Monday, 31 December 2012

Hip Hip Happy Hippy

Hello there my lovelies!

I just wanted to say a quick but VERY BIG THANK YOU!!! 

Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings!

Thank you for every kind word of encouragement...and even those who don't leave words...thank you for looking x

and Thank you for buying my hand made Dotty wares! 

and I can't go without mentioning one of the best things I've ever little terror child Mr J who is 4 today! Happy Birthday crazy boy xxxxx 

and some portraits taken today by little Miss M (6yrs)

 Lots of Love to you all
the Dotty one 

Friday, 21 December 2012

Happy Solstice!

Hoorah hoorah indeed! We have reached the Winter Solstice and at last the days will begin to grow a little longer.  Spring is on the way...honest!

"No matter how long the Winter...Spring is sure to follow"

 My lights are up and wreaths have been made (better late than never ay!?)

Also busy pickling pears, making chutney, piccailli and fudge...

and fitting in some rather manic sewing in an attempt to finish all the presents before Christmas...only 3 days to go!

I'm making a Froggy Prince and Princess for Little Miss M..she loved this little prince that I made for my Nan back in June. 
Monsieur Grenouille

Frog Prince production line!

Monday, 17 December 2012

New makes...

I was asked by a lovely friend to make a little something and this little chap is the end result.
He is a door hanger/wall hanger/tree decoration...or where ever you like really! I will be personalising him with a name across the banner he is holding in his mits (but shhh it's a secret so I've left it blank here!)

I was also asked for a more boyish door name hanger and came up with this retro rocket...
and finally I've made this wee owly for my sons Montessori nursery...and I'm making another for his other village preschool!
I thought he would look rather sweet hanging on the entrance door, looking down on all the little ones.

Well I'm off for a well deserved cuppa. 
Take Care and **Thankyou** for all your lovely feedback , it means a lot to me!
(and I thought I'd add a splash of colour and cheer to my blog so I've gone all yellow!! What do you think?)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Winter Greetings

Hello there!

I'm starting to freak out...just a little..because I am so completely unprepared for Christmas. I've been so preoccupied making things for other folk that my crafting for family and friends has not even begun yet! I can feel a bit of a last minute frenzy of creating coming on! Fortunately I  am quite well adapted to last minute panic driven work as it's always been my style! 

Talking of making things for other folk, here are some of this weeks goodies that have gone to new homes!
a little dotty brooch
and I had another delivery of lovely felt , ribbons and buttons from paper and string and recieved my free crafting kit (for loyal customers..I am most loyal as I think she really does make an effort to package everything so well and its lovely quailty). ...and no I'm not being paid to say that!

I've been making and **selling** more of my nests. I'm still so super happy that other folk seem to love them as much as I do! So I can keep on making them! yey!

 and I'm starting to feel a tad chiily so I'm off for a drop of mulled wine and some choccies..yum!
Take care and well wishes you to in this magical season
Love Dotty

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Everything must go....!

A bit of a longshot but I thought I'd post a few pics of the things I have left after the last craft fair. I haven't had much luck finding a pitch at another fair before Christmas so thought I'd put my offerings on the web! I will get round to updating the etsy shop but that might take me a little longer!

If there is anything you are interested in, please message me through the comments or on my email:

thankyou x
there are 7 left, yellow, red poka dot or floral wings £14 +p&p
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Dragonfly brooches and Butterfly brooches or hairclips are £7.50 + p&p
Hearts and Mushrooms are £4.50 + p&p
Birdhouse hairclip holders are £6.50 + p&p 

 I have a few nest hairpins and clips but I can make more if you would like a brooch!?
They vary between £8 and £12 depending on size.

 some shark fins.. they fit ages 3 - 7 approx The waistband is elastic so they do stretch qute a bit!.
£7 + p&p
and I have plenty of fox tail and ear sets (£12 +p&p)
leopards tails and ears, Dalmations tails & ears, cat tails & ears and wolf tails and ears. I also made some gold crowns to go with the wolf tails so they an be like Max from "Where the Wild Things Are". The crown, ears and tails are £15 +p&p as a set.

