It’s not Friday, but better late than never. Pearls are much more than a string around your neck, here’s some pieces from Folksy illustrating the versatility of pearls.
Jasmine – Swarovski Pearl tiara by Hint of Elegance
Pearl baby shoes – by Buzybee
Lavender Mist Pearl and Crystal Boutique by The Patchwork Bride
Silver and Pearl Leaf necklace by Alexis Southam Jewellery
Freshwater pearl nest pendant by Lillibets
Freshwater pearl and silk wrap by A Very British Affair
You’d better get over to this week’s shop quick, the Shop of the Week promotion is going so well Carrie’s almost sold out! And it’s not surprising, the Natural Bathing Co makes lovely soaps, lip balms and bath bombs from natural ingredients. Here’s a selection: firstly organic dragonsblood soap. Don’t worry no dragons are harmed in the making of this soap, it’s a mixture patchouli, vanilla, rose absolute, orange and jasmine.
Now how can I resist, chocolate lip balm. It’s made of cocoa flavourings, natural yellow beeswax, sweet almond oil, and shea butter.
and finally an unusual lime, mandarin and basil bath bomb, good enough to eat!
You can read an interview with Carrie here, and visit the shop here
Here’s a question that has been puzzling me, what counts as handmade? With clothes it’s simple: an item sewn together by a person, probably one-off, but you wouldn’t expect that person to have made the fabric too. With jewellery it seems a bit more complicated, if you take some beads or charms and make them into a necklace, it’s handmade, right? Or not? In my travels around Etsy I’ve seen a few necklaces and bracelets that seem more and more familiar.
Sweet Blue Bird Jewelry ($18)
Sweet Melody Shop ($19.55)
Revelle Rose Jewelry ($23)
Roberta Valle ($15)
A Box for my Treasure (€26)
The Bonny Boutique ($14.99)
Cellas Creations ($20)
So what do you think? Handmade?
Spinning Streak is this week’s Shop of the Week. As you can tell from the name Spinning specialises in hand spun, and hand dyed wool, and woollen items. She spins and dyes using both professional dyes and natural plant colours too. Here’s a selection of lovely things from her shop.
This is a gorgeous pink, blue and purple hand painted new wool skein.
These are cute baby booties and mittens in warm tones, colourful enough to keep anyone cosy.
And this hand knitted stole in blues and lilacs.
There are more of Spinning’s lovely yarns and handmade goodies from gloves and scarves to bags and tea cosies, in her shop here, and you can read an interview with Spinning on the Craft Britannia blog here.
Folksy Find – Paisley.
Paisley hare by Rachel Eliott Glassworks, Paisley Brooch by Buttercup Boutique, A6 notebook with handmade fabric cover by Green Grass, Purple cuff bracelet by Made by Daisy, Wash bag Paisley hearts by Ritzy Swish, Paisley sterling silver pendant by Alison Moore Designs, Brass paisley cuff by Mel Bandeira Jewellery, Paisley cream and black letter by Roseberry Boutique, Large white button earrings by My Vintage Designs, Gold paisley hoops by Misskukie Fine Handmade Jewellery, Large turquoise cushion by For Alice With Love, Handmade Vintage Cushion by Paisley Fox, Paisley the Bear by Barley Bears, Paisley stretched canvas by Higgledy Piggledy Homemade, Turquoise paisley clutch by Not Just Handbags, Paisley catnip toy by Molly’s Mice, Mosaic garden bird bath by JoSara, Baby booties by Accidental Vix.
Rachel Elliot runs this week’s shop – FlyingCheeseToastie. Rachel is a glass artist based in Edinburgh. She makes uses different techniques to make her items, ranging from jewellery with enamel, like this lovely pendant…
to this lead crystal taxi, which is a limited edition, made by lost wax casting
and Rachel’s famous hares, which are kiln-fired and come in all colours, patterns and nationalities. My favourites are the paisley ones, like this…
The hares also have competition from the foxes, and there’s also brooches, cufflinks, earrings and dishes. Check out the interview with Rachel on the Craft Britannia blog and learn about different glass types here, and the shop here.