Saturday, 31 October 2009

Happy Halloween!

Another busy week whizzes by. I had to put a lot of time in at the office this week ... four long, long days of paperwork, but I had some treats too!

It started off with a fab trip to Falmouth with Jo primarily to visit the vintage flea market and Trago Mills. On the way, we were seduced into Mr. Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, purveyors of the finest confectionery. We were like two kids in a candy store, oh yes!

I bought some damson flavoured fudge but it didn't last long enough to be photographed!

At the vintage
flea market I
found some
Pingouin biais
de coton
(a calico fabric
1 cm wide x
50 metres)
only £1 a ball
and perfect for
natural dyeing

I got lots of
textile and art
bits in Trago's

I had a wonderful swap with Monique of Blueberry Fields. Monique saw this birdie collage I made earlier and she wanted one similar

This is the raw edged birdie collage I made for Monique. It is mixed media - calico, fabric, printed papers, printed calico machine stitched with feathers, buttons and hand stitching

I made the little tag too. It is hand painted, distressed with ink with a flower brad I made

I swapped the birdie for the cutest little pumpkin I have ever seen called "sweetness". I have already blogged it here along with other autumn treasures

I was very lucky to win another giveaway hosted by Mademoiselle G. I won these gorgeous printed cards with the art work of Genevieve which came in time for Halloween

For Halloween I also love the stuff that Kath (Out on a Whim) makes, so a little while ago I got this altered tag

Along with the tag Kath sent me these bits n bobs, vintage black buttons, dark red ribbon and vintage silver edged frames - thanks Kath

One of my stuffies got into Cloth Paper Scissors - it's on page 76 of the latest issue (Nov/Dec). The fabric was painted and inked and the seed heads were made from fabric, lace, paper and plastic and then machined in silver metallic thread

I'll try and get round to posting more about how I made the stuffies and some photographs on Stitched Stuffies very soon but I've got another busy week ahead so I'm not sure when I'll get to do it

My week ahead is hectic. I'm away for a few days visiting Mum & Dad in Somerset then I've got two commissions to work on, some giveaway prizes to package up and I want to try and get to a few galleries too. In particular, I want to see Biddy Picard's work at Badcocks and the art work of Catherine Hyde at The Lighthouse Gallery in Penzance. I have loved Catherine Hyde's work for a long time when I fell in love with one of her paintings of an Autumn crow. Catherine paints nature and landscapes


Now it's time to announce the results of the giveaway

I want to thank each and every one of you for entering. I found your responses charming and interesting and enjoyed reading them all very much. I was overwhelmed by the number of responses so I've added a few prizes to the pot. There will be the three original prizes of the textile art/craft inspiration packs and a textile art heart made by me. In addition, I am offering four prizes of a textile art heart. So now to the winners:

I wrote down all the names - can you see yourself in there?

I folded all the names (133) and put them in the pointy hat.  I had help on the blog today from my giveaway assistant - Custard the cat! He found it quite easy to get his paws in the hat and these are the names he pulled ...


The first three names Custard picked were:

Doreen G
Libby Quilter

You each win a creative textile art/craft inspiration pack and a textile art heart

The next four names Custard picked out win a textile art heart:

Monica - The White Bench
Emma - Silver Pebble
Melanie Uys

I will be contacting you so that I can get your prizes off to you. I really enjoyed this giveaway, it was a lot of fun, so I'm thinking about doing another one in December with a Christmas theme! Watch this space!

Have a great weekend ♥


ewa-christine said...

Congratulations to the happy winners!!

Guzzisue said...

congrats to the winners!! discovered Trago Mills last year, will be going back next time with a shopping list :-) although I did manage to but a thich knitted cardy with a pointed hoody last time as well as a couple of sketch books to use as holiday diaries.

libbyquilter said...

oh yipppeeeee~!!~ i'm a winner~!!~i feel so lucky: one of 133~!!~wow~!~thank you dear Custard and Carolyn~!!~

i did see your "winter sparkle stuffie" in my latest edition of Cloth Paper Scissors and love the stitched eyelashes~Cute~!~ congratulations on having your work within the pages of such a fabulous magazine (one of my favorites). i have my own fantasies about someday being within those pages . . . or maybe one of the Somerset publications . . . i'm a dreamer, i know.
those balls of skinny fabric strips look like lots of fun and i can only imagine how luscious they're going to look after you've dyed them . . . can hardly wait to see what you do with it . . . you will show us won't you~!?!~
also wanted to comment on the wonderful cards by mademoiselle G~!~will have to go for a visit and see more of her work~!!!~

thank you once again for the coming giveaway package. i'm quite excited to be receiving gifts from a mixed media celebrity such as yourself~!!~


jojo said...

Congrats on your Stuffie!
Congrats to the winners! Next time it's MOI!
Happy Happy

Morna said...

I simply ADORE your blog/work ... even though you made the terrible error of not picking my name. We all make mistakes, so don't feel too bad about it. Thank you, also, for introducing the beautiful art of Catherine Hyde. :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm so curious now - what is damson fudge? I'm in Canada and we don't have that here; at least if we do, I've not seen it. Must be good if it disappeared so fast!
Congrats the the winners and to you for having your stuffie in CPS (I just got my issue and have drooled over it already)

bad penny said...

it's always such a joy to look at your posts .

I have FAR fewer names to put in my hat for my give away draw tomorrow !

Julie said...

YOur stuffy is exquisite Carolyn! I'm still waiting for my CPS but congrats on being published. Lots of lovliness in your post today and I'm very jealous that you can get to Trago's ;o)

Congratulations to all the winners of your giveaway :o) Lucky ladies!

Hope you have a good week this week xx

Doreen G said...

Give Custard a big hug from me for choosing my name.
Oh and I have several balls of that calico stuff and it has come in very handy too.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Hi Carolyn
Well done to the winners of your giveaway! Love the little bird collage for Monique (and the cute pumpkin she made for you). A very enjoyable post. Have a good trip. Best wishes. Lesley

Chatters said...

Congrats to the winners.

Your collage birdie is so beautiful. I always enjoyed looking at your blog, so much beautiful art work and textiles

Jacky said...

Congratulations to the lucky winners...and thank you Carolne for hosting the giveaways.
LOVE your stuffie!!!

Jacky xox

Michela said...

Congratulations to the winners! How kind of you to add more prizes!

Michela said...

Congratulations to the winners! How kind of you to add more prizes!

Gunnels blog said...

Congratulations ot the winners! You are lucky girls :-)
And Congratulations to you Carolyn, to have been published in C,P&S !!!

ger said...

How nice, I´m very much looking forward for the heart... - + thanks for the congrats...

Catharina Maria said...

Congratulations to all the winners , you will be happy people I think .
Love from the Netherlands Rini

Sonia said...

Warmest congrats to all the lucky winners ! :) My goodness, you wrote down ALL names ?! wow you were brave ! :P
Have a great start to November, dear ! Your giveaway was much fun for everyone oxoxo

Julia said...


When I lived in the west country, one of my favourite places for booty was Trago Mills!! Amazing place!! I love your work, you never cease to inspire and amaze me with your creations and like you, I too adore Catherine Hyde's work and one day, when I have lots of spare cash I would love to treat myself to one of her pieces! Well done on getting your stuffie featured too! :)

Sending love
Julia xxx

Sabii Wabii said...

I saw those little skeleton guys and thought they were charms at first. Wouldn't that be cute!
Love the stuffie.

Heavenly Anarchist said...

the bird collage is wonderful - and I loved your stuffie when I saw it in CPS