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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


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

Its hard to beleive, but we are more than half way through another school term.  I know its a cliched thing to say, but its so true – Time flies! That means school holidays are closer to happening than being over!  Yipee!  I have wall painting plans, but I am already thinking of some fun things to do over the break.

Here are some great diy projects that I think we can do very easily over the next break inbetween painting walls

How’s this for fabulous? DIY Giftbags! Click on the pic & it will take you to the awesome Clare’s Craftroom blog tutorial so you to can make some.

DIY gift bag made from an old knitting book – geniius!

Staying with the paper theme for now, and considering my girls’ love of origami, I think this project will be on each of their list of things to do – what a great idea! Clicking the link will take you to the lovely How About Orange Blog tutorial.

Origami Wall Art I love the simplicity of this, but I can also see my girls taking it a step further. It will be interesting to see what they come up with

I love a simple idea that makes you think “Why didn’t I think of that?”.  This is one of those.  Clicking the pic will take you to this super cute I Heart Nap Time blog tutorial.

Cute as a button paperclip bookmarks

When I saw this tutorial, I thought – wow that looks ace!  Then I saw how it was done and I just had to share it with you.  Its fabulous and fast! Clicking the pic will take you to the trick shared on the Curbly Blog

Mini Vase – amazing fast tute!

Now this one is a bit more complicated, and to be honest, I don’t think its in my skill range.  Besides, my sewing machine is not paying nice at the moment.  Still, its so fabulous I had to share it anyway.  Its from the Craft Passion Blog – be careful – you could get lost in an endless loop of “Oh I can make that” & adding things to your to do list.

Zipper Card Pouch

So there you go.  Lots of things to keep you busy and creative.  Hope you are inspired 🙂

My blog is turning into a crochet blog!  Sorry folks who don’t like crochet, but today’s post is all about hooks and yarns and really cool stuff I have found about the internets.  I promise next week will be a crochet free zone.  I wont even mention the word.

As you may be aware from previous crochet blog posts, I have picked up the hooks this year in a determined effort to learn to crochet beyond the granny square.  I must say I am quite proud of the progress I’ve made.  I am finding more and more, I am reaching for the crochet hooks over my felt and embroidery thread.  (Although I do have plans to add a bit of crochet to my pincushions – I dream of it at night, so I must find time to bring the ideas into reality so my dreams can move on)

I can’t show you my Krista throw progress, because I am only a week or 2 off finishing them.  I want to wait and show you the finished products.  But here’s an update on how I’m going with my basket weave throw

Half way now 🙂

Now to cool stuff I’ve found

I made my own hook case not too long ago, but I am thinking of making another one – I love this pattern!

Gorgeous crochet hook case pattern from LivingAmethest on etsy

I think I might have to start wearing crochet – I wont do the ol’ crochet bikini, but this is pretty cool

Crochet bracelet in sea tones by Nadene on etsy

I found this and thought awesome!  Then I saw it was by one of my Instagram friends, so its a double yay!  I love seeing what Crafty Mummy is up to – follow her if you’re on Instagram and you wont be disappointed 🙂

Rainbow Crochet Blanket by Crafty Mummy + pattern!

Now these look so pretty!  Clicking the pic will take you to a blog post about the creator and has links to her shop.

Crochet covered Mason jars by SpindleShuttleNeedle via SweatPeach blog

You may already know I have a thing about bright, colourful bunting.  I love this crocheted version.

Crochet Buntng by My Poppet

I love love love the colours in this fun tutorial

Crochet chain by Cornflower Blue Studio

I don’t know why it was done, but I like it!

Crochet covered spoon by Lock and Spook

What’s your current obsession?

Not so long ago, I started to get into Pinterest.  What better way to keep track of awesomeness I thought?  Then I started to read about some issues with it from lots of different sources.  I am not going to go into it all now, but suffice to say, it was enough to stop me using it for a while.  There have been some policy changes and while I am not sure if the issues are resolved fully, I am warily pinning again.

(Although, preparing this blog post has made me think again. I think it is so important to make sure you are pinning the actual person who created the thing’s work.  Not re-pinning a pic someone put on their blog and did not link to the creator.  There were some other wonderful things I was going to share, but folks have not pinned in the honest way I believe they should.  I will not perpetuate it by linking to someone who has done the wrong thing and I will be removing those things I have inadvertently pinned.)

So, what can I show you that I have been pinning?  Here’s a small glimpse. Clicking the images will take you to the source of the pic, not Pinterest.  Credit due to the creators don’t you think?

I pinned this because of the border stitch. There is no pattern, the maker made it up as she went. Clever lady!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes! If I show this to my girls, they will WANT to make them. Very clever – from Diary of a Ladybird blog

From Martha Stewart – amazingly tiny crochet

Lovely embroidery and a lovely story of how it came to be made – very sweet blog post from The Smallest Forest

Textured crochet method – loads of possibilities for this – from a Russian blog

Great idea – wonderful tutorial too. I might just have to make some for xmas pressies 🙂 From Dog Under My Desk blog

The hot chocolate cupcakes is a case in point.  I first saw them in my Facebook feed, posted by a recipe website.  Ooh Yum I thought & went to look for the recipe to Pin it.  Hmm.  No link with the pic.  Not on their website.  Curious.  So I searched “Hot Chocolate Cupcakes” in good old google and found the true source of the pic – Diary of a Ladybird blog. So I pinned from there.

So there you have it.  I love how Pinterest can organise the wonderful things you can find on the internet, but I am still not 100% comfortable with it.  I will be more wary when re-pinning from now on.  I will make sure the pin is a direct link to the creator before re-pinning or just pin the from creators site myself.  How about you? Are you trustworthy with other people’s work?

I was browsing for needle felting one day when I stumbled across the fabulous art of Zoe Williams.

Zoe creates works of art with needle felting.  I find her work incredible, amazing and truly wonderful.  I would love the chance to see it up close.

Seawall by Zoe Williams

Gold Rhino by Zoe Williams

Saola by Zoe Williams

I want you to see more of Zoe’s work and the best place to do that is through her website or her blog – its all fascinating and well worth taking some time to ponder.

Let me know what you think about the rabbits!  Oh my! ❤

Happy New Year my friends.

I have committed myself to weekly blog posts this year.  I’ve even already pencilled blog posts in my new diary – don’t you just love the organised feeling of a new diary? All the birthdays marked, special events, even the bills.

So, as I’ve committeed myself mentally & on paper, I thought it was time to get my own domain registered and really get  Spincushions out there in the world.  This is where the old bit comes in…

Question Marks by Epheriell

Question Mark earrings by Epheriell on etsy

I have been sitting here for hours, struggling to understand HTML, DNS, java stuff and the list goes on.  Perhaps my confusion and feelings of age are more easily understood if you realise that my first experiences with computers were way back in high school when we had 1 hour a week to learn BASIC.  Good old DOS haha.  Yes I even had a Commadore 64 that I used to write game programs in BASIC for.  If, then, =,  brackets galore etc – those days were so simple & logical!  (Some of you younger one’s may need to google those things hehe)

On reflection , perhaps I should be proud of myself for getting there in the end – there is a universe of difference between the world of DOS and the wonders of the internet.  Yes I think I am proud.  I’ll persevere and see you every week. 🙂

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