Monday, 21 July 2014

New Spiro Bound Notebooks coming soon...

Well folks its that time again for another fully felted addition to Tigerlily Makes!

Well we have chatted a few times now about my much loved and cherished Lily Lamb! So I hope you don't mind if we chat again about her!

Lily Lamb started out in life as a needle felted undressed lamb, which formed the basis of the Lily Lamb mascot an undressed image produced for my website with a little flower in her hair. She has grown and developed along the way and I have watched her blossom into the wonderful young lady that she is now!

Lily has not been on this journey on her own though I might add, oh no she has had much support and guidance from the shinning light in her life " Grandma Lily" together they have faced challenges and overcome them. Lily Loves her grandma so much that she is always hugging her, for after all that is what grandma's are for!

So what better way to say thank you to Grandma Lily than to share the front cover of a notebook with her!

Lily Lamb & Grandma Lily - Part of the Lily Lamb Family

The Original Undressed Lily Lamb, given as a treasure hunt prize for Tigerlily Makes 1st Birthday

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Alice In Wonderland - Its Always Time for Tea!

Oooo gosh... I'm late... I'm late is just one of the many phrases and sayings that has inspired my passion for all things Alice In Wonderland.

As a Child it is something I remember reading fondly along with The Hobbit and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe! I was forever being told off for daydreaming and not concentrating on the lesson in hand! But you see I have always had a creative mind, always taking me off to magical places and a dreamworlds where anythings possible.

My passion of all things magical continued into adult hood where my thirst and need to be creative just grew and grew. I love the storybooks of yester year and loved reading to my son when he was a child. Reading to my son every night was the most favorite part of the day, as was it his... my son being a child with dyslexia and having a book read on a daily basis was a great help to his academic development.

So with such a long love affair with the magical story telling and imagery around, it was only going to be a matter of time that I would create Alice inspired fully felted creations.

Time for TEA is probably my most favorite saying out of all the Alice phrases, I think mainly because I am a tea-aholic! There Iv'e said it and also coming from a very long line of Welsh ancestors... tea was always what solved every problem, every thirst and every celebration. There would always be a pot of tea on at my Grandma's and Great Grandma's house and it was always served from a pot and in china tea cups. Some would say that its a very British thing, for me its always been a very Welsh thing!

So inspired by this magical book and all her characters, I have created my own nod to Alice, I hope that she and her author would be proud of these interpretations... and so now there's only one thing left to do!

Lets fill the pot!




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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Business. It’s all about keeping it social!


Well hello lovely makers, creators and all round lovely people! I thought I’d take a few minutes of your time (thank you for reading this, btw!) to sing my praises in favour of social media, and how I use it in my business.



There’s no escaping how popular the likes of Facebook and Twitter have become, and as you know, I have fully embraced both platforms with open arms.  Social media gives me a chance to get closer to my customers and other like-minded felt fans.  We can share ideas, images and new designs as well as using the Facebook page and Twitter feed to tell you all about my courses and any press coverage that I’m fortunate enough to secure.   



I also love hearing from you and seeing the results of your felting after you’ve been on one of my courses or made with one of my kits – and social media makes this all so very easy and instant – would you send me a picture of your endeavours if you have to have it developed and copied and then post it the old fashioned way?



I really can’t imagine running a business without social media now, and I’d like to thank you all for taking the time to visit my Facebook page and for following me on Twitter.



Have a great day! 




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Friday, 11 July 2014

Its a Teddy Bears Picnic with Guest Star Lily the Lamb...

Hello and a very happy Friday to all you lovely makers,creators and well all round lovely people!Today we bring you fun and frolics at the Teddy Bears picnic of the year. Hosted by Bear grace created by Burman Bears and special guest of honour Tigerlily Makes very own Lily Lamb!

What a flurry of activity the Handmade Boutique was on Tuesday, with preparations for the event of the year... the Burman Bears annual Teddy Bears picnic! Well this picnic was to be like no other picnic, as it was to play host to one very special guests Lily Lamb and  Grandma Lily Lamb!

Well what a day, Lily and Grandma Lily had, so many new bears to meet it was such the social event with laughter, fun, games and plenty of food to be had. Lily had fun with all the bears, but she was particularly taken with one or two special characters! Bear Grace was in so much adoration of Lily that she scooped her up and hugged her dearly.

With the first introductions successfully underway it was time to mingle and mingle they did, with all the bears and Lambs keen to chat and play games.



