A Little Stranger

I was looking through all the pictures on facebook to make a ‘year in pictures’ post and realised i never posted any of my birthday! These are from a couple of months ago, but better late than never! For my birthday this year i wanted to have a High School Musical-esque prom!  So a bunch of us got dressed up round mine, then met up with everyone else and went clubbing.

We set up a photo area with a tripod to get some ‘nice’ pictures of all our outfits before we went out, it was really fun! There are zillions of them, so here are just a select few i’ve put up on my flickr…


Heres some pictures of my pink teddy girl in her new home, all the way in Australia with my friend Linda! These are Lindas pictures, her flickr is here. Its really nice to see that she is going to be well loved in her new home, and it gives you an idea of the size of my plushes which i think often look smaller than they really are in photos. I am working on a new bear over the holidays and will post some pictures soon! :)

Linda & her pink teddy-girl


Some of the presents i gave this year were these little bunny brooches. They have little handpainted resin faces, a soft plush back and a big brooch pin on the back for fixing to a coat/hat/bag/scarf. The red one was the test one i made first and he’s on my white fluffy scarf now to make it extra christmassy (it matches my santa hat ha ha!)

Click here to see pictures of a few more i made for my friends. I wanted to get some feedback from other people before i thought about putting them in the shop. They have been well liked so far so i will put some up for sale in the new year. :D

Bunny brooches!


Happy holidays, i hopeyou’ve been good and santa brings you everything you asked for. The guinea pigs say “weep weeep weeeeep!”

Merry Christmas!

Phew! Finished work for the Christmas holidays now, i have two lovely weeks off! I have some gifts to wrap and then i’m all ready for Christmas. I have a couple of projects i want to work on while i have some free time, i’m most excited about this Sackboy pattern i’m going to knit. I bought the magazine and wool a couple of weeks ago and i’ve had to hide them under my bed so i wouldnt be tempted to start it and neglect finishing off christmas presents ha ha!

To help spread a bit of festive cheer here is my Snow Bear painting transformed into a desktop for your computer or iPhone.

Click here to see: Fullscreen / Widscreen / iPhone


So things have been a little slow on the blog front lately because most of the crafting i’ve been doing lately has been making christmas presents so i cant post them and spoil any surprises!! But here is a quick picture of some new things that i may add to the shop soon. These are rough ones, ill get some pictures of finished ones tomorrow – but what are they?! :D

New items coming to the shop soon

Holly xox

Accidental new hair – one of my best buddies is a hairdresser at a posh salon. Last week she dyed my hair the most beautiful pale turquoise colour (just like a my little pony! eee!) but when i washed it most of the colour came out (i think because my hair is bleached so pale theres nothing for the colour to hold on to?)

So, last night i re-dyed it but it came out this super bright turquoise colour by accident. i love it!! At some point i will get a picture when im not in my pjs about to go to work! :D

And now... to work!

Holly xox

This is my new desk i made for my sewing machine to go on, i made it from a sheet of thick MDF and some cheap ikea table legs and painted it glittery white to match my bed :D

Would you believe it these pictures were taken right at the brightest, lightest part of the day?! The light in my flat is so terrible, i need to at least get a lamp of some kind so i can take nice pictures of things i make.

New Desk


It occured to me when making my dads birthday card that i can only paint cute stuff, or cute stuff thats been zombie-fied! ha! :D

My dads favourite colour is blue, so i painted him a very-blue bear!

Dads birthday cardHolly xox

I have just added 3 new prints to my shop; Purple Creature, Ladybird and Insides Out, limited to 30 pieces each.

They are fine giclee prints and come in a mount ready to frame or i can have them framed for you at an extra cost. :D

3 New Prints in my shop!


A new print is avaliable now in my shop called Snow Bear. I have one that is framed and ready to hang in a vintage frame here . Or it avaliable as a ready to frame print in mount here .

This has been one of my favourite pictures to paint, i hope you like it too!

Snow Bear framed printHolly xox

Look what arrived in the post last week! This is Mela , who was a trade with my new friend Paul who runs Stitches and Glue. She is gorgeous, super soft, well made and came so thoughtfully packaged. Everyone should run over there and buy one right now!!

I love her funny little face :D

See the monster i sent paul here

monster party!

Purple and orange super fluffy yeti monster

“This friendly yeti is a one-off art toy. She’s around 12″ tall (not including her ears) Her face is an original sculpt by Holly Stanway (thats me in the last picture, to give you an idea of the size!) which I then handcast in resin, painted and sealed with 3 layers of matte lacquer and 5 layers of gloss on her eyes and lips. She has weighted feet so she can stand unassisted and individually weighted claws that move and dangle nicely when you pick her up. Her footpads are made of super soft orange velvet.” Edit: sorry, she is now sold


Now for sale in my etsy shop: Edit: Sorry she has now sold

“This little bear is a one-off art toy. She’s around 12″ tall (not including her ears) Her face is an original sculpt by Holly Stanway (thats me in the last picture, to give you an idea of the size!) which I then handcast in resin, painted and sealed with 3 layers of matte lacquer and 5 layers of gloss on her eyes and lips.

She has weighted feet and a weighted bottom and free moving teddy bear joints in her shoulders and hips so she can sit and stand unassisted. Her head is sewn on but still has enough movement to allow you to pose her easily. ”

Pink traditional jointed teddy bear by A Little Stranger


Here is our new guinea pig, Lizardman. She has to wait a little while before i introduce her to the other two (pictures after the jump) Isn’t she just so cute?! She is 9 weeks old and i really hope her fur stays this curly, i have never felt such a soft fluffy piggy!
I have a new camera now but unfortunately it dosent make the terrible lighting in my flat any better :P I have been trying to take nice pictures of my two new plushes, this pink bear and another yeti. I will have another go later on.


I was so touched to find this awesome drawing waiting for me on my desk at work, my friends little girl drew it! Here it is proudly displayed on my fridge!!

I custom made two plushes for her birthday present earlier in the year, her dad got her to draw creatures that would keep the monsters away and i made them into toys, you can see them after the jump

Darcys drawing


Last week i sent off this grey skull yeti to go and live with the super talented Paul who runs stitches and glue. This is Pauls picture of him with his own monster Ohdo at his new house.

I am so excited about receiving one of his monsters, as soon as i saw them i know one would fit right in at castle Holly.

My camera died at the weekend so I’m off to hopefully get it fixed tomorrow. I’m working on some new plushes and i want to post pictures later this week!

ohdo and skully

Holly xox

I cant believe it but the Pentapus sold already yey! I also got an email today telling me she was one of the 3 ‘best in show’, and i bet i fooled you with her prize ribbon! photoshop skillz, i has them.

Have a look at the best in show here


Holly xox

Pentapus up for sale
Now the Halloween show is over she is up for sale on the gallery's website


Up for grabs are lots of other wicked customs toys from the show, its well worth a look!


Here the pictures from my little Pentapus’s trip to New York for a Halloween custom toy show, i wish i could have been there for reals! These pics are from their site.  www.apwarts.com

I didnt know what to expect when i sent her off but with hindsight i wish i’ve made her in brighter colours, her orange eyes stand out when she is the only thing you’re looking at but i think shes a bit blend in against all the other cute toys.

APW Halloween custom toy show (more…)

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