It seems like recently I have caught the drawing bug, probably largely helped by a sudden avalanche of sales for my Penguin Valentines Cards! It really has been rather exciting over here at Penguin HQ!
I’ve found that I really do love drawing cute little animals and it seems like i’m getting better and better every time i open up photoshop! I’ve even started recording my drawing process as i think it does help to watch back when i’m not concentrating on drawing, plus i think it could be quite a nice little addition to my youtube cannel that’s been lying dormant for so long! You can watch all my time-lapses here!
I drew these seahorses as another option for valentines day, but ended up not really liking them enough to put up in my shop. I do think they’re cute but, gosh, are seahorses hard to draw! Maybe i’ll revisit them once i’ve improved a bit more.
I started to relax into my drawing a bit more and drew this adorable Hippo! This has to be one of my favourite drawings to date! He’s wearing a cute little party hat and singing ‘Hippo Birthday’, because Hippo’s are obviously amazing singers! 😉 I think my shading improved so much on this picture and I just love the hippos character!
You can buy my Hippo Birthday card here!
Ashley then gave me the idea of drawing a shiny-object-loving magpie stealing a ring for a wedding or engagement card and I thought it was a great idea! I wanted to add a little simple background to this one and love how it turned out although i think i will tweak my shading tomorrow as it isn’t as good as on my Hippo.
You can find my Magpie Thief card here!
What do you think I should draw next?
I also have some other exciting plans for my youtube so do keep an eye out for more learning, projects and other fun things!
But for now, it’s time to sew!
So again i’ve been a terrible blogger. I have a lot catch up with!
Anyways, I thought a good way to get back into blogging again would be to search around Folksy for the best christmassy items I can find. Partly to enter an awesome competition, partly to give myself ideas for what to make.
I have tried to look through a lot of different categories to try and get a nice range of things to inspire me.
These are in no particular order of preferance, but here are 18 quirky and fun christmassy things I felt deserved to be on Folksy’s front page! (This took me far longer to do than I care to admit)
1. Decorative Ball
I have always loved this shop (thepicapica), it’s always full of really unusual things and this ‘Decorative Ball’ is no exception. It’s just so intricate and pretty, I would love to have this hanging up no matter what time of year!
2. Penguin Decorations
Not only are these ridiculously cute, but I really love penguins (and the penguin theory!). And as a plus they are all unique as they are cut separately! I can already see different personality in each of these in the picture. You can find these penguins here.
3. Paper Decoration
I love the hint of festive colour in this ‘Eco-Friendly’ paper decoration. The intricate patterns really make this look unique and, in my point of view, a big statement piece. But don’t worry, you don’t need to hammer nails into your wall, they do come with a thread to hang it on, as well as a variety of colours and styles to match your christmas theme.
4. Snowman Kit
When I first saw this Snowman kit I was thinking ‘What is wrong with just using a real carrot and stones?’, but the more I thought about it the better this seemed. I mean the amount of hats and scarfs that have been ruined from being left out until the muddy sludge saturated them beyond repair in my own family alone is pretty high, and having a special outfit set aside for the snowman to be dressed in just seems to make the moment even more special.
5. Snowflake Necklace
Again I’m attracted to the modern look of this snowflake necklace. I think even the little dot of silver adds to the look, and don’t even get me started on the cute ‘WivWuv’ heart at the end letting you know where you got it from, I think I need to figure out how to make those tags for my own shop…
6. Personalised Letter from Santa
If anything will keep the kids believing for a little longer it would be a personalised letter from santa, and, for the kids still fully convinced, what a way to add a little extra magic! I know I would have loved one of these as a kid in amongst my stocking presents, I doubt my mum would have appreciated the glitter though…
7. Rudolf Card
Not only is this handmade/hand-drawn Rudolf Card ridiculously cute, but it’s also recycled for all you environmentally friendly out there! It’s even got a cute story of how she made Rudolf’s nose red. Everything about this just makes me get a little warm feeling inside. I didn’t think that was possible from a christmas card…
8. Noel Glass Bunting
If you’re a fan of glass work and quirky little items, then RedBrickGlass is just perfect for you. They have a range of glass work, including this Noel Bunting. Who knew you could make bunting look so classy? They also do an amazing range of fairy lights which I am dying to buy for my room! Shame I have no money. I really recommend checking them out for unusual glass decorations.
9. Metal Stamped Baubles
Again i’ve gone for the unusual. I think these metal baubles would look amazing glinting in-between the branches of a tree.
10. Christmas Tree Tote Bag
Not only does this Tote Bag come with a Jingly bell, but it can also double up as stocking or a giftbag (as well as being fair trade). I don’t know about you, but, now I think about it, I’d love a festive bag to match my festive outfits.
11. Christmas Tree Wrapping Paper
If you’re anything like me, you will be obsessive about making your presents looking that little bit extra special. I love this christmas tree paper and think it would make my gifts stand out amongst the rest. It is also available in different colours.
12. Reindeer Gift Tags
Once you’ve got your wrapping paper you will need name tags so you don’t forget which is which. How about these cute reindeer ones? Simple, cute, pretty. All you need from a gift tag!
Once you’ve bought
13. Christmas Pudding Apron
Obviously food is a big thing at christmas and any festive cook needs a festive apron to match! This cute apron just seems perfect for the job! Yum indeed!
14. Robin Napkins
Want to add a bit of festive fun to your table? These handprinted linen napkins with a cute little robin are the perfect addition! Matching place mats are also available.
15. Snowfall Soap
Not only is this soap quite stunning to look at but so is its box! The only problem is I think i’d be too scared to even use it…
16. Glass Blown Baubles
Who wouldn’t want these show stoppers hanging on their christmas tree? All I can say is that these look stunning.
17. Christmas Robins
How can you not want something as cute as this robin? I can already see it perching on top of my fireplace.
18. Christmas Rag Wreath
I’ve never really been a fan of the christmas wreath, they just seemed a bit pointless and not very pretty to me, but this one seems to have changed my mind. It’s cute, pretty and reusable! A nice modern twist on the traditional wreath.
Now go do some christmas shopping.
Till next time! Stay Happy!