Bilberry Woods Blog
Here you can watch a short stop motion animation of Mika the Mouse picking mushrooms. Hope you enjoy it!
The past week in Bilberry Woods was all about preparing for the winter. One might argue that it was a little too early as the sky was still blue and although the nights were a little chilly it was lovely and warm in the sun.
Let me show you how fun easy it is to make little felt strawberries! I love them and Bilberry Woods character Mika the Mouse loves them too :)
Before Bilberry Woods characters were born I used to have my own reupholstering business. I spend my days stuffing horsehair into armchairs, hand stitching seat edges and covering chairs with lovely fabrics.
Today after I finished all my orders I thought I would try something a bit different – a true DIY craft project! It is not something I would often do although I used to do that a lot in my past. Nothing used to delight me more than covering a notebook of any kind with magazine clippings. Always something inspirational and fun so that you would be inspired to write, take notes, draw etc.
After a long break I am back here on this rainy morning. I cleaned my studio and are now having a lovely cup of coffee and sorting our photos on my computer. I came across a lot of flower making photos and I thought they might bring a little bit of colour to this miserable morning.Most of these flowers were used in our photographs for greeting cards and others I made into brooches. Hope you are having a good end of the week! x
Today you are going to have two blog posts for the prize of one! Lucky you :))
Reason being that I never published the first one! Can't quite worked out how come... must have lost the plot momentarily, since I'm sure I did publish it! I was probably just happily reviewing the post and never actually pressed publish button... Oh well, never mind.
Ok, I'm a little bit confused as what day of the Making Challenge it is today? Day 7, I think...
It looks like today is going to be another rainy and cold day and the weekend's warm sunshine is just a memory. On Monday we took our little terrier to Crickley Hill Country Park which is this lovely little, but tall hill just below Gloucester and Cheltenham and the views are just fantastic.
I've been making this bear throughout the week, but since it was a birthday present I didn't want to post it earlier, just in case the lovely recipient would see it!
It wasn't strictly speaking part of the Making Challenge, but on the other hand it fitted in well, since it got me making teddy bears again. I can't even remember when I last did a bear before this one! That is a bit sad, don't you think! I have tones of lovely materials, joints, eyes etc. so I will be making more :)
I was suppose to upload the Matchbox Shrew onto Etsy website and get on with other things, but somehow the old habits die hard and I ended up "fine tuning" the box and the shrew and totally went off the track. And then of course in the end the ones I did right in the beginning are absolutely fine and in fact better and really I should have just known when to stop. I so often do that and that is yet another reason why this Making Challenge is so good for me. I MUST keep focused and not overdo things! Oh well, I will try harder tomorrow (or rather today, it is very early morning...)
Today was bright and beautiful. The apple tree at the church yard, where I take our little terrier Pixie for a lunch time walk, was just about to blossom and peacock butterflies seemed to be everywhere (at least I think that's what they were...) Pixie didn't pay any attention to either, but instead she was on a hunt for squirrels. Probably no point in saying that she didn't catch any. Her lunch arrived later on in a shape of a doggy biscuit.
I created Mr Wilkins who is a nearly 5 foot tall teddy bear and Monsieur Roquefort, a little mouse, for an exhibition "Journeys" that we had here in the New Brewery Arts Center last month. Here is their story.
There is nothing more fun than making party hats for a mouse party. I know - it's completely bonkers, but someone has to do it!
Henry came to me yesterday to ask if I could help him to get ready for his birthday party. He specifically wanted some sort of party hats and a cake and I promised to do my best.
This is how our day went:
(Yes, it's been awhile, sorry.
I am writing this in brackets as just a little footnote type of sentence, so that I am not drawing too much attention to the fact that is has been a while since I've been here...:))
First of all I just have to say this: I can't believe it's nearly November!!