Despite all the various shenanigans which we are putting ourselves through, work still goes on. The first thing I finished in Shropshire was a commission from one of my regular collectors who wanted a copy of 'Kitty Blue' from my book, 'Mrs Mouse's Cupcakes'.
She is not 100% the same as the original but as near as I could get her. I know which is which.
I'm doing a lot of repeat designs at the moment and sometimes I need to try a new design. I have wanted to make a red squirrel for ages.
Betsy sold at once and made her way to America where she is making my friend Janet very happy, I believe.
I've also just finished several doglet orders - Claudette, who is a copy of one of the first doglets from my Mollie Makes pattern. (as the originals are all sold now).
Also, a larger clown version of the Mollie Makes doglets, who has gone over the border to nearby Wales.
Henri, one of the original magazine doglets was snapped up by a French lady who runs an online boutique shop. So he has gone to his spiritual home, accompanied by a specially commissioned girl-friend, Henriette.
She composed this sweet montage of the two 'H's' on her copy of the Mollie Makes issue, many thanks for letting me use this, Savine!
Although I can't really arrange full workshops at the moment, I had a special all day one-to-one session with a lovely needle felter, Jackelien from Holland. No, she didn't come all that way just to see me, but I am flattered that she wanted to spend the day learning techniques from me in the middle of her family holiday. She bought Dutch treats in a pretty tin - I am now addicted to the liquorice chalk sweets. I've had to hide the bag from myself. The kilner jar is not full of sweets, but little wax shapes - it's an outdoor candle which I am hoping to light in our new back garden.
Apart from working on finishing off techniques and fine shaping, we made funny little houses. It was a really lovely day, we talked our heads off and by the end of it, I felt sure that I had made a new friend. (Her version of the day can be found on her blog here - lots of pictures if you don't speak Dutch, including one of me which makes me realise I have to start running again!)
Talking of little houses, we are now hopeful that we may be properly settled soon - in the precarious world of house buying nothing is ever certain, but we are quietly hopeful.