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Splunk DB Connect Tail for Oracle E-Business Sign-on Audit

Integrigy has received a lot of great feedback about our Framework for logging and auditing the Oracle E-Business Suite.  The Framework is posted here.  The Framework is a direct result of our consulting experience and clients have found it equally useful to both those wanting to improve their auditing capabilities as well as those just starting to implement logging and auditing.  Our goal with the Framework is to provide a clear explanation of the native auditing and logging features available, present an approach and strategy for using these features and a straight-forward configuration steps to implement the approach.

The Framework is also specifically designed to help clients meet compliance and security standards such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Payment Card Industry (PCI), FISMA, and HIPAA. The foundation of the Framework is PCI DSS requirement 10.2.

Splunk DB Connect

The Framework defines three levels of maturity. Level one identifies basic logging, level two calls for passing log data to a centralized log management solution and level three is a continuous improvement loop where increasingly more data is correlated. Level two is the key step. Given the complexity of the Oracle E-Business Suite and compliance requirements for protection and non-repudiation of log data, a centralized logging solution is required.

Splunk, ArcSight, Envision and the Oracle Audit Vault all offer solutions for centralized logging. Recently a client was asking for assistance to implement our Framework using Splunk. Splunk has a native parser for Oracle Syslog as well as a free application to import data directly from tables. Splunk’s DB Connect provides real-time integration is an ideal solution to pull data from the E-Business Suite’s Sign-On Audit tables.

Sign-On Audit

Sign-On Audit is optional functionality to track end-user navigation activity in the professional forms (not Web or HTML forms).  It has three levels: Login, What Responsibility was used, and What Forms were visited.  For each option, the length of time is captured.  Only Navigation activity is a captured – it is important to understand that what the end-user did in the form, be it viewed a record or updated a record, is not captured.  If the requirement is to capture the end-user actions in the form, auditing must be enabled using Oracle E-Business Suite AuditTrail or third-party tools are required.

Sign-On Audit is turned off/on by the system profile option “Sign-On: Audit Level.”  If enabled, Sign-On Audit needs to regularly purge the data it collects.  This can be done using the Purge Concurrent Request and/or Manager Data concurrent program.

Sign-On Audit data is collected in real-time and can be viewed through standard reports, a Form, or by using SQL. The following are the tables for Sign-On audit data that can be used by Splunk’s DB Connect:

  • APPLSYS.FND_SIGNON
  • APPLSYS.FND_LOGIN_RESPONSIBILITIES
  • APPLSYS.FND_LOGIN_RESP_FORMS
  • APPLSYS.FND_UNSUCCESSFUL_LOGINS
How to Tail Sign-On Audit activity using Splunk DB Connect

Below is a description of how to get starting using Splunk and DB Connect to implement Integrigy’s Framework for logging and auditing for the Oracle E-Business Suite. The sample is for how to tail the table APPLSYS.FND_LOGINS such that every hour Splunk will log into the E-Business Suite’s database and check if there are any new rows in the table. The high-level summary is a follows:

  1. Do this first in a development or test instance, do not attempt first in production.
  2. Obtain the documentation for the Splunk DB Connector and Integrigy’s Framework whitepaper.
  3. For this example, enable Sign-On audit if you have done so already.
  4. Install the Splunk DB Connector. To finish the installation you will need to install Java 1.6 (or greater) and/or reference the location of the Java Home. You will also need the Oracle JDBC driver. The installation of the Oracle JDBC driver for Splunk is well documented in the DB Connector instructions. The JAR file must be placed within the Splunk file system.
  5. Within Splunk create a database connection to the E-Business Suite. Integrigy’s recommendation is to create an appropriately privileged account (do not use APPS).
  6. Create an input to the Splunk database. These are referred to as ‘Database Inputs’. This is a key step. As a quick note be sure to reference all Oracle objects in UPPER CASE:
    1. Choose “Tail”.
    2. Select the database connection you defined earlier.
    3. For the table APPLSYS.FND_LOGINS, the following Specific SQL can be used to ignore scheduled concurrent program activity. Copy the following SQL exactly, including the last line with Splunk’s syntax for the rising column:

