Friday, 29 March 2013

Rainbow Cake and A Few New Things

It has been an incredibly busy month here and seems to have just flown by in a blurry,  flurry of snow and creativity.

First of all I must share this amazing cake with you all. Well actually, I can't share it because we ate it all! But my friend Isabel made it for me using one of my felt pictures as inspiration. The icing was enough to be oooing and aahing over but imagine our surprise when we cut into it!

A rainbow cake inside! Tasted absolutely delicious too!
Who needs an occasion to eat cake? Not us :)

Hot off the work table are these new pendants and earrings.

These heart shaped pendants are smaller than my usual ones and come on a 16 inch silver plated snake chain.

The matching earrings are hung on locally handmade, solid silver ear wires in a variety of styles. 

I will have all these new pieces with me at Falkland Craft Market next Saturday, 6th April.

Also available in felt.

More new earrings include these cute little circular ones.
Very versatile and easy to wear.

I've also been busy making a batch of Sheep earrings, pendants and brooches.

 I have lots of printed cards in stock and I'm really looking forward to seeing them all displayed together at the fair. 

I will have my range of notebooks and sketchbooks with me also and hope to have a few pictures and trinket boxes made in time as well.

However, it can't be all work and no play this week as it is the holidays and I got this book out of the library for my daughter and I to make a few things from. It's a really great book and most of the projects can be made with things we already have around the house. We just need to invest in some new poster paints in pretty colours and we'll be happily crafting away these cold days.

 As always, a variety of my work is available to buy online here

Monday, 18 March 2013

March Update

Well this time last year we were having an unseasonable warm spell. This year we have blizzards and freezing temperatures that  have me wearing half a dozen layers of clothes and the heating in my work space up full blast!

Lots going on here though with two fairs coming up in April and Open Studios North Fife the first weekend in May.

I have had some of my most popular felt pictures made into Open Edition Giclee Prints in different sizes.

Vibrant Hills is available in two sizes
15 x 15 cm in a 25 x 25 cm Mount at £30
25 x 25 cm in a 35 x 35 cm Mount at £40

Island Cottage and Boat is also available in the sizes above.

Harvey is available in the 15 x 15 cm size and 10 x 10 cm

These small 10 x 10 cm Prints are really cute and at just £12, they make a lovely gift and are easily framed.

Available here

New cards in stock include 'Island Cottage and Boat', 'Cottage By The Stream' and 'Wee Coo By The Loch'.

Cards all £2.50 each

Sets of four or six are also available

'Home For Supper' is also back in stock as well as 'Harbour Houses, Boat and Fish'

All cards available here

My Mum has been helping me out by sewing the beads and brooch bars onto my brooches for me. I make my brooches from my own handmade felt and genuine Harris Tweed. I usually sit of an evening sewing them up but Mum has taken on that job and I have to say her sewing is impeccable! She even had two handy little dishes on hand to keep the beads safe while sewing and gave one to me too.

These will be coming with me to Falkland Craft Market on Saturday 6th April, 10 - 4pm in Falkland Community Hall.
You can also find some for sale in my shop here

Our Open Studios 2013 Brochures are now available. You can collect a free copy from public places like libraries and art galleries all over Fife, Tayside, Edinburgh, Dundee, Angus and beyond. You can also download it free from our website and browse all the artists taking part online as well.

Hope Spring comes soon and that we will perhaps see you at one of these upcoming events.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Falkland Craft Market Saturday April 6th

I will have a stall at Falkland Craft Market on Saturday April 6th
The craft market is to be held in Falkland Cummunity Hall
The postcode for the Hall is KY15 7BX , Falkland is well signposted from the A92. Follow signs for Parking off the A912 down South Street, Turn right onto Back Wynd & the entrance to the Community Hall & parking is on the right, opposite the new site for the local pharmacy.
I will have a wide variety of Aileen Clarke Crafts items for sale incluing my new Notebooks and Sketchbooks, Giclee Prints and Cards.
I hope to have some original felt pictures available as well along with Sheep Pendants, Brooches and Earrings, Leaf and Bird Brooches, Textile Jewellery and more.
Giclee Prints
New Sizes coming soon.

Notebooks £5.95
Sketchbooks £8.95

Leaf Brooches £12

New Sheep Rings


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Only Eight Weeks Until Open Studios North Fife 2013!

With 86 Artists and Makers taking part, Open Studios North Fife 2013 is set to be a great event!

I will be opening up The Green Door Craft Studio at 64 Commercial Road, Ladybank for the weekend of May 4th-6th. My venue number is 32.
The free brochures will be available to collect from public places all over Fife, Perth, Tayside, Dundee, Angus and Lothian from week beginning 18th March.

Our new Open Studios website is now live and ready for you to peruse at your leisure.
You can browse artists by location, see many examples of their work, maps to help you find their studios and links to their own websites.

You can also keep up to date with what's new over on our Facebook Page here 

I have masses of work to produce before then so it's head down and make like mad!

Hope to see you there.

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