Seeds of a Madness Flower

0 comment Thursday, October 30, 2014 |
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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0 comment Tuesday, October 28, 2014 |
Hello there, Folksians! This week I wanted to look at some fashion; specifically some things with a naughty but nice edge...and I've found a whole host of beautifully designed and made pieces that fit the bill. We all know craft is cool, and now it's getting sexy, as this bundle of saucy treasures goes to show. Enjoy! Hatastic has upcycled an old summer hat into this fresh new headpiece, the Butterfly Bow Fascinator. And she's sure selling it with this photo, with lingerie by Ayten Gasson - a great doubling up of talents! CurlyBonesCreations has created this dramatic, black bustle. You'd sure make a grand entrance! All shapes are catered for by Oh My Honey, with a selection of these fun and sexy 1950's style dresses. Look cute and sassy on the beach this summer with this flirty, pin up 'Pearl' bikini by Little Beach Swimwear, which manages to be both current and perfectly retro. These Red Satin Burlesque Bow shoe clips are ever so sweet. Seriously Satin Bows has made them for you to jazz up your current shoes. I think they might make you feel just a little bit kittenish and naughty. Enjoy retro summer days in the sun, with this adorable little nautical pill box hat made by KittyPink. Get yourself beside the seaside and whistle at some sailors!Another hat, a different mood. Two things I love here. The black veiled mini top hat by Topperhats looks beautifully made and is terribly seductive, while the photograph totally sells it; fabulous photography and a stunning model. Sublimely done. I want one. I think these are to die for! Harlequin Frills High Waist Briefs by Lilly Wiggler Couture, available in this colourway or in black and white. Also see Lilly's other brilliant underwear in her shop, including bras to match these knickers. You couldn't help but feel exceptionally glamourous, fanning yourself with these gorgeous feathers. This huge ostrich feather fan by Talulah Blue Burlesque is available in a selection of colours to suit your mood.That's all folks! I hope this has been an inspiration to get scouring Folksy for some sassy finds. I'm off to dance with my feather fan. See you next time!

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0 comment Monday, October 27, 2014 |
The final post in our Folksy Gift Guide is devoted to gorgeous gifts for HER ( I hope my other half reads this post hint, hint). Folksy is bursting with beautiful jewellery, crafts, textiles, gifts and practical stuff - here is a small selection....Printed Tights Small Art Nouveau Black and Silver from Teja JamillaCheery Florals Cakestand by Lou Peajeux IllustrationCupcake ~ pendant ~ fine silver by Trinket BoxVintage Fabric Birds and Nature, Green & Brown silky scarf from Sim JaTaRuby Ruby Ruby Coat hangers from The Orchid RoomROBE/DRESSING GOWN in Jade Green from ImaginAsian ClothingLily Vase by Caroline Green PotterySoap - Black Raspberry & Vanilla from Beautiful BubblesBaby Pink Tit Silk Satin Scarf by Handmaid

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0 comment Saturday, October 25, 2014 |
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!

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0 comment Thursday, October 23, 2014 |
As Kermit says "it's not easy being green" but Folksy folk, more than any other, try their best. Here is a selection of reused, recycled and remade gift ideas to help us all feel a bit more "ethical" after our visit to the supermarket and department store. Confession - whilst I like to source hand made and recycled gifts I am also addicted to Muji, Monsoon and Paperchase - but we all have our vices! SEEDBOM by Kabloom. SEEDBOMs are the friendly bombs that grow, tools for Eco-Warriors and Guerrilla Gardeners.Mini Bunting Kit by Sew Recycled. What better way to occupy those little monkeys this Christmas with a Mini Bunting Kit!Christmas card crane by Origami. A christmas card to truly wish peace and joy!Driftwood Christmas Tree by Driftwood Designs.A perfect eco-friendly christmas tree - reusable and made from recycled, sustainable resources! Christmas robin by Kirsty Elson Designs. A charming Christmas decoration, this fabric robin has a star print chest and sits on a cinnamon twigRecycled gift box by Culture Closet. Small gift boxes made from 100% recycled paper! 5 Recycled Plastic Cards by Caroline Saul. Square cards made from recycled plastic milk bottles. Glassprimitif

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0 comment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 |
I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to feel all festive. Perhaps it's because in my non-crafty existence I've been unpacking cages and crates full of festive themed sock, scarfs, gloves and perfume coiffery (fancy gift boxes to you and me) for a well known department store for the last three weeks. Or maybe it's because the spirit of Christmas has come knocking at my door. I know which I'd prefer.So soon the Christmas tree will be forcefully pulled out of the hidden recess in my attic, and i'll get covered in glitter in the age old family tradition whilst decorating it. Plus some added swearing when I can't get the base to work. Ah! The joys of Christmas!Well to get us all in the mood, try the handmade option for your Xmas dec's. Buy these now for keepsakes of the future.I saw this little stocking a while ago, and since I can't cross stitch for toffee, it's gorgeous details really stood out to me. Snap it up quick from Sew Lovely.This decoration from PrimChick has a wonderful New England feel to it, loving the little pink heart and vintage type set.Inside the Wooden Box is offering a bumper pack of 5 ornaments of your choice, especially good - as I found it difficult picking just one for this article!Need a more feminine Christmas pud? Then have at look at these pretty floral decorations from Miss Trim, the button holly berry is so cute!One for the kids (or kids at heart!), a lovely plush reindeer from Monster Magic. Just look at his little nose!Yay! This decoration from Monda Loves... has ric-rac on it! Such a great combination of textures and different stitches, also available in green.Hot new Christmas temp in the office? Make sure you're always ready for a pucker with this adorable mistletoe brooch from Stitcher Scribbler.Lots of beautiful decorations from the ever talented Folksters, I love them, and I hope you like them too. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.Article by Aleximo, xXx

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0 comment Monday, October 20, 2014 |
Inspired by a suggestion by Vicky Harrison of stars & scars on the Facebook page, this week's post is all about those adorable creatures of the feline persuasion. Yes, after the success of our recent post, It's a Dog's Life, we decided it was time for cats to have their say! And boy, are there are a lot of cat lovers out there on Folksy - there's plenty of scope for future feline finds :)Loveable Beasts Kitten Limited Edition Book Print by InkmeupPuuurrfect Kitty Doorstop by EC Designs UKI Love Cats Key Holder by Dach CraftsSeven Sunshine Kittens Magnets by KikichooA Tin Thing by Emma's Wolf'Cat-friend' white hand printed cushion by BonbooFlower Cat by Mel Croft IllustrationMama Cat & Mini Kitty - Blue by Pussy Galore Sock Cats and KittensMoscow Stray - 10x8" Mounted Print by Clemmy Photography

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