SELECT  U.USER_NAME,U.PERSON_PARTY_ID, LI.*

from APPLSYS.FND_LOGINS LI, APPLSYS.FND_USER U

WHERE LI.TERMINAL_ID IS NULL

AND LI.USER_ID = U.USER_ID

{{AND $rising_column$ > ?}}

  1. Identify the rising column, enter: LOGIN_ID
  2. Identify the index, as a quick demo to get going just use the default, enter: default
  3. Identify a Host Field value, you can enter the database SID, for example, VIS121
  4. Select the output format, use: multi-line key-value format
  5. Identify the timestamp column, enter: START_TIME
  6. Set the polling frequency or interval to hourly (default if left blank will be auto): 1h
  1. Test by logging into the Oracle E-Business Suite and then looking at Splunk.
  2. To fully implement the Integrigy Framework for logging and auditing the Oracle E-Business Suite, database auditing well as E-Business Suite auditing and Page Access Tracking  will need to be enabled, but you can repeat step five above for each table identified for logging E-Business Suite end-user navigation. The SQL used will differ from the above but should be straight forward. Keep in mind too that you will need enable both Sign-On Audit and Page Access Tracking in order to log end-user navigation within the Oracle E-Business Suite.

 

Figure 1 – Example of Searching Splunk for Oracle E-Business Suite Sign-On for the User SYSADMIN

 

If you have questions, please contact us at info@integrigy.com.

References Tags: AuditingComplianceOracle E-Business Suite
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Guest Post: Custom Balancing by 2 segments in EBS R12

David Haimes - Mon, 2014-06-02 07:15
Sangeeta

Sangeeta Sameer, IT Leader – Finance, Renewables ERP at GE Power & Water

This is a guest post from Sangeeta Sameer, who worked for Oracle for 6 years before moving on to work for GE where has held a number of senior positions.  She has also joined the board of the OAUG Multinational Special Interest Group.

At the Collaborate 2014 Conference, David Haimes and I presented a custom solution to enable balancing by 2 segments of the Chart of Accounts in Release 12.1.3 of Oracle e-Business Suite. The attached PowerPoint and Paper that we presented describes in detail the requirements and the custom solution.

So when David asked me to write a guest post about this topic, I thought about what else I would include in the paper if we were writing it again. While the paper talks about the requirement to create a balanced Trial Balance by 2 segments, it does not expand on why we need a balanced Trial Balance by 2 segments. Global corporations like General Electric (GE) need better granularity and accountability for the financial performance of their geographical divisions and lines of businesses by being able to create a Balance Sheet at both a Legal Entity/Statutory level and Business Unit/Management Entity level. GE is a Global conglomerate that has diverse businesses operating in a large number of countries. GE needs the ability to create a balanced Trial Balance by the Legal Entity (LE) and the Management Entity (ME) segments in the Chart of Accounts.

The ability to automatically balance by more than one segment is not a new requirement for GE, and I think it would be a requirement for other multinational companies as well. This requirement is explained quite well in Oracle Fusion Applications Enterprise Structures Concepts Guide 11g Release 5 (11.1.5) – Part # E22899-05. See the section titled “Legal Entity and Its Relationship to Balancing Segments”. While Fusion Applications are able to balance by up to 3 segments in the Chart of Accounts, Oracle e-Business Suite (EBS) Applications are able to balance by one segment only.

In prior EBS Release 11i implementations at GE, the requirement to balance by 2 segments was satisfied by developing custom solutions that needed to be re-visited for Release 12. For example, one of the solutions in 11i was for a custom program to bring balancing entries into the Interface Table. With the introduction of SLA in Release 12, this 11i solution was no longer a good one for R12. The solution described in the attached Paper and PowerPoint is a much more robust solution, and is live in Production for 2 different ERP Projects at GE.

The OAUG Multinational Special Interest Group (SIG) is organizing a webinar on June 11th at 10.30 am Pacific (1.30 pm Eastern) on this topic. David and I will repeat the presentation from Collaborate 2014, and look forward to sharing this solution again. The webinar will be one hour long, including 20-25 minutes for Q&A.

The link to register for this webinar is:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/790696327


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OIM Integration with GRC/OAACG for EBS SoD

Online Apps DBA - Sat, 2014-05-31 13:59
We recently implemented Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) integration with Oracle E-Business Suite (R12) using EBS-UM connector. We also integrated Oracle E-Business Suite (R12) with GRC/OAACG for Segregation of Duties (SoD). Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) was also integrated with GRC/OAACG for SoD where on provisioning EBS roles & responsibilities in EBS (from OIM), OIM was doing [...]

