Friday, 25 March 2011

Folksy Friday - Birthstones

I was pondering a birthday gift this week, for a very lovely friend - but she is soooo difficult to buy for! And then someone asked what her birthstone was... and it solved the problem!  So I thought I would pass this little "gem" (full pun intended!) on to my blog readers, so that you are all fully armed and equipped with ideas when you to are faced with a similarly troublesome present problem....

I have picked out some beautiful jewellery pieces, some from the modern birthstones, and some from the traditional ones - there are several stones for each month, apparently, so hopefully you should find something to suit your pocket, even if you are not on a "crown jewels" budget!

As usual, click on the label below each item picture for more details from

January : Garnet or Rose Quartz
by Vanda Handmade Jewellery

 February : Amethyst or Onyx
by Damselfly Jewels

March : Aquamarine or Bloodstone 
by CeeGee Jewellery Design

April : Quartz or Diamond 
by You Nique You

May : Emeral or Chrysoprase 
by LouLy

June : Pearl or Moonstone 
by ZM Designs

July : Ruby or Carnelian 
by Mila Jewellery

August : Peridot or Sardonyx
by Kara Gems

September : Lapis Lazuli or Sapphire 
by Halcyon Jewellery

October : Opal or Tourmaline 
by The Owl and the Pussycat

November : Topaz or Citrine 
by S B Jewellery

December : Tanzanite or Turquoise
by Corinna2Designs

Aren't they all gorgeous - have you made your birthday wishlist yet???

Friday, 18 March 2011

Folksy Friday - Mum's the Word...

With just over two weeks to go until Mother's Day, have you done your shopping yet?? Me neither!

Forget those last minute chocs, or sending a bunch of flowers, because you can get some truly beautiful handmade gifts on the fabulous  To prove it, I have made a selection of my favourites, and I am sure that any mum, young or old, whatever her tastes, would appreciate something just a little bit different, unique, quirky, hand crafted or just plain lovely.  I have tried to pick out a good number of the cheaper products too, so they are within the budget for little peoples' purses, so you needn't spend a fortune...

Click on the tag below each picture to find out more about each item...

by Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics

by Dottery Pottery

by LJG Art & Illustration

by Helen McCartney Designs

by Lej Jewellery

by Polka Dots and Posies

by LoveMaisy

by Muddy Puddle Crafts

by ATNice

by shop of navarone

by Quite Contrary Crafts

by Vintage Gardener

by The Quited Teacup

by Sioned ap Gareth

by supercutetilly

And, don't forget, there are dozens of beautiful handmade cards on Folksy too!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Folksy Friday - Daffodil Yellow...

I found myself amazed this week that my daffodils were out already... but then it's nearly the middle of March already, so perhaps that's normal... But I thought, brave little blighters, showing their sunny little faces when all the rest of the world is still so dark and dreary.

There is something about that intense daffodil yellow that is so uplifting and cheering, that I just had to search on Folksy for some more gorgeous yellowness...

Click on the label below each item to find out more...

by ialbert

by West London Style

by Blue Forest Jewellery

by Lauras Jewellery

by Laura Makes Pictures

by The Rainbow Room

by Crafts By Pegs

by Pins and Needles

by Purple Petals Jewellery Box

by Emily Moir

by Creative Knits

by Jewellery Drops By Laura

by Fluffs Stuffs


by Rachael's Special Lil Bits

I hope these have made you smile, and you now feel just a little bit warmer!

Friday, 4 March 2011

Folksy Friday - Amigurumi Zoo Part 2...


Following my FF post two weeks ago, introducing you to some fantastic wee creatures, I had loads of positive feedback - and it seems lots of you are interested in giving the art of Amigurumi a go yourself!

(I have been giving it a go myself - with mixed results - and have been asked to write a guest post all about it on a very well regarded craft blog  - but more of that another time...!!)

So this week I thought I would showcase a selection of Amigurumi Patterns available to buy on Folksy... there are plenty more available from each of the sellers I have chosen, so please click the link under each picture and see what other gorgeous little animals you could make.

by Oliver Boliver

by K and J Dolls

by ButterflyLove

by fluff and fuzz

by Claire Sibley

by Lynne's Pattern Parlour

by Fiona Kelly

by Limecat Crafts

by Irene Strange

by Pink Tree Studios

So, come on now, get those needles out and give it a go!
(If I can do it, really, anyone can - and it's VERY addictive!)