Sunday, January 30, 2011

This is your Kingdom

This is your Kingdom is a seriously awesome website or online community where you can discover and share amazing places to go in your local area or beyond.   The website itself if lovely and beautifully designed with loads of cute illustrations and I love the idea behind it.

Definitely go and have a look and submit a hidden gem in your local area. 

All pictures sourced from TIYK 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Folksy Friday

If you go down in the woods today.............

Sally Boyle Under The Stair Studios
Old Wives Tale Mellor Ware
Kate McLelland Kipi Ka Popo Shop

There are so many amazing Woodland themed items on Folksy, it was almost impossible to pick just six.  Folksy seems to get better and better by the day.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

This weeks Knits

I have been busy this week with knitting up an order and trying to put the finishing touches to the necklace I showed you before.  I have finished at last. Phew!

The necklaces are now available in my Folksy store.

Here are the Cowls:


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Thrift Challenge

I was reading a rather lovely craft blog yesterday called Heart Handmade, when I stumbled upon a post about a thrift challenge.  Claire, the brains behind Heart Handmade decided that 2011 was the year to challenge herself and others who wish to join her to be more thrifty, by recycling, upcycling, making and mending and then uploading our successes to her Flickr group.

My job comes to an end this week and then next week I move to another town in another part of the country without so much as an interview so Claire's challenge seems like the perfect way for me to save my pennies.

I'm off to the library this afternoon to hopefully find some books to help me along my way and as soon as I get going I will post my thriftiness here.

Wish me luck!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Sneek peek

I have been working on a range of knitted jewellery. Progress is slow as I have orders to knit, work to do and i'm moving house in two weeks but I am getting there slowly but surely.

I'm pretty happy with the way things are looking.

I would love to hear what you think.


P.S I have been invited to guest post a Folksy Friday on the Folksy blog next month.  I'm very excited! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Inspiring rooms

 Unknown source.

Designers and Illustrators Against Plagiarism

Designers and Illustrators Against Plagiarism is a Facebook group set up by illustrator Gemma Correll. 
Gemma is highlighting the huge problem of corporate companies stealing ideas from small independent designers and illustrators, which appears to be happening more and more.
Having had her own illustrations plagiarised, Gemma has taken it upon herself to bring it to the worlds attention and do something about it.

It is a cause worth supporting so please join the Facebook group here

This is Gemma Correll's original tote bag.  Source here .

 And this is the cheap nasty rip-off found in a retailer selling knock off bags.  Source here


Friday, January 21, 2011

Wool Idol

I had completely forgotten to blog about this before now.

I am World of Wools featured artist for January 2011.  Huzzah!

See the full article here


Folksy Friday

A stationary theme this week as I can't get enough of the stuff.

Inkmeup Lou Peajeux Illustration
sheDraws Skull and Cross Buns
Champignons Tea&Ceremony

Just click on the pictures to be taken to the individual items.  


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Birthday Wishlist

Birthday wishlistSources: Both books and the dummy are available through Amazon, Donna Wilson cushion available here, duvet cover available at Ikea stores, Liberty suitcase available here, Mememe bird necklaces available here.

     I have been procrastinating ALL day. Can you tell?



The Handmade Marketplace

The Handmade marketplace is the perfect book for me.  Written by Kari Chapin with help from lots of lovely crafty experts, it is full of really good tips and ideas for selling your crafts online, at fairs and in shops as well as tips on blogging, taking photos and a million other things that I won't list here.  
 It's full of cute little illustrations by Emily Martin too.  So pretty! 

Although aimed the the American marketplace, most of it can be applied to crafty types across the world and definitely makes it worth the £7.07 I paid for it. Good old Amazon. 

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