Felt.Buzz received a rather lovely review for an Etsy sale: “Such a great artist with beautiful ideas. He adds a touch of joy to life”
Rather touched! 🙂
Today, I am going to have a look at the creative talent that is Deidre Dreams
I love Facebook and twitter because you never know where peoples shares might lead you. One of these paths led me to another realm: that of Deidre Dreams.
The owner (Deidre?) lives in a small town in the south of the Netherlands “in between rolling hills and meadows, where the wind always blows in new energy.”
Inspired by folklore, myths and legends Deidre Dreams creations are incredibly detailed works of art. She primarily uses Polymer clay to create incredibly detailed pendants, brooches and other jewellery, but she is also accomplished in the art of crocheting (something she learnt at an early age from her Grandmother and Mother). Combining the two allows her to create some really interesting, and original pieces:
Perhaps the success of Deidre Dreams is the witches, mermaids and other mythical creatures, featured on her jewellery are not generic: each one has a character and a story behind them: “All the characters that I make (the witches, the mermaids, the fairies, etc), they are not pulled from any official mythology source. They are my stories. The characters, the designs, their stories: they are my creations. I am inspired by paganism, Wicca, fantasy, fairy tales, folk tales, legends, and lots of other sources (as many artists are 🙂 ) but the characters I make are all a concoction of my own Deidre Dreams world.”
The characters shine through her work, and maybe it is this that draws people to them. In fact Deidre Dreams has facebook fans (amongst over 17,000 of them) who contact her and tell her how much her work inspires them to create themselves (whether that be in writing, drawing or sculpting): “I am deeply honoured to get so many messages of people telling me my work inspires them. I love that SO much! I love to hear that my work sparks something in someone that stirs passion and energy! I also would like to say that I hope anyone who feels this way, will be respectful towards that inspiration and find their own way with it and welcome their own designs and characters.”
Why Deidre Dreams’ Facebook page is so popular is not a mystery: not only does she create unique, beautiful work, but she also interacts brilliantly with her fans, and followers. She is generous with sharing other people’s work too, which is great because she helps me travel to other peoples creative worlds too.
Disclaimer: this review was not asked for, nor paid for in any way. I wrote it because I love Deidre Dreams’ work and her facebook page
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Today, the Felt.Buzz Spotlight is on Cheeky Tree Creations.
Cheeky Tree Creations is run by Tanya, a mother of two boys, who loves to be creative in her spare time. I love the name Cheeky Tree Creations, I tell Tanya, for some reason it brings a smile to my face whenever I see it.
“My main inspiration [for the name was] from my two boys which are my cheeky monkeys who love to climb so everytime I think of Cheeky Tree it reminds me [of] my boys.
“I only started seriously crafting and thinking about selling earlier this year, in March in fact when we booked the craft fair. Before that I have been making presents for friends and relatives. It was my two boys who inspired me. Samuel who is nearly 3years and Lukas who is 15months. My oldest Samuel is dinosaur mad and there were not many things for boys anywhere so that is what made me start. I work part-time and stay home with the boys for the rest of the time so life gets rather busy”
Cheeky Tree Creations‘ first craft fair (last weekend), exceeded Tanya’s expectations: “What a fantastic weekend we had. First craft fair went better than expected and was a really enjoyable experience! [We have] no craft [more] fairs yet lined up but at the moment it is something that I am looking into. Hoping to do a local one in October and hopefully one before Christmas”
Everything has moved so quickly for Tanya since deciding to make a business out of her craft: “I haven’t had time yet to put many things onto my etsy shop, as I was mainly concentrating making things for the craft fair and I only tend to get an hour or two in the evenings to do anything so most of my time went to preparing for the craft fair. Hoping now to concentrate more on my online presence.”
