New items in my Etsy shop!… The Capy Collection

Just thought I’d update you about some new items I have up on my Etsy shop for sale now! I’ve been drawing Capybaras for ages now, as they are Adam’s absolute favourite, but when a friend told me I should really try to sell them I wasn’t sure how popular they’d be! It seems though that lots of people also think that capybaras are truly amazing, so they’ve gone down very well so far!

I’ll be making lots more capybara-based treasure before too long I’m sure, but in the meantime, here is my Capy Collection…..

‘Capybaras in Love’ Espresso Cup and Saucer Pair, £35

‘Monsieur le Capybara’ Pint Mug, £15

‘Mr and Mrs Capybara’ Salt and Pepper Shaker Set, £15

‘Partybara’ ‘Capyccino’ Cup and Saucer, £15

Hope you like!
Ems x

Something from the weekend…..cakes, walks and rummaging

It was a close call, but the rain didn’t dampen my weekend….

On Saturday morning I pootled around the house, cleaning and tidying whilst Adam walked the hound….Friday hadn’t gone as planned so it was good to catch up a little. Then after a nice big brunch (Adam poached some very yummy duck eggs for us!) we made our way into London, leaving the pooch with his Grandma Liz (that’s Adam’s Mum!).

We made our way to friends’ Richard and Tara’s flat in Farringdon, Tara and I leaving the boys to get up to mischief whilst we headed into town for our friend Brigitte’s hen do! First of all we took in a lovely afternoon tea at a hotel on the Strand, then went bowling at the fun All Stars Lanes, before we had a big dinner together. We didn’t go in for the traditional Hen stuff (L-plates and penis straws etc!), but chose instead to honour the occasion by all wearing fascinators in light of the fact that the Bride and Groom have requested no-one wears hats to the wedding!

As the pup had a sleepover at his Grandma’s, Adam and I managed to get a nice lie in before we went to pick him up. Then after a late breakfast, we took a turn around the Sunday car boot sale at the Market, then went along to the second Great Hitchin Rummage Sale at Bar Ab nearby. Lots of local shops had taken up a pitch there, in what is sort of a one-day pop-up shop….and some of our favourites were there to tempt us with the rummagy loot….Jolly Brown and Red Eyed Dove had a stack of goregous vintage treasures, whilst Mamacita’s Cakery (new to us) were selling a table full of dreamy looking sweet treats. We picked up several of the latter’s offerings, then made our way home to yum them up!

Because there are so many cupcakes and such being sold on similar stalls at the moment, it takes a lot to impress us….we’ve really only tried one stall’s cakes and been truly wowed (how we miss Flavour Town at Old Spitalfields now that we’ve moved!). However, the amazing yums by Mamacita’s Cakery really did impress us, and we scoffed a Dulce de Leche cupcake, a Mexican wedding biscuit and a ‘bronze’ biscuit (each) in close succession! Definitely will be trying more of their treats!

To walk off the gluttony, we took the hound to the common for a nice jaunt, then went back to Adam’s Mum’s for a dinner of fajitas, followed by some of her amazing freshly baked scones (with clotted cream obviously!).

Back at home we had a relaxed evening on the sofa. I finished off a little drawing project for a competition (Oasis’ new butterfly collection cover photo) and then had the customary early night!

Hope you had a lovely weekend too!

Ems x

A treat to myself…. Rediscovering the Fashion Wheel

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Last week my friend Katie reminded me of the awesomeness of the Fashion Wheel. I actually never had one as a kid, but I did get to play on a friend’s and loved it! I had something similar actually….I must get my Mum to look for it…. It was a sort of Victoria Plum version, where you slotted little mixable tiles into a frame and then put your paper over that to make your rubbing. I’d love to have it to play around with again!

Anyway, in the mean time, I decided to have a snoop on EBay and found a proper original Fashion Wheel for less than a fiver including postage! It doesn’t have the original papers, pencils and crayon tool but I have stuff kicking around that I can easily use instead.

It did however arrive in the original box! Check out that side pony tail! I love the 80s!

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Now I can’t deny it wasn’t a bit of a spur of the moment purchase, but it is a bit of history (it is!!!) and I know I’ll use it for making things to sell…. I’d love to make some gift tags and cards using it especially. I can maybe even make some jewellery on shrink plastic using the designs!

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I also love the idea of just having it out on show in my studio….I just need to get the studio now!

What were your favourite kids toys? Did you have a fashion wheel or the Victoria Plum version? Did you have a Mr Frosty?!?! *goes to check EBay again*

Ems x

Some more scribbles

In my quest to make my site more pretty and easy to use, I’ve been making a few changes and doodling some new buttons to link to the various places I also hang out. The first few went up a few weeks ago, but I’ve just finished drawing, painting, inking, scanning and widgeting a new set….and here they are!

I do hope you like them!

Ems x