Folksy Friday – autumn chills

The leaves on the pear trees are starting to turn rust red in little patches, like they’re experimenting with hair dye. I’ve begun to think about wearing tights and  eating mashed potatoes once more. It can only mean one thing; autumn. This week I looked for jumpers (sweaters to you US peoples) and other cosy knitted items made from wool. I’ve identified a bit of a gap in Folksy goods, as there aren’t many sweaters and cardigans for adults.

I did find some quirky and fun things though!

Adorable red mittens by Dolly Knits- £22

Over the knee socks by Legyviel – £27.50. I WANT THESE!

Women’s slippers by Seamingly Possible – £20


For keeping your best friend warm: What the Jack! Dog jacket by Crotchety Craft – £15

Keep your laptop cosied up with this recycled flannel shirt. £26 by Toggle

That’s all for this week!

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Folksy Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve had a proper rummage around on Folksy. Life gets busy and the fun things like this fall by the wayside. Anyway, I found some awesome!

These would cheer my up every morning, staring at me from my wardrobe! Lavender Russian dolls by Beaky – £6

Great Tit cotton bag by Kate Broughton (seller is on holiday at the moment)

I love unicorns in an embarrassingly non ironic way. This vivid cherry red one is by Cherryloco and is £12

This is me over the winter months. Lazy Hound tshirt for men – £20

That’s it for now. Hope you enjoy my picks this week!

Adventures in garlanding

I made these map garlands as a special request for a customer and they have proved rather popular. The map colours glow in the light – all those blues and green smoosh together into something very pretty.

This is the style I call ‘paper onions’. I don’t know what else to call them!

These are paper hearts, strung on twine. There are eight on a string. I’ve toyed with making longer ones  of maybe even 16 – I think they’d look quite spectacular for a going away party or something like that.

I’d like to experiment with something other than twine though. I like the rustic effect and I think it goes well with the paper but I’d like to try it with some sort of silky cord maybe, or ribbon. I’ve just bought a few things to try out, so watch this space for yet more adventures in garlanding.

Workspace

There’s a discussion going on over on Folksy about workspaces, with people posting pictures of the places they work.  It’s fascinating to see them. After a bit of trepidation I decided to post mine – I only tidied up a little.

I feel lucky that we have enough room in our house to let me have a work space, even if it is a bit cold and dark. What sort of spaces do you work in? I’d love to know!

Folksy Friday – Springlike

Greetings! It’s sunny and there are tadpoles in my pond – spring is here! What better way to celebrate than with some pretty stuff from Folksy. Here’s my picks this week:

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Tree stump brooch by Lupin Handmade = £9

Tea cosy keyring by See the woods – £4.50

Marie Antoinette diamante buckle bag by Mrs Gibson’s Atelier – £40

Hope you enjoy these. Have a great weekend!

Folksy Friday – graphics

The theme this week is graphics –   here are a few of my favourites:

Graphic novel chair by artofficial – £125

Red Felt Queen Victoria by Mememoo – £4o

Downloadable and printable Valentine – a bit late for Valentine’s Day but Morrisey lyrics are applicable at any time, I feel – £1.50

Mr Tea mugs by teeandtoast – £8.95 I love a good pun with my cuppa.

That’s my picks for this week – hope you like them, cos I do!

Product ranges

It’s too easy to get distracted by new ideas. In one of my other existences I’m a writer (for fun not profit) and it’s the same thing there. I run after the shiny new idea and abandon the old one, which was once itself shiny and new.

I want to talk about product ranges. Are you the sort of crafter who learns how to make one thing really well, that sells well, and then sticks with it, developing it into different colours and possibly materials but essentially making the same product? For small designer-makers, this is the most logical way to go. You find a niche and stick with it. Some of those niches can be pretty successful too. Tinymeat for example, which makes wallets and passport holders. It has a small product range of 5 different items. But it has something like 200 different variations of these in its shop. And they sell. It’s offering a product it knows sells well, and with a huge choice for customers.

In the last couple of months I’ve experimented with jewellery, with not huge amounts of success. I’ve also added more garlands and paper ornaments, more literary quote badges, bookmarks, notebooks and gift tags to the neglect of my core product, the book bags. I get distracted by new ideas and rush into making things. I mean, it’s important to develop your product and make it as good as you can, but that’s different. Developing new ideas takes time away from me making things that I know people love, and that sell well. I could set specific time aside for product development – that is a possible solution…  except when I think about it sensibly like that I always decide I should be making stuff to sell straight away. Sigh.

So, my goal for the next three months is to build up my original product range, focusing on my bags and wallets, and also developing the design of them.  I’m going to try as much as possible to not get distracted by new pretty things I could make. I mean it!

I’d be interested to know other people’s thoughts on this, ie, how to fight the distraction of going off on a tangent?

Lastly, for your edification and because a post isn’t complete without a picture, here’s a hilarious clock I made this week.

A Time to Die by Wilbur Smith. Black metal hands on a black cover. £25.99 on Folksy