Thursday, 30 July 2009

Creative food list

I decided it was time to update the food list I had in the kitchen for Pooka and Tanuki. The old one was written on plain paper in rushed biro and looked terribly scruffy. This one looks much cuter!

It was fun drawing out my Piggies as cartoon characters, even if I struggled a little. Guinea Pigs are more round that the rodents I usually draw, so it took awhile to get their faces right. According to my Guinea Pig health book, guinea pigs should be like rounded bricks. Nuff said there.

Anyway, I did a lot of research into the foods they can and can't have. Several sources disagreed so I may have shifted some foods to the bad side just to be safe. I don't want poorly piggies.

This is now laminated and blue tacked to the kitchen wall. It really brightens up the wall actually. Makes me wanna make more things to decorate the kitchen with.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Piggy update

I don't have any projects really to show off this evening, but I still fancied blogging, so heres some more pictures of my piggies Pooka and Tanuki. They are both just adorable and fill my day full of smiles.

Monday, 27 July 2009


This weeks entry for Illustration Friday. The Topic being"Idle"
It is terribly hard to get a kite out of a tree once its blown in.

Brush pen and coloured pencils.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Attempted Tidy up

The problem with being a crafter is you do tend to obtain a great deal of clutter over the years.

I tried to tidy my desk today, and even though I sorted everything it still looks a mess. Which is very frustrating. Still at least I found all the badge components I was missing and managed to get the lower side sorted.

Now I just need to tidy my arts and crafts draws, shelves and boxes. Its gonna be a long week.

Thursday, 23 July 2009


Originally uploaded by Marinrin Chianne
My entry for this weeks Illustration Friday. The topic being "Tango"

Just a doodle today, in brush pen, dip pen and colouring pencil.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Susan the Sock Hippo

I've just finished making my next Sock creation.

I'm proud to present Susan the Sock Hippo!

I've really improved at sewing sock dolls, even though Susan is my 3rd completed project. I'm starting to understand stitches better and have learned some really useful tricks.
I've also learned not to over stuff socks, otherwise they go slightly see through as Susan has done around her tummy.

Today I picked up a ton of fun coloured socks from the supermarket, so I have a lot to be making.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Presenting Corky the Sock Kitty!

I sat down this weekend and made another Sock Creature. This little guy is called Corky, and he is a gift for my Mother who is still recovering from Surgery.

He ain't perfect but I'm totally in love with him. I have to make more!
I'm getting better with each attempt.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Pinkie the Hedgehog Pin Cushion

I recently purchased a book called Stray Sock Sewing. Its a brilliant
book with lots of designs and great photos. I really recommend it.
I've learnt lots from reading it, mainly all the different types of stitches.
It has step by instructions on how to achieve each stitch
and lays it out very simply. I could never quite get my head round them before.

Anyways, this is Pinkie and she is my first completed "Sock creature."
She of course is a hedgehog and I'm very pleased how she turned out.
The only thing I would have done differently is that I filled
her with wadding rather than weighted filler, so she has a tendency to
roll around. Which isn't overly helpful in a pin cushion.

I've got plans for all sorts of Sock Creatures now!

Thursday, 16 July 2009

My bright Book Marks

Book Marks
Originally uploaded by Marinrin Chianne
I recently got my mitts on a Laminator, something I'd been wanting to get hold of for a long time. You can never have to many machines kicking around to use in your arts and crafts. :D

I decided to make some cute bookmarks using some of my designs, and I think they turned out pretty good. I finished them off with matching ribbon.

I made 2 of each, and 2 have already been claimed. The dark kitty one was part of my gifts for my boyfriend's birthday and one of the fairy ones went to my mother. She is currently recovering from surgery and so is reading lots of books.

I'm planning on selling these at some point. I can't decide whether I should hold on to them till I can do craft fairs, or pop them up on Etsy.

Owl Costume

I completed this days ago but kept forgetting to upload the images here.

I proudly present: Snowy the Snowy Owl.

This is the owl costume for the school where I work end of year production.
The mask is made of felt, and the body is fleece and fake fur. The mask was hand stitched and the body was sewn using a machine.

Thankfully the child in question who had to wear this was exactly my height. (Which is tragic for me. Whaaaaa I'm the same height as a 10 year old girl! I wish I was taller. )

Wednesday, 15 July 2009


Originally uploaded by Marinrin Chianne
She waits all alone, in the graveyard where her body was laid to rest. A women pale as the moon and light as the stars. She lived a lonely life which has left her spirit hollow and unable to pass on.

My entry for this weeks Illustration Friday. The subject being "Hollow"

Markers and Brushpen.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Day of Falcons (Photo intensive)

Today I went on my half day Falconry experience at the Cornish Birds of Prey Centre. (Website is here) It was totally awesome. I had a fantastic day and the people who own the centre were really nice. I went a few years ago and it was very run down and the birds weren't being treated very well, thankfully its changed hands and is now looking
wonderful and the birds they rescued are all much more healthy and happy.
Anyway now for some images. Please ignore my brightly
coloured clothes. I love my colours.

Me and Jacob the Harris Falcon. Sorry about the Fuzziness in this photo, Mum dropped the camera and it had gotten a bit wet. Sadly I didn't get any pictures of me flying this guy. It was incredible! Except for the fact I was holding up bits of dead rooster chicks that had been cut up with secateurs in front of me. Was very gooey on my fingers and rather gross. However considering I'm blood phobic I thought I did rather well.

