Monday, January 31, 2011

Favourites: Toys

Continuing with our theme of favourite woollens, this week the focus is on TOYS.

The thing I love most about handknitted toys is that generally they are unique and cute! So, below are a collection I've found on Etsy that I'm sure you'll love. Click on the link to see their creators other cute creations!

Firstly, Marcel the Mouse was created by KnittedforEwe -

Secondly we have a Toadstool Rattle by KneebosKnits -

My third favourite is the Toy Hug Monster by NattyKnits -

I hope these have inspired you to create your own amazing and unique item. Don't forget to leave me a comment and let me know which one is your favourite.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Favourites: Cozies

As you can probably guess, I am particularly fond of things created with wool ... especially items that are knitted or crocheted. So, over the next few weeks I'll be bringing your gorgeous woollen creations from other artists - in particular, my favourite items.

This week I've focussed on Cozies .... items designed for cuteness and warmth. The ones you see below can be found on Zibbet. To go visit the artists shop, just click on the photo ... and while you are there, have a good browse at all their other wonderful creations!

Firstly, is a Coffee Cozy by SlothMuffin -

Secondly we have Easter Egg Cozies by Raige Creations -

And finally is an Apple Cozy by BooBoos Attic -

Gorgeous aren't they?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Discovered: NeatBeading

Each month I'd like to Feature a shop I've discovered on either Zibbet or Etsy.

This month's featured shop can be found on Etsy - NeatBeading. So, grab yourself a coffee and relax as you read a little about Anita and her marvelous creations.


•Please tell us a little about yourself
They say that admitting that you are an addict is the first step to recovery. So, hi, my name is Anita, and I am addicted to beading. When I’m not beading, I’m 30 years matured, which should mean I’m a grown up, but I can’t be cos I don’t feel like one, I live in Christchurch, currently the earthquake capital of New Zealand and I work as a Building Services Consultant for a bathroom supplier. I live with my partner (Tony) and two cats (Maddie and Brutus), and hopefully we will be moving to Canada later this year so that Tony can study for his PhD. I’m hoping Vancouver cos it’s so pretty. I have been beading for nearly five years now, and have only recently begun exploring selling my creations. I have shops on Etsy and Cargoh and I’m really enjoying having an online presence, even if it is a hundred times more work than I anticipated.

•What/who inspires you in your creative process?
Colour inspires me quite a lot. Never know how or when. I saw a beautifully turned out silver and burgundy Mustang a few months ago. Voila, inspiration for a colour combination. I had some pinky beads I wanted to use and didn’t really have a design that suited them, so voila, new design. Okay, not really voila, it took me three solid days of tweaking to get it right. My latest Etsy purchase has inspired me to work with black and red. Mostly, inspiration comes out of the blue and takes me by surprise, and I really like it that way.

•Do you have a favourite item to make / sell?
I’m really attached to my wide bracelets. They were my first love; wide, draping cuffs were what drove me to start making my own bracelets. Of course, they take the longest to make, so I don’t make as many as I’d like, but they’re my favourite, and if I’m wearing one of my personal bracelets, it’s usually one of my wide ones.

•What’s your favourite item currently in your shop?
Okay, so I’ve agonised over which bracelet is my favourite and it’s really hard to choose because I only make bracelets I love. If I had to pick one for myself, it would have to be Smart Squares Cobalt and Periwinkle, although Studded Diamonds comes a close second. I have a personal copy of Smart Squares and it’s so sophisticated on and it always gets me compliments.

Smart Squares Cobalt and Periwinkle

Studded Diamonds

•Tell us about hobbies you have outside of crafting
I have to admit, I have no hobbies outside of beading, although I do indulge in a little creative writing from time to time. However, I spend so much time photographing my bracelets, that I might as well call that a hobby all by itself.

•If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go & why?
If I could travel anywhere, I would travel through what was Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, and look at all the ancient ruins with Tony as my tour guide (his field of study is Classics). If I could do absolutely anything at all, it would be time travel, because I would love to see things like the Pyramids and the Parthenon in the time they were built.

To discover more of the gorgeous items that Anita has created, you can find her at:


I know that you will love Anita's beautiful creations, so head on over to checkout her shop and leave her a message on Facebook. I know she'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

How have you spent the last few weeks? Our time has been focussed on relaxing with family and friends, which is quite easy to do on these hot, balmy summer days. For me it's been a time of refreshing, strengthening and laughter! I've realised how many wonderful people we have in our lives and am thankful for their love and friendship. Here are some of the highlights for me:
  • Christmas Carols and Light displays on Christmas eve. So wonderful to celebrate the birth of Jesus with our church family then to drive around the city to view decorative light displays

  • My mum coming to stay. She's 75 and we hadn't seen her for over a year. Chatting about the family and old days was so much fun

  • BBQ's with friends. Staying up late, sitting outside on the deck, chatting and solving the world's problems while trying to avoid mosquito's ... prefect!

But alas ... holidays cannot last forever. My husband went back to work this morning, and I have exactly 12 days before I head back to the office. So, the next couple of weeks for me will be about Maxies Knitwear - planning and preparing for 2011. To be honest I'm really exciting as it's going to be a great year.

So, below is a little 'taster' of things to come for this year. It's a new item that will be in our shops very soon ... can you guess what it is?