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I’ve had a kind of cruddy week and right now I just kind of want to hide somewhere dark and quiet, maybe under the sea. Hang out with narwhals or something, I don’t know. I just can’t face things right now, particularly PhD stuff, so I thought it might be time to take a wee break and concentrate on art a little bit instead.

I’ve neglected my shops something horrible for a while now, especially my poor Folksy shop. In fact, I was kind of considering closing it down. But I recently made a sale through the shop (yay!) and through that realised a lot of my listings were about to expire, and I figured it was time to maybe give it a little TLC instead. In the course of that, I started browsing to see what my fellow Folksy sellers had been up to, and found some really lovely finds. And then I realised it was Friday, so what better way to highlight these things than with a Folksy Friday post?

The theme is vaguely ‘From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea’ – I’ve been listening to a lot of Cure songs lately, can’t you tell? 😉 And if you see something here you like amongst these lovely pieces of handcraftery, please show these sellers some love and go click on their shops, favourite them, maybe even buy a little something…? 😉 Enjoy!

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Typhoon Lagoon Mermaid Bookmark - Bobby's Boutique

Typhoon Lagoon Mermaid Bookmark – Bobby’s Boutique

Hand-Knitted Mermaid's Tail Long Necklace Scarf - Alona Kemmett Textiles

Hand-Knitted Mermaid’s Tail Long Necklace Scarf – Alona Kemmett Textiles

Turquoise and green cereamic plate - Elemental Ceramics

Turquoise and green cereamic plate – Elemental Ceramics

The Kraken Silver Octopus Necklace w/ Pirate Charms - Armadillo Creations.

The Kraken Silver Octopus Necklace w/ Pirate Charms – Armadillo Creations.

Wire-wrapped green jasper ring – Gimme That Thing

Terns Linocut Print - James Green Printworks

Terns Linocut Print – James Green Printworks

Whale of a Time plates - Yvonne Ellen

Whale of a Time plates – Yvonne Ellen

Fused Glass Coral Bowl - Swallow Glass Studio

Fused Glass Coral Bowl – Swallow Glass Studio

 ship in a bottle necklace - SockJems Creations


ship in a bottle necklace – SockJems Creations

sea and mountains glass panel - Reflections in Glass

sea and mountains glass panel – Reflections in Glass

Seahorse Sea Green Resin Heart Brooch - THE GLITTER KITTY


Seahorse Sea Green Resin Heart Brooch – THE GLITTER KITTY

Siren Song Wire Cuff Bracelet - AUNTIE TRACE'S EMPORIUM


Siren Song Wire Cuff Bracelet – AUNTIE TRACE’S EMPORIUM

Octopus Hand-carved Slate - Hannah Smith Stone

Octopus Hand-carved Slate – Hannah Smith Stone

Saltwater cure screen print - Crafty Lou - Louise McLaren

Saltwater cure screen print – Crafty Lou – Louise McLaren

And this is my own contribution to the collection:

Mermaid - Genevieve Cseh's Art

Mermaid – Genevieve Cseh’s Art

And now for this post’s namesake…Have a great weekend, everyone.

Only me, popping my head round to say hello again after another eon away. I finally have some time on my hands, just in time for uni to start up again after Easter, and thought I’d been neglecting my shops for quite some time. I decided to have a look round Folksy again, see what my fellow sellers have been up to. I’m currently working on a painting(!) of sunflowers. It’s going to be a giant one. I guess I was in the mood for some YELLOW. After the initial background was filled in mostly, I kind of lost steam, so have decided to look around for inspiration. So this week’s Folksy Friday – my first in quite some time – is on all things sunflowery. All that yellow will have to do to cheer me up for now, in lieu of the springy/summery weather we really SHOULD be having this time of the year… grrr.

Enjoy! 🙂

Large Sunflower Wet Felted Flower Brooch by Eve Marshall

Sunflower Leaves Watercolour Print by Botanics

Sunflower Leaves Watercolour Print by Botanics

Swarovski sunflower bracelet by Bessie loves

Swarovski sunflower bracelet by Bessie loves

(Made to order) Mosaic Sunflower Bowl by Mosaics by Jan

(Made to order) Mosaic Sunflower Bowl by Mosaics by Jan

Sunflower Poster print by Omorfia Photography

Sunflower Poster print
by Omorfia Photography

Sunflower & Calendula Soap by The Little Cornish Soap Company

Sunflower & Calendula Soap by The Little Cornish Soap Company

Sunflower Scarf by Broomhead Designs

Sunflower Scarf by Broomhead Designs

Sunflower Hair Comb by Flora Bridal Designs

Sunflower Hair Comb by Flora Bridal Designs

Art notecard "Sunflower" by Fenfolio

Art notecard "Sunflower" by Fenfolio

And here’s my little contribution to the bunch:

