29 October 2009

♦ ♣ ♥ ♠ WONKY TOPPERS! ♦ ♣ ♥ ♠

I can't even begin to explain the day I have just had but I will anyway...

Last night I went to bed looking at some clock parts I happened to find a few months ago. My imagination started to run a little wild and I ended up dreaming about top hats! Hmmm a bit weird, but, I had spent some time researching mini top hats for some future head pieces and have never really found any that would suit the Fagin, Mad Hatter theme I was going for.
Darren then took me to a little place in Southampton full of things and stuff... and there they were. A collection of hats, trilbys, top hats, bowler hats you name it they had it. Old ones, new ones, dirty ones, clean ones. I spotted these beauties nestled amongst the Halloween tat that was currently been put out on the shelves. How could I not purchase them. Sounds a little cheesy but they were exactly what I had dreamt about that night. How sad. I got chatting to the little man in the shop, who I am meeting on Saturday to discuss the processes they used to use to make the hats out of beaver skins and felt (he has a book I might be interested in), and he was really interested in what I was doing. Might I have found a place to put some Soobird offerings?
Anyway, I have told whoever will listen about these hats and I haven't found anyone who shares the same enthusiasm as I do... yet!

28 October 2009

♦ ♣ ♥ ♠ It's ready! ♦ ♣ ♥ ♠

Click here to see the site so far...
It's ready and waiting for visitors.

After days of playing around with layouts, colours, pages and images I have finally got the website up and running. I am currently trying to make some more pieces to add to the shop so at the moment it is itemless. It won't be long though as I have a red arrow currently being cemented together by my very good friend Gary Stanley, so hopefully I will have some weird and wonderful hats to show off in my new shop soon.

I have also added a Guest Book to the site for feedback and comments. I also want to encourage visitors to jot down themes etc on that page. Everyday I get people suggesting future hats ranging from the sensible and sophisticated to the totally absurd. I don't think I will ever run out of things to make but it is better to be safe than sorry.

26 October 2009

♦ ♣ ♥ ♠ Hot Muffins♦ ♣ ♥ ♠

A great night had by all. I managed to get setup with the help of Lisa and enjoy an evening of dancing and music. There were over 30 items of Soobird pieces on display and I had lots of interest, not forgetting a sale... thanks Wendy.

The next night is on December 20th and I will be there 11am - 11pm as there is an Art Market on during the day. Until then I will hopefully get the new website up to scratch and get lots of weird and unusual pieces ready for the stall in The Oracle, Reading that Chloe and Scarlet have kindly invited me to. I will be there on the 5th and 6th of December so pop down and buy your Xmas pressies of us!

23 October 2009

♦ ♣ ♥ ♠ New webiste on it's way♦ ♣ ♥ ♠

I am now the proud owner of

There is nothing on there as of yet, but I am soon to have a website that includes a gallery, blog, guestbook and shop.... so watch this space.

Hopefully I will get it up and running in the next few days, I am taking my time, I want it to be perfect as the interest I have had recently for hats and fascinators has been huge. I have received my first official order courtesy of Judy who I met at the fashion show a week or so ago so in between the Hot Muffins Burlesque Night at the Oakford, Reading this Sunday and life I shall be working on my website and my order.

It's all very exciting!

17 October 2009

♦ ♣ ♥ ♠ Find me on the 25th ♦ ♣ ♥ ♠

♦ ♣ ♥ ♠ BUSY MONTH ♦ ♣ ♥ ♠

It has been hectic...

I had an email of Russ, my political friend, with an offer of an advertising opportunity. I was invited to put a flyer into the goody bags that were being dished out at the Winchester Uni Freshers Fayre. I then got asked to put a lealfet into 150 goody bags for a fashion show organised by Alex Edwards, the owner of Cadogans in The Square, Winchester in association with the Winchester Conservatives, raising money for the 'Help the Heroes' charity.
I had an idea... every leaflet would have a mini 'Soobird' gift! Only 150 to make in 10 days. Easy!

It actually wasn't that bad.

I had a few evenings dedicated to making 150 card flowers that were then attached to cocktail sticks and eventually pierced through the leaflets. I had help of a very kind friend who gave up her afternoon to help cut and stick, with me keeping a close eye on quality control from the sofa. I also managed to round up the student troops at school to help make felt balls for the middle of the flowers.
After making around 100 of the pieces I had an idea. I decided to turn the poker themed tokens into a bit of a game. Only two Royal Flush pieces were made and they were a buttonhole and a brooch for one lucky lady and gent in the audience.

The fashion show was held at Avington Park, Winchester a stunning house full of history. I got a bit lost looking at all the artefacts on display, especially the alcove of corals and dried sealife. The show was a huge success and I had lots of interest in the fascinator I was modelling.

Aswell as creating the mini gifts I have also been creating more fascinators and brooches that are now on sale in Tiger Lilly's, Reading and on Etsy. I now have a week to get my stuff together ready for the next installment of 'The Hot Muffins' Burlesque Night at The Oakford Social Club, Reading on Sunday 25th October (7-11) where I shall be having a stall displaying my bits and pieces.