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The Hen Takes Flight!

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laughter broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

If the author of the enchanting tale of Peter Pan is to be believed then Sir James Matthew Barrie will no doubt be reassured to discover that there is at least one faery who can be found skipping about within the stone walls surrounding the ancient City of York – although at first glance, she may be mistaken for just another conventional human – appearances can be deceptive!

For those of you who have known me since childhood, it will be of little surprise to discover that the return to my hometown of York has reawakened those mystical qualities of my character and with the opportunity to acquaint myself with the inhabitants who reside at the bottom of my new garden – my fascination for all things fey has taken flight as it were.

And now with my wings firmly in place as the Crooked Hen, I’m engrossed in my own little world either in my crowded shed at the bottom of the garden or else nestled inside my garden studio with a cup of tea to hand.

And it is from within the cosy confines of my shed and studio that I am working on the design of one of two rather unique 12th scale models stuffed with those fantastical and whimsical items I hope will add a perfect finishing touch to the shopping experience for those ‘Small’ folk from the All Hallows Hamlet.

You may never know but I may even weave a tale or three for you?

Just Give Me THE Money!

On offer and measuring just 2.5cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Fergie’s Financial Incompetence’

From the shelves of the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive (and a somewhat sinister!) remedy freshly brewed from the ancient recipe book belonging to one Claire Eno.

But WHO is Fergie and what have they done to inspire such a potion I wonder?

With a pinch of shredded money suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with old paper tied with silver wire – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Fergie’s Financial Incompetence’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’.

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

A Leprechaun’s Elixr

On offer and measuring just 2.5 cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Shamrock Elixr’

From the shelves of ‘Seamus Quinn’s Notions & Potions Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive remedy personally created by that wise little elf AND is guaranteed to lace life with a little of that Leprechaun magick!

With a pinch of ‘Crushed Cloves’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with decorated paper tied with raffia – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Shamrock Elixr’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card from Seamus Quinn.

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

The Aches and Pains of Mad Mick!

On offer and measuring just under 2cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Mad Mick’s Aches & Pains’

From the shelves of the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive (and a somewhat sinister!) remedy freshly brewed from the ancient recipe book belonging to one Claire Eno.

But WHO is Mad Mick and what has he done to inspire such a potion I wonder?

With a pinch of ‘Comfrey’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with old paper tied with jute – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Mad Mick’s Aches & Pains’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’.

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

Procrastinate? Why You Lazy….

On offer and measuring just 2.5 cm in The OtherWorldly Emporium is a miniature glass vial of ‘Lazy Trout’s Procrastination’

From the shelves of the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive (and a somewhat sinister!) remedy freshly brewed from the ancient recipe book belonging to one Claire Eno.

But WHO is the Lazy Trout and what have they done to inspire such a potion I wonder?

With a pinch of ‘Thyme’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with cloth paper tied with silver wire – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Lazy Trout’s Procrastination’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’.

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

Clover ME Happy!


On offer from The OtherWorldly Emporium and measuring just under 2cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Living in Clover’

From the shelves of ‘Seamus Quinn’s Notions & Potions Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive remedy personally created by that wise little elf AND is guaranteed to lace life with a little of that Leprechaun magick!

With a pinch of ‘Heather’ added to a little shredded paper money suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with cloth paper tied with silver wire – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Living in Clover’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card from Seamus Quinn.

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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Creating Magick in Miniature’

A Black Cat? Scratch That!

On offer and measuring just under 2cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Black Cat Scratch Fever’

From the shelves of the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive (and a somewhat sinister!) remedy freshly brewed from the ancient recipe book belonging to one Claire Eno.

But WHO is the black cat and what have they done to inspire such a potion I wonder?

With a pinch of ‘Cat’s Claw’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with old paper tied with jute – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Black Cat Scratch Fever’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’.

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

Indigestion? Oh Lordy!

On offer and measuring just 2.5cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘His Lordship’s Indigestion’

From the shelves of the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive (and a somewhat sinister!) remedy freshly brewed from the ancient recipe book belonging to one Claire Eno.

But WHO is His Lordship and what has he done to inspire such a potion I wonder?

With a pinch of ‘Dried Chilli Flakes’ with ‘Red Berry’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with tissue paper tied with raffia – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘His Lordship’s Indigestion’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’.

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

Holy. Holy. Holy Oil.

On offer and measuring just under 2 cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Holy Oil’

From the shelves of the ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Slayer Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive remedy created by the Monsignor himself AND guaranteed to see off the most determined of Vampyres!

With a pinch of ‘Herb’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with paper tied with old wire – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Holy Oil’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Slayer Emporium’

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

Garlic? What Do YOU Know?

On offer and measuring just under 2 cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Garlic Powder’

From the shelves of the ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Slayer Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive remedy created by the Monsignor himself AND guaranteed to see off the most determined of Vampyres!

With a pinch of ‘Garlic’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with tissue paper tied with raffia – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Garlic Powder’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Slayer Emporium’

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

Cry Wolf!

