Friday, 11 June 2010

N is for Notes




First off HUUUUGE SORRY. I though this blog was scheduled to post 3 weeks ago, but here it is now. Means next weeks is pre prepared muwahahaha.

As with all my Folksy Fridays, just click the image to go to the sellers folksy store, you dont need to have a folksy store to shop, just sign in and skip the store option. Its all done via pay pal, very easy and supports crafters, artists and real people not just big industry. Go on, Go Handmade, and let me know if my selections have tempted you!



Baaaaaaa, I love the talents from the Kapows



100% cute notecards from 100percentdelicate





Great little original watercolour notelets from MissBaclartDesigns




PRINTforLOVEofWOOD brings us the bigest brightest thank yous around




With the end of the Uni/school/teaching year in sight, these would make a great thank you token instead of unnessicery expensive gifts



askingfortrouble has this gorgeous set of goodies, almost too good to share


Monday, 31 May 2010

Shameless Plug

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to give my new Blog a shameless push, I will be keeping this one upto date with all things folksy-fied, but my new blog will be focusing more on my art.

http://itshayleywall.blogspot.com/


Please go have a spy, and follow it too.

Thank you.

xx

Saturday, 29 May 2010

A little less doubt, & a little Motivation.

So I admittedly became a little removed from playing with polymer clay recently. Part of it is having a 5 month old baby who could give Usain Bolt a run for his money, well not really a run, more of a roll to be fair, but with the speeds she gets from one end of the room to the other you'd think she were training for a new event for 2012.
Well with my hawk eyed mummyness, and lack of folksy sales I have been having self doubt. And the other part is a high level of self doubt.

Yes I may have studied and passed two art degrees, but that never really created confidence in my work. Along with the apparent essential element of having to kiss bottoms to be seen to have any potential really made me annoyed.
So after graduating, getting married, working away from home for 4 months, and having a baby, all within an eighteen month period, didn't allow much time for being creative. Neglecting the creative demons lurking inside. However, although I may have said she takes up much of my time above. Lydia was exactly the creative push I needed.
She has made me completely re-evaluate what I do, realise that I need to push me and that I should do my work. Having a baby releases any boundaries you may have previously had, openly talking in babble voice and pulling silly faces, singing in public, just for tiny smiles. Who cares what everyone around is thinking. Lydia's smiles are more important than how I look to strangers.
And it has made me think again about my work. If I like it, why isn't it good. I make it for me, and if people like it that's a bonus. Yes I know I should have realised this a long time ago, but maybe it was just the courses I studied.

Applying for a recent residency course also made me doubt myself. When it came to a CV, well what can I say?
It comes down to this. Right now, I may not have much to add, but I know this. I have studied, and I have skills.
I am an artist, I can paint, I can photograph, I can draw.
I am a crafter, I can knit, crochet, embroider, sculpt, make jewellery.

I may not be a master of any of the skills, but I am certainly not the worst.

I may not have the longest list of exhibitions, or sold work, but I enjoy what I do.
In four months since I started working with polymer clay, I have sold pieces, and been featured in a magazine, and one who hunted me down, not vice versa.

Yes this blog is starting to sound a little self indulgent right now and very whiny, I don't expect anyone to be reading this, but after the absence to my obvious creative work, I need to put this out somewhere, to give myself a long term kick up the behind.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Desperatly seeking Rosie


Feeling a big creative void right now, looking forward to some exciting work related news which will be posted up towards the end of the month.

Having a 5 month old baby isn't easy when it comes to using fimo and keeping the house together, sigh. Maid robot for hire anyone?? I used to love the Jetsons as a kid and were Rosie real I'd hire her in a second, even with her sarcasm.

Not only is getting tiny bits of clay everywhere, constantly unpacking and repacking and now lil miss is trying to crawl, and into everything mummy has its becoming a slight hazard. I also want to get back into drawing and photography more. Not that I am turning my back on fimo, but just feeling until a self cleaning house with auto trim lawn is invented it will have to take a slight back seat. Ho hum.


Not to worry though, one handed bloggimg shal continue whilst the mini monkey naps on my knee.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

What the heckery is a Folksy Friday?


So, it has come to my attention, that not all of you out there are folksiers. Now that isn't a bad thing, I will give you the opportunity to become a convert. It is very easy I promise. But right now I want to get into a little explanation of exactly what my Friday postings are all about.

Well first of its called, Folksy Friday.

So I know you all understand what Friday is. That fabulous day that leads to the weekend. The event loved by 9-5 workers and school kids the world round. The anticipation of a forth coming break.

And in another way, that is what a Folksy Friday is in another form of the word. Giving a break, to a fabulous folksy sellers, and publicising them and their fabulous items to you lovely readers.

Righty-ho, so now you have that part, time for Folksy



Folksy gives, crafters, designers, artist, and creative types the chance to have their own online shop and be part of a like-minded community.