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Online Apps DBA - Thu, 2014-05-29 12:03
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Revert R12.1.3 Homepage Layout to Link Style as in R12.1.1 or 11i

OracleApps Epicenter - Wed, 2014-05-07 04:35
If you are using R12.1.2 , user may report some difficulty with Homepage responsblity , therefore they prefer similar to 11i or R12.1 In release 12.1.2 the E-Business Suite homepage has been re-designed using the configurable pages infrastructure. This is new Enhancement which allows customers to work with a WYSIWYG model of configuration. This allows [...]
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Invasion of the Octopi!

iAdvise - Tue, 2014-03-18 21:42
As a bit of a sci-fi geek (a dedicated Browncoat, amongst other things) I was shocked to discover that Cthulhu's had completely passed me by. For those uninitiated into this global geek cult a Cthulhu is a squid like creature created in the fantasy works of H.P.Lovecraft in 1926. But in modern sci-fi has become a jokey euphemism for horror and evil on a great scale. A recent Neil Gaiman short story piqued my curiosity even more.Cthulhu created a mini trend in the world of crafts, with squid and octopus creations becoming extremely popular in amigurumi and jewellery. Which led me to discover these cephalopod inspired creations on Folksy.First up is a stunning print from I Like It I Think Its Nice. The detail in this print is quite outstanding, and wonderfully fantastical at the same time.Here's some of that famous Octopus jewellery I mentioned, this one's on a lovely gold plated chain from Laura's Jewellery.As a lover of all things laser cut (I've even dabbled a little myself) this piece really stood out for me. Mirrored purple acrylic, with a delicate engraving, and Czech glass ink drops, lovely work from Tea Stained Jewellery.Although these little Jellyfish are not cephalopods, their little tentacles were too cute to be left out. Snap one up from Orangefishy Plush.Wear your Octopus love on your sleeve! Well, your hem if you buy this snappy t-shirt from Conkerlove. Loving the button eyes.Create your own under sea imaginary adventure with these Octopus finger puppets from MuNGBEANS. Or you could just wear them whilst reading a Cthulhu novel.Its amigurumi time from Ali's Crafts, a cute little child safe critter handmade with loving care.And finally, the more deadly side of Octopi in this recycled card depicting the venomous Blue Ringed Octopus. Wonderful hand stitched detail from Ethel & Iris.A slightly odd inspiration for this article, but I hope you've enjoyed reading it, and are now aware of the Cult of Cthulhu!P.S. I hope you're having a Happy New Year too.
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Have a Heart...

iAdvise - Tue, 2014-03-18 09:42
I think we were all blown away last week by the Royal Wedding - the pagenatry, the flags, THE dress, the splendour and the great outpouring of general "Britishness". But we mustn't forget that this was really just a young couple's marriage - their declaration of love for one another, and their commitment for their lives ahead.But this isn't the only "matter of the heart" that we should be paying tribute to... On this day in 1968 the first heart transplant in the UK was conducted at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London. This amazing, life-saving surgery was undertaken by South African born surgeon Donald Ross, on an unnamed 45 year old man. At the time this was a wonderous new procedure, that (sadly, but necessarily) has become a very "ordinary" operation these days - but has saved, and will continue to save, many many lives each year.So this week's selection of beautiful Folksy items are all dedicated to "hearts" - symbols of love, and vital organs alike!Heart BangleHeart BoxHandcut Heart CardSmall Copper HeartHeart CushionSilver Heart EarringsHeart & Heart Felt BroochKey to my Heart KeyringCurly HeartWooden Heart
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Happy New Year!

iAdvise - Mon, 2014-03-17 21:42
The team at FOF hope that you've all had a wonderfully relaxing and fun-filled Christmas and New Year - we certainly have! And to welcome us all into 2011 and a new decade, here's a stunning selection to celebrate the New Year and all that it stands for!It's traditional to go first-footing on New Year's Eve, so here's something to keep those tootsies in tip-top condition.Night Time Foot Butter by FreyalunaIn the UK, it's lucky if the first person to cross your threshold on New Year's Day is a man (although tradition doesn't say that it has to be a good-looking man...)Old Man Comedy Photograph, Croatia by Kate Seaton PhotographyIt's also considered good luck if that man brings with him either a lump of coal...(well, a bit of poetic licence was required here)coal tit birdseed card by kate broughton...or bread...Bread Slice Kawaii Coaster by Asking For Trouble...or money.Mini purse, hand printed pink silk by SabineCornicIn some parts of Britain, the gift of mistletoe is also considered auspicious.Everlasting Mistletoe Sprig by Phoenix GlassThen, at the stroke of midnight, that's the cue for the fireworks to go off..'Firework' Recycled Skateboard Belt Buckle by O'blue Thrashion... and for the bubbly to be opened...Champagne Supernova Original Painting by Mazzi's Art...and for the dancing to begin!We hope that 2011 brings you health, wealth and happiness - it's time to celebrate!
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Sew and Sew