Tuscan Sunflowers

Tuscan Sunflowers

Well, I think it’s safe to say that was the end of our summer… if you can even call it that.  I feel a bit cheated by the horrid weather we’ve had this year, and although autumn is usually a time of the year that I welcome with open arms, this year I just feel a bit annoyed that I didn’t have the chance to get sick of blue skies and long daylight.  However, one of the things I do still like about the encroaching autumnal weather and darkening days is what I like to call my ‘Victorian kitchen garden harvest’ tradition.  It’s hardly a big harvest, before you get that idea, because we don’t have a garden of our own, and my little windowsill herb garden attempts have failed spectacularly, aside from my hardy little chives.  However, luckily my mother-in-law has a very green thumb and a lovely, big Victorian garden which still has some of the original heirloom Victorian plants growing in it, and thanks to her, I can take home any excess she doesn’t need.  She has a lovely apple tree that every year produces a gigantic crop of little, blushing, tart-sweet apples – I forget the name of the variety, but it’s an old, old variety that starts with a W.  And every year I take a bucket or two (or three!) of apples back with me and make a huge batch of apple butter, which goes out as Christmas gifts to all my friends and family.  It’s a really satisfying thing to do – turning a lovely old variety of fruit that has been growing for over a hundred years into a homemade-with-love, spiced preserve that’s perfect for warming up those cold, dark days ahead.  Every year, this tradition is one of my favourite things about the changing of the seasons.  In honor of that time coming up again soon, my Folksy Friday theme for today is the old Victorian kitchen garden.

Victorian Romance Flower Lariat - Knitted Textiles by Victoria Jackman

Victorian Romance Flower Lariat - Knitted Textiles by Victoria Jackman

Shabby Chic Gift Tags - PollyKrafts

Shabby Chic Gift Tags - PollyKrafts

Gothic inspired purple rose key charm - Secrets - onesunnyafternoon

Gothic inspired purple rose key charm / Secrets - onesunnyafternoon

Fruit Magnets - Kettle of Fish

Fruit Magnets - Kettle of Fish

Art brooches - C Creations

Art brooches - C Creations

Lavender heart sachet - Treacle Jack Designs

Lavender heart sachet - Treacle Jack Designs

Personalised apple crate w/ herbs - Growing Gifts

Personalised apple crate w/ herbs - Growing Gifts

Flower top tea cosy - Andrea Lesley Crochet

Flower top tea cosy - Andrea Lesley Crochet

Hessian vintage bunting - Goodwill Bunting

Hessian vintage bunting - Goodwill Bunting

Rustic herb markers - Little brick house

Rustic herb markers - Little brick house

Woven willow basket - Raggle Taggle

Woven willow basket - Raggle Taggle

Anemone Botanical Print - Oakapple & Rose

Anemone Botanical Print - Oakapple & Rose

Crocheted, beaded jam jar cover - Maria Rose

Crocheted, beaded jam jar cover - Maria Rose

I’m a bit late this week – fri£$^”*&@in’ transcription work has kept me busy most of today – at least until the carpal tunnel started to set in. I started listening to music after I was finished with work – it’s how I unwind – and was reminded of a song I haven’t listened to for a while, but which is an all-time favorite. It never gets old and is so quiet and lovely and melodic, perfect for the end of a rather busy week…

 

It has inspired this week’s Folksy Friday – all things hidden or hard to find. Enjoy!

Ninja Beads - Lilley's

Ninja Beads - Lilley's

Trefoil Napkin Rings - JC Middlebrook

Trefoil Napkin Rings - JC Middlebrook

Summer Shells Hidden Pearl Necklace - Nanuk Jewellery

Summer Shells Hidden Pearl Necklace - Nanuk Jewellery

Spy Bird - Hole in my Pocket

Spy Bird - Hole in my Pocket

Pirate Treasure charm bracelet - Flamehaired Jewellery Designs

Pirate Treasure charm bracelet - Flamehaired Jewellery Designs

Secret Garden wire cuff bracelet - Goblin Market

Secret Garden wire cuff bracelet - Goblin Market

A Good Heart is Hard to Find Stained Glass - Dollydaydream

A Good Heart is Hard to Find Stained Glass - Dollydaydream

I thought it was about time I give some kudos to my fellow Folksy sellers again and curated another Folksy Friday. Today’s theme is Scottish sellers, or at least sellers who have been inspired by Scotland, my adoptive homeland, in some way (since it’s not always obvious where they’re selling from…). On a day like today, when the sun is actually shining (a rare sight lately, given that we seem to be having a particularly wet and gloomy summer this year), I’m reminded of reasons to love this place, after my previous pessimistic rant about Aberdeen. When The Donald or some faction of the government isn’t destroying bits of its heritage for the sake of greed, Scotland is a beautiful place to live that inspires some great creative talent, such as the below items… Enjoy!

