Friday, 31 October 2008

Happy Halloween!

It was tough getting a pumpkin this year, but eventually I spotted the perfect one!
Here's what I did with it:



Thats Totoro from the Studio Ghibli movie Tonari no Totoro if you don't already know!

I'm chuffed with how he turned out!
I haven't carved a pumpkin in that way before, just taking the skin off in places and not cutting right through. This year I broke out my wood carving chisels and did it with those! ^^

It was tough to photograph him all lit up, not least becames the candle kept going out! XD"

I made tomato and pumpkin soup from the flesh I scooped out the middle! Yum!

Have a Happy halloween everyone!

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

October Snow

Yesterday it snowed!
Not enough to make a snow Totoro, but I was still excited to see it.
This morning of course there was just a scattering of hard frozen snow left, but it was still cold and a good frost too.
And to top it off it was a beautiful clear morning, so I went to my local patch and took a few photos, here's a few of my favorites:

october frost4

october frost2

october frost1

You can see a few more shots I took and also buy prints of them if you wish at Red Bubble.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Free Halloween Finger Puppet Tutorial

Here's my gift for you this Halloween, a free pattern and tutorial!

Skull Bird is a fun finger puppet for you to make, and he'll be perfect for when you go trick n treating this Halloween!

He's super quick and easy to make, and you can make him by sewing from felt, or by gluing from cut paper depending on your skills!

So what are you waiting for, go get the pattern and get making!
Free Skull Bird Pattern and Tutorial

Skull Bird is also avaliable in 2 designs on T-shirst from RedBubble, so you can look the part too this Halloween!
Skull Bird design 1
Skull Bird Design 2

Also check out my other free things to make on the Extras page!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Ninja-Bear, Bear-Ninja!

Ninja-Bear, Ninja-Bear,
Sneaking here, peeping there,
Where's he hiding? Could be anywhere!
Oh, where is Ninja-Bear?

He's... heeeere!

Is he a bear in a ninja suit, or a ninja in a bear suit?

Bear-Ninja (or Ninja-Bear) will never reveal the answer, even if you were fortunate enough to be able to catch hold of him!

Sneaky and mysterious, he could be hiding in your bowl of cereal, or laundry basket right now and you'd never know he was there!

Ninja bear is so cute he's deadly!

Ninja Bear has popped up as a puppet:

A plushie:

He's quite numerous on T-shirt designs!

*These and more avaliable from RedBubble*

And now he can be all yours in the form of this adorable hand made phone charm!
Which is up for sale right now on Etsy!

Tuesday, 14 October 2008


As a child, a trip to Llandudno was never complete without peering over the side of the pier at the jellyfish!
In fact if there weren't any, it was a big dissapointment!

Now I can see cute jellies where ever I go because I've made a cute jellyfish phone charm!


There's no worries about getting stung by this little chap, his non-stinging stinger is made of harmless pretty beads.

And you can own one too as there's one for sale now on my Etsy!

I decided to make a backing card for the jelly charms.


Usually, because I am a Flash dunce, I take my vector illos into photoshop to add any gradients. However on this illo I did everything in Flash, and I'm pretty chuffed with the results!


I liked the design so much I have made it avaliable on Redbubble in 3 different styles as a t-shirt and prints.