The personal views and opinions expressedkopral firstname.lastname@example.orgBlogger17125
Updated: 22 weeks 1 day ago
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!)
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.)
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?
Welcome to the first of our seasonal gift guides here on , we've started early so you can plan early! I've selected my favourite luxury gifts for you to drool over and covet madly, although I would love for a few of these beauties to end up under someone's tree (preferable mine).So enjoy these high end picks from the lovely makers and crafts people of Folksy, and leave a comment at the end if you have a moment.First up this amazingly gorgeous Mulberry chair from Bonnie and Jackson, isn't it just the picture of Christmas by a log fire with the scent of pipe tobacco and pine cones?In at two, a very unique idea for elegant jewellery from I can't remember my grandma's name. I love how you get the plate the pieces came from included to use as a display/jewellery keeper.A silver family book pendant from Ali Bali Jewellery would make a very special gift for Mum or Grandma, and a wonderful heirloom too.I've been fascinated with the papier mache bowls of Amelia Green Heart ever since I saw them on the front page, a wonderful piece of contemporary art for the home.I can't help but think of The Magicians Nephew and Narnia when I see the stunning apple with insect from Silverfruit. I don't know how its made, but I like it a lot.Awkward mother-in-law? Got a big budget but not sure what to buy? Then this beaded lace mohair shawl from The Crafty Bride could be in answer. Incredibly delicate and detailed, yet light as a feather, this shawl can not fail to impress.How about some craft based art to cheer up his study? This oak picture with spring flowers from Jane Blease Design is a lovely cheery piece, with a great sense of craftsmanship and detail.Teenage niece or daughter to buy for? These luminous peacock bright feather earrings from Still Tree are just the ticket. Metallic and rich colours are so on trend from AW2010 and SS2011 dah-link!
Halloween is here again! The spooky reminder of hearty Autumnal Feasts, and the precursor to the Christmas rush. This is a super-bumper-jam-packed edition of FoF, so if you don't mind I'm going to jump straight in.First of all, Halloween Jewellery;I found this shop a while ago, and I love their quirky gothic jewellery. This pumkin necklace is awesome, loving the black chain, from Antoninette Jewellery & Accessories.At only �4.00 this ghosty necklace is a real bargain from MustDestroyJewellery, don't forget to check out the other items in this shop - the cherry and rubix cube necklaces are amazing.Werewolves and Vampires, the eternal battle entwined in this superbly effective bat and full moon necklace from Ich Bin. Ich mag Ich Bin!Glitter, bats, resin, need I say more? This brooch pin from Cherryloco ticks all my Halloween boxes.Like many other people I've gone slightly Owl mad of late, and this ring from All.Beauteous.Things is just too cute.Zombies, another Halloween favourite. Join the Halloween Zombie March this year and wear a Zombie necklace from Finest Imaginary.I was a bit of a Lego fiend as a child, and the skeletons and treasure chests in my Lego castle were my prized possessions. Probably explains why I like this necklace from Ducky Charms Jewellery so much.and now to Halloween Plushies!;These finger puppets from MuNGBEANS look a little more happy than scary, but I love them all the same. Everyone needs a joyous Zombie every now and again.Itty Bitty Scary Pumpkin Kitty from theothermousie, I've already bought one of Sarah's Dr Strangebones kitties, and am very tempted to partake of this one too.Dem bones dem bones, and a super amazing Jeffery Sock Dog from Hotdog and Me. This one may look a little dead, but he'll chase a bone faster than you can say Bone Daddy.This zombie plushie from Tee Originals is a little misunderstood. He may get cravings for brains but jam covered spaghetti might just keep him satisfied.Stitcher Scribbler has a wonderful selection of Halloween pins and plushies, last few remaining, so snap them up quick if you want one!This knitted ghostie comes from Peggy's Knits, great for Halloween - but since he's so cute I'd leave him out all year.I think the Halloween Jeffery Sock Dog would enjoy chasing this bone around the garden. Get one now from Helen Jane's Designs.Who says the only option for female Halloween fancy dress is slutty or old witch? Glam it up 50's style with this fascinator from Lauren & Grace. Also available in silver.The Cotton Potter has hatched upon an ingenious idea, turn useful jars into something a little more beautiful. Naturally there's a Halloween version too;Phew! Bit of a marathon post this time! I hope you enjoyed, and thank you if you're still reading at the end. Thought and comments below, I know I love all these items - would love to know which are your favourites. And finally, have a Happy Halloween!