Bitsa this…Bitsa that…!

…Put them all together and what have you got? Bitsa bitsa bitsa bits and pieces!!!

Any other 90’s children remember Itsa Bitsa…? I thought it was called ‘Itsa Bitsa’ but google tells me I’ve imagined the ‘Itsa’ part and it was just ‘Bitsa’… Anyway why am I referring to a popular 1990’s kids tv show…? Maybe this indicates just how much TV I watched when I was little and how engrained it is on my adult brain. I was just thinking of all the custom orders I’ve been whipping up lately, doing bits of this (a custom owl tote bag), bits of that (a rainbow blanket hand-embroidered with the name ‘shannon’) put them all together and what have you got… (a very busy little prawn, that’s what!). So anyway as a brief sideline to the orginal reason for this post – let me reminisce on a theme tune which slightly resembles my life…

Bitsa this, bitsa that
Bits and pieces, bits and bobs,
Put them all together, what a lovely job!
With strings and things,
and loo rolls and glue
You can do whatever you want to do!
bitsa this, bitsa that, bitsa bitsa bitsa bits and pieces!

Ahh! and do you remember freaky ‘Hands’…
ANYWAY…Here are some ‘Crafty Prawn’ custom orders I’ve been busy with recently…
Do you remember this little owl bag
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well…he seems to have come back in fashion with a couple of sales recently including a custom order for a pink and purple version. Here it is complete with liberty print tana lawn fabric and up-cycled purple wool…
blog-01NEXT up, remember this little minky rainbow number
allthecoloursoftherainbowblanket_3Well, the lovely Christine from Austin, Texas was particularly fond of it so ordered one mini minky blanket and an extra large 35″ x 55″ one for her bub that’s on the way. I also did a bit of personalised hand-embroidery for her on the little blankie – the name of the bub’s grandmother – which I thought was a pretty sweet touch. Here it is in all it’s patchwork glory in the dutch evening sun before making its way to Texas…
blog-01 …and last but not least, my fella’s bro (brother in law sounds a bit, you know, grown-up) asked if I could make some monogrammed hankies for his lady-friend a bit like the ones I made for my Pa. I obliged and popped them in my shop. Turns out people quite like the idea of hand-embroidered hankies and the orders have come streaming in – just like a runny nose. So here are the first official Crafty Prawn Hankies – complete with Crafty Prawn postage stamp labels (sorry Pa, yours were the originals, no label for you!)
…lots more custom hanky blog posts to come I think…been a bit of a handkerchief machine the past week…
here are just some of the others I snapped before popping them in the post to Humberside, UK; Florida, US and San Diego, Californ-nii-yey!
…I feel this is particularly apt as me and the fella will be metaphorically wrapping our spotty hankies full of our possessions and trotting off on new adventures in Dick Wittington style. Almost time to say Bye Bye Netherlands and the-little-white-bit-of-wall-which-gets-the-most-light-where-I-take-all-my-pictures. More about that next time…
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Prawns Picks #4…Cheese Before Bedtime

prawns picks4-01…Stitchy Kitschy Hand-Drawn Goodness…
Prawns Picks #4…brings you Cheese Before Bedtime
So after my Prawns Pick from New Zealand last month, I’ve turned up another stunning Kiwi find. ‘Cheese Before Bedtime’ is a funky little shop selling unique embroidered and applique pieces – or stitchy drawings as I like to call them.
You’ll find a lovely range of hoop art and mini canvases all with unusual embroidered characters such as ‘Bunny Girl’, ‘Pinata Girl’ and ‘Foxy Lady’, not to mention the crowd of stitched ‘Hipsters’ with their too-cool-for-school head wraps and retro bicycles; and the coy ‘Floral Crown Girls’ who hide behind their locks and flower crowns.
Apart from the fact that I can’t draw a human to save my life – and have no desire to really – no whiskers!! I also really admire Amy Dawson’s stitchy pieces for their unique approach to depicting modern day fashion and styling using a distinctly old day technique. And it works oh so well – just look at those textured embroidered roses. Measuring a very dinky 4″ x 4″, I dread to think how many tiny stitches ‘Audrey’ and her pink rose floral crown took to make! The combination of stitch with applique works really well and something I’ve used quite a bit for some ‘Crafty Prawn’ pieces – you can see my pug on a bike here or some wedding mice here.

flower and feather girls…
and a foxy lady…
…you can find the Cheese Before Bedtime shop here
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Pretty March into April Days…

strawberry millions all the way from my Mumma in Wales…
in a wooden bowl from my Pa in Wales…


patching 7-year old trousers with Liberty scraps…
I think these babies can last another 7 years…

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purple hued views from our copenhagen window last week…

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You won’t lose these pocket-handkins!

“Sally Henny-penny, have you found three pocket-handkins?”

If you’re well acquainted  with the Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle you’ll get my drift, otherwise you’ll think I’m mad…
These are some handkerchiefs I made for my Pa, Sean Milne – you can see his beautiful artwork here – for his birthday a few weeks ago.

Two sets of double-sided monogrammed hankies…
…with hand-embroidered initials and co-ordinating top stitched edges.

blog-01blog2-01I’m open to receiving custom orders for these – do you have a special wedding or event coming up…? Or know someone who ACTUALLY uses handkerchiefs on a daily basis – maybe they’d like some special ones?
Contact me via my shop, The Crafty Prawn

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Prawns Picks #3…Ellen Giggenbach…

prawns picks3-01My Prawn’s Pick this month is my absolute favourite find…I think maybe I’m a little slow on the up take, as after finding Ellen’s gorgeous shop on Etsy I cyber-snuffled about a bit – in the manner of a truffle-pig snuffling in the woods – and turned up tonnes of amazing bright, folky, paper cut products. Oooo the joy! This is the beauty of Etsy I think, you stumble upon people who’ve been slogging away making beautiful things for years on the other side of the world. The only thing is it’s seems to be mostly luck and flook that brings them to the surface…I only hope The Crafty Prawn gets snuffled out by some cyber-truffle-pigs sometimes. Anyway, enough random metaphors, here is just a fraction of the gorgeous ‘modern, folk, cut paper art prints, crafts and pillows’ that you can find in Ellen’s shop…

Prawns Picks #3…brings you Ellen Giggenbach
So if the the medley of  gorgeous mid-century photograph props aren’t enough to make you go weak at the knees; the fact that all Ellen’s products start life as a hand paper cuts/paper assemblages, using paper that she’s coloured herself – will surely do the trick. I love the pops of colour, the slightly 50’s illustrative style and the folky subject matter. Of course, anything illustrated alphabet really floats my boat (see more of that here and here) let alone an animal alphabet, so I love the L for Lion. Apart from art prints and wall decalls, you will also find very cool do-it-yourself paper sculpture kits to create 3D animals of all sorts including an owl, a pussycat and their boat; AND fabric craft kits to sew your own little lady doll.
140315_Ellen Giggenbach_blog-01wall decals // art prints of paper cuts
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LOVE LOVE LOVE, nothing more to say, I want to buy it all.

you can find the ‘Ellen Giggenbach’ shop here
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…and see her website here

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