Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Precious Quilts

I fell in love with the beautiful quilts and crochet in this shop and I know you will to ! The following is by the artist herself . Please read this and visit her shop , Precious Quilts by clicking on the title of this article or by going to . ''I live in UK with my husband, my four 'babies' have flown the nest and we have a beautiful grand daughter now aged 17 months!About 25 years ago whilst living in the Middle East where I was busy with two small children and therefore unable to go work I became interested/fascinated with patchwork quilts. After teaching myself from a variety of sources I made large queen/king size quilts for family and friends. Initially, I was of the opinion that all quilts should be hand sewn.... well, that has now changed as it really takes too long. I still do the odd one but prefer to concentrate of baby quilts now and use my machine to put them together.My favourite fabric is Laura Ashley, particularly the vintage fabric which is hard to acquire these days but looks and feels so special. Noteably in patchwork quilts for babies or cots. I am happy to make all size quilts from large to very small. In fact I have a doll's house quilt on Etsy at the moment!In addition, whilst relaxing in the evenings watching TV, what better way to spend my time but crochet baby blankets? It is not often I do not have a crochet hook in my hand. I find it very relaxing and theraputic!Christmas is coming so I am feverishly making quilts and crochet blankets for those cute pressies or just for baby showers. All my items are unique - and all the way from England!''

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Junkyard Gypsy

This is the most unique of all the shops I have seen on Etsy , yet ! Meet Beth Hinson and read what she says about her shop and her work :
My name is Beth Hinson, from Albemarle, NC, and my shop is called the Junkyard Gypsy. This is a brand new venture for me - I've only been on etsy for about 3 weeks, and just started about 4 months ago playing around with some assemblages. I LOVE to go to estate sales, antique auctions, yard sales, thrift stores, etc. and eventually had accumulated a lot of stuff that I didn't know what to do with. Odd pieces that really aren't that useful by themselves tend to catch my eye for whatever reason - a broken doll or an old beat up pot or a beautiful piece of flatware - I like to imagine the stories these things would tell if they could talk LOL. So anywho, one thing led to another, one piece of "junk" added to the next, and eventually pieces started to literally fall together. I would look in a box and see a sifter had gotten lodged against a round bowl, and voila! it looked like a head with a hat on it. And as fate would have it, in the spring I left an administrative job that I had been in for 22 years, where I had gradually come to feel totally stifled. That freed up some time for me to do something just for me and revive some small level of creativity that I had not used for a long, long time. I feel like a kid who has been let loose in a candy store - I am literally having that much fun! My husband is also a treasure trove of ideas and help - he has a workshop with all the tools I could ever imagine, and has been teaching me how to use them - I feel like Rosie the Riveter! As I began to come up with some pieces that I kind of liked, and began to show them around to some friends and get there feedback, I realized there might just be a niche market for what I was doing, and etsy seemed like the perfect outlet! I'm proud to say that a lot of the pieces used in my assemblages are "rescued" from their probable fate of winding up in the local landfill. So far, the Junkyard Gypsy adventure has been loads of fun for me - I'm looking forward to taking it a step further, and hopefully doing some craft shows next year, so keep your eye out for the gypsy caravan!
Please visit her shop