Going Green

Delighted to have my green recycled 3.5" floppy notebook featured in a recent ArtFire collection, "Go Green with Recycled Treasures" curated by Silver Wishes which sits amongst some really interesting creations made from recycled items from fused glass candle holders to vintage silverware garden markers! Loving this cool collection.

For Earth Week - Green is Universal!

On a roll! My recycled notebooks have been featured three times in three days!

This time another feature for the ever popular recycled green 3.5" floppy notebook which was selected for the For Earth Week - Green is Universal collection on ArtFire curated by Discord Threads.

If you're after an even "greener" floppy disk notebook, take a look at one of my soft white TWICE recycled 3.5 inch floppy disk notebooks. Once floppy disks, they were used and recycled within the industry and sold and used again. I gave them a stay of execution and created floppy disk notebooks from them instead of them being dumped in landfill!

Truly Green

Today I've been fortunate enough to be featured in another curated collection on ArtFire. This time Truly Green curated by Gossamer Tangles.

Most of the items in my range features something recycled and these notebooks have been huge hits, especially as boyfriend/husband/dad gifts and also for wedding speeches for the best man! Truly Green indeed since the floppy disks and paper used to make them are both recycled and the only totally new elements in them is the wire binding. :-)

Doing the double header in the UK and the USA today...

...with my new range of hand drawn and custom hand painted rosebud garland favour boxes. Specifically the cube ones with lids.

I hand cut each box and then draw the rosebud garlands by hand in ink and paint them in a combination of pearlescent and/or matt acrylic inks to compliment the colour scheme of an event or big day celebration.

The boxes are supplied with plain lid tops for you to add your own tags, labels, fresh flowers or my paper cut flowers which will appear in my shops on ArtFire and Folksy this week.

Got an idea but don't see it here? I'd love to talk! :-)

And if you want to have a look at the beautiful collections that I have been featured in today, then here they are: Spring at Last! by Javagoth (USA) and Uniquely Yours by Linda (in the UK)!

Are weekends supposed to be THIS busy?!

I don't think I've put my head above the parapet for three solid weeks now and the weekends and week days have been blending into one.

However, suffice to say that some big deadlines have been met, some new orders in, made and shipped, my signature rosebud garlands now adorn a new customisable favour box range in my Folksy and ArtFire shops and some new designs are buzzing around on the table. On top of that I got involved in a couple of Folksy Fridays of my own and met some fab people in the process and I was featured in another curated collection over on ArtFire, so it's all good.

Oh and I took the handmade pledge today too! :-)

Now if the clocks would add in a few more hours per day for a little rest and relaxation and "me" time, all would be perfect! Must put that on my agenda from tomorrow!

Good job I LOVE what I do! (And how many people can say that these days?) :-)

Folksy Friday - series 1, episode 2:"TO"

To continue my first series of Folksy Fridays, this week the theme is "TO" (can you see where this is going?!) and I'd like to share with you a beautiful and varied collection of my favourite two, duos, two colour and pairs.

Since Mother's Day UK is right around the corner why not have a look at some of the goodies in this collection and the owners' Folksy shops - you might just find exactly what you are looking for. Enjoy.

Lovebird bowl duo £29
Prince Design UK

Peridot & Moonstone stacking rings duo £44
Silver Synergy

Pair of red & white gingham cushions £12
Shabby by Sharon

Pair of ceramic daisy coasters £9
HB Ceramics

Pair of metal button hair slides £4
Rags to Roses

Two Mellow Yellow handmade big hole lampwork beads £9
Blue Box Studio Too

Red ceramic flower and chain maille earrings £12.50
Blue Forest Jewellery

Brown, Black & Tan Polymer Clay Cufflinks £10
Victoria's Polymer Art

Lovebirds Mirror £4
Lou Peajeux Illustration

Pair of toadstool appliqued hoop £15
Bella Bobbin

Custom wee horse £20
Quernus Crafts

Hand drawn, hand painted rosebud garland heart shaped favour boxes from £48.75/set
Mint To Be Stationery

Finally, a big thanks to all the Folksy shop owners who kindly let me include them and use images from their shops to feature in this TO episode!

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Please join me next month for the next episode in the series, which will be "BE".

Love is in the Air

Trading across time zones means that I often wake up to lovely surprises in my inbox. Today is no exception. Canada calls! Brain of Jen has curated a beautiful and unusual collection Love is in the Air inspired by Tennyson on ArtFire today and my hand foiled binary art card "I love you more than words can say" has been included! The day just got even sunnier! :-) Gorgeous collection, but check out Jen's creations too – some truly beautiful creations. My faves are definitely the sterling silver wire wrapped Newfoundland seaglass… decisions, decisions…

Well I have another hectic day ahead of me. Hopefully you'll see some new goodies featuring some of my signature pen and ink rosebud garlands on here and in my shops in the next few days. Thanks Jen for giving me the boost that I needed! :-)

OK… Off to paint. Let's hope that I don't drink too much of my paint water today… It happens. Frequently! Am I the only one? :-(