As you know already I'm a bit of crafter.
Some of my creations are made as gifts, but I also have online shop to sell some of it ( link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TobisiasLilThing?ref=hdr_shop_menu ).
Selling handmade products is trendy but not easy specially if we talking about jewellery.
I'm playing with jewellery making few years - before I opened my shop on Etsy, I was making most of my pieces for myself or my Mum or my friends.
One year my next door neighbour asked me for bracelet for herself after I gave her little girl one of my first children bracelets - Amy's wrist was my sizer for them :), also made another bracelet for Amy, Amy's cousin and her Nana - so that was nice first custom order :)
After that I sold few pieces to Mums, which I met when walking for toddler groups with Dom.
I was making more and more, finally in 2014 I opened my little shop - Etsy is huge thing with millions sellers and buyers, so selling is not easy-peasy. I'm happy every time I sell something, and it doesn't matter sale is made via my Etsy shop, Facebook or order from Mum I met at nursery :)
From time to time I re-modelling pieces I made before or just recycling them cause they are totally out to date. Last time: yesterday. I checked all I made and decided which going for total recycling and which I should update a bit. Still few bits left to work with, but I can show you what I've already did :)
Pieces with little changes - just new findings and bit of re-modelling...
Thursday, 28 April 2016
As you know already I'm a bit of crafter.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
As we suspected weather changed for worse with start of weekend...
And believe it or not - today's weather is total nightmare - sun, rain, snow plus nasty wind, and again sun, rain, snow and.... over and over again... feel tired...
But to the point of today's writing :) Last Saturday we were on early shopping before I went to hairdresser :) We back home with wooden giraffe for Dom - he choose it :)
When I was away to deal with my hair, Dom was painting his giraffe and his Daddy taking pics of creation process.
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Today I want you to meet one of just few gentlemen in Handmade Movement Team - Matthew.
Matthew is from Florida, USA and is proper artistic soul :) His domain is collage - postcard size.
Here what he wrote about himself in his Etsy profile: ' The Material Whirl project got its start several years ago, when I began following the one-per-day websites of various artists. Since the beginning of 2010, I have made several hundred postcard-sized collages ( though far from one per day), all from various types of recycled paper and cardboard, and have been listing them, one by one, here on Etsy...'
Want to know more? Read Matt's profile: https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/FascinatingFiberz
Most of Matthew's art works you can find on his blog: http://thematerialwhirl.wordpress.com
This amazing collage you can find on 2016 TwitterArtExhibit in New York
Friday, 22 April 2016
Another week almost gone...
We had beautiful weather... forecast for weekend isn't good unfortunately... Clouds are coming already...
We were in the park, in the port and on the beach with Dom during this week :) We bought new flowers for our garden and plant them, now we're waiting for them blooming :)
I checked another new recipe from old cooking mag this week:
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
We finally dealt with stubborn roller blind in Dom's room... what a fight!!!
You should see us - almost defeated, with murder in our eyes :) But we won this crazy fight, with cutting, fitting and testing :)
So... if you dare
Sunday, 17 April 2016
Oh yes, that was proper experiment...
I'm not culinary genius, but I'm not total anti-talent too :) I like trying new cooking techniques, new dishes, recipes from around the world.
Some time ago we bought kangaroo steaks, but we had no idea how to cook them. I found some recipes on net but wasn't sure which one of them I should use. Yesterday we decided we'll try to cook these steaks, doesn't matter result :)
We went through some recipes on YouTube and found this simple looking dish: http://dorota.in/steki-z-kangura/ - (Kangaroo steaks - blog in Polish).
So.... I placed our steaks in simple marinate from oil with salt, black pepper and garlic...
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Today I want to present you Handmade Movement Team captain. Her name's Rosella and she's from USA.
Ros has two shops on Etsy - very busy woman don't you think :)
So... if you need a logo, banner, business card or a part sticker check: http://www.StickersNStuffByRos.etsy.com, if you are after prints or cards check: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaintedMemoriesByRos.
