Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Waiting for the First Sale

I'm revisiting one of my favourite subjects again today - Etsy shops that are waiting for their first sale.  It took me 2 months to get my first Etsy sale and I'd pretty much given up on ever selling anything on Etsy by the time it happened.  So if my blog helps any of these shops get their first sale then I think that's good use of my extra day.  Oh yeah, happy leap day everyone!

Amazonite Silver Plated Bangle by jujujewellery
£16.16 (+ free delivery)
Gorgeous Silver Plated bangle with Long 6cm x 1.5cm Amazonite bead.   Bangle can be slighly manipulated to fit most sizes as does not close. Fits snuggly on the wrist.

Bookmark by RoughEarth
£6.69 (+ £1.55 p&p)
Keep loosing the page of your favourite spell? This beautiful bookmark will help you! Adorned with metal, glass and plastic beads, a fairy and leaf charm plus two jingle bells, this will look stunning in any book.

Crochet Roses Necklace by Dubim
£17.45 (+ free delivery)
This is a one of a kind handmade necklace. The colors of white, cream and beige are soft and give it an elegant look. The chain is made of a crocheted gold thread.

Eiffel Tower and Butterflies Print by ForeverFavelle
£19.39 (+ £3.23 p&p)
Eiffel Tower & Butterflies Print and Paper Craft.  Each picture is individual as the butterflies are added by hand.  This print is a reproduction of an original black and white ink illustration with paper craft butterflies on Archival Matte paper.

Needle Felted Miniature Mouse by feltindevon
£5 (+ £2 p&p)
This a cute hand made miniature brown mouse figure is completely unique.  He is made of 100% merino wool with stranded cotton whiskers and a plaited stranded cotton tail.  He is very small - just 3.1cm high by 2.2cm wide.

Peach Clouds near Portnaluchaig by MartinCoton
£25 (+ £3 p&p)
Early morning on the west coast of Scotland; morning's first light paints a high stack of Atlantic clouds peach.  The photograph is 14.7in x 7.5in, including a 1" white border to help with framing. (37cm x 19cm)

Rose Quartz and Pearl Bracelet by Radree
£18 (+ £2.50 p&p)
Woven Beige Faux Leather with beautiful small rose quartz stones and Rose tinted Pearl.  Flexible bracelet, easy to put on and take off.  Also available in Green

Trellick Tower Screenprint by Jaysonshop
£109.85 (+ £3.23 p&p)
Limited edition screenprint from Jayson Lilley's Urban series of screenprints.  Vibrant and mature colour combinations are hand-printed on 300gsm Fabriano heavy weight paper by the artist to create this spectacular urban snapshot.  All Signed and numbered

Teacup Candle by WhiteScent
£10 (+ £4.50 p&p)
A floral motif on a white background with very faded gold gilding are the elements that make this a rather lovely little cup. Teacup is made by Colclough.  It is complemented by this chinese saucer with a pink, green and blue rose print.  Soy wax candle with pear scented oil.

'Warfare' Print by ElementalMorph
£27 (+ £4 p&p)
This is a original (limited edition of 75) artwork called Warfare. This is a paper version of a larger artwork, a 2.0mx0.8m fabric print, which was exhibited at "Guns and Roses", Germany in 2009. The exhibition has subsequently been touring around Europe. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Tutorial Tuesday - Needle Felting

Before we start, I just want to remind you all about my free Followers Prize Draw to win a custom made keyring or bookmark.  To enter simply follow my blog.  Everyone who is following me at 11.59pm on Friday 2nd March (GMT) will be entered into the draw.  The winner will get a felt bookmark or keyring featuring the animal of their choice.  To follow me, click the 'Follow' button at the very top of my blog. There will be one winner who will be announced on this blog by Monday 5th March.

It's Tutorial Tuesday again and I'm still tweaking the format.  Hopefully this new format (choosing a subject and looking at different tutorials and kits) will fit in better with the rest of my blog.  I'll try it for a couple of weeks and see how it goes...  Today I'm looking at needle felting - a subject I know absolutely nothing about other than lots of people are a bit obsessed with it at the minute.  It's on the list of things I want to try one day although after researching this blog it's been bumped up a few places.

