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Last week I shared with you the fabulous Dandelyne and we had a little giveaway to celebrate.

Personalised family portrait by dandelyne

Well its time to announce the winner!  I used boring old random.org to choose the winner. No time for anything more creative I’m afraid because its school holidays here and we are super busy having fun, painting walls & stuff.

So did you win your choice of these?

Which one will you choose?

Your comment number is your entry number and here is the result :

Result:        32        Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Congrats Miranda of Modern Wyoming Blog   I’ll be in touch and you’ll receive your lil piece of Dandelyne real soon.

Thank you so much to all of you who entered.  I really appreciate you taking the time to have a read of my lil blog.

Huge thank you too to the gorgeous Sonia of Dandelyne for offering up her fabulous work as a giveaway.  xx  mwah!

See you next week with what exciting things we’ve been up to these holidays.

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I have something pretty exciting to share with you today.  Recently on instagram, I stumbled across the lovely Sonia, creator of Dandelyne. I fell in love with her 100% cute work.  We chatted a bit, liked each other’s work and have very quickly become insta-buddies.

Sonia - Dandelyne

The next logical step was of course for me to toss her some questions and feature her gorgoeus work here.  But that’s not the best bit – the best bit is a giveaway!  Sonia has very kindly offered to giveaway one of her lovely items to one of my readers.  How awesome is she?  Yes – pretty awesome!

But first, my sticky beaking into the world of Dandelyne.

What’s the story of dandelyne?

Dandelyne blossomed as a result of an embroidered/appliquéd family portrait that I designed, and made, in July 2011. My husband and I wanted something a little different from your large, family photographic portrait. So I thought … I should stitch us up (so to speak). I was so pleased with the result that I wanted to sew more. I began sewing and playing with embroidery again. I felt 100% alive and it was from this point that the dandelyne parachutes began to float …

Customised Family Portrait

Customised Family Portrait by Dandelyne

Your mini-hoops are almost as cute as your embroidery – who’s brainwave was that? They look amazing!

Yes yes yes … hands up it was me and thank you ^_^!

I will take credit for the actual brainwave but, I must hand the credit over to my delicious husband for the laser cutting. The production line of sanding, drilling and construction is a team effort between my husband and I. It is most definitely a labour of love.

Sonia at work on her mini embroidery hoops

Sonia at work on her mini embroidery hoops

Have you always been a crafty type? What was your first crafty creation?

Yes! Every since I can remember I have always made things. I remember mum heading off to work in the school holidays and leaving me with her sewing machine. Oh the joy! I would make clothes for my cabbage patch doll Fiona Crystal (I still remember her name – wow!). I would inspect my own clothes to see how they were constructed and then make mini patterns. I think my first crafty creations were Christmas presents for my family. I made white and orange polka dot ties for the boys and fabric covered photo frames for the girls. Very special indeed!    

Bunting Embroidery Hoop Necklace by Dandelyne

What do you make for you and your family? or do you get stuck just making dandelyne goodies (not that there’s anything wrong with that, but sometimes I know I forget about me & mine)

I like to think of myself as a bit of a crafty minx (wink) so I am continually making things for our home. Most recently I have made painted sticks to decorate the brick walls, curtains for the cubby, cushion covers, crochet blankets, aprons, bunting. You name it I’ll make it and if I don’t know how to do it, I’ll investigate how to. As a young girl I often dreamed of working on Play School and making all the props for the show. I thought that would be a dream job and I still do :-D!

Sonia in her Dandelyne Studio

Sonia in her Dandelyne Studio – I have studio envy!

Are your stitched folk based on real life people?

Each of my little people are based upon qualities I admire in family and friends, elements of life that I love and things that have been said by my boys. It is so much fun giving each of them personalities. As I sew it feels like I watch them come to life. Here are a couple for you to enjoy:

Billy is the sweet blond cutie with plaits. She is a jill of all trades. She has a black belt in karate. Her love for cake mixture exceeds eating the cooked option and she absolutely loves reciting quotes from Dr Suess books. One of her favourites, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Billy Mini embroidery Hoop Necklace by Dandelyne

Finn is the little spunk with white rimmed glasses. She absolutely loves to read stories by Enid Blyton. She also loves to paint and eat … wait for it … melted marshmallows in a biscuit sandwich. Have you tried this? Delicious and then some!

