#blackdogandgingercat

MOST RECENT

Morning to all @justacard devotees and all of the lovely people who have followed my page for the past 4 years or the last 4 minutes.
This is me with my #justamug - I’m lydia of #blackdogandgingercat.
I’m an artist, maker, teacher, curator, gallery assistant and project manager. And I’ve been running my little needlefelt business since 2014.
The business is all about the love of wool and learning and good mental health which are promoted through my Needlefelt kits and classes.
Every sale of kits or mugs or even #justacard helps me to keep on keeping on.
So, today’s the perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all for the ongoing support and love and purchases, even the little ones.
Bless you all xxx
I also created and manage the @fifty_bees project and we’re just about to begin the open call for the third exhibition 😲😲😲😲😲
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#cards #mugs #kits #needlefelt #needlefeltkit #artist #smallbusiness #maker #craft #curator #mentalhealth

Dear lovely people who follow my page,
I’m having a 50% off sale on some #endofline products. Just a few of these #mugs left - all need homes!
#hares #Bassetthounds #dormouse #deer #dogs #barnowls —————— what else? #etsysale #etsycoupon #etsygifts #etsy #blackdogandgingercat #justacard https://etsy.me/2sUxLs2

This is happening in two days - TWO DAYS!!! Best get your skates on then, Lydia, cause #blackdogandgingercat will be there with lots of #needlefelt #kits and much more . See you there? .
#Repost @mis4etatu with @get_repost
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Made in Somerset will this year be co-hosted by those lovely people at @thewhitehartsomerton and @ACEarts_somerton both in Market Place, Somerton. So come along on Thursday 10th May for a coffee, browse & shop, with lunch from 12 noon.

Caption this picture 😅

Gosh!
I have made my 350th sale on #etsy. Very humbled and grateful for the support - so thank you everyone! .
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#handmade #blackdogandgingercat #etsyfinds #etsygifts #needlefelt #felting #gingercat https://etsy.me/2J8Zo70

I’m working on dogs again!
Thanks you those of you who have purchased Border terriers and Jack Russells over the last few weeks, im now completely out so I’m building stock up. I thought it was a good excuse to share these pictures of a commission I work on a couple of years ago - I think she’s called Lucy. She’s a collie and it took more than 12+ natural colours of both #alpaca and #sheep #fibres to create her coat. It just goes to show that it’s a complicated business working on dogs, getting them just right.
Don’t forget about the Masterclass I’m offering next month where we will be focus’s on dog anatomy- a couple of spaces left at @foreverycloud.
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#blackdogandgingercat #blackdog and #gingercat #meetthemaker
#artist #craft #creativity #ethicallysourced #fleece #felting #fibreartist #handmade #happycreative #kits #learning #needlefelt #commission #wool #felting #learning #teaching #creativity #masterclass #doganatomy

Lovely to read the blog by @are_you_flourishing about their
Mad March Flourish. Here you can read a little about how this group (large group) got together to do #needlefelt with #blackdogandgingercat #kits. There’s nothing like a whole gang of enthusiastic learners getting together for a social #Maker session.
Thanks so much for sharing, y’all!
https://areyouflourishing.blog/2018/03/11/mad-march-flourish/

LOOK WHAT CAME UP ON TIMEHOP - 2 years ago, today, @joannehawker! Blimey, how things have moved on and how dreams can come true - or better than expected! .
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This is what I said 2 years ago:
“My goals are to be planned and ready!
Or to explain further to be ready for the next 4 big events rather than arriving at them kicking and screaming and hot and sticky and panicky and not quite ready and therefore not happy with myself - does that make sense??? In April I'll be at #wonderwoolwales....
Then I'm at #CountryfileLive....
Then #somersetartsweek at #breandown, a #nationaltrust property and then...well, I have a plan for a body of work based on #bees tins in 2017 (if I can find any used ones?)...
My head is full of plans and goals - and time will tell! “
And time did tell, and went better than expected....
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#blackdogandgingercat #blackdog and #gingercat #meetthemaker
#artist #craft #creativity #dogsofinstagram #ethicallysourced #fleece #felting #fibreartist #handmade #happycreative #kits #learning #needlefelt #petportrait #wool

Can’t wait to start Flourishing ! Just over an hour to go #needlefelting #craftkits #blackdogandgingercat #creativity #woburnsands

Today’s March Meet the Maker is my post from two years ago because part of my annual #routine is to do #marchmeetthemaker - and today’s prompt it Routine! I know there’s a bit of a repeat here but I like the way I wrote this two years ago - it says it better!

