I have always been inspired by visits to the coast. The north east of England where I am originally from has the most beautiful coastlines and we spent a lot of our summers there when I was a child. Beach combing has always been a passion, it is like treasure hunting and I never tire of it! It might only be a pebble, a shell or a shard of pottery but I am as delighted as if I had of found a piece of gold. I am lucky that my husband enjoys visits to the coast and 'treasure hunting' too and over the past few years (I have lived in east of England nine years now) I have discovered a whole new coastline and rediscovered my passion for beach combing.
It feels like summer is over, it is so cold! I had a great summer break, no holiday abroad instead enjoying the beauty that is on our door stop. I have been working on some miniature acrylic paintings over the past few weeks, a couple of which are already available in my shop. Here are photos of the paintings and a link to the art section of my shop: folksy.com/shops/BeadieEyedEdie/collections/251856
Do you know where summer has gone? I guess what we are having is just typical UK weather, we had some sunshine but if you blinked you may have missed it. I do love the summer and all the inspiration that comes with it and we do not need sunshine to find that. I thought I would share with you some of my photos from summer so far as well as what I have been working on.
I do love some floral inspiration (that is pretty obvious) and we went to Hyde Hall at the end of June to take photos. I have not used them in my work yet, but they are in my large photo library and I have plans for most of them. I believe this flower is called 'Star Of Persia', isn't it beautiful?
It was a lovely hot day at Hyde Hall, before summer upped and left ha ha. I really got so many ideas and took so many photos, it was both productive and a 'day off'. We enjoyed lunch and I had a honey and lavender ice cream (delicious), sat by the pond and enjoyed the company of the ducks as well as me getting over excited about the damsel and dragonflies. I tried but did not get any great dragonfly photos but this one of the ducks has to be my favorite from the whole day. I love the reflections.
Summer in the garden has been crammed with ideas too, though some of which the slugs and snails have since eaten! I planted lots of pots of and luckily I took some photos before they became dinner for my garden residents.
I have been doing a lot of painting rather than textile art, no doubt I will be yearning for a textile project again soon. I have just finished a collection of paintings this week and I am trying to source frames for them, I have mounted them on heavy white paper/card ready and will be listing them in my Folksy shop soon. This is what they looked like before I mounted them.
What is next for summer? I am looking forward to a two week holiday time off with my husband, relaxing and exploring. I may have more photos to share! I want to make some hand painted cards, so that is hopefully something to look out for. I hope to add more work to my shop and will probably work on a dragonfly embroidery I started but did not get time to work on. So keep a close eye on Facebook & Instagram for updates.
I hope you are all enjoying the summer so far.
This week I have been sharing teacher gift ideas on Facebook, here I am showing you all of my ideas from the week. You can find all the items included in this post plus my full collection of cards and gifts in my Folksy shop folksy.com/shops/BeadieEyedEdie
Below are a few gift ideas I think would be perfect for book loving teachers. A bookmark is an ideal affordable gift and you could also pair it with one of my art cards such as the poppy one in the image below.
Budget is important, you do not want to be spending a lot of money as the term ends and you have the whole of the summer break to finance not to mention the big list of back to school essentials. What about a badge/brooch? 1 inch in size can slip into a card or maybe you have bought a teacher gift and want something for the teaching assistant or mentor. My badges/brooches range from £1.50 - £3.50. I love making them and they have always been very popular.
Finally we have a selection of angels, I have a couple of angel keyring/bag charms and several angel hanging charms for only £6 plus p&p. The hanging charms can be placed anywhere and look lovely with the light shining on them.
I hope you like the gift ideas and that it has given you some food for thought!
CRAFTfest will be open for shoppers from tomorrow! CRAFTfest is an online craft fair and networking event organized by The Professional Crafters Guild and will take part 2nd-4th of June. This is a great opportunity for you to shop for gifts, items for the home or even a few treats for yourself. You will find the following types of goods on sale:
What will I be selling at the fair? I have the following goodies:
Ever wondered what attracts someone to a certain craft or skill? Here are 10 reasons why I love felting.
I have re-opened my Etsy shop and this is where you can currently find the bulk of my beaded jewellery and handcrafted gifts. My main shop is on Folksy and you can find my textile art, paintings, textile art jewellery and accessories, art greeting cards, badges and some beaded gifts.
If you are looking for my jewellery or handcrafted gifts use this link:
If you are looking for Art, cards, art jewellery, accessories & other gifts use this link:
Both shops are full of beautiful items so please look at both!
I am delighted to announce that I am now trialling a selection of greeting cards printed with my designs. There are four designs available for you to purchase at the moment in my Folksy shop (link below or click 'To Buy' at the top of website to be redirected to my Folksy shop). The cards are currently priced at £3.00 each plus £1.00 p&p (discounted postage for more than one purchase). I currently have a small number of each design, but I will be ordering more as required as well as including new designs. The cards are blank inside, so suitable for any occasion and perfect for upcoming Mothers Day on the Sunday the 26th of March!
Have you ever wondered what inspires an artist to create? What makes a crafter tick? I thought you might like a little insight into what inspires me. I think it is pretty obvious if you look at my work that I am very much inspired by nature, but really I would say I am inspired by everything and anything! Everyday I see something I think would make a great image in a picture, has amazing colour, texture or pattern that I can use. I take a lot of photos, I sketch and I take notes. Sketchbooks were always an important part of projects when I was at art college and I still work in that way, though my style is very organic and the idea that starts off on paper often grows into something very different. Also a sketch book idea may not make it to a finished piece immediately, I look at it as a way of banking my ideas. I have a large library of photos stored which I go to for ideas all of the time.
This is a selection of photos from the past couple of weeks. I took photos on a woodland walk, a day out in London, a dandelion I spotted a short walk from home, roses I received for my birthday and probably the strangest of all: some figs I was about to eat!
I love instagram and if you want to see a small fraction of the inspiration I gather as well as an insight into my day to day life you can follow me at www.instagram.com/beadieeyededie
As well as the day to day gathering of ideas, I also like to visit museums, churches and other historic buildings. My favorite style of design are without doubt Art Nouveau and Art Deco and we are very lucky to have an Art Nouveau church close to where we live. I was able to visit and take lots of photos of the beautiful design details and I know I will be inspired again and again looking at them. I thought this would be a good example to show you the inspiration through to the final piece of art. Below is a small selection of photos I took (they are a little dark as it is in a church and I did not want to use flash photography) and below that you can see the piece of textile art I created using needle felting.
This was just a little glimpse into what inspires me! I hope to share more with you in the future.
To Celebrate Valentines day, from today until Monday the 13th of February 2017 I will be offering 15% off all items in my Folksy shop folksy.com/shops/BeadieEyedEdie . Items will be posted Saturday or Monday, so you still have plenty of time if you are wanting to order a gift. The Discount code you need to enter at the checkout is: BEMINE2017
My name is Kirsty I am the Owner, Artist and Maker at Beadie Eyed Edie.