Archive for the ‘Things others have made’ Category

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flickr inspiration

August 27, 2009

Some pictures making me smile today…

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1. Hurrah craft Moonstitches Owl, 2. valentines day, 3. -:::-*Milky* Time-:::-, 4. A Side of Hanging Heart Collage, 5. Can You Feel the Love Tonight …., 6. You can now adopt… The Felt Orange Bug!, 7. Felt Galaxy, 8. Stay away from me weirdo !!, 9. Strip-tease!!!, 10. ‘Strawberry Sundae’ wall art closeup, 11. 3 for Tea, 12. rockpool shells, 13. the new happy bed, 14. Altered matchboxes, 15. Frog Moving Into Triplex, 16. Vintage block print illustration

If you enjoyed the first installments of Moopy’s adventures and would like the chance to win a lovely mini moopy doll of your own, head over to Lisa’s blog where the talented lady is hosting a giveaway to win one!

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A treasury and a party

August 22, 2009

Well I am officially addicted to making these things. This is my second treasury and I wanted to include a couple of new shops to maybe help them get their first sale.

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I wanted to capture the lazy happy feeling of a late summer day with nothing to do except sit under a tree with a good book. You can see it here for the next day and a half or so.

Even though it’s a bit grey here today I’ve got that lazy happy summer feeling too (probably what inspired the colour choices in the treasury). The reason is the celebration party we’re having this evening. What are we celebrating? Well a few months ago Matt asked me a rather special question that resulted in this…

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We’re having a few friends and family round to celebrate with a glass of homemade elderflower bubbly.

Have a nice weekend!

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Home

August 11, 2009

We had a lovely few days in Sheffield, got to visit some friends and go back to a few of our old haunts (thanks Ann and everyone at the Dog and Partridge!) Back home and back to work now. I’ll be posting some of our exploits from the trip over the next few days.

I just wanted to share one of my brooches with you.

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I made this little guy a while ago and I’ve been lucky enough to have it featured today on the Handmade Jewelry Club website! This is a great site promoting handmade items as well as sharing techniques and tutorials.

Also, head on over to Lazy Daisy Glass where Kathryn is having a fantastic giveaway of some of her beautiful glass creations, they really are stunning!

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Inchies!

August 4, 2009

I’ve recently discovered inchies, via swap-bot, and I have to say they are quite addictive! It’s fun to see how much art you can fit on these tiny 1×1″ canvases. A quick search on flickr will bring up hundreds and they can be quite inspirational.

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These are some inchies I made recently for a colour themed swap (sorry about the poor photo, I was trying to get a quick pic before sending them out to my partners and there was no natural light). I’m quite happy with how they turned out, and I also received some great inchies back:

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I’m planning to try to collect a whole load from different people and make a sort of mosaic to frame for our wall, something like this. If you haven’t tried making them I really would recommend it. It’s a challenge to create such a mini work of art, but you might end up with some teeny treasures!

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I made a treasury!

August 3, 2009

I’ve finally got the hang of the treasury feature on etsy! I waited until there was a space this afternoon and then pounced and got the chance to feature some of my favourite items from all the talented etsians out there. The treasury is here if you want to look. I’d love to hear your comments about it. I can see this getting quite addictive!

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Here is a screen shot in case it expires before you get a look. And hoping you peeps are actually interested and I’m not just boring you with my new found passtime!

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Handm@de

July 6, 2009

Yesterday we had a lovely day out in Winchester so that I could get to the Handm@de craft fair being held at the Guildhall. It was a fantastic event, and I’m glad I set a limit before I went in as it could have been very easy to spend a lot of money!

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There was such a wide range of crafts represented, from jewellery to soaps to photographs to stuffed toys, and just about everything in between! I tried to buy some small items from as many stalls as possible to try to bring home a good selection and support a lot of artists! Here are some of my goodies…

Greeting gards from Joan Stewart and paperleaf, and postcards from Joe Hurry and Julia Davey.

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Very funky pup keyring from Laurie Redman

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Lovely ceramic buttons (I could have bought hundreds of these!) from Karen Turner and Penny Spooner

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I love owls. I especially love embroidered owls with cute little heart buttons and bead dangles! From meninafeliz

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These ladies had just about my favourite stall of the day, although there were so many I loved it’s hard to say that! But something about this table really draws you in, and the detailed little pieces like my owl were beautiful.

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Another thing I loved about the fair was that so many people were using moo cards as business cards! They are really cute and I think I’ll have to get myself some.

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After a good hour and a half wandering around the guildhall,we found a nice little pub with a lovely beer garden to sit in.

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Even better, they had a little outdoor pool room with a television so we could watch the amazing Wimbledon final.

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We ended up having to eat here because we couldn’t leave before the match was over! Nail-biting stuff.

Hope you had a lovely weekend too!

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Getting there

July 2, 2009

We are just about settled in to our new flat now and most of the (many) teething problems have been sorted out. Although I think the ancient fridge is struggling to cope with the heat so we may have to speak to the landlord about having that replaced. Ah, the joys of renting!

I have discovered that it is impossible to take a decent photo of the place so instead I focused on a few of the little things that were easier to get a picture of.

I love the weathered look of the letterbox and door fixtures. They give the place much more character and a greater sense of age and grandeur than it deserves!

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This little chap was a favourite Christmas present from Matt. He bought it for me on a trip to London when he was really ill and felt awful but still struggled out to get me a prezzie! I’m a lucky girl.

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It wouldn’t be home without books! This is just a small collection, mostly craft books. There are several boxes currently being stored at my parents’ house!

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I have to confess to being a bit of a hoarder. I love things. I’m not sure why this is, except that I get it from my dad, who has huge collections of books and postcards. I love hunting around charity shops and car-boot sales for anything that catches my eye. Anything that I think looks pretty is fair game, although I try very hard not to accumulate too much clutter as we just don’t have the space for it! But that is the explanation for this odd little mushroom, which I found for 50p at a charity shop and I love it! The puppy came from Manda, who writes one of my favourite blogs and  has a wonderful shop.

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I have a few new crafty endeavours to share with you soon, now I need to get out and make the most of the lovely weather we’re having here.