Tuesday 24 December 2013

Christmas Eve

Gosh, nearly another year over (and not a lot of posts to show for it!)
Things have been pretty hectic lately, and 2014 is already looking pretty exciting, with magazine features and plans to show some work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the pipeline!

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year, and will leave you with a few images of recent seasonal work! Best wishes, Kirsty

Thursday 14 November 2013

Lovely new cards!

Hello there! Just dashing in to let you know that packs of Christmas and plain greetings cards are now available from my website!
I am gradually listing new pieces for sale over the coming weeks as well, but please check back regularly as they tend to get snapped up quite quickly! 

I will be back soon with a proper update!

Sunday 27 October 2013

New Website!

I am very excited to reveal my spanking new website! 
I would love to know your thoughts!
Huge thanks to www.studiowallop.com for doing such a great job!
Here tis - hope you like it! www.kirstyelson.co.uk

Saturday 22 June 2013

And the winners are....

The winner of the Mollie Makes book is Kelly
and well done to Catherine Etter who has won the parrot prototype!
Thanks to all who entered.
I will leave you with this fun whale I made earlier in the week!

Bye for now!

Sunday 16 June 2013

All the fun of the fair!

It seems a bit of a blur now....this is my stand at the beginning of the show

and a little snap of me selling my wares (thanks Lyndsey James Photography!)

It was such a great event: the sun shone, visitors came in their droves, and there was the usual excellent array of crafts.
The highlight of my weekend though was doing a swap with the amazing Katrin Moye. She chose a few of my houses and I eventually decided on these beauties!!

I was exhausted by the end of the 3 days (thanks to all of you fellow bloggers who came and said hi, it was so wonderful meeting you!), but after a few days of taking it easy, I was back in my shed, doing what I love best!

This piece, named "Harbour Street", is my new favourite. The base is a great bit of curved hardwood - once part of a boat - with the original nails still intact....perfect for tethering a few boats to!

Finally, I just want to say thanks for such a great response to my last post! There is still time to enter the giveaway - you have until the evening of Saturday 22nd. Good luck!

Monday 10 June 2013

Mollie Makes Feathered Friends Giveaway!

 It seems like ages since I created anything with fabric, but I was delighted when Mollie Makes approached me to make something new for a future book, to be entitled "Feathered Friends".
 And nearly 12 months later, here it is!!

 Very exciting!

It contains over 20 projects with clear step-by-step instructions.....

....featuring crochet, sewing, knitting and more!

And here is my little contribution!
The book is published by Collins & Brown and is available here, but I have a copy to give away!!
And I am going to offer a separate prize - the prototype I made!

Who's a pretty boy then?!

To be in with a chance of winning either the book or the finished parrot, all you have to do is leave a comment underneath. I will announce the winners on Saturday 22nd June. Good luck everyone!

Tuesday 4 June 2013


I shall be packing up the van tomorrow and heading off for the event of the year, The Contemporary Craft Festival! This year should be extra special as they are celebrating their 10 year anniversary. Hope some of you can make it - if so, come and say hello! (I'm very friendly!) 

Hope some of you can make it - if so, come and say hello! (I'm very friendly!) 

Sunday 14 April 2013

A big round-up!

 Gah, I had such good intentions of keeping this blog up to date, but I have failed miserably!!
This post will mainly be lots of images with brief descriptions, so congratulations to anyone who makes it all the way to the end!!
Firstly I need to say a MASSIVE Thank You to all of you who donated to my Comic Relief raffle (see last post). 

This was the total on Red Nose Day - and there are still donations trickling in. A fab result - thank you, and congratulations to Annette Knight who won the driftwood cottages.

A couple of commissions from recent months: the one above was a dream come true for me as the customer wanted a large piece (this one was approx 80cm wide) but incorporating all the items I love to make: cottages, a caravan, bike, lamp posts and bunting! I have had several requests for similar since - its fun to work on a larger scale!

This customer wanted a pub and washing line!

And this one an old-fashioned telephone box.

This one was for a florist who wanted something springlike for her wall! Click on the picture for a better look...

Another commission: Gone Fishing.

I have 2 exhibitions on the horizon (my excuse for neglecting my blog!)
The first is at Baxters Gallery in Dartmouth, which runs for 3 weeeks, starting on May 24th. The exhibition is called "Smile", so hopefully it will make you do exactly what it says on the tin!

This piece is based on the iconic "Boatfloat" in the town.

 This jolly sailing boat on the waves will be heading there too.

 I will also have a few pieces at the "Worn Away" exhibition at Unit Twelve (May 30 - Aug 31st), including this one, entitled "Pier At Night".

I love the barnacles on this piece!

I am also frantically making for the event of the year, The Contemporary Craft Fair, which celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year!

This piece, called "Esplanade" is probably the longest one yet - and was tricky to photograph, so click on the photo for a better view!

This one I made recently, using this gorgeous piece of oak, which must have been part of a boat. The original copper nails go all the way through to the base, and I had no chance of getting them out, so I decided to incorporate them into the design and create some trees!

Another peaceful fishing scene...

A lighthouse made from an old armchair leg and metal drawer handle for the roof...

 ..and this pretty little number - more akin to the Scottish Highlands than native Cornwall -  was inspired by the bottom piece of driftwood, complete with gorgeous heather coloured paint.

I have also made a few smaller, quirky one-offs...

This whale....


...and plane made from an old fishing float and metal strips.

Nearly finished!!

I just have to tell you about an amazing workshop I took part in at Cowslip Workshops last weekend! It was run by Edwina Bridgeman who is one of my most favourite artists. She creates amazing art from found objects and junk, and I found her to be really inspirational. You can see her website here, but I recommend you look her up in Google images as there is a whole range of her fantastic work there.
This was my attempt - I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out!

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Well done! You made it to the end of my epic post!! 
I thought I would leave you with this sweet picture of my partner and youngest son, who are collecting plastic from our local beach. There is something very exciting in the pipeline re this, but that is another story!
Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings, hopefully I will be back again before too long! xxx