Posts tagged ‘Quernus crafts’

December 4, 2013

Three Good Things:Country Living Christmas Fair edition

It’s been a while since I did a Three Good Things post, and I’ve decided to resurrect the series for Wednesdays, whenever I’ve got enough good things to share! I went to the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate last weekend and had a lovely day buying gifts for people, a few decorations for our new home and a couple of treats for myself! For me, this Fair marks the real start of Christmas, and now it’s finally December, I am starting to feel festive…

One:

Quernus Reindeer

First up is my reindeer from Quernus Crafts. He’s about an inch tall. Kirsten, the creator of these wee creatures, is a lovely friend and her amazing creations never fail to raise a smile. I have several now, including ‘Margot and Barbara’ mice and ‘Coco Chanel’ cat, that I had commissioned. I’m also really looking forward to bringing my Quernus mouse ballet (The Nutcracker, obviously!) back out of storage for Christmas and this little chap is the first decoration I’ve bought for my tree. As we’re three floors up, we’re going for a small, potted tree which will hopefully survive for next Christmas too!

Two. 

Malinka's fairy

The next decoration I bought is this fabulous tiny Christmas fairy from Halinka’s Fairies. Again, this is entirely hand-made and it’s just beautiful. I can see a collection of these in my Christmas future – the beauty of a small tree is that you need fewer decorations and so each one can be special.

My children are going to be so excited to see both of these new decorations!

Three.

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I have been wanting a pair of wrist warmers for ever, and these cashmere ones were a bit of a bargain, so I indulged. Sometimes I get really cold even when I’m inside and these really do make me feel better. And they’re super-soft too. Lovely. Pilling already, typically, but lovely nonetheless.

What are your Three Good Things this week? Have you bought any new decorations? Feeling festive? 

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October 14, 2011

Quernus Margot and Barbara

I am very happy to introduce you to a Quernus version of Margot and Barbara, made for me to celebrate the launch of this blog by the very talented Kirsten of Quernus Crafts. As usual, the attention to detail given to these two by Kirsten is astonishing.

Margot and Barbara, my alter egos for this site, are from The Good Life tv sitcom of the 1970’s. I know that those of you who love the show will recognise them, even in mouse form! The Good Life is one of my favourite shows of all time, one that I return to time and time again, especially in times of stress. When life gets a bit overwhelming, there is nothing better than a genuinely warm and funny tv show, especially when you already know all the dialogue.

It also gave me the perfect pair of alter-egos to  help me describe myself and my interests. If you want to read more about this, have a look at this page: Who are Margot and Barbara? and in the meantime, have a look at the wonderful Quernus version…

Margot and Barbara

Margot.

Barbara

And from the back...

Thank you Kirsten, once again you have exceeded my expectations, I love them.

June 27, 2011

Quernus Crafts

This is a slightly different post to my usual writing, because today I’d like to introduce you all to Coco Chanel…in polymer clay form.

Coco Cat

Coco Chanel is a commission of mine from the incomparable Kirsten Miller of Quernus Crafts. There’s more detail here about her and how she was made: Quernus Crafts: Coco Chanel Cat (b.8 April 2011). I do love the story of Coco Chanel, although I know she wasn’t an altogether pleasant character, she is fascinating to read about and I think that Kirsten has captured her attitude perfectly. I only wish I could afford that outfit myself!

Some of you may remember that I previously asked her to make me a Captain Robert Falcon Scott cat for my lovely sister in law, and here he is:

Scott of the Antarctic

There are a few more photos of him here: Quernus Crafts: Scott of the Antarctic Cat (b.18 February 2011). Scott Cat is very much loved and is now proudly exploring the sitting room of Sam’s new home.

I love looking through the website to see what new commissions people have requested, they’re so unique and personal to each individual. The combination of over-active imaginations and Kirsten’s  talent seems to mean that nothing is impossible! For those of you who don’t want an individual commission, she also makes the most adorable mice, cats and other assorted characters, particularly for celebrations. The Christmas mice are my favourites. The detail on these figures is even more astonishing when you see them for real. Which probably explains why I seem to have developed something of an obsession with presenting Kirsten with new challenges and we’ve agreed on a couple of new commissions – one to celebrate the launch of this very blog, and another secret one for Christmas which I am HUGELY excited about…

If you get the chance, Kirsten is going to be at the Made- It Craft Fair this Saturday, 2nd July in St Margaret’s Hall, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5LQ. If you can’t get along to that, then do visit her website Quernus Crafts to have a look at all the wonderful characters she has created, and maybe buy one for yourself!