Thursday, 29 September 2011

Folksy Handmade Gift Ideas - Gardeners

Just add a bow

Possibly another series of blogs starting here. I may add more in the run up to Christmas.

This first one was an obvious choice for me, because my shop is full of things for the garden (which is why I've sneaked a few of my own items in), and I'm drawn to other interesting garden items too. I collected up a selection of from Folksy and realised that it was going to be a very large list. So, what I thought I would do was split the items into Rustic and Contemporary boards, and depending on what style of garden the person you're buying for has got, you'd be able to choose from that list. Although, as it turns out, the colours in both lists are quite similar, and you could easily mix and match from both lists.

So, here you go. With a price range to suit everyone. Unique gift idea for any gardener, or just a treat for yourself and your own garden -

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Homewares - Red White and Grey

This is a blog that I am probably going to turn into a series. I have been scouring Folksy for handmade home items that match a colour theme. The first palette I've chosen is Red, White, and Grey.

I've found some really lovely things. Hopefully you'll agree. I've pinned them all onto a Pinterest board here -

Folksy Homeware - Red, White and Grey

Take a peek if you've got a mo.

Jo : )

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Moonlight Ripples

A slight change of shades of colours used in my Ripple bird bath design, and I've got a whole new mood and feel to this one.

With the slightly darker shades, and the lighter pebble it's got a feel of the moon, and moonlight being reflected into water.

I love creating this Ripple range, although it's a fairly simple design, the ripples mean I have quite a large palette to work with, and each finished item has a completely unique feel to it.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Slate, and it's many uses.

I've been on the hunt for some nice pieces of slate to add my mosaic to. I found a fantastic piece of purple slate, that was perfect for one of my mosaic dragonflies. It's got grey marbling through it, so the grey iridescent tiles that I use for my dragonfly work really well with it. And the shape of the slate couldn't be better. It's got a lovely smooth surface, and it's slightly angled upwards to a point. So the dragonfly's wings are angled up to the light which means the iridesence shines.

It would be great in the garden to add colour to a border, or by a pond, or on a patio, or on a deck, or in a pot.....

The other piece of slate that I got was a smaller piece that I was originally thinking I would use as a paperweight. You still could. But when I turned it over, I found the natural split that it had in it. I tested a giftcard in it, and found it would make quite a good letter rack. Or it would actually make quite a good door stop as it's slightly wedge-shaped too. Or you could use it in the garden as an ornament all the materials are frostproof. The daisy colours were chosen because there is a tan colour on top of the grey slate, and the colours tie in perfectly.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Building a design.

The idea for this bird bath came from the amber glass nuggets that I've just bought. They reminded me of flower centres with a drop of water on them. So, first, I had to choose a petal colour . I chose cream because with the amber they made a really nice, vintage-fabric-look, daisy flower. Next was the background tile choice. I decided sky blue would blend in really nicely, and set off the flowers without overpowering them, or the flowers becoming too bold either. Finally, a border choice. I could have continued with sky blue around the edge too, but I wanted to keep the blue and the flowers as the central design, so I 'framed' it with terracotta to blend in with the terracotta saucer base.

The finished bird bath has a lovely country-rustic feel to it. And it all came from the amber glass nuggets creating an idea.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Creating a mood through colour and design.

This Faded Blue and Green Circle mirror has a very calming feel about it. I think that's partly due to the mosaic being circular, which means your eye just travels around it without any harsh angles disrupting it. Also the colour palette used is very muted, and gives an almost sun-bleached effect which makes me think of beach huts, the sky, and the sea. All very calming images. Finally the faded blue/grey woodstain on the mirror frame means it adds to the faded, sun-bleached feel. Colours and design creating a feeling and mood.

Friday, 9 September 2011

It's all Folk.

This idea came to me the other day when I was putting together a Pinterest board of Vintage European tourist souvenirs, ones that I liked and would buy. When I'd got the items all together I noticed there was a very strong folk art theme to them. I have always liked Swedish Folk Art so I decided that would be the design for my next mosaic mirrors. I have handpainted the folk symbols onto the tiles, then fixed the paint to give a durable finish. The first one I made was this Red and White version. It's the traditional colours I think of when I think of Swedish Folk Art. I painted over the bare wood with white gloss to give a clean, bright, slightly shabby chic, finish. The strips of pattern also remind me of embroidered trim.

The second version I've made is another, what I think of as traditional, Swedish country folk style colour combination of pale Blue and Grey. This time the design is painted in blue onto pale grey tiles, the plain tiles are pale blue, and the bare wood of the mirror has a blue/grey woodstain which has a nice, sunbleached, faded effect to it.

The handpainting, fixing, and then making the mosaic, makes this mirror pretty labour intensive, but the results are worth it, I think.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Latest Ripple Bird Bath

I've used a slightly more muted set of colours on this Ripple Bird Bath, and it's come out really well. It looks like the colours are slightly sun-bleached. Which, of course, will never happen, as the beauty of these glass mosaic tiles is they are fade-resistant. So this faded-effect will stay at this shade even in bright sunshine. Perfect.

The stone I've used in this bath is slightly larger than I've used previously too, but I think the scale of it fits the large size (31cm) saucer that I've used.

I was thinking about making a matching base, but I'll leave that to the purchaser to decide if they want to use it as a floor standing bird bath, or if they want to use a plain pot as a pedestal, or they want a matching 'Ripple' coloured pedestal.

Although I repeat this Ripple pattern a lot in my items, each one is completely unique. I start with a blank palette everytime and build it up as I go. Each design will be using slightly different colours, in a different order, so no two Ripple Bird Baths will be the same. The beauty of handmade.