This week's picks are all cute things made from socks. No particular reason for choosing socks this week although perhaps the word is ingrained on my brain at the mo as I seem to be forever picking up socks from Katie's bedroom floor!
>> Monday, 22 March 2010
I've found Chips! It suddenly came to me in the middle of night (as many thoughts often do) - he could quite easily have found himself wrapped up in the big black bag of rubbish after my big clear out yesterday. Being a good sort that I am, I untied it all and sifted through (luckily he was quite near the top) and found him nestled inside a box - still clean but rather angry. I do apologise Chips - try not to let it happen again!
>> Sunday, 21 March 2010
Raspberry and her little package have been in the pipeline for a couple of months now, but finally it all came together and she's now for sale at Ellie's Treasures.
Raspberry has been hanging around for a new home for some time. First of all I made a little box stable (modelled here by Chips who seems to have gone off in a huff somewhere, he's totally disappeared - and I miss him, he was my wollie buddy!) which, although pretty, wasn't really sturdy enough to survive a trip in the mail.
Katie and I hunted around Hobbycraft and managed to source the last business card size box available - just perfect for my needs. I also bought lengths of thin red and blue ribbon to make rosettes (these took forever, I was all fingers and thumbs) and pretty country green check ribbon to tie around the box.
So now I had a pony, two award winning rosettes and a box - not nearly enough to keep a woollie happy. Little bag of shavings to keep her cosy at night and perhaps a book of favourites would go down well so her new owner would know exactly how to look after her. Hunting on e-bay for special buttons - carrots, apples, mints and hearts was interesting but not really what I was after (and I couldn't find any mints anway). Wonderful Natalie at Harveycraftycards stepped in and rescued me by making some fabulous buttons from polymer clay.
I was getting there, but painfully slowly. Buttons - brilliant, I could make up a little felt book for them, but I needed to sew in some writing too, just to explain everything! I'm not particularly good at sewing letters, especially in miniature so help from the Folksy forum lead me to purchase some printable fabric which took just over a week to arrive and a few dodge attempts to print out on the printer. But ... I got there in the end and am absolutely chuffed at the result. Pop over here to see for yourself. I promise I'll add more woollies to the collection - they'll make fabulous collector's items for horsey-mad people or anyone who likes miniature things.
>> Friday, 19 March 2010
I went shopping yesterday and bought all the family's Easter eggs. I love choosing them and thinking of all that yummy chocolate! The pretty pastel colours of Spring on the packaging and other little Easter goodies is so uplifting.
You've guessed it, my choices for this week's Folksy Friday is "eggs".
>> Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Two things arrived today to put a huge smile on my face. First package I picked up off the lobby floor was my printable fabric. I've been waiting a week for this and now, finally, I can crack on and finish my latest Woollie pony project.
My second package was even more exciting. It was my gift from the springtime Folksy swap that Zoe had arranged - my package was from Alison of Love Hector.
Wrapped in pretty pink tissue, I received a "pillowcase apron" with stunning pink ribbon ties to keep it in place around my waist. The various pockets perfect for holding whatever I fancy so as not to mis-place anything. Paul and Katie immediately thought it would make a good sewing apron and I think I have to agree with them. Carefully re-wrapping the gift to look at later (as I had a house full of guests today), it was only when I returned that I found, hidden in one of the pockets, a delightful little brooch - very spring-like with it's green fields and little woolly sheep. All very much a big hit for me.
Huge thank you to Alison for making my day (and future days) very happy, and to Zoe for arranging the swap.
Go and check out Alison's website for details of her lovely range of "vintage, up-cycled, unique" goodies on Folksy and Misi and keep up-to-date with Alison through her blog. She has a good range of bags, brooches and other fabulous handmade items.
>> Saturday, 13 March 2010
Having taken part in the Folksy Valentine swap last month and loving making something special for another seller and of course receiving something special too, I thought I'd take part in a Springtime swap organised by Zoe at jewelbox. I haven't as yet received my exciting package, but I thought I'd pop up some piccies of what I made for Carole who has three shops on Folksy: BeadShack and Chakra Shack and createdbycarole.
Having made a couple of tiny heart badges as part of my Valentine's swap, I thought I'd make something with a spring time favourite, flowers and bunnies. The running rabbit couldn't have been any smaller - very fiddly to cut out, so my badge is larger than the tiny hearts I had previously made. However, it's not so large to look silly, as shown by Katie, my model for the evening! Looks pretty good on my bag too I thought.
I was so pleased with how Carole's badge turned out I've decided to make some to sell - perhaps ones for each season.
>> Friday, 12 March 2010
Katie chose the topic this week - food. I could have found many more than 5 items, all those scrummy felted cakes and polymer clay yummies! I never cease to be amazed at how beautiful felted, clay and knitted mini items are - the patience you crafters need to make these items looks so life-like is admirable.
>> Wednesday, 10 March 2010
grab it if you want it!
I've been meaning to do this ever since I started the Ellie's Treasures blog about my shop. Huge thank you to Haptree for telling me exactly how to do it.
>> Friday, 5 March 2010
>> Thursday, 4 March 2010
Taking my inspiration from Katie with her lovely little dolly-peg lady (seen here), I thought I'd make something similar for my Mum for Mother's Day.
Found a good sized box, made up a pretty dolly-peg with polymer-clay heart and added it to the box with some pretty red sprinkly sparkles and tissue paper. Topped it all off with a felt heart mini book displaying some words that describe my Mum perfectly: "caring and loving ... thoughtful and kind".