Folksy Friday is back ...

>> Thursday, 30 September 2010

after a two week break. 

This week's lovely folk are from the following 6 shops on Folksy.  My thank you to you for adding Ellie's Treasures to your favourites list.

HJD Crafts - a lovely supplies shop selling so many fabulous and wantable goodies.

Phoebe Bee Bee - really into the Union Jack items that are around at the moment, so this lovely heart really hits the spot.

Silk & Art - just gorgeous items in this shop and I do believe I've featured the mandala greetings cards before on a Folksy Friday.  This time I've chosen the prettiest blue scarf, it would make a great Christmas present.

cheerymishmash - I've chosen this unique little wax painted silk card for my picks - but there's a lovely selection to choose from as well as other goodies including the fun home education items.

Rachael's Special Lil Bits - a collection of really pretty items in Rachael's shop.  I chose this fun felted mini bag and coin purse for it's striking colours.

The Cookie Button - OK, so we may have lost the sun, but this adorable little crocheted hat for toddlers would look stunning at any time of the year.

As always, please click on the photo to zoom straight to the relevant shop.

HJD Crafts Phoebe Bee Bee

Silk & Art cheerymishmash

Rachael's Special Lil Bits The Cookie Button


This may be a bit boring ...

>> Wednesday, 29 September 2010

but I thought I'd make a proper list on here of all the things I should, need and will one day do to Ellie's Treasures to make it a better business!

My little scribbled list is getting a bit messy and as I keep adding to it (thanks to tips on the Folksy forum) it's becoming mega out of hand.  Well here goes:

New business cards I really want to get some from Moo, especially now I'm happy with my new logo.   Not sure if I want business cards or postcards (or perhaps splash out on both), but I'd also like to get some stickers too.

Tissue paper.  Must check out places where I can buy large flat sheets, like you see in florists.  Although my sales aren't rushing me off my feet, I really don't like having to iron out creases in my folded tissue paper - picky I know, but that's me!

While I'm at it, better add more packaging to this list too - running out fast of brown tape, cellotape and good old jiffy bags.  I remember seeing a forum post once about recycling used jiffy bags.  What's your thoughts?  I do keep so many jiffy bags that come through my post box, but am a little nervous of re-using them, even if I do put nice white paper over the previous address.  Daft isn't it, but you know what some people are like!

Find a new and better way to display my shop goodies on my blog.  The Photobucket one is pretty, but a bit "in your face" I think.  There are so many others around that are better and clickable too, which is handy.

Categories on Folksy: dodge one for me this.  OK, my brooches can easily pop in under Accessories, but the Patchys - not so sure where to put them.  I've currently got them scattered around under Accessories, Homeware and Cases, Purses etc.  Also, my cute little Woollies.  Not strictly a toy so could really do with a Collectables category.   I think this item on my list of "to do" will be ongoing and probably never solved!

Keywords on Folksy: wow, picked up a tip today about using keywords as a way to sort your shop.  I'd never realised how handy keywords are, I just thought they were to help buyers search for a particular item from the "Buy" or "Home" page, but buyers that have settled on your shop can use the keywords to search for a particular kind of item.  Brilliant!  I seriously need to sort my keywords out.

Regulations etc.:  OK I've browsed them, but not studied them - have you?

Tax man: obviously he comes last, although as October and then January begin to fast disappear I expect he'll pop to the top of the list!  It's taken many attempts on the phone to talk to a human at the tax office requesting a tax form.  They'd seemed to have forgotten me, but were more than happy to send out a form once I'd got through to them!  Sad thing is, they've sent me the wrong form - doh!  I think I'll just bite the bullet and do the return on line, shouldn't take me long (she says).

There, actually the list isn't that bad is it?  No doubt more things will be added as the days, weeks, months go by.


A real patchy Patchy

Ellie's Treasures

I love making my keepsake wallets.  Do you remember the one I made recently for my friend who got married earlier this month - the pretty pink one?   We were in sunny Spain so sadly had to miss her wedding (which apparently was beautiful, and she had a fabulous day) - but I caught up with her yesterday and she was over-the-moon with her Patchy (she didn't realise I'd made it)!  She told me she's kept some confetti, lucky sixpence and a small piece of her wedding dress fabric inside it, keeping all the little bits and bobs from the day in one safe (and pretty) place.

Ellie's Treasures

My new Patchy is made up of a number of different fabrics so it's very patchy indeed!  All upcycled materials too, with the cover being a blue soft cotton fleece with cute pink and white cows, butterflies and daisies.  Inside there's an assortment of florals in pinks and greens and gentle lilac checks.  Finished with a fun felt/button heart on the front, blue ribbon ties and bound in pink thread, this Patchy looks very feminine and would make a perfect gift for girls and ladies.  Ideal for Christmas too!


