Friday, May 22, 2015


I am so excited to be able to tell you that I have an article featured in the Summer issue of Sew Somerset magazine which will be available from 1st June. This is a lovely magazine published by the Stampington group in America but I do know that it is available from Rainbow Silks here in the UK and you can order one issue at a time from them.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Competition winner


So the winner of my Happy Memories Giveaway Competition is ...
Angie King
Above is the photograph of Angie's happy place. (sorry it's a bit small - it just pixelates when I enlarge it).

Work started over the weekend... First I did a sketch so that I could see what elements I was dealing with. Although it looks a fairly simple composition there were a lot of different pieces required ...


Then I looked through my collection of papers thinking of the various elements such as the tiled path, the front door, the bricks, etc.



Then it is a case of cutting the shapes and putting in place ...


The piece is finished ... I just have to mount it but I would like Angie to see it first so I will post further pictures once I know she has received it.



On other news I am sad to say that we lost our gorgeous dog Lulu the Saturday before last.  She had a very short but serious illness but unfortunately she did not respond to treatment.  She was 11 years old and is sorely missed by us all, including Dappy our chocolate Labrador.  However, we have lots of happy memories of her  and I know she had a good life. 

xxx




Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy Memories Giveaway - Update


I realise I have made a mistake by making the deadline for the Happy Memories Giveaway so far away.  Therefore I will announce the winner on 1st May! That still gives you a couple of weeks to enter. I've loved seeing the photographs of your Happy Places. The picture above is one of mine - St Ives!
So if you would like to win one of my handmade mixed media collages of your Happy Place - just email me a photograph and I will pick one at random and capture that memory ready for your to frame and hang on your wall! (For full details please see previous post below)
Good Luck!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy Memories Giveaway!

I have been thinking about the blog post I created yesterday (see below) and I thought that it was high time I did a giveaway!


Perhaps you have a photograph of a Happy Memory that you would like to be reminded of? If so, why not email me the picture at mail@corinnephillips.co.uk and I will pick one at random to translate into a paper and stitched collage. The finished piece will be stitched on handmade watercolour paper with a beautiful deckled edge. It will measure 20 cm square and will be mounted on ivory mountboard ready for you to frame. These retail for £95 but one lucky person will get one completely free! Photographs should be of landscapes or townscapes - portraits aren't my thing!

Closing date for entries: Friday 22nd May 2015. The winner will be announced on facebook and via my mailing list on Tuesday 26th May 2015.  By entering the competition you give me permission to use the winning photograph on facebook. #giveaway #competition

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Memories!


I thought I would share this picture with you today.  It was inspired by a photograph on a jeweller friend's blog where she spoke about a last minute trip to Lyme Regis.


The image really inspired me and I thought it would be a good opportunity to try out a smaller format for my collages. This one is 20cm square. I spent a lovely Easter Sunday cutting, pasting and sewing. It was very therapeutic. To see the original blog/photo click on the following link.   http://cbezzant.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/escape-to-country.html

I remember visiting Lyme Regis myself quite a few years ago (probably mid 1980's!) and standing on The Cobb feeling very French Lieutenant's Woman! 
And this image taken by Richard Austin is one of my absolute favourites. Apparently he didn't see the white horse until people pointed it out on facebook - so I'm presuming this hasn't been photoshopped. For more of Richard's photos visit his website here:  

If you have a photograph that you would like me to interpret in paper collage and stitch please do drop me a line at mail@corinnephillips.co.uk  and I will do my best to oblige.  No portraits though please, I work best with landscapes/townscapes!

Hope you have a good rest of the week!
Love, Corinne x




Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring has Sprung!


I can't believe it's been so long since I've written.  And I can't believe how many times I've started an entry along the same lines. How hopeless am I?! Don't answer that.

Anyway I'm here now ... so I thought I would share pictures of two commissions I have just done for a lovely lady, Sue and her husband Paul.  I love adding the little personal details ... like the 'S' and 'P' on the ice-cream van hubcaps. 


She also loved books and cakes so I added a book shop (my first one) and a cake shop. Her husband's father used to work for the  Police so I've put a Police Station in this one. I was quite nervous when I took them to her but they were both really thrilled ... which was lovely.

At the moment I have my son, Dan and his girlfriend Kristin, living with me temporarily whilst they save up for a rental deposit.  He has just moved back to the area and has a job which is not far from me so it made sense (which I keep telling myself every time I have to tidy up after them!!) They are in the conservatory at the moment, which is where I do my work, but we are getting Ruby's old room sorted out so that they can be in there and that means I will have my studio space back.  It's nice having them here and today Kristen and I are going to go a beautiful walk on the Malverns with the dogs which will be lovely although they are looking rather comfortable at the moment ... They are probably thinking "Come on Mum ... stop typing and let's go!"



Following on from all the great feedback I got from my Fairy Godmother Boxes I am planning to reprieve them which is exciting. I loved making these and it will be nice to re-visit them and see what happens. I have put some of the photos of them on my website and will post updates on my facebook page.

So I will try and update this blog more regularly in future (I know, I've said that before too!) but it's been good to chat.  See you over on facebook! 
www.facebook.com/CorinnePhillips.FairytaleMaker
C x

Friday, June 13, 2014

Don't Panic Mr Mainwearing!!

 
Showing my age a bit with this post title! May be lost on some of you! A week today Ruby and I visited the Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracy. It was a baking hot day and I thoroughly enjoyed myself - although we didn't stay as long as I would have liked because Ruby was feeling a little poorly towards the end. May be it was having to steer me away from all the lovely goodies I wanted to buy!
 
I managed to have a chat with Kirsty Elson from Kirsty Elson Designs and Poppy Treffry from ... well err ... Poppy Treffry who were both fabulous. And I also met in person Kate from The Angel Bill Trading Company - who I've got to know via Facebook but not in person. And it was good to catch up with Anya Keeley at her fantastical stand and Julia Jowett with her lovely wire ladies which I just adore.
 
So, whilst it was a brilliant day, it has also made exhibiting at the Cornwall Design Fair much more of a reality and I'm getting pretty nervous about it.  I had a bit of a meltdown about how I was going to dress my stand on my (non-existant) budget, but I've sort of recovered from that and I have a few ideas that I hope will work. And I'm making some smaller pieces (see above) that hopefully will sell OK. It's so difficult knowing how much to take but I suppose you take more than you think because it's better to bring it back that run out whilst you're there! (If only ...)
 
Wishing you a fab weekend in the sunshine
xx