Thursday, 31 July 2008
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
So, what's on my desk today? It's all looking rather tidy, don't you think? My new best friend, the computer, (I admit it...that's a bit sad!) is displaying my new etsy product.
I must mention those two books - such inspiring reads, both of them: the bottom book is 'three-dimensional EMBROIDERY' by Janet Edmonds. Joyous items made by manipulating, painting and stitching various fabrics - art, all of them. The book on top is 'the art of embroidery / inspirational stitches, textures and surfaces' by Francoise Tellier-Loumagne. This is an absolute feast for the eyes in glorious technicolour - amazing close-up shots of unbelievable stitchery, based on images from the natural world and everyday life. I could eat this book, it's so fantastic.
ps: if you want to take part with the 'on my desk wednesday' blog meme, pop over to kootoyoo's blog and join the list of players!
Some news crept into my 'inbox' yesterday. Has anyone heard of 'folksy' yet? It seems it's the UK answer, if you like, to etsy and DaWanda. At the moment, it's in its beta period, but sellers are there, there are products to buy, and I'm one of them! There's also a pool in flickr if you're interested! Go and try folksy out...it's light, bright and from a seller's point of view, easy to negotiate when it comes to uploading your wares (something that can prove to be very time consuming in some situations). Open at the present time to sellers of handmade items from the UK, you can find it at http://www.folksy.com/ . I'll tell you more once I'm more familiar with the site, but I say, give it a go! There's no commission to pay whilst they're in their beta period, so that can't be bad, and there's a very nominal fee to register your product for sale.
Thank you to Natalie from The Elves and the Shoemaker http://www.folksy.com/shops/theelvesandtheshoemaker for pointing me in the folksy direction!
Monday, 28 July 2008
Any how, I thought this pic was quite amusing...you can just about glimpse ye olde woodcutter in the background in his overalls. Looks a bit...dodgy....doesn't he? Actually, he's doing nothing more sinister than filling the girls' paddling pool up - only to finish two seconds before the heavens opened up and gave forth an almighty, boneshaking downpour. Ah, the joys of an English summer!
Sunday, 27 July 2008
This photo doesn't do their handiwork any justice at all, but I like the sunlight! Both girls and daddy went lego bonkers yesterday. They ended up with a complete town spreading the length and breadth of our table...hours of complete absorption. We had helicopters to the rescue (thank the woodcutter for that), peculiar cars with wing-shaped boots I'd never seen the like of before and dainty gardens and roof-top terraces.
I'll tell you something...I'm off to pack my bags now - this place looks like fun; I'm moving in!!
The building frenzy continues this morning...
Friday, 25 July 2008
Okay...got your glad rags on? Let's go shopping!
Today's post sees the start of a new, regular feature - Shopping List Saturday. Here, I've given you a pint sized round-up of my selection of coveted products available from various sellers within etsy.
I love natural colours, materials and organic forms, so this List is quite representative of that. Living, as I do, in the heart of the forest I'm very influenced by the changing of the seasons. I'm always keen to grab my girls and go scavenging in the woods - on the lookout for beautiful twigs, seed pods or branches to decorate our home - so to discover so many products that have their roots in the natural world is wonderful.
The twig-like nature of the tatted necklace; the soft tones of the driftwood mirror; the rich red of the berry earrings; the ethereal dewy quality of the landscape with thread; the earthy feel of the fused glass hair stick; the feather-like ring; the organic form of the bracelet; the natural hue of the bag ; the 'unearthed' quality of the cuff; the images of the deer, a bird and an embellished flower...I've got it all, in one easy shopping trip!
And the best bits? I didn't have to leave the comfort of my armchair (frankly, always a bonus...who looks forward to a Saturday afternoon scrum in a department store?), and I know that these gorgeous products are quality, handmade items. Go on...dive in...get shopping!!
Do you fancy playing along? Just contact me, and I'll add you to the list!
To see more Shopping Lists from fellow etsy artisans, please click on the 'Shopping List Saturday' link on the right of the page.
Added note: thank you to those of you who have managed to post your lists today - it was very short notice!
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
To see more On My Desk Wednesday: http://kootoyoo.blogspot.com/2008/06/on-my-desk-players.html
I think that sums it up in a nutshell. Go and take a look - she makes very desirable pillows, bags and artworks, too! I am so glad I found her...
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Monday, 21 July 2008
I wonder if there's a market for them?!
Sunday, 20 July 2008
What a way to start your Sunday...having a quick once over on the computer before croissants and tea for breakfast - checking for sales that may have occured overnight - to see this! Thebluebutton's (http://www.thebluebutton.etsy.com/) simply gorgeous Treasury, being featured on the home page at etsy!!
I feel totally honoured to be included in this rather ethereal and beautifully conceived collection. Thank you so much, bluebutton!
(My item is the Midsummer Collar: bottom row, centre).
Being featured has had a huge impact on the number of people viewing my products. The featured Collar received an extra 300+ hits whilst the Treasury resided on the front page. Wow. Back in June, I was lucky enough to be featured in another Treasury (by Heloise http://www.heloise.etsy.com/) with my Collar of Delights; I was still very new to etsy then, but I have to say that the immense feeling of joy that I felt then is in no way diminished now. I'm on Cloud Nine!
