So I’ve been away from the old Peepiecheep office for the past couple of weeks while my family and I went on an adventure to Newquay in Cornwall for my birthday. I absolutely love Cornwall, it always feels to me like being in a different country without having to leave the UK! On our way back home we took a random detour to Glastonbury where we climbed the Tor barefoot and I found the most amazing shop in the town centre. Linda Ravenscroft draws the most wonderful faerie and magical art and I simply had to buy some of her cards to frame.
As you can see I ended up with quite a few, but my absolute favourite was her moon hares design (top right). Something inside me clicked and a design I’d had in my head for ages for a tattoo came suddenly into focus. It was all I could do to stop myself from grabbing some paper and a pen and drawing what I saw right there. You know sometimes you just see something and it is so *right*? I have loved the Celtic triskele symbol for many, many years, so I knew I needed to incorporate that, plus I wanted something meaningful to me and my family. I did some doodling when I got home. Bearing in mind I am not that great at art, I just have to bash out the ideas!
This was my first “finished” design. My husband helped me scan it into my Mac and make the lines nice and crisp, and I did some more edits and tweaks digitally until I was satisfied.
(I’ve water-marked this image as it is an original design.)
Today I went into town merely for a mooch, and with the idea of spending some of my birthday cash. I ended up popping into a tattoo shop, ABody on Loseby Lane in Leicester, and they were able to fit me in today. They are lovely people, knowledgeable and friendly and put me completely at ease. Leanne, who inked me, is very talented and super conscientious. I knew straight away I was in good hands.
So, after two hours of sitting very, very still, here he is – my star-gazing, triskele-stamped moon hare, on my arm forever. I love him so much. I can’t believe my idea is now on my skin, what started as a simple thought is an actual reality. Now I just have to fight the urge to design more!
One of the most successful ranges I ever made with Peepiecheep was my Doctor Who inspired pieces. As well as bracelets and badges, I made tiny sonic screwdrivers which could be worn as earrings or pendants. As public interest in popular culture pieces often ebbs and wanes depending on whether the show is currently being screened on TV, I frequently found myself either completely inundated with requests, or ending up with too much surplus stock to sell. Then the universe put me in touch with a wonderful lady who also made geeky-inspired pieces – Suzi’s Doctor Who Crafts. She commissioned me to make lots of tiny sonics which she could then add to her wonderful hand-made Doctor plushies.
It is with great pleasure that I have found myself spending time this morning making a batch of sonics to be added to her pieces. It always cheers me to see how some seemingly random bead selection can come together and make something recognisable and different. While I feel that Peepiecheep may move in a different direction in the future, I will always be grateful for those who supported my geeky ventures.
As could be expected from a business that has been around for a while, not all the stock that gets made also gets sold. I have been clearing out my craft drawers lately and came across a few pieces which were made a while ago now and are still hoping for a new home. I’ve added them to the shop one final time, albeit at discounted prices, because while I love my past work, it really is time for it to be loved by someone else, so I can focus on the new things I wish to make.
So, if you fancy a bargain, or if you missed out on my old designs before, please do check out the online shop. I must apologise, but at this moment I can only ship to UK buyers, I will amend that in time.