and a little bit about me too!

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Don't be Shy...

Now I can't promise Silkie won't meow at you..

and you know Hamish won't be gone forever..

So come on Stanley...come sit with me and watch some TV, I'm sure a bit of Dallas will cheer you up xx

Now shut your ears Stanley...

Stanley was made from my 'Hamish' pattern inspired by the old pic below of Cath Kidston and her little Stanley, designed by Mr M and I (Thank goodness for Mr M's 3 d model making skills for figuring out Hamish's head!) he is made exactly the same way as Hamish...German Mohair, fully jointed, weighted and stuffed with straw.

Oh and I thought you may find this at 7am this morning with Miss lay in for me!!

Happy Sunday Bloggers xx

Love Sam, Stanley and Silkiesue x xx

Saturday, 27 February 2010

No more doggys purlllleasseee....

Well I have come to a bit of a stand still at the moment, as Miss Sue is currently sitting on Stanleys head...:0)

So I will have to tempt her off of him in a minute...its so funny how cats seem to get a little jealous if your full attention isn't on them!!

And before I forget I must let you know who won my painting raffle....

Drum roll please.....

Its Jayne from Thankyou to all of you who entered :0)

Sorry Silkie...something else Canine related will be winging its way to Jayne soon xx

I'm hoping to have a stuffed and jointed vintage Lakeland to show you tomorrow xx

Have a lovely Saturday

Sam xx

Friday, 26 February 2010

Making Stanley...

Do you you think Cath K will mind? I have just bought some more mohair fabric that is the perfect colour for a lakeland terrier. Plus I pretty much have a free weekend to play on the sewing machine, and since making Hamish I want to make more and more characters...(I won't know what to do with them all!) I'm planning on adapting my Hamish pattern, with a few tweeks, made the old fashioned way with nuts and bolts!

Oh and don't forget, today is the last day to enter my picture painting giveaway, I will let you know who the winner is tomorrow xx

Hamish update...
He is already on his travels across the country and I have been told that he is behaving himself so far as long as he gets a tickle under the chin and a piece of chocolate from time to timexx

See u tomorrow xx


Tuesday, 23 February 2010


to you dear bloggers for all your wonderful comments about Hamish xxRob was really chuffed you took the time to comment so positively about his work. Just to let you know (Those of you who asked) Rob created Hamish whilst still at Uni, when he was studying Illustration. He was originally exhibited at The Royal Collage of Art, along with a first draft of the 'Hamish' story.

Since then Robs artwork and his stories have been sat in a drawer, up until recently, when Rob decided to have another go at writing more and painting more illustrations.

Hamish has never been published, but its Robs dream that he thankyou once again for your kind words xx

Now for another heartfelt thankyou to LYN lyn-everydaylife.blogspot.comxxx

I received a message from Lyn, to say that she had something to send to me, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened this.

Lyn has painted my precious Silkie Sue, and boy can this lady paint!!

The detail in this beautiful painting is just wonderful, and as soon as I can I will be having the picture framed. Isn't this blogland of ours just wonderful?, dear Lyn took the time to do this for me, for no reason, just a kind gesture, how nice is that?

Please go and visit Lyn's blog xxx

And one final thing...have you heard about Cath Kidston selling part of her sent ripples at work today I can tell you, and my heart sank a little....

But hey ho! i was suddenly inspired by this photo!

Now can you see who has inspired me...may be a little 'Stanley' Lakeland Terrier needs to be created here at Silkies...I enjoyed making Hamish so much, that my fingers are itching for another project...what do you think dear bloggers???

Bye for now

Sam xx

Friday, 19 February 2010


Well at last I would like to introduce you to Hamish....

He is a brave Scotty Dog, and his adventures all over the world are currently being put to paper by my husband Mr M.

Hamish was created and illustrated by Mr M over 15 years ago, when he first appeared in some paintings for a childrens picture book...(as yet to be published) Rob is a very talented artist, and has also worked on artwork for Disney. (Don't blush Mr M!) He always wanted to see Hamish as a real toy and luckily has experience of making and constructing plush toys, so I had to give it a go!

As you can see Hamish has been around for some time, and has been loved by many children.

He has also had some very exciting and dangerous adventures!

(Now for the bits Hamish doesn't like me to mention....)