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Working from top left:1.RedBowl/florcita; 2.Birne und Apfel Leinen/ lilleStofhus; 3.set of 4 heart magnets/mymiyel; 4.home-3xhandpainted gift tags/SiebenMorgen; 5.Utensilo-beidseitig verwendbar-Shabby/Pucki-Design; 6.Traumschones Rosenherz/Freude am Naehen; 7. Subes deko hauschen haus tilda greengate shabby/cherryblossom; 8.Love Boat Necklace/maggiejo; 9.Big Hearted Stiltwalker/zoel; 10.(I Heart) Cupcake Purse/tabithaemma; 11.Hearts-personalized pocket mirror/andischu; 12.chickie the kissen/astifantasti
I quite fancy the idea of doing this regularly. Does anyone want to recommend anything? Anyone have a list they'd like to share?
Friday, 18 July 2008
The cotton based Midsummer Pendant is small and light, with delicate muted colours and a sprinkling of beads for added interest and texture. I'm listing it in my Dawanda shop tonight.
So thoughtful of you, Karine...and hugely appreciated - I'm glad you like your new necklace. Lovely when that happens. xx
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Really? Yep - if you go down to the woods today, beware of this rather big surprise..I kid you not! Whilst woodcutting in the...erm, woods, look what went sailing past...!
You'll be pleased to know that the rider was partially decent. He was sensible enough to respect fellow forest users, and wear a helmet. Well, thank you so much!
*note: this is a reconstruction...the unknown rider's modesty has been spared!
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
I think reading the Violise Lunn feature on bettyjoy's blog put me in the mood for a summer wedding....if I was to have my big day all over again, I think I'd try to squeeze back (well, actually I'd have to suffer the humiliation of needing to get it ..ahem..adjusted..somewhat first) into the same bronze dress and old gold coat I wore back then, but I'd make myself one of these to go with it.
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Monday, 14 July 2008
I love them!!
So I thought I'd share them with you. Maybe someone out there will appreciate them?! Maybe I'll turn this into a Monday feature...things in my house that I love, maybe. Hmmmn...
P.S: Today, I'm featured on someone's blog! Take a look at http://bettyjoy.blogspot.com/ (you guessed it - the cursor problem continues); make sure you scroll down the page and read on (I'm assuming you've checked it out!) because it's a lovely blog, and you really must see the Violise Lunn feature. Take a good look, now...paper?!
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Youngest kept herself busy flitting from crayons with paper to bead pictures, to paper and crayons to bead pictures...all day. Eldest was in raptures with the view from the landing - see below - and I kept myself equally occupied making some earrings. Busy, busy, busy!! These will go into my etsy shop tonight.
This photograph was taken by her, whilst practically dangling from her toenails out of the upstairs window (not literally) trying to get as close as she possibly could. This is the best of many, many shots of two quite far away ponies...
I wish I lived wherever my youngest does, where the sheep are yellow and walk around on their hind legs, and are not merely sheep...no! By day, these sheep are caryatids, proudly holding our house up straight (you can spot our house....it's the vibrant bluey reddy spotty hearty building that's obviously about to collapse in the middle), where we are all greeted by a stripey yellow dog with an unusual proboscis - unusual, too, because we don't have a dog!
The forest is spot-on!
I saw a Japanese book on ebay http://www.stores.ebay.co.uk/Simply-Pretty-Japanese-Beads-Books with details on how to transform your children's drawings into embroidered works of art. I questioned the reason why at the time, but as the days go by, I can feel myself rather drawn to the idea...
Friday, 11 July 2008
On a lighter note, youngest enjoyed a school trip to some underground caves today (http://www.clearwellcaves.com/), but dreadful and neglectful mother that I am, I forgot to send her to school in jeans...but I did remember to tell her to enjoy the day and to listen to what she's told, and to make sure that she's in the right place at the right time. So maybe I'm not such a bad mother after all....because she didn't get left behind!
And the moral of this tale? Don't live in a house with bare floorboards!!! (At least this didn't occur upstairs in eldest's bedroom...the gaps up there are big enough to lose your shoes in...and yes, she pretty much has done just that!) .
Thursday, 10 July 2008
It all started quite sanely, really, with some enjoyable chit chat with fellow sellers and bloggers - which successfully lulled me into a general feeling of well-being - followed by a spot of light lunch with ye olde woodcutter husband. Ahh, let me just savour for a minute or two that moment of calm...
Because then my day simply disintegrated before my very eyes..!!
Circus-esque pieces completed? No. Not even one? Nope! One, and only one 'creation' is perched on my tailor's dummy, looking longingly at me to GET SEWN TOGETHER! I had to take it apart several times because it just wasn't ...right, you know?
School pick-up time arrived, and two argumentative little ituses made their way back to the fold, in order to carry out more yelling competitions with each other (and me)...which continued all the way to swimming lessons. A brief moment of respite ensued (hurrah), until they were reunited in the car, in order for them to pick up where they left off, and carry on for the duration of the journey home! They obviously have inherited this trait from their father....ha,ha!!
