What a horrible cold and windy day it is today! It’s really wild outside, I hate the wind. I thought I would cheer myself up by sharing some of the things I’ve bought from some talented designers. I didn’t realise until putting the images of this post together, that most of the items are textile related! I guess I love things made from fabric/felt more than I realised…
This felted fuzzy bowl was handmade by Liz of That Fuzzy Feeling. I couldn’t resist this when I saw the colours. The bowl arrived gorgeously gift wrapped and there were even some cute little felted acorns with it too. What’s more, the bowl even smelt lovely! Check out Liz’s Folksy shop for more cute stuff!
Another Folksy shop to check out is Sprinkles, where I bought this pretty & decorative bookmark. It’s going to make a perfect little trinket Christmas present.
Another of my recent purchases was a Winter Sky Corsage from Agnes of MrsGKnits. I originally bought this as a Christmas present but have ended up keeping it for myself! Agnes has lots of different corsages available in a range of colour combinations, or why not get one custom made in your choice of colours?
I have adored the work of Sparrow Primitives for a long time now, and since moving into our new house I thought it was about time I got a set of Martina’s shelf blocks. I’ve ordered the ones below but with my own choice of colours. Can’t wait to see it! In December, I will meet Martina as we will both have a stall at The Contemporary Craft Shopping Experience and I will collect my shelf blocks from her then
Finally here are a pair of hand knitted fingerless gloves I bought at a craft fair a couple of weeks ago. How cute are the little heart buttons? They are a Christmas present for my Mum as she really liked them, but now that I’ve tried them on I want to keep them!
* Things I’ve got my eye on… *
Yes, more textile related items! Here are a selection of some of the items I have marked as favourites on Folksy this week.
Another item from MrsGKnits! I thought this Pink Sky Felted Neckpiece, Bangle & Ring Set was really funky and unusual.
It’s aimed at UK sellers and buyers of Folksy, here’s how it works…
Take a look at the items shown in the treasury on the Craft Carousel blog. See something you like? Click to be taken to that sellers shop, and buy any item from the featured shop. You then get the chance to replace that spot in the treasury with a featured item from your own shop. You don’t have to buy the featured item shown in the treasury, it can be anything from one of the featured shops.
What a great idea! There has already been 163 individual sales since The Craft Carousel started just one week ago.
And if your not a seller and want to join in? Why not nominate one of your favourite shops!
I bought a gorgeous corsage from MrsGKnits earlier this week, and replaced it with an item from my Folksy shop. My item hadn’t even been in the treasury for a whole day and I’d sold an item from my shop via the Craft Carousel. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for something else to buy from the Carousel as a Christmas gift. You could too!
Following on from yesterday’s post with the driftwood leaflet stand, I decided to base my Folksy Friday collection on a driftwood theme this week. The beautiful works above were created by the following talented Folksy sellers;
1. Driftwood Cabinet by Julia’s Driftwood Designs
2. Driftwood Beach Hut Card by Kirsty Elson Designs
3. Driftwood Tea Light Holder by Ultimate Drifter
4. Driftwood & Reclaimed Wood Mirror by Julia’s Driftwood Furniture
5. Small Wall Mounted Driftwood Boat by Driftwood Boat Builders
6. Driftwood Candle Block by Coastlines
I’m thinking about travel this week – From flying in an aeroplane on my recent holiday, to packing my car and driving to my craft fair this weekend, and my order for the ceramic pendants travelling in the post to their new home.
I decided to host my first ever Folksy Friday and the theme is Travel. Enjoy!
1. Map Badges by Hats Outrageous
2. Butterfly Map Art by TerrorDome
3. Vintage Resin Map Bangle by Pennydog Jewellery
4. Vintage Map Brooch by BuriBoo
5. Travel Book Hearts by Asking for Trouble
6. Frame Purse by Yunisacs
I’ve been busy having a sort out of stock this week. I’ve made a proposed list of all the items I’ll be exhibiting at the ‘Gifted’ 2010 Christmas Exhibition at The Newcastle Borough Museum & Art Gallery from November to December, so I need to start working on a few of those pieces soon. It’s exciting knowing a large display of my work will be on show at the other end of the country. I was selected amongst 50 other designer-makers to exhibit my work at this show, out of hundreds who applied, so I was very happy when I found out this news back in February! I’ll be keeping you up to date with progress.