New Woollie hits the shop

>> Saturday, 25 September 2010

It's been a long time coming, mainly because my dear daughter who makes the cute little Woollie ponies, has had too many other things happening in her life to get little Marble finished.  Anyway, she's ready now and has just been listed at Ellie's Treasures.

Ellie's Treasures

Just like Icy and Raspberry (who I have to secretly admit is my favourite Woollie of all time), Marble comes nestled in tissue, inside a sturdy box, together with a hand-sewn booklet of "likes" - her favourtie things, two award winning rosettes and a small bag of shavings. 

The wonderful Harvey Crafty Cards made the little buttons for the "likes" book - a mint, apple, carrot and heart full of love.

Ellie's Treasures

Marble is made from a pipecleaner and blue/grey and beige wool.  She has a lovely deep grey mane and tail, black eyes and nostrils.  With gentle care she can be posed.

Ellie's Treasures

Sadly not suitable to children because of all the buttons, pipecleaner, shavings and other small things, but Marble, Icy and Raspberry would make fabulous collector's items for anyone, but especially for horse and animal lovers.


Folksy Friday

>> Friday, 10 September 2010

Six more fabulous Folksy shops featured in my picks this week.  A big thank you to you all for adding Ellie's Treasures to your favourites list.

As alway, please click on the picture to zoom straight to the relevant shop.

This week we have:

The Little Bead Box - a button lovers dream!  I had to go for this mix of pastel shades, they're so pretty.

Hand Drawn By Laura - stunning animal pictures hand drawn in graphite pencil from photographs - very special.

Owl Loves Panda - I used to love reading the Moomin books when I was a child so seeing these character necklaces put a big smile on my face.

raindrops on roses - I love these bead stitch markers - what a cheerful way to help you out when knitting.

The Enchanted Grove - look at this, what a cute idea - accessorise your puss with this pretty crocheted flower.

LittleBarb - these necklaces are so attractive and all hand made from recycled buttons.  Autumn colours are my favourite at the moment, and this necklace really captures the season perfectly.

The Little Bead Box Hand Drawn By Laura

Owl Loves Panda raindrops on roses

The Enchanted Grove LittleBarb


Things I've made or finished this week:

>> Thursday, 9 September 2010

I've been busy finishing a beautiful Patchy Pockets for my friend who is getting married on the 18th September.  It's a surprise little gift and I hope she will find it perfect for keeping safe all her little momentos from the special day.  I've personalised this one too, which makes it extra special, and I'm happy to do something similar for any of my keepsake wallets listed in my shop should buyers request it.

This Patchy is very similar to one I sold quite recently.  As I've mentioned before, the materials are gorgeous and very bridal in my opinion! 

Ellie's Treasures

Ellie's Treasures

I've also made a new little pussy cat brooch, as promised.  Again, I'd made one like this just a few weeks ago for my sister as a little gift.  I thought the colours of the cat on the purple background looked lovely, so I just had to make one for the shop too!

Ellie's Treasures


Folksy Friday

>> Thursday, 2 September 2010

Another huge thank you to the next six super Folksy shops who have added Ellie's Treasures to their favourites list. This week we have:

Passionate About Photography - such a large variety of wonderful photographs available at greetings cards and canvas prints. I admire anyone who has a talent for taking stunning photographs like these.

WellyDog Designs - beautiful one-off pieces of jewellery and darling bags decorated with hand-drawn designs. Who couldn't love this shop?

A Simple Melody - I love the colour of this pretty hand-crocheted flower necklace - just the colours for Autumn.

The Glass Mountain - hand-embroiderd beauties, all of them. Think of the hours that have gone into making these lovely little items.

BaggieAggie Too - I think the idea of a wrist keyfob is brilliant, and they're all so stylish too. It was very hard to decide which is my favourite.

Lemonade and Lamingtons - these crocheted mug cozies are fabulous and just perfect for the cold winter days and nights that will soon be upon us.

Passionate About Photography WellyDog Designs

A Simple Melody The Glass Mountain

BaggieAggie Too Lemonade and Lamingtons

As always, click on the photo to be directed to the relevant shop.


No, I'm not on holiday ...

so I really have no excuse about my lack of blogging and crafting!  I've been trying very hard to finish and personalise a pretty Patchy Pockets for a good friend who is getting married in a couple of weeks and I'm very nearly there.  I'll pop a couple of pics on here once it's finished but it's very similar in style to this one, (which sold recently).  I think the materials are very dainty and quite bridal, don't you think?

Pink Patchy Pockets - Ellie's Treasures

Would like to thank all the lovely people who have offered me a Sunshine Blog Award, I'm really touched and have displayed the award on my Our Day blog page. Elaine x

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