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Day 7 of #MarchMeetTheMaker is 'How and why'..... well...
Take a seat people, this is a long one!
I've always been a #maker, I've always loved #art. At the ripe old age of thirty I finally did an art degree where I discovered, to my utter disappointment, that I was not a painter, in fact I'm not really 2D at all. I am a 3D type of person, I think in the round, my instinct is to build - from #textiles, from organic matter such as mud and/or waste materials. Scroll forward a bit further and reality of earning a living with two small children kicks in so I train to teach art and textile - which I absolutely love. But this leaves me no time to make work which is ok cause so far I've not found my forte. Move forward another decade and the workload, the poor work/life balance and artistic frustration find me with long term #depression, a real #blackdog - which I find increasingly difficult to shift and making impossible to continue full time teaching. My departure from teaching comes 1 month after I attend a #needlefelting class with #JenniferBarnett (I made a #donkey). And it was love at first stab. I often describe it as a 'coming home' because its the art form that I've been looking for all of my life. And I'd found it - aren't I lucky? Within no time at all (supported by several part time jobs) I find I've gone into business, almost by mistake - people asking me to do demos, to teach, to make #kits and #commissions etc. It's been a whirlwind - and it's not over yet, folks!! .
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#blackdogandgingercat #blackdog and #gingercat #meetthemaker
#artist #craft #creativity #dogsofinstagram #ethicallysourced #fleece #felting #fibreartist #handmade #happycreative #kits #learning #needlefelt #petportrait #wool

Special offer on my Etsy page including some items 50% off!
Wow!
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#etsy #blackdogandgingercat #etsyfinds #etsygifts #etsysale #shopsmall #choosewool #christmassale
http://etsy.me/2DmPsTA

Having a sort out!
Shop my sale: Free shipping on #earrings and #Christmas Tree danglers....danglers, love that word!! #blackdogandgingercat #etsyfinds #etsy #etsygifts #etsysale #etsycoupon #shopsmall #freeshipping http://etsy.me/2z601I8

I just reached my 150th sale on #etsy - how exciting is that?
Thank you everyone for you constant, amazing support - you made this small businesswoman very happy.
#handmade #vintage #blackdogandgingercat #etsyfinds #etsygifts http://etsy.me/2hT6cK3

I had a late afternoon run out to the post office to send off a few needlefelt kits; it gave me the perfect opportunity to take Charlie round the estate at Lytes Cary, one of his most favourite places. (Swipe left to see more pictures of him getting his treat.)
The clocks going back meant that the sun was very low, the light was beautiful and the smells were wonderful, greatly enhance by this morning’s frost.
Have you been out in the light at all today, it made me feel totally lifted?
Don’t forget, on just over 24 hours to make use of the 10% off discount on the kits website - click on the link on my main page.
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#collie #lytescary #somerset #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #sprollie #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #dogwalking #dog #dogsofinstgram #theinterconnectednessofallthings #specialoffer #discount

In the Special Offer we have a HUGE variety of kits...
#cats #dogs #birds #reindeer #bunnies #chicks #squirrels....difficult to choose really.
But that’s 10% off everything on the blackdogandgingercat website NOW until midnight TOMORROW.
Just remember to use the promo code: BIRTHDAY TREAT when prompted.
So that’s 10% off everything - great wool, brilliant instructions and the most ethical kits you can get your paws onto.
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And hurrah once more for the interconnectedness of all things! .
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#smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #recycled #reuse #refuse #theinterconnectednessofallthings #specialoffer #discount

Remember Little Fern’s Special Birthday Offer? ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
REASON TO BUY NUMBER 10: to celebrate our 4th birthday, we have 10% off everything on the blackdogandgingercat website NOW until midnight on 31st October.
Just remember to use the promo code: BIRTHDAY TREAT when prompted.
So that’s 10% off everything - great wool, brilliant instructions and the most ethical kits you can get your paws onto.
THANK YOU EVERYONE for support past, present and future - we couldn’t do this without you.
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #homebusiness #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #hare #recycled #reuse #refuse #thecircleoflife #wastenotwantnot #theinterconnectednessofallthings #specialoffer #discount

Little brown bear. My first attempt at needle felt and I'm really pleased with him! Now for some finishing touches... #25thOctober #blackdogandgingercat #littlebrownbear #needlefelt #weddingprep #homemadewedding

Squirrel.
Red or grey?
Which would you choose?
Why not both?
Over at www.blackdogandgingercat.co.uk we have a special two kit discount plus our 10% birthday special offer, too.
Use the BIRTHDAY TREAT code to get two kits of your choice for £24.30 - go on, treat yourself! .
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #squirrel #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #greysquirrel #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #xmas #recycled #reuse #refuse #theinterconnectednessofallthings #specialoffer #discount #redsquirrel #christmas

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Border Terrier or Blue Tit.
Which would you choose?
Why not both?
Over at www.blackdogandgingercat.co.uk we have a special two kit discount plus our 10% birthday special offer, too.
Use the BIRTHDAY TREAT code to get two kits of your choice for £24.30 - go on, treat yourself! .
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#birthday #smallbusiness #ethicalbusiness #somerset #supportsmallbusiness #blackdogandgingercat #needlefelt #kits #learning #choosewool #britishwool #themostethicalkitsintheworld #solopreneur #creativepreneur #womeninbusiness #etsysellersofinstagram #etsy #bluetit #biodegradable #renewable #theinterconnectednessofallthings #xmas #recycled #reuse #refuse #theinterconnectednessofallthings #specialoffer #discount #borderterrier #christmas

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