Monday, 19 March 2012


Things have been quiet here on the crafting front but I just wanted to update this blog and let you all know that I'll be uploading some new dinosaurs to Etsy as soon as I've made them.  My crafting time has been taken up by family matters recently and that includes the first birthday of my only grandchild.  Doesn't time fly!?  It only seems like yesterday when I was coming home from the hospital on the bus after attending his birth, all tired and bursting with happiness.  Now he's a cheeky chappy that's full of smiles and giggles and doesn't sit still for a minute!

I also have some news about a craft fair that Whimsy Dell will be taking part in very soon.  You can find me and my whimsical toys at Holywell Art and Craft Mill on the 31st March from 10am - 3pm.  This community craft event is being hosted by the Holywell and District Women's Group and features local crafters and organisations.  There will be demonstrations, plenty of items to buy in the Gallery and delicious light meals, drinks and cakes to enjoy in The Mill on the Hill Tea Rooms.

Holywell Art and Craft Mill is situated right next door to St. Winefride's Well on the Well Hill in Holywell.  There's parking to the rear of the building and also a car park opposite.

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, 23 February 2012


I've been busy working on something secret recently, my apologies for the lull in new posts.  I hope to have finished by the end of the weekend and all will be revealed in the future.  Until then, I'd like to share this photograph with you.  It was taken after quite a scramble up a steep bank....but what a reward for my effort!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Introducing - Wonky Bunnies!

Wonky Bunnies are now available to buy from the Whimsy Dell Etsy Shop, you can find them by clicking on the Etsy Shop link over to the right.  Wonky Bunnies measure approximately 6.5" tall and each one seems to have a character all of its own.  They don't have any plastic eyes or noses which makes them safe for little ones so why not treat them this Easter, or maybe even yourself!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

This photograph was taken by me in Caernarfon, here in North Wales.  I love this tree....and I think the tree might love me back!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Redwork Bunny Cushion

I was surfing around the internet one day back in January and discovered a redwork pattern whilst on the hunt for embroidery designs.  I hadn't really seen this style before but I thought it ever so pretty.  Right there and then I decided to make my own redwork pattern and this is what I ended up with.  I'm fairly focused on the idea of Spring at the moment, mainly because it cannot come quick enough for me.  It's so chilly out there at the moment!

One thing that I learned about redwork is that it is incredibly relaxing.  There are no colour changes and nothing to think about.  It was so nice to pick it up and just let my mind wander for a while.  I was really pleased with the result and the finished cushion is available as a one-off on Etsy.  I've started work on the PDF pattern too and will update this site when it's ready.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Lucky* Clover Itty Bitty Kitty

I found some adorable green clover fabric a few days ago and thought it would make a super Itty Bitty Kitty.  Measuring only 4.5" tall and with adorable hand-embroidered faces, these super cute kitties are perfect for small hands, car journeys and handbags.  You can find one for sale in my shop right now, ready to spread a little luck* in your life or maybe even serve as a reminder of your Irish heritage.

As always, I am more than happy to make an Itty Bitty Kitty in a colour of your choice, just email me using the link to the left or send me a conversation via Etsy.

*Since cats are temperamental creatures, luck is not guaranteed!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Spring Stitchery - Customer Photograph

I had the most pleasant surprise this morning when I checked Whimsy Dell's inbox.  I had received a wonderful message from a customer of mine who goes by the name of Tillymint.  She purchased my Spring Stitchery PDF Pattern last month and sent me this photograph of her finished stitchery made up into a fantastic bag.

It's super to see how Tillymint has adapted the pattern into a very beautiful and useful finished project.  I love how the colours in the stitched rainbow are reflected in the fabrics that she has chosen for the bag, resulting in a cheerful, bright tote that makes me smile!  Enjoy using your bag, Tillymint, and thank you so much for getting in touch.

If you have made a project from one of my patterns, feel free to send photographs to me using the email link in the left column.  You can also send in photographs of toys that you have bought from me.  Do they have a favourite place to sit?  On your bed, in your car or in the arms of your little ones.  Feel free to share, it really makes my day!