>> Saturday, 19 February 2011
The little Woollie "Barry" that I made for my nephew was so well received that his brother decided he'd like one too, this time in pale green and to be named "Tiny". I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to package "Tiny" up in the hard cardboard business box that I'd been using for all my other Woollies. When I bought the batch of boxes from Hobbycraft I took all that were on their shelves (there weren't that many) and when I rang to ask if they had more they told me they no longer sold them. Internet searches didn't lead to much either, so I was extremely pleased to find that there were two of these boxes left at Hobbycraft when I decided to pay a visit, just to see for myself.
Katie makes the Woollie ponies and I put the rest of the package together. I think this one's very sweet, she has such a lovely face. I wonder if I'll get any more requests for Woollies - perhaps their friends will see them and make enquiries!
I recently purchased three packs of tibetan silver charms which I knew immediately could be used to make pretty brooches for the shop. I have fairies, curled up cats and toadstools. I think the toadstools are my favourites (I've always believed in fairies!) and I have loved using them. The first brooch I made I decided to keep, but have since made another which is now for sale in the shop (and pictured below). The blue felt used for the background is a gorgeous colour, very striking against the embroidery silk flowers. I hope I can find more of this colour felt as I only have scraps left which initially came from a recycling store.
Another toadstool brooch I made was for my daughter's friend as part of her birthday present. They are just the right size to accessorise handbags (which is where I've put mine), as well as scarves or clothing. This one has two different mauve hearts, deep purple front and back and lilac sandwiched between.
So, what's next for Ellie's Treasures? Well February has been kind for sales which means my shop is feeling a little low on goodies! I've started cutting out more Patchy Pockets to sew using some fabulous materials. I'm hoping to include a proper little coin purse into some of these new Patchies, just to update them a little. I'll see how I get on! Also, can't wait to use more of my new charms, certainly on brooches but perhaps also to decorate a couple of Patchies too.