We'll kick things off with some free tutorials...

Needle Felted Heart Tutorial by The Magic Onions

This is a tutorial on how to make needle felted hearts using a cookie cutter for the heart shape, making this a simple and fast project for beginner needle felting. It's the perfect beginners project as the cookie cutter protects nervous fingers from the sharp needle and will build confidence in the whole needle felting process.

Needle Felted Flower Brooch Tutorial by Frayed At The Edges
A nice tutorial which shows how to make this needle felted flower and how to needle felt pictures.
Basic Figures Tutorial by Sara's Texture Crafts
A PDF tutorial showing you how to make a basic figure which you can then style and dress however you like.

Frog Prince Tutorial by Laura Lee Burch
A very clear and well-written tutorial (it even makes sense to me!) to create this very impressive looking frog.
Feeling inspired?  Well here's some needle felting kits to get you started.  These kits are all available on Etsy.

Bird Brooch Needle Felting Kit by creativebumblebee
£9.50 (+ £2.50 p&p)
Each kit contains Four colours of wool roving , 2 felting needles and a square of high-density foam, 3 brooch backs, 3 beads and full instructions.  Enough materials to make at least two to three birds. 

Needle Felted Hearts Kit by softnwoolly
£15 (+ £3 p&p)
The natural jute bag contains a complete needle felting kit with everything you need in order to make up to 20 Hearts. The number made can vary as there are 2 sizes of cutter in the kit and you can choose how thick to make them and how you decorate each one.

Miniature Sock Monkey Needle Felting Kit by Butterfae
£11.86 (+ £3.24 p&p)
The kit contains 2 felting needles (one for matting & one for detail work), a sponge to work on, enough wool roving for your project, a step-by-step tutorial on "How to make a miniature Sock Monkey the OOAK Tiny Cuddles Way" (includes photos), 2 sets of bead eyes, ribbon & a purple coloured bell for decoration. The book is 30 pages.

Needle Felted Owl Kit by songbirdfeltingkits
Songbird felting kits provide a beginner almost everything they need to start needle felting including high quality Merino wools, needles and an easy to follow step-by-step photo guide to make the songbird of your choice.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Gifts for Mothering Sunday

It's Handmade Monday again already!  Where did the last 7 days go...?  Time to pop over to and see what all the clever crafters have been up to this week.  I spent the weekend working on this Ant Farm painting (please excuse the wonky photography).  I still haven't decided whether it's a good subject for a painting or I've completely lost the plot.  Either way I'm really pleased with the finished result.

I managed to get another sale on my Etsy shop over the weekend from a customer in the USA.  So I had 1 sale in 4 months and then 3 sales in a week!  Hopefully it's my Etsy shop finally taking off and not just a very pleasant and welcome blip.  Now I have the difficult task of not getting excited and spending all the money I made on more materials.  I have one of those massive Ikea bags full of raw materials so I'm trying to resist buying any more until I've used the stuff I've got.

Today I've got a selection of Mother's Day gift ideas for you.  I'm supposed to be looking for gifts for my mum and hubby's mum this week so  a blog full of handmade goodies seems a good way to start.

Patchwork Cushion by patchworkpawprint on Etsy
£20.03 (+ £2.58 p&p)
Handmade using quality Moda cotton prints in subdued 'vintage' shades of teal blues, beige and rusty reds. The lettering and heart are heat-bonded to the patchwork cushion-cover, then carefully hand-embroidered. It is prettily embellished with a little heart-shaped button.

"If There Was A Mum Shop..." Card by Bumbleblue on Folksy
£2.50 (+ 75p p&p)
This is the perfect card for any special mum. The letters are all stamped on by hand and a little love heart is painted on to add a touch of colour. After the card has been enjoyed they look great popped into frames as mini artworks, and as each one is done by hand they will all be little originals.  Each card measures approx. 105 x 150mm and comes with a brown envelope. The card is blank inside for your own message.

