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My Dolly Daydream

10 Apr

I had a very exciting little package arrive at the weekend. My very own Curious Pip doll.

In case you’ve never visited the whimsical world of Sarah, the brains behind Curious Pip, hot foot it over to her blog. Sarah and I first met a couple of years ago on an illustration course and became friends through a mutual admiration of Oliver Jeffers. Her work is inspired by her love of all things vintage, and I’m proud to own one of her miniature circus showgirl dolls.

My lovely little redhead now presides over my collection of vintage powder compacts, and I couldn’t be more in love with her.

Welcome to WordPress

21 Jan

I love it when a fellow crafter decides to start blogging. That first post is always slightly nerve-wracking. Will people be interested in what I have to say? Will people bother to read what I write? Will I be able to find the time to write regularly?

Once I got past the first few posts and hit my web-log stride, I have found blogging to be a massively rewarding experience. I can be a little obsessive about checking my stats and love seeing what search terms have bought people to my site (and believe me, with a name like ‘The Mistress of Monsters’ these can be many and varied, if ya know what I mean!). Every time someone takes the time to comment, subscribe, or even just click the ‘like’ button, it makes me feel warm inside.

So, I would like to welcome to WordPress, Laura, of Laura Beth Designs. Jewellery maker and fellow button fanatic who today launched her new blog. Why not go and visit and show her some support?

New Year – New Skill?

13 Jan

For me, 2012 is the year that I focus HARD on improving my technical sewing skills. I want to start dressmaking, both following patterns and learning to make patterns of my own to create one of a kind designs. I figure that clothing could be a whole new direction for me and will also translate to my monster making to broaden the scope of what I can come up with.

It’s pretty exciting being on the brink of learning something new and I keep finding myself daydreaming about what I might be capable of after a few lessons and a bit of practice.

So what about you lot fabric fans? I’d love to hear about what you are planning for the year ahead and what you dream of creating.

If you find yourself stuck for ideas, why not find a workshop to attend? It’s a great way of getting a taster of a skill to see if it is something you want to pursue, and an excellent way to make links with like-minded people. For you Bristol based lovelies, Cox and Baloney run regular craft workshops with unlimited tea and cake in their beautiful vintage teashop. Have a bash at cross stitch on Jan 25th with Purple Thread Designs. Forget those stuffy old images of flowers and teddy bears, cross stitch has moved on and you might find yourself stitching Star Wars characters and VW campervans!

Roll Up, Roll Up, Read All About It!

10 Jan

I am once again bursting with excitement which thankfully seems to be a permanent state for me just now. Why is it this time? Well, I have been featured as a ‘Craft Star’ on, a major crafting website.

I’m chuffed to bits with the write up and very proud to have been included alongside the likes of The Felt Mistress and Debbie Stoller, author of Stitch’n’Bitch. Come and have a read and be sure to let me know what you think!

ThreadHead – Coming Soon

4 Nov

ThreadheadExciting developments in monster land. On Nov 19th I’m launching an online magazine showcasing the best of thread based craft in the south west and beyond. Regular news, reviews and features to feed your creative appetite. Come and find us at, follow us on facebook and twitter. I have high hopes for this new enterprise and the quality of the artists featured so far is second to none. Jot Nov 19th down in your diary and help us to spread the ThreadHead word!