iAdvise - Mon, 2014-03-17 09:42
Blogging on gives me the opportunity to blog about my passions - and one of these is sewing. I just love to sew (except repairing clothes or taking up trousers) and my Mum taught me on a Singer sewing machine that belonged to her grandmother.I am also passionate about embroidery and when my children were small we used to go to the Young Embroiderers Club, organised by the Embroidery Guild in Baildon. Well there are some very talented embroiderers on Folksy and I hope you enjoy their work. (Don't forget to click and buy - support your local Foksy artist). Vintage Embroidered Pincushion by Pretty GoodsFlowers and Curls Silk Purse by Silk Tree PursesCaged Bird Brooch by Yam SoupDry Stone Wall Textile Art by Chocolate FrogAfternoon Tea by Hung Drawn QuotedFloral Heart Egg Cosies by Felt FanciesEmbroidered Lavender Bags by Flaming NorahEmbroidered Card by Boo Boo CraftBirdie Felt Brooch by Applique OriginalsPortrait Embroidery by Gentry Illustration Sunshine Textile Embroidery by Sally YoungEmbroidered and Beaded Brooch by Nadine Arbuthnot Adornments
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This is Dedicated

iAdvise - Sun, 2014-03-16 21:42
Stop Press! It's not too late to buy your Valentine's Card before the big day! Folksy has brilliant original art cards and designs and so much better than a store-bought card (no mass production, one of a kind design, personal service - you can't get that from Clinton Cards).Valentine Card from Andy Lanham ArtSmall Heart Card by The Mosaic GardenLet Love Out Valentine Pocket moleskine cahier by ChampignonsYou Set My Heart On Fire Embroidered Valentine Card by Silver Birch CraftsAppliqued Heart Valentines Card by Claire Hurd DesignRecycled Valentine Card by Nina Rowan Paper BoutiqueStar Trek Meerkat Valentine Card by Nifty KnitsI Love You Card by ZebedeeValentine Card by Lino King CardsAmore Card by SooziebeeGlassprimitif
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Body Parts - Ears!

iAdvise - Sun, 2014-03-16 09:42
In my opinion it is a design fault in genetics that we weren't all born with pierced ears - we would have no excuse not to wear fabulous earrings. I love earrings - I can't leave the house with bare ears and I own hundreds of pairs. I also own hundreds of odd ones too! Folksy has a huge selection of quality jewellers and silversmiths so, to save you browsing, I have chosen a few of my favourites. Red Red Red by Ravenwolf DesignJellyfish Earrings by Felicity TaylorPaper Earrings by Crowns From AshesVintage Peacock Dangle Earrings by Decade DesignSteampunk Clock Hands Earrings by Mollie MagpiePink Sunrise reworked vintage earrings by Made With LoveLemonart Earrings by Lemon ArtJapanese Dragonscale earrings by Corvus ChainmailleHeart Studs ~ Fine Silver Earrings by Murano SilverGreen turquoise earrings by Blue Forest JewelleryPink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings by YOSABeez Kneez by Lej JewelleryLego Spacemen Earrings by The Bothered Owl
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April Showers

iAdvise - Sat, 2014-03-15 21:42
Spring is my favourite time of year - the lambs are bouncing, the trees are budding, the days are growing warmer, and even the rain (when it invariably falls) seems gentle and kind by comparison to the harshness of winter. So here's a selection of some beautiful items which sum up this lovely time of year for me.Splash of Rain - Silky Baby alpaca laceweight yarn by Abstract Cat CraftsRain Cloud Necklace by Killer CupcakeSinging in the Rain Necklace by Boho BoutiqueAzure Splash... A Handmade Ceramic Brooch by H B CeramicsVintage Buttons Rain Boots - Sew Cute by Asking For TroubleSpring Greens Mini Bunting by says aliceSpring is in the air - Citrine Nugget and Sterling Silver Necklace by Tania Covo Designs
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Beware the Ides of March

