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Updated: 2018-03-24T05:49:50.601-07:00

 



Making a printing stamp from pizza packaging.

2018-03-24T05:49:50.632-07:00

I sometimes buy pre-made pizzas.
I think they are pretty awful and have no taste, but if the family are hungry and I'm feeling lazy...the shop is just around the corner.
Anyway.
The thought of throwing out the polystyrene packaging makes my brain shrink with horror, so I keep them in a cupboard.
The other day I wondered what could be done with them in a creative way, and I remembered seeing something on pinterest about printing with polystyrene take away food boxes.
So, out came my inner squirrel and I gathered up objects to press into my pizza base packaging.

I thought I'd try a mandala style design, so I used lids and pens, and anything that I thought would make good marks.
When I was happy enough with the final design, I rolled some acrylic paint onto the stamp.
(printing rollers are a must for this in my opinion).
I found some scrap pieces of cotton to experiment on, and pressed them onto the stamp.
This is how they turned out.
I'm not sure what I'll make with them yet, and need to play around with colours, etc.






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2018-02-05T16:08:56.128-08:00

 My sewing machine has been going full steam ahead for the past couple of weeks, and I've been furiously trying to use up all the fabric I have (and it's a lot!)I may have wandered into many a charity shop recently, but I've not bought much from them to use for my creations.I'm quite proud actually! Anyway, here are a few pieces I've made.Most of them will be going in my ETSY shop.I hope you like them.[...]



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2018-02-05T14:19:15.129-08:00

After a lot of messing around with Google and all its fiddly log in things I have finally gained entry into my blog again.
Hooray!! It's only been four years!
All I have to do now is get into Flickr again so that I can update my fabulous new photos.
Well, I won't bore you (if there's anyone still listening) with what I've been doing in the past few years.. I've not been sleeping, honest.
You can catch up on my Facebook page or my favourite place at the moment..
My Instagram account.
I'm still selling on Etsy too.
I promise I'll be back....Maybe very shortly...as I have some photos to show you.





New work

2017-02-15T07:40:22.756-08:00

I would like to share with you some images of the work I have been producing recently~~which is quite a lot since I was last in here~A dress for a fashion show in June....A jacket that I sold last year......A custom made dress.......A cute jacket......A new  Faerie dress......A Summer top.......A goth-steampunk-fairy waistcoat...... (sold).......A denim skirt (sold)........Some green faerie brides maid dresses I made this year.........A new dress..............Denim mini skirt............ (sold)...............Wool poncho..................Vintage, poncho top... (sold).............I have a new Etsy shop too........Where you'll be able to find and buy some of these and more~Here~ HIGHLAND FAIRY SHOP.[...]



Photo shoot September 2013

2013-11-03T16:03:10.450-08:00

I was very lucky to have a professional photographer Justyna come to my home in September with some lovely ladies who took time out to model for me.
It's the first time I've ever had my clothing worn by anyone other than myself and my not so flattering tailors dummies, so you can imagine how excited I was for this opportunity!
The results blew me away and here are a few to show you...
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You can see more on Justyna's website~ http://jkolodziejphotography.com/

and on my facebook page~ https://www.facebook.com/highlandfairy



Crochet neck pieces~

2013-05-12T06:15:19.364-07:00

I made these necklaces and chokers using strips of t-shirt fabric, with added buttons, lace and other vintage and found objects.











HELLO

2012-12-03T06:52:21.962-08:00

I'm back ...... not because I've not been doing anything....
I've been very busy and all who know me now follow me on my facebook page~ 
www.facebook.com/highlandfairy


Things have been growing for me...creatively and in my personal life. Change is always good and I am ever changing. :)

I was honoured to show some of my work in a fashion show at the weekend in a vintage shop that has just opened in Inverness called The Village.

https://www.facebook.com/TheVillageInverness?fref=ts

Here are some of the photos~
more to come soon....
and maybe the chance of having a professional photoshoot!!!!!
:)