He is made from my very own pattern... (Thank goodness for the Oxfam book you want to learn to make toys book!) his fur is German Mohair, and he is fully jointed with old-fashioned cotter-pins,(Hamish doesn't like to think that he has 'nuts and bolts inside!) weighted and stuffed with straw and real bootbutton eyes. His Jacket has been made from scratch, and has little vintage buttons....(Hamish picked those himself!) and he carries a vintage mexican sword (to protect himself and friends should they ever get into bother!)

And he will soon be off to the City of London, in his very own help to sell his stories...

fingers and toes crossed!

Happy friday bloggers

Love Sam and Hamish xx

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Just a little bit longer...

Well...nearly there on this little secret project of mine...well to be honest for my other half Mr M...

every spare moment, sewing, and adjusting a little brave character...

who is eager to be revealed...but has to be patient as he is having some 'professional' photos taken soon...

Hope you are having a good week dear bloggers...:0)

Sam xx

Friday, 12 February 2010


Thankyou my lovely bloggy chums for stopping by my...well Silkie Sues blog and reading about my comings and celebrate 100 bloggers following my blog (oops Sue's blog) theres only one thing to do...celebrate with a


Now its over to you...all you have to do is leave me a message and link the giveaway icon to your blog...and let me know what you would like me to I will paint and frame a picture for

You have until Friday 26th Feb to enter.........

Oh and I will post worldwide!

Thankyou again lovely bloggers...
and hopefully I will be able to show you pictures of a furry friend who should be made by Sunday xx

Thankgoodness for Friday...phew...what a weekxx

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Just a little peek...

as there are a few more details to finish....a tail...a nose...a coat...for a little furry friend, created and written about along time ago by my husband Mr M...

I want him to be 'just' right, so I'm not rushing him like I normally do...

.... I have had a busy day today at the Spring Fair in Birmingham (A greeting card show and exhibition..).and I am now glued to the sofa by Miss Sue who does demand an evening lap to sleep/wash on ..I don't think there will be much sewing tonight!

Happy Tuesday..

Love Sam and Sue xx

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Sewing update...

Well had a busy day sewing and making a mess yesterday...and I was also visited alot my my furry companion Miss Sue.. who wanted to know what all the fuss was about..

Arms and legs have been cut and stiched together..Mr M even got involved dying fabric...

And a new little friend is slowly coming together....woof woof...

I will keep you posted on my progress..

Happy Sunday xx

love Sam xx

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Saturday...and projects..

Right...lets get inspired bloggers..cause I am. Thats why I love bloggers and blogland so much, I just love meandering about looking for that next lovely blog, there are so many inspirational people out there in bloggy outerspace!!

...Now today I'm cutting out and sewing..which I will be photographing as I go along...(I am toying with the idea of a new camera..if anyone can suggest a good 'cheap' SLR I would be very grateful!)

Talking of beautiful blogs and inspiration, I would like to mention this blog and here too you are in for a treat, this lady is an illustrator and bearmaker...I am saving up for a bear cat right now!

No sewing pics right now, but I thought I would leave you with a little montage of my 'colouring in'

If any thing comes out well today...I may post again later today!

Bye for now
Sam xxx

Friday, 5 February 2010


Yep its official...I'm addicted I'm off to work in half and hour...yet here I am blogging!
I have decided to stick to stripes as you can see at the mo, as I am really struggling with rippling...(Thankyou to the blogger who messaged me with a link to Attic 24!)

And I have to start my 'secret' project this weekend for Mr M....all I will give away is Mr M created this character 15 years ago....(He is an Illustrator also...) I will keep you posted...

Happy Friday!xx

Love Sam xx

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Mountains and Valleys..

I just haven't been able to settle on what crochet project to work on at the mo, I had forgotten how much I love to crochet and I decided to tackle learning to 'ripple crochet'...

HOW TRICKY IS THAT? i just can't get my head around the 'mountains and valleys..!

I have crocheted cream granny sqaures ones...then I changed my mind again! Plus I have a little (well quite big project to make for Mr M...)

a little clue above....

But I'm carrying a HUGE bag about at the at least I can carry my projects with me!

and darling Sues tests came back clear and healthy...shes not doing too bad for an old girl...

Happy Wednesday!

Sam xx

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