In the land of crafts, there are some classic materials that are usually part of everyone’s learning curve, such as ribbons. I myself, had some flirt sessions with the ethereal and soft quality of ribbons when I first started making and selling jewelry! See? (OMG how awful are those 3-out-of-4-homemade pictures! haha! Thank goodness I’ve improved on that over the years…)
Often times tho, they are put aside with time, as I did. It might be a real shame actually, especially for a texture lover like myself!
I recently stumbled upon Flower Seed Paper‘s shop, and got excited to see hand-dyed silk ribbons! I like how, by being handmade, they have way more of a richness of tints and hues and subtleties compared to their commercially tinted counterparts. Plus, it makes a one-of-a-kind for every piece of ribbon cut! And that’s always awesome in itself. :)
I went to NYC last month, with my best friend Sandra who was back home a little via Australia. I had never gone to NYC before, and obviously, you can’t see/do EVERYTHING in 4 days (especially in winter (we got 2 gorgeous days and 2 freezing/super windy days, not so bad!)), but a couple of things were non-negociables, including a little bit of supplies shopping. You get to bring back a whopping $800 of stuff without taxes if you cross the border for more than 2 days, it was to take advantage of, without going crazy of course! ;)
And so on the last day, before taking my bus that same night, I sent my lovely friend away to walk around and shop the fashion district, while I took some Nea time: a 2 hour shopping frenzy in a secret-heaven-on-earth place, digging thru PILES AND PILES of boxes of vintage stock…
I ended up coming out of there with 20 pounds (the stuff was sold per pound, I’m not exaggerating here!) of metal pieces. Imagine me at US/Canada customs, half asleep at 3:30am, getting out of the bus and dragging my heavy supplies groceries bag (plus my handbag, plus my other gym bag luggage), one non-steady step at the time… It was totally ridiculous looking, but oh well. lol! (Yes, I need to buy a rolling luggage, I know.)
I since started using those, as you can see from some of these 5 new items I added to my Etsy shop recently.
And, so much more is to be used soon, they all get my blood up and pumping with inspiration, so stay tuned! :D
Inkkit is a little shop, full of little items, but that makes you wanna buy a lot.
Most of the shop is filled with packaging supplies, from sequin ribbon to envelopes and stickers. And also cutesy items, like gold tip twig pencils (How CUTE.) and tiny painted rocks. Plus, pictures are gorgeous, I can’t even stop looking around!
Plan on restraining yourself, or be prepared to splurge! lol :)
As part of my Holiday Gift Guide 2008,
here are some suggestions for the crafty gals and guys who wanna do it all themselves!
Also, go see last year’s DIY Lover selection!
Take the Handmade Pledge this Holiday season!
** Please note that the sellers suggested are NOT sponsors!
These are MY suggestions! **
Handprinted Needle Case, by Plainjanetextiles.
Briar Buttons, by UrbanTurn.
Recycled T-Shirt Yarns, by Mklawrie.
Handmade Ring Blank, by PointyPaws.
Handcrafted Knitting Needles, by Baahurrah.
Handmade Urchin Pincushion, by Nadelwerk.
Handmade Polymer Clay Stamps, by Charityelise.
Handmade Clasp, by Angrybunny.
Natural Alpaca Roving, by Vampy.
Large Oxidized Copper Circles, by Metamorph.
Handmade Cherry Niddy Noddy, by TheSpinnersEmporium.
Egg Stoneware Beads, by NKPbeads.
Porcelain Brush Rest, by Sumiko.
“Handprinted Linen Fabric” by maramiki (Chicago), $40 a yard.
I’ve been looking around on Etsy for fresh screenprinted fabrics, just cause they are always so pretty and inspiring to look at!
Turns out A LOT of the designers I found are from Australia! (What’s up with that? Will anyone pleaseee provide me with a link to their screenprinting pimp?? lol)
Hawt stuff, right mate? :)
“Bird in Paradise” by umbrellaprints (Australia), $12 for 4 pieces of 15cm X 10cm.
“Handprinted Linen/Cotton Fabric” by maramiki (Chicago), $40 a yard.
“meadow” by summersville (UK), $6.50 for 9.5in x 14in.
“Warm Grey Concentric Arrow” by moyou (Australia), $15 half a meter.
“Nesting Tomato on Birch” by AuntyCookie (Australia), $22 half a meter.
“fabric remnants (doll faces) pack” by mikodesign (Netherlands), $15.
“Woodland” by ofpaperandthread (Australia), $13 half a meter.
“Big Pack no.2” by hollabee (Australia), $13.50 for 2 pieces of 50cm x 65cm.