Finn Mini Embroidery Hoop Necklace by Dandelyne

Finally Fletcher …. cute little Fletch wants to be a Monster Truck Driver. His favourite colour is gold and he believes .. NO HE KNOWS … his crown has special powers. 

Fletcher – Mini Embroidery Hoop necklace

What are your plans for the future of dandelyne? New ideas?

It is still such early days for dandelyne so I am extremely excited about the tangents that are possible. My head spins when I think about all the things I want to do and where I could end up. I honestly want to stitch up a storm. I am working on a new idea right now … are you ready … mini embroidery hoop rings – cuuuuuuuuuuuuute! I am super excited about these so stay tuned for these cuties … and so much more! XO (Put me down for one of them Son!)

Here comes the sun Mini Embroidery Hoop Brooch by Dadnelyne

Where can we find you? 

At the moment I sell my products via my Etsy store and by word of mouth. Instagram has also been a great source of exposure and sales. My website is coming VERY SOON. I hope to be in MANY brick and mortar stores by the end of the year too. I have so many dreams for dandelyne so I want to be everywhere I can possibly be. I can also be found on Facebook.

Thanks so much Son for letting us into your bright and cheery world.

Now on to the giveaway!

Sonia has very kindly offered up your choice of her simply superb mini embroidery hoop hot air balloon necklaces.

Win one of these – the choice is yours, thanks to Dandelyne!

To win, there are no hoops to jump through (hehe). Simply leave a comment here and the winner will be chosen using random.org.  I like to think of it as blowing on a dandelion flower – who knows which one will be the one? Oh and its open to anyone in Australia, the world and the universe.  How cool is that?

Make your comment by 6pm Thursday 27th September Australian Standard Eastern Time.  The winner will be contacted that night and announced here next Friday.  Good luck!

Have I told you before of my love for instagram? Yes, yes I have.  Well this week, instagram introduced me to a wonderful embroidery artist from Japan.

The artist is Yumiko Higuchi. Now all of the information  I have found has been in Japanese, so I am relying on goggle translate, which is a bit hit and miss.  This is taken from the artist’s about page :

About the work

of embroidery design, the work is done by hand all the way up to finish the process.
I’m with the aim without being bound to the traditional method of representation of embroidery, please make the work seem yumiko higuchi.
It’s something nostalgic, landscape painting that would burn the eyes, longing. Have been put to such work is the artist’s personal feelings.

My translation of the translation is that all the work is by hand, using traditional methods.  Please link back to the artist, or you will hurt his/her feelings very badly!  So please, if you are planning on pinning anything to pinterest, please click the pics and pin from the artist’s websites, not here.

So on to the amazing. Remember this is all hand stitched – every bit.

Dragon Fruit by Yumiko Higuchi

Wine label by Yumiko Higuchi

Playing cards by Yumiko Higuchi

William Morris Bird Embroidery by Yumiko Higuchi

Botanical Garden Purses by Yumiko Higuchi

Sigh!  The skills are incredible, are they not?

I thoroughly recommend have a browse through Yumiko’s blogwebsite including shop and Yumiko’s pinterest and of course search the user name “yumikohuguchi” on instagram.

Anyone thinking of buying me a present would do well to note the purses – if only they weren’t all sold out  😦

Hello my friends.

In my travels around the internet, I sometimes find something that takes whatever I am looking at to a new level.  You will be aware of my fascination this year with crochet.  Well, when I found these things, I felt so many things – awe mainly, but also wonder, delight and a huge appreciation for the work and artistic process that has gone into these wonders.

The first wonder of the art crochet world is Emily Barletta.  Emily is now creating wonderful images via stitching onto paper that I recommend you look at also, but I wanted to show you he crocheted creations here today. Emily also has a blog where she shares her art, both in progress and complete as well as other artist’s work she loves.

