Yellow Chiffon Dress : Pianoforte at Matches
1960s Vintage Dress : Candy Says
Dandelion Clocks Print Fabric : Sanderson
Blue Floral Fabric : Ditto Fabrics
Knit Hacker is full of wonderful creations, made from reimagining knitting patterns, merging and melting, and creating from the colourful parts of your mind. Take a look and feast your eyes.
Here are a few of my favourites.
|Knitted Art Sign : Photograph by ALEXAH|
|Knitted Polymer Clay Brooch : Claire Wallis|
|Knitted Caravan : Photograph by David Welch|
|Knitted Legwarmer Suspenders|
|Crocheted Picture Frames : Lola Nova Blog Tutorial|
|Knitted Bike and Bike Rack : Photograph by Stu Rapley|
|Stuck in traffic on the way to Earls Court. This photo pretty much sums up driving in London.|
|There's something about the outdoors that's so soothing.|
Today has been quite an exciting day, and a good way to end a busy week, as I've launched two new handmade product lines in my shop. One is a range of hand-sewn and hand-embroidered brooches, and the other is a range of fabric buttons.
I've always wanted to make some jewellery, but put my own twist on it, so hope you like this collection of brooches.
I like altering clothes, upcycling them and adding embellishments to them so that they are unique and a bit different, especially in a world where fashions are increasingly uniform thanks to the high street. Buttons are a great way to jazz up an item of clothing and can make even the most basic piece look expensive. Pretty buttons are also great to use in crafts or to display. My mum had some light turquoise vintage buttons framed for me as a gift a few years ago, and it now takes pride of place in my studio.
I find it difficult to find unusual and attractive buttons in the shops. There seem to be a lot of boring and overpriced buttons. So I decided to launch my own range of buttons covered in striking fabrics, some of which are vintage or upcycled. I hope you like them and make sure you check back as I will be adding new sets of buttons each week.
You can find all of these things in the Handmade by Emily Shop.
I'm a bit nervous as I haven't made anything like these before so please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Over the past week I've been watching the series of disasters in Japan with horror. It's pretty much incomprehensible. Today is also Red Nose Day in the UK, which is an annual national fundraiser for those in need in the UK and Africa.
Here is some information from the Red Cross about the situation in Japan.
The massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March have caused widespread destruction and suffering, relayed on television screens around the world.
More than 4,300 people have died in the disaster, thousands are injured or missing, and more than 440,000 people have had to leave their homes.
The costs of the relief effort, and of rebuilding the homes and lives of those affected, will be immense. Donations to the British Red Cross will be used towards helping the Japanese people recover from this devastating natural disaster over the coming months and years.The alert level at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant has been raised to a level 5 alert, on a scale of 1 to 7.
You can donate money online at:
Many shops and charity shops are collecting if you wish to donate in person.
There are lots of fundraising events around the country so keep an eye out for posters and information in your area.
If you're in London head down to the Cakes for Japan pop-up shop at Maiden, which is open until 7pm. You'll find Japanese themed cakes and sweet-treats donated by bakers and cake makers with all the money raised going to the Red Cross. Find Maiden at 188 Shoreditch High Street, EC2.
Photo from Miss Cakehead
Photo from Miss Cakehead
Photo from Miss CakeheadKatie Antoniou has arranged a fundraising event called Bloggers for Japan which is next Saturday, 26th March, at The Horatia Pub, 98-102 Holloway Road, London, from 1-5pm. There will be lots of things for sale and a silent auction of lots of goodies, with all proceeds going to charity.
Poster by Nikki Pinder
Check out the Ganbare Nippon Illustration Rally Charity Shop where you can buy artwork and pieces donated by lots of talented artists, designers and makers, with all proceeds going to support immediate relief work. You can also donate on the Illustration Rally Ganbare Nippon Justgiving page.
Red Nose DayI'm sure a lot of you remember Red Nose Day from when you where at school. Cakes sales, wearing a red outfit complete with a red nose, and watching Comic Relief on TV until your parents decided it had definitely gone past the watershed and sent you to bed. But here's a bit of information for those of you who don't know what Comic Relief is:Money raised from Red Nose Day goes to fantastic,
life-changing projects in some of the poorest countries
across Africa. It helps shelter, educate and protect countless
people through a wide range of initiatives.
Many people in the UK battle with issues like isolation,
abuse, exclusion, and poor health. That’s why wherever you
live in the UK you’re highly likely to be within 30 miles of a
project supported by Comic Relief.
Whether it’s to help struggling young carers or getting
people more involved in their neighbourhoods, the money
raised through Red Nose Day can help people and
communities right across the UK.There are probably lots of fundraising events going on in your town today, and you can also buy red noses and other products at Sainsbury's, Oxfam, TK Maxx and online from the Red Nose Day Shop. Find out what's on by checking the Red Nose Day website. If you wish to donate money you can do so on the Red Nose Day 2011 website, as well as in many shops.
However, charity is not something that should happen once a year, nor is it something that should be purely financial. Charity is 'something given to a person or persons in need; benevolent feeling, especially toward those in need or in disfavor; leniency in judging others.' It is about giving your time and making a difference. And that is something worth remembering in this world of instant gratification.
|Blue Polka Dot Owl Cushion : Handmade by Emily|
|Gold Circle Necklace : Lazy Giraffe|
|Gold Hoop Earrings : Lazy Giraffe|
|Silver Teardrop Earrings : Lazy Giraffe|
|Copper Trois Necklace : Lazy Giraffe|
|Gold Stacking Rings : Lazy Giraffe|
|Silver Loveheart Necklace : Lazy Giraffe|