iAdvise - Sat, 2014-03-15 09:42
This week we're having a bit of a history lesson, courtesy of all you erudite people at Folksy!The Ides of March is 15th March in the Roman calendar, and was originally a festive day dedicated to the god Mars. It is also the day in 44 BC that Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times in the Roman Senate, which gave rise to Shakespeare's famous quotation "Beware the Ides of March" in his eponymous play. Today, the Ides of March is celebrated in Rome with a toga run. Sounds like much more fun to me.So we're taking a stroll through ancient history this week, focusing on the Roman empire. Prepare to be educated!Olive branch - upcycled antique saucer - candlestick by LoglikeRoman Numeral Bracelet by Jupiter Rocks�Roman Print Clutch Bag by Grown-Up GladragsHandmade Roman Necklace by Beaux Bijoux Handmade JewelleryMarble, The Colosseum - Ltd Ed A4 Photo Print by Lemonade & Lamingtons ARTLatin manuscript pendant by Artifex JewelleryColourful Roman Ruins Photograph, Croatia by Kate Seaton PhotographyRoman style metallic button necklace by made by kate dRoman Mosaic Stained Glass Suncatcher by JOYSofGLASSArmadillo Leather Cuff by Alpha Prime
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In Celebration of Pencils

iAdvise - Fri, 2014-03-14 21:42
Pencils are the best invention - ever! Look at what you can do with them - draw, scratch your head, clean your ears, jab the annoying person next to you.... I think pencils are great. The design hasn't changed much during the history of the pencil and it is ergonomically designed to be held comfortably. Fortunately the content has changed from lead to graphite so that we are not poisoning ourselves as we chew distractedly on the end. So, let's take a look at some pencil inspired Folksy items and make our mark!Large Pencil Cushion from Dinky DaisyColoured Pencils Photoprint from Dyche PhotographyPen and Pencil Set from Turning TimeBird Print Pencil Case from Leanne Woods DesignsPencil Case from Paper SpoonPersonalised Teacher Rubber Stamp from Skull and CrossbonesPen Pot from Malcolm's CreationsA5 Drawing Sketchbook from Chalk Hill Studio He Says He Can Hear The Forest Whisper from Hidden Eloise
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Temporary Tattoo

iAdvise - Fri, 2014-03-14 09:42
Tattoos, the ultimate permanent form of self expression, clothes can change - tattoos are for life. Well some are, these wonderful tattoo inspired items offer a less permanent solution, whilst still being a form of self expression. Don't forget to click the shop name in the description to see more about any of the items featured.First in, a lovely Valentine t-shirt from Pidgeon Stitch, the scroll detail can be customised.A little Demon Pin-Up girl of your very own, with this hand drawn pendant from Candy Apple.Lost at Sea is rapidly becoming one of my all time Folksy favs, and this skull brooch is a great example of classic tattoo art.Another customisable item on the menu today, this winged heart necklace can be personalised from KittyPink.A Royal Skull pendant from Inks on Links is superbly hand drawn onto shrink plastic.This cute trinket box from Juliet Killed Romeo is perfect for bringing a little retro chic to your dressing table.Could come in handy to wear on Mother's Day, a superb cross stitch brooch from Magasin.Put your hair up in a bouncy 50's ponytail and finish of with these cute hair slides from Very Vintage Designs.Slightly different winged heart necklace to finish on, this one comes from KittyPink again, I just couldn't leave it out!A little bit tattoo, a little bit Rock-a-Billy all these items are handmade by some very talented people, support crafters and buy handmade.Article by Aleximo, xXx
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A little birdy told me

