I’m addicted!

If you haven’t already discovered the site, you have to check out Pinterest.  I am addicted to it and can while away hours browsing through the many ‘pins’ whether its photos of newly decorated rooms or quotes and song lyrics.

This is not just a site for someone like me wanting to gather inspiration for craft ideas though.  Me and the other half are wanting to redo our bathroom in the new year and didn’t know where to start.  Then I found Pinterest….now I can browse tons of bathroom images and gather and ‘pin’ inspiring pictures onto a board that I can refer to again and again.

What do  I do if I am feeling a bit down….well I could browse my thoughts and smiles board full of inspiring quotes and images or even better sit and gaze at all the lovely images I have of beautiful men I….admire (ahem!)

I have heard that it is still being trialled and that may be why you have to request an invite to join but its definately worth it – if only for the trees you are saving by having all your inspiration boards online! Try it out for yourself but I warn you, it is addictive!

Enjoy x

Sparkly new logo

Just recieved my new logo from Becky (of Becky Lord Branding and Design) – so excited I couldn’t wait to show you all.  All sparkly and magical I really do feel as though Christmas has come early and I cannot wait to start handing out gorgeous, crisp and shiny new business cards soon!

Eeek – what a fantastic year 2012 is going to be for me and Dollies Daydream!

Dollies Daydream branding

Eeek I am so excited about the adventures of Dollies Daydream in the run up to Christmas.  As well as making some wonderful custom orders I am in the process of working with the lovely Becky Lord who is coming up with some fantastic brand ideas and designs for Dollies Daydream.

I discussed with Becky my ideas and as is always the way she has blown me away with something completely different and the wild card has won my heart.  Cannot wait to unveil the final designs to you all when they are complete. (Anyone who knows me knows how impatient I am!).

Anyone thinking of getting a brand created should definately check Becky’s work out at http://www.beckylord.co.uk/ I can’t praise her enough.

Watch this space….

Why "Dollies Daydream"?

I was having a conversation with someone the other day about where the name came from for my little sewing and crafty venture.   I had to admit that it had nothing to do with dolls at all.

I think creating a name is one of the hardest thing you can do – you want something memorable, magical and something that makes you smile when you say it.  When I thought of it though one thought came back to me again and again….Dolly Daydream.

It wasn’t so much of a thought but a collection of memories of one person, my Great Aunt Dolly. Once you met Aunt Dolly, she was not someone you forgot in a hurry.  Independent, spirited and a breath of fresh air in anyones life.  I always remember the little sayings she came out with and the fantastic stories she told.  To a little girl they seemed to be full of adventure and magic though looking back now, travelling miles on a train to nearly getting caught up in the white slave trade seems anything but.

What I know and remember about my Aunt Dolly is patchy and I will always regret not finding out more about her life and adventures but what I did know made an everlasting impression.  Nicknamed Dolly Daydream by my Dad, she really was a free spirit and did whatever she pleased.  If she let the opinions of others affect her in any way she did not show it.  She was the kind of person that made you smile because you admired her and secretly wished that one day you could adopt that carefree attitude that did not judge or criticise but just let everyone shine in their own way.

Unfortunately, Dolly Daydream seemed like a popular name for ventures in the big wide world but thankfully with a bit of adapting, Dollies Daydream was born.  I hope wherever she is she knows she inspired my new venture and is helping me along in whatever way she can.

No matter what happens, I don’t think I could have found a better name.

Until next time,

Toni

Simple pleasures

I had such a lovely morning today.  After a stressful time at work this week and feeling more than tired thanks to another early morning wake up call from my mini-me I decided we were going out.

On a whim, my mother, my daughter and I ventured out into a crisp, cool morning to walk around a local resevoir.  Greeted with dog walkers in abundance we plodded along in our boots and wellies to enjoy the fresh air.

While we were there, we gazed at the autumnal colours in the trees and splashed in the puddles.  My daughter was amazed to see pink “beetroot leaves” falling from one tree as was I.  Her fearlessness and curiosity astounds me every day as she investigated her surroundings and her independence leaves me speechless when she announces that she IS going to play in the puddles for 20 minutes because it was more exciting than walking round “the resev-puddle”.

When I asked my little one what she was doing with the bent stick she was holding in the water, she announced to us that she was fishing…for a zebra, a horse, an elephant and a farmer (heaven help them).  I was struck once again by the imagination she has and felt a tinge of sadness that we seem to lose that wonder, imagination and curiosity along the way into adulthood.

I came home feeling refreshed and thoughtful as I realised what a joy it was to see the world through a childs eyes because to do so I saw the world as the wonderous place it is. 🙂

The road less travelled…

Well here it is.  Now I have handed this over to the lovely woman who commissioned it I can share photos of my labour of love.

When I was first asked to create a fascinator my first reaction was to jump at the opportunity.  Working with a festive colour palette and a ‘firework’ theme ideas were jumping around my head.  

After I’d had chance to think however, in the cold light of day I was walking round like a crazy person saying “What have I done?”.  Here I was on the beginning of my crafting journey, I had just unleashed Dollies Daydream on the unsuspecting public and here I was agreeing to undertake something brand new – a world away from my brooches and hair accessories!

After hours of drawing, researching and playing around with different ideas, the fascinator slowly came to life.  Aiming for catherine wheel meets floral bouquet I finally found something I loved.  I don’t think I have ever created something I became so attached to.

Today I handed over my creation and I realised that this is why I do what I do.  I have made a little peice of my imagination into reality.  Its a wonderful feeling.  I could have played it safe and declined the request to do something that was so far out of my comfort zone but I am so glad I didn’t.  Now I am looking for my next project to challenge me….any ideas??

Happy crafting 🙂