Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Etoile De Marie on Etsy

I really like the fluid lines of these designs by Etoile De Marie.


Craftsbymia on Etsy

The size of that monkey's head is just the cutest thing. Craftsbymia has stuffed toys for sale.


DesignYourHome on Etsy

DesignYourHome sells custom made bedding. Adorable fabric!


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Saturday Craft Site - Martha Stewart Crafts

I couldn't possibly make a list of craft sites without mentioning Martha Stewart. I've already mentioned Not Martha, of course, but she doesn't have a team of people coming up with craft ideas day and night! So here you go, the final in this series of Saturday Craft Sites - this should keep us all going for a long time to come!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Saturday Craft Site - eHow

Sometimes I try out a new craft and get stuck with some fiddly bit or have no idea how to apply the goo I bought and then I search for the answer online. Very frequently, the craft videos on eHow comes to my rescue. The search function is exhaustive, you can search for keywords, authors, skill levels or rating and filter the results to show video or text articles. The videos I have watched were all of a very good quality and informative. Enjoy!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Herrauer on Etsy

Cutest baby shoes EVER! These are by Herrauer.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday Craft Site - Tastebook

This isn't really a craft site, but it's a goodie. I love collecting recipes and have a couple of favourites that I can always rely on. I'm sure you have some too. offers a Tastebook feature that allows you to make up a beautiful personal recipe book that they will print and send to you for a fee. I have not had one printed yet, but I have created a Tastebook of recipes I'd like to try out. You can view your Tastebook online and add recipes to it very easily. I had a lot of fun compiling my book and "paging" through it online. For the craftiest among us, Tastebook can serve as inspiration for creating your own recipe book.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday Flickr Favourites

1. panda*party, 2. geometry, 3. Seeds of Love, 4. It's easy being a cat

For this week's Flickr Favourites, I chose images from my contacts' galleries. Except for the cat - that is my cat, Neo, from my personal Flickr account. To participate in this blog game, visit ArtMind's blog!


Monday, July 13, 2009

FurryThangs on Etsy

These toys are adorable! Guinea pigs by FurryThangs, perfect for taunting your cat.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday Craft Site - Knitty

Knitters with internet access are very fortunate. Buying knitting patterns at a store will cost you a bundle and there is no need to do so with the variety of free patterns available online. One of the first sites I discovered when I started browsing for knitting patterns was Knitty. There are some really incredible patterns suited to every type of knitter, from beginners to advanced knitters.

Happy knitting!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

CatacombsOfLondon on Etsy

CatacombsOfLondon on Etsy sells Gothic orientated pendants, earrings, hair clips etc.
It is a style that I really like... and had I been a woman, I would've purchased one of each item by now.

What got my attention however, was this Razor Pendant, made famous by the Texan born guitarist, Dimebag Darrell (1966 - 2004).

I will definitely be purchasing one of these!


Kandyskadoll on Etsy

Kandyskadoll on Etsy sells these beautiful pendants which resemble harlequin masks.

I really like them although they seem so sad....


TickettyBoo on Etsy

What a great shop! All the colours TickettyBoo uses are beautiful, soft and gentle. I like the blues and grays and even the pinks don't offend! (I'm not big on pink.)

The last picture is of a doorstopper. How pretty!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Flickr Favourites

1. Color Addict, 2. All the Colours You Need, 3. Colored Pencils, 4. taking a bubbles bath

When I was at school, I would get a new pack of 36 Colleen pencils every year. I loved those pencils. When you opened the new pack, they were arranged in groups of 6, with the colours beautifully arranged, like a rainbow. I hated giving out my pencils to other people, because they would put them back in the wrong place or cause the cardboard container to bunch up by wedging a pencil in an already full "compartment". To this day, my heart starts beating wildly with "I want-ness" when I see sharp new pencils. I don't like sharpening them, though, I like my pencils to all be the same length!

I haven't been participating in ArtMind's Flickr Favourites game these past couple of weeks, simply because I am on holiday and have lost track of the days. Usually on Wednesdays I remember that I need to post...anyway, if you would like to join in, do so on ArtMind's blog!


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Saturday Craft Site - STYROFOAM Crafts

The items we sell on Etsy are made out of Styrofoam. I really enjoy working with it. Styrofoam is best cut with a hot wire, which melts the polystyrene, creating a smooth edge. STYROFOAM Crafts has tons of ideas for crafts using the material. Click on Projects to see what you can make.

