Hailing from Croatia, this new member of the HAF team definitely fits her name! BriskMamma is brisk and busy, indeed, as she creates retro-inspired home goods, cooks and bakes with wild abandon, and hand-drawn designs. But wait, there's more! She's also a mom. :)
I know Christmas is over, but I can't resist sharing these handmade gift bags and ornaments. You can see the detail she puts into these!
Make sure to check out her blog. You'll find tutorials of fun projects, artist features, and deeelicious looking posts about her kitchen creations. I'm feeling a bit like baking after seeing these tasty looking muffins.
Can you say yum? She even shares the recipes. ;)
Who doesn't love candy? With Eye Candey, you're getting a lot of 'candey' -- from awesome crafty goodies to anything you can possibly conceive of being printed. I really love the funky feel that the candey shops have, and it's a ton of fun looking through them.
Some of the neatest things I found were these edible image cupcake toppers. My favorites were these paisley ones and rag doll ones:
I also found these cute little resin flowers pretty charming, from the crafty shop.
On top of all of the fun stuff and awesome printing services available from Eye Candey, you're also in for a treat on the blog. You'll find quirky and interesting commentary on equally quirky and interesting products, companies, news, and updates on what's new with Eye Candey -- including a new storefront! How cool is that?
dahlish is a newer member of the HAF family, and it's so nice to have another knitter/fiber person on board. She's an excellent knitter and loves to create items to share with others. You might be able to tell from her shop, but she's also a mom and has a focus on adorable items for kids.
Check out these charming dollies from her shop:
Many knitters spend a lot of time knitting for their families, friends, and customers, so I'm always interested to see what people create for themselves. I found these socks on her blog that are totally droolworthy and totally hers! Go dahlish.
I'm not really a 'group' person, and have always had a difficult time getting involved in interest groups. Awhile ago, I, for some reason, was motivated to join the HAF group, and I'm so glad I did!
I've always felt very welcomed and encouraged by the members and have never felt isolated from the cool kids, like I usually do in other groups. The chats, support, suggestions, and frank answers are a refreshing change and an invaluable resource.
If, as an artist, artisan, or crafter, you're looking for a new home with a multitude of strengths and interests, definitely check out the Handmade Artist Forum. It's a hub for discussions, advertising, community, and you can even put up a shop, if you so desire.
iKnitQuiltSew has a shop that oozes sweet and traditional. Her shops hold over 40 years of experience and talent at creating wonderful pieces for children or collectors. Creating is her passion; and, even though she's selling to others now, she still puts so much love into each and every piece.
Now really, does it get any cuter than that face? Her teddy bears are beyond charming and have such personality. This particular bear is fully jointed and durable, making it a fantastic toy for kids...and possibly even their kids!
Since iKnitQuiltSew learned many of her techniques and got her start from her grandmother and still uses many older patterns, I have a feeling that her lovely work will definitely become heirloom or heritage pieces. Take, for example, this beautiful, vintage-style log cabin quilt:
First word: YUM. I've written about this fabulous team before, but who can resist an update, especially when it comes to such luscious, soapy goodness?
Eric and Larissa handcraft their soaps as naturally as possible, and make sure to make batches to satisfy their demand. That means your soaps and products are fresh, right out of the soapery (which, in my mind, is what a soap creation area should be called!).
What I really love about Reef Botanicals is that they make an effort to provide quality products for men. Men are a pretty neglected segment in the handmade market, and a man smelling like jasmine and honeysuckle might catch a snicker from his friends. But here, you can find luxurious shaving sets, gift baskets, and even beer soap.
They have a wide array of products, from bath fizzies to face scrubs to soaps to candles, all beautifully photographed and described, so you know exactly what you're getting. Details of their product creation, testing, and brainstorming show up in articles on their blog, where you'll also find snippets of their life, personalities, and articles of other artisans.
After completing the last round of custom orders, I've actually started making forward progress again! I packed up a footlocker's worth of yarn that'll go with me during our move, but I have another left to knit from for the next few weeks.
In the meantime, I've broken out the kit I've made up for the second stocking for my brother and his partner. I finished the cuff and plan on tackling some of the colorwork tomorrow while it's nice and rainy out. It's a pretty quick knit, but it requires slightly more brain commitment than I usually need. It'll be good to have those done, boxed up, and ready to mail out when the time comes.
After knocking out a pair of socks for my shop, I decided to make myself a pair of convertible mitts. They turned out pretty kick ass, if I say so myself. I originally intended them to be just red, but the cream and yellow jumped out of my scrap drawer and had to be used. The cream and yellow stripes are at the top of the cuffs, the top of the mitten flaps, and two narrower stripes run at the base of the fingers on the fingerless glove part. Pleased!
that things always get so crazy right when the busy season gets rolling?
Between major house construction and preparation for our short move to the NYC area, nothing is really getting done! I've cranked down this week and have been tying up loose ends, left and right, but still haven't had much opportunity to create anything new for the shop.
I'm finishing up a pair of cashmere socks, right now, so that I can ship immediately, if they're purchased. I also plan on starting (and hopefully finishing!) a sweater panel and starting (and hopefully finishing!) a pair of tabi in a lovely variegated wool. Then, if I have any time, I may make some stuff for ME! Ya know, since I'll be in a place that gets snow this year.
And I just realized...I'm going to have pack up some of my stash for immediate use, so my MIL isn't constantly mailing me stuff. :) It's a good thing I've been spending a lot of time working down my stash. I'll probably be able to take all of my working stuff, plus a good chunk of my play stuff.
Fall is definitely here -- even my custom orders are screaming fall. Every evening, I call a family member and enjoy the fresh air out on the back porch, and I realized that my poor, little, circulation-impaired toesies were frigid and white and numb.
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