Saturday, 16 February 2013

Creativity !



Well I've been away from blogland for longer than I would have liked , but I'm here now and goodness me it's been pretty full on around here !!
Creatively I've been busy busy busy , I've got 20  Linen Hare Granny square jumpers made , they are all matched up with co ordinating fabric ready to be made into Hares . For a change I have decided to do a mixture of the normal coloured Hares  and some white Hares . I just could not resist using a lovely off white linen I found in my stash . I am quite pleased with how it looks and the people I've shown it to have all said they like it .


Another make I have come up with over the last couple of weeks is my Yorkshire mill mouse .
I'm sooooo smitten with her , the idea came to me at Christmas whilst making the Angel mice . I wanted to come up with an all year mouse or a Spring\ summertime mouse . When I started to consider how she would look I knew I wanted her to have a little shawl and a Liberty skirt and some flowers . This was the perfect opportunity to use knitting in one of my makes ( I've been missing my Knitting !!) and I had a urge to use  moss stitch on the shawl , with an image in my head I set to work .
So I'm hoping from this Sunday there will be steady trickle of Linen Hares and Yorkshire Mill Mice heading to my shop , starting with these two . 

OOOOoo where is this ??

This is going to be my Studio , yes a studio !!! I'm  so very excited over the last few weeks I have been negotiating for this room with another designer so we can have a large studio to work in . The room is above a local independent Coffee bar in which I have started a Friday morning creative group in the where people can come and Knit , crochet or sew and have great coffee and locally sourced food . There are lots of plans afoot for the studio, but until we are in full swing we will be spreading the love of craft through the Friday morning sessions which are totally free and I have already helped some local ladies on there journey with knitting and crochet and here's a sneaky  peek of a couple of the ladies at play.
In fact I now have two knit and crochet groups I go to with wonderfully talented ladies ( unfortunately we've not attracted any creative men yet !) we really are spreading the love for craft in our little town . Our Monday evening crochet group  is one of the highlights of my week and we helped one of our group celebrate her birthday this Monday, my little treat for her were some coffee flavoured cup cakes( buns) with a crafty theme. She loved them ! and I loved playing and making them .
 

Today has been particularly nice as it has started to feel like spring is nearly here , the sun was out and this morning I was able to peg out for the first time this year . Which was wonderful as my washing machine had been broken for two weeks until it was fixed on Thursday . Wahayy no more hand washing !!! 
I just love the smell of line dried washing , you can't beat it !!

So life is busy and full of creativity and the seasons are moving on and so is my creative life. I just hope I can manage to keep up with the pace of things !!

If anyone is interested I do have a Face book page for     Handmade Over Yonder   where I do regular updates and shop announcements , pop by and see what I'm up to . But I still love to blog as it is so therapeutic and I love popping by and be amazed by what all the creative and talented bloggers have been up to . 

So thanks  for popping by and ta ta for now .Tracy  x

49 comments:

  1. Wow you have been busy! I love the detail on your Yorkshire mill mouse - the moss stitch shawl is just perfect. Looking forward to seeing how the studio works out - what an exciting time for you x Jane

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    1. Good morning Jane
      Yes I have been busy !! too many fingers in too many pies sometimes !
      I am in love with my Yorkshire mill mouse and will be sad to sell her but I am excited about making more and maybe I will make one for myself , I so glad you like her too.
      Very very excited about the studio , exciting times ahead .
      Have a lovely weekend with kind regards Tracy x.

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  2. Only my second visit to your blog. Your photos and plans are very uplifting. Feeling cheered by gorgeous mill mouse.

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    1. Good morning
      I'm so glad I was able to lift your mood and cheer you up . I do find the whole blogging process very therapeutic especially for getting my own thoughts and emotions out . But also as a blog reader being up lifted and inspired by other peoples journeys. It can often lift me out of real emotional and creative slumps and put my own life into perspective.I'm sooo happy to have cheered you up and maybe you will pop by again !

      Enjoy the week ahead with kind regards Tracy x.

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  3. I'm a new follower of yours and so pleased to see you blogging. I love the hare and how you've dressed her, but also adore the little mouse, x

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    1. Good morning Cockney Blonde,
      So glad you popped by and have started following me ,I've been very neglectful of my blog the last few weeks but desperate to get back on here , I miss it when when I just can't find the time . It's been a case of too many fingers in too many pies over the last few weeks .I'm so pleased you like my makes , I do like to show things I make and get responses of people whether positive or negative .There are going to be lots of Hares and Mill Mice being made over the coming weeks , I'm quite excited I do love making them !!
      Enjoy the week ahead with kind regards Tracy x.

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  4. That is fantastic new about the studio. Hope it all goes well. Workshops???? A very exciting time ahead of you.

    The Mill mouse is really lovely. The flowers look great.

