My Plush Swap parcel has arrived!

When I saw that Diane Koss of Cutesy but not Cutesy had posted in our Plush Team forum that she had sent her swap partner's parcel to a 'far away land' I started secretly hoping that it was coming my way. (I think Bosnia and Herzegovina qualifies as quite a far away place.) And my hope was not disappointed! On Friday I went to the post office to check our PO Box and there was the yellow piece of paper telling me that a parcel had arrived. I quickly went to the counter to retrieve my parcel and there on the front were the sender details... It was from Diane :)

Luckily the post office is only a couple of minutes away from our house so I didn't have to wait long to open it.

And inside I found some super cute card characters, a lovely message and...

An orange bunny!! Thank you so much Diane, He has joined my happy plush family and is fitting in just fine.

Excited to be part of Modamo.KreARTiva Concept Store.

On Wednesday night Modamo.KreARTiva Concept Store opened in Mostar and I am very excited to be a part of it. They are calling it 'a small shop, full of style' and that is what it is!

Everything that is for sale in the shop has been handmade in Bosnia and Herzegovina by young, up and coming artists and designers. They are selling everything from clothes, bags and jewellery to paintings and amigurumi dolls! And that is of course where I come in. I feel very honoured to have been asked to be a part of this new exciting adventure and to exhibit and sell my work alongside that of some very talented people.

It is great to see creativity being encouraged and celebrated in Bosnia and Herzegovina and I look forward to seeing how this adventure unfolds.

Handmade Birthday

We arrived back home yesterday after visiting the UK for 3 weeks. In the first 30mins that we were back I  bumped into quite a few friends including one who invited us to their daughter's birthday party that evening. Being totally unprepared and not in the mood to go shopping after a long journey I decided that it would be a handmade birthday present. I set to work and 4 hours after we had arrived home, as well as unpacking and other stuff I had made this! The little girl loved it and jumped up and down when she opened it. All in all a good first day back home.

Plush Team Summer Challenge

After a lot of busy months I am so happy that I have managed to make something for this month's Plush Team Challenge. The theme is 'Dessert or Desert' and I decided to combine the two and make a cactus ice cream! I drew a little picture of the idea that was in my head, and a few hours later, after some unravelling and re-doing, I finished it!

The perfect desert dessert. The cactus ice cream cornet.

What do you see?

If you watched the video on my last blog post you may have already spotted some of these wooden dolls. They are so easy to make and so cute and effective. We made about 40 of them for our Street Art Day!

This is what they look like before they are painted. I buy these in a shop which sells building supplies. On the label it says it is a finishing piece for a column. I think it looks like the end piece for a curtain rail or maybe banisters. Anyway, a couple of years ago when we were looking in this shop for something we needed for our house I saw these things on a shelf and instead of seeing a 'finishing piece for a column' I saw a doll! (That probably says a lot about the way I think!) I decided straight away I had to buy some and use them for a craft activity. They went down a storm and so ever since I have been buying them and turning them into dolls at craft workshops. 

Next week we are going to camp. It is a camp for teenagers and the theme is 'Discovering life in an Indian way.' They asked me to run craft workshops, so guess what we'll be making?

Street Art brightens up the day!

I can't believe I haven't blogged since March! Well, I have a kind of excuse - I've been very busy running this street art project for young people. The project had it's grand finale on Sunday when all the art work was displayed on the street. Here's a video so you can see some of the highlights of the day. And here's a facebook link so you can see the photos. Hopefully I'll have a bit more time now to get back into blogging! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the video.

When the pages of a book come alive...

This year I am involved again in organising a Street Art Project in our town. This year's theme is 'Finding Neverland', giving people space to use their imagination to create a fairy tale kind of world on the streets! With fairy tales in mind, I tried my hand at a bit of book sculpture and I'm pretty happy with the results.