Sunday, 30 December 2012

Hemmed in

Copyright Zoe Williams 2012

 Our local Art Gallery has a great textile exhibition on called Hemmed In: Embroidery and Needlework from MK and Beyond. It presents work from the 1930s to the present by over fifty practitioners and is organised with MK Embroiderers Guild and Jamie Chalmers, otherwise known as Mr X Stitch. Ranging from the local to the international, the exhibits include needlework through unusual media, techniques and unexpected subject matter, including street art, rock music and internet spam.

Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser 2012

I took part in the MK Embroiderers Guild (MKEG) part of the exhibtion (see my work above) which challenged their members to represent ‘Milton Keynes in an eight-inch square’, to create small, needle and thread portraits of their favourite places in the city. The results constitute a real celebration of the city in stitch. In addition to work by the members, the exhibition includes a number of rare and significant pieces on loan from national collections, including such luminaries from the embroidery world as Rebecca Crompton, Rachael Thompson, Julia Caprara and Beryl Dean.

The exhibition at MK Gallery runs from 7 December 2012 – 6 January 2013, and admission is free.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

I 'd like to wish all my lovely followers and folk that drop by my blog a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. A big thank you for taking time to leave comments and I hope you have fun whatever you do!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Eve stroll

Every Christmas, Milton Keynes Centre has a fab. Christmas show. Each year it's a different theme, this year it's The Land of Enchanted Dreams. It features millions of fairy lights, a wishing tree, fairies and toadstools and lots of fake snow - magical!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Friday, 14 December 2012

Don't stress!

Watching this video has just reminded me that stressing about Christmas is a luxury. My kids have so much in comparison to those in the film. Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from rubbish. Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the rubbish for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Fabio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon had more students than they had instruments.

That changed when Szaran and Fabio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.
The film shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Beautifully wrapped

I met up with my crafty chums on Friday and we exchanged gifts. Here is one of the pressies I received, beautifully wrapped hey?

Monday, 10 December 2012


Elf Poster
We watch it every year to get us in festive mood. It was on TV yesterday. Our kids LOVE it, we LOVE it. I want Elf to come and decorate my house with all those cut out decorations, paper chains and fake snow. Santa's coming.................. S-A-N-T-A!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Oh lovely, more glittery goodness......

............on some Crimbo cards I designed for Jodds. Sorry the snaps are a bit rubbish, it's hard to photograph glittery stuff. I'm feeling super festive today, we had some snow in the night. I might wear a party hat while I work today : )

Friday, 30 November 2012

Tis the season to be jolly.......

Snowman Milk Jugs...cute idea if you have children
via mymobilhome

Graphic christmas trees from interior by.bak

 I've been getting some Christmas decoration inspiration from pinterest. There are loads of FAB things I could make and do (if I had time). 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Wrapping it up

Christmas print available for purchase from Cinnamon Joe Studios

How is your Crimbo shopping going? It's  December the 1st on Saturday....... EEEK!!!!!!!!! Panic stations.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Monday, 19 November 2012

My deer old friend....

My original design - copyright Paperchase
stitched mini luggage tags
Copyright Paperchase
Copyright Paperchase - photograph from Print and Pattern

Copyright Paperchase - photograph from Print and Pattern
Copyright Paperchase - photograph from Print and Pattern
Copyright Paperchase - photograph from Print and Pattern
Copyright Paperchase - photograph from Print and Pattern
When I sell a design via my lovely agent Cinnamon Joe, it goes off on it's merry way and there is no guarantee that it will be recreated how I imagined it, or indeed if it will ever be used at all. Sometimes I never see work I have sold ever again. It's something you get used to  and I just feel extremely lucky to be able to make a living from doing something I love and feel grateful that someone likes what I do. Some designs pop up like friends you haven't seen for a while, slightly changed, something different about them but totally recognisable. Paperchase have created a range around my little deer and tree design. It looks great with some new friends that the Paperchase design team have brilliantly designed for them and what a great and vast product range. I can't wait to get my hands on the cake stand. See more on the Paperchase website here or as featured on Print and Pattern here

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The Christmas countdown

" Happy Christmas " Hand Finished Boxed Christmas Cards (5 Cards Per Box) - BSB204
Copyright Second Nature Cards
" Happy Christmas " Hand Finished Boxed Christmas Cards (5 Cards Per Box) - BSB203
Copyright Second Nature Cards
The Argos catalogue is so well thumbed by my children the cover has come off which means Christmas lists are written and the countdown is on. If you need some cards you can buy some of my card designs NOW on Amazon here and here and other good card shops! Second Nature have done a lovely job of  producing these hand finished cards I am well chuffed : )

Monday, 12 November 2012

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Getting hitched!

Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser 2012

Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser 2012
I have been designing some wedding cards and when I'd finished I found myself making these little characters.......... all the bells, Champagne glasses and lace must have put me in a romantic mood  : )

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

And the winner is?

Frabjous.  HURRAY! Please email me with your address and I'll send your prize to you asap. Thanks to those who entered my little giveaway.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Remember remember ...........

............bonfire night tonight. We nave rockets and all sorts to let off. Look at the great firework packaging. Have fun and stay safe.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Feeling batty?

Well I am, it is half term after all! Thanks to freckleface for the Halloween craft ideas ; )  Happy Halloween everyone. Have a SPOOKY one!
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