On offer and measuring just over 2 cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Wolfsbane’

From the shelves of the ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Slayer Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive remedy created by the Monsignor himself AND guaranteed to see off the most determined of Vampyres!

With a pinch of ‘Herb’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with decorative tissue paper tied with raffia – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Wolfsbane’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Slayer Emporium’

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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Hey! Eno Me Some Elixr!

On offer and measuring just under 2cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Eno’s Elixr’

From the shelves of the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive (and a somewhat sinister!) remedy freshly brewed from the ancient recipe book belonging to one Claire Eno.

With a pinch of ‘Valerian Root’ with other mystical herbs all suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with old paper tied with rusty wire – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Eno’s Elixr’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Harum Scarum Notions & Potions Emporium’.

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


The OtherWorldly Emporium

‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

Oil of Vampyre?

On offer and measuring just 2.5 cm is a miniature glass vial of ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Oil’

From the shelves of the ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Slayer Emporium’ in the All Hallows Hamlet – this is an exclusive remedy created by the Monsignor himself AND guaranteed to see off the most determined of Vampyres!

With a pinch of ‘Herb, Seed and Werewolf Fur’ suspended in resin, labelled in parchment and finished with decorative tissue paper tied with raffia – this little vial will add a perfect finishing touch to YOUR fantastical miniature world…

OR could YOU discover another use for it?

Whatever your plans for this miniature; this unique vial of ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Oil’ will find its way to you beautifully packaged with a collectable ‘Thank you’ card and a poster from the ‘Monsignor Suárez Vampyre Slayer Emporium’

This is a collectable miniature and as such is NOT intended as a toy OR suitable for children.

Design and Content © Tee Bylo (The Crooked Hen) All Rights Reserved.


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‘Creating Magick in Miniature’

Catch the Hen on Patreon!

As a child I loved to shock others with the tale that I had been abandoned at birth by gypsies and raised en famille with kindly mice in the crypt of an old church.

Alas! The truth is altogether more unremarkable!

For I was born and raised in the ancient City of York – a Yorky who lives by the ethos that a book, a decent cup of tea and a bar of chocolate can ALWAYS make the world a better place.

A dreamer from birth with a taste for history and the irresistible urge to create – by day you can usually find me along with my battered tool box inside my atelier creating away with the radio blaring out and surrounded by shelves of mice and goblins, baskets of fabric, tubs of paints, the odd pot of glue, stacks of paper, exotic woods AND usually under the watchful eye of a black feline with an abundance of cattiude!

However, and as the sun falls on another day and with the messy apron discarded – I go in search of the dead.

For if I’m not thrilled by a bundle of old documents, poring over the details of a tatty burial record or recording an exciting discovery of an elusive ancestor in my old notebook – I will be waking the dead of York while clad in my distinctive feline boots as the Lady Brigante leading unsuspecting visitors through the snickelways and secret passageways of York and sharing the tales of the illustrious, miscreants, artists, misfits and those ordinary folk who have ALL been lost to history – until now!

I have been asked on more than one occasion how I can move between two very different worlds – one which indulges my passion for creating all things miniature and the other in which I can be found wandering through cemeteries in a quest to wake the dead.

For me, it’s not a question of ‘why’ but rather ‘why not?’

But WHY Patreon?

Although I love what I do and cannot imagine myself doing anything other than this – I know that in this world of mine that it’s impossible to survive on fresh air with only a diet of hope and the occasional box of donated teabags.

Patreon is a membership site for creatives just like me and as my Patron – you will be invited to cross the portal, step into my world and enjoy some unique rewards including first peeks, anniversary gifts, exclusive images, untold tales and Etsy discounts!

AND all with the freedom to cancel or amend your pledge at any time.

However, IF your preference is for murder rather than miniatures or wandering around a cemetery to creating art or that you’d rather be a tombstone tourist than a savant of the small – there is ANOTHER Patreon just for YOU!

Tee Bylo is Creating ‘Small Worlds’

Lady Brigante is Creating Death in a Chocolate Box

As Lewis Carroll once said that “Imagination is the only war against reality” – why not join me and fight this battle together?

Stirring Up More Trouble!

‘Witch and ghost make merry on this last dear of October’s days ~ Unknown’

As the sun disappears on this All Hallows Eve – the folk from the All Hallows Hamlet are excitedly polishing shoes and dusting their finest hats as they dress to impress to celebrate the Festival of Samhain BUT not everyone wants to enjoy this special evening!

Sadly, there is no fabulous frock to wear or a sumptuous banquet to enjoy for Claire Eno this All Hallows Eve as this reclusive and unfriendly crone is busy pottering about and cooking up some rather unusual elixr from inside the Harum Scarum Emporium which is carefully shielded by the prickliest thorn bushes and whispering trees in this bleakest part of the hamlet.

There are no visitors here and Claire’s only friend is the ancient book that has been in her family for as long as anyone can remember and it is from within the dusty pages of this HUGE recipe book that she concocts a vast array of nasty potions from the beautiful flowers, nourishing berries and healing plants that she gathers every day at dusk and even though they all gather dust on the cobwebby shelves waiting for the customers who never arrive – Claire is unable to stop weaving her unkind magick…