23 Jan 2009

Stuff and things

Today I took a surf through the shops in the handmade section of Artfire to see what kind of goods are offered. I'm pleased to say there is a fantastic variety of goods, all made with loving care. When there are so many crafts men and women out there creating such fabulous goods it makes me wonder why anyone would bother buying mass produced items at all. Why have the same as everyone else when you can have something much more individual?

John T. Unger creates beautiful recycled steal fire pits of various shapes and sizes. Fire pits allow you to light a fire in a more controlled way than just building a bonfire on the ground. Johns sculpted edged pits also give you great shadows in the night. I love this picture of the firelight in the water.

This is another photo that I love. Bronwen Handcrafted baby slings not only leave you with both hands free whilst comfortably carrying your baby they do it in style. I adore the colours of this silk sling and being that it is made of silk it is sure to be strong. It's also a breathable fabric so will keep you cool on the summer.

There are so many creatures that are becoming endangered now days. In the UK bees are getting rarer due to pesticides used in farming and infections within the bee population. Andrew's Reclaimed is making these lovely recycled wooden bee hives to put in your garden to encourage bees to nest. This particular one is designed for Blue Orchard Bee. Having a hive in your garden will give them somewhere to live and in return they will pollinate your flowers.

Jewelry by Desiree created this pretty necklace from discs of mother of pearl separated by short strings of mini seed beads on sterling silver pins. This could be worn dressed down with jeans and a t-shirt, but would equally look great up against that little black dress.

If you are like my friend Gayle you can never have enough photo frames. Gayle loves to have pictures of her family and friends all over her walls. This gorgeous granite tile mosaic frame from Do Mosaics is a simple shape that appears to sparkle in the light. It will compliment any photo you put into it.

If you like what you see here take a look around these people's shops and also take a tour around Artfire and see what other gems you can find. Feel free to link more fabulous goods from Artfire in the comment section. I'd love to see what you find.

Written by Lynne of PiratePixieCrew and Hyperloop Hoops

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