Thursday, 18 June 2015

A day in the life of a Burman Bears Workshop Part 2

As promised we are back today with part 2 in our mini series of a Burman Bears workshop.

So the next stage was to sew and stuff the head, all by hand again, no machines here thank you very much. Once the head was stuffed we used pins to help us work out where we wanted to put our real eyes.

Although we were all given exactly the same pattern and the same shaped heads, I think you will agree that they all came out very differently.

 Katherine's Bear Head
 Lisa's Bear Head
 Noleen's Bear Head 
Liz's Bear Head

Well don't forget to pop back for the next part of our fun day Burman Bears workshop.

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

A day in the life of a Burman Bears Workshop Part 1

Hello and a very warm and fully felted welcome to the first in a series of blog posts that take you through the wonderful world of Burman Bears on a Burman Bear one day bear making workshop.

The puprose of sharing this series with you is firstly to say how important it is as a designer to create something just for fun and just for you. Secondly to show how much work goes into handcrafted projects like this and like the Lily the Lamb needle felted scultptures.

I aim to share the days experience with a mini series of posts taking you through this magical day from start to finish and to share with you the some of the makes from everyone who attended the course, including yours truly.

A Burman bears workshop starts bright at early at around 9-9.30am. Angela Burman founder and creator of Burman Bears, is always on hand with the kettle at the ready and to talk you through the first stages of the workshop.

So where to start with a hand sewn bear? well luckily for us Angela cuts our bear parts out for us and below is what we start off with!


We start with some of the smaller body parts to begin with and there is a well established order in which to do things and with very good reason as we learn throughout the day. This is unlike anything I have ever done before and it was a thrill to be part of a very special day and bring home a very special project.

Join me in part two for more progress throughout our day and be sure to keep checking back for our finale and big reveal of all our finished bears.

But for now I shall leave you with the Bear Necessities of a Burman Bears bear making workshop.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Creative Storage Solutions for creatives working at home.

Well hello and wonderfully warm and fully felted welcomes to today's edition of the Tigerlily Makes blog.

Today I thought I would share the age old problem of a crafter, designer or hobbyist's dilemma when fitting your your passion into your everyday life and home.

Space always seems to be tight for the at home creative and usually comes at a premium or the expense of losing a room. So what do you do when you need the room and you need a space to create in? Well you get savy with pretty but practical storage solutions. As you know I run my business from home and for many years, we have suffered the loss of a guest bedroom and therefore haven't had people to stay.

So take a look at the photos below and my top tips for creating both a tranquil guest bedroom and an inspiring work space.



These pretty boxes from Ikea sit nicely on the top shelf in the guest wardrobe and will hold a lot more than you think. They are easy to slide in and out and being open topped its quick to pick and dispatch. 


I have a beautifully renovated 1930's wardrobe in my guest room and these slot in perfectly to its smaller dimensions. Further storage is held underneath the wardrobe with its shaped and slightly raised frontage. On top sits pretty floral cube boxes again from Ikea, which hold so much more than I thought.

I will feature more on creative storage solutions a little later on where I will focus on under bed storage and desk space.

For now though keeeeeeeeeep felting.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Refurbished & Renovated furniture at its best...

A little something different today lovely felt folk and to continue my promise of sneak peeks into my new studio space!

I have to say that during the resurrection and rebuilding of our family home during the flood damage there has been one constant driving force with regards to the replacement furniture. My thanks have to go the The Vintage Emporium gals at Middleton Hall Courtyard Center, as to be quite honest I am not sure we would have found the enormously special and beautifully renovated unique pieces that we have now. Nothing was too much trouble, if pieces couldn't be found at the right sizes then TVE and their husbands would build it from scratch, they took the nightmare out of the nightmare and were there every step of the way making the process so much easier.
Beautifully renovated to specification this gorgeous 1930's wardrobe now in situ in my studio. 


Sneak peeks - The old desk removed from Middleton Hall and beautifully  renovated chair.

Somehow thank you doesn't seem enough! So if you are looking for something extra special that is lovingly restored, then The Vintage Emporium is your first stop!

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Monday, 4 May 2015

A place for everything and everything in its place...

Big cheery waves from the top of Tigerlily Towers today. Just a short post today to share with you some of the new display shelving in  the new look studio. As you know Tigerlily Towers suffered major flood damage last year and as such very little that wasn't damaged. It has been a long road back to recovery, though I have to say the results are stunning.


This shelving unit has been lovingly and beautifully restored by The Vintage Emporium gals at Middleton Hall Courtyard Center. 

I think everyone looks very at home in their new space.


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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Family Von Tweet & Mrs & Mrs Von Tweet have a new home!

