Posts tagged ‘photography’

May 1, 2013



Taking a closer look at the mossy undergrowth.

April 17, 2013



Something pretty for today.

January 29, 2013

Ivy and Graves

graves and ivy

A beautifully mysterious ivy covered workshop that joins onto the graveyard. Just oozes olde time charm.



(I would also like to state that I really don’t hang out in graveyards as much as this blog suggests. It’s just that every time I pass graveyards I seem to have a camera with me, and there just happens to be some great photo opportunities. Honestly.)

January 1, 2013

Change of Business Name

The decision to change the name of my business from “Mystic Moose” to “Ceridwen Hazelchild Design” was based on a drive to forge a closer connection between my artistic practice and my craft business. Alongside my illustrated fabric goods that I make for sale, I also create installation and sculpture artworks which deal with concepts of memory, nature and childhood. This side to my artistic practice has been somewhat abandoned whilst I have been focusing on developing my creative business, and I now want to create a closer link between both creative outlets.

But at the heart of the name change was the urge to enable valued customers to identify with the maker of the products they were purchasing. As a frequent buyer of handmade beauties, I enjoy learning about the maker or designer; knowing and sharing the maker’s name is part of this process. By renaming my business Ceridwen Hazelchild Design I aim to provide a closer link between maker, products and customers.

Although the products I make and sell now have new tags, labels and packaging with our new logo, we will continue to provide the lovely designs and high quality goods our customers have come to expect.

For more information please visit our new website: or if you have any queries please email me at

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Badges, Ceridwen Hazelchild Design

December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

 Roasted Chestnuts

The Christmas season seems to have arrived with amazing swiftness this year, and December has flown by in a blur of tinsel and gift wrap. I wanted to take this moment before I settle down to eat some roasted chestnuts by the fire, to say a huge thank you to all the friends, family, beloved customers, new followers, and fans  who have made 2012 a fantastic year all round! I whole heartedly wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year!

Pocket Mirrors, by Ceridwen Hazelchild Design

I already have a few new products and designs lined up for 2013, along with some exciting updates in the next week about changing my business name!  The New Year will bring an expansion of our online shops and I will hopefully be participating in more craft and design fairs, so watch this space!

Lavender Bags by Ceridwen Hazelchild Design

Whilst our online shop is readily available for any new orders, all orders made during the next week will be posted on 2nd January, so that the Post Office and I can have a well deserved rest for a few days!

Tote Bags by Ceridwen Hazelchild Design


November 28, 2012



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October 30, 2012



Last month the weather was surprisingly sunny for September. Whilst I was hanging the washing out to dry in the garden, I spotted this little guy. Since I was just about to head out on a bike adventure my camera was close to had, to I had time to take a few shots before he took off. Now the weather seems to have firmly decided that it is winter, and most of the things I photograph seem to be soggy leaves and overcast skies; I am most definitely looking forward to when it becomes cold and dry and delightfully crispy.

June 18, 2012

Woodland Animal Totes

It is no secret that I have a great fondness for foxes, and regular readers may remember several posts outlining or illustrating various reasons for this. Although it has been many months since I have mentioned them, do not assume that this is because I no longer think of them; it is merely because I cannot seem to find the time to make as many declarations of my love as I would like!

I have, however, been taking quite a few country walks recently, and these have given me some lovely quiet moments with a sketchbook. In true British summer style, the weather has been a little intermittent in the last few weeks, pouring with rain one moment and overflowing with warm sunshine the next, but on the dry occasions I have taken a few art essentials with me on my wanderings. There are some lovely worn footpaths which trace lines across fields of long grass and it is not uncommon to spot wild rabbits and deer in-between the occasional dog walker.

I quite often find a seat on a dry-stone wall or patch of mossy grass and fill a few pages with doodles and thoughts. The process verges on therapeutic, and these quiet moments are wonderful for planning new designs for my shop. Last week was perhaps a more obvious example of this, when I caught sight of a red fox along the edge of the wood across the field from me. Without my glasses on she looked like an orange smudge in the distance, but she slid into focus once I had retrieved them from my bag.

