Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Tutti Frutti Wrapping Paper

Thought I would just share with you some of the images of the wrapping paper the children from my Make and Do group at a primary school made.  I knew that they had been doing a healthy eating topic at school, so it was only natural to tie this in and create some Tutti Frutti wrapping paper.

In the first session we look at various fruits that had been cut in half, and the shapes we could see within them.  They then made some simple line drawings of them and chose one to transfer onto their polystyrene sheet (the smooth side of polystyrene pizza bases are perfect for this).

In the second session, we looked at how they would place their image on their sheets.  Some opted for a random pattern whilst others did a repeat.  This is what they created.

I've had a great time, and I'm back for the next bit of the term to do some more work with them.  I'm really looking forward to it.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

The foxes have new homes to go to!

Okay, this is the result of the Foxy Loxy giveaway that I started on my facebook page and have had to finish here due to fb rules I wasn't aware of (see the post below).

Anyway, this is the outcome... 

After a little shake in the builders hat... I removed the plastic
inside so that none could hide!

I placed a piece of paper on each of the bags...

... and then opened them up!

The winners were for the Foxy Loxy purses were Hannah Barett, Claire Louise Richards and Michelle McCulloch.

The Foxy Loxy Washbag is heading off to Dawn Bevins Design.

If those people could contact me and let me know where to send the little fellows, I'll wave them off!

I have activated a 15% discount code that will be available for everyone else to use in my shop until the end of the month.  Just enter FOXYLOXYMAY2012 at checkout.

Thanks to all those that entered, and I apologise again for the hiccup! 

Aghhh!!! FB Competition Crisis

As some of you may be aware, I had set up a giveaway on Facebook.  Unfortunately earlier today a friend of mine sent me this link that says facebook can close down your page if you hold competitions, so regrettably I have had to close it.

However ...


... I do still have a bag and three purses that need new homes, so my plan is to put the names of all those lovely people who have been over to my facebook page, left comments and shown their support, into a hat (I think the Tinkers building hat would be appropriate for this as we have Busy Builders at our house at the moment creating us a lovely bathroom).  This will be my job for this evening as I now have to get my stuff ready for the Make and Do Club I do at a local school each Thursday after school.  I'll let you know later what the outcome is.

I'm really sorry about this, in the future any other competitions I have will have to be done on here.

Thanks for your understanding :-)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Foxy Loxy Giveaway

I'm having a Foxy Loxy giveaway.  I have three purses and a washbag to giveaway.  Pop over to my facebook page to find out how one of them could be yours!

Friday, 11 May 2012


More often than not, as soon as the little Tinker and the Fairy have been fed, watered and put to bed, I make my way upstairs to my attic studio to work on Loula Belle At Home products, and as I have a number of new stockists, I have plenty of work I could should be doing!

However, as much of my time last week was working on art projects with groups of young people, I allowed myself to come upstairs and do something creative for myself (unfortunately a pretty rare occurrence).

Out came the scalpel and one of my notebooks where I had drawn a doodle during the Easter period, and this is what happened!

I chose some lovely paper and re-created my doodle, then I got cutting!

This is the reverse side of the finished piece,
the side I was working from.
As I work I like to flip it over to see how it is coming on!
After 8 hours hard labour (I did have to break it up with a nights sleep!), I had finished.
Reverse of finished Doodlecut1
I find that mounting papercuts is really stressful.  People have said to me that they look like lace... they do, but they are so fragile.  Although it says on the tin of the glue that it is repositionable, it is not.  Once it has touched the mount board it isn't coming off without disasters!  

After steadying my nerves, spraying glue and attaching it to the mount board I allowed myself to breathe once more (good job it doesn't take too long to do!!!) and popped it in a frame to see how it looked.

This is now for sale here.

After indulging myself in some papercutting, I then received another order for one of my Personalised Family Tree papercuts, so I had another opportunity to pick up my scalpel!

If you are interested in having a Family Tree made for your family, or to give to another family, you can find more details here, or you can contact me.

I hope that you have a fabulous weekend.  I will be taking tiles off our bathroom and shower room (which are tiled all over) ready for the builders who are coming on Monday to knock a wall down!  Agh!!!

New Stockists for Loula Belle At Home

I have a few more new stockists I would like to tell you about.


And secondly...

'An eclectic collection of some of the most exciting and contemporary designer makers, artists and illustrators from the UK and carefully chosen international artists. These collections are for people with a love of the city, country and the coast, for all of us who aren’t lucky enough to live there but are lucky enough to own a piece "From the Wilde"...

Please do pop over to both shops, have a good look around and if you don't buy any of the lovely products available, bookmark their pages for a later date!

Happy browsing :-)

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Make and Do: Making Waves

One of the project I have on the go at the moment, is a Make and Do Club that takes place after school at a local primary school.  

The past few weeks we have been working on an ocean scape, and today (after having each of the individual pieces lying under a huge pile of books for a week to flatten them!) I laid them out on the floor to have a look at them altogether as an ocean.

This was a two week project.  The first week, we made sea marks by creating negative lines in paint paste using sticks.  Great fun.  As you can sea (ha ha, sorry!) see some of the children created storms, with churned up seas, whilst some waves simply tootled along, in a calm and relaxing manner!

We then had a look at some images of fish and created a collage of fish on the top of the sea using recycled paper.

Tomorrow we start a small printing project.  I know that some of them have been working on a healthy eating project, so I thought I would incorporate this into the next project.  I'll show you what they got up to when the project if finished.

I can't believe I have had 'we will have a fishy, on a little dishy, we will have a fishy when the boat comes in' all the way through writing this post!  Will it go away now I have finished... somehow I think not.  Aghh!!!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

I can't believe I forgot to show you these!!!

I have been getting so carried away with things just recently that I forgot to show you the bags I made with the fabric I told you about in this blog post!

So here are the bags I made with my Foxy Loxy fabric...

...and the fabric with the pear design.
Both are now for sale in my shop.