There is also the option of adding a little rose bud bow to the ears. I can gift wrap with a box, ribbon, and tissue paper for £2 extra.

I can combine p&p and accept paypal / bank transfer. Thanks for looking.If you want any further photos please message me. 

and check out these amazing Starlings, they were flying about like crazy early this morning at Sunrise. Gorgeous little things!
I'll be away until Sunday night so I may not be able to message back straight away although I will try to check whilst I'm away!

Take care
  Love from the Dotty one

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

ChiLLy Winter Fairs

Hello folks....are you feeling festive yet? I'm really not quite feeling the Christmas vibe yet..I've been too busy scheming and dreaming and I really need to get my Christmas mojo going and get the decorations up atleast!

Here's some photos from the last Fair I did with Chloe from Woolly Soup . It was rather a long day and sales were none too good for me   edit!!! What a moaning mini I am...what I should say is that our stall looked amazing and its really good practice to set up and arrange things and to see what people are drawn to...even if they don't actually buy anything. I'm sorry for being such a grouch dear was lovely to spend a day with you and the other fabulous craftsters and I'm annoyed at myself for making excuses that sound like they have come from a 5 year old...I think I was just tired and a bit disheartened. It really wasn't that bad and a lot of effort had gone into planning it and with a bit of extra help it could become a great little craft fair. 

but alas I'm still now desperately seeking to grab a pitch at another fair before Christmas...pretty short notice but you never know!
Owls are by Chloe at Woolly Soup

Fabulous art dolls by Chloe (Woolly Soup)
Kids Clothes by Woolly Soup & Tails by me!

The Christmas Fair had a Victorian theme so I thought I'd rustle up a bit of Victorian Costume. It also served to keep me warm as I had 3 skirts on!

I was very excited to send of my first internet order...this little nest brooch is on its merry little way to London.
and these jolly Owls are off to new homes too...
 and another tail for a very sweet little girl...I sewed a rose bud bow onto the ear for extra cuteness!
phew...its no wonder I'm feeling a tad shattered and my house looks like a tip!! It's a busy busy time of year indeed.

Wishing you all festive greetings and hope you enjoy lots of Winter warming mulled wine and mince pies....yummmm

Love Dotty

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A hoot at the craft fair

Firstly, I'd like to say thankyou for all your lovely and supportive comments on the last post! The little Christmas Craft fair was brilliant. I met a lot of fabulous folk and sold a lot of things! I ended up selling out of quite  few bits including the butterfly, dragonfly brooches and the birdhouse hairclip holders! I'm a happy bunny ...albeit a very busy one now as I try to replenish stock before the next fair on Friday..waaah!

Here's a pic of my little dotty pitch..

 The Owl folk all lined up and ready to go!

Also, somewhat randomly in the midst of butterfly and nest making I made this rather funky monster hat for Chloe's daughter to wear to her monster theme birthday party. Her ma has made her a most fabulous tail too! 

 and finally...what to do with this little thingmajig that I've made...?

 Its small, rather twee! and I'm not sure whether to sew it onto something bigger..or make it into a hair clip or brooch? Any ideas....send them on a virtual postcard to the Dotty one!

Take care and wrap up warm (or put your suncream on if your the other side!!)
Love Dotty

Thursday, 22 November 2012

an oh so brief update...

In between some minor flooding in the hallways, making christmas puds and looking after the kids whilst Mr Dotty is away with work I've managed to finish the butterflies, nests, tails, owls....

Here'ss a little peek of some of the finished goodies.

I'm really pleased with the boxes as packaging for the mini nest brooches and pins. They are made from 100% recycled fibres from post cosumer waste and industrial waste. The company is called Tiny Box Company. I have hand stamped them with a little nest and a bird. I have larger versions of the same box to put the tails to follow!

Well, must run. The first craft fair is tomorrow! I'm both excited and nervous to see what folk make of my ecclectic handmade wares!

I will be putting some in my Etsy shop soon but if there is anything you are interested in please email me!

Take Care
Love Dotty

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