Rural Crafting

Rural Crafting

0 comment Thursday, April 24, 2014 |
Nautical stripes ad anchors away are all the rage in fashion this summer, and Folksy has the perfect items to complete this look.This necklace is too awesome! Cleverly crocheted and sewn this chunky fabric necklace would look great with a red and white striped t-shirt. Invest in a piece of jewellery art from Laura Lou.All Beauteous Things has this simply sophisticated giant nautical knot ring. Perfect for a more subtle way to keep on-trend this season. Another bright and bold piece from Lost at Sea, perfect pinned onto a navy cardigan, or wear on a chain for a statement necklace.Wave goodbye to your sailor from the pier wearing this amazing rockabilly pillbox hat from KittyPink. Also available in red.Stay ship shape and in time with this authentic Bosun's whistle necklace from Zara Taylor.Nautical stripes and a vintage telegram make up this truly unique necklace. Lots of gorgeous hand embroidery and retro fabric from Tinkers Infinity.Make an old cardigan trendy again with these appliqued buttons from Little Solsken, look how cute the little lighthouse is.Brighten up the sofa whilst adding nautical chic with this cushion from Lichfield Street.Punk meets Hello Sailor meets rockabilly pin up in this super tote bag from Pondedge Design. Perfect for a day by the sea.I hope this items have shown you how easy it is to turn nautical this summer, and keep on trend without breaking the bank. Keep buying handmade, and supporting your local crafters.Article by Aleximo, xXx

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Well hey, here we are, it's 1st of March already! But instead of bemoaning the fast 'march' (!) of time, we should be heralding the start of spring - the season of hopefulness and new beginnings!When I was a child my mother was always coming out with old sayings - "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" (I never did really understand that one) or "rain before 7, gone by 11", that kind of thing. And two of her little gems that have stuck in my mind for this month are "mad as a march hare" (which was often applied to me for some strange reason!) and the fable inspired "March: comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb" So I have taken inspiration from these for my very first posting on this wonderful blog...Hello to you all... (and Thank You Mum)!I hope you like these as much as I do:The Hare A4 Print by Gwen Davies Art & JewelleryThe Hare Cushion by Ruby RubyHare Brooch by Alison Moore DesignsEmbroidered Lion Notebook Cover by Fiona TSheep Soap by Bits N BobsMy Mother Was A Lion Tamer by Shop of NavaroneAnd So The Lion Fell In Love With The Lamb Scrabble Pendantby Pendant PixieSheep Butter Dish by Laura Lee DesignsFelt Landscape Necklace with Sheep by Aileen Clarke Crafts

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0 comment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 |
Pencils are the best invention - ever! Look at what you can do with them - draw, scratch your head, clean your ears, jab the annoying person next to you.... I think pencils are great. The design hasn't changed much during the history of the pencil and it is ergonomically designed to be held comfortably. Fortunately the content has changed from lead to graphite so that we are not poisoning ourselves as we chew distractedly on the end. So, let's take a look at some pencil inspired Folksy items and make our mark!Large Pencil Cushion from Dinky DaisyColoured Pencils Photoprint from Dyche PhotographyPen and Pencil Set from Turning TimeBird Print Pencil Case from Leanne Woods DesignsPencil Case from Paper SpoonPersonalised Teacher Rubber Stamp from Skull and CrossbonesPen Pot from Malcolm's CreationsA5 Drawing Sketchbook from Chalk Hill Studio He Says He Can Hear The Forest Whisper from Hidden Eloise

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Sunday 24th April is Easter Day. I love Easter; it signifies the joy of Spring, marks new life, new beginnings, and when I was a child it also meant there were PRESENTS! I would also be bought a chocolate egg; my brother and I had competitions to see who could make theirs last longest (he always won, should you be interested; he could make an Easter egg last for weeks). Anyway, this week I've selected a few of my favourite Folksy items along an Easter theme; cue BUNNIES! Enter CHICKENS! Bring on the EGGS! Treat yourself, or your friends and family to something that's been handmade with care and...ahem...to the most egg-sacting standards (I'm sorry). Gorgeous rabbit cushion by Black Cactus in London Delicious bathtime fun with this bright yellow soap by Shoples Perfect for keeping your rings or bits and pieces in, or for using as a soap dish, Spring Chicken bowls by Prince Design UK Dress up for Easter! I am bewitched by this lacy, bunny ears headband by Talulah Blue A beautifully symbolic and grown up gift for someone very special, this silver 'Nest' by Pea Pod Jewellery is a truly special keepsake. These upcycled egg cosies by The Juicy Fig will keep your boiled eggs warm in pretty, vintage style! Keep your loose change safe in this cute as can be Blue Tweed Bunny Purse by The Linen Cat. Less calories than the real thing, but just as nice, knit yourself some Easter treats using this pattern from Craft Confections. Send a cool card, like this one by Ribbonreal, made using vintage kimono fabric. I love my kitsch...and this darling piece of jewellery is no exception! How nice is this vintage look chicken brooch by Silk Purse, Sow's Ear? Happy Easter, Folksy Folks!

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0 comment Tuesday, April 22, 2014 |
The soft toys, sock toys and amigurumi on Folksy are simply irresistable. Although made for children I suspect that most Folksy toy makers actually sell to soppy grown ups like me!Cave Bears by Treaclezoo. "We borrowed a picture book from the library, my younger daughter and I, and we fell in love with the main character's teddy. And so the cavebears were born! " Fuzzy the Sock Bunny by Widget & Friends. "Fuzzy is all ready for those long, dark, winter evenings - he has his furry coat on already and is ready for snuggling...."Batman Alfie by Sew Sew. "Alfie is a happy little fellow who loves to spend his days dressing up as his favourite animals and characters. Depending on his mood you can find him in an array of different outfits. Here he must have been feeling particularly brave because he's decided to be Batman!" Chocolate Orange Monkey by Oddsox. "I'm made from a new over-the-knee tasteful chocolate-orange stripey sock � not made by Terry! I'm 47cm tall from head to toe and stuffed with polyfil. I have button eyes and and a hand-sewn wool mouth."Scotty Star trek meerkat by Nifty Knits. "Scotty has his tricorder across his shoulder ready to scan for Dilithium crystals. His original series Star Trek sweaters boasts Federation emblem proudly on the chest and has ranking stripes on the sleeves." Holiday Shortcake/Gingerbread Man by Heart Felt Hand Made. How about a shortcake man on your tree this year? Made from creamy felt with bright red cheeks, I think he would make a mighty fine decoration. Geraldine Barkton Sock Dog by Hotdog and Me. Geraldine is a one of a kind, handsewn sock dog. She once nearly met Orlando Bloom in our local town (he comes here to visit his nan, don't you know) but she chickened out and just watched from afar. It's not all black and white handmade teddy bear by Charming and Pretty. Here is a real Cutie....... An adorable Handcrafted Teddy with a difference, he has a moveable head and arms and just needs someone to love him, he measures approx 7" . Mini Rainbow Owlet by Aleximo Croissant. This is for one Owlet plushie, made by me for you. This toy is hand knitted from a combination of natural and acrylic yarns, and can't wait to fly off to a new home!Who's your favourite?

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