Monday, 3 December 2018

Once upon a Table-scape - Centre-piece for Calico Craft Parts

I only discovered recently what a table-scape is. If you would like to discover more, please hop over to Calico Craft Parts Blog here.


Have a lovely,creative week, wherever you are and whatever you're doing.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Advent Crafting

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! I haven't created a blog about what I've been up to for some time. Today, though, I wanted to just share with you a collection of tree decorations I've created - not for a design team project or an article, but for the sheer joy of it! Not that creating for design teams and articles doesn't bring me joy - I love it; but sometimes it is nice to make something with whatever takes your fancy.



I just lost myself in creating each of these little houses to place in individual domes - a tiny, snowy world frozen in time.



Photographing the domes is tricky due to the shine. Can you see the tiny blue bird on the roof in this one? I've been eager to use these for so long, as they were gifted to me by my lovely American friend, Clintine. He sings to the princess locked in a winter world of the freedom of spring, just waiting to unlock the ice-bound land.



Clintine also gave me the paper I used to cover the little house on your right: I love that bird. The wood circles under the domes are also gifts from her!



I had so much fun using my own MDF houses, but you can find kits that will fit inside these domes from companies like Calico Craft Parts. MDF craft parts; Chiyogami paper and flakes along with Distress Glitter and my own little faces blend to tell winter stories. Some feathers from my stash found their way onto the project too.



Never throw away scraps of paper - they come in so useful on these miniature MDF houses.



A scrap of stenciling, a piece of an antique map and a wisp of a tree and a miniature world is ready to hang on the tree. No end of stories could be woven around these little domes and winter is the time for sitting around a roaring fire telling stories. The last dome dome I'm going to show you, though, has a true story behind it.



This little Jack Russel is my friend, Patsy's dog, Poppy. Patsy has been such a good friend who I've known nearly all my life. Recently Poppy became very ill and her infection left her with high blood pressure and completely blind. This amazing little dog has coped brilliantly with her disability and now enjoys her favourite things - a country walk (smells are more fascinating than ever); affection and a tasty meal with almost as much delight and enthusiasm as before.


By merging this sketch of Poppy that I created with the body from a cabinet card, I made a special version of Poppy in Winter - realized in shrink plastic - to give my friend who has nursed and cared for her beloved pet with so much love this year. It was great to be able to put the ideas and skills I'd learned in a shrink plastic class with Stephanie Rubiano to use in creating an individual gift for a special friend.

Thank you so much for popping by today and reading my blog. These 9cm cloches to hang on the tree are such fun and offer so many possibilities to create tree ornaments that you can put your own worlds into. I would recommend having a go at creating some yourself if you have a moment at this busy season! A Happy Festive Season to you!

Monday, 19 November 2018

2 Arch Angels at Calico Craft Parts

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Today I'm beginning to prepare for the festive season with 2 little Christmas Tree angels created from Calico Craft Parts.


I do hope you'll be able to pop across and see how I created them here http://calicocraftparts.blogspot.com/. Have a wonderful, creative week.

Monday, 22 October 2018

The Little Bee-Keeper - Storage Cube for Busy Bees at Calico Craft Parts Blog

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! Are you a busy crafting bee? If you are, please could you just spare a few of your precious minutes to pop over to Calico Craft Parts Blog ...


where I've created an addition to my storage stack. I hope you will have a wonderful, creative week. x

Thursday, 11 October 2018

We Have a Winner for the Paint Your Heart and Soul Giveaway!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! I am pleased to announce that my son, Isaac was able to help me out and to pick a winner in the PYHAS Giveaway! You were all so generous, sharing to social media and having a guess at my favourite fairy tales too!



There were so many names to pick from, but there could only be one winner! You can see that he very generously loaned his cap and joined me in my studio for the grand draw!



A tense moment, as he closes his eyes and dips in! Then 'Drum Roll' and ...



The winner is JEANNE ELLIOT! Many Congratulations to Jeanne. Please could you email Olga? I will Pm you with her email address and instructions what to do so that you can receive your wonderful prize of a year long Paint your Heart and Soul Course. This is going to be a very special year with some amazing artists contributing.

Thank you again to all those who participated in this Giveaway. I wish I could have awarded a prize to you all. 

Please remember that the early bird price of $99.00 applies until December 5th 2018. If you click on the link here when registering I am paid a percentage of the course fee. Have a lovely Friday and a wonderful Weekend! x

Monday, 8 October 2018

Further Adventures in Oz - Miniature Artist Trading Block Cube Kit at Calico Craft Parts

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Today I'm over at Calico Craft Parts with some more Oz adventures.


This time the happy band of characters are featuring on an Artist Trading Block Cube. Please do pop over if you would like to see more. 

Monday, 24 September 2018

Dreaming of Somewhere Over the Rainbow at Calico Craft Parts

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. As the Autumn starts to touch the trees with red and gold, I find myself dreaming of a land over the rainbow. If you have a moment, please fly over to Calico Craft Parts blog with the bluebirds and me to find out more!


Have a wonderful week and may all your dreams come true.