Monday, 31 October 2011

Vintage Look Beaded Christmas Gift Bows

Hand-woven, old gold, beaded Christmas gift bows

Magenta Beaded Christmas Gift Bow

I've been thinking about making some Christmas gift bows for a while, using the method that I used on my twine Gardener gift bows. But I couldn't think of what material to use that would give me a festive look, but would hold it's shape.Then this weekend, I found the solution. Raffia. And this raffia is a fab shade of old gold that looks like vintage metal. The finished bows remind me of vintage brooches, with a very luxurious look about them.

The centres are made up of wool on the Magenta and Purple versions, and all of the bows have hand sewn metallic beads to finish them off, and give extra sparkle.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Folksy Handmade Christmas - Blue/Green

Peacock Mosaic Christmas Bauble

This is the next set of Christmas decorations from This time they've been picked to go with the colour theme of shades of blues and greens.

There are lots of different items,and price ranges, so take a peek.

Folksy Handmade Christmas - Blues and Greens


Friday, 28 October 2011

Folksy Handmade Christmas - Vibrant

Fiesta Mosaic Christmas Bauble Ornament

This collection of Christmas decorations from is inspired by the colours used in my mosaic Fiesta Christmas bauble. So you'll find magenta, gold, orange, and red in this set of items.

I've decided to add all the Folksy Christmas themed decorations to one board, so you can browse all the themes at once. And you may wish to mix and match items, because there are some really lovely things in all the categories, so it's good to have them all in one place.


Folksy Handmade Christmas - Folk Style

Folk Style Red & White Bauble

As I've been re-inspired to make some more Christmas decorations, I've also been inspired to find other similar themed decorations on to put together on a Pinterest board.

I will be putting 4 boards together, and this is the first one.

This is my collection of decorations ideas for a Swedish folk style Christmas -


Thursday, 27 October 2011

A Mosaic Christmas (Part 3)

Red & White Folk Style Mosaic Bauble
Red & White Folk Style Mosaic Bauble

The final set in my mosaic bauble range are these Red & White Folk Style. Using the same design as I used on my mosaic mirror, I've handpainted tiles with hearts and flowers to form a band around the centre of the ornament. Then the handpainted solid raspberry red tiles are used to fill the rest of the bauble. The mosaic is finished with white grout to keep the red and white look.

This bauble would be suitable for exterior use as all the materials used are weatherproof.

A Mosaic Christmas (Part 2)

Fiesta Mosaic Christmas Bauble Decoration

The next two sets of baubles in my mosaic decoration range have been listed. The first ones are using the colours I've used before, and I call the pallete Fiesta. The colours are all handpainted onto the tiles using combinations of magenta, red, orange, and gold.


Peacock Mosaic Christmas Bauble Decoration

The second set I've called Peacock, because the palette I've used remind me of the colours you'd find in a peacock feather - blue, green, turquoise, aqua, and copper. Some of the tiles are handpainted to give me the shades that I wanted.

Both of the sets of baubles are finished in grey grout. and both sets are suitable for interior or exterior use. In fact, they don't have to just be used for the festive season. These baubles would look great in the garden all year round. Either hanging up, or as a collection in a bowl on a table.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

A Mosaic Christmas (Part 1)

Mosaic Stained Glass Look Christmas Baubles

Mosaic Stained Glass Effect Christmas Ornament
 I've been re-inspired to make some more mosaic Christmas ornaments. This is the first batch of finished ones. My Mosaic Stained Glass Look Christmas Decorations. The tiles are a combination of plain colour, and handpainted layers to give me the exact combinations I wanted. The colours used in the baubles are red, magenta, green, blue, turquoise, orange, yellow with a transluscent gold glaze, and a totally gold tile colour. The grout has been overpainted with black paint to show the tile colours off, and to give the stained glass look. Perfect for Christmas.

These Christmas ornaments can used indoors or outside in the garden, as all the materials used are weatherproof.

Keep an eye on my handmade shop, or website, for more mosaic decorations following very soon. Or follow me on Facebook, or Twitter for updates.

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Friday, 14 October 2011

Folksy Handmade Gift Ideas - For Men

Retro Badge Style Mosaic Bird Bath

This is another collection of items from that's I've collated together onto a Pinterest board. This time I was looking for gift ideas for the men. I was thinking it might be a difficult task as I've seen people say they struggle to find things on the site for men. But, actually, there are loads of things for the fellas.

Subsequently, this list is quite big, and has a range of styles and prices. I hope you find something to inspire you here - 


Sunday, 9 October 2011

Folksy Handmade Gift Ideas - Office

A Pinterest board of gift ideas featuring handmade items from, for accessorising a desk, or office.

I've tried to select a mix of items, from established and newer sellers. Some things on the board would suit a male, and some are more for a female. I've also gone for a range items that would fit in a casual office, or items for a more professional style. There's a wide variety of prices too, so hopefully you'll find something of interest.