Wedding Fever

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Uncategorically weddings are the most stressful thing you can choose to bring into your life. And I’m not even referrring to my own :-O

I have had vague ideas that have tried to formulate themselves for a while now. Think of ideas that swirl around like candyfloss if you will. And that’s pretty much as far as they ever got just a nice fluffy idea that like a sprinkling of swirling sugar would come together nicely with a bit of know how and effort.

So when a friend suddenly announces they are engaged and throwing a party I thought it was about time I dusted off the treadmill and starting jogging along with some real creativity. And just like waiting for a bus along comes another engagement. DEFINITELY time to crank up a gear and get down to the brass tacks of trying out salt dough modeling as I have always wanted to.

Cherub Engagement Gift modeled in salt dough

Having always been rather dubious about hand modelling and rather lacking in self-belief I have found that sometimes it really does take a “push” to try something new and develop a new craft.

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Networking Dah-ling

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Ok so haven’t been blogging for a bit and of course I have the usual tried and trusted “excuses” to hand: busy crafting, half term with kids, Bank Holiday break etc. The truth of the matter is I have been sucked into the electronic black hole that lurks at the outer rim of the interne Just like those hideous, sharp toothed angler fish you are ensnared by the attractive andtrangely attractive lure before being engulfed by a gaping maw.

So, what could this lure be that is so dangerously inviting? Like mermaids of old, networking looks attractive, simple and an ideal business promotion tool. Which indeed it is. Yet just as the sirens song dulled the senses of hapless sailors as they mindlessly allowed themselves to drift onto jagged rocks, so then does the internet weave it’s magic until you are snared in an electronic net either desperately struggling to free yourself from the monitor or rathslightly dazed at the fact your 2 minute Facebook update check has become a 3 hour computer session.

Naturally, networking is an important business tool and the ease of the internet allows you to connect with a much wider audience and (hopefully) potential customers.  Not only does it give you an unlimited platform upon which to showcase your work but it also gives potential buyers the opportunity to interact with the seller and get a feel for the creativity behind the design making the whole shopping experience much more personal and invigorating.

Since the internet is awash with advice, hints and tips on promoting and networking, that’s where I have been. Blindly thrashing around in an electronic net fruitlessly searching for escape.

Yet not all is doom and gloom for I am aslo networking right now. For now you know more about me and as a reward for your patience in reaching the end of my latest contribution I direct you to my latest networking venture about.me.

Simply click on the link and you can find everything you need to know to find out all about the world of ElegantCraft via a variety of electronic mediums.

http://about.me/elegantcraft

Inspirational

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The person who inspires me the most is my Mum. She has always shown great courage and determination throughout her life and has never let her disability challenge her unless SHE decided it was not practical or possible for her to achieve.

My mum was always crocheting something and as a child I remember being scolded for growing as it meant the latest cardigan sleeve would have to be undone to accomodate the extra inch my arm had decided to add to it’s length. Yet it was always with delight that I would wear the latest creation and it was always a great treat to be able to leaf through the vast array of potential patterns to pick the next addition to my handmade wardrobe.

I recall many of my mother’s jumpers were all crocheted by her but it was the little accents such as flowers and butterflies that she would sometimes add that seemed to make them really stand out for me. I would often sit and watch her work and vow to be ‘just like her’ in one day being able to accomplish such a garment.

However, watching her make the most intricate doilies in bright and vibrant colours was I believe the start of my yearning to learn wool craft. However my first foray into the intricacies of crochet cotton were frustrating to say the least and so my quest was shelved. I transfered my attentions to knitting and after making the inevitable 12 foot scarf began to long for something more challenging.

Again it was mum who inspired me to take up knitting once more. I had wanted to make an unusual birthday gift and after seeing a range of cartoon characters to knit decided to take the plunge and attempt Desperate Dan. This turned out much better than anticipated and produced an unparalelleled feeling of joy that I had created something noteworthy for a special person but also that I had surely inherited some of her skills with wool.

Once more life stepped in and my creative side went into extended hibernation. Although stirring occasionally, it did not fully re-assert itself until the impending birth of my first child. I felt an urge to try and create a handmade wardrobe for my new baby such as I could recall my mother making for me though I never managed to fashion the idea into a tactile garment.

Herald once more my inspirational mother who rose to the fore with the most exquisiste sets of baby clothes and blankets, edged with oodles of lace just perfect for a little girl. And of course she rose to the occasion with the arival of my second daughter and son.

I truly believe that it was my Mum’s creative side as well as her inspirational determination that planted the seed to follow in her footsteps. My childhood photo album is filled not only with memories but also reminders of the loving creations she made for myself and my sister.

Thanks Mum for being an inspiration in so many ways 🙂 x

Dolly mixtures

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Well at the present time dolls seem to be the theme at the minute. Nearly finished Eliza the peg doll who has turned out a litle bigger than expected but looks fab already. Recieved my new pattern book yesterday so itching to make a new collection of dolls with real attitude and creating a wardrobe to go with them 🙂 Watch this space for pics. Wish me look I’m going into the stash – I may be some time :-s

Pocket Dragons have hatched

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Adorable cute litle dragons in need of a good home. These sweet creatures would make the perfect pet for any home. Why?

*NO FUR * perfect for allergy sufferers and those who don’t want animal hair on the furniture

*LOW MAINTAINANCE* no ned for walkies, fully house trained

*FRIENDLY* safe around kids though should be kept away from dogs

Come over to my folksy shop and take home the perfect pet today 🙂

Welcome

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Hi and welcome to my blog 🙂

Here you will find a showcase of handcrafted items from my Folksy shop as well as a showcase of other handcrafted items from my fellow Folksy shop owners and other crafters around the web.

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