Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

HaPpY HaLlOwEeN one and all! Have a spooky time and lots of fun! Don't forget to check back at my online store from time to time as from now on I will continually add new Halloween items here and there all year round.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Halloween's only days away...! I've already attended one Halloween party as Little Red Riding Hood (that's my fun costume above... bought, not homemade!)

And if you live in America I'm fairly sure you can receive your Halloween minis from me in time for Halloween if you buy today. Not a 100% guarantee, but I believe it's likely. ;)

So, if you want to buy something from my HALLOWEEN 2011 RANGE, and get 15% off (valid today and tomorrow only) then enter the coupon code RIDINGHOOD and receive 15% off your total order, but not shipping.

Spooky shopping!

Please note that this offer is only valid for items in the Halloween Range. Click here to be taken directly to the Halloween Range section of my shop.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Grinny Pumpkin Cauldrons for Halloween!

Have you seen the latest spooky addition to my Pixie Dust Miniatures online store...? GriNnY PuMpKin CaUldRoNs for all your witch's needs and just in time for Halloween. ;)

I am really pleased with how these turned out, and because I think they're quite unique. One inch scale, and they're hollowed out pumpkins with spooky faces and 'wrought iron' handles - making them great little cauldrons for trick or treating or holding spooky things. See my photo of their teeth and eyes glowing in the dark.

Only made 7 and not making anymore, so get them while they're here!

Now I'm off to a Halloween party myself - all dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood...

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fairytale Pumpkins

These magical Fairytale Pumpkins look like they're straight off the pages of Cinderella, but you could use them in your Halloween setting. They're more ethereal and magical than spooky though. I got the idea for them when I saw these gorgeous unusual pumpkins in Trader Joes (American supermarket ~ for my non US friends) being sold there as 'Fairytale pumpkins'! See my bad mobile phone photo at the end of the post. Fun right?!

Each one is an unusual fantastical shape, with twisty stem and brushed with shimmering gold and other mixed media to make them look quite magical. They actually look better in real life than in the photos. I'm reluctantly (my bf's making me!) selling these as two sets at my online shop.

Real 'Fairytale Pumpkins' from Trader Joes supermarket... ;)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

From Paper to Clay...!

That's where it all started... on paper. As many of you know I wrote and illustrated a children's book in 2003-4 straight after I graduated from uni, and it was all about magic and fantasy. It's not published yet though - my literary agent is working on that. ;)

Anyway, when I started Pixie Dust Miniatures I wasn't so much pulling my ideas from my head as I was from my own illustrations (well there are over 300 of them, so it's a lot to work with).

Thought you might find it fun to see some of these illustrations as a before and after, alongside their clay counterparts. Bear in mind I can't put too many illustrations online as the book is still in talks with various publishers so I'm not supposed to go crazy sharing it all on here! And also so darn many illustrations are in England - including a dragon egg identification chart and some enchanted pumpkins which would have been fun to share. But you can still see some fun things. For example, recognise the purple quill in the above image....?!

Click on an image below and don't forget you can click again to zoom in on it.
Or perhaps take a look at my professional website for more illustration work or follow my professional blog.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Good Grief!

... is all I can say! I made it to the front page of Etsy (only the second time it's happened, so it's quite exciting for me!) and suddenly was inundated with sales of Poison Bottles and requests for more poison bottles! Best sales I've had all week! Thank you Etsy and fabulous treasury makers everywhere. :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Making Magic - Read all about it in NEW magazine Feature!

Yay! Featured in 'The Dolls' House Magazine' (GMC Publishing) again this month. This time it's a full feature with interview and lots of photos, so I am really pleased with it.

Click on the images (and click again to zoom) and have a read or click here to be taken to the website where you can subscribe to this terrific magazine instead.

I am glad I can finally show photos of the magic shop I made for a very special client of mine... I'll share photos later this week. (I wasn't able to show them before as I promised the editor of 'The Dolls' House Magazine' that I'd give her an exclusive!)
A big thank you to my client as well for commissioning the magic shop - 'Boggart's Bazaar' and giving me such a fun project and the reason I was featured in the magazine. C xxx

and here's just some other photos of mine they included. :)
Magic jars and unicorn horns...

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Sunday, October 9, 2011


This post has been edited 1 week since it went up!

To fill you in... I took issue with another artist who I felt stole my Pixie Dust Miniatures identity - from styling her own shop to look just like mine, using the same font in the logo, same catch phrase, same products and product designs, same photo composition and same product descriptions.

I wrote this post with examples of this and also corresponded with her about it. I said that I was happy for her to make magical miniatures (of course - many people do!) but this felt like identity theft and was wrong.

This 'copy-cat' artisan resolved our dispute by removing her shop (which was a mirror image of mine) and so I have left her name out of this post.

You can see the image comparisons below by right clicking on each image and then clicking 'view image'. Clicking again allows you to zoom in.