These digests have been all I’ve done on this blog so far this year, I know. There’s a good reason for it: I am currently up to my eyeballs helping a friend launch her business
. Once that is up and running, I should be in a better position to share with you other thoughts and news about this world of making, crafting, remaking and recrafting that we share.
So… to the round up of this week’s link love shares. As ever, if you know any of the people whose work I’m featuring, please let them know. These are not people I know, they are chosen purely because I like their work. You will see that I have used the bios from their shops to let them tell their own stories. Sometimes, crafters choose not to share any bio information. But I still like their work.
No. 48 on Folksy
I know absolutely nothing about Charlotte, apart from her work, which speaks for itself. She has no bio information in her shop. But please don’t let that put you off paying a visit. I choose my featured crafters based on what they produce, not what they say about themselves.
Steambear & Co
I started out by making sock desk toys for friends and family. Nothing brightens up a boring desk, than a sock Bunny!!
My kids are my greatest inspiration and the best critics too! Making toys for them and the delight on their faces and how much I enjoyed making them, lead me to setting up my own business.
My creations are all original designs by me, individually made, making each unique in their own way! Giving each their own personality.
I also put my creations through the CE Self Certification. Took time, patience, sweat and tears (from burning your toy creations) but I can now safely say they are all CE certified and suitable from birth.
Animal, Wildlife and Nature Jewellery made from Eco friendly 90% recycled aluminium.
I love reading everyone’s inspiring shop stories. One day I would like mine to talk about how my Etsy shop did so well that my husband and I were able to quit our day jobs and treasure hunt and sell on Etsy full time. But until that day…My story is more about a crafty pursuit that allows me a creative outlet.
So many ordinary things can be repurposed to become extraordinary. My passion is finding new ways to repurpose previous treasures…seeing the new in the old. I have had many crafty adventures which not only leave me with fun works of art (wearable usually) but also A LOT of excess supplies from my “upcycling adventures”. My shop is collection of random supplies (because if 1 is good, 50 is better) and some of the treasures I have made with them. I enjoy the search…so if you are looking for a salvaged item – drop me a note. I may not have it, but chances are I know where to find 1 (or 50).
Maisy Muffin Ragdolls
I’ve always loved making things and I’ve been fascinated with textiles since I was really small. I could knit and sew before I went to school and, when I was young, I often disappeared for hours and then reappeared with something I had created from materials around the house.
When I grew up I became a teacher and developed another love – writing.
My rag doll making started as a hobby a few years ago and soon became an obsession. Now I make two dressable character rag dolls called Maisy and Mo, little cotton mice, who live in railway stations, called Little Nippers and the Rag Bag Pirates, who are a very silly bunch. I also write stories about these little characters because I love reading stories to young children and seeing how they get totally absorbed so that the characters become their friends and they themselves become part of the story.
I work in a lovely sewing room, which is full of light and overlooks the garden. In the Winter months, it is really cosy in there with lots of fairy lights – a lovely workshop, in which to create my little characters and write my stories.
Nothing appeals to me more than an art or craft item that has been lovingly created, with lots of attention to detail. (I always feel that part of the creator has gone into creating something when it is carefully and lovingly made.)
My toys are all made of top quality100% cotton fabric and are CE safe
Garrett’s Metal Art
I’ve always loved making things. Seeing something and saying… “I could make that!”
I work in the heating and cooling trade fabricating duct work and fitting of all kinds Commercial and residential. My sons friend introduced me to a auto cad program were I can draw anything I like. We generate lots of scrap metal at work and I always wanted to recycle it into beautiful art. That’s when I started making it into “Garrett’s Metal Art “
If I ever come-a-cross a support group for shoeaholics, I would be the first one to confess: Hi my name is Shani Mifano and I am an addict to shoes. LOVE SHOES. Can’t imagine my life without them.
My love story with shoes started when I was a toddler, about 3 years old. I used to sketch shoes all day long, that is why my mom gave me the nickname “Imelda”.
I grew up and tried a different direction – I went to Avni institute in Tel-Aviv to study graphic design. I learned a lot, had a lot of fun, but It just wasn’t enough.
In 2007 My friend and I started to design and create leather goods. After a while, I went back to my first and mythological love – shoes. I started an internship with an experienced senior shoemaker, learned the craft from the beginning, and all the secrets of making shoes the traditional way. It was a blast, I simply enjoyed every second of it.
In the last 7 years I have been working with my husband, we have been creating and designing shoes and bags under our own brand named, Imelda Shoes. I think you all can guess how I came out with that name =)
Our studio specialized in leather, and it’s known for it’s unexpected unique combination of leather textures and patterns. Our shoes are stylish, urban, feminine and very comfy. All of our products are hand made, from premium materials, polished and fine.