May 29, 2010

My little neighbours

I've started my blog quite recently and I did it mainly for the reason to invite people to show my crafts, find out other craft blogs, new ideas and possibly new friends. Doing crafts means a lot to me as I've spent years working at the office which left me no time for hobbies. So now I'm enjoying every minute I can spend with my crochet hook and wonderful cotton thread. 

Pets are my other passion. At the moment I have 2 favourites - Staffordshire Bull Terrier Missy and little budgy Billy. They are not mine :(

Missy is a lovely girl, full of energy and everyday things to do. She is busy all day but always gets some time for having a little stroke and poking her little black nose through the fence.

And Missy likes to make a mess.

Her little white patch on the neck is adorable.

While his mummy is away I'm taking care of Billy the budgy. He is a cheeky boy, pretty boy and a good boy. At least he thinks so and likes to inform everybody about it. Since his previous stay with us he learned some new phrases: Billy, what's up? and something else but I can't grasp it. He is also very curious as likes sitting on my shoulder and watch me when I am doing crafts or just chewing my earrings.

May 23, 2010

Feather earrings

Feathers are very popular in crafts. In any craft store you can find packets of different types of feathers - marabou, duck, goose, peacock. I like all of them as they are all different and bring their own attractiveness to the craft project.
Recently I've started making earrings from feathers. Pheasant feathers seem to be less popular than colourful  peacock or fluffy marabou. But it all depends on your creativity and the additional materials you are using in your project.

My pheasant feathers earrings are embellished with beads.

I have to say if you start something new it's getting quite addictive. So after pheasant feathers I'm going to open my packets with marabou and peacock feathers.

May 19, 2010

Have you heard about Leeds Kirkgate Market?

Leeds Kirkgate Market is a market in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK. With over 600 stalls this is Europe's largest covered market. It attracts around 250,000 visitors every week.
It first opened in 1822.
It was a founding location of Marks & Spencer. Michael Marks opened his "Penny Bazaar" in the open air market here in 1884.
Since then the market has been refurbished and here is how it looks like nowadays.

Since last year it has been hosting 'How Bizaar', a big market stall, providing an opportunity for starters of new businesses to display and sell their products. Starting a new business can be risky but now having an opportunity to test demand and get market feedback before fully launching their product, service and idea, is less stressful.
'How Bizaar' provides a low risk trading opportunity for a wide range of businesses e.g. arts, crafts, clothing, food, electrical goods, toys.

You ask me why I'm giving you all this information? Because since April my crochet embellishments and jewellery are displayed in Leeds Kirkgate Market! I'm having my own display space. It's quite big but it's never enough when you start arranging it. Since it's YOUR space you can do there what you want.
This week my space is arranged this way.

I have wonderful neighbours who are displaying and selling their gorgeous products - handmade cards, clothing, bags, unusual jewellery, items of home decor. They all are of high quality and are very popular among visitors of the stall.

So please do come in to check our handmade products!

May 14, 2010

Playing with felt

I'm still trying something new. This time new type of flowers using dry felting technique. I used the same dyed in beautiful colours wool fleece as I used for my wet felt flowers. What I like in felting is that you are in total control of what you are doing and actually nothing can go wrong. The only thing is barbed needle that is used to make a dry felt. Having small experience you better be careful while punching the fleece otherwise you will stab your fingers. Yes, it hurts :(
So first I made a flower.

It is quite nice on its own and can be used as a brooch pin or a corsage flower. But I decided to use mixed media - crochet balls, rings, wooden beads - and make a necklace.

So here it is!

May 07, 2010

Show off your accessories

Summer is knocking at the door. It's time to show off your accessories. Cell phone accessories shouldn't be hidden.

These elegant crochet cell phone drawstring bags are made from cotton thread with lurex and designed to protect your phone.

They will comfortably accommodate tiny digital cameras, cell phones, iphones small to medium sized especially ones in diamond shape.



May 02, 2010

I love pansies!

These little flowers are adorable. I like to crochet them and use in my crafts.

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