Wednesday, 22 August 2012

New Things From My Shed

I've been busy in my little shed lately.  Here are a few things that I've made and some that are still in the pipeline -
Some of these are patches which I will soon be adding to my shop.  Others will hopefully become fridge magnets and a few will become little free gifts which I like to add to my parcels!
 This year, swallows discovered our barn and built two nests in the rafters.  It's been lovely to see them swooping in and out.  I have been doing some sketchings of them and came up with some simple designs which would work well when carved onto tooling leather.
 The antique stain really picks the details out and brings out the grain of the leather.  There were quite a few natural streaks in the bottom piece of leather which make a lovely effect I think.  The top piece will become a little notebook and the bottom piece is destined to be a personal organiser with lacing round the edges!
I carved these little pieces of tooling leather with my initials and a small flower and I will attach them to pieces of my work as a kind of signature tag.  I have sold two organisers lately - one to Australia and the other to the USA which is always exciting.  Funny to think of my work travelling to places on the other side of the world.  I have had a few keyring orders lately too, so I need to tidy my shed up a bit and maybe order more leather so I'm not running out. 

Lastly, I've been busy with this project which was a birthday present for my husband.  I bought him a Kindle for his birthday and I wanted to make a protective cover for it -

I was really pleased with the way it turned out.  The elastic straps hold the Kindle nice and firmly too.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Prize Draw Results!!!

Well, I received a large response to my giveaway and thank you to all of you who left comments and 'liked' my Facebook page.  This afternoon, I put all the names from this blog and my Facebook page into the hat and my two 'little' boys pulled out two winners -
The first name to be drawn was - Suhana Daughteroftheninemoons Hart!! The little leather notebook is now yours!
The second prize goes to - Laura Wehko who will receive the leather bookmark.

Once again, thank you to all of you who entered, it's been good fun and I hope the two winners enjoy their prizes.


Friday, 3 August 2012

Some of My Favourite Handmade Shops - Part Two

Here are a few more of my favourite online shops -
Here is Lively Sheep which I discovered recently on Etsy.  These fairies are really beautiful and each of my girls has one hanging up in her bedroom.  I love the small details that makes each fairy unique.  They would make a lovely gift for a little (or not so little!) girl.

This is Caractacus Pots where I have bought quite a few of my chunky mugs from.  The pottery is all hand thrown on a potters wheel and is very cosy to wrap your hands around!
And speaking of lovely, hand-thrown pottery, here is Little Wren Pottery which is another of my favourites.  This shop has some gorgeous bowls and canisters and I have promised myself a set of 'tea', 'coffee' and 'sugar' canisters with swallows on when we finally build a house.

There you go, another three of my favourite hand made online shops, I will be adding more every so often as I love browsing Etsy and the likes and discovering new places.  Don't forget to enter my blog giveaway if you haven't already and thank you to those of you who have 'liked' my Facebook page, it's been lovely to log on and see all the 'likes' I've received!  I'm a bit new to Facebook and took a bit of persuading to create a shop page, so it's been a confidence boost to see the 'likes' and messages.  All the names from here and from Facebook are going into my hat and the closing date is 14th August. xxxx