Friday, 30 March 2012

A Treasury of Jewels

Sadly, I have never been much of a jewellery person.  I have quite sensitive skin so it feels uncomfortable to have jewellery against my skin.  I have never even worn a watch!

All my life I had long blonde hair, but in my early forties I decided it was time to have it all cut off!  Wearing my hair short gave me the excuse to have my ears pierced and to start wearing earrings.  Things didn’t run smoothly, but after a while my ears and my skin adjusted and I indulged myself in purchasing a wide range of earrings!

beady daze

I discovered that I loved earrings that were inspired by the designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, particularly his rose design, so when looking for new earrings I was always drawn to those that were influenced by his work.  Over the years, I have collected quite a few! 

Unfortunately, losing earrings has been a daily life hazard and I have sadly seen many disappear... most frustrating is when you lose one, and still have the other to remind you of your loss!

Spiral Fountain Jewellery
Joining Folksy last October brought me into contact with lots and lots of handmade jewellery and I found myself being fascinated, tempted, dazzled, transfixed, seduced by an array of gorgeous designs!  All kinds of jewellery presented itself to me and I was intoxicated by the beauty of the colours, textures, and craftsmanship! 

Last Christmas I could no longer resist and purchased four pairs of earrings from four different sellers as a treat to myself!  I think at the time I thought I was going to give them away as gifts, but of course, once they arrived I couldn’t part with them!  
Adien Crafts

I appreciate beautiful things.  When I am designing and making, the thought that I want to create something beautiful is uppermost in my mind.  Sadly, it is not always achievable, but I certainly give it my best shot!

I am sure that I share this wish with all the jewellery designers/makers on Folksy, whether consciously or not!  I decided it was time to celebrate this beauty, so my blog post today is devoted to those special people who create beauty with their treasury of jewels! 


(Don’t forget to click on the photo and it will take you directly to the item in their shop!)

I hope you don't mind but I steered clear of depicting some earrings.  They would have been far too much of a temptation!  I am sure you will agree though that the selection I have chosen are all beautiful, and I hope you enjoy looking at this feast of beauty as much as I have enjoyed finding it!
If you wear jewellery I hope you will consider purchasing something beautiful for yourself - go on, treat yourself!
Marthamoo Beads


Saturday, 24 March 2012


My visit this week to the NEC – Birmingham for the ‘Sewing for pleasure’, ‘Hobby crafts’ and ‘Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch’ exhibitions was truly inspiring.  This visit is an annual treat and I always look forward to it every year.  Of particular interest to me this year was the exhibition called “The Art of Lace” – I very much enjoyed looking at this stand and was mesmerised by the beautiful vintage lace on display.

There is so much to do and see that it is never possible to do it all in one day, but I was whizzing around on my mobility scooter trying to pack in as much as I could!  Watching the fashion show is always fun to do.   Just the colours and designs on the Cat Walk are an inspiration and led me to purchase some turquoise fabric (no idea why!) but it is such a gorgeous colour!  ‘The Queen of Chocolate’ was a highlight of the fashion show – and it just shows you what you can do with chocolate wrappers!

Best of all for me, was meeting and talking to textile artist Helen Cowans.   The work she had on display was just heavenly.  I was completed captured by her use of textures, colours, photos, and vintage LACE (my all time favourite!)  So beautiful!  I really enjoyed talking to Helen about her work and I found it so inspiring!
Of course, much of the day was taken up with shopping!  When you have the most delicious array of fabrics, lace, buttons, and numerous other items on sale – how can I resist!?  Most years I have been fairly restrained in my purchases, but this year I had been saving up the pennies to have a mega blow out on fabric!

In the photos you can see some of the fabric I purchased, and all these will be making an appearance in future projects.  My head it buzzing with ideas!  There are twelve different fabrics on just one pile!  Twelve!  Not all purchased together I hasten to add, but periodically throughout the day.  In fact, I didn’t know how much I had bought until I unpacked all my purchases the following day!  I forgot to photograph the silk I purchased – yes, I had to buy silk because I love it so!  Another photo shows the lace and trims – very unusual – that I purchased along with turquoise (of course!) beads and rick rack, threads etc.

Purple silk purse

Ruby Tote

Finally, just a couple of photos of the latest items I have listed in my shop.  The Ruby Tote has received a lot of interest so I am hoping it won’t stay in the shop for very long!
Thought for the day:  What inspires you?

Friday, 16 March 2012

Passion for Knitting and Crochet

My Mum loved knitting and crocheting.  My abiding memory of her is sitting in her favourite chair with a pair of needles or a crochet hook and lots of yarn!  Sadly, she passed away 18 months ago and I still miss her dreadfully.  With Mothering Sunday almost upon us, I feel sad that I can’t take her a card and flowers/gift and visit her and have a chat or take her out for a meal.  It feels quite painful.

However, Mum was a sunny person with a positive attitude and a good sense of humour, so she wouldn’t want me to feel sad.  My Mum loved her crafts, not just knitting and crochet.  She was a dressmaker too and not a bad cook!  She also liked embroidery and when I was young she attended evening classes and learnt how make items with leather.

I am confident that my passion for crafts was inherited from my Mum and for that I am grateful, for nothing makes me happier than when I am creating something beautiful.

In honour of Mum and in her memory this week, I have decided to showcase three people and shops from Folksy who all have a passion for yarn crafts:  Linda from Uniquely Yours, Natalie from NOfkants Curios and Polly from PollyKrafts. 

Natalie from NOfkantsCurios

“I enjoy knitting and working with yarn and wool, making items from simple scarves through to handmade handbags. My inspiration is often taken from nature, or by the look of how differing yarns, wool and other products work together. Each of these items will be unique and guaranteed handmade.”

Linda from Uniquely Yours

“I love to crochet and knit, it`s a real passion. I don`t make anything to a pattern, so everything is unique for each unique person.”

Linda is a great blogger so do have a look at her blog which I find always interesting and she loves to feature handmade crafts from Folksy.


Polly from PollyKrafts
 “My grandmother brought me up and very patiently taught me to knit and crochet and sew as soon as I was old enough to hold the needles. I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t making and designing. My passion is mostly with yarns and fabric. I love to sit in my Cornish garden knitting or doing my crochet in the sun, listening to the birds or the sound of the sheep in the field beyond.”

I hope you enjoy looking at these stunning knitted or crocheted items from three talented designers/makers from Folksy.  Click on any of the photos to view the item in their shop! Enjoy!