Miss Lily the Doll for friends 20th Birthday

It was my friends Birthday this week and we were going for a special birthday meal last night in Newcastle. My friend is known for her love of pink so while I was browing the internet the other week I came across the Dolls and Daydreams facebook page. I have never made dolls before and as seen as this was a one off special make for a friend I purchased the pattern to make her a completely Pink doll (One on right is friends Doll as the left was my first attempt and I then changed pattern slightly bigger arms/legs and changed them around.) Doll is now in her new home and has been named Lily. Happy Birthday Helen!

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Ikea fabric workshop I attended

Last Friday night I attended an Ikea fabric workshop it was for family member and places had to be booked in advance. There was basically a whole range of Ikea materials available and you could then cut them up and sew them to create a colleged material piece. The person who lead the workshop was called Mandy Pattullo and is a textile artist (Can see website here> Mandy Pattullo )

An example of Mandy Pattullo work that was displayed

I decided to do some kind of transport theme after seeing the fabrics and added in some animals (don’t ask about the lobster I just liked him and decided it had to be part of my work) I didn’t manage to get it all finished within the 2 hours but managed to sew a lot of it together (this is a before picture). I will post another picture once I get it finished.

Handmade By Button is no more + BS EN71 Testing

So these last few weeks have been the most busy and crazy of my life and it is now at the point where I have to make decidions …long post but here goes… (Disclaimer….This below is my ramblings and I am by no means a law expert so if any info is wrong then I have understood it incorrectly from what I have read online/others….)

I’ve been talking a lot to people these last few weeks about things and I’m not not if you have heard about the BS EN71 law that was brought in officially last July? I wasn’t… Well if you don’t its basically that all toys must now be fully safety tested/fire tested/and contain safe materials after they have been tested they have to have an EN71 label attached and supplied with all products.

 Well basically nearly all my handmade falls into this category as it includes everything that is knitted and also things like keyrings/magnets/masks/fancy dress etc. They have basically said in the law that if it looks like a toy (even if it is not and my problem is I actually make my items and it is actually late teens and adults who buy my items for themselves) it is classed as a toy and everything for under 14’s now has to be tested and be safe to EN71 on all 3 parts. Something that was said online in a conversation with someone was that the actually keyring has to pass all 3 parts of the test but the keyring top part doesn’t (Don’t ask me how they came up with this but its in part of the law they passed.)

 I can comply on my felt and stuffing (that I sell in my retail premises and will provide paperwork to anywho who buys and needs it) as that comes with EN71 information but it is the fabrics etc I am having the bother with in regards to chemicals as I am currently talking to my wholesalers but they themselves don’t actually know this information, but even when fabric comes back as safe every toy seller needs to have fully tested evidence of the fire/safety in records and offical testing is £130ish PER TOY and if there is a variation on the toy that also has to be tested.

 Trading standards are starting to have massive crack down on this (They have already been going through facebook pages and people have already been pulled on it and also at craft fairs) but there is grace period apparently until around next July for wholesalers to make sure the chemicals in the fabric part is complient if they are not and should be, but I have come to the decision after talking to my mum that I am retiring all my handmade products and basically starting again but with adult only products as it is too much hassle and trouble to even get these products tested and to test each and every different kind and then test variations of kinds… well I will be spending all my time testing and then have to make hundreds of exactly the same which defeats the purpose of handmade as it is meant to be unique and different.

 So that basically now leaves me at the point of not having any handmade stock including Lumpy Bears having to also go *cries* (apart from pin cushions but even all these need completely re-packaging with all information supplied) as I have immediately removed all stock out my shop as well as soon as I was notified about this.

 I am going to do new handmade (I am booked into 2 handmade fairs One June and July…oh dear…) but what I will make I’m still considering but it will be for adults and not contain anything I made in the past.

So that is basically it…

Octopus Fabric Plush Teddy Free Online Tutorial

Just a quick peek at an Octopus Plush I have created for a FREE download for the Korbond Creative section on their website and should be online in next few weeks :)

Octonauts set of 5 off to their new home.

Octonauts are a very popular english tv program but they do not sell official plush teddies of them in the shops. I was asked last year to make some for someones birthday as he absolutely loved Captain Barnacles and have now made more and more recently this set of 5 complete with matching accessories.

Hope the 5 kids give them great homes.

New Small Pop Tart Monsters

Finally finished my batch of new mini Pop Tart monsters…loving the new colour combinations and new icing layouts :)

All ready for new homes and for new adventures….

Lumpy Bear iPad Case

Well as alot of people know I am addicted to certain games on my iPad :)

So what better then to put on my iPad than a Lumpy Bear iPad case?!

Now I can go to bed knowing my iPad is also tucked up nice, warm and safe :) x