Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Featuring Art by Mimi

Today I am doing a feature on a fellow crafter ArtbyMimi.

Amy Winfield, who is also known by her artist's name, Mimi has a growing reputation for her art and photographic work throughout Cornwall.

This is how she got started - When I was younger, I was always painting and drawing like any normal kid. At an early age, I was taught a few drawing techniques and continued learning as I went along. I have learnt that there are other elements that are needed in all of my work, rather than just the black and white lines. This understanding has made work on my final artwork a lot easier. I got my first camera when I was about 8 and then I got my first 35mm camera for my 15th. I latter incorporated art and photography into my schoolwork when ever I could and then it followed on with work experience. With only one thing in mind, I determinedly joined a photography course at a local college with success. I felt that art and photography was something important for me to do. I use my local surroundings in Cornwall for inspiration and incorporate an individual atmosphere/character into all of my work.

Mimi has been showing her paintings and photographs at local craft fairs and exhibitions and has had some of her work featured in a local gallery in Cornwall.

She currently accepts commissions in many styles and mediums for personal and business purposes, as well as selling through her Misi shop (link above). Mimi can also be contacted through her website

As I come from Cornwall, looking at her work has brought back fond memories of daytrips to St Ives. This picture shows one of her mirrors, with her artwork on the back!

Mimi is also trying to help fellow Misi crafters but putting together a businesscard booklet featuring the wide assortment of crafts we all make. Thanks to her for all her hard work in putting this together.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Beautiful Valentines Gifts

Having been shopping today, everyone was rushing about getting their Valentine a gift for tomorrow. It would have been far easier to have stayed at home and bought some of the wonderful handmade gifts on Here is some of my favourites:-

How about this Love Monkey from The Haven Studios, so cute!

or how about this beautiful fused glass bowl by Blue Fairy Designs.

......and how good do these look, my mouth is watering just looking at them from Cocoapod

The fabric on this heart is so pretty, you could hang it anywhere, by Madaboutbags

and don't forget the card.....Left-Handed Blonde has some lovely ones in her shop.
To all the jewellery makers including myself.......the choice was so fantastic I am not going to single anyone out this time but direct everyone to the jewellery section of

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Just listed some items on Folksy!

Haven't had chance to add any items to my Folksy shop for a while so have listed the following items today!

Grabbed the first book to hand for the photo, you can probably guess it belongs to my son - not my usual reading material!

Then these two beautiful wraparound bracelets. The colours in these are stunning!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Trollbeads increase in price!

I am a collector of Trollbeads, here is a picture using some of my green and purple beads.....I did say I like the colour Purple!! It is a great shock that the cost of the beads are going up yet again tomorrow by a whopping 15%. That means they have increased by about 39% in 18 months! At the moment when money is so much tighter for everyone, increasing prices by this amount will certainly stop people from buying them so much.......their sales figures are certainly going to drop.

If you have not heard of Trollbeads and would like to find out more, take a look at to see what I am talking about!

I love the colour purple!

Having a browse through the handcrafting site and have found some wonderful items it my favourite colour I thought I would share some of them with you.

I love this mosaic mirror by Katian Kraft,

and how cute is this purple penguin by Cute Design!

The colours in this felt brooch by Nimblejacks are beautiful, as is this salt dough Bedtime Angel by Salt of the Earth.

Finally, there is so many nice pieces of jewellery in purple with Amethyst being the birthstone for Feb. I am going to show one of mine FairlyGirly.