It also provides a great resource for buying unique HANDMADE items, everything from scarfs to paintings, buntings to furniture, jewellery to clothing. If it can be made, it can be sold. It also has many supply stores with everything for your new and ongoing creative addictions. Even if your not wanting to sell, Folksy is well worth joining to treat yourself, and ideal for buying gifts.

Now we understand both Folksy and Friday, what do they mean together??

Ahh, good question.

Well I am not alone in this weekly adventure. Many members partake in this event, but again all individually, creating their own unique insights into Folksy. Some promote an individual seller, some items they have liked, or bought. But personally I like to find a theme for the week, and generally showcase 6 or so items from different sellers each time. Trying to include new sellers each time, and never having the same member two weeks running to give a better variant.

By choosing my items, I give a slight background into my chosen theme, then post images of each of my chosen items, which are linked to the sellers stores. To show you their other wares and not just the given item. I keep the notes about items as minimal as possible in order to let the photos speak for the items.

And basically that's all there is to the event. A way of showing off the talent Folksy has to offer and hopefully to inspire you to make a purchase, supporting all things handmade, rather than high street.

So go on, join up and splash out!

Friday, 7 May 2010

M is for maps

Cherry DeLuxe Folksy Friday presents . . .M is for Maps
My picks of some of Folksys best geographically themed handmade goodies

Remember, as with all my Folksy Fridays, just click the image to go to the sellers folksy store, and although you need to be a member to buy, you do not need a store. Just skip that option when you sign up by clicking elsewhere. Don't forget to let me know if you make any of these purchases!


Buri Boo has this gorgeous brooch

1930S Underground map bag from Mrs Gibson

Keep track of all your notes, with Toggle's upcycled notepad

SwirlyArts has these fab pins, great souviners with a real vintage feel.

This card by Jen Owens would be fab for and engagment, or anniversary! Love the sparkles

I love this idea from, White Dove, would make a great wedding gift, one from home and one your Honeymoon destination.

Friday, 30 April 2010

L is for the Locals


So as promised, but a little overdue, as I wanted to include as many of you local lovvies as possible, Cherry DeLuxe Folksy Friday presents . . .
L is for the Locals, promoting the fabulous talent of Leeds and West Yorkshire.Enjoy, and go buy something!! Remember, as with all Folksy Fridays, just click the image to go to the sellers folksy store, and although you need to be a member to buy, you do not need a store. Just skip that option when you sign up by clicking elsewhere. Don't forget to let me know if you make any of these purchases! x
So without further adieu, show some love for my Locals!




Fab necklace by the lovely Emma 1985




Amazing skills from the geographically challenged, QuiteContraryCrafts




Love the colours in this hand dyed yarn by Wharfedale Wools, a true Loiner




Giraffe Craft brings us lots of fabulous sock buddies.




Buttercup Boutique is a true textile treasure




Let someone know how you feel, thanks to Dig The Earth




Fab earthy summery feel to this necklace, by Elca Designs




Super cute stars from the Jewellery Angel




With wedding season coming up, get a card which will stand out, thanks to accidental vix




This reminds me of fruit salads, mmmmm, thanks northernjeb




How fab are these gorgeous glass heart pendants from Glassprimitif




Quernus Crafts has a fantastic menagerie of polymer clay beasties, including these fab horses, just in time for Badminton.

So yes, an extended edition of Folksy Friday, but enjoy and support your locals too!

Friday, 23 April 2010

ARRRGHH

So lots is going on at DeLuxe towers right now, well DeLuxe semi detached, but as my Internet is currently as stable as a one legged zebra, I'm having to post this mini blog by saving it in between short connections, then publishing when it will allow. arrfgghh.

For this reason, my Folksy friday is running behind as it took me over 3 hours to just reply to a message on folksy, but i promise an uber edition coming soon.

Love and apologies

Monday, 19 April 2010

Cherrys bakery

Just a quick blog about the new pins I'm working on, gingerbread people pins, so far including a pirate, karate dude(ette), Saturday night fever man, guitarist and Queens Foot guard.


I'm loving making these lil fella's



They look a lil rough as they're not sanded yet, but all have little glass eye(s) and details.

Friday, 16 April 2010

K is for Kitchen



So K is for kitchen, and if you use yours for baking, eating, entertaining, or simply for quickly throwing something easy in the oven, there is something here for everyone, from tea towels, to furniture.

Please check out these folksiers stores, and do treat yourself while there and support the handmade community, remember, you don't need to have a store to shop on folksy, just sign up and skip the store option, its simple, and all safe as payments are through paypal!

Just click on the pictures, and it will lead you to the sellers store

Let me know if you buy any items featured. ENJOY!! XX


Fab printed tea towels from, papa totoro



More Tea ? from JK knits and bits



Theres no place like purlesque4folksy



So come on, who wants to buy me this amazing dresser, from Tatty Boo??



Love this bowl from CaractacusPots, must be another Chitty Bang Bang fan huh?



1000degrees Art Studio gives us a fabulous background tale with this mug, I love the bunting bow around the handle. Why not treat yourself to a new mug to accompany folksy fridays?

Monday, 12 April 2010

Cupcakes



Listing some yummy cupcake pins on folksy today.

