Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Being the organiser

I seem to have taken it upon myself to organise a joint exhibition in 2010 with some people I've never met. That's why I haven't written for a while, that and the fact that it's Christmas, the season of procrastination and staying snuggled up on the couch for days watching rubbish films. So I'm not usually an organiser of things, but I appear to have fallen into it fairly easily, although I can't say I'm too keen on the pressure. I've finally sent in my application for the 2010 Newbury Open Studios, the deadline of which is today, so to brighten up this post, here's my image for this year's event. Enjoy, and look out for it!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

A totally tremendous Christmas deal!

Yes, Christmas is creeping up on us and some of you may have already had a card from me and the kOodles. If you'd like to purchase some of your own, they are available in my Etsy shop and I'm now offering a whopping 30% off all my Christmas cards until they're all gone. Mention oodlesofkoodlesblog in the "note to seller" box when you place an order and then wait for me to send you an amended Paypal invoice with the reduced amount. Stock up early for next year, once they're gone, they're gone!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Lots of lovely pictures from the Art Fair!

I was exhibiting at the New Greenham Art Fair in Newbury yesterday where I was on the ball enough to take some slightly more inviting photographs of my work on display, so here they are for the world to see (failing that, at least someone!).

I met some more rather lovely artists there, including Lisa Jean, who goes by the pseudonym of Iris Hill. Her work is just beautiful, we did a little swap and I came home with this lovely print. See more on her website here.
It was really nice to see all my work up on a nice clean white wall with good lighting, I took advantage and went a bit snap happy!
The last two photos are of my two newest hand stitched pictures, which seemed really popular, but didn't sell. They'll be up on my Etsy shop shortly, just as soon as I get some decent pictures of them.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

New Greenham Art Fair

Just a little extra note to let you know that I'll be exhibiting at the New Greenham Art Fair on Sunday 6th December, that's a week today! Come and see local artists all together in this great creative space. The fair is open from 10am-4pm and for an idea of who and what you might see there, please see the website.

The address is: New Greenham Arts, 113 Lindenmuth Way, New Greenham Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG19 6HN, and for a little help please see here for details on how to get there.

Comings and goings.

Well, the Christmas Art Market in Marlborough on Thursday was easily the busiest I've ever been! A very successful day for me, so thank you to everyone who bought something or who took a card, hopefully you'll be in touch soon!

I've added a couple of new bits to my Etsy shop. Firstly, as they went down so splendidly on Thursday I'm now doing packs of six robin and reindeer cards including three of each design.

I also added this new thank you card, cute and simple, perfect for sending out all those post-Chris
tmas thank you notes.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

New best sellers!

I've had a busy week in the virtual world as well as the physical real life one! 3 orders in 3 days on Etsy, making the Monster Birthday card my best selling mini card! My strange animal signed postcard prints are also doing rather well online, but more so in the real world. Thank you to everyone who's purchased from me in the last week! Let's hope it continues today at the We Love Christmas Art Market in Marlborough today from 2pm til 8pm

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Some lovely people I met

At the craft fair on Saturday I met the sweetest husband and wife team, each selling their own handmade, recycled, biodegradable things.

Jenny, like me, likes to sew. She is a textile artist making lovely things from recycled materials including chicken doorstops and paperweights, as well as envelopes made from reclaimed paper from old maps, sheet music and books. Take a look at her website here and she also has a Folksy shop here. She has the coolest business cards made from old playing cards, and I only got the best card of them all, the Queen of Hearts!

Joe is an illustrator making cards, magnets and stickers from his simple yet amusing drawings, as well as creating the cutest little people from discarded electronic parts. You really have to see it to understand what I'm talking about so here's a pic of "Electric Bill" that I swiped from his Folksy shop here. He also has his very own solar powered website here.

A busy end to the week!

On Friday night I had to rush home from work to get changed and dash off to the private view at the Barn Acre Gallery, a plan that was thwarted by the insane amount of traffic on the M4. I eventually made it there at about 7 o'clock to find a magical exhibition in a garden trailed with fairy lights! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of any of that in the excitement of it all and managed only one measely photo of my kOodles in situ!

This really doesn't do them justice though, I urge you to go and see them in the flesh. The show runs until December 6th so there's plenty of time to get down there!

Then I had to get up at 6:30 on Saturday morning to head off to the craft fair in Devizes on one of the most hideously wet days of the year. It was my most successful craft fair yet so thank you to everyone who bought something, I'm totally thrilled!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

More new Christmas cards added

I've just added the rest of my Christmas card designs to my Etsy shop so please take a looky! There are six designs in total, plus I'm selling three of the designs in a pack of six (that's two of each design).

