Saturday, 11 February 2017

Closing Down Sale: Last Chance to Buy!

This is it guys…Poppit's Cupboard is having a Closing Down Sale. While stocks last, over the next 4 weeks, Poppit's Story Stone Kits will be 50% off. Poppit's original Story Stones stickers are also 50% off and you can grab yourself a Poppit's DIY Story Stone Kit, including full sticker set, 80 plain stones and two drawstring bags and tags for a bargain £13.00

Head over to my Etsy Shop while stocks last!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Almost time to say goodbye...

Six years ago, whilst training as a play therapist, I played around with what was then, the fairly new idea of story stones. I made a little set of stones to aid my work with children and blogged about it. I had no idea that those little stone folk would take me on an adventure that saw me set up my own small business and develop a product which has made it to 27 countries across the world. My Story Stones have travelled to Canada, 34 US states, Europe, Israel, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand…

I have been blown away by the love my story stones have received across the globe and I have been proud of the distance the product has travelled (both literally and figuratively) and what the project has championed.

Poppit's Story Stones have been an important part of my family's life and my ability to run a small business has ebbed and flowed with the changing needs of my own family. We now enter a new chapter in our lives, one with new challenges and commitments and one that requires the cupboard door to close for a while.

In the coming weeks, there will be a closing down sale in my Etsy Shop and a final opportunity to purchase original designs and Story Stone Kits from Poppit's Cupboard. Once they're gone, they're gone.

Stay tuned for final details…coming soon

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

DIY Story Stones

Our 22 month old daughter has recently discovered the pure joy of Story Stones. We have had hours of (supervised) play; matching, sorting, telling the cutest short stories and lots and lots of holding as many stones in her hands she can! Her favourite stones are dog, cat, moon, mummy and rocket. We recently had a two sentence story about a cat and a monster going in a rocket! What I've noticed about using the Story Stones with such a young child (previously, in my work, the stones have been used aged 5+) is how good they are for developing vocabulary and for categorising games. We've having lots of fun together!

We are very excited about Christmas this year, as our little one is starting to understand the magic of Christmas. We have invested in a special advent calendar that we can adapt each year. This year, we have a Christmas activity written on a little scroll and placed in each drawer, and (because she loves them so much) I spent an evening making Story Stones for our daughter to also add to each drawer. 

Christmas activities include everything from:

  • making Christmas cards
  • making Christmas biscuits
  • wearing her Christmas jumper to nursery
  • family Christmas sing-a-long
  • watching a Christmas movie
  • An act of kindness
  • Family theatre trip
  • Seeing Father Christmas etc
For her Story Stones, I went retro and made them in the way I made them many years ago when I first started developing my own Story Stones. I thought you might appreciate a little show and tell of the materials I use to make my own story stones right here at home. 

You'll need:
  • stones (I always opt for a polished white stone - normally glass or porcelain - because they are so wonderfully smooth and tactile)
  • rubber stamps (all shown in the image are by StampinUp!)
  • Ink (I use Stazon so the ink doesn't bleed)
  • Colouring Pens (my favourites are Promarkers and Copics)
  • Varnish (and here's my trade secret…Glossy Accents make a brilliant finish)
  • Scissors
  • White Card
Simply stamp the images you want onto plain white card, colour, cut and stick on to the stones using a dab of Glossy Accents. Cover the image in a light layer of Glossy Accents and leave to dry for a good 12-24 hours. Ta-da! Your very own set of Story Stones!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Bringing History to Life

I've been working on a seriously cool project in collaboration with Swaffham Museum who opened their new exhibition this weekend celebrating 800 years of Swaffham Market. I was commissioned to create a story board of the local folktale of the Pedlar of Swaffham and a set of Story Stones for sale in the museum shop and for use in their educational workshops with children. The project was really interesting to work on, as I was able to brush up on English Folklore and work in completely new ways. 

The exhibition was opened on the 4th July by British Actor, Comedian and Writer Stephen Fry who I was super excited to see had played with my illustrations:

(Photos and video by M Gattuso)

I was so pleased with how the Pedlar Story Stones came together and love the fact that my Story Stones can now be used to bring history to life in a fun and engaging way for children (and adults!)

If you are interesting in commissioning a unique set of Poppit's Cupboard Story Stones, I'd love to hear from you

Monday, 15 June 2015

An update from the cupboard

2015 has seen another shift for me as I returned to work, on a part-time basis, in March. It has meant juggling balls again but our little family has adjusted well and I am enjoying the return to my much-loved charity work. 

Poppit's Story Stones continue to sell, to my amazement, with little (if any) marketing efforts on my behalf. My little Story Stones prove themselves to be loved worldwide, much to my delight and gratitude. I love to hear from customers about how my Story Stones are used in their contact with children. 

My own little girl has become very attached to the set of Story Stones we have here at home. 
      We dug out my very first set of handmade story stones a few weeks ago and have lots of fun singing nursery rhymes. Here we are with Incy Wincy Spider:

Although story stones aren't recommended for children under 3, I have found that my 16 month old daughter LOVES to play with the beautiful smooth stones and is delighted when she finds the dog, cat, bird or spider stones! With adult supervision, these story stones are now a valued part of our play materials. I feel a rhyme time set of stones coming up soon!

The cupboard has seen a lot of drawing activity in the last few months. I've worked on a small commission for Swaffham Museum, have been illustrating my pledge to quit sugar for charity Kairos WWT and was thrilled to finally get my hands on a copy of A World of Artist Journal Pages (by Dawn Sokol) some of my pages appeared:
The Pedlar of Swaffham Story (© Lucia Leon 2015)

Quit for Kairos

A World of Artist Journal Pages