Monday, 5 October 2015

New Foxes

I'm working on some new foxes for the Folksy store in time for Christmas.

felted fox

With a fine wire armature, this sculpture stands unaided and can be posed.

felted fox head textildermy faux_taxidermy

Textiledermy or faux taxidermy - a felted fox head mounted on a wooden disc to hang on the wall. Wood sourced from the garden at Ash Cottage.

What do you think?
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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Una's First Felted Fox

I've been working on some new foxes for the Folksy Handmade shop.   Little Una Fox asked if she could try felting too.  Here is her first attempt.  Brilliant isn't it?

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

An Underwater Collage

The Summer holidays are here - YAY!  And if you are having that moment (or ten), just not knowing what to do with the kids, I have a suggestion - An underwater collage.

I will admit, that the little foxes and I did this last year, or the year before that maybe, doesn't time fly?  It was one of the crafts for our Seaside crafty box.

A collage is a way of creating a picture with a group of different materials and techniques.  Or, in our house it means; checking out what bits and pieces of junk mummy has rescued from the recycling because they look "interesting" and put into the craft box to be used at a later date.

First we created a watery background with 4 sheets of blue paper taped together.  Onto this we painted our jellyfish.  This is a really easy way to make jelly fish.  Mix some paint with water, paint a few gloopy circles in blue/green/purple paint onto the paper, then with a brush dab more water on and tip your paper so that the paint starts to run, making the jelly fish tentacles.  

Once you are happy with how your jelly fish look you can flick some more paint onto the paper to create bubbles.

Once we'd made our background we populated our underwater world with animals that we created in a variety of ways.  Fish were painted on the back of cereal boxes with patterns in every hue.

We made turtles with egg boxes and more card from the recycling box.

We used the edges of a paper plate to get the ridges just right on our sea horses, and little bits of felt to give him a multicoloured belly.

My favourite has to be our lobster, made from the kids' hands and foot prints.

Our animals were all cut out and glued onto the back-ground along with various strips of coloured paper and felt for seaweed, and some shell illustrations that I had scanned from and old book.  I've uploaded the scans in case you would like to use them in your own art work.  They're here:


I have one last Seaside themed crafty box if anyone would like it for the very special price of £12.  It includes shells and fixings to make a shell keyring, full instructions and templates for the collage above and a milk carton boat.  Great for the summer holidays. 

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Most Beautiful Colouring Book Ever and Drawing with Sachiko Umoto

I picked up these books at Foyles on the South Bank about 12 months ago now.  They were supposed to be for Little Una Fox, but I love them and have probably spent as much time as she has at Sachiko Umoto's illustration school drawing cute animals, and plants and small creatures.

So simple and charming, the illustrations and instructions are easy to follow and the result is a very relaxing passing of the time.

As much fun, and possibly even more relaxing, as drawing is simply colouring in.  And the most beautiful colouring book ever surely has to be The Secret Garden by Johanna Basford.

Johanna Basford's beautifully intricate drawings are created first by hand before being digitised, each colouring book can take around a year to create.

 Illustrator Johanna Basford with her Amazon bestselling colouring book, Secret Garden. Photograph: Johanna Basford and Lawrence King
Una has both The Secret Garden and The Enchanted Forest, they can keep her occupied for hours and I have to admit to stealing them for a little go myself.  They are so beautiful and quite addictive.

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Mrs Fox's Chickens

Mrs Fox's Chicks

This Easter we got week old chicks from my little foxes old school, who take part in the Living Eggs scheme.  The scheme has been running for 10 years and gives schools and nurseries the opportunity to hatch their own eggs, to give children the opportunity to see that special moment when life comes into the world.

The children adore them and have named each one; Astrid, Anoushka, Agatha and Ashleigh.  Last week they moved out of their brooder into their new run in the garden.  Here they are, aren't they grown?  About 10 more weeks and we should be getting eggs.

Mrs Fox's Chickens

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Crafting a Fairy Party

Ahh, yes, that is lovely woodchip on the wall in the picture above.  My workshop in our new house is last on the decorating list, in fact it is barely unpacked, check out Mrs Fox's Den for the story. 

Mrs Fox's Fairy Teaparty party-box is one of  our best sellers.  On Tuesday, after the lovely relaxing May Bank Holiday, I spent much of the morning putting together a party box for 8 to send out to a client.

I think the little drawstring cloth bags I sew for the party bags, really make the party favours seem special.  But I have to admit my favourite item is not something that we make but the Fairy Wishes Cup-Cake Kit we include.  They make up 24 fairy cakes (geddit!) and, along with the cardboard teapot vase, they make such a sweet little party table display.

Fairy Wishes Cup Cake Kit £9

I also use the ice cream van containing ice cream cups and spoons to decorate the party table and then whip out the oh so useful items inside in time for dessert.

Ice Cream Van - Ice Cream Cups & Spoons £9

Mrs Fox's Fairy Tea-Party Box contains:

Fairy invitations and thank you cards

Balloons x 20 in pink, yellow & purple

Flower bunting, 2 x 3m

Mrs Fox's MYO paper fairy kits

Teapot table centrepiece/vase

Paper cups and plates in pink & yellow and fairy napkins.

Fairy cup cake kit (makes 24)

Mrs Fox’s Fairy Party Bags: cotton drawstring bag with fairy glider, make your own paper fairy kit and felt pens, balloons, sweeties.

10 pink spotty birthday candles

Mrs Fox's will put the whole party box together and mail it straight to your home.  You can purchase the Fairy Tea-Party Box for 8, 16 or 24 children right here.  Or if your number of invitees falls somewhere between these numbers please email us and we can send you a quote for a Fairy Tea-Party Box for the number of children you wish to invite.  Here’s how it works:
  1. Purchase your party box for 8, 16 or 24 children.  Or if your number of invitees is substantially different email us first.
  2. Email us and let us know your child’s name and party details and the number of children you plan to invite.
  3. We’ll send your invitations out within 3 days (but usually sooner) and the rest of your party box can then be sent out very soon after.
Mrs Fox’s can also supply; party game kits, bunting, signage and hand made decorations to add to the fairy fun. Take a look at our blog for ideas, if you have any questions email us,
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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Bye bye little Mouse

Mrs Fox's felted mouse - £8 on

Another of our little felt mice heads out into the big wide world to a new home.  This time a lady is doing her friend's nursery as a surprise for her on Saturday - isn't that sweet!


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