Well one of many great introductions was Lily Lamb and Bloo the Elephant, this pair really hit it off and as Lily said "Oh Bloo don't be blue I will be your friend" and so it was!


After much fun, it was time to leave and what better way to say goodbye to your wonderful hosts than with a friendly kiss to seal the friendship! Come back soon for more picnic stories! 



All bear designs Copyright Angela Burman Burman Bears all design rights reserved. Lily Lamb Copyright Lisa Marie Olson Tigerlily Makes all design rights reserved.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Lily Lamb's Debut into the Handmade Boutique...

A wonderfully warm welcome to you all to the latest little piece of all things fully felted!

Today I wanted to introduce to you some new Lily Lamb designs and get your thoughts on this new look and new direction!

Well as you all know, from the very beginning, Lily Lamb has been the driving force behind Tigerlily Makes... she is a much loved and adored character and has many guises and duties that she performs in her right Royal role as a fully felted princess!

She has been on holidays; has traveled afar and quite often you will see her visiting her ancestors at places like Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House!

With all the good work she does, I feel it only fair to reward her with her very own special range of must haves and things you can't live without lines!

Hope you like them as much as Lily does. Currently available at the Handmade Boutique

Fridge Magnet & Mirror Collection

Lily Lamb Handbag Mirror

Princess Lily Handbag Mirror

Rosalily Handbag Mirror

Reverse of Land Gal Lily Key-ring

Front of Land Gal Lily Key-ring

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Tigerlily Makes joins the Handmade Movement at Handmade Boutique Birmingham

Well hello, lovely makers creators, felt folk and all round lovely people! Welcome to the latest edition of the Tigerlily Makes Blog!

Today I am very excited to be sharing with you a beautiful shop in The Great Western Arcade in Birmingham, call the Handmade Boutique. I have been invited to join this wonderful boutique and unique concept.

The Handmade Boutique was first founded in 2012 with a temporary pilot scheme to test the market and to see if designer handmade products could be brought to the high st! Well 2 years on the first permanent Handmade Boutique has been a roaring success and is now passed its first year of trading.

I am delighted to say that Tigerlily Makes has been invited to take part in this unique concept and has already installed an array of  Lily lamb and hand felted products.

My main aim with this boutique is to specialise in my much adored and loved Character Lily Lamb and my much coveted Alice In Wonderland inspired range. Lily Lamb as you know is Tigerlily Makes official mascot, character and product range, so far we have Lily Lamb fridge magnets, mirrors, key rings and notebooks. Following on from this we have Colouring books in the making as well as tea towels. Later in the year I will be doing a range of notebooks and notebook bumper packs as well as a whole host of other products.

As for the Alice range, I will be expanding this range to including new greetings card designs, shadow frame designs and more of the hand felted blocks.

For now thought I think I will just leave you with a few of the lovely midlands and UK produced Tigerlily Makes product lines!


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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Retiring from the forces and feeling your way through felt!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Tigerlily Makes blog! I can't quite believe how much time has passed since we last chatted.

Today I wanted to bring you something really special. A couple of years ago I met a wonderful lady called Angie, Angie was in the forces as was her husband. After many years of service they both decided that it was time for a new direction and time to look towards having a family.

When I met Angie she had already brought her beautiful son into the world and had begun the process of withdrawing from the forces. Part of the process when you leave the forces is to find a new life, new interests and begin to move your non-forces life forward. This can sometimes be a long process, as part of this process Angie was offered courses to find new skills and interests. A couple of those course were spent on felt making courses at Tigerlily Makes.

Angie took to felting like a natural and it was so wonderful to see the enjoyment in Angie's face whilst she was felting. It was such a contrast from her previous life.

Well after those courses, Angie kept in touch with progress and to replenish supplies for her new found passion.

A couple of years later, Angie has continued with her love of felting, has moved overseas and is quite literally about to give birth to her second child.

I am so pleased that Angie has found a passion for felt making and making with felt, its great that she has been able to continue and literally transport her passion overseas.

So I think I will leave you with some of her wonderful work. Thank you Angie for coming on the course and sharing the experiences, I have loved every minute.

 Stunning Fish Themed Wall Hanging by Angie Gow _ Image & Design Copyright Angie Gow
 Beautiful Fish Themed Cover - Image & Design Copyright Angie Gow
Gorgeous Fish Themed Door Panel - Image & Design Copyright Angie Gow

For now keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep felting!

