

Creating her patterns from scratch, there’s a whole menagerie of different customisable breeds and Piggie features to choose from! Morumoto only uses fabrics that accurately portray the texture and appearance according to the breed of each Piggie – which spans from the popular two-colour short-hair to Rex, the long-haired Sheltie, Albino (with PINK eyes!) and the adorable Abyssinian. Best of all, she can immortalise a past or present adored pet in plush form from pictures and I’m absolutely blown away by her work.

Also frequenting her Online Plush Pet Shop are Mice and Rats – also in different customisable colours and breeds – and there are plans to introduce hamsters, ferrets and chinchillas in the future!

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Stardust Designs London, UK

Based in Covent Garden in London, Stardust Designs have been running a craft stall there for over 20 years and their creations are available from the Stall at weekends. Artists John and Nicky design and tie-dye each Piece, and graphics are applied using a time-served and high-quality Silkscreen print which is machine-washable and safe to iron. The range includes Long and Short-sleeved tops, Skirts, Hoodies, Vests, Dresses, T-shirt dresses, Leggings, Dungarees and Bags – with each design available in a multitude of rainbow colours.

The sizes run up to a Men’s 3XL and a Ladies 8 – 26 which sets them apart from the Labels whom, although their Clothing are absolutely lovely,  try and put everything in the infuriating “One-size-fits-all” Box. *cough* JORDASH!

All of the designs available are Original Stardust prints and include Witches, Suns, Stars, Flowers, Unicorns, Fairies and many more!
I love the Purple Sun/Star Dress which would look fantastic with the Metallic Animal Print Boots I got for Christmas 🙂