iAdvise - Thu, 2014-03-13 21:42
One of two things always inspire me; Bunnies and Birds. I've talked about bunnies in several previous articles on another site, so now it's time for the birds! Once again Folksy makers and sellers have outdone themselves with amazing birdy related items. Here's a selection of my favorites;Below is an amazingly beautiful and detailed clutch purse from notes, in a super summery sunshine yellow.These super kawaii Birdy Amigurumi Toys from Owl on the Sill are so adorable! Love their little birdy quiffs;Jiji Kiki comes top trumps again with this vintage love birds necklace. Look at the cute heart beads detailing;I'm a big fan of papercraft, and Under the Stairs Studios creates some of the most inventive paper circuses I've ever seen. Would make a great deluxe birthday card!Molly's Mum is a shop that's been on my radar for a while now, everything is so wonderfully made with fabulous fabrics and attention to detail. Make sure you check out the owl brooches too;Who doesn't love Jemima Lumley's Jewellery? I bet these earrings look stunning on, and even better with one of the matching birdy necklaces also available;For all of us who have a button stash, these would make a welcome addition I'm sure. Handmade by Mollimoo (aka Chumley) these buttons are also available in blue;Upcycling is everywhere, even this article can't escape it! Here's the upcycled item for this selection, check out the cute ribbon tails; from Kerli;I truly admire ceramists, as my clay creations are truly horrendous! This pair of lovebird bowls from Prince Design UK would be a simply stunning wedding gift, timeless and elegant.Now I realise this is a little cheeky, but what the heck. For the first (and most likely last) time here's one of my items. Understand that this is mearly to prove the point I stated at the beginning of this article, that I gain inspiration from birds. So to the point, here is a set of my birdy badges;Aside from my shameless self promotion at the end (feel free to ignore it) I hope you like my selection of beautiful birdy items fresh from the pages of Folksy this month. Since I found so many wonderful bird based items I intend to follow this artilce up with a 'part 2' sometime in the future. But for now, don't let these unique handmade creations fly away without you. Many thanks to all those who suggested items,Aleximo, xXx
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Jammy Dodgers and Creativi-tea!

iAdvise - Thu, 2014-03-13 09:42
Well, this is quite an honour to be here and to be writing my first blog for . Normally I would celebrate in some way, perhaps with a large cup of tea and a jammy dodger biscuit. For those of you who already know me, I do have rather a reputation for liking the occasional cup of tea ...... OK, I admit it, LOTS of tea!!! The odd jammy dodger biscuit makes an appearance as well, although not for long and certainly not as often as I would like them to!So, in recognition of being asked to blog for '' and very much in honour of my love for tea and jammy dodgers, I have put together a treasury of beautiful and inspiring pieces of work from the very talented and creative people of Folksy. To me, these pieces show how a truly creative person can draw inspiration from everyday, possibly mundane, items to produce something inspiring, uplifting and desired by many. I hope you will enjoy my lighthearted journey through the pages of Folksy and share in the appreciation of these unique and inspired pieces of work.I love the quirkiness of this print and the fact that it depicts the typically British tradition of tea drinking. The use of cockney rhyming slang can't help but make you smile. 7 x 5" mounted print 'Rosy Lee' by Artwork by AngieWhat can I say? It really does look good enough to eat!Jammy Dodger Pendant by CutiePiesI chose this because the fluid lines of the teaspoon lend themselves perfectly to the shape of a ring. I love the concept of recycling the odd, or unwanted, teaspoons to breathe new life into them. It reminds me of a mobile I once bought for my kitchen, that was made entirely from recycled cutlery.Sterling Silver Teaspoon Ring by Sophie Marie Smith DesignThese would certainly make bath time more fun!Biscuit Soap Set - Oreo, Jammy Dodger, Custart Cream & Bourbon - yummy fun food soap - vegan and suitable for sensitive skinI love these! Lino printing reminds me of early craft experiences at school and these cards inspire me to maybe try it again one day.Teapot Linoprint Cards, Set of 4Although not strictly tea, or jammy dodger related, this gorgeous little chap appeared in my search and he does have a somewhat striking resemblance to a certain biscuit!Tubby Love Cat (Dark Brown) by Quernus CraftsAnother quirky one. I love the individuality of this brooch.Square Wooden Teapot Brooch by Kettle of FishI like the bold simplicity of the design on this one and the sentiment obviously!"I love tea"! Mug, Red by Quite Contrary CraftsThis is just so striking and a great combination of different styles that work together so well. A really eyecatching teapot, but also an amazing piece of art. You would definately want to get this one out if Hyacinth Bucket came round for tea and SO much nicer than her hand painted periwinkle set!Tin Can Teapot by Rebecca Sims Ceramics
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Wrapped up in a Bow