Gift Bag by Snowdon on Etsy
£10.31 (+ £1.29 p&p)
A sweet little jute bag featuring a deep red, folk art inspired love heart design featuring the word 'Mum' surrounded by hearts and flowers.  Just the right size to hold a lovely, standard size flowering pot plant or a box of chocolates. The insides are lined with wipe clean laminate too, so the bag can be used afterwards as a cute little lunch bag. Makes a thougtful and original gift for Mothers Day

Personalised Silver Heart Keyring by IndiviJewels on Etsy
£74.31 (+ £3.23 p&p)
Handmade personalised silver keyring makes the perfect gift for Mummy to carry precious memories with her. Add your own message to the sterling silver disc which hangs from a gorgeous solid silver heart shaped keyring along with sterling silver heart and key charms.

Letter Blocks by Little Chalk House on Folksy
£19.50 (+ £2.95 p&p)
These MUMMY letter blocks and heart will make the perfect Mothers Day gift.  
Measurements approximately Length 6cm, Height 6cm, Depth 3.5cm (individual block measurements).

Mouse Keyring by LynwoodChums on Folksy
£5 (+ £1 p&p)
Isobel, has picked some lovely flowers for her Mum. A pretty key ring which would make a lovely gift for Mother's Day. Features and flowers are hand embroidered in cottons. The fob is edged with couching over a slubbed yarn in shades of green and yellow. The back of the fob is neatened with green felt - blanket stitched in place. The fob is lightly padded with wadding.

Papercut Wall Art by antdesign on Etsy
£15 (+ £2 p&p)
This design has been cut from artist quality 270gsm white card, but there are other colour choices.  This artwork is 23cm x 20cm in size and is supplied well-packed to keep it flat and in perfect condition for framing.

Sterling Silver and Porcelain Heart Pendant by DianaParkhouse on Etsy
£18.50 (+ £1 p&p)
Hand made buff white fine porcelain ceramic letterpress heart pendant on a 18" sterling silver (925) necklace with the words 'I love you mum' stamped on it. The letterpress words are lightly glazed in red, and the rest of the pendant is left unglazed.

Hand Stamped Spoon by Goozeberryhill on Etsy
£6.50 (+ £1.50 p&p)
This is a beautiful hand stamped spoon with 'BEST MUM EVER' and a little heart in the bowl. This item can be customised with any personal sentiment for your Mother.  Available on a teaspoon, fruit, dessert or soup/cereal spoon

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Friday, 24 February 2012


Today I'm celebrating the clever people who take the broken, unwanted, out-dated and otherwise redundant and turn it into something useful and beautiful.

Bean Bag by The Coffee Bag Company on Folksy
£50 (+ £6.50 p&p)
This is a beautiful hand crafted Bean bag made from upcycled coffee bean sacks. The bean bag is 17" by 17" by 17" and is fully lined with quality fabric to ensure retention of filing which also protected by a second zip pocket to prevent accidental loss of filling. 

Board Game Notebook by Peony-and-Thistle on DaWanda
€20 (+ €3.40 p&p)
This unique one-of-a-type notebook has been lovingly re-crafted from an old game ‘Scotland Yard’, made in 1983 by Ravensburger.  The front and back covers are made from the game board, and feature London streets and landmarks in colour. The book measures 4 ½” (15cm) wide by 8 ½”” (22cm) tall. There are 100 pages of blank white 80 gsm paper making a total of 200 blank sides. The 10 signatures have been hand sewn together using a strong black coloured waxed linen thread using a Coptic stitch over 6 sewing stations.

Beano Cartoon Strip Bunting by Me and Ma on Folksy
£6.50 (+ £1 p&p)
The bunting is made from old Beano annuals, so is nice thick paper/thincard.  The bunting measures approx 3.5m with 16 pennants held along coloured bias binding, each double sided pennant measures approx 18cm x 23cm.

Vintage Coronet Camera Clock by Mists of Time on Folksy
£25 (+ £4 p&p)
Clock installed in a Coronet Ambassador Camera circa 1955. New silent clock movement with guarantee. Choice of either plain of fancy gold hands.  The clock comes with a battery and instructions for its fitting.

Slate Flower Chalk Board by DesignerSlate on DaWanda
€19 (+ €6 p&p)
This chalkboard made from reclaimed Welsh slate can be hung using the strong natural hemp provided, the chalk hangs from the hemp so it will never get lost and is provided with the chalkboard.