Here's what she wrote about herself in her 'bio' on Etsy:
'To occupy myself and keep my mind active after retiring, I started my Etsy card shop using photos of some of the paintings that I still have and others that I have sold over the years. Etsy is a great way to interact with other artisans and I have 'met' many talented and nice people here. I have been an artist since I was a young girl ans was able to pursue art more fully after my daughters became teenagers. After trying different media, I discovered a love of watercolor painting and charcoal drawing and that is the basis of most of my work (...) '.
If you want to know more about Ros find her shops and read her profile.
What I can say about Ros?
She's a friendly woman, very helpful to 'greenhorns' on Etsy and I like her a lot :) I think everybody in Handmade Movement Team likes Ros, cause is really hard not to :)
My faves from her shops???
Hmmm...I have lots :) Examples:
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Bookworm means me :)
In the kitchen? Yep, at least we need to eat :) and I'm a cook in this house :)
But all in correct order :)
I can say we had busy day yesterday - Dom and me. He cannot sit in one place for five - typical in his age :) Interested in everything in the same time :)
We built the biggest train track ever - at least in our home - in the living room. Look at that monstrous construction :)
Sunday, 10 April 2016
I was planning to write about something completely different today, but....
Day is so beautiful, so sunny with so nice temperature outside, that my man decided to make some garden works :)
I'll be honest with you - our garden is proper mess, cause we just have not enough time to deal with it.
First thing - we have no idea about proper gardening :)
Second thing - most of the time gardening wise weather keep us home...
Third thing - when weather is nice we prefer go for a trip :)
Oki, I'm trimming hedge, when I should and I even like it :) also trimming gooseberry and redcurrant bushes to not allowed them spread to much.
We both hate dealing with weeds and with all raining here they are growing much much faster then anything else.
Today even Dom had some fun :) and he was trying to help too.
Saturday, 9 April 2016
Crafty week? Yeah, that's good question :)
I made something and Dom made something, so... crafty :)
Dom has new addiction - Lego :) He is building lots of crazy things from it :) Example? Here you go:
Friday, 8 April 2016
I don't think I wrote here about my gaming hobby :) Just something different then reading or crafting :)
I cannot say I was gaming virgin when I met my partner, but I wasn't 'Alpha & Omega' in it too.Whole my previous gaming experience was 2 times on console ( don't even remember what kind) and some silly stuff on computer.
Maciek showed me what all this stuff is about :) First he found GBA (GameBoy Advance) in great condition in one of charity shop with some games (Final Fantasy, Harvest Moon etc ), later on he bought PSP with games for himself (some times later - games for me too).
After his holiday, he back home with his PS2 ( took it back from his Mum place) and after that we were sure one thing - I prefer handhelds :)
So now I have Nintendo - birthday gift from him with nice collection of games - I love puzzle games, Harvest Moon series ( not all of them) and Final Fantasy ( especially both Tactics).
When I was pregnant we both start to play Settlers Online - we still play it but not every day like we used to :) We tried other online games, but we never stay with them for long. At the moment we trying Gems of War - we both enjoy it, but in different ways - Maciek loves PVP, I prefer Treasure Hunt :)
To be honest with you I had a chance to mix two of my hobbies: craft and gaming :) I made and sent card for 20th Birthday of Settlers games and even won prize cause guys from Dusseldorf liked my card :)
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Today I decided to present you cute shop run by Leda from Italy.
She called her shop TinyFeltHeart, here link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyFeltHeart .
Leda is working with felt and she's creating real beauties :)
I think she's romantic soul, here what she wrote in her note about herself on etsy - this is translation from Italian :)
'My name is Leda, I am an Italian girl with passion for books and for jobs in felt. My dream is to open a bookstore. While it sets up a whole universe for me I embarked on the 'Felt Brick Road' - the 'way of felt bricks' to raise the necessary resources. In my suitcase full of dreams I keep fabrics in bright colours that cut in a thousand different ways in order to create creatures to keep: owls, foxes....' you can read more about her in her note: https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/MissMinu86?ref=owner_profile_leftnav:)
Last Christmas I bought bookmark from her for my partner, also received one from my Sneaky Secret Santa :)
- Monika, Northumberland, UK. Mid-age, still tomboy, Mum of one, crafter, bookworm. Love being in jeans, T-shirt and pair of sport shoes :) Happy if can travel, sightseeing and take photos Do not bother much about my grammar please, English is not my first language, so I'm trying my best to improve it :)
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