This is a Kestrel, lovely little bird. He was one of my favourites, as he always had such an adorable and curious expression on his face. Whats not to love!

This is Ruby the Buzzard. She was fairly grumpy with me when I held her, kept trying to bite me through the glove. She also had very strong talons. Beautiful bird though.

A beautiful Falcon. I have forgotten the type this guy was though, either a saker, peregrine, merlin or perlin.

I'd definitely go again. It was a lot of fun and all the birds were stunning.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Mission Complete!

I had a fantastic birthday yesterday. One of the best I've had in years. I didn't have a party or anything but the atmosphere of the day was just so cheerful and bright. Never mind the fact I had PMT.

Anyway I've finally finished the owl costume, with much help from my mother who helped with the pattern. Ta Mums! I'll post pictures when I get a chance. I'd do it now but I'm sick of seeing it lol.

I'm finally free to work on other projects again. Huzzah!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

100th Post

This is the 100th Post of my lovely blog, and it has occurred the day before my birthday. Huzzah!

Anyway on to the land of Arts and Crafts. I'm in the process of making an owl costume for the school where I work end of year production. Its quite daunting really. I did however finish the wings and mask this evening. I have to next Wednesday to finish it. I just hope all goes to plan.

The problem about working on a project with a time limit is that it pushes everything else out of the way. :(

I wanna play on my new Computer games, and sew sock dolls and a cute Muffin scarf. Doesn't look like I'll be able to till next week. I have tons of new badges that need making and photographing, also I have some book marks that need to be finished and placed on to Etsy. I'll get there in the end I guess.

In other news, my nails are awesome! I've painted them alternating bright blue, pink, mint and covered them with lovely glitter. So they are looking very bright and happy.

MuffinPuffART! Is pro colour. <3

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Early Birthday presents

It's my Birthday this Friday, but I had an early celebration today. My boyfriend is going away this week, to a convention somewhere. Which means he will be away on my birthday, his birthday and our first year anniversary. So we had a special little get together today. Of course we shall have a bigger celebration when he gets back, with cake and everything!

I was really touched with what he bought me. He really spoils me rotten.
Since he is away for my birthday weekend, he has paid for me to do a half day of Falconry. I'm so terribly excited! I adore birds, they are so graceful and wonderful.
He also bought me some awesome Invader Zim toys, a 1978 copy of the Last Unicorn (Which is one of my favourite books of all time) as well as some other books by the same author. I'm so happy.

*Flails around hyperly*

Monday, 6 July 2009

MuffinPuffART! Feature

I was interviewed for feature called Inspirational Monday on Red Ruby on Fire blog. Please check it out here - MuffinPuffART!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

The great owl

I've been asked to make a costume for a school play. I'm honoured really, although I imagine its going to be hard work. The costume is for the lead, who is an owl. Being the lead she really has to stand out. I have 2 weeks.

I really enjoy making costumes and dressing up. I've gone to work dressed as Buck beak from Harry Potter before. The kids adored it, and my colleagues were super impressed. I quite enjoy being the crafty one.

One of my colleagues upon finding out I was going to make it said "well at least we know it will look good" I'm quite pleased about that.

I've drawn the preliminary designs, I just have to run them past the School play produces before I start. Hopefully they will fund the costs of the material.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Busy day of many projects

Today I nipped down the shops and "accidentally" came home with a Laminator and a sewing box.

The sewing box is now blue, glittery and covered in stickers. Its now a badge box. That was a fun project, except that now I'm covered in paint and have glitter in my hair.

My other project of the day was playing with my laminator. Soon MuffinPuffART! will be stocking cute book marks. For a cheapo laminator it works really well. I'm very pleased.

I have far to many projects going on at once. I haven't done anything I set out to do this week. Opps.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009


I've just purchased my very first font for commercial use. Now I can use my favourite font (which incidentally is used in the header of this blog) on my badges and logos without infringing on any laws. Hurrah!

It gets terribly frustrating having to use the free fonts that are already on the computer on all my stuff. As much as I like say Papyrus and Comic sans there is only so far they can go. Also they aren’t nearly cute enough for my liking.

It took awhile to explain to my Mum why I can’t just use any old font from the internet I like on my badges. I think she understood in the end… although I could be wrong. Anyway, yay Fonts!


Originally uploaded by Marinrin Chianne
This weeks entry to Illustration Friday. The topic being "worn"

Please click to enlarge. <3

Despite the fact that Muffin had a brand new basket, she always preferred her favourite spot on the old well loved worn out chair.

Its been aaaaages since I last participated in Illustration Friday. I've been trying to fit it in but I've just been too busy. I've decided from now on to just try some pen and ink drawings rather then spend ages colouring with markers. The prospect of fitting in a fully coloured picture each week stressed me out and that's why I stopped. I'm quite new to dip pens, so focusing on them for Illustration Friday should help me hone my skills.

Yes that is my Puppy mascot asleep on the chair. Any excuse to cram her in. Hehe.

New logo to show

Here it is! My new logo. The MuffinPuffART! Seal of awesome. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Its cheesy and cute, just they way I like things. Cheesy and cute is what my Etsy store aims to be. Fun also!

Anyway, I'm going to have to redisign my baggies I send my badges in to feature this logo now. My old one is rather outdated and stale looking.

Incidently this looks great on a keychain. <3