Floppy Disc Notebook by NantDesigns on Etsy
£12 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Two floppy discs have been transformed into a hardback notebook. Containing multicoloured paper this little book is a very handy 9 x 9 x 2.5 cm- just right for a pocket.  Attractive coptic binding means that the pages lay completely flat when opened. 

Nocturne Musical Score Lampshade by NaturallyHeartfelt on Etsy
£34.50 (+ £5.50 p&p)
A special handmade pendant lampshade created by applying circles cut from vintage sheet music. The music paper comes from Chopin's 'Nocturne' and the paper of each handcut circle has a lovely vintage colour.  Handcut paper circles are applied to a paper lampshade with a wire structure inside so the finished lantern is quite strong and durable. The lantern is created with a 12" (30.5cm) diameter paper lampshade; the finished circumference is approx 37".

Rotary Telephone Clock by Vyconic on Etsy
£110 (+ £5 p&p)
An old rotary phone upcycled to create a quirky desk clock.  Has a Union Jack detail on the top.

Side Table and Magazine Rack by Metamorf on DaWanda
€204 (free delivery)
This side table has been made from 2 drawer fronts taken from an old dressing table. A curved drawer has been jointed together to form a magazine rack to accommodate books and magazines for occasional reading. The second, flat drawer has been cut into thin strips and laminated to make a feature of the plywood center and smoothed down to make an flat table top.

Spoon Rest by newcraft on DaWanda
€15 (+ €4 p&p)
Platter made from a recycled wine bottle.  Food and dishwasher safe.

Have a good weekend and I'll see you all on Monday.  Don't forget to follow my blog for the chance to enter the free prize draw to win a custom made bookmark or keyring.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Delivered Straight to Your Inbox

Remember to enter my Followers Free Prize Draw.  To enter simply follow my blog.  Everyone who is following me at 11.59pm on Friday 2nd March (GMT) will be entered into the draw.  The winner will get a felt bookmark or keyring featuring the animal of their choice.  To follow me, click the 'Follow' button at the very top of my blog. There will be one winner who will be drawn from a hat (old school) announced on this blog by Monday 5th March.

Today's blog was inspired by the Robot Gift Box I featured yesterday.  It got me wondering what other goodies you could buy in PDF form to print at home, instead of waiting for the postie.  I love getting post but sometimes you don't want to wait.
Snakes and Ladders Knitting Pattern by woollythoughts
A booklet of instructions for knitting a large scale Snakes and Ladders game.

How to Sew a Medieval Book by marcadeartspress
The tutorial is based partly upon the research Swedish bookbinder Monica Langwe.  The sewing technique, construction and method of closure remain close to the original.  The book can be made up easily using modern papers and materials without going to great expense.   Also includes an old bookbinding technique showing how to make faux parchment for the cover.

Mushroom Birthday Card with Envelope by papercakemakes
A print and make birthday card featuring a cute, happy mushroom and hedgehog. It also comes with a matching print and make envelope. 

Owl Cushion Crochet Pattern by DebiBirkinDesigns
Crochet pattern for this cute owl cushion.

Creating Felt Artwork eBook by rosiepinkStudio

‘Creating Felt Artwork’ is a 60 page eBook written by  Annie & Lyn. Inside they share all of the lessons they have learnt about making felt artwork.  You can follow the project step-by-step to create the artwork shown on the cover of the book, or use the extra section included in each step to create your own design.

Black & White Pillow Style Gift Box by WelshPoppy
A very versatile, cost effective & useful PDF file containing 2 pillow style gift boxes.  Simply print, cut out, score, fold, stick and then add ribbon

Fingerless Wraparounds Knitting Pattern by FingertipsPatterns
These fingerless mittens will keep you double warm because of the extra layer! On milder days you can wear the mitts without the wraps. And there are some more options for variations: You could use 2 solid colour yarns, if you prefer. Or use the variegated for the wraps, and the solid for the mittens. And if you enjoyed the knit: knit lots more wraps and mittens, and combine them differently each day!

Owl Toy & Bag Sewing Pattern by fluffandfuzz
The sewing pattern is in pdf format, and includes 15 pages of step by step instructions, colour photographs, and materials list. The pattern pieces are to scale, so there is no need to enlarge...hit print and and you a ready to make your own owls!