    Best Dorset Wishes.
    C x

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    1. Hello lovely lady ,
      Very very exciting times ahead and yes workshops are in my plans for the not so distant future and open studio days as well .Really pleased you think the mouse is lovely , I can't wait to make another!!
      Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend Tracy x.

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    2. A workshop........ Maybe a visit to Yorkshire needs to be on my Bucket List!!

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    3. definitely !!!
      Do you know about the very wooly Yarndale event that is happening in Skipton in September.Visit www.yarndale.co.uk . I am seriously looking forward to it !!
      Ta ta for now Tracy x.

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  5. Good morning Tracy

    This is all so beautiful. I love the mouse, the mushroom peg and the cupcakes. The studio will be great!

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  6. Good morning Babajeza,
    Thank you for your positive comments I really appreciate them , I am soooooo excited about the studio very exciting times ahead!! enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    with kind regards Tracy x

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  7. Oh Tracy how wonderful to get your studio.Mine is a small summerhouse in my garden but it is still my little piece of creative heaven. The hares are looking fab and those cupcakes are inspired! X

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  8. Oh that little mouse is so pretty!

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    1. Good morning swallow Barn ,
      Thank you, I am very smitten with her !!
      I just popped over to you and I love the vintage sheets one pair brought back real memories!
      Have a lovely weekend Tracy x

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  9. Good morning Jane,
    Very excited about the studio ,a place to work and concentrate and not be distracted by the house ( i.e housework, washing,cooking ).But your summer house sounds a delightful place to work how heavenly indeed surrounded by nature whist you work truly inspirational . I sooo long for a proper garden , I have a small garden at the front of my house which I use to it's full potential but have a back yard at the rear of the house . I have tried to create a garden but everything is in tubs , I even have trees in tubs. But I do long for the feel of tickley blades of grass under my bare feet and it being my own patch.Maybe one day !
    Have a lovely weekend with kind regards Tracy x.

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  10. Hello Tracey

    Your 'makes' are so lovely! I haven't managed to visit your shop at the time when you have any hares for sale - I'll keep watching as I have the perfect spot in my workroom ready and waiting. Your studio sounds fabulous and workshops?? Thanks for such an inspirational blog. Best wishes from Whitley Bay x

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    1. Hello Deborah
      It warms my heart to hear you like my makes , sorry the Hares are a bit like gold dust !!
      But the white hare is going into the shop this evening and over the next few weeks there will be a steady stream of them for sale .The only tip I can give you is if you go to Facebook on my Handmade Over Yonder page and like it you will receive the shop announcements just before and as stock is going into the shop . Good luck I hope you get a Hare soon. xx But once the studio is up and running if your ever in the Skipton area you could maybe pop by and see me and maybe pick a Hare . Who knows what will be possible once I'm in the studio !!I do plan on doing workshops later this year .
      Thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy x .

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  11. Great looking cakes! Good luck with your studio, I wish we had a cafe/creative space like that near us :( Have fun x

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    1. Hello Katysclutter
      Thank you I do hope my studio is a success I'm very excited about the whole thing !!
      I do also think every town or city needs a creative hot spot where creative types can go hang out and be inspired and bounce ideas about with like minded people.I don't know which part of the counrty your in but Maybe start your own little group up!
      Thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy x.

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  12. I adore the cakes. I love to bake, but am rubbish at the decoration, perhaps I just need to try harder. Good luck with your studio, I hope it all comes together soon.

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    1. Hello Dotty Dolly
      Nice to meet a fellow baker but don't beat your self up about decorating cakes and buns . I only post about my successes and maybe I should post about my disasters which do happen and normally quite spectacularly . Please don't think my baking always turns out like this it was only last week that a cake brought me to the verge of a nervous breakdown . I was making my niece a birthday cake, what a disaster ! £7 worth of icing went in the bin and I had to make a dash across town to buy ( expensive ) fairy decorations in an attempt to rescue the cake . I just about got away with it by the skin of my teeth. I didn't post about that did I !! But I think my successful bakes are when there's no pressure and I am playing for fun with ideas.
      Thanks for popping by with kind regards Tracy x.

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    2. How nice of you to take the trouble to reply to my comment! I have to say you have inspired me to have a go - eventually - at those lovely cupcakes, I particularly liked the buttons!

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  13. Hi Dotty Dolly
    I always try and reply when I have the time but sometimes I only get the pleasure of reading every ones comments . The button mould I used was from a company called Alphabet Moulds and are a U.K. company www.alphabetmoulds.com .But I didn't purchase direct I got it from my local cooking supplies shop . The sugar paste I use is a Karen Davies one which is white and I add colour to it. www.karendavies.co.uk should have a list of all stockists.
    Happy baking Tracy x.