Wedding dresses

2018-02-05T14:49:13.641-08:00

I have had the pleasure of making some unique wedding dresses for some lovely ladies recently.Thanks to my facebook page and word of mouth I was contacted and asked if I could create something that combined the ideas and dreams of my clients and my individual, quirky style.Each dress was a challenge and although I found it quite stressful at times, I loved making my very first corset style bodice, ordering special tartan cloth (even if it took me ages to make the first cut),finding beautiful pieces of vintage lace and linens that would go with each dress, gathering up different fabrics and piecing them together...adding details and seeing the finished garments.The best part had to be seeing the photos of the weddings themselves and knowing that everything was perfect.~~~~Mairi's 'Skye tartan' dress...corset bodice and long skirt with vintage linens.A beautiful Highland wedding in a woodland chapel.~~~~~~~~~~Laurie's wedding dress, inspired by Avril Lavigne's 'Alice' dress.black and white vintage fabrics with bustle.Winter wedding... xBlack and white sleeves with button detail.Chelsey's bridesmaid dress made from vintage cotton, linen and lace.[...]



bridesmaids dresses

2011-05-05T09:39:07.936-07:00

I have had the chance to create some very different dresses for a friend who is getting married at the weekend.
She asked me to make some of my raggy faerie dresses that I've started making from vintage linens, tablecloths, doilies, delicate frayed cottons, and other raggedy fabrics.
I've not done many custom orders, but I feel like this is the first of many..



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Hello!!!

2010-12-27T04:39:41.755-08:00

Nearly a year has gone by since I blogged last!?I'm not going to go into great detail about what I've been doing or what I've been going through because it's just too much, so instead I'll show you a few photos .Hope you like ....xxx[...]



winter creations

2010-02-04T07:49:49.092-08:00

It's been a cold winter, with lots of snow and I've spent a lot of time indoors trying to keep warm.Making the most of it I read lots, crocheted, stitched, painted and chopped wood!Just before the snow arrived I gathered lots of sycamore and chestnut leaf stems to weave together with some lovely brown yarn....I made some sock creatures out of old socksStarted on some new clay fairy bottlesCrocheted lots of pixie bagsPainted a goddessMade some funky button necklacesAnd did some sewing.......♥[...]



new

2009-12-06T03:36:10.613-08:00

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It has been a lovely autumn...one of my favourite seasons.
Now it's turning cold and the hills are looking grey.
This is a view across Strathnairn, looking down the valley towards Farr.




Cat Goddess

2009-05-02T04:36:49.233-07:00

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I finally finished a painting that I'm fairly happy with!!!




Brooches

2009-04-09T10:06:32.184-07:00

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I just wanted to show off my girls brooches.
They made them by laminating their drawings and gluing a brooch pin on the back.

My girls are only 9 and 10, and are very creative!

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A Holiday in Findhorn

2009-04-02T08:14:33.285-07:00

Me and the kids decided to go off for a few days to stay in a gorgeous cottage by the sea.CORTACHY APARTMENTis in the village of Findhorn, on the Moray coast.It was amazingly cozy and just a few steps from the beach.I love the sea and the sound of the water on the pebbles.The pebbles at Findhorn are so smooth!We visited the Findhorn Foundation while we were there.A place I love to walk around and look upon the eco houses and sweet little gardens.My lovely Sister lives and works in Findhorn at the Shambala Retreat Centre.It's a beautiful house on the beach.We did lots of walking in the sea air, pebble collecting, beach combing, charity shop rummaging, leaf throwing, forest venturing, cottage gazing, seagull avoiding, and more![...]



buttons and more buttons

2009-03-10T03:52:09.747-07:00

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I love buttons, and if I see a tin or a jar full in a charity shop or car boot sale I'll pounce on them!
I have such a lot of them I decided to experiment with some wire and thread some up...
into neck pieces and large pendants.
I'm even thinking they'd be great stitched onto a dress or made into a whole top!
The possibilities are endless.


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organic shopping?

2009-03-06T04:12:22.301-08:00

I was blogged by the lovely Cathy Cullis on her shopping list saturday...
which I was really excited about , as I am a fan of her work!
I thought I'd do my own shopping list thing here, to show some of my favourite etsy finds.
So every Friday.....I'll put in a few items that I love!

my first one is a gorgeous shawl made by
wet felting, silk chiffon, crochet and knitted pieces and threads.
It's from a shop called Living Earth Gallery .
Her work is so organic, and the combination of different fabrics and threads is amazing!
I'm finding it hard to choose a favourite....
to buy!



