Over the last few months, I've loved building up my audience and the people whom I follow on Twitter and have thoroughly enjoyed their creative giveaways. As I approached 1000 followers, I decided to do my own giveaway. One of my hand painted peg people was to be the prize.
After 50+ retweets and a few more followers, I randomly drew the winner (and I swear this wasn't fixed). The winner happened to be a fellow Chelmsfordian, Georgia Coote a very talented surface pattern designer. I asked Georgia what she would like me to create and she plumped for a 'mini-me' pegdoll, sporting a floral dress.
And here's her 'Georgia' peg doll
Georgia, posted a picture of her 'mini-me' on Instagram and here's her final resting place and a beautiful one at that.
I love coming up with new ideas for cards and occasions for our lovely Pre Schoolers and this Father's Day card is no exception. Often the simple ideas are the most effective and I think this is definitely the case here.
We started with a template for the tie.
Each child got to personalise their tie for their card in any way they saw fit.
Glitter, tissue paper, pens, pom poms and stickers being the most popular.
They then got to choose a colour for the shirt.
To make the shirt simply make a cut in the centre of the folded card and bend over to make the collars. Just add buttons and ta da!
My 6 year old daughter is a massive Sarah McIntyre fan. She's one of those author/illustrator's who captured Lucy's imagination and also encouraged her to continue to write stories and draw LOTS.
Just recently, Lucy got the chance to meet her literary heroine, here she is pictured with Sarah and her growing family of Sea Monkeys at the 'Comic Capers' event in Chelmsford.
If you haven't read Oliver and the Seawigs, let me urge you to do so, if only to find out more about the Sea Monkeys. As you can see, we roped in Grandma to knit a couple for us. As Lucy's birthday approached, I realised there was no better design for a cake... A Sea Monkey birthday cake! Here's my attempt.
It started with a sketch on greaseproof paper...
I started with 2 round cakes stacked on top of each other and 2 large cupcakes for the ears.
I then had a stab at a cupcake, but it was VERY fiddly and only managed the one!
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) got in touch and asked me to design some toys to raise awareness of the charity and more specifically, their 'Tea and Talk' event. They also wanted to celebrate those fab people who ran the London Marathon in aid of their charity.
I was honoured to be asked and aware of the stigma attached to Mental Health problems, I was pleased to help in the best way I can.
They packed off these four fellas to me and I set about my designs.
First came the Marathon Runner. I've aptly titled him 'Keep on running'. Sporting an MHF vest, sweatbands and trainers, this toy represents all those who bravely attacked the gruelling course to raise money for the Foundation.
Next came the 'Tea and Talk' character.
Again, I used the logo they'd created so it would be immediately obvious what she is promoting.
Just a couple of mini toys to do and I'll be sending them back to the lovely people at the MHF in the hope they can raise awareness and funds for an important charity.
All finished, about to be packaged up and sent back to a very worthy charity.