Monday, June 27, 2011

This week I made a trip to Springwools in walkinstown with my Mum and aunts ( featured left). I'd heard of Springwools and was a fan of theirs on facebook but never got around to popping over.
So over we went and after mad directions from my Aunt, we walked into what can only be described as an Aladdin's cave of wool.They had every kind you could possible want and before we knew it our baskets were overflowing.
I fell in love with some chunky wool called indie which I'm going to use to make some cool scarfs and mittens because chances are were going to have another mad winter like last time. So stockpiling scarfs isn't such a mad idea... ok ok I'm justifying spending a fortune on wool =(
But look at these bright colours double knit, they were on sale for €2..60, Mum says there too bright for baby cardies but I'd put my little one in them. Maybe I'm just mad though. I'm also going to try knitting or crocheting them into bobbles i think they'd look lovely as decorations

Last but not least check out my amazing scarf I knit it from Rico Loopy, it comes in amazing colours, some vintage, some ultra bright and some plain, you knit it by folding it back on itself, took a few mins to work out but after a quick glance at a youtube tutorial by blacksheepwool I was sorted. it also comes in another style called Rico CanCan, which is less loopy obviously. More of a ripple effect, I'll post up some photo's when I finish it.

Monday, June 20, 2011

MMM yummy Japanese paper...

Oh oh oh got amazing japanese paper last week. I've been like a kid in a candy store playing around with it... I love the way its gold highlights sparkle when it hits the light. There are two main types I do to use,

One is Chiyogmai, Chiyogami is a specific word developed to describe the graphic, repetitive designs applied to paper in the Edo period. Originally these patterns were printed by woodblock for use in paper doll and small accessory making. In the twentieth century, these patterns began to be applied using silkscreens and this continues today.
They apply the colours layer by layer which really makes the designs "POP"

the other is
"Katazome-shi" which means stencil-dyed (katazome) papers (-shi), and is also referred to as "Wazome ." As the name implies, they are stencilled - with traditional materials, and the care that comes with craftsmanship by hand - to produce unforgettable, intense colours and patterns. like this one below
I buy most of my papers in Daintree in Camden street or Online from craft stores, only prob with online sites is you can't see the paper quality until after... which has disappointed me a few times..

Sunday, June 19, 2011

What a differance a year makes.... this time last year I was doing nothing craft wise... hardly making cards, let alone painting or anything else. But I guess I've found my inspiration again. This last year has been amazing in my personal life, ups and downs. Lost some amazing people who will always be remembered and found new loves and friends. Its time I started showing what I've been up too

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I'm finding it hard to photograph my jewellery, cards are easy because you just need to display the front. But these 3d pieces are stumping me, the photo's always look slighty help. Think I'll have to rope in some photogenius friends to help.

I love making marbled jewellery, chunky pieces shot with bright colours, like the ones above from a previous market... any tips on good photos people?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Have to clear out

Thinking Of putting up some of my stamps on ebay or etsy, really have to start clearing out my stuff. Well if i was really clearing out I'd start with the paper... but well I love the paper. If there was ever a fire in my house I'd be in trouble...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Its Hip to be Square Fabric packs

Just starting to sell on ebay and Etsy, its a bit of a vicious circle. No one knows if they can trust you to buy from because you have no feedback but you can't get feedback because no one's bought from you =) Anyone else have this? I just hope someone takes that first leap of faith.

Anyway today I put up some new fabric packs, cool squares of patterns and differant texture for people you like card making, scrapbooking, badge maker, sewing.... list is endless. Selling a pounds worth, as in weighing a pound not £1 sterling so there pretty big bags

Theres wool in them, felt,satin,chiffon,cotton bouth plain and pattern, paisley, stripes,check,damask, etc etc etc I try put good mix of fabric and colours

Check out some of the patterns included... some customising of clothes me thinks. I used the hot pink paisley to make pin cushions. Actually do I really want to clear them out. this always happens, I say I'm getting rid of something then I find a new way to use it...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Shoe In for best gift idea

What do you get the girl who has everything? Why more shoes of course! It was my cousin Nessa's 21st yesterday and I wanted to buy her shoes but none caught my eye. So.... I made some, got some plain shoes and decorated them with button, ribbons and butterflys. Here's some before and after pics, check out the cool racing stripes on the back of the heels, very sexy!