I just love the creature-like aspects of this.  Is it a malicious or benign being?

Untitled (green) by Emily Barletta

I love the  places this piece takes my imagination

Flesh Spot by Emily Barletta

 

I have also just found the work of Helle Jorgensen.  Helle crochets the most wonderful things using a variety of materials – from plastic bags to hemp cord.  She has a great tutorial on how to make your own plastic bag yarn too.

This one is made from plastic bags – love the title

The retail reef

The Retail Reef by Helle Jorgensen

Now I am sure many of you will have seen the amazing work of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam.  I have been amazed by images of her work showing up on Facebook and never any information about who made these wonders or where they were.  So I had to find out.

Hakone sculpture park in Sapporo Japan

Amazing huh?  If you’d like to know more about her work, then visit The Playground designs blog, or The This Is Colossal Blog.  The most detailed info however can be found on The Knit Japan website.  The pics aren’t the best here, but the info is wonderful 🙂

See you next week.

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Hello my friends 🙂

Its been a while since I shared with you one of my favourite creative types. Today I am very pleased to present to you Vickie of Jewelflyt.

Vickie makes the most beautiful jewellery inspired by nature.  I have asked Vickie a few questions about her work and here is what she had to say.

Tell me about jewelflyt?

Jewelflyt is my little jewellery business – I make elegant, slightly quirky pieces, inspired by nature & imagination.

Trilogy fine silver pendant

Describe the materials you use and why you like them.

I predominantly work with PMC (precious metal clay), which is microscopic silver particles in an organic binder. After firing (where the binder burns off & the metal sinters) what remains is fine silver. I love pmc for the possibilities – I can imprint it with leaves or textures, cut it into any shape, join it together, literally draw on it – almost anything I can imagine. I also love the fact that someone (aka me) with no silver smithing skills can create silver jewellery.  I also use beads (mostly crystal & glass) – I have a *ahem* small collection – & sterling silver wire.

Ebb and flow fine silver pendant

Apart from your jewelry, do you make anything else?

I enjoy drawing, photography, playing with polymer clay & seem to have taken up making things out of felt – although most of that is somewhat connected to jewellery making….I also love to bake.

Playing with felt and thread

Your photography is gorgeous and obviously something you do very well. Do you extend this skill to other areas of your life?

Photography is something I enjoy greatly – I love taking photos & also really enjoy the processing side of it. If you look at my Flickr stream, you’ll find lots of nature photography & also self-portraits. I’ve been posting photos there for over four years & have (I think) improved greatly in that time.

Swing fine silver earrings

Anything new coming up for your shop? New methods, designs?

I always enjoy trying new things with my jewellery. Currently I’m loving using scratch-foam to make my own textures & there will be some of those pieces soon. I’ve also been given an introductory silver-smithing course for my birthday & I’m sure some of those techniques will be showing up in my work.

Fine silver pendant

I love how you can see nature in your work. What does the natural world mean to you?

Nature is infinitely intricate & inspiring – the colours, textures & patterns really speak to me. I also come from a family of gardeners, so outside has always been a place to spend time whenever possible.

Silver wing fine silver pendant

Describe your creative process – do you sit down with pen & paper and plan or do you get stuck in with no clear end in mind?

A bit of both really. I have a sketch book full of doodles, drawings & ideas, from which I tend to make a list of projects before I sit down with a batch of clay. Sometimes I even follow the list 😉 What often happens is that I’ll start with the first couple of things & then the textures I’m using will grab me. Or I’ll do something & think, well what if I did that again, but more like this? Things tend to evolve & change as I go.

Creative process in action

Where can you be found about the internet?

Blog : unusualmagic.blogspot.com.au/

Twitter : twitter.com/jewelflyt

Facebook : www.facebook.com/jewelflyt

Flikr : www.flickr.com/photos/jewelflyt/

Pinterest : pinterest.com/unusualmagic/

Shops : www.etsy.com/shop/jewelflyt

www.redbubble.com/people/jewelflyt

Thanks so much Vickie for letting us into your creative world.


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