iAdvise - Wed, 2014-03-12 21:42
Well there are plenty of Christmas gift guides out there, but what about the wrapping? I personally love wrapping presents, I try to do something new each year - this year I'm using tissue paper, heart stickers, organza bags with fabric cloth wraps. I'm trying to stay away from commercial papers and raid my fabric stash instead. I might as well do a little to save the planet whilst I'm taking my Handmade Pledge!Although why shouldn't your Handmade Pledge extend to the wrapping? Those talented Folksters have come up top trumps again, here are a few of my favs.A relatively new seller The Copper Swallow makes some delightful greetings cards and paper goods. These gift tags remind me of brown paper parcels and postcards from far away lands, available in packs of five.These pretty gift boxes from Bazzil's Great Adventure would be great to package up some special jewellery or a little bottle of perfume. Loving the chrysanthemum print too.I'd never thought of making the tape a feature of my wrapping before, well not until I saw this tape anyway! Would look great over silver, gold, brown or cream paper, pick up a roll from Magic Alice.These mini tins would be perfect for a teeny stocking filler, you could fill them with beads for a fellow crafter, a little bit of pocket money for an advent calendar, or even some sweeties. What ever you decide to use them for, you can get them from The Jazzy Jewelz Studio.I've already mentioned fabric wraps, but these ones are stunning. Made by, who else, myfuroshiki, these wraps can be used again and again. I think they'd look beautiful framed too.This luxury paper ribbon from Lupin Handmade would look fab around a home baked Christmas cake, or as the finishing touch to a pretty parcel.Each of these gorgeous manilla paper tags from Charlotte Macey Textiles is drawn and pained by hand. Now there's a truly unique tag for your pressies! Quite frankly these are so cute I'd be tempted to hang them on my tree as decorations.Hopefully your head will be brimming with festive and unique gift wrapping ideas ready just in time for Christmas. As always all items are available to purchase through Folksy, just click the shop name links, and let me know what you think with a comment below.Best of festive greetings to you! (even if it's still November!)
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Mary had a little lamb

iAdvise - Wed, 2014-03-12 09:42
The uber cute lambing season is well and truly over, which is all the more reason to showcase our very own Fabulous Folksy Flock (and be careful how you say that!)White Towelling Sheep by ComingAroundAgainLinen Lambs Knitting Bag/Tote by Roselands BagsCrazy Sheep Card by Aileen Clark CraftsWelsh Sheep in Snow Photograph by GregHowesSheep resin necklace by PennyDog JewelleryAlly's Herdwicks by Ally's Baa-BaasHappy Sheep Brooch by PatsParaphernaliaSpring lamb by NiftyKnitsSheep Brooch by Minifeltslamb animal hood by Doodles in the MarginWell, that wasn't too baa-d was it?! It's not all just about sheep thrills, you know. But all's wool that end's wool. (I'll stop now. Promise.)
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More Neu Vintage

iAdvise - Tue, 2014-03-11 21:42
Lets start with an apology, I'm sorry this post is so late. Having a hectic saturday craft fair, and spending the preceding week getting all my stock ready, I ran out of time to write my biweekly blog post. But on the upside - exhibiting last saturday, at the Handmade Vintage and Craft fair at Manchester Universities Student Union, gave me the inspiration for this post.So enjoy part deux of Neu Vintage, fresh from the pages of Folksy.These earrings from Love Ruby Red evoke memories of my Grandma's button box, that and they're so darn cute! Loving the heart shaped price stickers too.The perfect purse for a road trip - gives me a hankering to drive across America. Beautiful detail and quirky retro-ness from Workwise Textiles.Statement necklaces and ridiculously large beads are covering the high street right now for the autumn/winter season. So step away from the crowd and buy a handmade one-off from the lovely Chiyo.Cameo's are big this season too, but bet you've never seen a felt version before. The silver chain stitch round the edge really finishes these brooches off, get one quick from Zazar's Bazaar.I've recently learnt how to knit leaves, but IngridNation has come up with a very elegant solution of how to wear them - a classic corsage. Ingrid will also make you a custom corsage in a colour of your choosing.Get a kitchy fix - get a ceramic gummy bear pendant from Nifty Thrifty. Evocative of post school sweet shop visits and those mini packs of Haribo.Party season is rapidly approaching, go vintage this year and team a 50's style dress with this retro fascinator from Falcon. Or you could just wear it round the house when you need a bit of glamour.This Retro Mouse likes cheddar cheese, and how cute is the vintage flower fabric he's made from? Needs a good home, and cheese, from Needles and Buttons.Thanks to all the lovely sellers for being so creative, and thankyou to you for reading until the end. Not long now until its time for Christmas gift guides! But maybe some of these Neu Vintage items will make it on to your list?
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