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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Some fab Folksy Sellers!

I thought it was about time I featured some of the wonderful Folksy sellers who have included me (either Careford Creations or Folk of the Forest) in their blogs this year, some several times!

This cute strawberry notepad from Debbie of Crafty Mushroom is one of a set of 3, including an umbrella and a bird:

Next up is a lovely spring bag from Lynda of SimJaTa:

This beautiful heart suncatcher from Maria at PrettyBeautifulDesigns, would look perfect in a sunny window:

Next is one of the most stunning hairclips I've seen! Gorgeous dragonfly from Mirjam of Mirribeads:

I love things set in resin, like this pretty buttercup in a pendant from Gemma of DamselflyGemma:

And last but certainly not least is Linda from Uniquely Yours. Linda's featured my items a number of times - thanks again Linda! This is an ACEO of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. I went there when I was 12 so had to pick it for my blog! What an amazing painting!

Make sure you click on the pictures and take a look at all the sellers' other lovely items. You're bound to find something you want or need!

Monday, March 14, 2011

My new venture - Folk of the Forest

Well, after a looooong time, Folk of the Forest is finally here! This is my new Folksy shop, all about the fairies and elves in the forest.

You can buy an enchanting print, capturing a moment in the forest folk's daily lives, like in this Easter print here:

Or you can have your own little bit of forest, as with these toadstool earrings:

or flower wine glass charms:

Or you can share in the fairies' favourite things, with these raspberry fairy cake earrings:

I first had the idea for these forest folk years ago when I used to sit in my parents' back garden in north London. There was a little canopy made by some plants and shrubs and I often used to imagine a magical world hidden beneath them.

I didn't do anything about it until a few years ago when I rediscovered polymer clay and realised it was the perfect medium to make the little folk. And since then I've been working on this venture. The following year (2008) I came across Folksy and realised that I could set up a Folk of the Forest shop. It's taken me this long to get it all ready, but it's here now!

It's going well. I've already had a sale and am getting favourites every day. So fingers crossed for lots more sales!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Beauty products needed!

My old friend Bettina (that's 'old' as in been friends for a long time, not old as in old!) writes a fab blog called Beauty Swot,where she reviews lots of yummy beauty products interspersed with mouth-watering reviews of afternoon teas she experiences in top London hotels.

Bettina's currently on the lookout for wonderful products for oily, dry or sensitive skin. So if you've found anything that really works, just send Bettina an e-mail: bettina@beautyswot.com. She'd love to include you and your find in her blog!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Folksy March Hares

This is the first month I've decided to join a daily listing club on Folksy. It's just a personal challenge to try and list something every day. Three days into March and I've listed three items, so I'm doing well!

This is today's item:

A vintage-style ACEO.

Here are some other wonderful listings from the March Hares. Bit of an animal theme:

Owl ACEO from Dottery Doo Dahs:

Perfect for a young child is this tooth fairy pillow from Cottons and Dreams:

Vintage-style chick brooch from Silkpursesowsear:

Very lovely chick mini canvas from Sketchstitch:

Cute owl gift tags from Swirlyarts:

Decorate your home with these wonderful Easter egg decorations from Court & Spark:

Go and take a look at all the other fab items in their shops! You won't be disappointed...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Folksy ATC Swap

Dottery Pottery over at fabulous handmade site Folksy, organised an ATC swap recently. ATC stands for Artist Trading Cards. These are the same as ACEOs but you swap rather than sell them.

My swap partner was Janice from Wellydog Gallery, which I was delighted about. Her paintings are just beautiful. Here's the ATC Janice painted for me:

This is exactly the sort of scene I would choose if someone asked me what I would like them to paint. There's something about trees and water that I just love. In fact, many of my photos are of trees and water! This is a gorgeous miniature work of art. I particularly love the sand; I'm not sure why exactly!

ATCs and ACEOs can me made in any medium and I've made a few ACEOs now in polymer clay, as was this ATC too.

Apart from knowing what to make it out of, I really wasn't sure what to do at first, but I had a read of Janice's blog and discovered that she mentioned two things I could work on - Eau de Nile - a lovely green/turquoise colour and Art Deco. So I started making an abstract Art Deco design using the green/turquoise as a background.

However, when it was nearly finished, I turned it upside-down and thought it looked quite like an ice-cream... and it turns out this is something Janice enjoys making! So, there we have it - an 'Eau de Nile Art Deco Ice-Cream' ATC!

I'm not sure if there's going to be a gallery of all the swaps. If there is, I'll come back and post the link.

Fun swap, thanks Janice and thanks Dottery Pottery for organising it.