Of course you don't have to cut it, you can use the ready made balls and cubes sold in all craft shops.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday Craft Sites - Papercraft World and Papercraft Paradise

The first thing I had to learn when I started scrapbooking was to never buy cardstock without having the photos you intend to use with you. Otherwise you're going to end up with a lot of gorgeous cardstock that you may be unable to use. This was a tough lesson, because I go gaga for gorgeous paper.

When I first discovered the world of papercraft on the internet, I nearly passed out with amazement and glee. This stuff is AMAZING. There are tons of papercraft resources online. Today I'm sharing two blogs, Papercraft World and Papercraft Paradise, blogs with links to some of the best papercrafts out there. Papercraft World also has links to some Metacafe videos, which is how I first got into papercraft. A lot of these crafts are great for children. And you can always use your bought-on-a-whim cardstock to create beautiful and incredibly entertaining paper toys.

(No direct link to post, clicking the image will take you to the main site.)


Thursday, June 25, 2009

WayneCoeBlacksmith on Etsy

WayneCoeBlacksmith forges items in iron, steel, copper and brass. Here is a keyring and bowl from his shop.


FunEmbroidery on Etsy

FunEmbroidery will embroider just about anything for you. Her prices are negotiated according to the items you want. Here are a couple of examples of her work:


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Craft Site - Not Martha

Anyone who has a recipe for making bacon cups is a genius in my books. Not Martha doesn't have a whole lot of craft tutorials, but what she's got is worth a look.

Yes. That is candy sushi. And Twinkie rolls at the back. See what I mean?


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fairyberry on Etsy

Beautiful floral pins from Fairyberry:

Be sure to browse the rest of her items, as she has many different colours to choose from.


Leilalollistudio on Etsy

Vinyl wall decals done right can be lovely. These ones by Leilalollistudio would look wonderful in a girl's bedroom, especially since she can make them for you in grey, pink or white as well.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Patinaswg on Etsy

Aw, these are so sweet! Angel wing earrings by patinaswg.


LoveAtFirstBlush on Etsy

Wow, this is one seriously sexy cuff! Handmade by LoveAtFirstBlush.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Koskra on Etsy

Koskra made this beautiful biscornu (a small embroidered eight-sided pillow) that can be used as a pincushion.



MamaMadeThem on Etsy

Ever since I was a child and saw a dollhouse constructed entirely out of matches at an art exhibit, I've been in love with dollhouses. These ones are by MamaMadeThem:

She makes other wooden toys, as well. Her shop is well worth a visit.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday Craft Site - CraftPOP

CraftPOP is a craft directory with the option to rate the listed craft sites. You can also add links, so if your craft website is not on there, you might want to go add it!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

LBArtworks on Etsy

Great little bags by LBArtworks:


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jenbevmit on Etsy

Sticking with the cow theme, I thought this little dress was too cute! It is handmade by jenbevmit.


Flickr Favourites

1. Cow lomo no.5, 2. Gang of cows, 3. Schiermonnikoog cows, 4. Cool as a cow

A day in the life of those magnificent creatures - cows. I grew up in a tiny little town where we could go to a nearby farm over weekends to buy fresh milk and oranges. While the adults bought things, we'd allow the calves to suck our fingers. I like cows.

I just opened ArtMind's blog to link this post and I saw that her Flickr Favorites post starts with "Holy cow"! We didn't plan it! Go over there if you'd like to join in this blog game.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saturday Craft Site - Cut Out + Keep

More craft tutorial goodness at Cut Out + Keep. Over 10 000 projects, in fact.

I think I've mentioned those cupcakes on my StumbleUpon blog, I might have Twittered about it and I know Daneel sent me the link once. Finally I have a way to incorporate it into this blog! Rainbow cupcakes are made of awesome.


Friday, June 5, 2009

WoodcraftsandCandles on Etsy

I just had to share this bottle stopper by WoodcraftsandCandles:

Looks as though I'm entering a wood phase now.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

JohnThomas on Etsy

I have a thing for cutting boards. The make you feel like a real chef, when you whip out your board, chop chop your vegetables into perfect little cubes with a sharp knife, then carry the board to the stove to sweep your bright little veggies into the pot with a flourish. But cutting boards needn't be boring. Here is one by JohnThomas:

So pretty!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Flickr Favourites

1. Vinyl Toy, 2. Zog Vinyl Toy, 3. IMG 2100, 4. Loading up on sugar in time for Christmas

Might as well continue the toy theme. I love collecting things, but I become very unhappy when I have an incomplete collection. That is why I don't collect vinyl toys. I admire them from a distance. These all have teeth. The Happy Tree Friends Squirrel in the M&M's makes me laugh. Perfect expression for candy overload.

If you want to play Flickr Favourites on your blog, visit ArtMind's blog.