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1000 Followers on Twitter GIVEAWAY!

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This week the notebooks I ordered came back from the printers and I’m really happy with how bright and crisp they look. The cover designs come from photographs I took of some of my textile creations. They are A6 size and have blank white pages inside for all your notes and doodles!
They’re not in my shop yet but they’ll be £3 each or £7.50 for a set of three.

Meanwhile, over on twitter I’m celebrating reaching 1000 followers with a little giveaway. The prize, you’ve guessed it, is a set of my new notebooks! For your chance to win follow me on twitter @materialised and retweet the giveaway tweet .

A random winner will be chosen from all the retweets tomorrow, Sunday 9th at 6pm GMT .

Hope you’re having a good weekend!

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Mixed Media Envelope #12 Pick Up The Pieces

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Here’s another envelope at long last. If I carry on at this rate, the project might be finished in about 10 years! ;-)

Over the Summer I seriously lost my sewing mojo. I felt unmotivated and uninspired but promised myself that come September I’d begin again, regardless. So here I am, picking up the pieces.

The writing was cut from old magazine paper and machine stitched onto the background. I love the intensity of that turquoise colour so much! I used scraps of recycled cotton and linen fabrics to make it – they were placed onto a paper backing and hand stitched in place. The Suffolk puffs are made from silk, also hand-stitched in place. I like the contrast in texture between them and the paper base ‘fabric’…they seem to be erupting from it.

It feels better to have made a start…so let’s see if I can pick up some momentum now I’ve picked up my cloth, needle & thread.

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Edinburgh Rocks!

 

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Summer has been long and warm and lovely! It seemed important to unplug myself from the internet as much as possible over the last few weeks. Sometimes the speed and intensity of online life all gets a bit much and I want to slow down. I know it’s done me the power of good.

I’ve noticed also, that there’s always a lull in my Etsy shop in June and July…people have better things to do than think about shopping I suppose. Only natural. Now I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, seeing what I could do to improve my shop. I’ve added a few colourful wool purses this week and am planning on trying out some vintage items and supplies soon.

What I’ve spent the most time on though, over the last week, is making Etsy Treasuries…I’m completely hooked! It’s so enjoyable looking through all the shops to find the best items to add. My latest is called Edinburgh Rocks! All the items are chosen from shops in the Edinburgh Etsy Team. I was trying to think of what the black & white plus yellow and pink colour scheme reminded me of – it took a while but then I remembered, it’s the coconut ones, in Liquorice Allsorts. Ha! sweets! my subconscious is scarily predictable.

Please click on the image for details of any of the items included. Thanks x

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Hand Painted Face Brooches Made From Champagne Corks

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Just a quickie, to show you these new brooches I’ve been working on…and have to admit I’m quite excited about!

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They’re made from Champagne corks that I’ve been saving for a very long time, which I’ve painted using artists quality acrylic paints.

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Princess, bunny-eared girl & surly party girl are available now from my Etsy shop

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There’s a long list of other characters I want to make so expect to see more soon!

 

 

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Some Thoughts About Our Recent Open Studios…With Pictures!

This week I’ve been easing myself gently back into work mode, after a lovely, relaxing week off. When the open studios on the 10th were over I was completely and utterly exhausted but also on a bit of a high as it was such an overwhelmingly positive experience for me.

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To recap, 5 local artists & designer makers in Newtongrange, Eskbank, and Mayfield (including myself) joined forces in planning the open studios day, after Julie Read had proposed the idea. Every other area in Scotland seemed to have an event of this type, except the area of Midlothian, where we all live or work so we decided the best plan was to organise one ourselves.

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A couple of weeks on from the event, I still feel it went very well. My studio had roughly 50 visitors, which far exceeded my expectations. People had travelled from as far afield as Angus and Glasgow for our art trail, which was more remarkable considering the weather was awful. There were heavy rain showers throughout the day, which caused some problems to begin with – when my cat decided to walk muddy foot prints over my newly washed and pressed, dazzling white table cloth and display…I was in quite a panic but quickly covered up the problem with a fresh cloth, redid the display and banished the cat to the livingroom for the duration….phew!

Despite the weather, the visitors seemed to enjoy their visit, if the comments in the visitors book are anything to go by.  Sculptor, Andrea Geile hosted demos showing how she cuts shapes from steel using a plasma cutting tool, which was very popular with everyone I spoke to.

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Photo credit: (c) 2014 Jeni Reid. All rights reserved

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Photo credit (above): (c) Archie Ramsay 2014. All rights reserved

Below, a glimpse into Julie Read’s Bibi Design studio.

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Photo credit (above) (c) Bibi Design 2014.

Kirtsy Palmer’s Blockart studio

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Photo credit (above) (c) Kirsty Palmer – Blockart 2014

Some fabulous appliqued quilts, cushions and stockings at Kiki Pearson’s studio.

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Photo credit (above) (c) End of Terrace Trading by Kiki Pearson 2014

As well as meeting and talking to lots of interesting people  on the day, I also made quite a few sales, which is always a bonus! Money certainly isn’t the ‘be all & end all’ to me but obviously, like everyone else I have bills to pay and wouldn’t be able to carry on with my creative work without the wonderful people who support me by buying what I make, so as always I am extremely grateful to my customers!

 

So all in all it was a great day, whether we will organize another, remains to be seen. It was a LOT of work. But in a way that was good for me. Having a goal to work towards kept the momentum going and me working steadily.  I also enjoyed being part of a team, which was quite a novelty as I’m used to working completely on my own. We’re having a debrief meeting next week, when we’ll decide plans for any future Waverley Line Open Studios. In the meantime thank you to everyone who came along on the day! If you’d like to be kept informed please like us on Facebook!

So what next…? I’m carrying on with my envelope project, might need to speed up a bit if I want to make 100. I’ve begun some experiments for new brooch ideas, including these pin-wheels

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and I’m getting ready for my next fair, which is at King’s Park School, in Dalkeith, on Sat 7th June….busy busy busy!

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New Cards Coming Soon!

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Just popping in to say hello! My resolve to keep the blog updated at least twice a week has gone out the window…just been so busy! Lots on the go all at once…decorating, making little cats, designing some new cards & learning Photoshop simultaneously and last but not least, preparing for our open studios next month…

The cards still need a few adjustments before I send them to the printers but I’m quite please with how bright and cheerful they look.

Just three weeks to the open studios day and I still have so many things to make/do/finish/tidy. Hopefully it’ll all start coming together soon… Come and visit if you can!