Stacie May: This is a vintage inspired timeless version of the little black dress. It can be dressed up, worn gothic style, or made casual over some jeans. The dress is made from textured rayon and antique-style ivory lace that is hand cut to shape around the sleeves. Lace is also adorning the unique long “tie” and godets in the bottom for flare.
I was thrilled to read recently that parts of the next Pirates of the Caribbean film are being shot in Cornwall, a very beautiful county on the southwest coast of the UK. I adore the franchise and although I’m nervous about the sequel effect, I can’t wait to see the next film. Inspired by everyone’s favourite pirates coming to these shores, I’ve put together this week’s product focus, with nautical-themed jewelry and gorgeous piratical artwork!
The inspiration for finestimaginery’s adorable cutout pirate necklace came from the idea of zombies, ninjas, cowboys and pirates being the top four character trends. The design is based on a captain hook style character, with a typical pirate moustache and hat. And, according to Kim, he wouldn’t be a pirate without a patch!
I love this octopus necklace from yellowsquirrel, who is based in Manchester like me. Nicole took her inspiration from the fact that it’s a popular image and combined this with her love of vintage. Nicole says, “Raw brass and antique gold chains, they just look ‘right’ together!” – she’s certainly hit the nail on the head with this piece!
Simple but pretty, louloudo’s ‘rope’ necklace was inspired by the very charm that makes it work. Louise thought that the silver charms were so sweet that they didn’t really need anything more then a nice, lightweight candy striped string. She also thinks that they look “sort of lucky, dangling there on their string!”
Andreakett’s amazingly detailed pirate artwork (top) just had to be included! I’m always green with envy over people who can draw as I have zero talent in that area. Andrea started working on this piece just because she loves pirates, which is the best reason for creating something that I can think of! Andrea says that she tends to have characters in her head when working on a drawing and with this one, she was channeling Poison Ivy from the Cramps and Tura Satana from Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, and the character Aunt Sally from Worzel Gummidge all together!
Are you a pirate lover? To share your favorite handmade pirate-themed pieces, or to just drool over Captain Jack Sparrow, post here or send me a message on @elliethouret!
In the U.S. Mother’s Day is May 10th this year, and while you may run out the day before and grab a dozen roses and a card for the special mom in your life, why not give her a real surprise with a thoughtful handmade gift. Moms always love gifts made by their children, but if you are not creatively inclined, or you need a gift for the mom who has everything, here are some wonderful ideas.
Let’s start with the card. Yes, you can buy one at the grocery store along with your frozen pizza and green beans, but it won’t be nearly as beautiful as this gorgeous Mother’s Day Card from Smock Paper. This card is so pretty that Mom will be wanting to leave it out to admire year round!
A bouquet of flowers is always a good gift for Moms, but why not give her some flowers that will last and last. This photo from Photo Menagerie is just the thing to show Mom that she is special and, just think, no watering necessary, which is good if the Mom in your life is as bad with plants as I am.
Why not make your Mother’s Day gift personal? This custom silhouette from Blue Clara Paper Goods is stylish, sentimental and sure to make Mom smile. What a sweet gift for any Mom you know.
Know a Mom with an adorable child? How great would it be for that kiddo to show that he or she is Mom’s biggest fan? This tattoo inspired organic tee from Small Threads will show Mom how much your little one appreciates her every time they wear it.
This next personalized option is the perfect thing for new Moms. Made from sterling silver and swarovski, this necklace will quickly become part of Moms daily wardrobe. Available from sTuck in the Coop.
Another personalized option is this lovely nest with name stones from SJ Engraving. This nest is a peaceful and pretty way for you to show Mom that you are thinking of her.
What woman wouldn’t want a new handbag for Mother’s Day? This zebra bag by Paco and Lupe is a fun way for Mom to stay organized when she’s on the go.
Jewelry is always a reliable gift for Mother’s Day. After all, do you know a Mom who wouldn’t like a little extra sparkle in her life? The Mother’s Pride necklace from The Venerable Bead is another custom and fabulous way for Mom to show her love for her kids and look stylish in the process!
And, last but certainly not least, this Mums The Word necklace by Handmade Jewelry From Lorelei would make an excellent gift for any mom. The owl is a theme we’ve seen in past Seasonal Handmade columns and it’s done just right here! Lorelei is an amazing artist, and a friend of mine, so make sure to tell her Kristin sent you.
Now you have no excuses for not finding a fabulous handmade gift for all of the Moms in your life (note to my husband: are you paying attention?). Next week we’ll look at some seasonal fashions that will take you from spring into summer in style!
I love these whimsical fish-inspired necklaces.
Fishbone Silver: I mostly work with pmc and sterling but also throw copper and beads in the mix. I am inspired by nature and the beach community I live in. I have a grown daughter, 5 golden retrievers, 4 horses and 2 donkeys, quite a wonderful zoo!
One of the reasons I love to be a vendor at art and craft festivals, is the opportunity to meet the other vendors. People like me, people who like to make stuff. It’s even better when I somehow end up being at the same shows with the same people over and over again…it’s almost like having co-workers!
One such co-worker for me is Mu To-Sanguan, who has been my neighbor at at least four craft shows this year. She makes adorable clothes for kids and babies, featuring simple designs in bright colors, with a ton of personality.
Mu was inspired to start making things for kids while she was babysitting for friends one day. She took a look at the kids’ blanket, and thought: I could make something cuter than that.
Even though she studied applied physics and electrical engineering in college, she already knew that working in a corporate office was not for her. The opportunities for creative expression were few and far between. She was already a self-taught sewer, and so started experimenting with making cute little things for kids, and eventually Lil’ Fishy was born, in late 2003.
Mu likes to make things for kids, because she feels totally free to experiment with mixing colors and patterns. She has found that parents tend to be more adventurous with what they buy for their children, than what they pick for themselves. One of her most popular designs is the reversible jumper, which is a fun way to combine two or more fabrics into one, colorful garment.
Mu designs every item herself, and is inspired by the process of sourcing for fabric, when a certain color or group of colors will catch her eye. She’s also inspired by her Asian heritage, and is often drawn to motifs and images that suggest her background.
Everything at Lil’ Fishy is made by hand, including the silk screened images on the t-shirts and onesies, by Mu herself and her small group of helpers. The Lil’ Fishy collection is currently focused on clothes for kids and babies, but a few things for women have recently snuck into the line. Mu hopes to add a few items for men, as well as some pretty things for the home, in the new year.