Sunday, 29 May 2011

Origami wow!

Ok, I mentioned my sister-in-law and friend were making some cool origami crafts, well here they are:

Aren't they amazing? These are origami crane earrings. They're made from a tiny square of beautifully patterned tea paper and are finished off with beads and a tiny swarovski crystal. Here are some others:

The paper on the box lid is the same as that used to make the origami cranes. All proceeds are currently going to the Japan Tsunami Appeal.

And there is more, they are also making these wonderful origami kimono cards:

All proceeds from cards are also going to the Japan Tsunami Appeal. For more info contact:

I think I actually squealed with delight when I saw all these, they are beyond cute and the details of the papers are exquisite. The blue and orange earrings are now mine, I couldn't leave without them, and am so happy I got them, I can't stop looking at them! :) I suggested they open a shop on Etsy for them, which they hopefully will do. I will keep you up to date on any news on them.


Friday, 27 May 2011

So Inspired

I am feeling so inspired today! I popped over to give my bro his birthday pressie last night and found my sister-in-law and her friend had made some amazing origami crafts!! (I promise to post about these over the weekend). She has given me some great ideas of making my own rubber stamps and about the possibilities out there. Maybe, if I ask really nicely, she will put a tutorial online to show you how to make your own stamps.

I have also been browsing a little online, catching up on craft sites etc, and came across this pic on Craftzine:

Theres so much to love about this image. The clean whiteness of it all, the huge chunky knitting needles and yarn, and also the fact that I envy her big, clean working space. You could carpet a whole room with that knit!

Also, I saw these patterns on Craftzine too:

Crochet flower coasters

Crochet spring bunny

Valentine teddy amigurumi

How to: Simple skirts

Mainly crochet catching my eye today, such cute amigurumis and pretty, pretty coasters. And as for these skirts, well they are so simple to make! And yes, they can be made in grown up sizes too!!! Hooray..Can't wait to get my machine set up for this one!

Friday, 20 May 2011

I love jelly

I have a jelly treasury on Etsy! When I think of jelly it always takes me to an image of 1950s kitchens, with those fantastic food illustrations of the time. There are some of these style illustrations in the jelly treasury. I don't seem to acknowledge how much I actually like jelly, the perfect shapes and colours of it, but one of my cats is named Jelly, so that must be a bit of a giveaway! lol! And she is perfect and beautifully coloured too!

Check out some of these retro food illustrations:

Ok, I added that last one just for kicks...looks like she'd kill for that jam on bread! (Mum: Note to self, hide that butter knife!)

Beautiful, beautiful illustrations!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Blog, Boxing and Birthdays

Hello again

As you can see, I've changed my blog template again. I really like it, but then my mood/style changes so often, it might well change again. Do you like it?

The Mr and I (and cats) are moving again! We will be relocating ourselves to another area of Swansea (2 streets away from where I was living before) to a house with more room! I will actually have a room for my crafts, bliss! So now if the rest of the house looks untidy, I won't be able to blame it on the lack of space to work in, and my laziness will be out there for all to see.

So ready for the move, I am having a clear out of old clothes, and craft supplies. I already have a box full of card making supplies going to a paper crafter and a stash of scrap fabrics going to a sewing friend of my sister's I recently met. There are a lot more things to sort out and pack away, but its turning out some surprising finds of things I forgot I had, like these really retro doll faces I bought and some cool Japanese stickers and accessories.

It will be my birthday tomorrow, the last of my 20s!! :( But I am actually looking forward to my 30s), so I will try to enjoy it to the full. A day of coffee, Hitchcock films, shopping and dinner are on the cards! :) Plus I found my cake in the fridge this morning, hahaha, it was trying to hide behind a small jar or teryaki, cakes can't hide from me for long!

Oh, one more thing! I signed up to a craft swap, my very first, at Artichoke designs, I've just given over my details and answered some questions on my likes and dislikes, any allergies etc. I liked that I could give information like this. So I will hopefully get matched with someone soon! I can't wait to get started on some goodies!

I will report back on my birthday findings!!!


Monday, 16 May 2011

Bye Bye Suzie

I've sold Suzie - the cutest amigurumi I've ever made - in my Folksy shop! I'm so glad she is going to a good home, in Portugal! But I can't help but miss her blushed little face!!! I will have to make some more like her, a group of friends perhaps. So, bye bye Suzie, you will soon have a new home and a new best friend!


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Giant Snacks!

Check out the Monster Munchies post at the blog Fluffy Ghosts!

Yum,  that would take some sewing!!!

Check out the Pimp that Snack Gallery

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Craft books!

Look at these cool books....
From top, left to right
World of geekcraft by Susan Beal
Indie Craft - Jo Waterhouse
Blogging for bliss - Tara Frey
Another cool item I found!

Poppy's play house sets at the Dot Com Gift Shop (Loving the 50s retro feel to this)
There are different scenes avaliable, all so quirky.

Friday, 6 May 2011


Here is the tin of felt food sardines I've been sewing:

I'm liking the actual sardines a lot, I might make some more for another project. I used the new photobox for the first time and really liked it, although some of the shots are appearing quite low quality in Folksy, I think I might have re sized them too small.

I've now listed the cheesecakes and Ice cream roll on my Folksy shop too, so feel free to check them out!
There are still some summer treats on their way and last night I started to sew my way through some more of Mr Kipling's exceedingly good items.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Look what I just won on ebay....

I just bid this afternoon and won this:

I've been meaning to make a white box for a while now to get some uniform photos of my things, nice an bright. So found this on ebay, bargain!!! So I can hopefully start taking some clear shots from this weekend. Now to start sewing more things to shoot!!! lol!

Hope you all enjoyed the wedding festivities and the long weekend? I'm not much for watching royal occasions, but this couldn't be missed. I thought They both looked lovely, and genuinely happy, and wish the best to them both. Otherwise, the Mr and I have been repainting our bedroom (it's been crying out for a paint for months), I have gone all capsule on my wardrobe and thrown or donated old things I don't need, can't fit into or don't wear anymore. I can actually see everything in there now, its been years since I could last say that!! The house is looking more spacious, which is a miracle as the place is tiny!! And we both have lots of hobbies! Hoping that our savings will eventually allow us to buy something a bit bigger when we can ever afford to buy our first place.

There are a few summer makes in the pipeline, but I don't want to divulge them yet so that they're a surprise. But they are old skool cool!!!

oh, yeah, my birthday is coming up soon, keep forgetting that, my last year in my 20s, oh what to do with it eh? maybe a tiny last tattoo before its over? or a pair of irregular choice shoes? hmmmm

Imagine Homer Simpson drooling over a donut, and that's me right now!!!