Friday, 17 June 2011

Challenge 52 - week 10 - new card & gift tags

It's fairly quiet in the Emporium at the moment, as I'm preparing for the start of the Summer Fete season with my jewellery. I have three local fetes lined up so have been stocktaking and making as many new things as I can - better to be overflowing than run out!
If it's a dry and non-windy day I might bring along a few cards and gift tags with me and see if we can fit them on the table. I thought the large luggage label tags might be able to be sold as bookmarks individually. I'm always having children with not much money wanting to buy something, so maybe I can interest them in a hand stamped bookmark with ribbon!

I've made eight so far and will endeavour to make a few more once I've got all the jewellery sorted. I've got a week to go...

I listed a card on Folksy this week, blank for all occasions!

 Week 11 blog update is due in a couple of days, let's see if I can get anything new done by then!

Monday, 13 June 2011


How exciting, I've been awarded a blog award from the fab Jools of whose blogs I always look forward to reading.

"I love reading your blog and I think you deserve this, so I'm awarding you with the Versatile Blogger Award.

I'm also passing the rules for accepting this award:

* Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their site in your original post.
* Tell us seven things about yourself.
* Pass along the award to five newly discovered bloggers.
* Contact these bloggers and let them know they got this award.

It’s as simple as that. Hope you accept!"

OK, I'm going to come up with seven things about myself off the top of my head, here goes:

1) I love the music of Green Day, the Libertines, Carl Barat, the White Stripes (and Jack White's other bands), generally guitar based indie/punky stuffs with a bit of blues thrown in  Soledad Brothers style...
2) I have two gerbils called Milky Joe and Danger. I previously had two called Leo and Squizzle.
3) I like impressionist art - Monet and Renoir in particular and also loved the Waterhouse exhibition I went to at the Royal Academy last year.
4) I like chocolate, biscuits and tea with one sugar.
5) I have a growing collection of bears and sock monkeys & various monsters.
6) My favourite books are The Host by Stephenie Meyer (I also love the Twilight saga!), Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier, books by Garth Nix (pretty much all of them), His Dark Materials (Northern Lights etc) by Philip Pullman, Harry Potter...(no I'm not a teenager!) and I'm currently working my way through Asimov's Foundation saga.
7) I love Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars films - all of them!

OK, now I have to pass the award on to 5 other bloggers I've recently discovered. To be honest, Jools would have been on the list but she's obviously already got it, so here's some more I've been reading lately.

So that's a bit more about me, wasn't too random but it's getting late...and dark, I'd better put the light on because I can hardly see the keyboard....
Back soon,

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Art I've bought on Folksy (so far...)

If you wander around Folksy you will find a huge amount of art of all kinds.
My own main style is to use rubber stamps, inks and ephemera to make vintage style pictures and collages. I have only listed ACEOs so far, but am planning to add postcard sized art at some stage.
There is so much lovely art around I'd love to buy it all, but unless I win the lottery (unlikely, as I don't play it!) I will just have to either wait for occasions such as birthday or Christmas or if I'm desperate I'll allow myself a treat if I make a sale or two! This slightly defeats the object of me saving up any sale money for "essential" supplies such as new stamps or a Sizzix BigShot machine (one day!!) or making back the amount I have already spent on stamps and suchlike, which is quite a lot!
Before I go any further I should thank Brenda (Gweddus Art) for introducing the ACEO thread to the Folksy Forum and thus ACEOs to many people who hadn't heard of them! Hurrah!!
Anyhow, I thought I'd show you some of the art I've bought so far...

This was my first purchase, I love purple! It's a watercolour by the aforementioned Brenda at

I bought these two fab encaustic ones also by Brenda for my children

This one is from which I bought for my birthday. She makes lovely embroidered art in pretty colours, but despite loving them I'm not really a 'pink' person so requested one in red and black - it came out just right! Anyone who knows them can see it also looks like Meg White from the White Stripes, who are one of my favourite bands!!

I bought this set of prints from  as I just love the colours! I'm quite partial to a bit of purple!

The last two I got as presents for my daughter's birthday, which was on Friday. The first one is from  and is needle-felted.

This one is from and I asked Max if she could incorporate a star into one of her copper wire tree and polymer clay designs as my daughter hopes to open her own Folksy shop called Star Tree Designs when she is 18. 
She was really pleased with both her birthday ACEOs.

I hope you've enjoyed my little selection and I hope to show you more sometime!