Printable Rabbit Garland Kit by HelloClementine
These cute rabbit printables are fully customisable and perfect for creating garlands, as well as other handcrafted projects and gifts. Glue them individually onto cards or gift tags, add as embellishments on scrapbook layouts, use as applique and embroidery patterns, or even print onto transfer sheets, ready to iron onto an item of clothing.

Flowered Tunic Crochet Pattern by PastPerfectPatterns
This vintage US crochet pattern for a pretty tunic with a flower border has been digitally cleaned and enlarged for ease of use.  Simple but pretty tunic style shirt with dropped shoulders and button neck. Garlands of flowers are worked separately and added to the shoulders and cuffs. Great Summer blouse - perfect for holidays or as a beach cover-up.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Super Shiny Robots

Good morning!  My little boy's having a lie in today so I think we're over yesterday's teething trauma (fingers crossed...).  Today it's all about robots and I've stolen the title from my son's 2nd favourite book.  I'm keeping it short and sweet today in the hope I can get this post done before he wakes up.  

Don't forget to follow my blog (click the button at the top of the page) for the chance to win a custom made keyring or bookmark.

Polymer Clay Brooch by PixiesDesign on Etsy
£7.80 (+ £1.30 p&p)
Meet Fred, a very unassuming robot friend.  He has been created from a couple of lumps of polymer clay, a bit of wire and little imagination.

Wristlet Clutch by Pigeonkate on DaWanda
€22 (+ €4 p&p)
Cute wristlet, lined with pretty floral cotton, slots on both sides for cards and cash and a middle zipper compartment for coins. 

Cute Cushion by KawaiiTotes on Etsy
£9.74 (+ £2.60 p&p)
A cute robot holding a red heart balloon on a suedette cushion cover.  This cushion is 14" x 14" and comes with a pillow infill.

Funky Cushion by Samantha Wilson on Folksy
£50 (+ free delivery)
This funky cushion is made by bonding silver vinyl to blue moleskin. and has contasting bright yellow cotton on the back.

Printable Gift Box by Papercake on DaWanda
This listing is for a tasty-cute print and make gift box. It is in the style of a milk carton and features a Chocobot!  The best part is that the box can be printed as many times as you like so is perfect for party favour boxes.  All you need to make the boxes is a pdf reader, plain card, scissors and glue.  The file will be emailed to you.

Milk Jug by Julia Davey Ceramics on Folksy
£19 (+ £2.45 p&p)
This is a hand decorated jug which has been made from slip cast earthenware. It is approximately 10cm tall and will comfortably hold 3/4 of a pint of liquid. The straw coloured slip is applied before the glaze and the digital transfers are long lasting.

Necklace by La Petit Prince on Etsy
£4.55 (+ £1 p&p)
The pendant hangs from a standart silver 16" chain and approximatley measures 2.3cm across and 2.6cm in lenght. The pendant has been double glazed for extra protection.

"Hey" Original Acyrlic on Canvas by Chep on DaWanda
€26 (+ €4 p&p)
This is an original painting on a 5" x 7" canvas.  The painting is continued around the sides, top & bottom of the canvas.  One in a series of three paintings.  All artwork is signed and titled by the artist.

Rosybot Plush by LittleScrapAlice on Etsy
£19.91 (+ £2.92 p&p)
Approx 12inches in length. Her body, arms and legs are made from off cuts of cream, rose and burgundy rose print cotton.Tthe face and body panel are in a natural heavier beige material. Appliqued eyes and heart on tummy in a complimenting scrap of printed fabric and 3 red buttons are hand stitched on to tummy panel. On the left side of her head is a hand stiched bow in 2 shades of pink ribbon and finished with a bright pink button on the bow. 

Blue Robot Original Watercolour Print by Hole in my Pocket on Folksy
£40 (+ £3 p&p)
A printed illustration from an original water colour depicting a friendly little blue robot with yellow eyes from a series of paintings about life in the future.  Unframed and unmounted 15cm x 20cm (5.9 x 7) digital archival art print on Somerset Velvet 330gsm paper. Signed edtion of 50