Saturday, March 28, 2009

One of my Etsy Favorites!

I love sharing fabulous Etsy finds, and today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Heather, from NiftyKnits!

Heather is also a member of our Etsy Treasury Team, and one of the most creative and clever knitters I have run across on Etsy!  Her knitted creations are some of the most adroable critters, dolls and flowers that you've ever seen.  She is also fabulously creative in her item descriptions in her Etsy shop. In fact, the detailed descriptions often are a little story about the doll or critter. I got a good chuckle when I read the following story about her Lady Morris Dancer (seen above left), that I would like to share with you.

From Heather's Etsy Shop:

"The Garden of England in Spring...lush green grass, lambs baa-ing frantically to find their mum (who is just a few feet away!)...daffodils, primroses and bluebells bursting forth with bright colours...supping a pint of "real" beer in the pub garden (no, I'm not cold, I'll just pop my coat on)...and from the village green we hear the tinkle of tiny bells.

Morris Dancing! As English as cream teas and bobbies on the beat.

Every May Day, outside the village pubs of England, strangely clad people can be seen leaping into the air, waving handkerchiefs and sticks, with bells jingling from their clothing. This traditional ritual to welcome the return of spring is called morris dancing, and it goes back at least to the 15th century.

My handknitted Morris dancers are each about 8 inches tall (20 cm). This young lady (clutching her stick and carefully balancing her pint) dances with the Loose Women side (Loose is the name of a village in Kent). You can tell she dances for the Loose Women side, or team, because of the colours of her costume, or kit. Morris dancers are just as particular about their kit as football teams!

She has bells securely sewn to her ankles (the real girls sew them to their shoes, it's not a blood sport!), and has bright rainbow "tatters" front and back. Her skirt is dark purple trimmed with white "lace". Several of the genuine Loose Women own one of my mini-dancers!

When I've seen this team dancing they always manage to show their bottoms at some point (tsk tsk) so I've sewn her "niftyknits" label to her drawers to preserve her modesty.

Please note other knitted items (flowers, cow) are not included but are available separately. Last picture shows a Loose Woman with some friends, not included.

Some consider Morris Dancing to be connected to fertility, so be careful who you give one to!"

Now doesn't that put a smile on your face!!

Another favorite of mine from NiftyKnits are Heather's Meerkats. They have the most amazing and incredible personalities, as seen from a picture here (left) from her blog posts. She and her family are recently into GeoCaching while walking about the English countryside, and she frequently takes a Meerkat along for the adventure. Here is the little guy digging through the fabulous treasure they located!!

Here is a charming photo of a Meerkat family (above) as they are posed for her Etsy Shop. They are so adorable and would make a great toy for a child or for you big kids who love collectable critters. Healther also makes from lovely knitted flowers and pin keeps, as well (below).

I hope you've enjoyed meeting Heather, and please do drop by her Etsy Shop and blog (links below) and and be sure to read the descriptions of her items, they are just as entertaining and delightful as the dolls and critters themselves!

Friday, March 13, 2009

New at Zaftig Delights!

I recently managed to acquire a large lot of some fabulous vintage 1950's Swarovski rhinestone gems in a variety of fabulous sizes and colors. I am particularly happy with some of the stones in a larger size (.5" x .75") in about 8 different colors that I have starting hand setting in antique brass settings. They are some of the prettiest colors that I have ever seen, so I thought I'd share some with you. I just added the emerald green and amethyst purple earrings in the emerald cut (octagon), as well as the Sapphire and Opal in teardrop (below) to my Etsy Shop, and will be adding more colors this next week. Also some necklaces will be coming too. Let me know if there is a particular color that you are looking for.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

My new friend Trixie!

I just have to introduce you to my new friend Trixie!  I found her while browsing Ebay one afternoon, and I new that she would be a perfect business partner and friend.  Trixie will be modeling some of my knitwear and jewelry for my Etsy store, and keeping me company while I work in my studio creating things.  She gives me advice and I really enjoy her input on some of my designs.  

Here she is modeling a new hand knitted neck-warmer/cowl/hood/scarflette that I finished this week, and listed in my Esty store.   She apparently found something that I said quite funny, as she always seems to look like she is in the midst of a big belly laugh.  It's nice to have someone around that always laughs at your jokes.  ;o)

The neck-warmer is a tube knitted in a lacey scalloped design, that you slip over your neck.  You can wear like a scarflette/neckwarmer, or pull it up over your head like a hat/scarf to keep your head warm when you go outside.  Trixie wears it both ways quite well as you can see.
I'm glad you stopped by to meet Trixie, and she hopes you'll stop by often just to hang out! She says I'm good company - but she is getting tired of my jokes.  :o)  

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Pleasant surprise!

When I opened my email this morning, I was pleasantly surprised by the following email...

"Congratulations, you won the free jewellery giveaway on my blog. See here for the write up. Please send me your address and I will send the Silver Sparkle Love Heart Pendant to you this week. Thanks for entering the competition and congratulations once again!    Ali"

So I opened the link to see what I had won, and was delighted to find this beautiful pendant/necklace from AliBaliJewellery. She makes some very beautiful contemporary silver jewellery for women. Her "jewellery consists of simple, clean lines and striking designs with a splash of colour with freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones." She also makes jewellery from silver art clay. Be sure to stop by her Etsy shop and check out her fabulous bling!

Have a fabulous Sunday!!