Just yesterday I found out about the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, and with a name like that how could I not go immediately?

It’s on for a week, at Tokyo Dome and is absolutely huge


as well as lots and lots of stalls for fabric, threads and sewing machines, there is an exhibition of quilts from 94 artists, and the annual Japan Quilt Grand Prix. Here is the Grand Prix winner, sorry it’s a poor shot, the crowd around it was similar to the one around the Mona Lisa.


and here’s the winner from the Junior competition, which was a graffiti -themed quilt.


and some more of my favourites…

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Amazing, huh? Like a terrible person I failed to record the names of the artists of each one, but if you get down to Tokyo Dome before January 30th, you can check them out yourself. Here’s the Great Quilt Festival website. 


This week’s shop is Fluffy Duck, run by Lucy. You can visit Fluffy Duck for unique handmade cards for all occasions.

She has birthday cards, like this fab rocket card, and number cards too…

Children's rocket birthday card

greetings cards for any occasion like this bright flower…

Bright pink and green daisy greeting card

Christmas cards like this one with merry bunting…

Set of 5 large Christmas cards with red and green bunting - handmade

and more for new babies, weddings and thank yous.

Lucy’s going to be expanding into wedding stationery next year, but in the meantime you can get some great cards in the shop, here, and read an interview with Lucy here.

So I’ve had an extended break, but it’s back with a bang with the shop of the week Tatania Rosa, run by Heather, and her beautiful tatted lace creations. Heather makes intricate jewellery, accessories and homewares with a gothic, romantic or historical twist. Here are some of her creations.

Lovely shades of purple in this cuff.

Tatted Lace-up Cuff - Bess (Small)

Rose coasters, far to beautiful to put a cup of tea on!

Pink Rose Coasters, Set Of Two - Rosa

and a gothic necklace with black agate gemstones

Tatted Goth Necklace - Katherine Royale

There’s more about Heather in this interview, and you can visit her shop here.

This week’s Shop is the lovely Phoenvix run by the equally lovely Carrie. When she’s not being a legal eagle Carrie creates beaded jewellery and accessories. She’s also an artist and there’s a few of her drawing in her shop, with more to come in the future. Here’s some of my favourites.

A green and gold chunky glass bead bracelet

Chunky Green Glass Bead Bracelet

a firey red and orange bead bag charm

Bead and Chain Bag Charm in Red and Orange

and lovely pastel and pearl earrings

Pink and Pearly Drop Bead Earrings

You can read more about Carrie and her shop in a Craft Britannia interview here, and visit the shop here.

So are you the kind of person who buys all their Christmas presents in July or the sort that’s running around on Christmas Eve wondering what to get? Me, I’m the later, unfortunately. But this year I’ve decided to get organised. And if you to want to beat the rush and get your presents ahead of time, why not do it now? Here’s some of my jewellery all ready and waiting, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your sofa!

Probably one of my favourite pieces Amethyst and silver heart necklace which has matching earrings.

it’s a cute Silver caterpillar necklace of course

Pearl cocktail ring

a sophisticated Pearl cocktail ring . I have more rings with many different coloured gemstones.

initial silver charm M necklace

Get personal with Silver M initial necklace. I have A, C, E, F, H, J, K, L, N, P, R, S, T, and Y charms too.

and finally cos it’s Christmas.. baubles

Christmas bauble red and gold beaded decoration

Gold and red bauble. I have baubles in silver and red, turquoise and silver, red and green, gold and green, and silver and green. If you’d like other colours just let me know.

Merry almost Christmas in July!

This week’s shop is actually two shops both run by a busy lady called Nadine, Muntjac Vintage and imynda. In Muntjac Vintage you’ll find vintage housewares and collectables, and in imynda Nadine’s own handmade crochet and amigurumi accessories and supplies. Here’s a couple of things from both shops.

From Muntjac Vintage, an embroidered cream and blue scarf with my favourite paisley design

Ladies Scarf Cream Blue Embroidered Vintage Headscarf

and 5 Matryoshka Russian nesting dolls in green, I always like Russian dolls and these are sweet

Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls Set of Five Green

and from imynda a tiny lion head brooch made with amigurumi crochet.

Tiny Lion Brooch Crochet Amigurumi Animal

and personalised place cards with a small crochet flower.

Wedding Name Place Cards Crochet Flower Watermelon Pink Made to Order

You can read more about Nadine’s shop in an interview here, and visit the shops Muntjac Vintage here, and imynda here

It’s not Friday (again) but Japan is on my mind, and one of my favourite Japanese motifs is sakura, cherry blossom, so here are some very lovely items featuring sakura, from British makers on Folksy.

Cherry blossom cuff by Claire Gent

Red and Ivory vintage kimono silk cushion by Ribbonreal

Cherry blossom tree painting by Louise Mead

Leather phone case by Tovicorrie

Cherry blossom hammered silver cuff ring by Sophie Marie Smith Design

Kanzashi brooch by Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi

For all things burlesque and bridal, you need this week’s Shop of the Week – Reds Ribbons. Run by Sarah, Reds Ribbons has all kinds of accessories, fascinators, hats and hairbands, with a luxurious, burlesque influence using ribbon, feathers, satin, lace, beads and sequins.

First this lovely feathered hair clip with big shiny stones

Green Feathered hair clip

A classy black and white cocktail hat

Black and white cocktail hat

and what Reds is famous for, pasties in all decorations, here’s some with cherry lace.

cherry heart Nipple pasties -  a frilly cherry trim with a polka dot heart .

As well as her Etsy shop, Sarah is a circus performer and has a supply of fire eating and other performance equipment (like stilts!). She also teaches burlesque classes. You can read an interview with her here, and visit the shop here.

The natural world is the inspiration for this week’s shop, KitzieG, run by Laura. You’ll find magnets, mirrors, postcards, posters, prints and greetings cards with KitzieG’s distinctive, pretty botanical prints. Laura creates paper cuts of plants and flowers, and uses the shapes to great and colourful effect. Here’s a few of my favourite things.

Button magnets in pink, red and purple, perfect for getting organised.

Fridge Magnets in a Tin - Set of Seven in Red, Pink, Purple. Floral Botanical Papercut Designs

Large greeting cards in blue, of cornflower, fritillary and rhodochiton vine.

Botanical Papercut Greetings Cards (A5) - Set of Three in Blue

and a hot pink pocket mirror with beautiful orchid.

Pocket Mirror - Hot Pink Orchid Botanical Papercut Design

You can read an interview with Laura here and find out more about her inspirations, and visit the shop here.

A whole range of crafty goodness goes into Merry Go Round UK,  this week’s shop, run by Julia in York. There’s knitted and crocheted items, jewellery, hair accessories, bookmarks, decorations and some supplies too. It’s true that if you want something done you should ask a busy person, and Julia’s certainly a busy lady, her shop is just one part of her life. Here’s a selection of some of my favourites from the shop.

Some patriotic red, white and blue button magnets.

Red, White and Blue Button Magnets: patriotic button magnets, plastic / acrylic buttons mix, set of 6

A cowl and gloves set in cool shades of blue and purple.

Cowl & Gloves Set: blue, purple, green, indigo marble cowl and fingerless gloves

And a jolly citrus wreath to brighten up a small spot.

Citrus Micro Wreath : cute, tiny yarn wreath with mixed buttons, lime green, yellow and orange, with hanging ribbon

As well as Merry Go Round, Julia also has a supplies shop called CarouselUK. You can read an interview with her here, and visit the shop here.