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  14. You're right! There is a lot going on for you right now! I so love the new mouse ... she is adorable ... right down to the knitty flowers on her dress. I'm jealous of the crafting groups you've arranged in your town, it sounds like such fun. And the cupcakes you made & decorated are so cute!! The coffee shop owners will be begging you to fill their shelves with your confections soon. Your studio space looks perfect, and you'll have the lovely aroma of coffee drifting up from below! Good luck to you in your new adventures there :) Wendy

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  15. Wow those cakes look fantastic, you are very talented. The studio adventure sounds like it's going to be fun, good luck with it. I wish we had something like that here. Sue

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  16. WOW,you are a busy lil bee.good luck with the studio can't wait to see it up n running.I ADORE those hares,you are so talented,and those cakes are soooo yummy.Fab post.We also run a knitting,crochet n sewing group in St.Agnes nothing better than getting together eating cakes nattering and creating and teaching people to do the same LOVE IT.Hugs xx

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  17. Your life is so full. It is beautiful.

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  18. Hi Tracy, wow, lots of excitement bubbling from you. How wonderful to have your own studio, will eagerly await the next instalment on that! Love your mouse, she is too, too cute with her shawl and flowery dress. And the cupcakes ... I'm in awe. x

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  19. Hi there.... Just found your lovely blog..... Gorgeous!x

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  20. Hi Tracy, I am in awe, your work is so beautiful, I am in love love love with the hare, when can i buy one? Your shop seems to be empty? Please keep on doing what you are doing so we can take pleasure at looking at your wonderfull craft! Ah yes and good luck with the studio!
    Take care, Corinne x.

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  21. Love your hares, mice and that wonderful birthday cake for your hubbie and let's not forget those cupcakes! You are truly gifted. A good blog to visit, would be Down to Earth where Rhonda will teach you lots of frugal ideas about homemaking and saving bucks. Love your blog!

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  22. Wish I lived near all of this! Linda

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  23. Will be down your way for Yarnfest in September and would love to pay you a visit. Your creative buddy led me to your post-what a talented pair you are!! Catriona in Scotland

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  24. Like many others I've been directed by Lucy's blog here and I'm soooo glad I clicked on her link! I've already pinned three piccies (mostly cakes...yum) and know I will LOVE popping in to visit. I wish I'd seen your blog before, but I'm here now. :-)

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  25. Like many others I'm here via the link on Lucy's blog, I wish I'd known about your blog before. I've already pinned the cake piccies! I'm here now and will be sticking around. Congrats on the studio, happy days!

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  26. Thank you for filling me with so much inspiration, reading your post has made me add at least three things on to my must do list, love your cup cakes and want to move to Yorkshire to join one of your groups - such lucky ladies. Hope your studio is an amazing success can't wait to hear more x

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  27. Thanks for sharing about your exciting studio plans - can't wait to hear more.

    Shame I don't live closer!

    Karen in Bristol x

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  28. You work is absolutely wonderful...the hare and the mill mouse, and love their outfits. Your cuppy cakes are really beautiful! A lady of many talents. Looking forward to hearing more about the opening of your studio...don't forget to take a deep breath every now and then! :)

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  29. I found you via Lucy's blog and I'm so excited for both of you... A new journey and an exciting future. I'm just excited and happy about what both your wonderfully creative minds will do together ... The sky is the limit... :) ill be coming back for more for sure :)

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  30. This is my first visit to your blog and I am wishing that my small town had a coffee shop with such talent and crafting! I will visit often :) Excited to see your "studio" reveal!

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  31. Wow- what an amazing fireplace in your studio! I bet you can't wait to get decorating in there - it's like a blank canvas.
    http://tillymakesandbakes.wordpress.com/

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  32. I have just found your blog and as well as the fantastic creativity you have, I just had to comment on those cup cakes. How GORGEOUS are they!! Good luck with the studio, I can imagine the fire place will be fantastic to work near on cold days. Take care. Chel

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  33. Am an avid Lucy follower and have now added you to my list..I love your work and can't wait to see what the studio brings.

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  34. I love your blog Tracy - such a variety of subjects to keep us interested and everything so very well done. I wish you the very best in your studio sharing with Lucy. Joy

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  35. OMG. I just started reading you blog and I think I am going to die!!! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The linen hares are just so adorable, I need one, want one, must have one NOW!!! As for the cupcakes, well they look far too beautiful to eat. You are one very creative soul and I feel so inspired. Your new little studio looks beautiful and it looks like you guys have done such a lovely job with it. I hope it brings you many hours of fun and lots of creative zest. xxx

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  36. How exciting for you! It is such a lovely space. I love how you're storing everything.

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  37. I'm sure it won't be a surprise where I found your blog from…! I'm incredibly happy I have found you. What a wonderful blog you have. I look forwards to reading more, especially about your gorgeous new studio. How exciting!

    Ali xx

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  38. Can I buy a Yorkshire mill mouse?

    Margaret

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