I look forward to seeing some of you at the Barn Acre Gallery private view this Friday 20th November between 6pm and 8pm, plus it's the Devizes craft fair on Saturday 21st from 10am-4pm at the Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Busy busy busy!

I've kept quiet recently as I've sewing away making stuff for the Barn Acre Exhibition. Handing in day is now less than a week away and still I have so much to do! I've also been creating some new Christmas card designs, so here's a sneeky peek at one of them. I'll be adding them to Etsy over the next few days and they'll be available at all the craft fairs and art markets I'm doing in the run up to Christmas.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Art at the Oakford

I had a most marvellous afternoon on Sunday at the Oakford Social Club in Reading where they hold a weekly art market / jumble sale / general arty gathering called Welcome to the Jumble. I met lots of lovely people this week including Léa, who kindly took these photos of me doodling all over the wall, because I forgot my camera! If you're going to be in Reading, why not pop in and see if you can spot it!

Also selling their lovely things were:

Pete Montford with his extremely detailed drawings and doodles.

Zoë Darnell with her totally cute creatures, cards, magnets and illustrations.

Alex Whittaker with his amazing woodcut prints and etchings.

and of course Léa Bessaguet with her quirky collages

Future Events!

Coming up: Barn Acre Gallery Christmas Show 2009 21st November - 6th December 10am - 6pm (late opening until 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays)

Coming up: Devizes Craft Fair Saturday 21st November 10am-4pm

Coming up: We Love Marlborough presents We Love Christmas Thursday 26th November 2pm-8pm

I have posted all my events for the next couple of months on the kOodles Facebook group so please take a look on there for more information.

I'll also be sending out emails nearer the time, so if you'd like to join the kOodles mailing list for updates on what we're up to please write to hello(at)koodles.co.uk and let us know.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

cute quirky cards going down a treat!

My little greeting cards have been selling well this week on Etsy, being as I've had two orders within two days of each other! I've relisted all sold items, but if you want more than one of a particular card, please ask and I'll add it on to your order, there's a neverending supply of all cards!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Recently Relisted

People are loving my little postcard prints of strange little animals available in my Etsy shop for less than £1!! Sets of three, five or all ten designs are also available for a 'bigger pack, better value' price! You can even mix and match to create your own set.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Lovely LOVE letters

Here are some of my newest creations that I'll be adding to Etsy later today. Stuffed letters could spell out a name or just initials, an inspiring word or phrase, or how about a single 'X' for a kiss?!

A great unique kids' gift or something quirky for a loved one, each one is hand stitched from both new and recycled fabrics making every one different. Please let me know what main colour/s you'd like, some of the fabrics are in limited supply so I can't guarantee to match an exact design, but I'll do my best!

I'll be creating them in three sizes: 6" (those pictured here), 8" or 12" at £10, £15 and £30 per letter respectively and I'm
taking orders now for Christmas, or simply let me know when you need it for. Discounts available for multiple letters - 10% off for two, 15% off for three and 20% off for four or more.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Lovely lovely Cornwall

Here are a few snaps from our holiday in Cornwall last week. It was actually beautifully sunny all except two days, they just happen to be the best photos!. It was lovely to have a break but we're back in full swing now! I'll be posting again tomorrow with some of my newest lovely handmade things, I just have to finish them off and photograph them now!

Archie's first trip to the beach was a semi success; he loved the sand, but wasn't too keen on the sea!

The funniest picture of Archie pulling his Joker face!

Me at Land's End

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Blog Feature

I am back from my holiday and will be posting some pictures very very soon, but I just spotted this post with my postcards over on amyareyouokay? blog so I thought I'd mention it. Thanks Amy!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

A little quiet of late

Yes I've been busy working on new cards and other items, plus I made my first sale on Etsy, woohoo! The monster card rules supreme! I'm also getting ready to go on holiday this Saturday 19th so I'll be even quieter next week. Lots to tell after then though I'm sure!

Thursday, 10 September 2009

More new cards on Etsy

I have just added a few more quirky new designs to my shop here

All images are copyright kOodles 2009

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Marlborough Art Market CANCELLED

Just a quickie to let you know that the Marlborough Art Market this Sunday 13th has been CANCELLED. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Art Market time again!

Tomorrow (Sunday 6th September) I'll be attending the
Art Market at The Oakford Social Club in Reading, just opposite the train station. It runs from 11am to 5pm and entry is totally free!

I'll also be at the We Love Marlborough Art Market again on Sunday 13th September in the Brewin Dolphin car park just off The Parade in Marlborough (SN8 1NE). Pop down from 10am-4pm for some very original entertainment and unique local artwork. I hope to see you there!