So far I have made a larger commissioned cupcake necklace, but these are the first mini pin cupcakes from Cherry Deluxe, so hoping they go down well. They are made from polymer clay and have bar style twist saftey pin backs, so nice and secure. They also have glitter in the icing and super glossy cherrys. Enjoy!

If you would like any other colours just let me know.

x

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Easter fun and Ilkley.

So I have been very absent of late.

Received a phone call from Mum on good Friday, she was due to be coming to stay the following week, but due to family issues, they couldn't go where they were supposed to be going and wanted to get away from home. . . NOW.

Long story, but hey ho.
So after a super fast tidying of house, Mum and Stepdad land for a week.
A busy week too. Lots of being out and about. Bought a BEAUTIFUL new sofa .
Hired van to take stuff to mums house back in Geordie land.
Mum took ill so ended up going to hospital in ambulance at 1am (don't worry all is well, just very bad food poisoning.)
Started weaning baby, and she's taking to it great.

Loads more I'm guessing I cant even think of right now.

After the craziness though, and the visitors leaving, took advantage of a beautiful day yesterday and took bubs for a day trip to Ilkley.

Some great craft fairs on, and loved being out without
a huge coat on, bought some fab bits, including a few
things from fellow folksiers.

Bought this gorgeous hair slide from Wychbury, the colours are so beautiful and the detail in all of the bead work is so great, I simply would never have the patience, and it looks so realistic and natural. Can you tell how impressed I am??

Also bought a fab brooch from Crimblecats, its gorgeous and so colourful, I love it. I must have been in a very flowery mood with the lovely summery sunshine out, as they were the first two things I bought.

I must also add how beautifully it was packaged, as you can see in the pic, with its own hand drawn advertising on the bag, how cute.

Next purchase was from the fab myfuroshiki who is a master of the traditional Japanese fabric wrapping, and even prints her own fabrics to make wraps and bags, BEAUTIFUL. I have to admit though the square I bought will be used as a headscarf, but I love it :D

Again beautifully packaged, and with a fab origami crane, and wrapping guide, very much appreciated. Thank you. I bought the pinky one, and again it has flowers.


I also found another fair near by, where I bought a great print of a squirrel, by far one of my favourite animals, just to find a frame now.


http://www.paddyjay-photography.co.uk/

So a great day, and met some lovely people,lets hope the sunshine is here to stay

Friday, 2 April 2010

J is for Join in

Yep yep, after a busy week I surrender, alas I have failed at folksy friday in the traditional sense but instead I have a mission

Yes J is for join, all you have to do is send out one crafty item and get 36 in return, and find 6 people to join in, go on its fun

x

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Super fun Swapathon, who wants crafty gifts??


So first off, I have been a bad bad blogger again, hubby has had some holidays from work, so have been spending some time with him and bubs. Well after killing quite a few zombies, via CoDWaW, L4D2, (I'm sure this means something to someone) and some much overdue viewing, in the form of, Suspiria, Tokyo Gore Police, and way too much anime, if that is at all possible along with plenty of rolling around on a play mat and baby talking, but who could resist a face like this??


Anyway, after much delay, I've been on a craft spree this week, buying tonnes of felt, chains, pins, fimo a go go, oh my my bank wont be happy he he.


But the main reason for this blog, well everyone loves a swap yes?

Well how about a swap where you send just one of your beautiful wares and receive 36 fabulous , yes 36 !!!!! Non mass produced crafty gifts back, like postal Christmas, lots of little pressies on your door step??


Its super simple and easy peasy, all you need is to send out one of your items, anything that you feel would make a great little gift, something you would like to receive. Then wait. . . .


. . . . .and find the fab things on your doorstep.


Its a great way of spreading publicity, after all, pop some business cards in, and the item may even been passed onto a friend of the recipient as a gift, spreading your name further, wooowwweeeee!


If your interested, just comment, or send me a message on folksy and I will send you all of the details.


6 people are required, but remember this is fun fun fun!


Love x

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Sweet Treats and New Homes

So, it may not seem like it latley, but I have actually been working on a few bits. Including a few cupcake pin badges in various colours.
They will be listed on folksy in the next few days, once I get some better photos, and finish them sand them etc.



Aint they cute, if you would like one in any colour of your choice I'd be happy to 'bake' you one. Just tell me what colour icing and cupcake case you would like.

I've also been working on some new pins inspired by my dad. As a child he used to take me to the local wildfowl parks I used to love spotting different birds, both out and in our gardens. He often talked about the adventures he and his brother would have as kids looking fir birds, and to this day, now unable to work, he loves watching the birds in his garden, even calling me to let me know about sightings of the woodpecker, rare birds or the first robin of winter
Again if you would like any other colours of these bird house pins either solid colour/striped etc, let me know, the roofs are also tiled but you cant really see in the pics, I shall add another one later.



I'm really in love with them, going to make a pendant too, with the new chains I ordered today, and make a few beach shacks too, as I think they would look really cute.

The one on the right glows in the dark too!