Monday, 28 May 2018

Hatching an Eggstraordinary Design!

From the Parish Records...

After the austerity of Lent, Easter always calls for something a little special in the way of floral design and my plans for the 12th scale church in the Parish of St M's last year were NO exception!


And as the liturgical colours for the church at Easter are yellow and gold; I decided to create two arrangements with the use of these fancy pedestals which are typically used for the display of a painted egg.

Using a combination of real chocolate eggs, some stunning paper leaves, snippets of Conifer along with other bits of fauna I had snaffled from my garden and with a handful of fine silver wire and my trusty scissors; my first step was to attach a piece of DRY Floral Foam to the top of the pedestal.

With the snippets of Conifer and inspired by the shape of the humble triangle, I begin the design of my arrangement.

I should add that Conifer remains one of my favourite faunas to work with as it has a gorgeous colour, the appearance of being 'freshly picked' for many weeks and a heady scent which I simply adore!


I also employ the use of fine silver wire for those snippets of Conifer which require more flexibility in which to arrange.

Adding the paper leaves to the arrangement was less troublesome as they were already wired and so it was just a case of arranging them as shown.


And now for the real fun!

In order to add the eggs to the arrangement, I made a tiny hole at the base of the egg with my trusty tool of all trades and having inserted a piece of silver wire which I then cut to size, the egg could be arranged in the dry foam with ease.



As the eggs were a little larger than I would have liked (NOW, there's a first! ME complaining about the size of a piece of chocolate!) I only needed five for this arrangement.



And with all the eggs now in place, I added pieces of dried twig and continued to add more snippets of the Conifer here and there.

For those of you who are familiar with my floral creations, you'll know that I love to use 'real' foliage when I can and that I am an enthusiastic 'harvester' who loves to take advantage of the free pickings from the hedgerows and bridleways around me!



With the design nearly complete; it's time to add the finishing touch with some tiny pieces of fresh moss and which I love working with!



I use the moss to fill in any of the small gaps that remain until I am happy with the design and after a gentle spray with misted water from top to bottom, my pedestal arrangement is now complete and ready for display.




And with the pedestal arrangements now in place and with those church mice busy elsewhere; I think it's time to put the kettle on and sample one or two of those chocolate eggs that have been surplus to requirement...

Well, it would be rude not to - wouldn't it?

Come On In and Smell the Roses...

From the Parish Records...

As Sunday January 22 was Homeless Sunday here in the UK and having given up the word 'procrastination' as my only New Years' Resolution; I was determined to throw open the doors to St M's Parish Church and having gone to the trouble of creating a feast of tasty goulash in polymer clay for the less fortunate of the parish; I was also determined to put those church mice to work that day.


I should add that several of the mice decided not to put in an appearance that day as I could offer nothing stronger than a mug of tea and those who did finally brave the cold to serve up the hot lunch I had prepared and raised awareness and support for those who have no home they can call their own - well, they did me proud!

However, as the Mice of the St M's Flower Guild were also nowhere to be seen and with neither the time nor the inclination to teach the basics of floral design to those mice I could see who were scurrying around; I decided to take myself off to find a quiet corner in the midst of all of this frantic activity and arrange the church flowers myself.

Our December holiday decorations may have long been packed away but as the liturgical colours for the church are still in honour of Christmastide with white, yellow and gold; I decided to create an arrangement with the use of this fancy pedestal although they are typically used for the display of a painted egg.

Using a combination of white silk roses, some smaller paper roses in a golden yellow colour with snippets of Conifer and some other bits of fauna I snaffled from my garden and with a handful of fine silver wire and my trusty scissors; my first step was to attach a piece of DRY Floral Foam to the top of the pedestal.


With the snippets of Conifer and inspired by the shape of the humble triangle, I begin the design of my arrangement.

I should add that Conifer remains one of my favourite faunas to work with as it has a gorgeous colour, the appearance of being 'freshly picked' for many weeks and a heady scent which I simply adore!


I also employ the use of fine silver wire for those snippets of Conifer which require more flexibility in which to arrange.


For those of you who are familiar with my floral creations, you'll know that I love to use 'real' foliage when I can and that I am an enthusiastic 'harvester' who loves to take advantage of the free pickings from the hedgerows and bridleways around me!

As I continue to add the snippets of Conifer and Fern to the arrangement, my design takes form.




Now that the basic design has been completed with the fauna; it's time to add the white silk roses.


And with the silk roses in place, I now 'speckle' the arrangement with the use of the paper roses in a delightful colour of golden-yellow.


With all the roses now in place, I continue to add more snippets of the Fern here and there.


With the design nearly complete; it's time to add the finishing touch with some tiny pieces of fresh moss and which I love working with!


I use the moss to fill in any of the small gaps that remain until I am happy with the design and after a gentle spray with misted water from top to bottom, my pedestal arrangement is now complete and ready for display.



And with the pedestal arrangement now in place and with those church mice busy elsewhere; I think it's time to put the kettle on and enjoy some of that delicious shortbread I received as a gift for Christmas.


Thursday, 17 May 2018

Oh! Those Admirable Honorary Mousers!

"All This is Only for Myself and the Mice to Admire!" ~ Catherine the Great

AND with a generous monthly pledge of $3 - YOU too shall have much to admire with exclusive access to the world of the Mouse Town on my Patreon page.


With access to my Patreon musings, you can enjoy an exclusive look at the work in progress and you can watch me as I scurry around the Mouse Town dressing the church, arranging flowers, making cheese and I'll show how how I sculpt those mice while drinking lots of tea!

You'll have the opportunity to see a finished 'Mouse World' before anyone else and you can enjoy other Patreon rewards too!


But what IS Patreon? And how does it work?

Although I love what I do and cannot imagine myself doing anything other than this – I do know that in this crazy world of mine that it's impossible to survive on fresh air with only a diet of hope and the occasional box of donated teabags.

The glue, paint, wood, tools, paintbrushes, fabric and all of the other lovely stuff I use to create my imaginary worlds ALL costs money AND if it didn't - I would either be crawling over hot coals to get to this 'Land of the Free' or else I'd be spending time at Her Majesty's Pleasure...

Which brings me to Patreon!

Patreon is a crowd funding membership site for artists just like me - although I've yet to find anyone else using this site who creates anything quite like I do!

Beginning with a monthly pledge from a $1 and up which is charged to your card on the 1st of every month – not only will you be supporting me in my work but you'll also be invited to cross the portal and step into my world!


​​​​​AND there are also lots of unique rewards to enjoy including exclusive 'behind-the-scenes' images, giveaways, tutorials and an anniversary gift.​

As an 'Honorary Mouser' you can enjoy a discount of 10% to spend on an intoxicating array of unique gifts and assorted food stuffs on sale in the Mallow & Teasel Emporium and a 'little' something designed by me will be posted to you on every yearly anniversary that we have shared together on Patreon - as a 'Thank you' for your wonderful support!

Your pledge means everything to me as it will allow me to the freedom to design, create and teach and it would be wonderful to inspire others to become a 'little' creative too - and you can cancel or amend your pledge at any time!

If you are unable to pledge - that's OK for knowing that you are still reading this means just as much - Thank you!