A lovely warm welcome to this latest edition of the TM blog, calling from the top of Tigerlily Towers!

Today's post is to share with you a little bit of progress on how the flood damage is concluding and to share that our bird families finally have new homes to settle into.

Master Von Tweet is looking very proud of  the new play space he shares with his sister

Miss & Master Von Tweet are very excited to be re-joining surf school, something that has been put on hold during the evacuation of their home last year. 
Miss Von Tweet is simply itching to try out her new surf boards, happy times! 

The new studio space where our bird families new home is, is almost complete and I will be bringing more insights and sneak peeks very soon.

For now thought keeeeeeeep felting!

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Sneak Peek into Craft Stash Drawer


Welcome to the Tigerlily Makes blog, bringing you newsy news from the top of Tigerlily Towers!

Today's blog post is a sneak peek into my craft stash drawer and some of my most essential items! We all have those drawers that are full to bursting with our can't live without items... so today I thought I would give you a brief insight into mine.

So here is the first glimpse of the inside of my drawer, its a big central drawer as it forms part of a stunning desk saved from Middleton Hall in the midlands. it has two sets of 3 drawers either side of it and has been beautifully restored by the gals at The Vintage Emporium at Middleton Hall Courtyard Center

It houses my felting needles, my Stamping up Stamp Carving Kit, my favorite sewing threads, paper cutters, glues, glue sticks and so much more. 

This Gutterman Thread box is one of my favorite things as it houses so many of my favorite colours. 

So whats in your craft stash drawer? 

Take care for now and in the meantime keeeeeeeeeeeep felting!

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Welcome to the New Look blog...

Hello everyone,

a very warm welcome to you all. I shall keep this post really short as its just to say welcome to the new look blog. I hope that you will be as pleased as I am with it.

Its crisper, cleaner and easier to find your way around. From my perspective the new, crisp clean look will allow you to focus on what is the most important things which are the designs.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so I shall leave you with my new look avatar and I will be back very soon with more newsy news from the top of Tigerlily Towers!




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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Lily Lamb & Plans for 2015

Well hello and a lovely warm and cosy welcome this December edition of the Tigerlily Makes blog. I thought I might share with you  plans for moving forward into 2015 and the decisions behind the directions we are headed.

With 2014 nearly behind us I can tell you that is has been one of my most difficult years to date, both personally and professionally. I have had to work tirelessly and constantly both in balancing my personal and professional life, to maintain the standard everyone loves and knows about Tigerlily Makes designs.

I fell in love with felting several years ago now, having come from a needle work and textile arts background at the age of 13, textiles have always been my first love.

I had aimed to make felting my living, but in actual fact a small needle felted lamb called Lily has really paved the way for a much bigger and unique concept in the design process. Lily Lamb's initial role was to become the official Tigerlily Makes mascot and branding.  Little did I know then how much she would naturally grow and develop into what she is today... a much loved character with many guises, fitting perfectly into a wider product range.

So it makes perfect sense to me to be lead by where Lily is destined to be, in early 2015 I will be leaving the Handmade Boutique's to focus on Lily the Lamb, her very own website currently up and running... as well as growing and developing her product range.  I will slowly be winding Tigerlily Makes up and focus on Lily Lamb.

I will be starting the new year, by writing and developing the very first 2 short picture story books in a series of books. The books will aim to appeal to both parents and children containing fun characters but leaning towards problem solving situations and life lessons.

I have already begun to source and work with some manufacturers on developing and marketing the range further and will be meeting with some of the UK's biggest manufactures in early 2015. Whilst I focus on building this range I hope to offer a smaller personalised Lily Lamb range online whilst Lily is charming her way through the UK.

So I guess the key is to learn to adapt and change with the demands of the market place. So watch this space and we will keep you posted.

But for now keeeeeeep lambing!







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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Christmas Gift Idea's

A very warm welcome to this autumnal November post. Now that Halloween is firmly behind us and Bonfire night is almost done... then we can turn to Christmas... yes I did say Christmas!

With not many weeks left until now until the biggest day of the year, we at Tigerlily Towers thought you might like a few gift ideas to help you along the way. There's pretty much something for everyone either in our online store or in one of our stockists.

So lets get straight to it.




The Lily Lamb Coluring & Activity Book Is a great one for keep the children entertained this festive season


Alice in Wonderland Inspired Wall art and room Decor Available only at the Handmade Boutique Sutton 

Gorgeous Card Packs and Gift Wrap only at the Handmade Boutique Sutton & Birmingham

Christmas Buttons & Coasters only available at Handmade Boutique Sutton 
This is just a taster of what is on offer from Tigerlily Makes this year and so I will be back soon with more Christmas ideas. 

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