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Angela Burman & Burman Bears

Well hello lovely makers, creators and all round lovely people! Well its that time again and time to share something with you that I am ever so passionate about.

Today I would like to introduce you to Angela Burman, founder, originator, creator and maker of all things Burman Bears. I met Angela back in 2012 when I had a concession at the Handmade Boutique in Birmingham, Angela was involved in the enterprise Birmingham Made Me in the Mailbox. I instantly warmed to Angela's warm, witty and open character. I had heard then about Angela's bears, but never (I embarrassingly admit) got to see them.

When Handmade Boutique secured a prime retail spot at Touchwood Solihull, I was offered the opportunity to be a part of it. It was then I started working with Angela and we hit it off from the first day. I am sure its a Welsh thing as both our families originate from Wales!

When you meet Angela it is easy to see why you fall in love with her bears and critters, you see to fall in love with a Burman Bear is to fall in love with Angela. Angela injects, love and passion into every single handmade bear she makes, with an innate sense of pride and joy, there is a story and character behind every bear. Angela draws on her childhood and lifetime experiences to create each bear as a one off. Whilst certain elements of bears may appear now and again, each face is different, whilst each bear is born with a one off name. This to me makes them really special.

Angela's bears all receive a Christmas card every year and each bear gets adopted by the person they are meant to be with.

To own a Burman Bear is to own a little piece of history, and a family heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation. Each bear is made with the highest standard of workmanship and in every bear there is always a little bit of Angela's heart to keep you warm and glowing inside.

Well I think I should say no more and introduce you to the lady herself and her stunning bears. To keep up to date with all Angela's little characters and to see the journeys they take, join Angela's Facebook page

Angela Burman (Image courtesy of Burman Bears) 

Design and image copyright Burman Bears (Image courtesy of Burman Bears) 
Design and image copyright Burman Bears (Image courtesy of Burman Bears) 

Design and image copyright Burman Bears (Image courtesy of Burman Bears) 

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Spotlight on the felting revolution_ RaffikinKatz!

Well hello and a very warm welcome lovely felt folk, I know I haven't been blogging as regularly, as your used too. Things have been rather hectic and busy to say the least here at Tigerlily Towers.

So I have decided that we need to mix up the blog format a little and I have taken time out to re-think this.

My aim of the blog is to bring you interesting newsy type articles, not only in terms of Tigerlily Makes... but things I find, interesting and inspirational, that I hope you will too.

Today I wanted to share with you the wonderful work of my felting buddy Katherine AKA RaffikinKats! Katherine and I met on one of my courses and we hit it off straight away! This is the great thing I have found with courses, meeting great people with a shared passion and vision. Katherine had already done some felting prior to coming on the course and is a felting natural!

 Katherine's love of felting grew and has known no bounds, not only is Katherine a full time nurse, but she has gone on to run her own successful felting business in Yorkshire. Katherine now has a range of uniquely designed felt items that are currently being stocked in various boutiques in the north!

One of the most popular of her designs, I think is her fantastic  felt cat toys! Kathrine and I are both cat lovers, though Katherine houses a few more than I do! These toys are incredibly popular with my very fussy cat Sox and she just goes nuts for them. Though this isn't the only thing Katherine does... just take a look at her lovely page to find out more! https://www.facebook.com/RaffkinKatz

Image courtesy of RaffikinKatz Copyright RaffikinKatz

For now keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep felting!

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

With a spring in her step, Lily The Lamb goes geocaching!



Hello lovely makers, creators and all round lovely people!


Well, the weather is slowly improving.  The days are getting longer and the spring bulbs are poking their pretty little heads up to see if its safe to come out and bloom.  So what better time to think about taking up a new hobby – a hobby that gets you outside as a family and best of all, is FREE!



Many of you may not have heard of geocaching but it’s sweeping the nation.  All you need is a car to get you there and a SmartPhone to show you where the “caches” are – think of it as a high-tech treasure hunt.



Large public open spaces, parks, and town centres have hidden geocache sites.  The National Trust and English Heritage are also on board with some of their properties and estates having several caches hidden around the grounds.



Lily The Lamb is a recent convert to geocaching and enjoyed a spring day out at Attingham Park in Shropshire, wandering the beautiful woodland, looking for GPS co-ordinates and finding caches.  





To find out more about geocaching, go to http://www.geocaching.com/ - you can download the app and even research places before you leave the house to make sure there are plenty of caches to find once you arrive at your destination!
 



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