One of my local stockists, The Hayrack Gallery, have sold a lot of my work over the past few months so I delivered some new one-off pieces to them on Saturday. I always look forward to paying them a visit to see what new pieces some of the other designers have been working on. I’ve watched many different designers’ collections grow since I have been supplying The Hayrack Gallery with my work.
This is a selection of new work I took to the gallery. Various one-off bowls, vases, sculptural vessels, packs of magnets, a clock, a letter rack, framed ceramic wall art, and some sets of coasters.
I like to keep the stock fresh and new so that it is varied for the customers. Although, I do keep a few pieces out on display for a long time. This is since one of my large garden vessels was purchased by a couple that had been admiring it for months – They kept going back to the gallery to look at it, and the lady finally decided to buy it months later when her husband wasn’t with her, as it was a present for his birthday. I love to hear all the little stories about the people who buy my work from this gallery.
So it does pay off if you leave the same item on display for some time, you just have to have a little patience. And I’ve proven that again today, as I’ve just sold this Hanging Fabric Print (left) that has been sitting in my Folksy shop for AGES…
I’ve been wanting to sell it for a long time as its a completely one-off piece that I made one day when I wanted to do something different, rather ceramics for a change. It was a print I designed from a range of my drawings of a pineapple surface. I’m so pleased that it has sold!
I made 2 of these prints, and the other one, which is slightly narrower, is now available in my Folksy shop here
It made my day today when I found out I had been given a blog award, and that someone else had chosen my Folksy Shop as their favourite in an interview.
The interview is over at NiftyKnits blog, where she interviewed Chicita of Gimme That Thing. When Chicita was asked to choose her favourite Folksy shop, she explained my shop was her favourite because “Charlotte’s designs are uncomplicated and effective. As a ceramicist myself, I know how easy it is to take a design that little bit too far, and how difficult it is to know when to stop.” - Thank you Chicita!
I was also pleased to have received this Sunshine blog award from BLONDEDESIGN, maker of Coast and Country handmade home accessories, decorative items and gifts from new, vintage & retro materials.
The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity & creativity inspires others in the blog world.
The rules for accepting these award:-
Put the logo on your blog or within your post.-
Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.-
Link the nominees within your post.-
Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.
This was a difficult decision as there are so many great blogs I love reading. Here are the 12 blogs I have chosen to pass this award onto: (in no particular order)
Check them out for some interesting and inspiring reading!
Last night I made these cheese, tomato and mushroom pastry puffs. They are delicious if I may say so myself! I’m looking for some more yummy ideas of what to put in them – any ideas?
Lots of lovely goodies have caught my eye on Folksy recently, and they all seem to be made of fabric. Here are just a few of my favourites:
This Jam Jar / Tin Can Wrap by The Cotton Potter is absolutely gorgeous, and such a nice idea. I want to buy one for someone for christmas but may buy one for myself to wrap around one of my little vases and keep my pens in it.
This Christmas Tree Garland by Kirsty Elson Designs is really pretty. It would look great across a fire place and would brighten up any room.
I also found this cute fabric brooch made by PANTSANDPAPER, I’m thinking of buying this to pin on my new bag that I’m getting for christmas!
Folksy is going great for me sales-wise, I think a lot of buyers have been buying my ceramics as gifts for christmas. I am always restocking my shop, check back for newly listed items!
From now until Christmas, all customers will receive a free surprise handmade gift with every purchase made from my online store or my Folksy shop!
New items are constantly being updated in both shops so be sure to keep visiting.
Just remember to e-mail or message me quoting “FREE SURPRISE 09″ after completing your purchase.
Thank you to my recent customers
The evenings are slowly starting to draw in now, its definitely scarf and glove weather for me! I’ve noticed a change in the drying process of my work, each item takes twice as long to dry completely out in this cold weather. I suppose thats more of a good thing though, because the slower the clay dries out, the better – it gives me more control over it. A lot of my new work in progress is very seasonal. I get a lot of my inspiration from the natural world and the change in the weather this year has given me new design ideas. Since I can’t show any of my finished work yet (watch this space!), I thought I’d share four of my favourite autumn finds from Folksy.
I was delighted to see that my ‘Electric Drips’ vase had been featured on the front page of Folksy today. I’ve never noticed any of my items on the front page before, so it was very exciting! (see top right image). To view details of this vase and for more images click here.