Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dolls and Daydreams

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of coming across Sarah Hanson via our twitter account! This is why I love social media a simple tweet can lead to a wonderful conversation between two people and a bonus we found another lover of felt! Sarah Hanson’s creativity and love for felt has lead her to design an abundance of felt dolls under her business Dolls and Daydreams! We just had to share her story with you guys and it’s a great example of yet again the many things you can do with felt and where your passion can take you!


Hi my names Sarah, I am the indie soft toy designer behind Dolls And Daydreams
. I’m an English girl living my Daydreams in the USA with my wonderful husband and beautiful children as my daily source of inspiration.


I specialize in Fun & Easy Step by Step Photo Tutorial Sewing Patterns so that even a beginner sewer will be able to make dolls and softies just like mine! 


When I was a little girl my Nanna taught me to sew & my first project was a little rag doll - I was in love! But when I brought a store doll pattern I was shocked at how hard it was to understand and so unhappy with my finished friend. So I kept creating my own doll & softie designs for my friends & family. 


My life took an interesting turn after I organized a charity doll drive for the children of Haiti. I designed and offered an easy free doll pattern and the response was amazing. We collected over 500 dolls for the children and have since continued to collect, make & send out 1000’s to children in need all over the world. Through this wonderful work I received so many kind comments and requests for more designs and patterns and thus Dolls And Daydreams™ was born. 


I start with my daydreamed doll/softie sketches and after numerous prototypes I turn them into patterns to share with other stay-at-home mummies who want easy to follow patterns that let them make quality products for their kiddie winks to enjoy, something that reflected their child’s uniqueness that they can pour love into whilst they make it for them.




I use a mix of 100% cotton and 100% wool felt.  I loved the bright colors of felt and the simplicity of it .. those lovely sharp lines when you cut it that never fray make my day!   When I use it in my designs I know that others will enjoy working with it because it is so easy to use. 


Nearly all of my appliqu├ęs are felt, it’s those amazing non-fraying edges again!!!!  Details both big – like the hair I use on my dolls - and small – like the eyes - look amazing in it!

I love handmade and support cottage industries whole heartedly! That means you can sell your finished dolls and softies! Hooray!!!

Sew .... Let's Sew Together! Pop over to my shop here:
http://DollsAndDaydreams.com

Please feel free to post your finished dolls on my Facebook page 
https://www.facebook.com/dollsanddaydreams  , I love seeing everyone’s creations!


For Free doll & softy Sewing tutorials check out my blog: http://dollsanddaydreams.blogspot.com/

Hugs and happy sewing everyone!  Sarah xxxxx

Monday, August 12, 2013

Spot The Difference Game- Answers

Hi Guys!

We posted a Spot The Difference game last week Friday. If you didn't get a chance to play here is the photo. There are 10 differences.


How many did you get right?



Answers

1) Felt & burlap flower arrangement 
2) Felt mouse pad
3) Felt pencil case
4) Felt cell phone case 
5) Glasses
6) Felt messenger bag 
7) Coloured pencil arrangement in felt pencil/pen holder 
8) The amount of water in the glass
9) Laptop screen 
10) Tree markings in mural

What bonus differences did you find? Let us know below!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Spot The Difference Challenge!

Have a little fun and  a challenge over lunch or on your spare time! We've put up a Spot The Difference back to school themed game up on our social media pages. 

How many can you find in under a minute? Let us know in the comments below. We'll be posting the answers next week. 

Good Luck & Enjoy! 

Find the game here:


Friday, August 2, 2013

"Oh The Things You Can Do With Felt Pads" Part 4

It's August! Already!? Where is the summer going...Well one good thing about August for Canadians is it welcomes us with a long weekend ;) So no complaints about that.

As you guys know we've been posting on our latest series showing how you can use Felt Floor Protectors in non- traditional ways! Hopefully so far you have seen the potential of this product and how versatile it can be. So we started off with a bang and I'd like to end it off that way. While The Felt Store team perused through the World Wide Web, one of our team members found this great video showing how/why one should use felt pads for Chinese painting/calligraphy.

I mean I could try to summarize it but I think the video on it's own does a great job of how awesome felt can really be. Plus it's just amazing to see the technique. Enjoy!


You can find Felt Floor Pads Here

Have an absolutely wonderful weekend! And to all the Canadians A great long weekend!