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The second beautiful item I found is a birch bark cuff made by Bettula .
Heather makes jewellery from birch bark and other natural materials, and each piece is simple and delicate....showing the detail and pattern of the wood.
She makes ear-rings , and necklaces too....
and has a sale on until March 21st!!!

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The last one is from the very talented Kaylacoo
who I found on flickr and makes the most enchanting and colourful felted brooches and little pictures!
Her work is full of life and the attention to detail is so lovely!


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Inspired about recycling....

2009-03-02T06:51:49.923-08:00

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Yesterday I met up with a man who runs the Greenhouse Charity shop in Dingwall.
Dave Lynch is part of the Dingwall and District Environment group and set up the shop a few months ago to raise funds for the group, it's environmental projects and other worthy causes in the area.
It's a lovely shop and well worth visiting...I could've stayed and rummaged for hours!

He is keen to make people aware of the possibilities of recycling clothes and re-using materials that would end up in landfill.
I've been making garments and accessories from recycled materials for a while now, and it's really nice to find others in my area who are as enthusiastic and inspired as I am!
I am very excited about what could happen now that I've connected with Dave and the group!
I'm also keen to get more involved with my local environmental groups and projects.
I also came across the local Friends of the Earth group in Inverness, that I'll hopefully get along to sometime soon.






birds and driftwood

2009-02-12T07:21:53.454-08:00

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I found an old piece I painted on years ago and thought I'd try some more....
I love painting on wood and the gold paint looks really nice...I think.
One thing I always like to find on a beach is old pieces of wood from crates and furniture that have been worn by the sea, making the wood smooth and rounded on the edges.
The holes and rusty nails add to the character and I enjoy painting around them or along the grains and knots.
And as always...I've used my usual colours!

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More dolls.....

2009-02-04T04:48:14.421-08:00

I'm having fun making these little people...
I love to imagine who they are, what names they will have and where they live, etc...

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If you'd like to see more....go to my FLICKR........which you can see to the right of this page>>>



dolls

2009-02-04T04:42:16.185-08:00

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I've not been in here for ages....!!!
I've kind of abandoned my blog, and been too involved with flickr!

I've also been making a lot of new stuff....
getting back to playing with natural materials, and trying out some polymer clay for some dolls.

I managed to over cook the clay, so most of my heads turned darker than expected and blotchy....(I've used them anyway!)

I'm having fun making them.....and look forward to seeing what characters appear.

Talking of dolls....
I have a friend
Novembergirl
who makes these gorgeous 'Lollie dolls'...
they are so full of charm and delight!
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check them out in her shop




etsy shop banner

2008-11-27T06:14:12.904-08:00

I spent ages on this, trying to merge a few photos together with some text....
I'm pretty pleased, as it's my first attempt!
It's bright and eye catching....don't you think?

Next thing to do is sort some of my dark and blurry photos, take more photos and add more items....
I have so much stuff that 'needs' to go.....hopefully I'll sell them in my shop for xmas!?


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cold and dull

2008-11-26T08:28:37.889-08:00

I was going to take loads of photos today and list things in my etsy shop...and on ebay, but because it was so dull, windy and cold , there was just no light to take good photos!
It just meant that I spent a bit too much time in front of my computer instead!
I tell myself that it's restful......and I've been told to take it easy and rest.......
although I do know that computers can drain your energy!!!
Oh well~~~~

here's a photo of something I'm working on at the moment......

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changes

2008-11-21T06:42:40.516-08:00



With Winter approaching, and a change in the air, I've been doing a lot of shifting inside and out!
I've been de-cluttering for a while now, but a lot of it has been at a slow pace, up until the past week or two!
Situations, and problems have all come to the surface, and each day comes a new breath of air, a fresh breeze to carry away some more heavy loads!
My work space is being cleared out, making room for me to focus on what's important.
My life has taken a turn around a corner and a light has been switched on.
Lessons are being learned and eyes are opening wider than before.
Time is precious, and what lies deep within me is coming out....reaching, stretching .





Time out

2008-10-25T06:46:13.368-07:00

Everyone needs time to think and look beyond...
I need to do lots of thinking.
I've not gone away.....
I'll be back soon~
xxxxxxx