29.2.12

Horses & unicorns


'Horse Girl wants to be a Unicorn'

The past week has seen a cosmic collision of my computer going mad and a wonderful new opportunity arriving with a very short deadline, which equals a black hole down which most of my time has been sucked. Very much cheered by selling one of my last paintings - rather poignant, as it was one of the last personal pieces I did before needle felting took over my life and soul.
I've been creating versions of these little Germanic toys for many years now, and they are a big feature in the collection I designed for Gisela Graham, which should be in the shops next autumn.







The toy unicorn painting is now on its way to America, the last one in a trio - they live on as a card set, in the shop
here.





(Computer is fixed after several days of stress and fiddling. Once I've beaten this deadline, things can go back to some kind of normal. Hooray!)


15 comments:

Иринка Colibrinka said...

Какая прелесть!!! Такие добрые милые игрушки!!!

Rita said...

Congrats on your new opportunity, and sale of your painting. I love visiting your blog because you are so talented! You inspire me.

Purpletreebird said...

The painting is beautiful, it makes me feel calm and peaceful. What a very lucky new owner. :)
I saw your Gisela designs on Pinterest and didn't realise at first they were yours. They're absolutely beautiful and I want them all!
Jess xx

rossichka said...

The disguised Horse Girl is so sweet - she dreams of adventures in fairy lands, but is looking sad, because she thinks this will never happen!...
It's so nice to hear about your new project, Gretel! I'm looking forward to see your creations! The cards are wonderful! By the way, your "Sophy higher than the Moon" is next to me on my desk and I look at it whenever I want...
Happy expecting for the Spring!x

rachel said...

Excellent news, Gretel! I love Gisela Graham designs, and now I can start spotting your work amongst them!

Anonymous said...

Glad to read a new posting. I wondered what you were doing. As a new reader, I am backtracking through your blog archives and enjoying your walks and rides particularly. I so miss the English countryside, whether in snow or sun.

janet said...

Hello my friend,

I see a new collection in my future.....Gretel Parker ornaments!!!!

LOVE these...OmGosh..will we in the USA be able to purchase them?

You are such a creative soul...we will meet someday...we will meet someday...my new mantra!!!!

janet xox
The Empty Nest

Rowan said...

How great to be designing for Gisela Graham, I shall look for them in the autumn. I finally posted the package to Zimbabwe this morning by the way.

Gerry Snape said...

just love the work...it makes me feel happy!

Charlotte said...

They are gorgeous Gretel, I love toys like these, they make me feel the world is still a good place with special things in it. Something I am in sore need of reminding sometimes. Thank you for making me smile.

Frances said...

Gretel, good to hear that your computer issues, aka problems in real speech, have been mended.

That wistful watercolor painting is lovely. Somehow, I think that you will be creating many future watercolors. Your photographs and videos of the landscape that surrounds you surely indicate where you might already being putting brush, water and color to paper?

I do like those wooden decorations, too. It's interesting to see your design sensability translated to three dimensional little beings, that have solid, not soft, edges.

xo

Puddock said...

I love the mouse fairy on the horse - I'll be looking out for when Christmas shopping time comes round :)

Anne said...

Well done Gretel - very well deserved!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Insanely creative, you are.

BumbleVee said...

good luck from Portugal on your deadline...hate them!

love the little toys..... so cute....