Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Thistles and other things

For the past couple of years I've sort of taken it easy during January and February. It hasn't been by choice, but rather my body giving in after months of holiday making/stress. Something inside shouts *I SURRENDER!* and a forced hibernation ensues.

This year I thought I'd be sneaky and planned to update my site and do a few 'easy' things that have been forever on my to-do list. No such luck. I know I haven't been posting much, but I have been kept busy. Here are a few of the bobs that I've been making...

A woodsy fairy cart.

Woodsy Fairy Cart - Nichola Battilana

Two in fact! They are a forest-y version of the Fairy Godmother Travelling Sales Wagon I made in January (there's a tute in that link if you're interested).

Woodsy and Thistle Fairy Cart - Nichola Battilana

There's loads of fun stuff jammed in there including: 

If you want some sweet sayings, fairy signage or gypsy wisdom to add to your cart, there's a downloadable PDF collage sheet available in my etsy shop HERE.

Fairy Tales and Gypsy Proverbs Collage Sheet - Nichola Battilana

And although I don't generally do commissions, I've been working on a number of several custom pieces like this paper funerary carriage...

Paper Funerary Carriage - Nichola Battilana

... and this rainbow wagon too.

Paper Rainbow Carriage - Nichola Battilana

It hasn't been all wagons, carts and wheeled things. This giant peapod hopped off my work table last week!

Paper Pea and Pod - Nichola Battilana

The long and short of it is, I'm grateful to have been so busy the past few months, but I'm looking forward wrapping up a whole bunch of loose ends and finishing touches this week so I can get back to making proper magical messes.


  1. All you do is magical. Now what are you going to put in that giant peapod.......a baby infant munchkin......a baby dragon?

  2. I get so inspired when I see your work, I'm so glad you share. Thank you, thank you!

  3. Thanks for the inspiration! I've been stumped on how to make my fairy wagon ever since I bought the box from AlphaStamps. You are such a true everything you create:)

  4. You are amazing! That paper funerary carriage is gorgeous!!!

  5. Loving them all Nichola. . . Fairy cart season it is. . . little, magical wonders. :) And we just planted actual peas here but there is no waiting when you MAKE them! I hope you will get some down time before things ramp up again. We know how hard it can be to find that space to recharge!!