Lately I've been playing with little stamps. Throughout the years I collected lots of stamps, and I thought it was time to finally do something with them! Oh, if I had the time I would like to experiment much more.
For a while now I've been admiring two stamping artists on Etsy: Leililaloo and Lapomme , check out their shops and blogs , they make beautiful creations by the use of handmade stamps on fabric.
I made some tags and embellishments for my packaging.
The little flower stamps are a set, it's a french edition, in fact I bought the for the kids, but I ended up using them too! the possiblilities are endless with these stamps, as you see I use them for making cars and pimping my jewelry boxes.
I recently bought also some clear stamps, a kind of plastic stamp that can be reused, with these curly letters you can form any word you wish.
The big wooden stamps are from India . I bought them in the local Fair Trade shop, the sellers asked me what I was going to do with it, well I had no idea, I just had to buy it -). and now it's here, just being decorative.
Haven't had much time this weekend, spend sunday afternoon at my parents in law :-)
When I came home I felt the urge to do something creative , or at least to spend some time on Etsy, mmmm, what a relief....
So I enjoyed making this mosaic, it features my EST challenge entries.
The EST challenge was this time hosted by a lovely friend of mine: Veerle from Nevousinstallezpas. Veerle opened her Etsy shop a few weeks ago, but I know her some time longer.
I met Veerle online. funny Story. I was browsing on internet and tagged with the word Flamenco. My Ethiopean daughter has Flamenco classes and maybe I was looking for shoes or a dress. But I found a flamenco ring, made by Veerle! With the ring I found her blog and website, a while later I followed a crochet course (with Veerle as a teacher) at the Miat museum in Ghent .
Since then we have met several times in real life and we have a lot of creative plans together.
From today on I join the 'shopping list saturday'.
Charlotte from Fancypicnic started the 'shopping list saturday' because it is sometimes so hard to get a treasury on Etsy. This shopping list is a great way to show cool finds and discover new shops! The list of all the participants is on Fancypicnics blog. (do browse them to find cool creations!)
So here we go with the first one: as you see, all I could think about this morning was a cup of tea (I needed it desperately after a bad night with kids awakening)
the Zebra is NOT for sale :-) (she is too sweet) :-)
Klein berichtje aan mijn Nederladstalige blog-lezers. Soms post ik , uit tijdsgebrek, alleen in het Engels, sorry daarvoor, mijn excuses ook voor de foutjes die soms in mijn Engelse teksten binnensluipen. Ik ben nu eenmaal geen nativewriter , maar ik doe mijn best :-))))
Valentines day was a bright sunny day, the kids enjoyed playing outside and even wanted to organise a picnic (with cookies) on a blanket :-) don't know why they needed an umbrella :-)))
I could escape for some supply shopping in Ghent (there where sales at sjamma, they sold the stock of the fairtrade fabricsand , I could not resist and bought some linen and silk in the most beautiful colors (as you see on the picture below).... Can't wait to create with it!
On this beautiful sunny day mummy could take lots of pics of new brooches and creations!
I sold lots of brooches!! -I was driving without fastened belts (and the police stopped my car) but they didn't give me a fine!!! (I promised never to drive without fastened belts again :-))
- The cupboard I ordered two weeks ago was delivered and it looks so beautiful in my workroom (still I don't show you my workdesk behind the cupboard, that's for another time :-)) On Heli's blog you can see which cupboard I had before)
- I had a screening, it was not painfull at all and the doctor declared me healthy as a fish!
and today it's a very sunny (almost spring) day and I could take pics of my new brooches.
I am into textile jewelry lately. I made this multiple wearable necklace with felted pebbles and handmade silk beads ( and some gorgeous olive donut wooden beads). The pebbles are not a plain color but are made with diff shades of merino wool, it gives more dept, methinks. The silk beads are made of a vintage tie :-)
One torn (silk) pair of children trousers and one torn silk scarf make lots of silk beads.
I made another necklace with the beads. I combined this time with horn batik beads from Kenia and Ethiopean silver beads beaded on a (self dyed) silk thread. (from now on in my shop.) clcik on the pictures to go to the shop.
Using these African beads made me think of the fact that no one can beat African people in repurposing and recycling, they are simply the best in it! (have you ever seen the beautiful toys they make out of scrap metal and wood, and look how creative these boys have been in the pic above:-))
I've been working this weekend on my challenge creation. This time the theme is: recycling, sustainable future. hosted by Vadjudtka? Go visit her shop with wonderfull mixed media jewelry!
I like the idea of recycling and repurposing a lot.
I have lots of beautiful clothes of my kids in gorgeous fabrics that I can't throw away. I love to visit flee markets and buy vintage fabrics, just because I am fond of these vintage patterns and colors.
One day (when I've learned how to sew) all these clothes will have another live as a bag or tote, a headband, a brooch or maybe I make postcards out of them :-))
For my Challenge creation I used a torn silk scarf (one my mother dyed herself in the Seventies) and a torn (silk) pair of trousers (it was really worn out since my three daughters have worn it :-) , cut it into pieces and made some silk beads out of it,.
I combined them with destash beads of the same colorshades and some gorgeous ribbon and silk threads. By using the ribbon as closure you can adjust the lenght of the necklace.
You can find 'jungle fruit' soon in my shop. (click on the images to go to my shop)