Poochy Couture: I am a lover of ALL dogs. We have a house full of dogs (2 danes Tiny & Daisy 1 pug Zoey). I’ve been designing jewelry forever and on Etsy for a couple of years (girlygirlstudios.etsy.com) Well my husband had a tada moment and said I should make dog tags…Well I did and they’ve been selling like crazy!! I really wanted to keep my jewelry and pooch accessories seperate…so PoochyCouture was born.
I really enjoy making the custom designs (like the request for the mushroom dog tags).
I use all natural dyes and earth friendly leather products.
I think every dog lover wants the best for their pooch, so I will offer really colorful fun designs at reasonable prices.
Halloween is my sister Kate’s favourite holiday…after Christmas and her birthday (she’s a holiday fiend). Kate lives in Canada, where I am sure she has much more opportunity to celebrate Halloween than I do in the UK. You see, we just don’t ‘get’ Halloween here and our efforts are somewhat half-hearted compared with our friends across the Atlantic.
My childhood memories of Halloween involve dressing up in a black leotard and tights with a black headband, knocking on about three neighbours’ doors before I’d get bored. My eyes were opened to the potential of this glorious occasion when, at the age of 10 I visited Texas at the end of October. People went crazy over October 31, with children dressed in elaborate costumes (not a cat or witch in sight!) and specialist decorations, candies and other sweet treats on offer.
It’s still not catching on here, despite my family’s best efforts. I’m not to be deterred though, and this year I’ve rounded up the best of British-made Halloween-themed treats in a bid to inspire my fellow citizens!
Kate would approve of byanne‘s adorable resin heart necklace (above), which reminds me of the huge plastic beads filled with candy I would lust after as a child. Anne of byanne is a fellow Halloween lover who is drawn to bright, attention-grabbing hues. Her inspiration is vintage gumball and the necklace includes real candy pieces and shiny confetti to give it a real vintage Halloween feel.
Truss up your Jack O’Lantern with sneddonia‘s glow-in-the-dark decoration. The inspiration for this beautiful wire decoration came from some beads that Jen found while searching for Halloween supplies on Etsy. She thought that the cute beads would be the perfect focal point for a new design.
Continue your decorating with keitosan‘s little witch print (top), which features Millie and her cat Tofu. Kate at keitosan decided to go against drawing a traditional scary witch and black cat and do the complete opposite to create a fun feel, reflecting the fun that comes with Halloween festivities.
Kids will love FurWillFly‘s sweet vampire plushie, inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Claire loves the show and wanted to create some unusual plush creatures based on the dark side!
This lovely necklace from ichbin was inspired by Caroline’s neighbour’s little black and white cat, Tia, who sits on the conservatory roof and peers in her bedroom window every morning! It’s the perfect complement to a grown-up Halloween outfit – who says only children get to dress up?
What are your favourite Halloween traditions? Share them here!
Scouring etsy for locally made goods has enlightened me to all of the artists in my backyard. It is great fun, I suggest you try it. If you do you may be lucky enough to come across something as lovely as Awcombe’s Belts and Accessories. This is such a refreshing find, a new twist on a common item.
There is something so fun and lively about these belts. They are bold without the usual bling of commercial buckles. Though they are bold, they aren’t over-done. These buckles are just right.
The artist has a great sense of color and composition. She carefully selects the bright, cheerful parts of the pattern to create a design for her masterpieces. As she would say, “Finding ways to bring fabrics to life can make an otherwise hum-drum pair of jeans or a t-shirt have zing.” I want me some zing!
The belts and buckles come together to form a happy union. The bold patterns seem reminiscent of the sixties, especially those with flower patterns. The leather belts appear weathered giving the whole design a vintage look. But, this is better than vintage, it is handmade.
How would you choose to wear one of these creations? With jeans? Maybe a peasant dress paired with some cowboy boots? Or would you prefer to spice up a boring suit? A yes to any of these would be the correct answer, don’t you think?
There never seems to be too much or too little color. The artist always seems to choose the right amount of contrast and pattern. You can see her “love (of) fabric and all the exciting colors and designs that are available.” When an artist follows their love and passion it shows. The outcome is always beautiful. As a result, we usually covet their work and find reasons to buy it. So, please visit her shop and spread the love.
A variety of handcrafted goods are available to enjoy around the house. Soaps and soft furnishings are only the beginning. Knitted goods and polymer clay can add to the uniqueness of your surroundings.
Brenda, at knittedfrenzy, offers shawls, coffee cozies, and cowls, in a variety of yarns in her Etsy shop. I was pleased to find a shawl made of soft acrylic yarn. Most of the shawls that I see are made of wool, which is fantastic if you can wear wool. But I cannot. So finding something warm, and not itchy is always a nice surprise for me.
Hello, my name is Kelly Massey and this is my line of handmade wearables, Pretty Penny.
I live in West Hollywood with my husband and fantastic, fun, little girl who is seven. They put up with my piles and piles of fabric and leaning towers of ink jars relatively cheerfully because they are often busy making things too.
Lately, I have been screen printing and sewing scarves and clothing out of bright and soft bamboo and cotton knits.