Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DIY flower garland tutorial - begginer level

This a very simple project how to make crochet flower garland. It includes 1 flower pattern and one leaf pattern. You can make a pretty decoration for your home or garden. You may use it for making many other project as hair pin, hair band, necklace, brooch etc. Please note this pattern uses standard crochet abbreviations.You can find a list of all standard abbreviations http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards.html

Materials:You may choose some nice colors from your "leftovers".In my case yellow(color A),pink, lavender, fuchsia(color B) and green(color C).
The thickness of the yarn determines diameter of flower. Gauge doesn't really matter.
Hook - use the recommended crochet hook size found on the label of the yarn.
Tapestry needle

Flower center - color A
Round 1: Make a magic circle
Chain 9 . Join the last chain to the first with a sl st. Pull magic circle tightFlower petals - color B
Round 2: Attach the yarn color B.1 sl st,1 sl st, 3 dc in the first sc, sl st in the next sc. Here you have your first petal. Repeat it 4 times. Create 5 petals total.Sl st to join with first sc of first petal.
Fasten off leaving a tail and secure ends using the tapestry needle. Leaf - color C
Ch 6. Sc in the fifth ch.Dc in next ch(3). Sc in last ch.Fasten off leaving a tail and secure ends using the tapestry needle.Assembling the lariat
Ch 10, sl st in top of one leaf, ch 10,Ch 10, sl st in top of one flower, ch 10,
Follow this pattern until you reach the garland length you need and all flowers and leaves are joined, ch 10. Fasten off.


Tomorrow is 1St of June!!! We Luv Kidzzzz & Summer

Monday, May 30, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Treasury time...Green summer

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Featured seller...antoniyakoleva

We are very happy to introduce to all of you, the ETSY Bulgarian Artists Team member antoniyakoleva. We thank Antoniya for taking the time to answer our questions.So here she is...young, beautiful and full of ideas...

Tell us more about yourself
I am a happily married creative person! My name is Antoniya, but everyone calls me Tonka. I was born in Bulgaria but lived in Hungary and Holland while obtaining my business degree. Throughout my studies my only goal was to learn how to be an art entrepreneur. I love making things - since I was a little girl I was sewing Barbie doll dresses with my cousins, learned crochet from my grandmas, and being a cool teenager made my own jewelry. I am now living in Turkey with my awesome husband and our zoo - 2 dogs and 2 cats. I live near the beach in the suburbs so nature is my biggest inspiration. There is so much it can give us! I like to combine natural and man-made materials for the best results in my products!

What else do you do apart crafting?
Take care of my zoo J I am also learning Turkish at the moment and adapting to this wonderful place called Izmir (that’s more of enjoying not doing)

Natural stone magnet decoration Gemini Chinese zodiac from antoniyakoleva
 Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspirations are the creative people around me and nature! I take the shapes and materials from nature and use the creative energy around me to turn them into something fun and beautiful! For my jewelry I use local newspapers which inspire me with their originality. In my art the important thing is to make things always different and one of a kind. I might make something similar but I wouldn't like to make the same things over and over again!

Bracelet bangle headband newspaper comics decoupage from antoniyakoleva

Do you have a favorite item in your shop?
 love jewelry and I love nature. The combo of the two is just great! I adore this necklace 

Handmade green crochet necklace with beach stone from antoniyakoleva
because it is simple but it makes a statement - I am going to the beach!

Do you have a favorite quote you’d like to share with us?
Don’t worry, be happy!
I am always thinking positive!

If you would peek inside the studio of an artist, designer, craftsman (dead or alive) who would it be?
I know it’s far from Etsy’s handmade style but it’s Elie Saab. I think he is a genius in fashion and no contemporary designer can feel what will fit a woman as good as him.
Crochet home decoration sign from antoniyakoleva

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
The ones that my family gave me as a gift – knitted hats, shawls, crochet doilies, carpets and needlework. They are full of family love!

Crochet handmade doily coaster from antoniyakoleva

Where would you like to be in ten years?
On a beach with my little kids (yet to come). Professionally I want to be free to do what I like.
Fridge magnet natural stone newspaper comics from antoniyakoleva
 What is the most surprising thing about you?
I had never played Super Mario or watched The A-Team series before I met my husband! When I was a kid, Bulgaria was under communist government so we didn’t know about these (or at least I didn’t know), he showed them to me.
Thank you!

We also thank Antoniya and we wish her a great time and fun in her life.
Don't forget to check out her wonderful shop at ETSY.

Treasury time...RED, HOT, CHILLY...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Treasury time...in bloom

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May Trends 2011...Weddings, Proms, and Celebrations

 Embrace your inner teenager and think about glam prom options with a touch of sparkle and edge: dresses, shoes, jewelry, bags, hair accessories, corsages, and make-up.

Here are the proposals of Bulgarian Artists team on Etsy

Swarovsky crystal necklace from anamarina

 A perfect outfit for your dinner at the special day
Bridal bolero srug from PATTERNSbyFAIMA
White Bridal Shawl from Accessorise

Cupcake toppers from Umis

Treasury time...Seriously I need to stop doing Etsy and get outdoors! It's summer!!!!

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