Shop Update!

Tilly, originally uploaded by gilfling.

Well it has been forever and an age since I updated my etsy shop but I have just added 3 characters to my listings. Although they are not ‘new’ as in just made they are very special and unique! You can see their stories and details here , here and here and my etsy shop here.

Now I am off to sew more character dolls as I have a long list of things to make!

PS – I am soon to be exhibiting at the British Craft Trade Fair (which I am so excited about and ever so nervous!) – but whilst making my detailed list of things to do I thought it might be quite an interesting thing to blog about – the trials and tribulations of preparing for my very first trade fair – what do you think?

Need….to read…..more…

Oh dear. I was such an avid reader as a child. So much so that my parents had trouble getting me to leave my bedroom for meals. But I can see that times have changed as proved by my pitiful statistics in regards to the books I have read on the Modern Libraries Best 100 Novels List – only 2/100 for the boards list and 10/100.

I better get reading!


Aspen, originally uploaded by gilfling.


Within the expansive woodlands, which surround Aspen’s little crumbling cottage, lie signs of a previously undiscovered history. Moss covered stones mark an almost hidden boundary between the overgrown garden and a circle of tree stumps with roots, which undulate over and underground as if to form a circle of knots. What may have been there before, no one knows but Aspen sometimes glances outside to see tiny gently dancing circles of light breaking through the twilight mist and imagines that she hears the chattering of a fairy gathering.

Character sculpture currently residing in The Collection, Lincolnshire


Isadora, originally uploaded by gilfling.


Although the windswept moors that encircle the home of Isadora are at first sight bleak and desolate, these are expanses of breathtaking beauty. Huge tempestuous skies, undulating layers of crags and heather in shades of grey-green and mauve all appear to have a melancholy air having endured the austerity of winter. However, as the almost hidden first signs of spring begin to appear, the landscape is ever changing as time goes on.

Available at The Collection in Lincoln

New characters

New characters, originally uploaded by gilfling.

Hello there! Well it seems it may take me a little while to get this new blog all updated with links and sidebar info etc but rather than waiting for that to happen I will just get on with posting in the meantime – so please bear with me!

I have been busy creating a few new characters which were sent off to their new destination and temporary home at The Collection in Lincoln. The Collection is a wonderful museum dedicated to telling the history of Lincolnshire from as early as the stone age and has excellent exhibits – well worth a visit!

My work is part of a temporary display in the show cabinets and as well as the above characters I also have 3 wee dwellings there. It really is wonderful to have the opportunity to have my work shown in a different context in addition to the other exhibitions and galleries where my work can be seen.

I really do have some very exciting opportunities coming up and I will be hard at work creating new pieces – so watch this space!

PS. I will show the characters individually with their stories over the next couple of days.

A brand new blog!

Hello there! Well after intermittent and ongoing blog problems I have decided to try setting up a new blog – so welcome! You never know, it may be the fresh start that will encourage me to post more regularly – no promises, though I will give it a try!

So this is just a wee test to make sure I can work the thing and hopefully I will be able to find out how to import my old blog posts here too (although… again… no promises!)

Back soon!