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Getting Ready for December!

posted 12 Sep 2015, 04:16 by Jennifer Tippin

I'm not even going to name the festivities as it's way too early but this coming week I'm going to be building up my stock for selling on ETSY and at various craft fairs!

I bought some lovely cottons yesterday with Tom and Jerry designs and transport designs for the Teething Pads to add to the particularly girly fabrics I have :)


I am also going to be making Tooth Fairy Pillows similar to the pin cushions but with kid fabric and a small pocket for the tooth/teeth!  Photos will follow as soon as I've made one to give you an idea :)

Things have been a little quiet recently due to building work starting on the house again and I've been project managing the work.

Post again soon!

Jenny



Aerian Mobile

posted 23 Apr 2014, 13:47 by Jennifer Tippin   [ updated 23 Apr 2014, 13:48 ]

I've spent the last month creating a mobile for an internet company based in Box, Wiltshire, called Aerian.  The brief was to use their logo to create a mobile big enough to fill their stairwell!  This turns out to be a 2m cubed space!!!  So the mobile is 75cm (3 foot) by 180cm (6 foot).  Their logo is a bird that looks like an origami bird in white and green.  They wanted the models as large as they could go and it to be very simple, no extra beads or sequins.  So a very different brief to what I'm used to!

The finished mobile contains 35 aerian birds in a tight 1 and 3/4 turns spiral.  The model needed to be created as it's not truly origami but more Kirigami as it involves glueing pieces together.  They also wanted specific colours so I tried with lots of different types of paper to get the right colour. Eventually I ended up using a lime green velum encasing pale yellow paper! Which actually gives the model a bit of weight and a slightly translucent look which I love!

I also had to experiment with a couple of types of glue that would meld the velum to a slightly glossy paper, I finally settled on a glue from a local shop called the Krafty Monkey.  I also had to experiment with the size of model, at what point does the model start to collapse under it's own weight?  And then due to the use of fishing line to hang the models I needed to add a bit more weight to each model to stop it wildly spinning!  This was achieved using a penny in the centre of the models.

Today I finally got to install it with the help of my friends husband who is not only a fireman but is a window cleaner too so he had all the right equipment and insurances to put up a mobile in a very high place!  I have to say it went well, there was only a bit of damage during transit (a couple of the birds came loose) and it was really tangled, but unlike my black and white mobile it was really easy to un-tangle :)

If you'd like to see the results you can find images on my Origami Mobiles UK page: https://sites.google.com/site/origamimobilesuk/gallery-mobiles/gallery-mobiles2

New ETSY Shop!

posted 5 Feb 2014, 06:40 by Jennifer Tippin   [ updated 5 Feb 2014, 06:41 ]

Just opened my ETSY shop!  So far it's only got toys on it, but I'll see what happens.


Sold a little beach mouse today, all happily packaged in tissue paper, plastic bag (awful weather) and a cardboard box :)  and winging it's way to it's new owner!

29/12/2013

posted 29 Dec 2013, 11:03 by Jennifer Tippin

Just added some pics to the site and working on a set of pics for each gallery!

Welcome to my crafting world!

posted 29 Dec 2013, 09:56 by Jennifer Tippin

Well I've decided to set up a site to show my craftiness to the world, whether the world wants to see it or not is the question :)

Basically I've always done crafty stuff, I've made lots of cross stitch baby samplers for friends and family and small cross stitches for birthdays, mother's days, etc.
Since my daughter was born I've had a little time on my hands so have been increasing my skills using different materials.  One I've not really mastered yet is water colour, been working on that for some time... Not long after I got married I made an advent calender for us to use and several Christmas decorations for the house!  

I'm unable to wear/touch wool so I've had so make things like gloves for myself that don't contain wool!  This has included using a sock loom to make wrist warmers, great fun but I'm sure knitting shouldn't include lots of swear words...

My favourite things to make recently are plushie toys and designing new ones.  After being unable to find a supplier of Ghibli toys in the UK I made my own and so far loads of people have liked them!  I have made a rag doll for my daughter (though no hair yet) and some toy cats for my friends twins!  This Christmas I decided to make as many presents as I could for family and friends; for my mum I made a quilted pin cushion and needle book, for my sisters a jewellery roll and emergency travel kit, for my nephews crayon rolls, and for a niece I had a fabric carry house for her Sylvanian families.  All these can be seen in various galleries on my site.

I am also very much into Origami and learning new patterns!  I've a website for those too if you want to take a peek :)  (https://sites.google.com/site/origamimobilesuk/home)

I'll try and post as often as I can, though with a toddler about sometimes that's difficult :D

Happy crafting!

Jenny

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