Now? Beautiful little angels, sleeping soundly, not a trace of hideousness on their faces. You can't help but love 'em!
See you tomorrow....
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Monday, 7 July 2008
I'm working on more Grandma's Attic items to replace sold ones...but I feel very moved to sidle into a bit of red..and purple...and old gold...Yep, still talking circus-speak! It's had an effect on me...
No doubt you've all seen this above, but even if you have already, go check it out again. That sense of people uniting - it's overwhelming. Can't watch it without welling up! A real feel-good factor...and something I think shows the internet at its best. Enjoy! I wish I'd been part of it...
Sunday, 6 July 2008
A huge, great big thank you to my fab friend Rachel, for recommending it to us!
''...join the spirit of the nomad...liberate the Gypsy in your soul and let your spirits soar...'' (Sarah Llewellyn, Gifford's Circus)
The children were completely enthralled from start to finish, as were we. A wonderful travelling troupe, with fabulously evocative costumes, harking back to the end of the nineteenth century. We were members of an intimate audience, part of one big country-style party, privy to all of the goings-on and shenanigans at this very special showtime fair, with the girls ending the evening by dancing in the ring with the performers. What more could you ask?
Eldest has just walked in to the room, and said, 'Yesterday, d'you know, I actually held hands with a juggler?!!'
Thrills, spills...and all the fun of the fair!
Friday, 4 July 2008
Sadly, I had to miss the field events sports morning for my eldest at school. However, it was lovely to pick her up and be presented with two certificates gained for first place in the skipping race (from last week - yes, I was there for that one!) and stilt-walking! We belong to a circus family, don't you know?! No, seriously...well done, twirlie!
A lovely assembly this morning, too, from youngest and her Reception class. As always, they were all super - confident, well behaved and entertaining. Thank you!
Talking of circuses, we're off to enjoy one tomorrow (thanks, Mum!). Can't wait! What with children's parties tomorrow, and performing in - sorry - watching the show, there may not be any blogging for me on Saturday. I know, I know, you two readers will miss me! See you back here soon, if I don't run away with the circus, that is....our stilt-walking skills are in great demand, you know!!
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Did you ever have a craving to rifle through your Grandma's chest of drawers - to take a peek at those little treasures she had wrapped away safely in there, those nuggets of her history? Well, I can hand on heart say that I never ever did the rifling thing (honest!), but I did have a yearning to take a little look.
That's what this pendant conjures up for me: Grandma's Attic (well, okay - drawers). Treasured jewels wrapped carefully in muslin sheets to preserve them and their memories; snippets of fabric saved from beloved offspring's baby clothes; shabby velvet upholstery (in a drawer? For me, yes!) harboured since leaving their first home they owned; and of course, just a faint hint of rose-water...yes, rose-water with a bit of carnation thrown in for good measure!
Now, must just get this off my chest - my Choker of Beauty was featured on the front page of Dawanda today! Gave me a thrill, anyway.
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
So, I thought I'd show you my favourite spot in the house: leaning on the kitchen windowsill, and looking outside.
Never fails to lift my spirits! Even if it's raining, or just plain murky, I love this little snapshot of our corner of the world.
This is how I see my outside, really - first, I look at my girls' wendy house that 'ye olde woodcutter' built for them (to remind myself to chivvy us - ok, him - along a bit to finally get the fascia boards on); then on down the path, where I can see (but sadly it isn't very visible on these pics) the tips of our tipi and its poles rising majestically above the hedge at the bottom; then around to the wider view of those towering trees and our monkey puzzle proudly guarding its territory.
Ahh, I love it!!
I've been working on something pink today - should be finished tomorrow, so watch this space.
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Both daughters were party-goers this evening, and husband was left to his woodcutting devices - or so I thought. We returned home to a deliciously comforting waft of something baking in the oven - he'd cooked up his favourite bakewell tart, and even an extra one for his in-laws. Ah, bless him! They'll love that tomorrow. Thanks, love.
As I type this, it's 11.30pm, and we're waiting for someone to collect a set of tipi poles. They're 'this side of Birmingham', and they've travelled all the way from Yorkshire. I don't envy them the journey back at this time of night!
We've amused ourselves with a long awaited viewing of 'The Kite Runner'. A certain close friend will remember (with fondness?) that I bored her to tears about two years ago, banging on about the novel that had, quite simply, blown me away. I loved it so much that I gave a copy to my husband for his birthday back in January, and pestered him for months to get on and flippin' well read it!! Eventually, he did - and he was as hooked as I had been. Such compelling, heart-rending reading. Four times we've tried to rent it, and tonight was finally the night! Armed with a Chinese takeaway (yep, treat night), we settled in for some quality time with the t.v...
Or was it?
Hmmn, I'm not so sure. It's beautifully shot, but it lacks something. The mistake may have been to have read the book first, rather than the other way around, but big chunks of the narrative are missing. The novel reads like a pocket of truth, of real-life, of a true story; the film is exactly that: a film. Does anyone agree with me?
My advice? Get the book - read it, devour it and let the tears flow.