Quernus Crafts - Wee Highland Cow

Wee Highland Cow - Quernus Crafts

Cairngorms Wristcuff - CrochetMushroom

Cairngorms Wristcuff - CrochetMushroom

Eat Haggis & Ceilidh On - Hole in my Pocket

Eat Haggis & Ceilidh On - Hole in my Pocket

Reclaimed Whisky Cask Pens - Stevo's Scottish Woodturnings

Reclaimed Whisky Cask Pens - Stevo's Scottish Woodturnings

Stag Brooch - Alexis Southam Jewellery

Stag Brooch - Alexis Southam Jewellery

Stromness Evening print - OzScotArt Paintings by Roberta MacRae

Stromness Evening print - OzScotArt Paintings by Roberta MacRae

Brims Ness original watercolour - Paul Bailey's landscape paintings

Brims Ness original watercolour - Paul Bailey's landscape paintings

Corpach Winter - Celt Felt

Corpach Winter - Celt Felt

I’ve been on a ’20s-’40s-era music kick lately. I can’t stop watching this video of old movie footage of swing dancing to music by a modern electro artist, Parov Stelar, for instance. Or how about this, to get you in the mood:

Anyway, I’m in a vintage mood, harking back to times when everything seemed more romantic and people danced the charleston and music was made with a brass band, so I’ve put together a Folksy Friday collection of lovely handmade things inspired by (or at least remind me of) the roaring ’20s. Enjoy!

Ellie Townsend Millinery

Hat: Quality Street, Ellie Townsend Millinery

Lord Dunsby

Ever Had It Blue poster, Lord Dunsby

Silk Purse, Sow's Ear

Art Deco Pearl Ring, Silk Purse, Sow's Ear

Crocheted cloche hat, BOOFILLY

Crocheted cloche hat, BOOFILLY

Charlie Chaplin collage print, Silent Theatre

Charlie Chaplin collage print, Silent Theatre

'Olive' feather headband, Pearl & Ivy

'Olive' feather headband, Pearl & Ivy

Asymmetrical Romance Necklace, Whimsical Wren Jewellery

Asymmetrical Romance Necklace, Whimsical Wren Jewellery

Modern Flapper Brooch, Licimo Designs

Modern Flapper Brooch, Licimo Designs

I may do some artwork myself again one of these days if I can get my fingers to thaw out!  It is so freezing cold here and my antediluvian storage heater is just not coming through for me today.  I am therefore escaping into a fantasy world to cope with the coming frostbite.

I figured it was time for another Folksy Friday, this time fairytale-themed.  Enjoy!

Witch's House book, Alix Swan

Witch's House book, Alix Swan

Fairytale envelopes, Art by Adora

Fairytale envelopes, Art by Adora

Shy Sisters silhouettes, Gracie's Garden Bazaar

Shy Sisters silhouettes, Gracie's Garden Bazaar

Rainbow Toadstool ACEO, Marian's Arts

Rainbow Toadstool ACEO, Marian's Arts

Glazed Fairy Statue, E e k s i e P e e k s i e C e r a m i c s

Glazed Fairy Statue, E e k s i e P e e k s i e C e r a m i c s

Fairy Lights, glass, green - Red Brick Glass

Fairy Lights, glass, green - Red Brick Glass

Fairy Door Rowan Tree, PatsParaphernalia

Fairy Door Rowan Tree, PatsParaphernalia

Hungry Bunny Necklace, CherryLoco Jewellery

Hungry Bunny Necklace, CherryLoco Jewellery

Alice in Wonderland pin brooch, FluffsStuffs

Alice in Wonderland pin brooch, FluffsStuffs

So, several people have been good enough to me lately on Folksy to feature some of my paintings in their ‘Folksy Friday’ blog entries, so I figured it was time to give back. And what a fun idea, to do a collection of Folksy gems based on a theme. It appeals to my obsessive mix-tape making self!

So this Friday, my first Folksy Friday, my theme is ‘Haunted’ in honour of the changing season and the upcoming October holiday. Have I mentioned that I would kill for some pumpkin ale right about now?!

I hope you enjoy these items as much as I did! Some stunning stuff out there!

‘Foggy’ painting by georgiepaintFoggy by georgiepaint

‘Papercut Gothic Flowers card’ by Papercuts by Suzy Taylor
Papercut Gothic Tree Card by Papercuts by Suzy Taylor

‘Ghost necklace’ by lej jewellery
Ghost necklace by lej jewellery

‘Haunted Moon’ earrings by owl on the sill
Haunted Moon earrings by owl on the sill

Shabby Chic Primitive Ouija Spirit Board WICCA by Tigerlilly Primitives
Shabby Chic Primitive Ouija Board by Tigerlilly Primitives

‘Spirit within me’ by Johanna Garnham Batiks
Spirit Within Me by Johanna Garnham Batiks

‘American Gothic’ yarn by KnitCave
American Gothic yarn by KnitCave

Edgar Allan Poe // The Raven // Original Framed Artwork on vintage book page by wall envy art
Poe art on book page by wall envy art

Eye stitched illustration by Sam Gibson Stitched Illustration
Eye Embroidery Wall Plaque by Sam Gibson

‘Ghost’ by Amy’s Clay Critters
Ghost by Amy's Clay Critters

Gorgeous Black Rose cabochons Necklace by SweetestThings
Black Rose necklace by SweetestThings

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