Sneaky peeky bits

After I'd posted about the doorstop that I'd made for my daughter a couple of weeks ago, Catherine of Molly Cup Cakes contacted me to ask if I would be happy to make one for her little girls' bedroom. So here are some sneaky peaky bits of the finished version. It's very similar to the one that I made for Zebra-girl...but Catherine asked if I could put a bird at the top of the tree (a cat sits down below!). I love that idea and wish that I'd thought of it myself!

And who might these two little girls be? They had to be on here, because what's the point of having something custom-made if it doesn't feature the lovely little recipients in its pictures! Their names are embroidered beneath them.

And it also includes some of my favourite bits from the original doorstop, like this house.

I was hugely flattered that someone likes something I've made enough to want one for their own home and it is a confidence boost that has come just at the right time, as Ian is currently busy working on making a little online shop for me, so that I might start to - hopefully (that's why the confidence boost was so lovely!) - sell some of the things that I make. In the last couple of weeks I've also had a few unexpected orders from friends-of-friends and friends-of-family, which is really nice, and makes me think that I should put any issues I might have about timing to one side, as things normally have a habit of happening at the right time if they're meant to.

I've now heard that the doorstop has arrived safely and that the little recipients are most pleased with it (thank goodness!). Oh, and if you haven't already visited, then the Molly Cup Cakes shop is definitely worth having a peek into for all its polka-dot hand-painted goodness and lovely Easter goodies.


  1. Oh thank you for the lovely comments and free promo. I've just finshed putting all about the door stop on my post lol
    Great minds think alike.
    Look forward to seeing the website, good luck with it. If you need any promotion done I am always happy to take flyers or leafets to craft fairs.
    Have a lovely day.

    Catherine x

  2. I think your shop would be just lovely and I can't wait to see it. I'd be more than happy to give you any shop tips if you think I can help :)

  3. Very sweet Florence. Good luck with the shop - go for it!

  4. Hi Florence, I'm not at all surprised that you have been commissioned to make another door stop - they are beautiful. I think the timing will be just right for you, once your online shop is up and running, you will be so busy that you won't even notice that Dinosaur boy has been out at school all day! - I, for one, will definitely be paying your shop a visit - Natalie x

  5. The doorstop is so precious and what an honor to be asked to make something like this. You do wonderful work and special requests are certainly a validation of your skills.

  6. I love all the personal touches you snuck into this doorstop. It really makes it wonderful.
    Good luck with your new store!

  7. Oh I saw your doorstop over at Catherine's blog and it is just the cutest!!!!
    Love Alison x

  8. it's lovely ! a shop would be great, your things are delightful!!

  9. lordy lady - that's some work you've put into that doorstop! It's lovely, and you are a queen of applique :)

  10. Wow! You are wonderfully talented! I just stumbled upon your blog and I quickly bookmarked it! Looks like you have all kinds of creativity flowing around here! Good luck with your shop, I'm sure it will be a great success!


  11. Thats lovely to be asked to recreate some of your work, what a lovely confidence boost it must have been, good luck with the shop, im sure you will do well.

  12. Super, super sweet Florence. I can't wait to see what's in your shop!

  13. Getting a commission is fab! From the sneak peek it look great! Good luck with the online shop, I'm sure you will be successful! Happy Easter

  14. And so it begins - any shop of yours would be lovely :-) Best of luck! I have a question - how do you machine applique so meticulously? That's neat work - any pointers?

  15. I think a shop would be an excellent idea - get creating!!!

  16. Oh! Hurray!! I am so looking forward to peeking into your shop and as I have always admired the things that you have made I will join the queue.

  17. Hi Florence,

    Good luck with the shop, I know it will do well because your work is so special. You may have to get a bigger work space :-)

    Love Hazel

  18. just stopping by to say hello:0)
    I am not half surprised that someone asked you to make your adorable doorstop.Are you kidding?put 'em in a store and they'd be lining up!!!
    You would do just brilliant:0)

  19. Cute blog u have :)
    I'm having an online silent quilt auction on my blog, starting soon if you are intersted in quilts. HUGS.

  20. Wishing you all the best for your new shop!

  21. Yes I think you should definaetely go for a shop too. I am surprised you havent already being able to produce such a lovely well made creation. You will do really well. I can imagine you will start off well just through word of mouth and then with your website the world too!.

    well done to you x

  22. I really love the doorstop and can imagine what a confidence booster that is. I think a shop will be a fantastic idea. Your blog is so interesting, creative and funny. You are able to write in a way that lets the reader feel they know you. Take care

  23. Hi Florence, Happy Easter. I really enjoy seeing the lovely things you make with your fabrics. You are very talented and I am sure any shop you had would be a great success.

    p.s My quilter's Corner is now open.
    Donna x

  24. I really think you should go for it! I still have a hankering for one of your beautiful kimonos...


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