Seeds of a Madness Flower

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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0 comment Saturday, October 18, 2014 |
This summer I got married. Being the crafty-type that I am, I was determined to make everything from the wedding invites to the venue decor myself. As anyone who's tried this will attest, this really is no small undertaking & ended up taking over my life for months on end! (All worth it on the day of course, & the copious amounts of bunting WILL be re-used at every vaguely party-ish opportunity for the foreseeable future!) For anyone who's not quite as obsessive & crazy as me though, please know that Folksy is your FRIEND when it comes to wedding preparations: Thanks to these amazing artists, you can add handmade touches to your wedding, at the mere click of a button! (Now, what on earth was I thinking?!?)Eco Friendly Wedding Invitations with RSVP cards and Envelopes by Artcadia hand crocheted petite flower garland by Emma LambWedding signature plate with swirly heart design by Clay Daze Beautiful Cloud of Butterflies Spring Bridal Bouquet by I do take U!Mills & Boon Heart Confetti by bookishGlass Bunting - pink print by Red Brick Glass Love Sweet Love Personalised Wedding Favour Tags by Ditzy Creation Tealight Lantern 'Curve' by CatsCeramicsLittle Caravan of Love - Hand carved rubber stamp by Skull and Cross BunsCheers!

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0 comment Thursday, October 16, 2014 |
Well spring is on the way, so lets have some bright and cheerful Folksy items to chase the last dregs of winter away.This dreamy fascinator headband from Tied & Feathered would be great for a day at the races.This bracelet from Funky Button even has a super cute rabbit button ready for Easter!This gorgeous jewellery set from LAMdesigns is hand embroidered, in a very on-trend peacock blue.I love plushies! and this little guy is so cute and covered in springtime flowers. What's not to love? From Charley Dreams.This lovely needle felted brooch comes from the Felltop Felter, I love the little basket detail!Give a better than average birthday card this month, hand-stitched by K Handmade.Mixtapes are over, go digital and create a beautiful mix-cd for a loved one, with these beautiful illustrated cd kits from Atherton Lin.A yummy chunky cupcake pendant with lots of glitter. Yep, that ticks all the boxes, from Penny's Jolly Jewellery.. . . and finally delicately beaded heart earrings from Bluestar, what a way to cheer anyone up.Well thats my selection of everything bright and cheerful, hopefully the daffodils will be out soon and Spring will really start!

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0 comment Wednesday, October 15, 2014 |
Sometimes we all need to indulge, my overly-large yarn stash is proof of this! So this article is full of items that are thoroughly luxurious, and a little more than pocket money spending.I had the privilege of seeing this book in the flesh at the John Ryland's Library in Manchester, a wonderfully intricate piece, this book is a work of art, kept safe in its own custom case from Curiously Books.These lampshades by Jenny Bland are made using a unique thread and resin technique to create these stunning contemporary lightshades and fixtures. Make sure to check out the lablelamps also in her shop.Priscilla Morley Leather & Textiles hand make amazing bags using traditional leather stitching techniques. This fabulous bag is inspired by Grace Kelly, and is large enough to carry everything for the office, what a way to glam up office life.Handmade by Vanda has made this stunning coral reef crocheted bracelet. I love all the different colours and types of crystals and beads.Need a fab bag for a wedding? Made by Loulabelle has these gorgeous retro fold-over clutch bags in yellow and green. Super cute and fun, will brighten up any rock'n'roll dollies party dress!This knitted blanket from Smitten has a delightful strawberry theme, amazing quality of craftsmanship and is just so adorable! For today's final object of desire I'm featuring on of Bookity's brilliant book handbags. This one is even on sale.I hope you enjoyed these lovely luxuary Folksy Finds, leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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