Creatures at Diverse Gifts, Brixton

I’ve added some of my handmade creatures to Diverse Gifts on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton so go check them out and feel free to offer them a home 😉

RunnyCustard Makes creatures at Diverse Gifts, Brixton

The website has been made but not yet live – I’ve nagged Anita to start it up but in the meantime you can visit the facebook page and twitter!

Diverse Gifts on Twitter (click image to visit)

Diverse Gifts on Twitter

390 Coldharbour Lane
London
SW9 8LF

Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11.30am-6pm

Diverse Gifts, Coldhabour Lane, Brixton

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Richard’s Cousin…

I woke up an old facebook page which used to be called ‘RunnyCustard’s Fluffy Bits’ and I’ve now renamed as RunnyCustardMakes and posted some up to date photos of the creatures that I’ve made, including this guy who I called Richard. (the photo shows Richard (cream coloured) with Bob!)

handmade oddball characters with long noses!

I was promptly asked if I could make another ‘Richard’ character which I did – this version had arms and as I though I’d let the new owner name him, I decided to give him the moniker ‘Richard’s Cousin’ – well, they do look alike!

Richard's Cousin - handmade odd ball character with a big nose!

He went off on his travels last week with a friendly little chap to keep him company and they were snug in a handmade drawstring bag.

I started making a new website just to feature the craft side of things which I hope to list the creatures to sell via that platform or you can always use Etsy if you prefer that site!

Here’s another little critter that needs a home – he’s currently at the L’Arche shop in West Norwood but let me know if you would like him posted to you 🙂

furry cat with needle felted details - can also stand on his own!

 

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New creatures and a catch up…

My new creature ‘Iya’

‘Iya’ is a species monika rather than an individual name.

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The Iya creature has been floating around my head for along time and is the imaginary friend of a stop motion puppet I made a few years back – the version in the stop motion (very short!) film didn’t look how I visualised it where as this version is a lot closer to my final idea – This version that is for sale is a prototype for the pattern that I’m making so I plan to make more but with several changes – this one should be the most unique and original version!

You can see my stop motion character: about Clara: The stop motion puppet who makes her own stop motion puppets at www.clarasanimatedworld.co.uk – there are two short films on the site as well as a gallery of images of how she was made.

This is a furry version of my ‘Cats in Pants’ – I’m so close to finishing the pattern – it’s annoying as it’s taking me ages to finish! gargh.

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This is a furry mustache dude – he stands up if he uses his hands to balance 🙂
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I made some posters of a few of the characters that can be downloaded and printed at home via my 2nd Ety shop (I’ve had several but it got too much to sort – now down to two!!)

Here’s the new Etsy shop…

my Photo Etsy shop can be seen in the sidebar of this blog – I’ve had wanted to start this new shop for ages but couldn’t decide if I had to make another website and blog just for making things but I really don’t want to just yet 🙂

Mini Needle Felted Kitten

I forgot to take more photos of this tiny needle felted kitten – it’s now living in Paris with my baby niece – I still have yet to finish the Cat doll and the kitten was suppose to be the Cat doll … er… doll. 🙂

Needle Felted Kitten

I’ve been helping out at The Stitch group and I also made a few items for them to sell at The Feast in West Norwood as a fund raiser – I hope to offer them as digital downloads as well – all to help the community group keep going and fulfil it’s future plans – you can find out about The Stitch here

The Stitch poster design four colour versions

NEW MAKERS MARKET IN TULSE HILL

I will be selling some of my work at a new Makers Market at The Hub (formally the James Wilson Coffee Shop) in Tulse Hill – it’s in its early stages but hopefully if people come it can grow bigger – so far there are several Rock Paper Scissors London group members who sell at L’Arche in West Norwood and at the Cafe itself but there are also others who sell Skin Care items, heart food and children’s clothing so please pop along if you can 🙂

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Making silly but loveable oddballs to cheer myself up!

I’ve not had much work for a few months and it’s all rather stressful so instead of trying to make overcomplicated (or at least beyond my current skill set – I plan to improve!) I decided to stop being fussy.

So I’ve made several simple but cute little guys – I’ve mentioned my ‘Cats in Pants’ in another post and this one used the same body pattern and tail.

If you comb with a small teasel brush that you fluff up the material (or wool if using crochet/knitting to make a toy) but be careful as you can get carried away = hole!!

The hairy dude at the bottom has only partial brushed fur which gave him a hair style and eyebrows 🙂

I’ve also added some needle felting to the little one’s face and spots on his tail… I just need a name for him.

plush toy handmade - sleepy furry small and cute Hairy Mustache Dude toy plush

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Feast Winter Lights – West Norwood

Rock Paper Scissors – The Open Works, Makerhood Lambeth and L’Arche Collaboration.

Some of the Rock Paper Scissors makers collective decided to take part in the local Feast Winter Lights Market which is St Luke’s in West Norwood – Feast are a huge market that feature makers, artist and food stalls over several sites in the area and had their final end of year Feast day last Sunday.

Agnes and Betty behind our stall

The Local MP, Dame Tessa Jowell opened the Winter Lights celebration with Father Christmas 🙂 and featured carols, mulled wine, hot food, kids activities and even L’Arche had their own dance troop!

Dame Tessa Jowell and Father Christmas open the fair

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I featured my prints which you can find in L’Arche tomorrow and next week Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be the last day… I also sell at Diverse Gifts, Coldhabour Lane, Brixton but, I also made some toys… my current favourite are the ‘Cat’s in Pants’…

two characters I made and one sold straight away - Bob (the dark version) is loved by many yet no home for him yet!

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a few updates…

This blog has gone awry… sorry about that.

I have another blog which is to do with working for myself so I’m suppose to update that website/blog which I find hard enough but I’ve signed up to an online drawing/creative class so I will start to add my progress.

update:

Before my Niece was born I came up with several ideas for things to make for her… many were beyond my skills as my imagination took hold! but I did come up with a little plush toy to make… here’s a sketch of the toy with a friend… who is very jealous of the balloon!

sketch of plush toy
sketch of plush toy

I made the one on the right for Sola. seen below the scary alien (that’s obviously not for Sola!)

'Lamb Carrots' plush toy
‘Lamb Carrots’ plush toy

below is a version re-created in Illustrator, which I’ve not used in years so proved to be a challenge – did help finding out that you can add multiple effects to one shape hoorah!

I couldn’t figure out a good way to create a fluffy coat though… oops.

'Lamb Carrots' illustration
‘Lamb Carrots’ illustration

I made Sola a Birthday Card for her first birthday – should have kept the background less fussy but I don’t think a one year old will mind too much!

'Lamb Carrots' illustration - Birthday Card for Sola
‘Lamb Carrots’ illustration – Birthday Card for Sola

Here’s Sola on her first birthday eating the “Lamb Carrot plush” – if you wonder why the name well my twin brother (Sola’s dad) came up with it and it’s now stuck.

She’s so stylish for a one year old!

'Lamb Carrots' plush toy being eaten by Sola
‘Lamb Carrots’ plush toy being eaten by Sola

I did make a rabbit toy for her too… I forgot to take pictures so here’s a mobile phone pic of the body and the completed version – next time I visit Sola (she lives in Paris and I in London!) I will have to get a picture of her with the rabbit – if it’s still in one piece and not eaten alive!!) lol

Bunny Plush body
Bunny Plush body
Bunny Plush toy for Sola
Bunny Plush toy for Sola – forgot to take a proper photo (iphone)

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