Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Things to be working on

I've just finished design yet another new logo for MuffinPuffART! At this rate their designs will be able to fill a gallery on there own.

This one features more Rainbow. Yay! Rainbows have been an on going theme with Muffin. I always seem to draw her with them. Despite the fact she isn't a happy rainbow type dog. Muffin can be quite grumpy actually, but she's cute so I'll let her off.

My Guinea pigs are still settling in nicely. It may take a few weeks for them to properly warm to me, but I think we are getting there.

Anyway things I need to be doing in the next few days:

  • Wrap my Boyfriend's birthday presents
  • Finish sewing my MuffinPuffART! Banner for craft fairs.
  • Take Photos of more of my finished badge designs
  • Advertise on LiveJournal
  • Buy some awesome art related books
Thats all I can think of for now. I'm sure the list will get bigger tomorrow.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

The Piggies arrive! (Photos)

Yesterday I went to pick up my lovely little Guinea Pigs from a local breeder.

I was so excited, I literately spent the journey squealing. It was wonderful seeing all the happy pigs wheeking in their hutches. I just about died from cute overload.

Anyway here is a picture of my two little boars I bought home with me. They are 8 weeks old and adorable!
The one with the brown patch is Pooka and the silver one is Tanuki. They were the first guinea pigs the lady showed me and I instantly fell in love. They have been raised together since 4 weeks so they are very close. Tanuki follows Pooka around like a baby chick does to a mother hen. Its so cute to watch.

Pooka is definitely the bravest of the two and also the chubbiest. I'll be keeping an eye on Tanuki to make sure he is getting enough food.

They are currently very shy, so I'm letting them settle in quietly. I've been singing to them so they get used to my presence in the room. They've been out to eat a few times, but spend most of their time hiding at the moment.

Muffin is very jealous. She doesn't understand why she isn't allowed in my room right now. I have to get her used to them and them to her very slowly. I'm a little worried as she is a Terrier, which are effectively bred to kill small rodents. I'm letting her sit on my bed to look at them and get used to their smell, but the moment she starts to get barky I whisk her away. I don't want to stress my new babies out after all.

I'll be starting their routine tomorrow, which I hope will help them adjust to their new home.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Getting my Piggies today!

My Boyfriend and his parents are taking me off to collect my Guinea pigs today and I’m so terribly excited! I really am. They are gonna buy them for my Birthday.

Its been ages since I went and picked out a pet. Muffin is the last pet I went and picked out, but she was the only puppy available. So it wasn’t really choosing. Still a puppy is a puppy regardless of whether your picking it up or out of a litter.

The Guinea Pigs cage is all set up and waiting in my bedroom. I opted for a Ferplast 120cm Cage, which mean there is lots of space for them to play around inside. It’s a huge cage mind you, I had to shift everything around to even fit it in my bedroom.

I’ve bought lots of little toys for them to play with. Chubes, Loofas, Grass balls with bells in. I do hope they have fun with me.


I'll be sure to update with pictures on Sunday!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

MuffinPuffART! Blog revamped!

Today I decided to try and completely revamp my blog. It was looking pretty bland and didn’t really sum up my personality at all. I wanted people to look and go “Ooooooo” when they see my blog, maybe even go “aww”

After around 10 hours, and numerous breaks, I am done! Not a minute to soon either. Words cannot describe how much I hate HTML right now. I’m not a fantastic programmer by a long shot, so most of the editing was done by trial and error, and I certainly made a lot of errors. Meep.

I will admit I had a lot of fun despite the stress of it all. I love a project to get my teeth into now and again. I think my blog is looking very spiffy.

Its only missing one thing! Links. I need to add lots of other craft blogs. I had a fair few before but I accidentally deleted them in one of my many “errors” of the day. Opps. I’m really sorry if I was linked to you before!

If you wanna link to me, drop me a comment with your Blog and I’ll add it to my currently empty links bar.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Custom Rubber Stamps and Guinea Pigs!

I found a website today which may be able to make me an awesome Rubber Stamp featuring my store logo. I hope its not to good to be true as a spent around an hour designing something that would look good stamped.

I think it turned out rather well. Its cute and fun! Just what I was aiming for. Whether or not they can make it into a rubber stamp is another thing.

Still we shall soon see!

In completely unrelated art news… I am getting Guinea Pigs! I’m terribly excited. Its been years since I’ve had pets aside from my lovely little dog Muffin. If all goes to plan I’m off to pick a pair out this weekend. I’ve picked out some names, despite the fact my boyfriend thinks I should wait to see what they are like first. I want to call them Pooka and Tanuki after mischievous spirits. Pooka’s are Irish fairies and Tanuki are Japanese shape shifters. Still.. what fun!

I’ll be sure to post some pictures once I get them. ♥Yay!♥

Monday, 22 June 2009

Post card printing?

I'm currently looking for websites to get postcards and business cards printed. I’ve not had much luck so far. I thought I found a site, but they dropped loads of surprise charges near the check out. So I ended up backing away. Sigh.

Any suggestions for awesome printers in the UK would be great. I’d love to be able to branch out a little more. Plus adorable business cards to leave around would bring in some extra views for my Etsy store and blog.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Tidy room

Yesterday for the first time in 5 years, I had a full attempt at tidying my bedroom. It's amazing how much stuff can build up over time. I had so much rubbish tucked under my bed and shoved into draws it makes me feel almost ashamed. Almost.. hehe.

I now have some stuff to sell to carboots, and tons of books to give to the school I work, as well as several bags full of recycling. (I have a lot of doodles that need to go)

My room is looking great, and the best thing is that I have much more space now. I'm not sure how that happened as I still have all the same stuff I did before, it's just I've moved it around.

Hopefully in the summer I can redecorate it. The wallpaper from the people who lived her before is horrid, and peeling. (It may have had some help peeling mind you)

In other news my desk is a tip again. Looks like I have something else to work on.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Reached 60 sales!

Yesterday I reached my 60th Etsy sale. I cannot belive I've gotten so far with it.

I think if I reach 100 sales, I'll do a special give away. That sounds fun.

I've been listing stuff left right and center recently. I have so many new ideas that I can't keep up with myself.
I really need to get to craft fares and such at some point. I need to finish my sign first though, and perhaps make an awesome pink craft apron.

Anyway, here are my current Pocket Mirrors, just to add some extra shine to this post.

Avaliable at http://www.chianne.etsy.com

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Sew sew sew

Today I am sewing a specail wall hanging for my cousin who is pregnant with a little boy.

Its made of felt and silks, which are my tools of the trade and features a rocket surrounded by stars. I need to find out the child's name for sure so I can sew his name on too.

It's going great. I really do love sewing.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Long time no posty

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things again.
It's been ages since I've particapated in Illustration Friday or even made anything. So today I've decided to take the bull by the horns and get back into actively posting, drawing and crafting.

I've had a very busy last couple of months. Lots of things have happened in my life, mainly sad things but never the less I'm ready to get back to normal now.

I've just made and added a set of 20 of my cutest 1 Inch pin back badges to Etsy. I think they look great! They are avaliable here : MuffinPuffART! Etsy

I'm now off to design a few more cute things to add to badges.