Perhaps she wasn’t used to humans, or perhaps she didn’t see or smell me sat upwind, or perhaps she simply did not care that I was there, but she came towards me in an unconcerned trot.

It was one of those instances when you daren’t move for fear or spoiling it, so I sat very still as she approached. She was a healthy fox, unlike the ones that has moved into my garden some years ago who had been covered in mange. She had a sleek coat, and a thick tail, although she was a little smaller than I had expected so I wondered if she were young, or if it were just because she was a vixen? I briefly wondered what she was doing out, being a nocturnal animal, but then decided it was relatively early in the morning and she may be on her way home for bed.

When she was about five meters away she caught sight of me and froze. We had one of those frozen and assessing moments, that seem to last longer when you’re involved in them than they do to those on the outside. Then she turned tail and melted into the shadows of the wood.

I had been thinking of heading back to my studio at that point, but instead I rummaged in my bag for my flask – for I sometimes bring a flask of tea with me on these occasions, never knowing if I will stay out longer. It is a lovely mustard coloured flask that came with a picnic set I got last winter in the sales, and I am very fond of it. Settling down with a cup of tea, I began another series of drawing of foxes. But once I had finished a few, I moved on to rabbits, who had been frolicking on the other side of the field during my drawing, and then an Eurasian Eagle Owl, which I had not seen, but had been on my mind a lot these days.

When the weather began to turn, I packed up my sketchbook and pencils and continued my walk home. Back at the studio, over another cuppa (raspberry and Echinacea herbal tea, this time, my favourite right now,) I coloured my drawings and scanned them in for preparation to transfer them onto tote bags for my etsy shop.

June 9, 2012

Making Pencil Cases and Websites

After many weeks with long hours in front of the computer, I am so pleased that the Mystic Moose website for my craft shop is finally up and running. It was a wonderful place to put all the lovely photographs of totes that never quite reach the etsy listing photos – usually because they are too detailed or busy for the thumbnails. It links to my etsy shop, since that is the only place I sell my things online at the moment, but I really enjoyed making and designing the site, and will sell things from it directly someday soon!

On the theme of lovely new things, I have also branched out from the cotton tote bags I sell in my shop. For the last few weeks I have been perfecting my designs for pencil cases and purses, heat pressing my illustrations onto un-dyed cotton and sewing them in my studio. I had a huge delivery of zips at the end of last week, but couldn’t start immediately because I was searching for the zipper foot for my sewing machine. Even though I used the normal foot for the trail runs, and it looked okay, I felt it was important to take extra care when making something I was planning on selling. I visited my local sewing shop hoping to by a new zipper foot, but they had sold out of that morning. Eventually I found it last night when I crawled into the attic to look in the box the sewing machine originally came in. The box now holds a collection of beloved children’s books I can’t seem to let go of, and right at the bottom of the box, nestled between The Lorax and The Cat Who Walked By Himself, was the zipper foot. It was still in its plastic zipper bag with a needle threader, and apparently had been left behind in my excitement to use my new sewing machine two years ago.

After that little adventure, the pencil-case-making road had few bumps, and it wasn’t long before I had quite a selection to choose from. Not using a pattern or instructions meant that it was an interesting learning experience, working out how to have all the seams on the inside and yet leave a space to turn it inside out. I tried various places for this visible seam, including along the zip and on the bottom of the lining, but eventually settled on the side of the lining since it is least visible, and it meant I could sew in a lovely little Mystic Moose tag. I altered designs that are currently used on my totes, such as the typewriter, and the vintage map hearts, but I have some new designs floating about in my head right now.

I am hoping to order my new business cards soon, but I’ve been waiting for the perfect photograph of my products, and this wider range of sizes should making interesting compositions more exciting!

Also, don’t forget to enter the Mystic Moose giveaway over at Lazy Explorers! You could win your favourite Mystic Moose cotton tote, and the winner will be chosen on 13th June 2012, so head over to find out how to enter!  This giveway is now closed, and the winner can be found here.

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