Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Christmas giveaway


The winner will be contacted tomorrow (27/12) thank you all for entering!

And here it is! The Christmas giveaway from the European Artfire guild. For the past couple of months we have been working to put together the collection of goodies you can see in the picture below. There are hairpins and hairclips, some holliday themed glasswork beads, a shawl, gorgeaus jewelry, Christmas decoration, a pair of ladies fingerless gloves, a christmasy box and I bet I forgot to mention something.

If you want a chance to win all these lovely handmade goods from Europe all you need to do is write a comment to this blogpost, you can even get your name in the hat twice if you blog or twitter or help us promote this giveaway in any other way. So be sure to let us know.
We will ship to anywhere.

On the 27th of november we will ask to pick us a winner.
Please don't forget to provide an e-mail address you regularly check when you comment so we can contact you for your home address if you turn out to be the lucky winner.

Participating artists:

Jane from
Bernadette from
Alison from
Neki from
Jenny from
Wendy from
Helen from
Catrin from
Susanne from
Mary from
Liesan from

Friday, October 23, 2009

Item of the Day - Roll Neck Sweater

Roll neck sweater to fit child aprox 5/6 knitted using James C Brett Marble DK yarn .

can be knitted to fit ages 1-10, with a roll or round neck, in a variety of  colours

This was one of my boys favourite patterns and is ideal as the cooler weather is now with us

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Item of the day - wire crochet Christmas ornaments

It's still early, I know. But since my last wire order arrived, I couldn't hold myself back. Christmas ornaments from crocheted copper wire in different colors and there are still so many more to try out!
And an extra bonus is that they can't break! ;-)

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Quote of the day

"And in the end it's not the years in your
life that count. It's the life in your years."

- Abraham Lincoln  

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

GoldLily's work on JewelStruck

For a while I've been posting my jewelry designs on Facebook and Flickr, written blog about them. Hard work has been worth, since last week my photos were noticed on Facebook and I got invitation to blog in JewelStruck. For a jewelry designer, creating beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings is such a victory to be invited to publish own designs in an other blog.

Being a member of Artfire Europe is the same also. Supportive community, members who can understand difficulties to be a artisan on the web which is crowded by international and especially American crafters, is giving a lot. New ideas, intresting studios and a lot of nice, helpful artisans on one guild. Each member expands other members network and finally we are connected through each others to a huge group of people.

Cold winter is coming. Beautiful boot chain will stay visible even when most of jewelry will be hidden mostly under warm winter cloths.

* Meet the designer:

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Item of the day

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Lavendar cushion in linen with vintage lace and stamp with ladybugs. Have got a ribbon so you can hang it wherever you want.

Filled with lavendar which not only smells very good, it does also work to keep little bugs away. Perfect to keep in your closet amongst your clothes.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Item of the Day

Mermaid's Wish - A pretty freshwater pearl wire crocheted necklace fit for any self respecting mermaid. Some of the components used in it are two 16"/41cms strands of lavendar freshwater pearls, more than 100 Swarovski crystals in shades of violet and tanzanite, countless seed beads and hammered Thai Hilltribe silver cones.
The length is 17"/43cms but I have also added a 2.5"/6.5cms extender chain so that it can be worn at different lengths.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Quote of the day

It's not so important where we stand,
but the direction in which we are moving.

- Goethe

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Autumn/Fall reds

Item of the Day

Today's Item of the Day is a seasonal offering - "Fall Pumpkins" from the Sheriff's Daughter.

When I saw these sweet Czech glass pumpkin beads, I knew I had to have them. They're such fun.
Adding a Czech glass leaf, I hung them on a pair of large, antiqued brass hoops to make a cute pair of Autumn earrings. Enjoy!
(P.S. My "significant other" was cross when he saw I'd called them "Fall" pumpkins - they should, of course, be "Autumn" as we're in Europe.)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Item of the day - Felt Halloween decoration

Today's item is from Kitty Ballistic.

This cute felt decoration will brighten up any corner of your home (or office, or even car) for Halloween. Made from spooky purple and orange felt, the decoration features a scary polymer clay bat embellishment.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Item of the Day-Autumn Russet

I've seen some lovely crocheted bags and wanted to try one for myself.  I've lined the bag to give it more structure and strength and the colours are perfect for the autumn

 Can be held in the hand or over the shoulder. It has a circular bottom and a scalloped decorative finish around the top edge

Monday, October 5, 2009

Item of the day - Fire and ashes

"Fire and ashes" is what I called this necklace crocheted from red coated copper wire and hematite beads. The name suggested itself looking at the contrast between the bright red of the wire and the grey shimmer of the hematite.
The necklace is 40 cm long and thus lies close around your neck, but is no choker.

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