Monday, 22 August 2016

The tale of the beaded wedding dress...

Recently I offered to make a wedding dress as a gift, to some friends of mine who were getting married. Their original dress maker wasn't able to do it, so I offered to help.

The dress was made using fabric from the bride's sisters old gown, so I set to work on designing a classic vintage style gown that the bride wanted.

The hardest part was all the beading and the dress was quite heavy when completed, but it really did look a treat.

Sometimes it's good to push yourself to tight deadlines, especially when it makes people so very happy :)

We really are the Lucky ones !


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Rufus the field mouse

A very dear friend of mine discovered he had a little field mouse living in the old aga in his kitchen. We think the mouse was a survivor that the cat had brought in.

Here is a lovely little film about that mouse that we decided to call Rufus :)



Thursday, 7 July 2016

An Elderflower evening.....

What a treat . An evening at the Small World Theatre ,  about elder flowers.
It began with a meet and great at the theatre,  we were introduced to the beautiful expert forager, Jade Mellor, artisan brewer and artist Jacob Whittaker, and renown storyteller and illustrator Peter Stephenson.
We then continued with a walk and forage around Cardigan . Where Jade would stop and gather many types of wild foraged food and explain their uses and how to identify them, accompanied by Jacobs expertise.
 Peter would tell many dazzling stories about the history, magic and superstitions of the
Elder flower.
Plus we were spoilt with Jacobs knowledge and tips on brewing, wine making and plants to use around Cardigan. Jacobs cat Beauty even decided to make a guest appearance, giving the evening another dash of magic !
After the walk, talk, foraging, stories and lovely advice, everyone headed back to the theatres professional kitchen, where all helped make elderflower champagne, with the lovely Jade. We were given one of her beautiful decorative recipe sheets to take home , to make more :) and a bottle of the good stuff itself.
You may recognise Jade as she has featured twice in Country Living magazine and also on Country file, on the tv.
Jacob dazzled us with his elderflower sweets, that is, chocolate coated elderflower brittles, both white and dark, and another delicious nutty one. He showed us what really alcoholic elderflower champagne tasted like, plus gin , beer, and ale too !!
Lots of questions were asked by all who attended and answers were very generously given by Jade, Jacob and Peter. The evening was attended by different ages and abilities and I wouldn't hesitate at recommending it again to anyone .
A truly scrumptious event ! A thouroughly beautiful evening , thank you so much !

The last knit animation

Sunday, 5 June 2016

The scent of summer....

It's been a busy and exciting year, but a lovely one. I am getting back to my blogging, finally, and what a glorious summer we are having. The heavy scent of the white lilacs , roses and mock orange blossom are alll around us.
Long may it continue :)
I am gardening like a mad thing and making fancy gins, what are you all up to ?

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Teddy needs his rubber duckie....

Here in Wales we have had alot of rain, twelve weeks of it to be precise, so I only thought it fitting to make a woollen bear in his bathing suit. Well you would, wouldn't you :)
But Barnaby will not put a paw in the water with out his rubber duckie bathing ring ...
So grab your duckies and Woollie swimsuits now and head for water !
Or alternatively pop over to etsy and have a good look at him.


Today I have been making wigs, hopefully this doll will be complete and listed tomorrow :)
Keep warm and cosy lovelies

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Day of the dead doll

Here's Dessie,
my day of the dead doll, now available in the etsy shop.
She's a hand painted , one of a kind art doll and is a good size :)
I hope you enjoy looking at her,
Have a wonderful week

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Happy New Year from Darling Hq

Merry Christmas and here's to a super 2016 for us all.
Just a glimpse of a few of the goings on this Christmas and a promise to get back to blogging more for 2016,
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and a perfect new year !
Thank you all for your help and support, I really do appreciate it

Monday, 7 December 2015

Pookashop studio

Here you go, finally I am installed in my studio and back to work.
I decided to decorate the window with my own mannequin that I made :)
I hope you like it.
It's a busy time of the year and we're all so very distracted , but let's take time to help others who aren't so fortunate. This year I I am busy gathering shoe boxes to fill with things, that will be handed out in Bristol.
So do get in touch with your nearest salvation army or shelter and see what you can do, to help the homeless this year. Just sorting out blankets, or helping with the soup kitchen or sending a few pounds, it makes such a difference.
It's going to be a very cold hard winter out there, can you imagine sleeping in it.
Much love to you all , and take good care of yourselves and others

Thursday, 29 October 2015

New Christmas cards

Here's a new selection of my lino cut and printed cards, which are hand finished and painted.

This year I will be donating twenty per cent of all sales of these to the Badgers trust, to help with the immunisation programme.

you can order them mixed designs or all the same or individual, it's up to you, message me via etsy , with your queries.

I hope you like them, speak again soon,
Love Miss D

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

New Art Dolls

Sorry for neglecting my blog, but the new studio has been taking up alot of my time, but it's almost there.
Here are a few newbies I have been working on, they are in the etsy store right now. I must say it's been a real joy going back to doll making , as it is my first love.
I hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas, I shall try to include lots about that soon and more about the homestead , but for now have a lovely autumnal day xXx

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

When I grow up I want to be Tasha Tudor...

I have to say for me, Tasha Tudor is a complete inspiration, the way she lived her life professionally and personally , is a joy.

When I grow up, I want to be just like her !

Theres alot to be learned for all of us from Tasha, those of you who dont yet know about her, really must, she lived in Vermont in her beautiful wooden house, living a good simple quaker style life, working her land and creating her art.

There are many books available, the first one i ever owned was called, Tasha Tudors Garden,  and I recommend you go and treat yourself to one of her many books.

Here she is infront of her home in Vermont.

Always appreciating the good and simple things in life, such beauty !

Living in harmony with animals and nature, working hard.

and keeping herself happy and well, because of it all.

Living this truly good life must of inspired her , helping her to lead a very successful life as an artist.

What a joy she was and such a glorious legacy, thats still alive today for us all to enjoy :)

Next time you have an hour to spare, I suggest you go online and learn all about this great lady :)

Have a great week !

and see you all very soon

x x x

Saturday, 8 August 2015

The Penny Dreadful Bunny Artdoll

Here's my latest art doll that's in etsy now.
The Penny Dreadful Bunny art doll :)
Standing at 21 inches high and on a mahogany plinth, my gothic bunny is dressed in full Victorian style clothing.
She has also been aged, with a special glazing. A paper mache head and a textile body and arms, hopefully you will find her enjoyable and an attractive art piece.
Thanks so much for looking and have a great weekend  :)