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Somewhere along the banks of the River Thames lives a small group of Mice and Bunnies...they are brightly coloured and believe in food, tea parties and hot summer days. They are the Briesberry Mice and Carrotby Bunnies and wish to welcome you to their colourful world...

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Front Page Excitement!

I very proud to announce my little Bunny was on the Folksy front page! Can you spot him among all the other lovely stuff?

He is the White Rabbit - my tribute to the Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland which is out on the 5th March. I based him on this illustraton by John Tenniel -

I love these gorgeous illustrations and am in the process of making a Sleepy Dormouse and Mad March Hare too.

I'm thinking about a more typical White Rabbit with a little waistcoat and watch too - but unsure how best to make a watch from fabric at the moment - any ideas!?

I love Tim Burton movies and am very excited about this one.
 Have you seen the trailer yet....

Popcorn and flask of tea ready for the cinema!

'We are the music makers & we are the dreamers of the dream.
Wandering by lone sea breakers & sitting by desolate streams.
World losers & world forsakers for whom the pale moon gleams.
Yet we are the movers & shakers of the world forever, it seems''.
Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Shhh…Can you keep a secret?

I have a confession.

I have suspected for some time now that I have an addiction.

Well, several.

I also suspect these things are not quite normal to become addicted to but here I am…

This is the first…


This is the tea wall.

Hmm. The tea wall is becoming a slight safety hazard, it needs one of those bright yellow warning stickers. You see the tea wall usually lives in the cupboard (it only came out today for the photo shoot) and tends to fall on all those who dare to open the cupboard. The only way to get round this is to go for the

a) grab and run approach ( quickly open cupboard and select random box while closing cupboard as quickly as possible) or

b) don’t open the cupboard at all - buy new tea when necessary.

Neither of these options are really a solution. The problem is I’ve never met a type of tea I didn’t like. My absolute favourites are Yumchaa and Yogi. Yogi tea even send me emails but unfortunately only send free tea samples to people living in America. (PS. Since taking this photo I have bought more tea -help!)

2. Fabric

This tiny (almost) organised corner of my fabric collection is a ruse to hide the larger, messy, disorganised collection of fabric in boxes, in drawers and underneath the bed. I pretend to be buying fabric for crafting purposes when I just really love a pattern or design. I love fabric a little too much, I feel.

3.Vinyl Records

I know I can buy any single I want on amazon or I-tunes for about 70p. I know that these are bulky, unreliable, outdated, have a tendency to skip and need turning over about every 20 minutes ( or less) yet I love them. I have far, far too many for someone with a small amount of space to call my own. I also love them for the artwork on the covers. I have a pile of these outside the bedroom door which I trip over and that one day are going to be listed on ebay...I can't bare to part with them, just yet!

Now I’ve confessed I feel I might be able to get down to the task of organising these things. Then again, maybe not…

Monday, 15 February 2010

All You Need is Love...

''Please know I love you more than anything else in the world. Being with you makes me feel so happy. Ever since I met you, things are looking pretty good''
'Love Bear' Notebook by Artbox

How was your Valentines ? I had a fantablous Valentines day - I went to visit some friends in London and saw lots of culture, bought lots of fabric and drunk rather too much wine. (More of that later!)

I recieved some lovely things in the post - I took part in a Valentines 'Heart Swop' on Folksy - organised by the rather fantastic Noodlebubble (check out the vast swop list on her blog!)
I got this beautiful heart from Little House -

Check out this tiny mousie stitched onto the back of it ...

This heart is absolutely beautifully stitched and has been hanging up in my bedroom! Aww!
Also I won a giveaway from the beautiful 'Alexandra's Wishes' blog...and got this little heart brooch in the post too...

As well as a crochet hair bow and tiny needle case  - so cute! This talented lady sells through Folksy - check out her store by clicking here!

Here is Rose Bunny trying to steal the Hairclip - Rose, bring that back - it's too big for you!

And I got a beautiful turquoise-y top, necklace & gloves in the post from a special lady, and this cutie from my housemates (pictured making friends with Milly Mouse)....

So lots of post - love this weekend! Thank you all for the parcels - I love them :) (much better than bank statements or bills!)

Oh - for the swap I sent out Peach

See how she got on at Pink Milks blog...

Lots of Love xxx

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

New Arrivals!

Look what arrived in my in-box recently...

I want one! Isn't that just the cutest thing? I feel some hedgehog related art coming on...

Speaking of new arrivals, I'm very proud because I have finally, finally got round to creating a new animal for Nat's Nest, introducing: Russell, the Fox Bandit...

When I lived in London I saw a lot of urban foxes prowling around at night, so Russell is based on them. He is actually a Vegetarian Fox though, because otherwise the little mice would be all eaten up by now! I'm not sure if I'm going to create any more foxes just yet. Squirrels are next on the list, then Easter Bunnies (I've got some yellow velvet and beautiful printed cotton just for them) . And some painting , and , and...

Sometimes I feel I have so many ideas I just don't know which one to start on first - I'm sure you feel the same way sometimes too (but of couse this is preferable to those days when you feel so uninspired and want to lie in bed watching TV and eating cereal). Heres to all the creative days to come - lets hope they are good ones!