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Today, the Felt.Buzz Spotlight is on Kume Bryant, and artist and photographer
Working as a freelance graphic designer until 2013, she had always enjoyed painting, but (like a lot of us) lacked the confidence to take it seriously. It was her husband who forced her hand (in a gentle way):
“I have the most supportive husband in this world. His idea, what seemed small at the time, but his way of nudging me which encouraged me to paint today. He brought home a photo of a coworker going camping on a horse, and asked me to paint that for him just for fun without pressure. The painting turned out well. I had much fun doing and made me wanting to do more. I bought me a book on painting and learned some techniques…that was in 2006. I started selling online ever since to buyers all over the world.”
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Today’s Felt.Buzz Spotlight is on the Enchanted Art of Helen Winder.
Helen and I know each other outside of the virtual world; we were neighbours when growing up, she lived about 50 metres from me, although we haven’t seen each other in over 25 years, we met up in Facebook land a couple of years ago.
Helen is a successful business woman, she runs Transire, which enables the positive transformation of the business world through professional outsourcing solutions, business consultancy and mentoring, working with individuals, entrepreneurs and corporate organisations. She is also Transformational Business Mentor, drawing on her skills and experience both in the buisness world, and her personal life.
Helen is the kind of person who always seems to be on the go. Her idea of a rest is not to sit down and have a doze, but to get up and do something else.
In contrast with her busy life, Helen’s art seems to ooze relaxation and calm: “I started sketching by way of relaxation. I am not one to stop and do nothing so I thought I would use my sketches as a way of de-stressing. I created my etsy shop as I wanted to share my creations with others. I put a lot of emotional effort in to each sketch and felt that others would benefit from them.”
She has just completed a new range of sketches which should be available for sale from the beginning of August 2014
Each purchase will help Helen raise funds for The Stroke Association and Different Strokes
Disclaimer: This review has not been asked for or paid for in any way. I wrote it because I like Helen’s work, and her interactions in social media.
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Today Felt.Buzz is shining his spotlight on Isabelle Nigel
Isabelle Nigel is an Etsy shop run by Isabelle Monge. Isabelle lives in France. She has been making cute little figurines for years, for friends and in March 2014 she opened her Etsy shop to sell to a wider audience. As well as angels, and other figurines, she makes bookmarks, cards and other things too – check them out!
Every item is one of a kind, sewn and embroidered by hand ; the designs are her own and everything is made in a smoke-free, pet-free home, with quality material – including some lovely vintage French lace.
Isobelle has a huge following on Etsy, probably because she is such a lovely person! She is generous with her interactions with other shop owners. This has extended to Twitter and Facebook. I highly recommend you follow her and like her page: she shares other peoples posts on her personal and business page.
Disclaimer: this review has been not been requested or paid for in anyway: I wrote it just because I like Isobelle’s shop and her interactions on Facebook and Twitter.
Today I am going to have a look at Kozmic Dreams.
The first thing to say about Kozmic Dreams: I absolutely love the name.
Kozmic Dreams is owned and run by Laura Whitford. She makes her own designs and sells unique knitted and crocheted owls, cats and more. Each one she makes has it’s own personality and no two are the same.
In the virtual world you can find Kozmic Dreams on Etsy, Twitter and Facebook. Her facebook page is great because she shares things that interest her (and me!) as well as information about Kozmic Dreams, and she is great at interacting with her followers and fans on both Facebook and Twitter.
Disclaimer: there is no incentive behind this review (financial or otherwise) other than to highlight a company that I like and find interesting
Today, I am going to spotlight Alienskin Clothing: a company that specialises (as their inspired name suggests) in alternative clothing.
They have a great range of Gothic clothing, Cyber clothing, Faerie clothing, Alternative clothing and accessories in sizes 6 to 30, all hand-made by their talented collection of UK based alien designers.
What attracted me to their site in the first place was their excellent Facebook page. Here they showcase, not only their brilliant designs, but also other pages and pictures that have come to their attention. In fact the majority of their posts are other peoples work (always credited, with links). If you like unusual pictures and things that make you stop in your tracks for a moment you would do well to like their page
Disclaimer: Felt.Buzz has had no financial, or otherwise, incentive to review Alienskin Clothing (or any other site): we’ve done it because we think they are ace!